We are currently discussing our “offer sheets” and will announce a line-up as soon as we are able to.

Why buy tickets September 1st when there is no large incentive?

  • The main incentive… THE HOTTEST CLASSIC ROCK FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA
  • Another incentive, tickets are still available.
  • One more, you save ticket fees and taxes.

We had thought about going to a four day format but we have decided not to screw with something that works. CannaFest 2019 will once again be a 3 day CLASSIC ROCK festival. CannaFest has ALWAYS been the weekend after the August long weekend and 2019 will be no exception.

YES, weekend and VIP tickets have increased. We would love to keep ticket prices the same price year after year but there are a number of factors involved with the price increase that people may not necessarily see.

When an agent asks the capacity of the venue the offer to the band has to increase with the number of fans attending, so with a more popular festival and 10K+ fans attending the costs INCREASE. Insurance, security, policing, cleanup all increase with larger numbers.

Single day tickets will remain at $100, youth tickets have gone from $30 to $25 and the age requirements have also changed, under 8 is FREE and 8-12 will decrease to $25 for the entire weekend.

Camping, YES a sore spot for some, and an AWESOME experience for others. 2019 WILL NOT oversell the camping/RV areas, GUARANTEED both of these areas will sell out and the party in the camping will be second only to the main event.

300 RV spots will be sold ($100 for ALL weekend)

  • “Golden Showers” will be available.
  • Nice green grass.
  • Pets are allowed but you are responsible for the cleanup and conduct of your pet.
  • FREE WIFI is available.
  • Cell phone charging areas available.
  • A FEW picnic tables available.
  • Potable water is available.
  • 10+ 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 – 1am.

400 camping spots will be sold ($75 for ALL weekend)

  • Showers available at the Grand Forks rec center, please check their hours.
  • Nice green grass.
  • Pets are allowed but you are responsible for the cleanup and conduct of your pet.
  • Potable water is available.
  • 10+ 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.
  • FREE Mobility shuttle to and from the venue, 4pm – 1am.

Once they’re gone they’re gone!!! people will be forced to buy an “overflow” camping pass in one of the dusty, dry grass fields.

OVERFLOW RV/CAMPING ($50 for ALL weekend)

  • $50 for the entire weekend.
  • 10+ 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.
  • FREE Mobility shuttle to and from the venue, 4pm – 1am.

ALL AREAS WILL BE MONITORED AND ANYBODY WITHOUT A VALID PASS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY ON-SITE.

33 thoughts on “Important facts

  1. Paul Ignacik Reply

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

  2. Vivian O'Connor Reply

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

    • Chuck Varabioff Post authorReply

      We are trying to get our vendors approved ASAP. Deadlines are NOT set in stone, there should be a vendor link with an application on the menu above.
      If you can’t find it, reply here and we’ll email you one.

      • Vivian Reply

        Thanks Chuck. Got worried when I saw the post 🙂 Application sent in, wheeeee!!!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Randy Dowhaniuk Reply

    Chuck:
    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! ✌🏻

  13. 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.

  14. Murray Jackson Reply

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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 🙂

  17. 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. 💖

  18. Erin Hamilton Reply

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

  19. 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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