Tenth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August ~ 2017

Audience in Veteran's Square

10th Anniversary

This year we have 140 performers in the music festival.
Click here to get the 2017 printable schedules

[updated Princeton accommodations list - book asap]

Evening jam

A big thanks to all those who came and participated in last year's festival. We hope you'll all come back and join us in August.

This year's festival is our 10th and we're proud to have made it this far. You should be too. This festival is special in that it is produced both by and for the people who come to play and to listen.

There is much work to do before we get there, but as usual you will find printed programs at the festival and earlier in different retail locations here and around the province. Of course the schedule and performers' biographies will appear on this site as well. If you haven't been here before, don't forget there's a Friday night STREET DANCE right after the opening ceremonies.

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. volunteers@princetontraditional.org


We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Download the form (.pdf) or ( .doc). For more information please contact the Vendor Coordinator. vendors@princetontraditional.org


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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