Participant Responsibilities

Everyone has a fun, relaxed time when they know what to expect. Here are some of the really important things we need you to know as a Winnipeg Folk Fest ticketholder.

Your attendance at the Winnipeg Folk Fest, the Festival Campground and/or Quiet Campground signifies your agreement to these rules and failure to comply with any of these guidelines is grounds for eviction without refund.

In the Quiet and Festival Campgrounds, anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian, with a limit of four minors per adult, who will be held solely responsible for the actions of the minors under their care. We reserve the right to ask for proof of age.

For your safety, vehicles and bags are subject to search by Folk Fest staff and volunteers for stowaways, excessive amounts of alcohol and all other prohibited materials.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival does not allow and may confiscate: household furniture, amplified music, drum kits, print materials for distribution, unauthorized generators, glass, pets, anything for commercial vending, illegal drugs, binge drinking devices, firearms/weapons, fireworks and other explosives.

This is a LEAVE NO TRACE event. You are responsible to pack out everything you bring in. Campsites must be maintained and kept clean. Anything that has a larger impact (e.g. digging holes, using lumber) must be pre-approved by the Festival.

You must bring sufficient resources (i.e. food, money, shelter, clothing/footwear) for your entire stay.

Wristbands must be worn at all times and shown for entry into Winnipeg Folk Festival campgrounds and the Festival site. Wristbands are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and cannot be replaced. If you remove, stretch or tamper with your wristband in any way, you will not be allowed entry.

Open alcohol is not allowed in the Festival site, parking lots, on trails, roads, Pope’s Hill or anywhere outside the Festival or Quiet Campgrounds. Alcohol is not allowed in the Festival site unless it is purchased and consumed in the Festival taverns.

Disorderly conduct, drunkenness, illegal drugs, obscene or abusive language, failure to follow directions from Folk Fest volunteers and/or crude or rowdy behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in immediate eviction without a refund.

You understand and accept that other than for personal use, images, film or video obtained at the event may not be used without prior written permission from the Winnipeg Folk Festival. You understand that you have no rights to make any non-personal use of any images, film or video footage obtained at the event and that you cannot sell, transfer or give images or footage to any other party except for personal use. You agree to inform anyone to whom you give film or video footage that it can only be used for personal (non-commercial) use.

You acknowledge that people are using video and photographic cameras at the event and that your image may be captured on video or photographs that may subsequently be displayed or disseminated without your consent or payment of compensation to you, and you release the Winnipeg Folk Festival from any legal liability for such filming, photographing or dissemination.

You consent to have medical treatment that may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and/or illness during the event. You release the Winnipeg Folk Festival and all persons participating in any such medical treatment from all legal liability for any such actions.

You assume all risks and danger incidental to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, including loss or damage to property, personal injury or death, and hereby forever release, discharge and hold the Winnipeg Folk Festival, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents or representatives harmless from any claim arising from such risk, even if arising from the negligence of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents or representatives, or by third parties. You assume full responsibility and liability for your participation in and attendance of the Festival.

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued for any reason, even if the event is terminated early or cancelled due to acts of nature, government regulation or conditions beyond the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s control.

Law Enforcement

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a wonderfully expressive, inclusive, and interactive environment that can sometimes feel like an escape from the real world, but the Festival Campground and all other areas of the Winnipeg Folk Festival are subject to provincial and federal laws. If you violate these laws, you may be subject to arrest.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival does not promote or condone the use of illegal drugs, excessive drinking or underage drinking. The Winnipeg Folk Festival works with law enforcement officers to patrol the Festival and all campgrounds. 

It is not our mission to police your lifestyle or inhibit self-expression. Law enforcement officers at the Festival are simply fulfilling the same function as the police in any community – helping to ensure safe homes and safe communities. It is their duty to respond to any infraction of the law that is in plain view or is brought to their attention. Please respect the valuable work that they do to keep everyone in our Festival community safe.

Safety Volunteers and Security

Winnipeg Folk Festival safety volunteers (in blue vests) help facilitate a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. They have discretion and authority to ensure that the Participant Responsibilities are met by all. Please assist them by following their instructions when asked to do so.

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