Kaslo Accommodations

Find the perfect place to stay during the festival

South Beach Campground

Operated in partnership with local Not-For-Profits. Stay with us and your money goes to a great cause!

South Beach Campground is ideal for those wanting ample space and access to the water!

South Beach campground opens at 2pm Thursday August 3rd. All campers must be gone by 11am Monday August 7th.

Services provided: 24 hour security, First Aid, portapotties and potable water.

Read the Camping FAQ here

Jazzlo Bay Campground

Operated in partnership with local Not-For-Profits. Stay with us and your money goes to a great cause!


Jazzlo Bay Campground is ideal for those wanting to be very close to the festival site and is just seconds from the festival gate. Space is limited!

Jazzlo Bay campground opens at 2pm Thursday August 3rd. All campers must be gone by 11am Monday August 7th.

Flush toilets and pay per use showers are provided.

Read the Camping FAQ here


Mirror Lake Campground – Cabins, RVs and Tents
5777 Arcola Rd, Mirror Lake

Cedar Bay RV Park
4739 Twin Bays Rd

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

800-689-9025 Toll-free

Schroeder Creek Resort – RVs and Tents
128 Bickel Rd 12 km N of Kaslo

Lakeside Cabins & Campground
3460 Davidson Road
Ainsworth Hot Springs

Toad Rock Campground
2865 Toad Rock Road
RVs and tents.

Birch Grove RV Park & Marina

Lardeau Valley Campground – RVs and Tents
At Lardeau Valley Community Hall

Kaslo Municipal Campground


Independently operated by Trish Bennett & Family.

RVs and Tents together with permanent shower facilities!  For information and reservations, contact the hostess Trish Bennett at kaslocampground@yahoo.ca and by phone at (250) 353-2662.

Local Area Accommodations

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
250-229-4212 or 1-800-668-1171

Ainsworth Motel
250-229-4711 or 1-888-848-4463
3595 Hwy 31

Beach Gables – Lodge
243 Front Street, Kaslo

By The Waters Edge – Waterfront Condo for 2

Bougainville Lodge
6250 Lake Street, Kaslo

Edge of the Woods Guest Suite
1116 C Ave, Kaslo

Gatehouse-on-the-Point – Cottage for 2
4269 Woodbury Village Rd

Garden Valley Place

Kaslo Cottage

Kaslo Hotel

Kaslo Manor Lodge

Kaslo Motel
330 D Ave, Kaslo

Kootenai Hideaway

Mihallys Point at Shutty Bench – Cabins
8932 Kohle Rd

Panorama Cottage

Stealin’ Time Guesthouse

The Bavarian Lodge

Purcell View

True Blue Lodge

Wing Creek Resort
9114 Hwy 31

New Denver Accommodations

A 45 minute drive West of Kaslo

New Denver Lodge

Glacier View Cabins

Valhalla Inn

Villa Dome Quixote

New Denver Campground

Rosebery Provincial Park

Nelson Accommodations

A 60 minute drive South of Kaslo

Discover Nelson

Hume Hotel

Alpine Motel

Best Western

Dancing Bear Inn

Mistiso’s Place

Mountain Hound Inn

Prestige Lakeview Inn

Victoria Falls Guesthouse

About The Festival

30 Years of music in one of the most spectacular venues on earth.

This intimate and laid-back world-class music festival has been hosting big names and newly discovered gems of the music business since 1992.

This year, the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival will once again make use of the astounding acoustics of Kaslo Bay Park to showcase an array of blues, jazz, latin, folk, world music and much more.  Our unique floating stage transforms Kaslo Bay Park into a natural green amphitheater and sends live music reverberating out over Kootenay Lake.  All weekend long, world-class musicians perform against our breathtaking backdrop of mountains and sky.

Selected as one of the “Top ten places to get out doors and be in tune,” by USA Today, and one of the “Top 10 places to enjoy outdoor summer music” by REUTERS, the Kaslo Bay floating stage has been recognized as one of the premier outdoor music venues in the world.

Festival goers dance in the sand, swim around the stage, or relax in the grass and enjoy the delicious offerings of local food and drink vendors.  The intimate, laid-back vibe of this festival seduces audiences and performers alike.  So come discover the magic of the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival, and the culture of the Kootenay’s in the summer!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the tabs below to find the answers to commonly asked questions!  Don’t see your question here?  Contact Us!

In accordance with the Province of BC’s health orders, the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival will follow all government guidelines relating to Covid-19 at the time of the event. Current government guidelines can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions#pho-order

KJEF will adhere to it’s Covid-19 safety plan as required. As government information changes regularly, we are constantly monitoring all updates and awaiting clarification on what will be necessary for all KJEF attendees. We pledge to keep all attendees updated as we learn more.  We want to assure you that we are doing our best to produce a safe and exciting Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival. We appreciate your understanding and support look forward to seeing you again in Kaslo Bay Park!

Camping and other accommodations are available throughout the village of Kaslo and surrounding areas. Accommodation is limited though and fills up fast! Please visit our Camping & Accommodations page for a comprehensive list of local options!

If you are unable to enjoy the entire music filled August Long Weekend but still want to come for just one day, we can hook you up! Very limited Single Day tickets are released with our daily performer schedule each Spring.  Single Day tickets include one whole day/night of the Festival. There are no half day tickets available.  Please visit our Buy Tickets page and visit our Ticket FAQ for all ticketing information.

We’re here to help. Most of the common ticket questions can be answered in our extensive Ticket FAQ. If your question is not answered there, please Contact Us

The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is working to be accessible to all patrons. The Festival is wheelchair accessible, however it is on uneven terrain including a sandy beach. We are a small Festival and parking is very limited. See below for Parking and Shuttle Information. Please Contact Us for our Accessibility Program Application or for further information.

The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival aims to provide a well-rounded balance of local options and a diverse array of both goods and food vendors for everyone to enjoy. Visit our Vendors Page for further information.

The magic that is Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival wouldn’t be possible without the incredible help and support of our amazing volunteers! If you would like to be part of that magic visit our Volunteer Page.

Besides volunteers and vendors, we also wouldn’t be able to create the magic without our paid staff, billet hosts, sponsors, advertisers, and so many other people!  To see how else you can get involved with the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival – visit our Get Involved! Page

The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is licensed throughout the entire Grounds for those 19 and older (government issued ID always required). We provide an array of local beers, ciders and wine on tap to quench your thirst while dancing on the beach. Beer/Cider/Wine tickets are bought onsite and are CASH ONLY. There is an ATM provided onsite.

As much as we would love to welcome Neil Young to the floating stage, we have not booked him for the festival. Be sure to sign up to the Mailing List and we’ll let you know if that changes. If you happen to know Neil – please tell him we’d love to make it happen!

No. For the safety of everyone in attendance, we do not allow any animals (except certified service dogs) to enter the festival site.

Certified service dogs must be pre-registered ahead of time and relevant documents must also be presented at the Box Office upon arrival to the festival.  To pre-register your service dog, please Contact Us to fill out our Accessibility Application.

For an outline of what you can bring and what you can’t bring to both the festival site and the campgrounds, please visit the What to Bring/Not to Bring Page.  Items not listed on this outline may still be prohibited, so Contact Us if you have any questions.

The weather in the Kootenays can change quite quickly! Lawn chairs, sunscreen and other sun protection, bathing suits, towels, blankets, refillable water bottles, floatation devices, umbrellas, ponchos are a great start!

No animals*, outside alcohol or glass are permitted on the Festival Grounds at any time. You are welcome to pack in your own picnic but don’t try to hide your German Shepherd in your cooler! All coolers/backpacks/bags will be searched by Security.

*Pre-registered certified service dogs permitted

The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is working hard to make as little waste as possible. Our Zero Waste Stations are a key part! They are provided throughout the Festival Grounds for your convenience (look for the signs!) with Volunteers ready to help direct you on how to dispose of your waste and give further information. We have stainless steel mugs for sale at our Beer Tickets Booth that can be reused all weekend and in future years! All our Vendors provide recyclable and/or compostable supplies to help in our initiative. Please do your part and don’t bring plastic to the Festival and recycle responsibly. We thank you for your participation!

A copy of our Zero Waste Policy can be found here: Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival Zero Waste Policy

There are two free Tesla charging stations located at the parking lot behind the Kaslo Hotel at the North end of Water Street. There is one Flo charging station located at the South end of Water Street, and one on A Avenue. The Flo charging station requires a subscription in order to use it. For more information click HERE

Yes! We encourage all families to enjoy the variety of entertainment that is provided for both young and old all weekend long! Children 7 & under accompanied by a parent or guardian are free. Youth 8 – 12 are half the adult price. Please read our Youth Policy for full details.

The Kaslo Jazz Kids Tent provides children’s entertainment, music and activities during daytime hours. Crafts, face painting, bubbles, jugglers, puppets shows are just a few examples of what children can enjoy. Kids can play at the beach or enjoy the expanse of lawn in Kaslo Bay Park.  Please note there is no lifeguard on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.

No. We have a Parking Attendant at the top of Kaslo Bay Park Rd to stop traffic and answer your questions about parking. Please note that there is NO parking along Kaslo Bay Park Road and violators will be towed. If you require Accessibility parking, see above for further information.

Yes. Kaslo Bay Road from the cenotaph to the Festival grounds is closed off to parking. We do provide a shuttle that picks up and drops off patrons from the Festival Grounds, throughout Kaslo and to all our campgrounds. Please scroll down for further information, map and schedule.

The village of Kaslo is nestled on the Western shore of magnificent Kootenay Lake and sheltered between the spectacular Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Visit our Getting to Kaslo Page for directions and further information on our tiny town.

Festival Information

30th Annual Kaslo Jazz Etc Summer Music Festival

Dates: August 4 – 6, 2023

Location: Kaslo Bay Park, Kaslo BC

Times: Gates open at 2pm all three days.

Festival Guidelines

These Guidelines are designed to ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of the Festival site at Kaslo Bay Park:

  1. No Glass
  2. No Outside Alcohol
  3. No Animals (Service Dogs permitted)
  4. No Illegal Substances
  5. No Vehicles on-site
  6. Swim At Own Risk – no lifeguard on duty
  7. No Cliff Jumping
  8. You cannot take alcohol outside the festival grounds
  9. The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is a non-smoking event.  There is No Smoking allowed in the park.
  10. Please Respect the Zero Waste Stations Rules. Help us keep the site clean and beautiful!

Festival Archive

We’ve been compiling all the information we can find from past years and creating a FESTIVAL ARCHIVE for your enjoyment.  Keep checking back as we are updating regularly!

2023 Festival Site and Shuttle Map

30th Annual Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival

August 4 – 6, 2023

Kaslo Bay Park, BC

Big Mountains  |  Small Village  |  Floating Stage

Thank You

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