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Discover the Calgary Folk Music Festival

The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

One of Calgary’s most beloved summer events, The Calgary Folk Music Festival, runs Thursday through Sunday at Prince’s Island Park. Music fans and families flock to the city’s large urban park to enjoy the warm weather, take in music and comedy performances on seven stages, sip suds in the beer garden and savour the tastes of numerous food kiosks. The festival’s Johanna Schwartz gives Where Calgary the inside scoop on what 2012 festival attendees absolutely must see.

Twilight Stage programming
On Friday and Saturday night our Local 501 Stage 4 becomes the Twilight Stage, where the vibe is an up close and personal dance party. On Friday it’s funk night with Blitz the Ambassador, Shad and Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity. On Saturday we have an indie-rock showcase with The Rural Alberta Advantage, Jon Langford and Little Scream.

Take a break from it all
One of the best things about the festival site is how you can easily find a quiet place to step away from it all. Buy a meal from our concessions on one of our reusable plates, and take a moment to find a green space to sit and hear the sounds of the festival mainstage, plan your schedule with our MyFolkFest app (free wifi on site) or read through our program guide.

Become a Tarpie
Claim your space on the main field by laying down your tarp or blanket and creating a home base. Travel around the festival site between mainstage acts, and rejoin the audience once the next performance begins. Even though folks line up overnight to secure a piece of grass, there are plenty of great spaces to be had, and from the field’s halfway mark, you will have great views of the jumbo screens, too.

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