Winnipeg Folk Festival began as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary in 1974. An estimated audience of 22,000 attended the free three-day weekend event. Due to its considerable growth over the years, Birds Hill Provincial Park has become the home of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Exceeding a cumulative attendance of over 80,000, Winnipeg Folk Festival welcomes visitors from outside the province and features a variety of folk artists from around the world, as well as a number of local artists. With over 2,800 volunteers and over 56,000 hours of labour, this summer folk music festival is held over the second weekend of July, beginning on Wednesday night and running through Sunday night.
There is expansive array of music including French Canadian, blues, Indie folk, gospel and Celtic. A diverse Food Village offers a large variety, with an emphasis on local, organic, and fair trade ingredients. Performances are held at several smaller stages, creating high energy, yet intimate musical settings. Camping is a popular at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the festival operates two unserviced campgrounds. A free shuttle service operates between all campgrounds and the festival site.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival generates approximately $29.4 million per year in economic activity and creates over 281 jobs for Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Be a part of Winnipeg history and visit Winnipeg Folk Festival!
- 2010 Economic Impact Assessment by Tourism Winnipeg