Festival Info


The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is held at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds–with Mount Ida and the Fly Hills providing a scenic background. We are one block off the Trans Canada Highway in the centre of Salmon Arm.

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.

Festival Courtesies – a few tips to make everyone’s weekend great!

  • No alcoholic beverages or illicit substances may be brought on site.
  • All attendees will be wrist banded, and wristbands are non-transferable.
  • Only beach/festival chairs have priority. Higher lawn chairs will be 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 drink plenty of fluids during the day.  Wear shoes to protect your feet.  Take advantage of the misting stations around the site to cool off.
  • 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 are located at the Information Booth located centrally on cite, across from the Food Vendors.  The Shuswap Tourism Information Kiosk is located beside the Information Booth and can provide info on the many things to see and do in the area.


The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to lowering its environmental footprint.  Partnering with varying nonprofit groups in Salmon Arm we have developed an aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling program. This collaboration has been rewarding for all involved for the last decade. During the Roots & Blues Festival in August, we ensure that a cardboard recycling bin is on 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. In our office, we purchase only recycled printer paper and all waste paper, cardboard, and plastic containers are recycled.