Health & Safety

We all look forward to these four days in July, so of course it’s important to stay safe and look out for each other. We want your Folk Fest experience to be as wonderful as you’ve been imagining all year!

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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

The Winnipeg Folk Festival will no longer require proof of vaccination for audience members to attend the 2022 Festival.  

This decision was made after carefully considering feedback from our community, the size of the outdoor space, changes in public health orders and to be consistent with industry standards at live events in the province and across the country. 

Vaccination requirements will remain in place for anyone working at the Festival, including artists, staff, board members, volunteers, media, backstage guests and vendors. Performers have a busy summer of touring ahead and we need to give them the best opportunity to be able to perform at our Festival and on the rest of their tours. We also want to look after our team and ensure the sustainability of the Festival. 

This was a very difficult decision and we hope our fellow folkies can take this journey with us as we navigate the changes in government mandates and make the return home for the first time since 2019.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to our FAQ’s.


We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding through this pandemic. We made the best decisions we could with the information we had and will continue to do so. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Safer Spaces Policy

We believe EVERYONE has the right to experience the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF) as a safe place where they are welcome and respected.  

As an organization, we encourage creativity, freedom of expression and attire, and respectful discussion, but not at the harm of others - regardless of attendees’ intentions.  

We believe that every individual, no matter their gender, ability, age, ethnicity and sexuality should feel safe and comfortable in our environment and free from any negativity or harm due to others’ display of symbols, actions or words. Any form of discrimination, harassment, sexual violence and/or assault, disorderly conduct or any behaviour verbal or physical that demeans or marginalizes another will not be tolerated. 

It is also important to remember that the WFF and its campgrounds are subject to provincial and federal laws. Please respect the valuable work that law enforcement officers and our own Safety and Security Folk volunteers in blue vests do to keep everyone in our Folk Fest community safe. 

When you join us at the WFF, our Festival Campground and/or Quiet Campground, you agree to the safer spaces policy. Let’s support each other and ensure our community continues to be one of inclusiveness and respect!