Stampede may be over but that doesn’t mean the good times have to stop. It just means you have other things to start looking forward to – like the 2018 Calgary Folk Fest for one. That’s right, it’s the time of year where you bring your blankets, lawn chairs and dates over to Prince’s Island Park for an epic weekend of live performances. This four-day festival has a lineup of Canadian and International performers that are sure to delight any music lover. We’ve come up with some tips on where to shop, what to eat and who to see to make sure you keep the good vibes alive.
Where to Shop
Between all the music performances, there is a ton of activities to keep you entertained – like shopping in the Arts Market. Grab your date and browse through a ton of amazing vendors selling an assortment of items like jewellery, accessories, skincare, pottery, clothing and more. Shop a collection of unique mantras hand engraved on 16k gold plated brass bars at âme collective, handcrafted natural skincare from Boreal Folk Apothecary, fairtrade goods from Guatemala at Casa Corazon, modern hats and accessories from Lavanderia Market and stationary and leather goods from Ochre Lea.
Click here for a full list of market vendors.
What to Eat
You can bring your own food to the festival, but if you’d prefer to grab something while you’re at the festival, you’ve got lots of options to choose from. Pick up a gourmet flatbread from Avatara Pizza, a burrito from BentoBurrito, lemonade from Family Squeezed Lemonade, gelato from Fiasco Gelato or steamed bao buns from Taiko Taco. Whatever you’re craving, they’re sure to have something to satisfy your appetite. Grab some fan-favourite sangria to pair with your food to make it the ultimate festival-worthy meal.
Click here for a full list of food vendors.
Who to See
There are 70 acts that have been brought together for this year’s lineup. Many of them are Canadian, but the acts also come from USA and other destinations around the globe. The mainstage artists are likely people you’ve come to know and love like Passenger (Thursday), Stars (Friday), Lee Ann Womack (Saturday), Reuben and the Dark (Saturday), and Bahamas (Sunday). Other incredible artists in attendance include A Tribe Called Red, Alvvays, Ben Caplan, Chad VanGaalen, Ryhe, Sudan Archives and so much more.
For the full lineup and schedule, click here.
The Folk Festival brings together independent musicians and creatives from around the world to celebrate their roots, culture, and community. Every year the festival brings out thousands of people each day – so chances are, if you don’t go, you’ll have serious FOMO. Mark it in your calendars, grab your squad and your tickets and head down to one of Calgary’s greatest music festivals. To buy tickets, click here.