This annual event was begun in 2003 and originally was a one day affair. It’s since grown to be a full three days and nights, beginning this year on Thursday June 4th with the final act on Sunday afternoon. During this weekend, the sounds of blues and jazz can be heard all over town, with many restaurants and pubs getting into the act and hosting blues and jazz artists. While some events have a cover charge, the majority of the performances are free to everyone with the main stage located in the park behind Orangeville Town Hall.
Rain or shine, the show goes on, and regardless of the weather, you’ll find hundreds of people enjoying the music by artists from all over North America. Downtown Orangeville takes on an almost carnival like atmosphere!
Some great names have played the festival over the years, and last year was no exception. Although a surprise as he was able to fill in for a last minute cancellation, the great Steve Strongman entertained the crowds and was a wonderful final act for Bluesfest 2014.
In addition to the Main Stage and the various eating establishments that will also have entertainment, there are events going on at the Orangeville Public Library, TD Trust Tent, the Opera House, and other locations which also include opportunities to attend music workshops.
The “Bikes and Blues” event has also become more and more popular each year, with bikers riding their motorcycles into town from all over – and putting them on display.
All in all, it’s a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to head to Orangeville for all or part of the weekend.
There is more detailed information including this year’s line up and the various venues at the Blues & Jazz Fest website.
While you’re more than welcome to pack a picnic lunch, there are also many food vendors on site at the Main Stage area as well as a beer tent (age restrictions in effect). Orangeville itself also offers many fine restaurants to choose from, if you’d rather eat indoors.