The Canmore Folk Music Festival takes place in Centennial Park and at the Miners’ Union Hall in the heart of downtown Canmore
A large flat field, the site includes a large number of tall, lodgepole pines around the main stage area that provide shade during the day and protection from rain should the weather gods decide to give us that for the weekend. The majority of the site, however, is open field, so please bring what you need for rain or shine.
Remember, all of these details are available in the program guide.
Gate Opening & Closing Times
- 3:30 p.m. Advance Ticket Gate opens
- 4 p.m. Main Gate opens
- 9:30 p.m. Main Gate closes
- 9:30 a.m. Coral opens
- 10:00 a.m. Main Gate opens
- 9:30 p.m. Main Gate closes
- 9:30 a.m. Coral opens
- 10:00 a.m. Main Gate opens
- 9:00 p.m. Main Gate closes
Saturday and Sunday evening the last act is meant to get you up and shaking your tail feathers or “Bear Butt”. Here are the “Bear Necessities” so you know what’s up!
If you place your tarp in front of the yellow rope (within 30 feet from the stage) your tarp space is yours until the last act Saturday or Sunday. At around 9:45 pm. Sat/Sun. (only) you will want to gather up your stuff and be ready to welcome your fellow folkie into the “D-zone”. Stay if you like or move off to the sides. People behind the “D-zone” will be able to leave their tarps down, but we hope you’ll be up shakin’ too. Dancing any other time is in the designated dancing areas. Watch out for each other and be nice. Bear hugs are optional.
People who have purchased advance tickets receive priority seating at the Canmore Folk Festival. Those who wish to claim seats early should line up at the advance ticket gate before 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday. (Warning: lineups often start to form hours before the gate opens.)
No one can claim seating space before the piper pipes the queue from the gate and across the soccer field. Piping takes place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday. A separate line-up at the gate will form for people who are purchasing tickets at the gate. They will be allowed onto the grounds at 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday. You must be physically present to receive a wristband at either gate. You cannot send a friend to buy your ticket for you.
Your tarp/blanket site is limited to 6X8 feet. Festival-style chairs are allowed throughout the main stage seating area, but are restricted to 24 inches high, from the ground to the top of the chair back, including a maximum leg length of eight inches. Special areas are designated to the rear of the crowd for taller lawn chairs. Any complaints about chair height should be directed to our Security volunteers, who can be identified by their red T-shirts.
There is no reserved seating at the side stages. Please do not leave your tarps or chairs unattended in these areas.
Please bring individual rain apparel, as large “group tarps” meant to cover whole groups interfere with the ability of those sitting behind them to see the stage.
The Canmore Folk Music Festival occupies a very limited site. We do NOT allow small tents to be set up on site.
All-day parking is available on any of the numerous streets surrounding the Canmore Folk Fest site. Please do NOT block residential driveways if you choose street parking. There is also limited parking in the Lawrence Grassi Middle School parking lot on Seventh Ave., adjacent to our site, and throughout Canmore’s downtown area in the numerous free public parking lots. Please be aware that this is one of the busiest weekends of the year for Canmore, so be prepared to walk a few blocks from your car to the gate.
If you need assistance, ask a festival volunteer. Security personnel can be identified by their red T-shirts. All other volunteers will be wearing light blue T-shirts this year.
Wayward children will be taken to the info booth, and an announcement will be made from the stage. Parents, take a minute at the gate to write your cell phone number inside your child’s wristband so we can speed the reunion.
Emergencies and First Aid
Contact the information booth or a security volunteer. St. John’s Ambulance personnel are on duty for the duration of the festival, located next to the permanent washrooms (the brown building) behind the food booths.
Lost and Found
Inquire at the information booth. All found items should be turned in there. Announcements can be arranged if necessary. If you discover your loss after the festival, or if you haven’t regained your lost item by the end of the weekend, email email@example.com or call the festival office at (403) 678-2524.
An automatic teller machine is located on the east side of the permanent washroom building, just at the rear of the main stage seating area. If the machine is malfunctioning or out of cash, please alert the Info Booth volunteers.
There is secure bicycle parking areas just inside the main gate. Please check at the main gate as you enter, or with any of our security or traffic volunteers, and they will direct you to this area.Please lock your bike, as this area is not patrolled by Security staff. Please do not lock your bike to the park fence — it will be removed.
Fifth Street Closure
Please note that Fifth Street will be closed between Fifth and Sixth Avenues for the duration of the festival. Access to this portion of Fifth Street is limited to booth vendors, committee heads, performers and local residents in possession of the appropriate parking passes. There are no exceptions.
Disabled Access And Drop Off
A handicapped drop-off zone is located adjacent to the Main Gate. On request, security volunteers will assist persons with limited mobility to get settled in the designated seating area. Wheel chairs and tall lawn chairs are grouped together in the main stage seating area to allow clear sight lines for both those patrons and those who choose to sit lower to the ground.
CDs by festival performers, as well as a selection of clothing, sunscreen, lip balm, hats, water bottles and other festival items are available at the product booth. Cash, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted.
Portable washrooms are located on the west side of the permanent washrooms, close to the Artisan Vendor Booth area. Please leave them as clean as possible. If toilet paper needs to be replenished, please inform a volunteer.
There are four “re-hydration stations” located throughout the park – one in center field, one near the front gate and one either end of the Food Vendor row. Please refill your bottles there, and please be respectful of the equipment. These are not toys. Water in single-use plastic bottles will not be offered for sale anywhere on the site.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch to the festival, but security staff may inspect your cooler at the gate for alcoholic beverages. Please adhere to our Zero Waste policies and pack your food in reusable or recyclable containers, or take your garbage home with you.
Garbage and recycling
There are several Resource Recovery stations set up on the festival grounds, at which all waste will be separated and sorted into the appropriate waste recovery bins. Volunteers will be on hand at each of these stations to assist. Please recycle empty drink containers in the appropriate blue bins. Please dispose of all smoking materials in the sand buckets provided. If you can reduce garbage by providing your own re-useable mugs, water bottles and plates, please do so.
Do you want to help us next year? Join more than 500 friendly, helpful volunteers that help make this festival as fabulous as it is. Jobs are varied and require a minimum 10-hour commitment over the course of the weekend. We also have numerous jobs that must be done before and after the festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (403) 678-2524. Check out our volunteer section each spring for instructions on how to sign up.
Kids rock at the Canmore Folk Music Festival! We welcome the wee ones – and not so wee ones – with open arms. In our Family Area, you’ll find clowns and jugglers, a climbing wall, crafts, storytellers and much, much more. The on-site Family Area is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Our family area surrounds the existing permanent playground in the northeast corner of the park, which has equipment for kids of all ages, as well as “adult” playground equipment along the fence. Please be aware that the festival does NOT supervise these playgrounds – parents are responsible for their own children while on the festival site.
Pets are not allowed on the festival grounds, as per municipal bylaws. Please arrange to leave your pet at home or with friends. You may NOT tie your pet to the fence, and we hope you will not leave it unattended in your vehicle.
No alcohol or other drugs will be permitted on the site. Beer & Wine available at our Stage 4 Festival Pub.
No unauthorized video or audio recording is allowed.
We ask that you silence your cell phones during concerts.
There are two designated smoking areas on site – near the fence on the north side of the field, and at the far west side of the field adjacent to the Artisan Vendor Booth area and the Resource Recovery tent. Please refrain from smoking elsewhere on the site.