Welcome to the 40th Calgary Folk Music Festival, one of Canada's flagship, trailblazing music festivals held annually since 1980 at the beautiful Prince's Island Park in Calgary, Alberta! Our broad, cutting-edge programming boasts over seventy artists from sixteen countries on eight stages in concerts and collaborative sessions featuring everything from folk to funk to fresh hip hop. While on our Island village, revel in activities for the whole family, explore our handmade arts market, delight in global cuisines, and relax in our tree-shaded Big Rock Brewery beer garden.
Bring your camera
Bring your service animal
Have a good time
Bring a festival chair
Don't bring your tripod
Don't bring your pet
Don't harass anyone
Don't bring a beach chair
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.
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. If you are unable to sit in a low-lying chair due to medical reasons, we offer accessible seating to the side of the stage with standard size chairs and viewing screens. Don't worry about bringing your own chair, they are provided for you.
You are welcome and encouraged to capture your Festival experience with small cameras and mobile devices. Please respect other audience member and artist by using discretion while shooting and leave your tripods and long lenses at home. Photos you take must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, event volunteers may alert you. Due to artist copyright issues, we do not permit patrons to record any performances, audio or video.
Share your photos with us and tag us on social media, @calgaryfolkfest! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for the latest content from our professional photo and video volunteers or see the highlights at calgaryfolkfest.com.
Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted to be brought into the Festival. Alcohol is not permitted to be brought in, but we have a full Beer Garden featuring Big Rock Beer and cider, as well as wine and sangria.
The sessions are collaborative performances featuring several artists sharing one stage. From folk themes to hip-hop, the sessions have something for everyone.
The Folk Festival Society of Calgary (FFSC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy event in which to enjoy music, volunteer and work. Our Cannabis Consumption area is located past Stage 6 at the North East side of the Festival grounds. (See map.) The hours are:
- Thursday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Friday 2:00 PM – 11:30 PM
- Saturday 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
- Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
We would like to remind patrons, staff, volunteers and vendors and contracted workers that:
- Our events are “Smoke-Free” outside of the designated tobacco smoking and cannabis consumption areas and guided by The City of Calgary ("City") Bylaws.
Bringing Cannabis onto Prince's Island Park (PIP) will be allowed and is subject to the Cannabis Act which states you must:
- Medical Cannabis users please only carry your daily needs. You may be asked to demonstrate you are authorized to carry cannabis products at the request of a police officer.
- Volunteers, vendors and workers please note accommodating the use of medical cannabis / marijuana does not entitle:
- All volunteers are expected to arrive sober at the start of shift and remain sober for the duration.
- Staff, board, contractors, vendors and suppliers must be compliant with the consumption policies of their employer.
- Commercially manufactured edible cannabis products are currently not legal in Canada for recreational purposes, therefore will not be allowed on Prince's Island Park (PIP).
Should you encounter anyone who appears to be in medical distress or is unresponsive as a result of consuming cannabis, alcohol or other unidentified substances please find an event volunteer (red shirt) and they will call first aid and assist.
Choose an environmental option to get to the Festival! We have a free, volunteer-run bike lock-up just north of Main Gate on the east side of the Festival grounds. The hours are:
- Thursday 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
- Friday 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
- Saturday 8:30 AM – 12:00 AM
- Sunday 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM
255 Barclay Parade SW
Located in the heart of the city, steps away from Prince’s Island Park, this all-suite, four-diamond downtown hotel provides stunning views.
Cut off is July 1.
610 4th Avenue SW
Large suites with fully equipped kitchens. A free breakfast and free wi-fi are included and it's near shops, restaurants and attractions and blocks from Prince's Island Park.
Rates: $105.00 per night (standard suite); $115.00 per night (one bedroom suite), $135.00 (two bedroom suite). All rates based on double occupancy, additional guests are $10.00 more per person. Taxes and parking are extra. Subject to availability.
Book online at www.regencycalgary.com. Choose your dates, click on 'add code', then 'group attendee', and use 'folk' for the promo code or phone: 403-231-1000. Identify yourself as a Folk Festival patron.
Suite A – 711 4 St. SE
This new, upmarket, modern hotel features modern rooms with microwave, mini-fridge and complimentary wifi, all-day dining, plus room service and a 24-hour convenience mart. It’s in the East Village near major offices and attractions, including the Studio Bell and Central Library. It's a 2-minute walk to the C-train, 10 minutes from Calgary City Hall and the Calgary Tower.
Book by June 25.
220 4 Ave. SW
A lovely suite hotel with full living rooms steps from Prince’s Island Park, the Eau Claire Market, Chinatown and other amenities.
Rates: King suite/king with sofa bed or twin suite, plus free wifi $119.00 per night plus taxes. Premium two bedroom suite: $159. Additional adult charge after 2 people: $ 15.00 each. Children 12 years and under are free. Parking in attached garage: N/C Friday/Saturday, discounted rate of $15 for all other days.
To book: call toll-free at 1-800-661-8627 or direct (403) 290-7875 Calgary Folk Music Festival Group 713353, email email@example.com or book on line.
Booking cutoff is July 3, 2019.