The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival, held in 1974 in Birds Hill Provincial Park on Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Métis people, was a three-day free celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary.
Today the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round charitable, nonprofit arts organization with folk music at its heart that presents dozens of concerts and events throughout the year and offers community support through outreach programs. Over five days in the summer, over 70,000 visitors and performers from across North America and around the world along with 2,900 dedicated volunteers create the magic that is the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
A beautifully organic camping community of 6,000 makes art and music, and decorates their campsites and share food, stories and experiences.
“Always, on the last night of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, with the final strains of music still hanging in the air, I immediately become excited to join the gathering the following July. Thank you for putting together such a fabulous array of talent year after year.”Festival attendee