The Calgary Folk Music Festival is taking place this weekend from July 24 to the 27th at Prince's Island Park. This year, the lineup includes 76 musicians that come from a total of 16 different countries. They will be performing on 8 separate stages across the park.
Musicians from Korea, Ethiopia, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other countries will be providing their own type of music that celebrates a variety of traditions. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden that’s shaded by trees. In the family area you'll be able to take part in a variety of activities. There will be a special artisan area set up for your shopping enjoyment.
This is the 35th year that the event has been taking place here in Calgary. It's an annual affair that dates all the way back to 1980. It was initially founded to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Alberta and was originally held at Prince's Island Park. It has grown from a one-day festival to a four-day event with international musicians arriving from countries around the world.
In 2006, the Globe and Mail said that this festival had the best post-folk programming. It pulls together upstarts, indie and world icons from international destinations.
This year also marks the 11th year that the Song Contest has been taking place. There are 6 categories in the contest and more than $25,000 in total prizes to be awarded. The contest celebrates new songs by Alberta songwriters to help them get a jump on their careers and make their profiles better known.
There will be lots of food, fun and music this weekend at this annual Folk Fest. Music will be playing both day and night so grab your friends and family and head down to Prince’s Island Park to take an active part in the celebrations.