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The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk music festival in Alberta and one of its finest. Adhering to a philosophy and legacy of folk, world, blues and roots music, the festival since 1978 has attracted up to 15,000 music fans annually from across southern Alberta, western Canada, the northwestern USA and indeed the world.

Taking place over three days of the Heritage Day long weekend in August, the festival features 18 individual acts or performers, an alcohol-free, family-friendly site, a free children’s concert on the Saturday afternoon, a free downtown street dance on the Friday evening and a kids’ area jammed with crafts, puppets, theatre, bouncy castle and climbing wall.


Photo courtesy of Canmore Folk Fest

Its venue is the downtown Centennial Park in the heart of Canmore’s valley bottom. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the backdrop of breathtaking scenery merely enhances the incredible music pouring forth from three stages all weekend long. The workshop stages partner up eclectic mixings of musicians from disparate and diverse backgrounds, often resulting in that ephemeral “lightning in a bottle” sound that will never be recreated twice. Each evening the main stage concert features six hours and six performances highlighting the best of what each has to offer. Our audiences are renowned for their respectful listening, allowing every patron to enjoy the music and every performer to enjoy the rapt attention directed their way.

Canmore, a town of 12,000, is just an hour’s drive from Calgary and a couple of hours from the Columbia Valley in B.C. A former mining community, it has in recent years been reinvented as a mecca for outdoor recreationalists all year round, with hiking, skiing, dog-sledding and a myriad of other activities. Hotel, motel and hostel accommodation is readily available, along with RV camping. Tent camping is available in both Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country, both bordering Canmore’s municipal boundaries.

Over the years the Canmore Folk Music Festival has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the local community through outreach programs in the schools, the construction of the landmark Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park, infrastructure upgrades to the park, the development of musical scholarships for students, and songwriting workshops for both youth and adults.


Photo courtesy of Canmore Folk Fest

More Information

Go to the left-hand menu bar to check the lineup, and read an article about how this year's CFF will be.

For everyhting else you need visit Official Festival Website

Unless specified otherwise, all information about the Canmore Folk Festival has been provided by festival organizers.