CannaFest 2019 will be a complete sell-out and the party of the year in BC.

  • Camping is located within a 2 minute walk of the venue.
  • RV parking is in Dick Bartlett park and our main camping area on 68th ave, both RV areas are less than a 5 minute walk to the festival grounds.
  • We will have a shuttle going back and forth from the camping areas to the venue for mobility challenged fans.
  • VIP wristband holders will have their own entrance located just across from the Grand Forks arena.
  • We have 7 acres of secure car parking people can use for $25 per day, cash or credit/debit will be accepted for car parking.


  • CannaFest will be held in JAMES DONALDSON PARK
  • CannaFest is THREE DAYS, August 8, 9 and 10, 2019
  • NEW YOUTH PRICES – Under 8 FREE, 8-12 is $25 for the entire weekend.
  • 300 RV spots will be sold ($100 for ALL weekend)
  • 400 camping spots will be sold ($75 for ALL weekend)
  • “Golden Showers” are available in the 68th ave camping area.
  • Nice green grass throughout the venue and 2 main camping areas.
  • Pets are allowed but you are responsible for the cleanup and conduct of your pet.
  • FREE WIFI is available (68th ave.)
  • Cell phone charging areas available (68th ave.)
  • A FEW picnic tables available.
  • Potable water is available.
  • 25+ porta potties will be available and will be cleaned and serviced once or twice a day (more if needed)
  • On-site security 24/7.
  • On-site first aid 24/7.
  • Mobile pumping service (fees associated) is available daily.
  • FREE Mobility shuttle to and from the venue, 4pm – midnight.
  • Showers available at the Grand Forks rec center, please check their hours.

OVERFLOW RV/CAMPING ($50 for ALL weekend)

  • $50 for the entire weekend.
  • 20+ porta potties will be available and will be cleaned and serviced once or twice a day (more if needed)
  • May be dusty and brown grass, people with allergies may want to think about one of the main camping/RV areas.


45 thoughts on “Important facts

  1. Angela Popoff Reply

    Such a wonderful event. Love that there is always something for everyone to listen to and enjoy. We loved Whitesnake!

  2. Shari Reply

    So sad the event is leaving my neighborhood! Best lineup was 2017. Check that list

  3. Andrey Reply

    I went there with doubts but it was probably the best rock festival I’ve been to in the past 10 years. Can’t wait for this year!

  4. Adele S Reply

    Fantastic festival! Glad it’s going to stay 3 days. 4 days seemed a little much. The only suggestion I have is to leave the best band for the last night, last show – end on a high note! The last 2 years, the final shows were weak and a lot of people left early.

  5. Adele Schopp Reply

    Glad it is going to stay 3 days. 4 days seemed a little much. The only suggestion is to leave the best band for the last night, last show – end on a high note! The last 2 years, the final shows were weak and a lot of people left early.

  6. Maureen Reply

    I loved all of it & have to say I have a special place in my heart for Tom C & Kim M lol I was just blown away by the musical talent!! We all know the front men can rock it & play the crowd, but their bands & friends who showed to play along with them…dudes you were amazing!!!

    Loved the sound system!!! I could actually hear AND understand what was being said & sung, staff was awesome, bathrooms/port-a-potties were clean…it was just a really good experience.

    I was there to enjoy some time with my friends who’d lost their homes in the flood….it was so amazing to see them be able to put aside all the trauma & sadness for a little while, for that alone I am so very grateful for all the work of everyone involved

    Looking forward to rocking in 2019!!!

  7. missvickie Reply

    Bob Segar, Styxx, , John Mellancamp, Dead & Co. , Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Blue Oyster Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skinyrd, Van Halen, Guns N Roses, ZZ Top, Steve Miller Band, Boston, Journey, Rush, Barenaked ladies, Chilliwack, whoever you get it will be awesome 🙂

  8. Dwayne Reply

    Great concert ! my friends my wife and I have been coming for 4 years loved it so much and the community we bought a place here for retirement, love the old rock bands , April Wine , Trooper , Styx , Prism, Lover Boy, Doobie Bros, the list Goes on and on, we have all purchased VIP tickets every time for this venue and have so for other concerts as well, a little more work could be done in that department we believe, covered seating area , perhaps complimentary shirts specific to VIP purchases , some venues supply one free meal per day for the VIP ticket holders not saying it all has to happen at once due to costs but perhaps something to think about, again great venue we still use it as our “get the gang together” summer event, on another note any truth to the rumor that the venue will be in a different location for 2019 ? again thanks for the memories.

  9. Paul Ignacik Reply

    Whitesnake really made the show I thought. Please, we dont want to hear Trooper

  10. Vivian O'Connor Reply

    Vendor for past 2 years, but not sent an application for 2019?? Says the cut off was yesterday.

  11. Rose Gaudry Reply

    I was just going to order our tickets for 2019 as we have gone for the last 2 years and really enjoy the event. I thought I had heard at the 2018 event that early bird tickets for 2019 if bought in sep were $200. Your site says $300 each, and then we would have the camping fees. We have always bought as early birds, last year at $150 each =$300 total. You mention that day passes didn’t change remaining at $100 so no benefit to buying a weekend pass. Is the early bird price of $200 still available?

  12. jipsicharm Reply

    OMG.. this festival was amazing! our fist time and we loved it so much we have already bought our tickets for the 2019 festival.. this years line up was a bucket list concert line-up! ty so much.. eagerly anticipating 2019s rocken’ list! rock on!

  13. Laurie Reply

    This was our 5th year.. getting better every year! Whitesnake, Burton Cummings, Gene Simmons, Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell.. doesn’t get much better than that! Some suggestions might be Styx, Colin James? Whatever the lineup, we will be there! Please.. don’t bring country to this classic rock festival. .its just wrong..rock on Grand Forks!

  14. Joanne Reply

    Unlike some of the above comments, I enjoyed Whitesnake and if you are referring to classic rock they do fit the bill as much as Nazerath or Poison. This was our second year and we have already purchased our tickets for next year, looking forward to whoever is performing as I have not been disappointed yet. Thank you Chuck and team for such an awesome event!!!

  15. dale Reply

    loved the whole event except for whitesnake. they were not a good fit….actually they sucked. im hoping you can bring back some bands like loverboy , darby mills , lee aron and trooper.. they are still some of the best party bands ever. i think bret micheals was the high light this year and hope he makes it back , as he said he would. had a great time and will be back. thank you.

  16. Nanette Reply

    Had a great time at Cannafest! I enjoyed Whitesnake! I would have to say though the camping part of Cannafest was so disorganized! Maybe training people a week before instead of a day or two before would be better. All in all i had a great Cannafest experience.

  17. Brian Beaudoin Reply

    Loved the event. Very well run. And Whitesnake was an excellent band who performed an excellent show. Keep up the good work.
    Tickets bought for 2019.

  18. Mike Wakelin Reply

    Cannafest was an awesome time,loved most of the music .may I suggest looking to get Barney Bentall & the Legendary Hearts(awesome canadian band from BC) and drop Whitesnake a bit much. still a great job all.

  19. barb Reply

    What is being done about people who leave their chairs. I come early every show. I take my chairs as we are suppose to, and have to fight to get a good seat when I am almost 2 hours early before gates open.

    Been coming since it started and find this the most annoying thing.

    Loved the line up this year Whitesnake and Nazareth rocked it. Glad we had a few mixed in bands that are hard classic rock.

  20. Randy Dowhaniuk Reply

    Would be great, if you would bring back Troopr, Loverboy, Darby Mills etc, instead of HoneymoonSweet and White Snake head banger bands .This is supposed to be classic rock.Not ear shattering.Only stayed Saturday night for the 50/50 draw.Not for Whitesnake or Honeymoon Sweet.We had to leave and sit in truck, (too loud) like most, as you noticed after 50/50 was done.Last years line up was the best yt.We have attended every year.Love you guys for putting GF on he map.You guys rock.

    • Chuck Varabioff Post authorReply

      Randy, next years format will be tweaked a little bit.
      Four bands per day, we’re thinking 4:30-12:30 before that is HOT and after that is LATE for most people.
      The lineup we are working on is exactly what you want (I am confident, lol)

      • Natasha Reply

        I thought all the bands were amazing… and quite impressed with how good each band sounds (including White Snake and HMS) even after all these years😊. Looking forward to 2019 and def bring on some head banger bands! ✌🏻

      • Natasha Reply

        I thought all the bands were amazing… and quite impressed with how good each band sounds (including White Snake and HMS) even after all these years😊. Looking forward to 2019 and def bring on some head banger bands! ✌🏻

  21. Adele Reply

    How do we insure we get a spot in the grass ? We have gone 2 years in a row now . 2017 & 19 . Cant wait for 2019 .

    • Chuck Varabioff Post authorReply

      Just buy a tent ⛺️ or RV spot and this year you will get a nice green grass spot.
      We are limiting the spots we sell.

  22. Murray Jackson Reply

    Nice work Chuck!! Always a great event. Looking forward to ’19. Cheers!

  23. Chris Reply

    Chuck, loved the changes to the VIP section this past year. Only 1 slight suggestion (and only a suggestion); have the VIP run straight across the area instead of on an angle. It would increase your seating capacity and have the dance area directly in the front of it (if this makes sense).

    This was our second year and LOVED IT! Can’t wait for next year!

  24. SC Nyman Reply

    Had an amazing time, will for sure be attending again!! ♥
    Overall everything was great; biggest complaint is location of portable washrooms. I would have gladly used the portables if they were in the camping area.. As a camper it made no sense to me that the portables would be over in the RV section. Not saying all, but most rv’s have a washroom in them, so would it not make more sense to have portables over in the actual tenting section (or at least half of them if not more) by the fence near ball diamond and exit area??
    Also why do festival goers leave so much garbage behind at their sites/spots. This should be a take out what you bring in event!! 🙂 See you all next year!!!!

    • Chuck Varabioff Post authorReply

      We are already working on adding additional toilets to ALL areas 🙂

  25. Nancy McKenna Reply

    Excellent, and I am glad you are keeping the 3 day format. As a vendor, I spoke with other vendors and the general consensus was that a separate camping area would be much appreciated. We need sleep and that is impossible due to noise levels in the general camping. Other festivals provide this for their vendors. Other than that, Silk Trail is looking forward to returning to our favourite event in 2019. 💖

  26. Erin Hamilton Reply

    So what is the price of a ticket for the 3 days if I buy it Sept. 1st?

  27. Christina Abbott Reply

    Best concert I’ve been too! Better than ever this yr! Great security, well controlled , felt safe! Good job!!!

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