Eleventh Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August ~ 2018

Audience in Veteran's Square

We had another wonderful festival last year, thanks to everyone who participated. Whatever you were doing, it was part of what makes this work. We are all in this together.

If you didn't fill out a feedback form at the festival, we would very much like it if you did so now. Hearing what people have to say really helps to make this better. You can download the feedback form from the links above and email it to us, or print out the PDF and mail it the old fashioned way.

The festival kicked off Friday night with a short opening ceremony with Rika Ruebsaat introducing the festival and the two speakers, MP Dan Albas and Mayor Frank Armitage. This was followed by a festive STREET DANCE with the Rattlebone band and a caller from Victoria by the name of John Erskine who, as somebody remarked, "could teach a rock to dance." If you weren't here for that, don't miss it this year!

Evening jam

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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