Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival

Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival

The annual Sooke River Bluegrass Festival is a foot-stomping weekend that has kicked off the summer music festival and camping season for more than a decade. 

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Vancouver Island
British Columbia

The 15th annual Sooke River Bluegrass Festival celebrates Father’s Day with a foot-stomping weekend combining everything blue. Bluegrass, blue skies and blue water.

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Less than an hour west of Victoria B.C., the Sooke Bluegrass Festival is held annually at the Sooke River Campground. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to casually listen to over 20 acts that take to the open-air stage.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with the Sweet Lowdown taking the stage at 7:00 p.m. By the time things wrap up on Sunday afternoon you’ll have had a chance to enjoy some pretty sweet bluegrass on stage, in workshops and in jam sessions that pop up in the craziest places.

Bring a swim suit and check out the Sooke Potholes Regional Park on the Sooke River. The river meanders around polished boulders that have created pockets of private swimming holes.

Or, maybe just skips some rocks into the Juan de Fuca Straight as you stroll a quiet beach. Check out the harbour seals as they slip through the moored boats at the harbour or wander through town to enjoy the “Catch of the Day” at one of the local restaurants.

But don’t forget what you came for. The Sooke Bluegrass Festival has a lineup of artists you won’t want to miss. Take a look at some of the headliners coming from as close as Victoria and from across the continent, then plan your weekend of bluegrass with a sprinkling of ocean front activities.


Tickets will be available early spring. Visit the official festival page often to find out when tickets will be released

More Information

  • Read our FestivalSeekers story and discover why its “hip to be square" at the Sooke Blues Fest  

  • Why not make it a road trip around Vancouver Island, check out this story on the Victoria Jazz Festival happening around the same time 

  • Get more details on the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival

  • Discover more about B.C. Check out HelloBC or plan an island road trip. 

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