Festival Information

32nd ANNUAL SALMON ARM ROOTSandBLUES FESTIVAL July 26-28, 2024

 

FESTIVAL LOCATION: 490 5th Avenue SW, Salmon Arm, BC MAP.

OFFICE LOCATION: 541 3rd ST SW, Salmon Arm BC | 250 833 4096 or email info@rootsandblues.ca (closed during ROOTSandBLUES festival).

FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE HOURS: Thursday, July 25  10 am to 6 pm | Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 26 -28  10 am to 10 pm. 

FESTIVAL GATE HOURS: Friday, July 26 open at 4 pm | Saturday and Sunday, July 27 -28 open at 11 am. 

WRISTBANDS

  • As you enter the gate, your ticket will be exchanged for a wristband. 
  • If you leave the site and return later, the wristband will be your ticket to get back in.  
  • Wristbands that are removed or tampered with are considered invalid and entry will not be permitted.

 

TARPS AND CHAIRS * Any tarps or chairs left on the field at night will be removed. 

Main Stage

  • Low Zone/Festival Chairs located at the front of the main stage.
  • Low Chairs may be up to 28” tall, including legs up to 4” high.
  • Tarps/blankets may be up to 5’ x 7’.

Barn Stage
  • Chairs are permitted between 11 am – 4:30 pm. Chairs are not permitted between 5 pm – 12 am.
  • Tarps/blankets may be up to 5’ x 7’ and placed between 11 am – 4:30 pm. Tarps and blankets are not permitted between 5 pm – 12 am.

 

SMOKING

  • Please smoke only along the perimeter of the site, and kindly place your cigarette butt in the sand pails provided throughout the area. Thank you for helping us keep the site clean and safe for everyone.

 

SECURITY

  • Security is strategically located throughout the site.

 

CASH

  • Our festival is now cashless! You no longer have to worry about carrying cash or standing in line at the ATM. 
  • Just bring your debit or credit card for onsite purchases at the box office, festival artist merchandise, 50/50, and beer and wine lounges.
    *Select food vendors and artisans will accept cash. ATM is available onsite.

Festival Features:

  • Four daytime stages and two evening stages.
  • A Food Market offering a culinary collision of Western cuisine and ethnic delights.
  • An Artisan Market featuring handcrafted Canadian creations.
  • A Family Zone. 
  • 2 beverage gardens with local wines and brews. 
  • Bike Storage is $10/day, located across from the Main Gate. Check out at midnight throughout the festival days.
  • NO PETS, certified service animals only.
  • NO REFUNDS.
  • Lawn chairs. Smaller chairs at the front, larger ones at the back.
  • Security check.No alcoholic beverages are allowed inside the festival grounds. Security personnel will check your coolers and bags.
  • Dancing Protocol. We kindly ask all attendees to be considerate of one another and refrain from obstructing the view of those who are seated. While some festival-goers prefer to sit and enjoy the music, others may choose to dance and fully immerse themselves in the experience.
  • Water Bottles. The festival is committed to reducing its environmental impact. We kindly ask that you bring your own reusable water bottle. You can refill your bottle at one of our free refill stations. If you do happen to bring a single-use water bottle, please consider refilling it to reuse it during the festival. 
  • Lost Children. IIf your child gets lost, they will be taken to the Event Central Building. Make sure your children know where this building is located in case they need help.
  • Event Hosts. If you require assistance during the event, please seek out one of our volunteer hosts who will be easily identifiable in their volunteer shirts. They will be more than happy to assist you with any concerns.
  • Smoking and Vaping. The festival grounds follow a non-smoking/vaping policy unless a patron is in one of the three designated zones (see site map).
  • Composting, Garbage and Recycling. Please pitch in and do your part. Compost, garbage, refundable and recycling receptacles are widely available throughout the site.
  • Directions to the Festival. ROOTSandBLUES is located at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, 490 5th Avenue SW, Salmon Arm, BC.
  • Parking. $10/day – Paid parking is located on 5th Avenue SE across from the main festival gate on a first come first serve basis.  We accept credit and debit, no cash. Overnight camping is not permitted. Parking is managed by security. Find more Salmon Arm parking information at www.salmonarm.ca/226/Parking.
  • Construction. To avoid delays and to keep up to date, Drive BC provides up-to-date information on local and regional road and highway construction and conditions.  Drive BC: https://www.drivebc.ca/#mapView&ll=50.598509%2C-118.565809&z=8&xtg=Map%20Badge
  • Shower Facilities. Salmon Arm Recreation (pool schedule) www.salmonarmrecreation.ca/pool-schedules
  • Swimming. Canoe Beach www.salmonarm.ca/Facilities/Facility/Details/3
  • Fires. Absolutely no fires or propane pit fires. No exceptions.
  • Tickets. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Evening tickets are not available. Only day or weekend passes are available.
  • Payment Options. ROOTSandBLUES is a cashless festival, only credit and debit cards are accepted for festival tickets, merchandise, 50/50, and drink tickets. There will be ATMs available on-site for food and artisan vendors.
  • Accessibility. We offer free admission to support persons accompanying those with accessibility needs at the festival. If you require transportation on the festival grounds, please locate a volunteer who will be happy to contact our site transport team.
  • What to Bring.
    • Plan for the elements.
    • Refillable water bottles (water stations on site).
    • Sunscreen/hat.
    • Debit/credit card (we do have ATMs on site for food and artisan vendors).
    • Identification.
    • Earplugs.
  • Outside Food and Beverage.
    • Bag and cooler check at gates.
    • Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted and will be confiscated.
    • You are permitted to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages.
    • No large coolers.
  • Food and Artisan Market.
    • With more than 45 vendors, the market offers a variety of food options alongside unique, handcrafted goods.
  • Shuttle.
    • Free for festival attendees. The shuttle runs to and from the festival grounds to downtown shows, shops, and eateries.
    • Courtesy of the businesses of Downtown Salmon Arm, take the shuttle to check out the free Tuned Up Series performances.
    • Shuttle pick up is at the Festival Campground Entrance | Main Gate.
    • Shuttle Hours: TBD.
 

ROOTSandBLUES neither endorses nor provides technical support for third-party ticket sales. We strongly recommend that customers avoid third-party sales, and purchase tickets directly from the ROOTSandBLUES ticket provider. The box office has a contractual obligation only to the original ticket purchaser. ROOTSandBLUES is not obligated to honor any agreements made by third parties in regard to tickets for our shows. All policies are subject to change without notice.

Please read and understand the following terms and conditions before purchasing your ROOTSandBLUES Festival tickets and Camping tickets as they affect your future legal rights:

  • NO REFUNDS or EXCHANGES. It is the responsibility of the ticket holder to check their ticket for the correct performance, day of the week and time. All performances are subject to restrictions imposed by governmental and public health authorities and to cancellation or modification at the discretion of the ROOTSandBLUES should extenuating circumstances arise.
  • All sales are final, including drink tickets and merchandise. Tickets obtained from unauthorized sources may be invalid, lost, stolen or counterfeit and may not be honoured. ROOTSandBLUES reserves the right to refuse entry on re-sold tickets without a refund.
  • Artist and performance times are subject to change without notice.
  • Festival Tickets and Camping Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Festival Tickets and Camping Tickets are transferable. To transfer your tickets, go to the confirmation email you received after your purchase and click “VIEW your TICKETS”. Then, scroll to the bottom, update the information and the tickets will be emailed to the recipient. Save and except for the transfer policy, the ROOTSandBLUES make no warranty, representation, or guarantee respecting any ticket sale, whether express or implied.
  • Children 12 years and under are admitted free (no ticket required) with an adult ticket holder. Proof of age may be requested at the gate prior to entry. No refunds will be offered for tickets that were purchased in error.
  • Seniors 65+ and Youth (ages 13-24) ticket holders may be asked to provide a valid piece of government and/or school ID to prove their age.
  • Transaction fees and taxes are applied to festival tickets and camping tickets.
  • Each ticket has a unique QR or barcode which can only be scanned once for admission. Once scanned the ticket becomes invalid. Duplicate tickets with the same barcode will not be accepted for admission.  Once a ticket is scanned, the ticketholder will receive a wristband at the gate. Wristbands must be worn at all times and shown for entry into the ROOTSandBLUES Festival site and campgrounds. Wristbands that are removed or tampered with are considered invalid and entry will not be permitted.
  • Festival Tickets and Camping Tickets can be reissued if lost, stolen, damaged or if you have reason to believe there is a duplicate. The ticket holder must present a valid government ID at the box office to have tickets reissued. *Tickets will not be reissued once a ticket has been scanned.
  • Ticket holders consent to reasonable security checks to ensure compliance with laws, facility rules and regulations. If you elect not to consent to such searches, you may be denied entry to the event without a refund or other compensation.  Ticket holders by consenting to a search of their person and property waive any claims against the ROOTSandBLUES, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents or representatives that may arise from such a search. You agree that the event for which you purchase or use tickets is a public event, that your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the event occurs are public in nature, and that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to your actions or conduct at the event.
  • Alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, glass, fireworks and other explosives, amplified music, professional photography and recording devices, print materials for distribution, pets (service dogs allowed), laser pointers, firearms/weapons, sky lanterns, drones, or any other prohibited item as deemed inappropriate by the ROOTSandBLUES staff and security. Any violation of these conditions may result in refusal of admission or ejection without a refund.
  • By attending the event, you consent to have medical treatment and/or transport that may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and/or illness during the event. You release the ROOTSandBLUES and all persons participating in any such medical treatment of all legal and financial liability for any such actions.
  • You acknowledge that individuals working for and at the ROOTSandBLUES, artists, venue, sponsors and stakeholders are using video and photographic cameras at the event. Your image may be captured without your consent or payment of compensation to you, and you release the ROOTSandBLUES from any legal liability for such filming, photographing or dissemination. You understand and accept that other than for personal use, images, film or video you obtain at the event may not be used without the prior written permission of the ROOTSandBLUES.
  • You assume full responsibility and liability for your participation in and attendance at ROOTSandBLUES, including any risks and dangers incidental to the event such as loss or damage to property, personal injury or death. By attending, you forever indemnify, release, discharge and hold the ROOTSandBLUES, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents or representatives harmless from any claim arising from such risk, even if arising from the negligence of the ROOTSandBLUES, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents or representatives, or by third parties.
  • To the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, none of the ROOTSandBLUES, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents or representatives are or will be responsible or liable to you or any third party for, and you expressly waive all rights to seek, any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, exemplary, punitive or other damages under any theory of liability, arising out of or relating in any way to your participation in and attendance at ROOTSandBLUES (even if ROOTSandBLUES have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damages, or such loss or damages were reasonably foreseeable).
  • You agree that any claim made against ROOTSandBLUES will be on an individual basis. You understand and agree that waiving the right to participate as a class representative or class member in a class action suit.
  • The collection of personal information is not practiced by the ROOTSandBLUES unless knowingly provided through making a financial contribution/donation, ordering tickets, contest promotions, subscribed newsletters, online bulletin boards, chat areas, or other interactive, online activities. Personal information may include your name, address, phone number, credit card numbers and expiry dates, age and e-mail address.

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society follows the evolving guidelines and recommendations of the BC Provincial Health Authority and Interior Health Authority.

ROOTSandBLUES has the right to refuse admission to, or eject, any person who behaves in a disorderly manner, uses vulgar or abusive language, or fails to follow the event’s rules. All ticket sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges will be granted.

While every effort is made to present the program as advertised, ROOTSandBLUES reserves the right to vary the artists and/or program without notice. No refunds will be given due to changes in programming.  We will not be liable for travel or any other expenses that you or anyone else incurs in connection with an event alteration.

See our complete Privacy Policy 

Frequently Asked Questions: TICKETS

You will receive an email with your ticket(s) immediately after purchase. If you don’t receive the email please contact info@rootsandblues.ca

FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE HOURS

Located at 490 5th Ave SW, Salmon Arm Main Entrance. OR, at the West Gate on on 5th St. SW. Bring your festival ticket to the festival box office to receive your wristband.

Thursday 10 am to 6 pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 10 pm

FESTIVAL SITE HOURS

Friday  4 pm – 11 pm

Saturday and Sunday  11 am – 11 pm

NO REFUNDS. No Exchanges. 

No, wristbands are non-transferable.

No, wristbands must be worn at all times and shown for entry into the ROOTSandBLUES Festival site and campgrounds. Wristbands that are removed or tampered with are considered invalid and entry will not be permitted.

Yes, tickets are available at the gate until they are sold out!

Yes. 

Please make sure the ticket you are purchasing is for the correct age group of the end user. 

Once the tickets is scanned in exchange for a wristband, the ticket can not be transferred to another person.

To transfer your tickets, go to the confirmation email you received after your purchase and click “VIEW your TICKETS”.  Scroll to the bottom, update the information and the tickets will be emailed to the recipient. Visit the link below for video instructions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aR5H20kz3NCDQGN-R8HfhefWrOQsRrK2/view?usp=sharingToggle Content

Frequently Asked Questions: FESTIVAL INFORMATION

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society (SAFMS) is a non profit charitable organization that presents the Annual ROOTSandBLUES festival scheduled in July, a concert series, and participation in many local community outreach activities.

Taking place around the beautiful Shuswap Lake in the unceded territory of the Secwepemc peoples. The festival has been a cultural presence in the community for over three decades.

The SAFMS’s mission is to present world class, culturally diverse music and artistic experiences to enrich and build community.

One block off the Trans Canada Highway. If you are coming from Kamloops, turn right at the lights, at 10th ST. SW (Shell station is on the right), then go up to 5th AVE SW, (fir

The festival location is situated one block away from the Trans Canada Highway. If you’re coming from Kamloops, take a right turn at the lights on 10th St SW (you’ll find a Shell station on the right). Then, proceed to 5th Ave SW (the first four-way stop) and turn left. On the next block, you’ll find the festival location at the intersection of 5th St and 5th Ave.

If you’re coming from the East or from Highway 97, take a left turn at the lights on 10th St SW. At the first four-way stop, turn left on 5th Ave. You’ll find the festival location one block down.

No pets, only certified service animals.

The ROOTSandBLUES Festival is cashless!

You no longer have to worry about carrying cash or standing in line at the ATM. Just bring your debit or credit card for onsite purchases at the box office, festival artist merchandise, 50/50, and beer and wine lounges.
*Select food vendors and artisans will accept cash. ATM available onsite.

Plan for the elements:

  • Refillable water bottles (water stations on site)
  • Sunscreen/Hat
  • Chair and/or tarp (tarp to not exceed 5′ by 7′
  • Debit/Credit card
  • Identification
  • Earplugs
  • Tickets
  • Bug spray

Please visit CAMPING for more information.

 

No, wristbands are non-transferable. Wristbands that are removed or tampered with are considered invalid and entry will not be permitted

Yes, you can contact the Salmon Arm Visitor’s Centre and they will assist you in finding other accommodations.

Salmon Arm Visitor’s Centre HERE

Cost of a SAFMS membership is $20 and offers the following:

  • Voting privileges at the SAFMS Annual General Meeting
  • Newsletter updates
  • Pre-released tickets before the general public is notified
  • Memberships are annual from November 1st to October 31st

Yes, we have over 25 food vendors!

Thai, burgers, lemonade, pizza, greek, vegan, coffees, ice cream, and more.

Yes, you are permitted to bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. No large coolers.

$10/day – Paid parking is located on 5th Avenue SE across from the festival gates on a first come first serve basis.  We accept credit and debit, no cash. Overnight camping is not permitted. Parking is managed by security.

Mainstage

  • Low Zone/Chairs located in front of the mainstage. Low Chairs may be up to 28” tall, including legs up to 4” high.
  • Tarps/blankets may be up to 5’ x 7’.

 

Barn Stage

  • Chairs are permitted between 11 am – 4:30 pm. Chairs are not permitted between 5 pm – 12 am.
  • Tarps/blankets may be up to 5’ x 7’ and placed between 11 am – 4:30 pm. Tarps and blankets are not permitted between 5 pm – 12 am.

 

Any tarps or chairs left on the field at night will be removed. 

Please stay tuned for announcements.

Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to hear the latest!

Once the program schedule is completed it will be posted  on the website.

We respectfully acknowledge and recognize that the work of the SAFMS takes place on the unceded traditional territory of the Secwepemc Peoples.