Since 2008

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Festival Notes

British Columbia Regiment Band

We are delighted once again to have the British Columbia Regiment Band at the festival. The band is from Vancouver and has been in existence since 1899. They have provided ceremonial music for civic events ever since. They usually perform in house for the Regiment and in a normal year they perform to tens of thousands of people. Their largest audience was 440,000 people at the Appledorn Parade in the Netherlands.

From its beginnings as a Military Band of enlisted soldiers of the militia British Columbia Regiment in 1883, to its current incarnation as a volunteer community band with strong ties to and support from the Regiment, the British Columbia Regiment Band continues to be an active member of the community in the Greater Vancouver area and beyond. The band is made up of brass, reed, and percussion players, performing at military and community functions around the province. Its repertoire focuses heavily on traditional military music, but incorporates pop, classics, and big band tunes to provide music for any occasion. At the traditional Music Festival the band will highlight traditional tunes.

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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.

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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, the Province of British Columbia, and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of Canadian Heritage.

We thank you all!