Mike Dawson, Artistic Director
Bengough, SK, S0C 0K0
Escape to a full weekend of amazing entertainment in the wonderful small town atmosphere of beautiful Bengough, just minutes from the Big Muddy Valley in Southern Saskatchewan! This rapidly growing festival features a diverse lineup of performers from across Canada and beyond! Plus, Children's activities, Artisans, Workshops, Mini Mosaic and More!! Plan to camp for the full festival experience! Check the website for full line-up details.
“There’s something you might not know about Saskatchewan. Only about a 20-minute drive from the Big Muddy Valley lies the town of Bengough (pop. 337). For the most part, it’s a pretty typical prairie town. Its got a weird motel, a “drug store” that sells everything from toy water guns to Roughriders gear, and a little cafe that only takes cash but has no ATM, so you gotta walk over to the credit union to grab your dough. The people who live there are friendly and charming and smile and wave at you when you walk down the street, and let you cut in line at the Co-op if you’ve got less things to buy than they do. There’s a gorgeous outdoor pool right beside the barn-shaped rink. And just a bit south of that, the Gateway Festival has been making noise on a weekend in late July for the past 13 years.
And damn, it’s a party. The festival now regularly brings out more than 20x the population of the town, and with no noise restrictions (seriously) they can keep the revelry going deep into the night once the main stage acts are done, and things end when the last band finishes sometime after 2 a.m. or whenever everyone’s packed it in for the night.”
"There are three main factors that create a festival’s vibe: the lineup, the location and the people.
And when it came to the most recent iteration of the Gateway Festival, which ran July 21 to 23 in Bengough, SK, the event completely blew it out of the park (as usual) in all three categories."
Camp for the full festival experience in one of three area: Family, Party & Quiet.