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Non-VBA Concerts, Workshops and such

Saturday July 21, 2018:   Jesse Cobb & Friends at Northern Quarter
Jesse Cobb, Mike Kraft, Garrett Tompson, Jeff Ellis and Miriam Sonstenes
Show at 9:00pm Suggested Donation: $10.

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Regular Jams in the Victoria Area

1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 2:30 - 5 pm:   Sooke Legion Bluegrass & Acoustic Jam
at 6726 Eustace Rd, Sooke; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;More info: Al Planiden 250-642-3395

Mondays 7 - 9:30 pm:   Spiral Groove
at the Spiral Cafe, 418 Craigflower Rd, Victoria; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;

Mondays 7 - 9 pm:   Irish Session
at Spinnaker's Brew Pub; Not for beginners, strictly Irish in nature. Interested musicians must contact one of the hosts for information before playing in this session. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Tasia or Nancy

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:   Victoria Bluegrass Association Weekly Gathering

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:     Appalachian Old-Time Jam
Victoria Bluegrass Association has a back-room available for a weekly old-time jam (except the last Tuesday of each month during Open Stage/Feature Act); at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave, Victoria (Right-side entrance at back of parking lot); Admission: $2/VBAmembers $3/non-VBAmembers; More info: Wendy's Old-Time Tunes List

Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm:   Victoria Mandolin Orchestra Practice
The Orchestra always welcomes new members on various instruments, guitar and bass. Intermediate level playing and music reading ability recommended; September to May; More info: Kate Cino

Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm:     Bluegrass Circle Jam
at James Bay Books; Admission: $3

Wednesdays 6:45 - 9:45 pm:     Sidney Wednesday Night Acoustic Jam
at Beacon Community Services SHOAL Activity Centre 10030 Resthaven Dr Auditorium A; Acoustic Instruments only please - all levels of players welcome; Admission: $3, SHOAL members free; More info: Frank Watson 250-656-7982

Thursdays 7 - 10 pm:     Crown and Anchor Pub (Qualicum Bay)
Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Sharon Klassen 250-951-2055

1st Friday of the month 7 - 9:30 pm:   Victoria Fiddle Society Monthly Jam
(except July & August); at New (Old) Location: Wheeley Hall located in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road) Victoria, BC; All musicians, all ages and skill levels are welcome; Break-out space for advanced fiddlers; Admission: VFS members Free, $5 for drop-ins.

3rd Friday of the month 7 - 10pm:     Coombs Country Opera (Coombs)
at the Rodeo Grounds (site of the bluegrass festival) Coombs, BC; More info: 250-248-1009

1st Saturday of the month 10am - noon:   Shape Note Singing in Mill Bay
meeting in a home in Mill Bay; Shape Note is a tradition going back to the 1700's, and has continued unbroken since that time. Many songs such as Lone Pilgrim and Wondrous Love have entered the folk/old-time repertoire. Ability to sight-read music is desirable, but not essential. Car-pooling is available. Admission: free; More info: Aziza

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Regular Gigs

1st Friday of every month - 7:00pm:   OzMoses at The Oaks
Folkie stylings from Patty Castle, Burke Rosen, Vivian Sinclair, and Paul Winfield Admission: Free, but buy something to drink-eat;

1st Friday of every month - 7:30pm:   The Shady Grove Dance Band at The Hub
2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan BC; Traditional Square Dance with Peter Sussman calling; Admission: $2; Everyone 12 and over is invited to bring a partner or meet one at the hall. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended, and no experience is needed. More info: Peter Sussman 250-929-8226

4th Sunday of every month:   Bluegrass Mass
4pm Worship (Gospel / Bluegrass / Americana / Canadiana / Folk / Roots music); 5pm Homecooked meal (come to both or either); at St. Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Rd, Victoria (map); All welcome, including children; More info: rob@stphilipvictoria.ca

Sundays 4 pm:   Sunday Afternoon Hootennany at Loganís Tavern
Hosted by Carolyn Mark; Admission: Free; buy something to drink-eat More info: 250-360-1832

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Bluegrass, Old-Time & Folk Festivals

In British Columbia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest

Jul 15 - 21, 2018:   California Coast Music Camp - Week 2 (Placer County, CA)
Sunday - Saturday

Jul 16 - 22, 2018:   BC Fiddle 'Treat (Gavin Lake, BC)
Monday - Sunday

Jul 19 - 22, 2018:   17th Northwest String Summit (North Plains, OR)
Thursday - Sunday

Jul 20 - 22, 2018:   34th Islands Folk Festival (Duncan, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 20 - 22, 2018:   42nd Darrington Bluegrass Festival (Darrington, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 23 - 27, 2018:   Beyond Trad (Parksville, BC)
Monday - Friday

Jul 26 - 29, 2018:   Gorgegrass (Stevenson, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Jul 27 - 29, 2018:   10th Hard Times Bluegrass Festival (Hamilton, MT)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 28, 2018:   15th Siskiyou Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Lake Selmac, OR)
Saturday

Jul 28 - Aug 03, 2018:   44th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Session 1 (Port Orchard, WA)
Saturday - Friday

Aug 03 - 05, 2018:   33rd Blueberry Bluegrass Festival (Stoney Plain, AB)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 03 - 05, 2018:   Pickathon (Happy Valley, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 03 - 06, 2018:   36th Filberg Festival (Comox, BC)
Friday - Monday

Aug 03 - 05, 2018:   40th Coombs Bluegrass Festival (Coombs, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 03 - 05, 2018:   18th Winlock Pickersfest (Winlock, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Aug 04 - 10, 2018:   44th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Session 2 (Port Orchard, WA)
Saturday - Friday

Aug 10 - 12, 2018:   17th Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival (Medical Lake, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 10 - 12, 2018:   34th Mt St Helens Bluegrass Festival (Toledo, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 11 - 16, 2018:   Smithers Adult Guitar Camp (Telkwa, BC)
Saturday - Thursday

Aug 11 - 17, 2018:   44th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Session 3 (Port Orchard, WA)
Saturday - Friday

Aug 12 - 18, 2018:   BC Swing Camp (Sorrento, BC)
Sunday - Saturday

Aug 11 - 20, 2018:   16th Centralia OldTime Music Campout (Centralia, WA)
Sunday - Monday

Aug 13 - 17, 2018:   Fiddleworks Sunshine Coast (Gibsons, BC)
Monday - Friday

Aug 13 - 19, 2018:   13th Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Camp (Ness Creek, SK)
Sunday - Saturday

Aug 17 - 19, 2018:   11th Princeton Traditional Music Festival (Princeton, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 17 - 19, 2018:   29th Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival (Nanton, AB)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 17 - 19, 2018:   15th Bannock County Bluegrass Festival (Pocatello, ID)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 19 - 24, 2018:   29th Nimblefingers Workshop Week I (Sorrento, BC)
Sunday - Friday

Aug 20 - 24, 2018:   Fiddleworks Salt Spring Island (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Monday - Friday

Aug 23 - 26, 2018:   26th Picking Party (Rainier, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Aug 25, 2018:   Nimblefingers Music Festival (Sorrento, BC)
Saturday

Aug 26 - 31, 2018:   29th Nimblefingers Workshop Week II (Sorrento, BC)
Sunday - Friday

Aug 26 - 31, 2018:   Summer Acoustic Music In The Pines (Port Orchard, WA)
Sunday - Friday

Aug 31 - Sep 02, 2018:   22nd Tumbleweed Music Festival (Richland, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 31 - Sep 03, 2018:   Pasture Picking and Music Festival (Northport, WA)
Friday - Monday

Aug 31 - Sep 03, 2018:   Zigzag Old Time Music Campout (Rhododendron, OR)
Friday - Monday

Sep 01 - 02, 2018:   3rd Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival (Ferndale, WA)
Saturday - Sunday

Sep 06 - 09, 2018:   American Banjo Camp (Port Orchard, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Sep 07 - 09, 2018:   13th Vancouver Island Music Workshop (Nanoose, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 07 - 09, 2018:   Sisters Folk Festival (Sisters, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 10 - 16, 2018:   12th George, Washington Bluegrass Festival (George, WA)
Monday - Sunday

Sep 28 - 30, 2018:   3rd Gillbilly Festival (Fernie, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 28 - 30, 2018:   Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree (Shaniko, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 29 - 30, 2018:   Prospect Hotel Music Festival (Prospect, OR)
Saturday - Sunday

Nov 09 - 11, 2018:   Dare To Be Square - West (Portland, OR)
Friday - Monday

Jan 16 - 20, 2019:   20th Portland Old Time Music Gathering (Portland, OR)
Wednesday - Sunday

--- Past Festivals, future dates not yet confirmed ---

May 19 - 21, 2017:   Play The Gap (Yakima, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 22 - 26, 2017:   The Woodshed - Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop (Whitehorse, YK)
Thursday - Monday

Jul 21 - 23, 2017:   Hay Fever Music Festival (Burns Lake, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 11 - 13, 2017:   Skeena Valley Country Music Festival (Terrace, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 25 - 27, 2017:   10th Annual Oregon Bluegrass Assn Picker's Fest (Rhododendron, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 22 - 24, 2017:   Gavin Lake Bluegrass Jam (Big Lake, BC)
Weekend campout at Gavin Lake Educational Forestry Centre. Email Sue Goglin for details and reservations.

Oct 06 - 10, 2017:   Come Hill or Come Valley (Galiano Island, BC)
Friday - Tuesday

Oct 13 - 15, 2017:   The Acoustic Music Workshop (Camp He Ho Ha, AB)
Friday - Sunday

Nov 03 - 05, 2017:   Wood Stove Festival (Cumberland, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Feb 10, 2018:   7th Victoria Fiddlefest (Victoria, BC)
Saturday

Feb 15 - 18, 2018:   10th Oly Old Time Festival (Olympia, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Feb 22 - 25, 2018:   Wintergrass (Bellevue, WA)
Thursday - Sunday;

Mar 23 - 24, 2018:   7th Annual Victoria Django Festival (Victoria, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Apr 05 - 08, 2018:   East Van Oldtime Social (Vancouver, BC)
Thursday - Sunday

Apr 11 - 15, 2018:   Mountain Fever Bluegrass Camp (70 Mile House, BC)
Wednesday - Sunday

Apr 26 - 29, 2018:   21st Country Bluegrass Jamboree (Quesnel, BC)
Thursday - Sunday

May 03 - 06, 2018:   Willamette Valley Old-Time Social (Eugene, OR)
Thursday - Sunday

May 03 - 06, 2018:   Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Spring Retreat (Port Orchard, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

May 11 - 13, 2018:   Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Spring Retreat (Nanoose, BC)
Friday - Sunday

May 17 - 20, 2018:   5th Weiser Banjo Camp (Weiser, ID)
Thursday - Sunday

May 18 - 20, 2018:   14th Bluegrass From The Forest Festival (Shelton, WA)
Friday - Sunday

May 18 - 20, 2018:   Hixon Bluegrass and Country Jamboree (Hixon, BC)
Friday - Sunday

May 25 - 28, 2018:   47th NorthWest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA)
Friday - Monday

Jun 08 - 10, 2018:   Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Haines Junction, YK)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 08 - 10, 2018:   23rd Summerland Bluegrass Festival (Summerland, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 08 - 10, 2018:   15th Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival (Kennewick, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 10 - 13, 2018:   California Bluegrass Music Camp (Grass Valley, CA)
Sunday - Wednesday

Jun 15 - 17, 2018:   16th Sooke River Bluegrass Festival (Sooke, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 15 - 17, 2018:   Keremeos Bluegrass Country Jamboree (Keremeos, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 15 - 17, 2018:   16th Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (Cashmere, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 18 - 23, 2018:   66th National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and Festival (Weiser, ID)
Monday - Saturday

Jun 22 - 23, 2018:   10th Campbell Bay Music Festival (Mayne Island, BC)
Friday - Saturday

Jun 22 - 24, 2018:   9th Susanville Bluegrass Festival (Susanville, CA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 25 - 30, 2018:   Voiceworks - A Workshop for Singers (Port Townsend, WA)
Monday - Saturday

Jul 01 - 08, 2018:   42nd Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes (Port Townsend, WA)
Sunday - Sunday; also check out the alternative Mule Barn Campsite

Jul 06 - 08, 2018:   Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival (Fossil, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 06 - 08, 2018:   6th Steamboat Mountain Music Festival (Edgewater, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 07 - 15, 2018:   40th Harrison Festival Of The Arts (Harrison Hot Springs, BC)
Saturday - Sunday

Jul 08 - 14, 2018:   California Coast Music Camp - Week 1 (Placer County, CA)
Sunday - Saturday

Jul 11 - 12, 2018:   White Swan Music Festival (Fraser Lake, BC)
Wednesday - Thursday

Jul 13 - 15, 2018:   24th Vancouver Island Musicfest (Courtenay, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 13 - 15, 2018:   41st Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 13 - 15, 2018:   18th Bluegrass Jamboree (Castlegar, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 14, 2018:   Chemainus Bluegrass Festival (Chemainus, BC)
Saturday

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