Ninth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August ~ 2016

Audience in Veteran's Square

Culture and Heritage Week August 15 - 21
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We have 143 performers in the music festival this year and all spots are filled.

Evening jam

Summer is here and you won't have long to wait until the best festival of the year fills the streets of Princeton. Start your countdown. Get your instruments ready, make your travel arrangements, and tell all your friends to meet you there.

This is our 9th festival. Yes OUR. That means you and everyone else, regardless of whether you're playing music, volunteering at the event, or sitting in a chair grooving to the music. We all play our part.

There will be printed programs at the festival and earlier in different retail locations here and around the province. Of course the schedule and performers' biographies are on this site as well. Don't forget the Friday night opening ceremonies and street dance at 6 p.m.

The Traditional Music Festival presents music that comes out of communities where people participate in music-making. The Festival tries to provide this sense of participation by remaining intimate. Performers are close to the audience and invite them to participate by singing along or by dancing.

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The Festival

Admission is FREE.  Events are held on several stages in the centre of Princeton and begin on Friday evening with a public street dance and an Irish ceili band. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there's a potpourri of concerts, workshops, and jams.

The Scene

This event is primarily for and about the performers. Traditional Music lacks venue in the west, so players, singers, dancers, and fans are willing to travel in order to meet up. Professional performers are making personal sacrifices in order to be here, but the many people who come just to listen attests to the unique value of this event. For those new to the Festival please have a look at the Our Story page to learn about how it started and what Traditional Music means to us.


The Place

Nestled among rolling hills of ranchland, the little town of Princeton is the gateway to the Okanagan. About 300 km from Vancouver, it is the first town after Hope along the Crowsnest Highway. Summers are hot and dry - just what we like for our festival which takes place mostly in the streets.


In addition to the sponsors, this festival is primarily supported by hard work and artists who perform for free. However, we aim to pay for artist's meals and at least part of their transportation costs. Please consider contributing in order to help maintain this important cultural event.

Become a Member

You can support the continuing operation of the festival by buying a $10 membership.


Every year we need a stage crew, MCs, office staff, and many other important helpers. If you want to be part of this exciting event in this way, please let us know.


We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Please contact the Vendor Coordinator.


Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants from the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and the Province of British Columbia.

We thank you all!

Festival Audience



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