Festival Info

So, you’re thinking about coming to the Winnipeg Folk Fest? Ready to enjoy the outdoors, relax, meet some friendly music-lovers and discover your next favourite artists? Welcome! Let’s start you off by giving you the low-down on what to expect so you can come prepped and ready for fun.

Hours of Operation

Provincial Park

Wednesday to Sunday 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Main Gate Box Office

Thursday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Festival Hours

Thursday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – Midnight
Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Audience Services

Thursday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Main Stage Seating

OPENS APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES AFTER MAIN GATE OPENS (or 30 minutes before Main Stage performances start if ground is wet)

Daytime Stages

Thursday SILENT
Friday to Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Family Area

Thursday SILENT
Friday to Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Folk School

Thursday SILENT
Friday to Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Main Stage

Thursday 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 6:00 PM – Midnight
Sunday 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Big Blue @ Night

Thursday SILENT
Friday & Saturday 7:00 PM – Midnight
Sunday SILENT

Food Village

Thursday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – Midnight
Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Hand-Made Village

Thursday 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday to Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Music Store Tent

Thursday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Cabela's Store

Thursday 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Big Rock Tavern

Thursday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM – Midnight
Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Liquor Mart Tavern

Thursday CLOSED
Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM – Midnight
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Vaccination Policy

Government-issued proof of full vaccination is required for all in-person shows, including the 2022 Winnipeg Folk Festival, in accordance with current public health orders and feedback from the overwhelming majority of our audience survey respondents.

We’re making the best decision possible to keep our community safe so we can get back to supporting the live music industry. We thank you for your understanding and for continuing to support the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and our commitment to the community!

To read our full statement and Vaccination Policy please visit our Health & Safety page.

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 18 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. 

On the Festival Site

  • Download the Winnipeg Folk Fest app before you get to the Festival for artist bios, schedules, a site map and other useful information. Available for download in the App Store or on Google Play.
  • Join us in the Festival Village – a great meeting place marked with the very identifiable Festival Tower and home to a variety of services.  
    • If you're hungry you'll find 20+ food vendors offering plenty of healthy, ethical, affordable and sustainable food choices.
    • The Hand-Made Village where nearly 50 artisans from across Canada sell their handcrafted works including jewelry, clothing, pottery and musical instruments.
    • The Main Tavern is located in this area in case you need to cool down with a refreshing beverage with your choice of beer, cider, wine or cooler. 
    • The Festival Music Store is where you can purchase Festival and artist merchandise.
    • Audience Services is run by a wonderful crew of volunteers and there you can get a Festival schedule, charge your phone and bring or search for lost and found items. 
    • ATMs are also located right near the Festival Music Store and Audience Services. In an effort to reduce cash transactions most of our vendors offer contactless payment options.
  • Main Stage seating area. If you’re keen to get a front-row seat, arrive at 10:00 AM for gate opening and get into the designated lineup to receive a tarp ticket. Your tarp ticket lets you participate in the tarp shuffle to claim your spot for the evening at Main Stage.
  • Dancing at Main Stage. If you want to get up and dance, there are big spaces to the right of the centre seating area and behind the Main Stage sound booth.
  • Gotta go? We have many well-maintained porta-potties on-site stocked full of toilet paper! There are over 150 of them, conveniently located and accessible so there’s never much of a wait.
  • In need of accessibility services? We offer a range of services to create an experience that can be enjoyed by all. To see a full list of those services please visit the Accessibility page. 
  • Safety first! If you're looking for more information on First Aid & Wellness, bad weather, emergency info and more visit our Safety and Services page.

What to Bring

  • Stay hydrated. Environmental sustainability is a top priority at our Festival so we do not sell bottled water. Be sure to bring your own water bottle from home - or buy one at the Festival Music Store and fill up on some cool, clean water. Our taps on-site are marked with tall blue flags.
  • Bring snacks. You must be nourished to fully enjoy the music! Bring your own snacks or buy from any of our delicious food vendors with local, organic and fair trade food – including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options – for great prices.
  • Be prepared for all weather conditions. This includes hats and sunblock for the hot sunny days and hoodies, raincoats and boots in case of cooler weather or rain.
  • Get ready to be on your feet. The site is big and the last thing you want is a painful blister to ruin your weekend so make sure you have good walking (and dancing!) footwear.
  • Get charged up. Using your phone to access the Festival app, connect with friends and snap great pictures is going to drain the battery. Bring your phone’s charging cord and drop your phone off with the volunteers at the BellMTS Charging Station for free. They’ll look after it for you while you enjoy the music.
  • A chair or tarp to set up at Main Stage. Chairs no taller than two feet and 8’x10’ tarps are welcome in the seating area. Chairs taller than two feet and wheelchairs go to the left of the centre seating area. 

What NOT to Bring

  • Glass products
  • Household furniture
  • Amplified music
  • Drum kits
  • Drones
  • Print materials for distribution
  • Unauthorized generators
  • Pets (service dogs welcome)
  • Commercial vending
  • Illegal drugs
  • Binge drinking devices
  • Laser pointers
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Sky/Chinese/Kongming lanterns
  • Fireworks and other explosives
  • Alcohol (on the Festival site)

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Transportation to Birds Hill Provincial Park

  • The Folk Fest Express is a popular, free bus service that runs every half-hour from downtown Winnipeg to Festival Drive in Birds Hill Park. It takes just under an hour and all you need is a ticket or wristband to ride! All busses are accessible.
  • If you’re driving to Birds Hill Park it only takes 20 minutes from the north perimeter of the city up Highway 59. We encourage carpooling! Our parking area is divided into two lots – the east lot and the west lot – and both require a brief walk to the gate. Fair warning: be prepared for a short wait at the end of the night as it takes time to make sure all attendees get out of the park safely.
  • Birds Hill Park isn’t that far away from the city – close enough to bike to, in fact! The ride from downtown Winnipeg to the Folk Fest site takes about two hours.

Camping Info

There are two separate campgrounds that operate specifically for the Festival weekend. The Festival Campground and the Quiet Campground. The provincial park campground is also available to Folk Festers but spots for the weekend get booked up immediately when they become available in March through the park’s reservation system.

The Festival Campground is a busy campground of 6,000. This campground is a big group-use area and while there are many spots away from the action to get a good night's sleep, we recommend bringing a pair of earplugs just in case. It is about a 10-minute walk from the campground gate to the Festival site or 20 minutes from the far end of the campground. Biking is also a popular way to get around there. 

The Quiet Campground should be your choice if you’re looking for a good sleep after a long day of basking in the sun and dancing to the music. It's a popular spot for families and is located in a beautiful forested area located about 4 km from the Festival site. A shuttle can take you to the Festival and back. Biking is also a nice way to get to and from!