Every spring since 1987, the City of Peterborough excitedly awaits the start of a summer festival like no other. A festival that offers eight-weeks of free admission concerts that showcase renowned musicians in a beautiful gathering place at the end of the rapids (Nogojiwanong) on the shores of picturesque Little Lake.
The uniqueness of our festival is born of this place; the once mighty electric city transformed by grit and determination into an even mightier creative city. The summer sees Peterborough sparked alive by the blossoming of its natural landscape, the fruits of which are found at our farmer’s markets, along our waterways, in our forests, and campgrounds. Add to that a thriving downtown that sees music spill out of pubs and clubs and mix with the delicious smells of our dynamic indie-restaurant scene, and of course the venerable Quaker Oats Company. This all sets the stage for the many exciting festivals that kick the season into high gear. At the forefront, is Peterborough Musicfest.
Our Del Crary Park stage has hosted the likes of City & Colour (solo), Crash Test Dummies, Carly Rae Jepsen, Big Wreck, Tegan and Sara, Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane, The Reklaws, Kiefer Sutherland, Walk Off the Earth, Tyler Shaw, Randy Bachman, Chad Brownlee, and many more.
The quality of our line-up generates a sizeable audience – some 135,000 in 2019 – which in turn provides an economic boost that helps fuel our downtown and area tourist attractions. An economic impact study commissioned in 2016 pegged the number at $4.2 million; a significant shot in the arm for our hotels, restaurants, and bars. Musicfest also helps create the equivalent of 44 jobs throughout its annual summer run.
We’re funded by corporate sponsorships (most of whom are small locally owned businesses), through multi-level government support, fundraising initiatives, and private donations and we remain steadfastly, and uniquely, free of charge for our audience. That’s right – it is absolutely FREE to see the likes of Sloan, Serena Ryder, Gordon Lightfoot, 54.40, Blue Rodeo and so many others at Peterborough Musicfest because this feisty, industrious, creative city believes music should be enjoyed by all people, regardless of their ability to pay.
We’re proud of what we’ve built and we invite you to be part of it. Please consider supporting us and definitely come out to see a show! We look forward to an incredible 35th season starting on July 1, 2022 – we really do hope to see you down at the park!
To provide diverse free-admission live music that enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of our community.