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Summer time in the Kootenays means there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Here are 5 festivals in the Kootenays to rock your world.

Tiny Lights – Ymir 9-11 June

Ok, so this festival has come and gone already but I wanted to include Tiny Light because it is one of my festivals in the Kootenays. No scratch that, Tiny Lights is one of my favourite festivals anywhere. Why is this little festival in the Kootenays so much fun?

Tiny Lights is a festival unlike any other I’ve ever been to. The small village of Ymir hosts Tiny Lights and the festival literally takes over the whole village. With seven unique and historic venues, Tiny Lights is a three-day festival featuring over 100 performances in tight, small and intimate venues. 

Wapiti – Fernie 11-12 August

Wapiti is my ‘home town’ festival. Held in the Annex Park in Fernie (I used to live less than a five-minute walk from the park), Wapiti is a rootsy, folksy festival, the kind you expect to find in a chill mountain town.

Wapiti means Elk, and as the music festival is held in the Elk Valley it is an apt name. Tickets are still available and you can buy them, here.

Starbelly Jam Music Festival – Crawford Bay 21-23 July

Held on the banks of Kootenay Lake, Starbelly Jam Music Festival is a festival with a difference. With an emphasis great food, good entertainment and lots of happy kids, Starbelly is a celebration of life through music and friendships. You can check out the festival, here. 

Invermere Music Festival – Invermere 18-19 August

When searching for music festivals to include in this piece, I was immediately drawn to the Invermere Music Festival because the beer gardens will be serving grog from one of my favourite breweries in the Kootenays, Arrowhead Brewery. Anyway, enough about the beers, on to the music. 

Invermere is situated on a beautiful lake, one of the warmest in British Columbia, and the town truly comes to life during the summer. With a beach that would not be out of places in tropics, Invermere tops it all off by hosting a fun festival. You can still buy tickets, here.

Kamp Festival – June 30 – July 3

Whatshan Lake Retreat is location for Kamp Festival in the Kootenays. Kamp Festival’s mission is wonderfully idealistic.

“To recreate a classic, yet unique, summer camp experience involving art, music, performance, education, training and games, in an environment designed for inspiration and personal growth.”

While this year’s festival has passed, you can keep up-to-date with this quirky festival, here.

What is your favourite festival? Do you prefer the mega festivals with top name acts or the smaller ones where you can roam freely? Let me in the comments. 

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