Spend one day, or four, in the beautiful countryside with ShazamFest!

Wrestlers from the AcadŽmie de Lutte Estrienne are among the entertainment options at ShazamFest 2016.

Wrestlers from the AcadŽmie de Lutte Estrienne are among the entertainment options at ShazamFest 2016.

ShazamFest is an annual summer event that combines music, food, circus arts, skateboarding, and local artisans, to name just a few of its ingredients. It takes place from Thursday, July 14, through to Sunday, July 17 in Barnston Ouest in the Eastern Townships. Camping facilities are available.

The entertainment lineup includes Michelle Bourque The Blacksmiths, Old Time Honey & Cirquantique, Blue Mushroom Sirkus Psyshow, Bloodshot Bill, Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra and Kiriaki.

There will also be wrestlers from the Académie de Lutte Estrienne, Albert Nerenberg’s Hypnotic Bar, a Beard and Mustache Competition, and a Skateboard Competition. (Check out the Shazamfest schedule here, read about the Hypnotic Bar here.)

Skateboarding at an earlier edition of ShazamFest. Photo by Claude Dufresne.

Skateboarding at an earlier edition of ShazamFest. Photo by Claude Dufresne.

This year marks ShazamFest’s eleventh edition. The event was founded by Ziv Przytyk, a guy who’s full to bursting with energy, warmth, enthusiasm and optimism – truly amazing soul. Przytyk holds ShazamFest on land adjoining the organic farm that his parents established many years ago (and that’s another story unto itself.) ShazamFest just got bigger and more popular over the years; many participants have been coming since the very beginning.

A ticket to ShazmFest includes use of this camp site among the trees. Claude Dufresne photo from the ShazamFest web site.

A ticket to ShazmFest includes use of this camp site among the trees. Claude Dufresne photo from the ShazamFest web site.

Advance tickets for Thursday are $10, they’re $15 at the gate. Tickets for Friday are $40 and $45; Saturday $45 and $55; Sunday is free. A family pass (two adults and two teens) for the whole weekend is $175 in advance and $200 at the gate. People who arrive on bicycles can get a 20 % discount. (More info about tickets here.)

If cycling isn’t convenient and you don’t have a car either, a shuttle bus will leave Montreal at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15. It will leave ShazamFest at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 17 for the trip back to the city.

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