People & Music

The People

  • There’s something magical about Folk Fest that makes everyone who attends feel like their best selves. A special community forms at the Festival, people of all ages that you’ve never met feel like neighbours and friends, making the atmosphere welcoming and relaxed.
  • The Festival is run by 24 permanent and contract staff and overseen by a volunteer board of 15 very nice people – it’s a non-profit AND a charity. Learn more about the organization and the folks that work there on the About Us page.
  • Over 2,800 volunteers help run the four-day Festival. Many have been volunteering with the Festival for 20, 30 and 40 years but are always ready to welcome new faces to the Folk Fest family! They are happy to help you at any turn. If you're interested in volunteering check out the Volunteer page.

The Music

  • More than just folk! We have a little something for everyone with a range of roots, indie rock, electronic, country, Celtic, Americana and genres from around the globe. Many of the 75+ artists in our lineup are playing in Manitoba for the very first time! 
  • We have nine stages throughout the Festival site. During the day, these stages are home to concerts, workshops and family programming. In the evenings, Main Stage is where our headlining bands play while Big Blue @ Night has more alternative music to groove to. 
  • Daytime workshops are a huge part of the “discovery” aspect of Folk Fest, for Festivalgoers and artists alike. Workshops allow artists to jam with other artists they may have never had the opportunity to collaborate with and YOU get to discover new music as part of a one-time-only experience!
  • Award-winning Family Festivities. The Chickadee Big Top is home to live children’s music and fun Friday through Sunday. Located right beside it is the Family Area with games, crafts, reading, face-painting, puppetry and more. Families spend quality time together here throughout the weekend. But please note that this is not a drop-off area for kids to be looked after by volunteers.