Ever After Festival is known for featuring heavy bass and dubstep artists, such as Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, and Troyboi. In 2020, however, from June 12th – 14th in Kitchener, Canada; they will crank it up a notch with a fully stacked EDM lineup.
Ever After Fest 2020 Lineup
Zeds Dead, Rezz, and many more amazing performers at the 2020 Ever After Festival lineup. See the acts below:
More than Music
What do we mean by “the festival that has it all?” Well, in addition to a sensational line-up, Ever After offers stunning performances, fantastical visual effects, and a massive playground to suit your every whim.
Ever After Festival provides a perfect concoction of the best of the best: a recipe for your greatest weekend ever.
The festival showcases an entire amusement park — complete with water slides, a wave pool, and goosebump-inducing roller coasters. On top of that, it features many adrenaline-filled activities like gladiator joust boxing, rock wall climbing, ziplining, and a massive trampoline.
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Some Chill Activities
For your mellow moods, you can try peacefully roller skating on the super smooth, synthetic roller rink or blowing some bubbles in the Bubbles Zone. Of course, no festival would be complete without a Chill Zone: an area dedicated to the sole purpose of chillin like a villain —seated or sprawled— in cozy bean bags.
The rules have been changed by Ever After Fest in 2019:
You can bring up to 10 grams per person and only pre-rolled. Don’t try to sell it though in the festival grounds, as you’ll find yourself in a police station. Not so fun. See below all the Ever After weed rules:
What are you waiting for? Suit up in your dance pants and join in on the Ever After party this June, it will be a time you won’t ever forget.
So Why Ever After Fest?
Are you ready to challenge your friends in the gauntlet and embrace inflatable mushrooms? Ready to be put in an EDM-induced hypnosis that will have you dancing all throughout the night? For the dazzling light shows to catch your eye and the sensationally pulsing bass to run throughout your body?
Are you ready to create your own happily ever after? If so, jump on down the rabbit hole, Ever After Music Festival will be there waiting.
1# Ear protection is totally and completely worth it
Ever After is oftentimes dubbed ‘A Basshead Paradise.’ For that, it is extremely important to protect your ears from the heaviness of the consistent music.
Ear plugs won’t stop you from hearing the music loud and clear (trust us), they just help to filter out the damaging frequencies. Some popular, trustworthy ear plug brands to look into are 3M, Alpine, and ProGuard.
As in, Bring Your Own Flag. All the cool kids are doing it. Waving around either your favorite flag and/or your countries flag is a great way to show some love to your country, stand out in the crowd, and connect with others.
As well, holding up a specific flag can work as a great way to meet up with your friends!
What to Do?
Kitchener-Waterloo is a twin city located in the heart of southern Ontario and surrounded by the Great Lakes basin. If you are looking for more excitement before or after the festival, you’ll find it nearby.
The Huron National Area
Is just a 20 minute drive south of the festival. With an array of scenic hiking trails through forests, meadows, and wetlands, the Huron National Area is a great place to walk through to relax and decompress from a long weekend.
If you are still craving to experience more of Ontario’s natural beauty, Niagara Falls is a 2 hour drive east, on the border of New York, where you can catch breathtaking panoramic views of one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
Descendents Beer and Beverage Co.
As well, you can sample some of Ontario’s legendary craft beers at Descendents Beer and Beverage Co. This one-of-a-kind brewery offers a wide selection of beers, as well as tours through the brewery.
If a nice, cold, Canadian beer doesn’t sound refreshing, Descendents also crafts spirits, ciders, and sodas to quench your thirst in the summer heat.
Tingle your curiosity with mind-bending exhibits born on the crossroads of science, art and culture at THEMUSEUM. This unique museum is filled with a variety interactive pieces that will leave you in awe.
There, you can discover the secret of laying on a bed of nails… by actually doing it. You can dive into your own musical expression with one of the museums many sound exhibitions, or play with any one of the museums 15 permanent (and quirky) exhibitions.
Where to Stay?
If you are looking for the most immersive Ever After experience, camping is highly recommended.
There are several different camping packages, General Admission camping being the most popular. As well, they offer QUBE camping, which steps it up slightly by providing you and your 3 coolest friends with a 40×40 camping space, power, and drinking water.
Off-site camping options are also available (for a lower price, with shuttle services included). Plus, Ever After provides RV camping options. So many options!
However, container and cabin camping are sadly already sold out — more inspiration to get everything set up as early as possible!
Before choosing any accommodation outside the festival, you should know Ever After Fest doesn’t allow re-entry/ins. This means once you leave the festival, you can only come back the following day. Therefore lodging outside the festival is only a great option if you want to stay in Kitchener and the area some days before or after.
One of Ever After’s favorite hotels is the superb Walper Hotel, located only 2.5 miles from the festival grounds, and only $106 a night — a great deal for it’s quality, especially if the cost is split among friends.
Another exceptional hotel option is the beautiful Les Diplomates B&B. Located only 4.5 miles from the festival, this hotel is wonderfully peaceful with an outdoor garden and terrace to relax from all the festival hustle n’ bustle.
Use the services of trusted house sitters for your pets so your animals stay safe.
Where to Eat?
While preparing to dance and shake your groove-thang all day, it is of utmost importance to make sure you are fueling your body with proper nutrients.
Luckily, the wide variety of food vendors provided at Ever After fest will be there to save the day! From nom-worthy munchie food like pizza and donuts, to healthy and vegan options such as falafel pitas at Pita Pit.
What to Wear?
Get ready for the rain
Bring shoes you don’t mind getting destroyed (yes, footwear be the least fashionable part of your festival attire). We give this warning because, in June, Canada’s skies love to rain.
In previous years, the rain has enjoyed the show just as much as the attendees, so it’s good to prepare for it’s company. That means rain jackets, rain boots, and not umbrellas. Umbrellas in a crowd? That’s just rude.
Cozy bed clothes
Although the summer days are generally warm (average high is 74F, but can it can get as hot as 98F), the summer nights can be a bit frigid. Be sure to bring some cozy clothes to collapse into before bed, your body will thank you.
Also, as mentioned before, wear ear protection. Also, protect those pretty eyes of yours from the sun.
Let your clothes be loud!
Last, but certainly not least, be loud. Yes, be loud with what you wear. After all, how often can you dress up like David Bowie and unicorns and only get hugs and congratulations for it? This is your chance.
Be loud. Look bright. Get weird.
How to Get There?
The most convenient airport to fly into is Toronto Pearson International Airport, a 1 hour drive from the festival grounds.
The festival shuttle will operate from the Kitchener Holiday Inn/Best Western and Residence Inn. A shuttle will also be provided from the Cambridge Sunbridge Hotel. Shuttle schedules will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival.
From Toronto airport and Toronto center to Kitchener:
If you’re arriving from Toronto to Kitchener, there are 3 ways to get to the festival:
The cheapest option. Buses leave nearly every 20 minutes through the Go system and arrive around 2:30 hours. prices are 10-20 Canadian Dollars. From Kitchener central station take line 34 to the Ever After Festival grounds.
The expensive option. Trains leave around every 45 minutes and arrive Kitchener around 2:30 hours. Prices range from 35-85 Canadian Dollars. From the train station walk a little towards the station of line 34 to the festival grounds.
If you want to rent a car, a drive to Kitchener is around an hour, the shortest amount.
From the Chicago Union Station, take the Amtrak line to the Port Huron station on the border of Michigan and Canada. This line operates once per day, takes 6.5 hours to travel, and tickets range from $50 – $150 depending on traffic.
Cross the border into Sarnia, and continue to the Sarnia train station. For $30 – $90, you can take a train leaving every 3 hours to Kitchener. From the Kitchener/Weber Rail Station, you can bus to the stop Victoria/Path to Rothsay for $3, which will put you within a 10 minute walk from the festival. This route will take about 11 hours, and cost from $89 – $236.
From the Greyhound Station in Chicago, you can take the Greyhound Canada line to London, Ontario. This bus leaves 3 times a day, takes about 9 hours, and will cost between $35 – $95. From London, Ontario, you can bus to Kitchener in 1.5 hours for $12 – $35.
To get to the festival grounds, simply take one of the many busses leaving from Charles Terminal to the stop in Victoria/Path to Rothsay stop, from where you can walk a quarter mile (400 meters) to the festival entrance. In total, bussing from Chicago will take about 12 hours and cost between $55 – $135.
From Chicago there are many driving routes to get to Kitchener, but all of them will take 7 hours or more. Start out heading out of Chicago on the I-90E for 23 miles towards Indiana. Take exit 21 for I-94E towards Detroit. Stay on I-94E for 74 miles and then take exit 108 toward Ft Wayne/Lansing. Then, turn left onto I-69 N and follow for 41 miles.
Merge right onto I-69 E and follow signs toward Flint for 119 miles. Use left lane to take exit 199 for I-94 E. From there, follow signs to Canada/Lexington and stay on ON-402 E and ON-401 E for about 120 miles. Then, take exit 278B for King St E/Regional Road 8 toward Kitchener-Waterloo. Finally, continue down King St E to the Ever After Music Festival grounds in Kitchener.
From Gare Centrale station in Montreal, there are many trains leaving throughout the day to Toronto. This ride will take about 5 hours and tickets cost between $50 – $170. From Toronto’s Union Station, you can catch one of the VIA Rail lines leaving every hour to Kitchener.
This ride will take 1.5 hours and cost $25 – $70. From Kitchener/Weber Station, you can bus to the Victoria/Path to Rothsay stop, and take a short walk to the festival entrance. This route will take around 8 hours and cost between $80 – $240.
Next to the Bonaventure Metro station in Montreal, Megabus CA busses leave to Toronto every 3 hours. This ride will take almost 6 hours and cost $35 – $55. From Toronto, you can bus directly to Kitchener with one of the many bus lines leaving throughout the day.
Tickets for this bus cost between $12 – $35, and the ride takes a little over 1.5 hours. From Kitchener, you can transfer to the Charles Bus Terminal, and bus to the Victoria/Path to Rothsay stop, from where you can walk to the entrance of the festival. The total estimated travel time is around 8 hours and 40 minutes, with the total cost between $53 – $92.
From New York
From New York City’s central train station, Pennsylvania Station, you can catch one of the VIA Rail lines leaving once a day (in the morning) to Toronto. Tickets cost between $70 – $250, and the journey will take 12.5 hours.
Thankfully, from Toronto you are just a 1.5 hour train ride away from Kitchener, with tickets costing between $25 – $70 and trains leaving every hour.
From Kitchener/Weber station, you can catch a bus to the Victoria/Path to Rothsay stop, which will get you within walking distance of the festival. In all this route will take 15 hours to travel, and cost between $100 – $320.
From New York City’s MegaBus bus station, you can take a bus directly into Toronto for about $45-$60, the trip will take around 12 hours.
From Toronto, you can take the Grand River Bus service from the Charles bus station to the Victoria/Path to Rothsay stop, this will only cost you about $3 and take about 15 minutes. From there, you can either walk to the festival, or take a taxi for about $15.
Ever After Festival History
The first ever, Ever After Fest took place in May, 2015. Being that the festival isn’t very old, it has an impressive following. It’s success is based largely off of 23-year-old founder Gabriel Mattacchione’s big philosophy. “It’s not just about the music and whoever is onstage.
Everyone’s seen everyone. What we try to do is provide other entertainments and an experiential piece tied to the music on an ambient level,” Mattacchione states in an interview with The Record. . .
And what he’s done is just that. He’s found a way to make his electronic music festival stand out from all the others — the festival is often compared to the concept of Alice in Wonderland. It is somewhat of a “create your own fairy tale,” as Mattacchione describes.
Produced by Beyond Oz Productions (a fitting name) and paired with this conceptual and experiential philosophy in mind, Ever After Music Festival has seen soaring success since it’s conception in 2015. It’s momentum is far from slowing down.