10 epic moments from summer 2023 festivals… so far


above: My Son the Hurricane, at Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival

Euphoria often hits without warning. In the thrumming rhythm, carefree dance and pyrotechnical wonder of a music festival. In the transcendent calm of contemplating a wondrous piece of art. Or the tingle on your tongue as you savour an exotic new flavour, laughing and dining among friends. 

Have you felt it? It’s a rare and fleeting sensation, most often, but sometimes without even consciously pursuing it, we find it. 

It’s like a new fire is lit within, a fire that can fuel us through the sometimes distressing events out in the real world, as the very real fires burn around us. The big trick, of course, is in harnessing it.

That euphoric moment lights up any crowd.

A collective euphoria 

The return of the festival scene after a pandemic hiatus has certainly spurred a collective euphoria of sorts in Alberta and BC, building through 2022 and reaching even new heights in 2023. 

You might even wonder, as some cultural commentators have, if we are living through our own Roaring 20s here in Western Canada. Which begs the question: if this euphoric return is a once-in-a-generation moment, then what do we do with it? How do we harness it, share it, build on it? 

A moment of connection at Five Acre Shaker.

As we near the final few weeks of the official summer festival season, one way the FestivalSeekers team has tried to answer that, is by celebrating some of the best moments in story and images. Stoking the fire, so to speak. 

So follow along, as we look back at some of the epic moments of the festival season in Western Canada so far. But don’t just follow along; we want you to share yours too! Read on for details on how you can enter our photo contest, open now through Sept 10.

10 epic festival moments of summer 2023 in Western Canada… so far

10. Bringing back community, at the artisan market at Gibson’s Landing

9. Savouring the two-ticket meals at A Taste of Edmonton

8. Lighting up the night at Honda Celebration of Light.

7. Street performers turn Grande Prairie into a three-ring circus

6. Wild Mountain lives up to its name with this crushing finale.

5. Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival spreads good vibes

2. Laketown Shakedown shakes it down to Barbie, because who doesn't love a singalong?

1. TBD… it’s too hard to name just one top moment, and truthfully, we want to hear from you. 

What’s your favourite festival moment of 2023? We want to see it and hear about it. 

We are hosting a new photo contest—and to enter, all you need to do is be signed up for our enews, and submit your photos by sharing/tagging your photo posts with @festivalseekers / #festivalseekers. So show us your fave moments of 2023, so that we can keep the fires burning strong.


Enter our photo contest

Deadline to enter is Sept 10, and we'll be featuring the top 3 photos here on FestivalSeekers.com.

Still to come this summer 

We wouldn’t be FestivalSeekers if we didn’t keep the stoke going for events still to come. Here are just a few: 

Aug 17-20  Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival / Salmon Arm, BC 

Aug 17-20  Extreme Mudfest / Bonnyville, AB

Aug 17-27  Edmonton Fringe Festival / Edmonton, AB

Aug 18 - 20  Rogue Festival / Sechelt, BC 

Aug 24-26  Taber Cornfest / Taber, AB 

Aug 25-27  Summer Rush Festival / Cold Lake, AB 

For more, head over to our events calendar.

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