Save the date: Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

What’s happening?

Why the annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival, of course. There are only 10 days left until the festival hits Deer Lake Park. This year’s event features two stages with a lineup that includes: Matt Andersen, Sue Foley, Leeroy Stagger, Jesse Roper, Murray Porter, Little Miss Higgins, Jesse Waldman, Kaya Kurz, and headliner Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

What makes it special?

Well, it’s more than just a music festival. There is a market where you can buy clothing, jewelry and other artisan items from different vendors from around the Lower Mainland. Last year there was even a party favours company. You’ll also find a row of sponsors tents where you can pick up some free swag and maybe even have your picture taken at a free photobooth.

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There’s also a kids area where your little ones can play on the playground or try their hand at making a musical instrument out of cardboard with help from some seriously dedicated volunteers.

For mom and dad (and everyone else 19 years and over), there’s a beer garden where you can get a glass of wine or a pint of beer. Oh, and of course there is food. Lots. Bring some cash and dine at one of the many food trucks parked on site all day.

OK, OK, give me the details.

Gates open at noon and the first act – Murray Porter – hits the main stage just after 1 p.m. Headliner Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will cap off the evening starting at 8:30 p.m., and by 10 p.m. or so, it’ll be time to head home.

Tickets are on sale now, and if you buy them before Aug. 12 you can get a special advance ticket price – $65 each or $220 for a four-pack. Children 12 and under get in free with an adult, but you have to get them a complimentary pass. (Single tickets will cost $80 at the door.)

Where can I get tickets?

You can call the box office at 604-205-3000 or click here. You can also buy them at the door, on Saturday, Aug. 12.

What about parking?

If at all possible, your best bet would be to take transit, walk or ride your bike. There are ample public transit options, and there are bike racks at the park if you choose to ride. Parking is prohibited at the site and in the surrounding neighbourhood unless you have a permit for people with disabilities. If you do drive, your only option is to park at BCIT and take the shuttle to Deer Lake Park. It costs $5.25 to park for the day, and shuttles start at 10:30 a.m. and run throughout the day.

Where can I get more info?

Go to www.burnabybluesfestival.com/faq. It provides detailed information about the BCIT shuttle, ticket pickup, prohibited items, approved items and more.

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