Thirteenth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 20 to Sunday 22 August ~ 2021

Morris Accodion

Every year we put out a call for application to play at the Festival. Acts are chosen on a first come first served basis, but if you missed the boat please don't hesitate to put in your application next year - hopefully a little earlier as we do get more applications than we have space for. Still, nothing is completely fixed until show time as there is always the possibility of a last minute cancellation.

For those of you new to the Festival please note that we do not pay performers but do offer meals and accommodation and some travel reimbursement. The Festival is devoted to traditional music – contemporary folk and bluegrass are outside our mandate.

Applications for the 2021 festival are now closed.

The deadline for applications was April 30.

If you are a performer of Traditional Music please join the festival.

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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.


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.


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!