Calgary Folk Music Festival is 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 near and far playing 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.
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.