FeelsGood Folly Fest (June 28 – July 1)
Sponsored by the makers of Picaroons Beer, North Hampton Brewing Company, FeelsGood Folly Fest is located in Gagetown. When a festival is sponsored by a company that makes really good beer, it can be assumed that their festival is going to be just as enticing.
Three days of music, art and alcohol to go with three different stages and over 50 performing bands or musicians. On top of that, there’s also circus performers, camping areas and showers! It’s within walking distance to downtown Gagetown, which has everything a small town should. From bluegrass to reggae, funk to electronic, it’s got everything you would want to look for in a festival.
Evolve (July 19 – 21)
Evolve is a huge celebration of music that takes place in Antigonish County, NS. Since 2000, Evolve has grown from a local collection of acts into a festival celebrating music, culture and social awareness. There’s a nice diversity in the artists that perform, as some are local and smalltime performers who are just getting their feet off of the ground. Others are world famous.
As far as genres go, the central theme is mostly electronic, but there are still traditional acts that perform. Sometimes the best thing about a concert is the atmosphere and there’s no shortage of that at Evolve. The light shows are dazzling and the crowds are huge.
Tenting is allowed, so you don’t even have to worry about finding a hotel room!
Osheaga (Aug. 2 – 4)
Located in downtown Montreal, QC, this is definitely a festival that at least one person you know has gone to and with very good reason. The line up is incredible, with some extremely talented and famous artists performing. There are over 80 performers on 8 different stages on the beautiful island of Sainte Helene at the breath-taking park of Jean-Drapeau. This is an all-ages event and it’s located conveniently in Montreal, where residents often rent their houses out at a low price to festival attendees who don’t want to blow all of their money on a hotel.
The bands playing hail from a wide variety of genres, though most feature a strong hip hop presence; you also get traditional indie rock bands and electronic acts. There is something there for everyone!