Festival Info


  • Spring and Summer hours – Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Fall and Winter hours – Monday – Friday  9:00 am to 4 pm
  • Closed on statutory holidays.

Mailing Address: Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, Box 21, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2

Contact: P: (250) 833-4096 | F: (250) 833-4097 | E: info@rootsandblues.ca

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The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is held at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds 490 5th Ave SW, Salmon Arm, BC.

The Festival Features:

  • Four Daytime Stages and Two Evening Stages
  • A Global Food Village offering a culinary collision of Western cuisine and ethnic delights.
  • An Artisan Market featuring handcrafted Canadian creations.
  • A Family Fun Zone with lots of Children’s activities (Kids 12 and under admitted free, must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Shaded Beverage Gardens with Stage Views.
  • Misting stations throughout the site.
  • Paid Camping & Parking, both adjacent to the Festival Grounds.
  • Bike Lock-Up.


Q: Can I refund or exchange my tickets? NO

The festival does not offer ticket refunds patrons can notify the public that their tickets are for sale on our Facebook Page. Click here if you are interested. The festival retains the right to remove Facebook Page ticket offerings. All transactions or postings on Facebook will not be guaranteed or enforced by SAFMS or the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Please understand the Facebook  service is to be used at your own risk.


Q: Is there camping available?  Yes, we have pre-registered camping available for a fee. Visit the Camping page.

Q: What other accommodations are available? Check the Accommodations page on website to find information.

Q: What hours does the campground operate? Check-in at 2:00 PM on Thur. Aug. 18, 2016. The gates are closed to  vehicle traffic at 9:00 PM each night.

Q: What amenities are included with my camping fee? Portable toilets and washstands. No showers, electricity or hook-ups are provided at the campsites.

Q: What are the Festival hours?

  • Friday 5 PM – 11 PM (gates open at 4 PM)
  • Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM (gates open at 10 AM)
  • Sunday 10 AM – 11 PM (gates open at 10 AM)

Q: I am interested in sponsoring the Festival. Whom do I contact? Email Office@rootsandblues.ca  or call 250-833- 4096 ask for Shawna.

Q: Are you accepting Vendor application forms?  Begins Dec 1st.  Complete Vendor Application on the Vendors’ page.

Q: When is the performer schedule announced? Performers are announced in the local newspapers and on our website  approximately eight weeks prior to the Festival.

Q: Support for disabled persons during the Festival? The West Gate is the preferred access gate for our disabled patrons.  Stage areas are wheelchair friendly. We also provide wheelchair accessible bathrooms and wash facilities.

Q: Is there parking during the event? Yes, a paid parking area is available on a first come, first serve basis.  $10 per day.

Q: Can I bring my own cooler with beverages? Yes, non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated. We have two Beer Gardens onsite.

Q: Can I bring my pet to the Festival? No pets allowed on site during the Festival unless the animal is needed for assistance.

Q: What size of a tarp can I use during the Festival?

A: 8 ft. by 10 ft. tarp is the maximum size allowed. We ask that you please be considerate of others.

Q: Where can I dance during the Festival? We want to ensure that all of our patrons are taken into consideration, from the energetic dancers to the patrons who enjoy sitting in a chair to listen to the performances. We will offer designated areas that will cater to both.

Q: What size of chair can I use on my tarp to watch the show? Any chair with a seat higher than 8 inches off the ground will not be permitted in the front area of the field. Chairs above this height are designated farther back on the field.


Q: When will you start to accept volunteer applications from new and returning volunteers? March 16, 2016. You can complete our Volunteer Application Form from the Volunteer page on this website.

Q: How many hours are needed to volunteers? 16 hours,  three 4 hour shifts during the Festival and one 4 hour shift set up or tear down.

FESTIVAL COURTESIES – a few tips to make everyone’s weekend great!

  • No alcoholic beverages or illicit substances on site.
  • All attendees will be wrist banded, and wristbands are non-transferable.
  • Only beach/festival chairs have priority. Higher lawn chairs are restricted to a back and side location so as not to block anyone’s view.
  • Please don’t dance in front of seated patrons.  Dance zones will be sectioned off to the side.


  • We have limited designated parking for disabled patrons located on 5th St. SW (west side of grounds).
  • For mobility challenged patrons we offer transport around the Festival site with our Mobility Assistance Shuttle.  Ask at the Security stations at the Main and West gates.


  • Protect yourself and your children with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing, and stay hydrated.  Wear shoes to protect your feet.  Stay cool.
  • If your child wanders off, they will be taken to the white First Aid / Security Central Building located near the Fair Grounds riding ring.  Please make them aware of the location should they require assistance.
  • Health care professionals are set up at the First Aid Building and are prepared to handle minor injuries or to redirect any major needs.
  • Lost & Found and message boards at the Information Booth are located centrally on site.


We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to lowering its environmental footprint.  Partnering with nonprofit groups in he area we have developed an aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling program which has been rewarding for all involved for the last decade. We ensure that a cardboard recycling bin is on the festival site and properly marked to enable our volunteers, patrons, and vendors easy access. All gray water discharge from our events is drained into the municipal sewer treatment system.