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Winnipeg Folk Festival 2021

One of North America's best folklore festivals


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The Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of the most popular summer festivals in Manitoba, is held at Birds Hill Provincial Park, near Winnipeg. The second weekend of July the festival runs from Thursday to Sunday and attracts about 80,000 people and folk artists from all over the world. The festival focuses on blues, bluegrass, roots, indie-folk​, Americana, Celtic, gospel, and French Canadian music. Previous line ups included stars like Sheryl Crow, Elle King, A Tribe Called Red, Bahamas, The Strumbellas, Courtney Barnett and Passenger.

The festival has about a dozen stages, big and small, dedicated to various genres: the Northern Lights Main Stage, Big Bluestem, Spruce Hollow, Little Stage In The Forest, Bur Oak, Green Ash, Snowberry Field, Shady Grove, and Chickadee stage for children. Children under the age of 12 enjoy free admission to the festival. The festival grounds have two camping sites and Hand-Made Village with artisans selling their goods. The Food Village offers lots of organic, fair-trade, gluten-free, local delicious foods.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival was founded in 1974 by Mitch Podolak, Ava Kobrinsky, and Colin Gorrie. It is now running various cultural events year-round. The festival features many discussions dedicated to music and art. Immerse yourself for four days in excellent music, lush nature and enjoyable time with friends and family.

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