Musical Dim Sum: A Guide to Small-ish Music Festivals in BC and Washington

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Musically noteworthy: Plenty of old faves on the docket like Little Feat, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, David Lindley, Adrian Belew, Joan Osborne plus a newer country-tinged treat called Nathan (more)

Mission Folk Music Festival


Date: July 23, 24, 25

Blurb: Already into its second decade and close-in to Vancouver on the way to Harrison features some of the finest folk, world, roots, blues and other music from across Canada and elsewhere

Camping: On-site camping for $20 per adult for the weekend with pass

Musically noteworthy: I'm a fan of Te'vaka from Tuvalu and other Polynesian and Micronesian islands -- and there are plenty more

Komasket Music Festival (Vernon)


Date: July 30, 31, Aug 1

Blurb: Camping in tipis and Bob Marley's old band, plus craft vendors, workshops, kids area, swimming and camping in the Okanagan Lake -- what's not to like?

Camping: Tipis rentals and on-site camping available with weekend pass for $10 per person for the weekend. Note no dogs allowed but "Prizes for Most Creative Camp Site!!"

Musically noteworthy: A danceable mix including The Wailers, Alex Cuba, Dehli to Dublin, and mighty beatboxer Shamik (more)

Summer Meltdown (Darrington, Washington)


Date: Aug 6, 7, 8

Blurb: Cross the border and cruise the Cascades mountain to the shadow of White Horse mountain with vending, green village, on-site camping, and beer garden with 21+ micro brews

Camping: Tent camping included with ticket -- no vehicles on site so you gotta haul in your gear though there is limited car camping

Musically noteworthy: Some familiar names ready to jam: The Presidents of the United States of America, 5 Alarm Funk, Mother Hips, Hot Buttered Rum, and (former Santana drummer) Michael Shreive's Spellbinder (more)

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

Web: Twitter: @rootsandblue

Date: Aug. 13, 14, 15 Blurb: A bit of a stretch from Vancouver but a big stage of solid acts along the Shuswap Lake with sandy beaches could make a perfect weekend

Camping: Limited camping for $75 for the weekend

Musical noteworthy: Looks like a Canada Day party with Gord Downie & the Country of Miracles, K'naan, Ohbijou, Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long, Wassabi Collective are intriguing and a band called Old Man’s Beard must be good (more)

Outlier Wildcards

These don't fit the requirements per se but worth noting for musical expeditions on street and lawns:

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Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park

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