Get ready for a full weekend of music, arts, food and culture! Riverfest Elora 2023 is Friday, August 18, Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 in Bissell Park.
The festival, held along the banks of the Grand River, has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a backyard festival in 2009.
After a pandemic hiatus, we are incredibly stoked to get back to Bissell for festival number 13 in 2023. Get ready for three days of art, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, community and of course, music!
We would like to express our thanks to the Six Nations Community and acknowledge them as the traditional stewards and keepers of the land upon which our event is held.
Over the years, Riverfest Elora has brought an impressive array of musicians to the small town.
Past artists include City and Colour, The Flaming Lips, Carly Rae Jepsen, MGMT, July Talk, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, Metric, Blue Rodeo, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Walk Off The Earth, The Halluci Nation, Serena Rider, Sam Roberts Band, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Wolf Parade, The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Bruce Cockburn, Hey Rosetta!, DJ Jazzy Jeff, k-os, The New Pornographers, Alice Merton, Mother Mother, Shakey Graves, 54 40, Matthew Good, K.Flay, Bahamas, Hollerado, Sloan, Elliott Brood, Mix Master Mike, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tokyo Police Club, Ashley MacIsaac, Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Born Ruffians, Weaves, Rich Aucoin, Kardinal Offishall, Alan Doyle, Cuff the Duke, Wintersleep, Shad, Rawlins Cross, Kevin Breit, The Slackers, Prairie Oyster, Danny Michel and many more.
The festival was founded by Elora artist Marilyn Koop in 2009. Koop passed away in 2012 and the festival continues in her memory. Look for the giant green “M” canvas on the grounds throughout the festival.