Audience Information

Vancouver Island MusicFest has been bringing great roots and world music to the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island since 1995. Produced by the Comox Valley Folk Society, MusicFest is a not-for-profit, cost recovery, volunteer driven event with over 1100 volunteers and 300 community sponsors who combine forces to bring this first rate music festival to life.

Over the years Vancouver Island MusicFest has grown in attendance but has remained true to its original vision; a rural, family friendly, sustainable and successful music event that puts the Comox Valley on the cultural map and involves thousands in a rich celebration of music and community!

We offer over 200 musical performers on 6 fully programmed stages as well as instructional workshops, yoga sessions, an interactive kidzzone, art displays, a beer and cider tent, top-notch food and craft vendors, non-profit information displays, on-site camping and a magical riverside venue at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds.

Your “Festival Hosts”

Our friendly festival hosts rove the audience areas and they have the full scoop on audience etiquette, festival policy, how to get where. These folks work with the audience to ensure that everyone has a good time this weekend.

Gate Times



Please do not smoke in the Main Audience area. A smoking area will be roped off behind the sound booth and sand buckets will also be available at the perimeter of the audience seating area.

If you are sitting within the ANY of our audience areas you are in a no-smoking section. Please move away from the crowds and to areas where you find receptacles.


We love dogs but we cannot have them roaming the site at MusicFest. Please leave your pets at home and help us keep everyone happy!

Boogie zone

Dancing is encouraged at MusicFest but we also want to keep a clear view for our seated audience members and a clear path for our site security team. With this in mind a “boogie zone” has been set up on either side in front of the Mainstage for the majority of the day. Please keep a clear path directly in front of the stage. But as the evening wears on (sundown) – be prepared to join the dancing in the front of the stage – or be danced upon.

Lawn chairs, umbrellas and other structures

Low rider lawn chairs are allowed in the main audience area but no high riders or umbrellas. There is a pathway in front of the sound booth at Mainstage; this is the boundary between low chairs and high chairs. You are welcome to use seating and shelter that obstructs the views of others if you are behind this line.
Low rider chairs are typically within 6″ to 8″ legs off the ground, not your regular lawn chair. While we do not sell them at the festival, they are readily available in your local area for purchase. Please click on the seating map below for mainstage seating.

Disabled access viewing

This year we are delighted to announce improved access & space for our guests with diverse abilities. There are clearly marked, designated areas at ALL stages, as well as a new level platform with a great view for the Main Concert Bowl. Additionally, we have improved the traffic flow and patterns, as well as the quality of the trails, to better accommodate chairs, walkers, strollers, etc.

Please see our Festival Access Project for details, and at any time while on-site, if you need help seek a Festival Host.

Blankets and tarps

Many of you like to reserve space in front of the Mainstage in order to have prime seats for nighttime shows. However, many of our daytime performers find themselves playing to a sea of empty blankets and those who want to enjoy the show are forced to sit way back in the crowd behind these empty blankets and this can be a real bummer for everyone. To try to improve this situation we are establishing an area in front of the stage where we respectfully request that no blankets or tarps be left behind. This area will be available for audience to come and go and enjoy Mainstage shows all day long. Please be advised that if you leave your tarp for an hour we will fold it up to reduce the amount of space it takes.

Thanks to all of you for working with us to keep everyone healthy, happy and in good humour!