Guest For A Day

Each year, we invite non-profit community groups and families to be part of our Guest For A Day (GFAD) program. This program is designed for people who may not otherwise be able to attend the Festival, to come and experience the wonderful music, food and community. We give complimentary tickets to 30 community groups or families so they can take in the Festival's sights, sounds and tastes!

We always strive to support a variety of groups however, preference will be given to groups that have not participated before.

Applications Are Now Closed

2024 Program Guidelines

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a four-day adventure in music and discovery that happens every July in Manitoba’s Birds Hill Provincial Park.

The Guest for a Day program is an opportunity for you to take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Festival with an experienced folkie as your guide.

Not-for-profit community groups: a maximum of 20 free tickets can be made available to your group (including any staff or attendants).
Individual families with barriers to volunteering or purchasing tickets: a maximum of 8 free tickets can be made available to your family.



  • Tickets are for one day only: Friday, July 12 or Sunday, July 14.
  • Organizations applying agree not to charge a fee to their participants to attend.


  • Lunch vouchers redeemable at participating food vendors are included in your GFAD package.
  • Dinner vouchers may be available upon request if your group is staying at the Festival over both mealtimes.
  • Any additional snacks or drinks are the responsibility of your group.



  • Guest for A Day Charter - Guest for a Day buses leave Winnipeg at 9:30 AM to arrive at the Festival Main Gate at approximately 10:30 AM and return from Birds Hill Provincial Park at 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. If returning by bus, your group must pre-select a return departure time and travel as a group. Guest for a Day buses pick up and drop off participants at the corner of Market Avenue and Lily Street. All participants must meet at this location; we are unable to pick participants up at other locations. Wheelchair-accessible transportation is available upon request. Accommodations can be made for specific pick-up and drop-off locations to meet the needs of your group.
  • Folk Fest Express Bus - Free, accessible transportation is also available through the Folk Fest Express. Enjoy fast and convenient bus service to and from the Festival! Buses run every half-hour from our downtown stop on northbound Memorial between St. Mary Avenue and Portage Avenue, beside Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn (the “old” Hudson’s Bay building across from the Winnipeg Art Gallery). The Folk Fest Express stops on Festival Drive in Birds Hill Provincial Park. Be prepared to walk 10 minutes from the Festival Drive bus stop to the Main Gate (approximately 300 meters on a grass path).
  • Your own vehicles - If you are driving to the Festival, we will provide you with a provincial park permit to enter Birds Hill Park for the day.


Folk Festival Guide

Organizations or families will be paired with a Folk Festival volunteer as your personal guide and expert for the day to support your Festival needs. Volunteer guides are long-time Festival attendees who are very familiar with the Festival experience and site.

Choose one of three different types of support from your volunteer guide:

    1. Guide for the day - Enjoy the support of a Festival expert to guide you through the entire day, including choosing stages, identifying what types of food are available at various vendors, and showing you how to find your way around. Your guide will meet your group at the gate to give you wristbands to access the Festival and support you throughout the day.
    2. Guide for wristbands and a tour of the site - Your guide will meet your group at the gate to give you wristbands to access the Festival and take you on a tour to share what the Festival has to offer. Your guide will also be available upon request to meet you at the end of your day to follow up and ensure you had a great experience.
    3. Guide for wristbands only (recommended for groups with members who have been to the Festival before) - Your guide will meet your group at the gate to give you your wristbands to access the Festival site and answer any questions you may have. Your guide will also be available upon request to meet you at the end of your day to follow up and ensure you had a great experience.


Applicant Responsibilities

  • Arrival Time
    • Ensure all participants from your group arrive between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
    • Confirm your arrival time with your volunteer guide.
    • If your group has different arrival times, please communicate this with your volunteer guide in advance.
  • Communication
    • An excellent experience for your participants happens when your group is engaged in communicating with us to get all necessary information in advance.
    • The Festival is available to work with you to ensure your needs are met. The more contact you have with us, the better equipped we will be to support you!
    • Please reply to emails or phone calls in a timely manner.
    • Communicate any accessibility needs, special requests and changes to the contact person for your organization as soon as possible.
  • You agree not to use these passes for fundraisers, silent auctions, volunteer appreciation or in any way that generates revenue for your organization or family.
  • Participant Responsibilities
    • We ask everyone attending the festival to keep our community safe and happy by following our participant responsibilities. Please read up on your responsibilities found here.


Important Information 

  • The Winnipeg Folk Festival takes place on a very large area of land. Expect to walk at least a few kilometers during the day and prepare accordingly with comfortable shoes. 
  • The site land is rough and uneven in some places; it is important that you are able to navigate through the park landscape either alone or with an attendant. If you have questions regarding this, please contact us before your arrival at the Festival. 
  • The Festival happens rain or shine! Prepare for any kind of weather and note that finding shaded areas can be difficult - bring hats and sunscreen. 
  • Because our Festival is so popular, expect large crowds, lots of loud music and some long line-ups. 
  • Bottled water is not for sale at the Festival, so make sure to bring a water bottle or drinking cup to fill up for FREE at any of the water stations located throughout the site (marked with blue flags). 
  • Be safe and have fun! 

Applications are due by Friday, April 19, 2024.

GFAD contact information:

Danielle Pilon, Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Phone: 204-560-1677