Jul 20

It’s that time again, Folk Fest Time

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Every July, thousands upon thousands of people descend upon downtown Calgary to revel in a spectacle that some have likened to a religious experience.

No, we’re not referring to the Stampede.

The Calgary Folk Fest draws over 50,000 people during it’s four-day tenure on Prince’s Island Park every July and offers a more mellow (and healthier – no deep fried Oreos on the island) alternative than the Stampede.

As usual, the festival has meshed traditional folk performers with country, pop, funk, hip hop and rock artists to ensure the event offers something for everyone. This year’s headliners – City & Colour, The Herbaliser, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Blue Rodeo – showcase the musical diversity Folk Fest offers its guests.

One of the most unique features that set Calgary apart from most folk festivals is its musical workshops. Instead of letting artists play solo shows, they throw a few musicians and/or bands together to jam. The result is often magical and gives listeners a once in a lifetime experience.

For the families out there attending, the festival has ensured that all attendees – no matter how young – have a blast. The Tim Horton’s Family Area allows kids to take part in all sorts of activities including arts and crafts, a climbing wall and Astro-Jump bouncers.

Along with the Tim Horton’s Family Area, there are also several music-based stations that allow kids to play different instruments, dance or sing.

Not able to make it down for the festival? You can still catch a few of the artists’ performances thanks to a partnership between Calgary Transit and the festival. Until Friday, various musicians will be providing riders with entertainment throughout the day. For a full schedule of performers and times, check either the official Folk Fest site or Calgary Transit.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival runs July 21st through the 24th.


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