There’s nothing better than sleeping under the stars in the summer heat after watching your favourite bands put on incredible outdoor shows. With that in mind and festival season in full swing, we compiled a list of some of the best camping music festivals still ahead of us within driving distance of Toronto. Grab your friends, buy your tickets, book your CampKit and hit the road.
Hillside | Guelph, ON July 14-16, 2017
We’re lucky that tickets are still available for Hillside, which is less than a week away. This environmentally conscious festival puts on two events per year, once in the summer and once in the winter (Hillside Inside). In the summer, the festival takes over Guelph Lake Island and turns it into a friendly community full of music, food, dancing and drumming.
River & Sky Festival | Field, ON July 20-23, 2017
This music festival in between North Bay and Sudbury offers 4 nights of indie music. This totally laid back music festival encourages you to bring canoes, bikes and dogs! Enjoy the volunteer built sanas, and cool off in the oxbow Lake. Children under 16 are free.
WayHome Music & Arts | Oro-Medonte, ON July 28-30, 2017
This 3 day music festival north of Toronto is in it’s third year. WayHome won Major Music Festival of the Year from Canadian Music Week Industry Awards earlier this year and should be getting a nice guy award for honoring tickets from cancelled music festivals such as Pemberton, Fyre Fest and Karoondinha.
Blue Skies Music Festival | Clarendon, ON August 4-6, 2017
For over 40 years, this 3 day folk festival has been putting on incredible shows. Make sure you pack light since cars are not allowed on the festival grounds, meaning you’ll have to carry all your camping gear in. As frustrating as that may sound, it makes the whole camping experience so much more relaxed and enjoyable.
Boots & Hearts | Oro-Medonte, ON August 10-13, 2017
Focused on country music, Boots & Hearts gets all the big country names. Pack your country boots, denim shorts and cowboy hat for this fun, young, rowdy, loud and twangy music festival north of Toronto.
Live From The Rock Folk Festival | Red Rock, ON August 11-13, 2017
If rowdy festivals aren’t your thing, hit the road and head up to the stunning North Shore of Lake Superior for Live From The Rock. This small, volunteer-run grassroots festival is sure to win you over with their workshop style stages. Several musicians come together on stage to play music based on the theme of the workshop.
Wolfe Island Music Festival | Wolfe Island, ON (Ferry from Kingston, ON) August 11-12, 2017
This music festival is located on the largest island of the Thousand Islands in the St Lawrence River. Only a 20 minute ferry ride from Kingston, Wolfe Island is on the border between Canada and the US. This wonderful & intimate music festival is bound to impress with you with their lineup including Born Ruffians and Said the Whale.
Riverfest | Elora, ON August 18-20, 2017
Since its beginnings as a backyard festival 9 years ago, Riverfest has grown to attract bigger audiences and bigger names. Now located along the Grand River near Guelph, ON, attendees camp along the Elora Gorge with free shuttles to and from the festival. Unlike your traditional camping music festival, you can have campfires, stay on scenic shaded sites and go tubing when you’re not at the shows.
Havelock Country Jamboree | Havelock, ON August 17-20, 2017
Over 25 country musicians grace the twin stages at the Havelock Country Jamboree. This award winning music festival welcomes country rookies and country veterans from across Canada and the United States.
Camp Wavelength | Toronto, ON August 18-20, 2017
Take in wonderful views of the Toronto skyline and get the chance to experience camping on Toronto Island, which normally would not be permitted. This intimate music festival is in its third year and for those urbanites that don’t want to venture too far, this is the music festival for you!
The Big Feastival | Oro-Medonte, ON August 18-20, 2017
This is the third festival to be held at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds this summer. This UK family festival is making it’s entrance into Canada, featuring great music, delicious food and tons of activities for children. Drawing in huge names (including Weezer, De La Soul, OK Go, Strumbellas and Ben Harper) as well as top notch chefs, this festival is sure to impress you and your family.
Harvest Festival | Burks Falls, ON September 15-17, 2017
Located near Parry Sound, ON, this festival is one of the last camping festivals you’ll be able to enjoy before the weather gets too cool. Featuring artists from all over the world, and very cool art installations, it’s a great way to spend the last weekend of summer! There’s very few tickets left, so make sure to reserve ASAP.