Thirteenth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August ~ 2020

Princeton area landscape

Accommodation in Princeton tends to be good, but for those choosing to stay at a Motel or bed and breakfast, you may want to book early during the summer months. This is a much sought after destination during that time.

There are good campsites and RV facilities close by for those who like to camp or have mobile solutions. All our performers can stay for free at the best campsite in town, River's Edge, where we can accommodate campers, RVs and tents.

(updated June 2018)

Motel Listings

Best Value Inn
169 Hwy. 3 Dbl. (2 beds) $99 (under 14 free)
phone no. 1-888-295-3537 250-295-3537

The Cedars Motel
139 - 3rd Street
Free wifi

Riverside Motel
1-866-393-6232, 250-295-6232,,

Sandman Inn
102 Frontage Rd (Hwy. 3 )
1-800-sandman (736-3626), 250-295-6923
Sandman Princeton BC

Villager Inn
244 - 4th Street
Seniors 10% discount, outdoor pool
Visit website for bookings.

Evergreen Motel
230 Hwy. 3
Wifi, heated outdoor pool
1-888-295-7179 (toll free)

Ponderosa Motel
130 Bridge Street
Call for rates, indoor pool
1-888-344-6941, 250-295-2951
*Mikado Sushi Restaurant – Mon.- Fri. 11 am – 7:30 pm Saturday 11 am – 8 pm

Princeton Motel
156 Bridge Street
Call for rates, 1-888-295-2951, 250-295-6906

Mozey-On-Inn Coalmont
phone no. 250-295-4355

Countryside Inn
301 Hwy. 3
Call for rates, Seniours 10% discount, 1-250-295-7464

Princeton Castle Resort
375 Rainbow Lake Road - 250-295-7988
Creekside Cabins, Cabana, RV Site, TENT Site

Deerview Motel and Cabins
420 Hwy 3
250-295-0106 Free Wifi - Daily weekly monthly fully furnished Accommodations
New Owners and Many Upgrades

Old Hedley Road Inn Bed and Breakfast
1070 Old Hedley Road
Call for rates, 250-295-3717,,

Princeton Area

COALMONT is 15 minutes away and has two options. There are links to the Mozey-On-Inn and the Goldpann Inn on the Coalmont Courier Business Listings page.

TULAMEEN is a little further along the very scenic Coalmont Road - about 25 minutes in all. Here are their accommodations listings.

HEDLEY is about 25 minutes further along Highway 3. Again, it is a beautiful drive and an interesting historic place. Here is Hedley's list of accommodations.

Getting Here

Crowsnest Highway Sign

Princeton is reachable via Highway 3 and 5A, though there are also good routes which are smaller. Most people will likely use the east-west interprovincial highway, which is the famous Crowsnest Highway. Driving time is 2 hours and 40 minutes from Abbotsford, and one hour more from Vancouver. There is also Mountain Man Mike's Bus Service.

The nearest airport is Penticton which is one and a half hours driving. For private or hired planes the Princeton Airport is very nice.

Ride Sharing

We encourage people to carpool and share rides to come here. For people in Vancouver, and even Seattle, this can be a way to share gas costs, help the environment, and perhaps even make it possible for someone to come who could not otherwise afford it. If you have extra space in your car and would like to be helpful in this regard, please send a note to and we will try to coordinate people. Those offering a ride will be given the e-mail address of those needing one. There is no obligation to PTMF and you make your own decisions and arrangements.

Princeton Weather

It's guaranteed to be hot summer weather when you come, but if you're the paranoid type or just want a second opinion, you can check the Environment Canada current weather and forecast.

RDOS    Princeton    BC logo

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

We thank you all!