How can I support the Kitchener Blues Festival since it’s ‘free’?

TD Kitchener Blues Festival does not charge an admission fee for programming from Friday at noon right through to Sunday 6:30pm, but needs increasing public support through individual contributions in order to continue to produce this great internationally recognized event.

In 2014, as in past years, we encourage those who enjoy the festival to contribute to the sustainability of the event. We encourage a contribution of a minimum of $5 per day.

Watch for our contribution campaign at the entrances to the BIA Stage, OLG Clock Tower stage and at the information Booth at the Main Stage at City Hall. Contributors will receive a different coloured daily sticker indicating “I support the TD Kitchener Blues Festival”

Please support this family-friendly, non-profit event, operated by a community organization and administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and over 380 volunteers!

Thank you for your support!

Where can I stay overnight?

Visit our Accommodations page for all your options available throughout the area including downtown Hotels (Walper, Crowne Plaza, B&B, spa retreats and campgrounds.

Is there Sponsor seating?

There are sponsor areas at the Main Stage and the OLG Clocktower Stage: Tickets are not sold. They are part of sponsorship packages and provided to sponsors as part of their benefits. If you want to learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact us. Raise your company’s visibility with close to 150,000 visitors. Just email [email protected] to take advantage of a range of customized opportunities available to you!

Sponsor area Clock Tower Stage: We are selling GOLD tickets for the Thursday Night Kickoff Concert. Gold ticket purchasers will receive a GOLD pass for reserved seating admission, free food service and separate cash bar for the Thursday show and access to this sponsor area (subject to licenced capacity ) for the balance of the Festival. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know about the Thursday concert! newsletter

What about Parking?

Pick a “P” on this map.

How do we keep it free*?

Volunteers: The positive community energy of sharing in this experience begins and ends with almost 400 volunteers who make this happen.

If you are interested, you can learn a lot about the many volunteer roles that exist. Even one 4 hour shift is really appreciated! (Of course, volunteers have so much fun at our festival, most like to stay a lot longer!) Actually, having a volunteer pass means you see the festival from a different vantage point, serving drinks, selling tickets or helping out backstage! You can learn more about volunteering here.

Sponsorship: Becoming a sponsor raises your company’s visibility with 150,000 plus visitors. Just email [email protected] to take advantage of a range of customized opportunities is available to you! This festival is made possible by our presenting sponsor, TD joining our other great sponsors to bring 150,000 people the best free* admission blues experience in Canada. The City of Kitchener has provided support since the very first year. We most gratefully acknowledge their support. kitchenerbluesfestival.com.

Fundraisers: Our Thursday Night Kick Off Concert and new Sunday Closing Concert will be our only ticketed events at the Festival. Be ready for some big names to be announced soon and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know! newsletter

*Donations: The TD Kitchener Blues Festival is produced by a not-for-profit corporation. Daily donations will be encouraged and are very much appreciated to support and sustain our free* admission shows Friday through Sunday.

What kind of seating is there at the festival?

Seating is mixed though not reserved at our 6 stages. At the festival there are 3 separate licensed festival beer gardens with some seating. There are family areas and free* admission seating on King Street which is closed for 3 days. Folding chairs are arranged in various areas – anywhere from 200 – 800 chairs! All is first-come-first-served. Throughout downtown Kitchener you will find vibrant restaurants and clubs which support the TD Kitchener Blues Festival. Some people like to bring their own folding chairs.

Can I bring my own lawn chair?

You are welcome to bring your own portable folding chairs to the festival. For your safety and convenience there will be designated portable folding chair seating areas at each of our 3 major stage locations. Due to fire restrictions and safety concerns, personal chairs and foldable portable chairs are not permitted under the event tents – refer to ONTARIO REGULATION 213/07 made under the FIRE PROTECTION AND PREVENTION ACT, 1997. If you have any questions feel free to ask one of our many onsite volunteers who will guide you to the appropriate seating locations outside of the event tents

Does the festival take place every year at the same time?

The event always follows the weekend of the “Civic Holiday” in Canada, starting on Thursday Kick Off Concert, then all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tourists come from all over the world and book the hotels solid for the weekend so don’t miss your chance this year!

How much does it cost?

Our festival is free* admission from Friday to Sunday! We have one major fundraising kick-off concert Thursday and a ticketed closing concert on Sunday.

What are the stages like?

In addition to our Festival Main Stage, Downtown Kitchener BIA Tent, Bobby Obrien’s Workshop, McCabe’s Workshop and THEMUSEUM Children’s Stage. We include a spectacular ‘big-top’ tent (reputed as largest in Ontario!) in Victoria Park, the OLG Clock Tower Stage.

The video screens help to share and extend the experience to shoppers and families as far as the THEMUSEUM. We have the reputation of a family-friendly festival, with a diverse audience of all ages and cultures. We encourage youth participation throughout the year with our Blues in the Schools series and the Youth Legacy Showcase in April. Our good partners at Grand River Blues Society help to make these events happen.

To have an idea of all the kinds of experiences you can expect, see the festival in a photo tour here: Photo Tour


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