27 WAYS TO GET YOUR SUMMER MUSIC FEST GROOVE ON

From rock to blues, indie to pop, electronic to jazz, and everything in between, make experiencing epic music fests in Ontario your summer squad goal.

IN TORONTO

Field Trip: Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Damian Marley, Alvvays and more bring the energy to Fort York.
June 2-3, food, art, comedy & family day camp

Luminato: transforms the city into a surreal, multi-day, multi-sensory experience.
June 6-24, loads of hands on programs

NXNE: Ontario’s answer to SXSW, a music extravaganza based in Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS).
June 8-17, gameland in YDS plus film, comedy, art & more

Bud Light Dreams Festival: two days, three stages, one luxury electronic experience in East Island, Ontario Place.
June 23-24, 19+, VIP passes available

Beaches International Jazz Festival: celebrating its 30th anniversary, jazz takes centre stage at this summer staple.
July 6-29, food, family-friendly streetfest

Toronto Caribbean Carnival: North America’s largest street festival – a month-long celebration of Caribbean music, food and culture.
July 7-August 12, family-friendly Grande Parade on Aug 4

OVO Fest: performances by Drake and a roster of his closest friends in The 6ix.
Dates are still TBD, but don’t be surprised if it coincides with the grande finale of Toronto Caribbean Carnival

VELD Music Festival: DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Migos – some of the best in electronic dance and hip-hop at Downsview Park.
August 4-5, all ages event, cool merch for sale

Camp Wavelength: at historic Fort York, Garrison Common, line-up includes Chad VanGaalen, SUUNS and TOPS.
August 18-19, brought to you by Wavelength Music, TO’s community hub for indie music

NEAR TORONTO

KITCHENER, Ever After Music Festival: high energy electronic event featuring some of the biggest names in EDM.
June 8-10, camping & hotel shuttle available

LONDON, Rock The Park: Boyz II Men, Shaggy, Naughty by Nature, Coolio, Montell Jordan, Sisqo and more big names at the 15th annual, two-day music event.
July 11-14, all ages event, 19+ in beer garden

GUELPH, Hillside Summer Festival: a multi-genre, multi-day, musical celebration at Guelph Lake.
July 13-15, camping, food vendors & kid-friendly programs, crafts workshops, fully accessible

MINDEN HILLS, Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival: world-class bluegrass acts pick their way to this idyllic village.
July 20-22, camping & RVing available at Minden Hills Fairgrounds

ORO-MEDONTE, Boots & Hearts: Canada’s annual largest country music mash-up at Burl’s Creek.
August 9-12, camping & RVing, all-ages event, no alcohol in main entertainment area

HAVELOCK, Havelock Country Jamboree: the 29th annual music and camping festival presents Toby Keith, Tanya Tucker and over 25 other country artists.
August 16-19, camping, RVing, vendors & food

ELORA, RiverFest: The Flaming Lips, Blue Rodeo, Carly Rae Jepsen, July Talk and many more, plus craft beer, food trucks and camping in Bissell Park.
August 17-19, camping available, official hotel is the Delta Hotel in Guelph

HAMILTON, Supercrawl: this annual arts and indie music event takes over James Street North, featuring an evening with Daniel Lanois.
September 14-16, sign-up for email updates on events & shows

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IN OTTAWA

Westfest: 15th annual three-day music and art celebration with over 100 Canadian artists.
June 8-10, free, family programming at Youth & Community Stage

Escapade Music Festival: annual electronic dance scene with superstar DJs and up-and-coming local talent booming in Canada’s capital.
June 23-24, 19+, check out Escapade House for exclusive accommodations

RBC Bluesfest: blues, pop and rock fans and aficionados converge on LeBreton Flats for this annual tradition, lineup includes Beck, Bryan Adams, Jethro Tull, Foo Fighters and Dave Matthew’s Band.
July 5-15, check back for kid-friendly events

IN THE CITIES OF THE NORTH

TIMMINS, Stars and Thunder: Bryan Adams, Blue Rodeo, Our Lady Peace, Colin James, The Beach Boys and more music legends packed into eight nights, plus four fireworks shows.
June 24-July 1, some daytime family programming

SUDBURY, Northern Lights Festival Boréal: line-up includes Montreal’s Lisa LeBlanc, as well as Jane’s Parks, Mama’s Broke, Sheesham & Lotus.
July 6-9, workshops & family entertainment

ST. JOSEPH ISLAND, Go North Music Festival: celebrates a variety of genres including new music, folk, roots, bluegrass, rock and pop.
July 14, craft beer, food vendors & camping

WEST NIPISSING, River and Sky: combine camping, hiking, swimming and amazing music.
July 19-22, camping & family-friendly activities

MATTAWA, Mattawa Voyageur Days: three days of country, rock and folk.
July 27-29, crafts, tournaments & more

KENORA, Harbourfest: join fellow ‘Harbourites’ for two nights of epic performances on the shores of Lake of the Woods for Northwestern Ontario’s biggest summer party.
August 4-5, daytime family entertainment, merch & food trucks

RED ROCK, Live From The Rock Folk Festival: annual grassroots gathering of over 2,000 music lovers on Lake Superior’s North Shore.
August 10-12, onsite camping

For even more info on Ontario’s live music scene this summer, check out OntarioLiveMusic.ca and ontariotravel.net.

Photo credit:
“In Ottawa” image – courtesy Escapade Music Festival