Festival FAQ

When Is the 2017 Calgary Folk Music Festival?

Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 30


Times (Subject To Change): Wristbanding & Box Office

Thursday – wristbanding/box office: 2:00 pm. Gate: 4:00 pm  

Friday – wristbanding/box office: 1:30 pm. Gate 2:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday – wristbanding/box office: 8:30 am. Gates 9:30 am


Thursday 5:30 – 10:00 pm • Friday 5:45  – 11:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 – 11:30 pm • Sunday 5:30 - 10:00 pm

National evening stage 4
Thursday 5:45 - 10:00 pm
Friday / Saturday 6:15pm – 10:15 pm

Session and concert programming Friday 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm Saturday / Sunday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Family Zone Saturday / Sunday 
11:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Record tent & festival merchandise 
Thursday 4:30 – 10:30 pm • Friday 2:00 – 10:30 pm 
Saturday 9:30 am – 10:30 pm / Sunday 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Beer Garden
Thursday 4:30 –10:00 pm • Friday 2:00 – 11:30 pm 
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:30 pm • Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Thursday 4:00 – 10:00 pm • Friday 2:00 – 11:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 11:30 pm • Sunday 9:30 am – 10:00 pm

Artisan market
Thursday 4:30 – 10:00 pm • Friday 2:00 – 10:00 pm 
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm • Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Bicycle lock-Up 

Thursday 3:00 – 11:00 pm • Friday 11 am – 12:30 am

Saturday 8:30 am – 11:30 pm • Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 pm



Where’s It Held?

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is held at Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary, Alberta, right on the Bow River. The main gates are at the east side of the island across the bridge from Eau Claire Market. Here's a map of the Island.


Who’s Performing?

The lineup for the 2017 festival can be found here http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/artists/


When Do Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets are currently on sale here.


How Do I Volunteer?

Volunteer applications are currently closed. See our Volunteer page for more information.


How Can I Become A Sponsor And Help The Festival Grow?

We have a wide range of ways that you can help the Festival. To learn more about our demographics and mutual benefits of sponsorship, download our Sponsor's Guide at the links below or visit our Supporters Page.


Do You Accept Submissions? How Can My Band/Artist Play The Festival?

Artist submissions for the 2017 festival are now closed. 


What Are Reduced Mobility Options And Access?

We provide covered seating for people with reduced mobility. If you need assistance reaching the festival site, please either arrive at the East Gate (no vehicle access) or drive to the West Gate (see map), where we will signal a golf cart to transport you to the seating area. Chairs are provided for your comfort. Patrons needing a caregiver must still purchase a ticket, but the caregiver is admitted free.


Can I Bring A Camera To The Festival And Take Photos?

Festival patrons are welcome to take amateur photos. However, it is important that you respect other audience members and the artists by using discretion while shooting. Photos must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, security or media volunteers may alert you. All non-professional cameras will be permitted. If you want to see some great professional photos of the festival, check out our Flickr page! And if you are a professional photographer with a portfolio and want to help capture the magic, be sure to apply for our Photography volunteer crew!


Can I Use Video Or Audio Recording Devices?

Festival patrons are welcome to take amateur photos with non-professional cameras and phones. Please respect other audience members and artists by using discretion while shooting. Photos must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, security or media volunteers may alert you. Check out our Flickr page for great professional photos of the Festival. Due to artist copyright issues we do not permit patrons to record any performances, some of the performances we have secured the rights to end up on our YouTube channel!


Can My Pet (Dog, Cat, Ferret, Teacup Pig Etc.) Accompany Me To The Festival?

No. With up to 12,000 people daily at the Festival, there just isn’t room for the little (or big) critters. Service dogs with appropriate accreditation are the only exception.


What's Your Policy On Food And Alcohol?

Your tarp spot on the main field is a great place to indulge in some great food from our varied and delicious food vendors, but if you would like to bring in your own food, feel free. Alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the event, but we have a full Beer Garden featuring Big Rock Beer and cider as well as wine and our festival favourite, sangria! 


I'd Like To Sell My Art, Jewellery, Etc. How Do I Apply?

Arts market vendor applications for 2017 are now closed. Arts market applications for 2018 will be opened in early 2018.


How Do I Apply To Be A Concessionaire?

Food vendor applications for 2017 are now closed. Food vendor applications for 2018 will be opened in early 2018.


What Do You Mean By "Festival Chairs"? Can I Bring My Lawn Chair To Sit In?

Festival chair is the designation we give to chairs with legs shorter than 8 inches. If you can roll a basketball under it, it's too high! We want all of our patrons to comfortably view the performances. We will be selling CFMF-approved chairs in the festival merchandise tent. They also make a great collectors item.


What If I Can't Sit In A Low Lying Chair?

If you are unable to sit in a low chair due to medical concerns, we do have a designated area to the side of the stage with standard sized chairs and viewing screens. Don't worry about bringing your own chair, they are provided for you.


Are Tickets Refundable?

Sorry, but tickets are non-refundable. The festival runs rain or shine, and we really mean it! Treat your tickets like cash. However, if a show is cancelled or rescheduled, a full refund will be available by calling the box office at 403-233-0904.


When Are My Favourite Artists Performing?

The schedule for the 2017 festival is available here http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/artists/.


What’s A Session/Workshop?

The sessions are arguably the most exciting and unique aspects of the Festival. On Friday, July 28 from 3 – 6 pm, Saturday, July 29 from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm and Sunday, July 30 from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, 6 stages operate in tandem, uniting a variety of musicians placed together to make magic! Think of it like an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, with tons of people on stage interacting and jamming through songs and covers. Each session has a particular theme or concept, such as punk folk roots, bluegrass jams, world music, or techno - bringing together a diverse group of artists for some 100% spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime performances. With 6 stages, the hardest choice is deciding which ones to see.


Still have an unanswered question?

Drop us a line at heather@calgaryfolkfest.com, call 403-233-0904, or come by our office at 1215 10 Ave SE.

Our office hours are as follows:

Monday to Friday | 9 am - 5 pm • Saturday and Sunday | CLOSED


On The Island

Other site activities include all the sights, sounds and smells of the festival, which is like an idyllic small town for a fabulous long weekend. Social activists, stuff kids love to do, a lantern parade, culinary delights, tree-shaded beer garden, an award- winning environmental program and artisan market.