By ADELE BRUNNHOFER
The Calgary Folk Music Festival takes over Prince’s Island Park Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. The diverse musical event features a wide range of established and upcoming folk, blues, rock and world music acts from local to international. Artists perform throughout each day on the mainstage as well as several side stages. A variety of food kiosks, a sizeable beer garden and a laid-back community feel help make this festival one of the city’s signature summer events.
Located on the Bow River just north of Eau Claire Market, Prince’s Island Park is a beautiful urban green space and a popular location for musical and cultural events as well as picnics. Despite being damaged by June’s unprecedented flooding, the Folk Festival’s hundreds of loyal volunteers have fully cleaned the festival site. Most festival side stages will be set up in their usual spots.
2013 headliners include Alabama Shakes, M.Ward, Kurt Vile, Mexican Insitute of Sound, Steve Earle, Thievery Corporation, My Brightest Diamond and Creedence Clearwater Revisted. Over 39 collaborative performances take place on side stages, where musicians blend genres with surprising results. Expect many Canadian performers like Hayden, Bahamas and Elliot BROOD as well as local acts like The Mountaineer and Clinton St. John. Click here for a complete list of performers and click here for a complete festival schedule. To create your own interactive schedule, register with MyFolkFest. Also, check out the free stage at Eau Claire Market.
Laugh It Up
Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, stop by the Apache Talk Tent where hosts of the local comedy program Am I Right? will interview comedians like Cory Mack, Chris Fairbanks and more.
For The Family
Also on Saturday and Sunday, the event’s family area features special kid-friendly musical performances as well as activities such as crafts and face painting. Kids can also scale a climbing wall and jump around in an inflatable bouncy castle.
The festival’s popular concession row features the food of several local eateries. Find delicious dining options from The Ship and Anchor, Avatara Pizza, Fat City Franks, Naaco food truck and India Palace. For a refreshing alcoholic beverage, stop by Big Rock Brewery’s sizeable beer garden.
Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day, over the phone at 403-233-0904 and in person at Festival Hall, 1215 – 10 Ave SW, Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm. Click here for the online ticket swap. Four-day passes as well as individual tickets for Thursday and Saturday are sold out, individual tickets for Friday ($55 regular, $20 senior) and Sunday ($65 regular, $25 senior) are still available. Admission for children under 12 is free.
For more information visit calgaryfolkfest.com