Beginning in 1980 with one staff member and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured into one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2,000, the festival ins a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world.
The quality of the music and the depth of the performer lineup is the single greatest ingredient in the festival's success. Terry Wickham, the event's producer, selects artists within a broad musical mandate. His vision is to continue to improve as a world-class folk music festival. At the same time, the volunteers and staff work very hard to raise money through fund raising activities and through soliciting corporate sponsorships to keep ticket prices accessible for ordinary families.
A lot of great performers are lined up each year. Past festivals have included: Van Morrison, k.d. lang, The Head and the Heart, Of Monsters and Men, Ricky Skaggs, Feist, and Loreena McKennitt, among many more.
We figure it's best to send you straight to the festival site for the full schedule and lineup (find link below). The full festival line up is always announced the Wednesday prior to tickets going on sale – this year: June 1st,
Tickets always go on sale on the first Saturday of June
Get full ticket information here.
Schedule of Events
Thursday August 4th
6 pm – 11 pm
The Barr Brothers
Friday August 5th
8:30 pm – midnight
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Saturday August 6th
The Cat Empire
7 pm – midnight
The Tallest Man on Earth
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Review
Sunday August 7th
7 pm – 11pm
The Head and the Heart
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats