Festival FAQ

When s the 2018 Calgary Folk Music Festival?

Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, 2018

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

 

Mainstage 
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 Stage 4 Evening
Thursday 5:45 - 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 6:15 – 10:15 PM

Session and concert programming

Friday 3:00 – 5:45 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Family Zone
Saturday and 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

Concessions
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

Arts 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 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM (Saturday)
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 on the east side of the island across the bridge from Eau Claire Market.

 

Who’s Performing?

See the full lineup here.

 

When Do Tickets Go On Sale?

They are on sale now!

 

How Do I Volunteer?

Apply to become a volunteer here.

 

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 take a look at our sponsor page.

 

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

Artist submissions for the 2018 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, 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?

Apply to be an Arts Market vendor here. Applications for 2018 have closed.

 

How Do I Apply To Be A Concessionaire?

Apply to be a food vendor here. Applications for 2018 have closed.

 

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 collector's 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?

All festival 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?

See the full lineup and evening schedule here.

 

What’s A Session/Workshop?

The sessions are arguably the most exciting and unique aspects of the Festival. 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?

Call us at 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.