Audience members sit on the grass at the Calgary Folk Music Festival
Calgary Folk Music Festival turns 40 this year | Photo: James Stangroom

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Summer staple celebrates 40 years of independent, original, and innovative music

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Always a summer favourite, this genre-defying, continent-linking festival is back with an amazing lineup featuring Sharon Van Etten, Belle & Sebastian, Shelia E, Half Moon Run, Lucius, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Strumbellas, and many, many more!

Add in the fact that 2019 marks a milestone and you certainly won’t want to miss it! The 40th Calgary Folk Music Festival features over 70 local, national, and international artists.

Bringing together mainstage concerts and collaborative workshops, the festival celebrates some of the globe’s most independent, original, and innovative songwriters and instrumentalists. There’s even a chance to take in the always popular Folk Boot Camp—a three-day workshop series running July 23 to 25, 2019 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

Rain or shine, the casual festival grounds are always a warm and welcoming place where you can come and go once you have your wristband. Even if you can only make it out for a single day, there’s plenty to see and experience. This year also offers you a chance to check out a free stage located just off of the Prince’s Island Bridge with performances from Willie Watson, Sadia Nolin, Twin Bandit, Danny Michel, and more–no ticket is required, just swing by and enjoy.

Alongside the great music, there’s also a beer garden, a family zone, an artisan market, a merch tent, and tons of international food to nosh on. You can even check out comedy, spoken word artists, and a music panel in the talk tent.

The 40th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival runs July 25 to 28, 2019 at Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW) and tickets can be purchased online at