It's never too early to get the blues.
The 2023 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival may not happen until the summer, but tickets for the popular event go on sale Monday, Dec. 5.
The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will present the 31st annual event Aug. 17-20, 2023.
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Salmon Arm to celebrate 31 years of Roots and Blues,” says Kimm Magill-Hoffmann, board chair. “Last year’s festival was such a success. We’re thrilled that friends and families will be able to gather here once again next summer.”
Day passes and camping for the festival go on sale Monday 9 a.m.
This year, the SAFMS is offering even more ways for families to experience Roots and Blues.
With discounted youth pricing for those 13-24 and free entrance for kids 12 and under, the SAFMS hopes to see generations of music fans gathering together in August.
“Whatever stage you were at, wherever you were on the grounds, the energy and camaraderie were just incredible — for both the audiences and the performers,” Kevin Tobin, artistic director said of the 2022 festival. “Our mission has always been to bring world-class and culturally-diverse music to Salmon Arm, and we succeeded in that at our 30th annual festival last summer. This year, audiences can expect us to continue that legacy. We want the grounds to vibrate with the magic that happens when we celebrate together.”
A record-breaking year, the 2022 festival welcomed more than 30,000 people to Salmon Arm including more than 600 volunteers, food vendors, artisans and local suppliers.
Volunteer and vendor applications are also set to open on Dec. 5 this year, giving more people the chance to support the festival in different and meaningful ways.
Early bird festival weekend passes range from $100 to $150, and four-day camping starts at $150. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information and tickets, go online, call 250-833-4096 or visit the office, 541 3 Street West in Salmon Arm, Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.