The Winnipeg Folk Festival is proud to provide services that create an easily accessible festival.
What we Offer
- We offer free admission for support persons helping someone with a disability to attend the Festival through an Accessibility Pass. Please contact our office in advance of buying your ticket to apply.
- Text versions of selected sections of the program book are available online for screen-reading software.
- Large-print schedules are available online.
- Download the Winnipeg Folk Festival App to schedule your Festival experience, with the iPhone App from the Apple App store and the Android App from Google Play.
- The Folk Fest Express is our public bus that runs to and from the site. Enjoy fast and convenient service from the University of Winnipeg. Buses run every half-hour from the University of Winnipeg and stop on Festival Drive. All buses are wheelchair accessible and this round-trip service from Winnipeg to Birds Hill Provincial Park is free. Schedules and pick-up information will be on our website in June 2017.
- Accessible Parking is for individuals who require accessible parking, it is located in Festival West Parking close to the Main Gate. Our friendly traffic volunteer will confirm you have a Manitoba Parking Permit (or similar province/state placard) and help you find a spot.
- Provincial Park Pass is what you will need to purchase a Provincial Park Pass to get into Birds Hill Provincial Park if you are driving to the festival. We encourage you to pick yours up before you get to the festival so you don’t have to stop and pay at the park gate. You’ll get to the music quicker if you do! Provincial park passes are available most places that sell fishing licenses.
Once You Get There
- An accessible camping area is available in the Festival Campground. Limited power can be made available to charge essential medical devices in a designated area. Accessible camp spots are made available upon request when you arrive.
- Paths leading to the public areas of the Festival are wide and without steps or barriers
- We’ve installed a low counter at the Main Gate box office.
- POS Debit machines at Main Gate – low/no vision friendly – have keypads, not touch screens.
- ATM is accessible for wheelchairs and low/no vision – 37” high; with keypads.
- All food vendors are provided with a low counter.
- Many of the volunteers and all staff are trained to welcome people with disabilities at the festival to ensure all patrons have a positive experience.
- There is a dedicated area for accessible seating on the left side of the Main Stage seating area.
- We have a wheelchair accessible port-a-pottie at every bank of port-a-potties on the Festival Site.
- An accessible toilet is also located near the Main Stage seating area. In order to be able to keep it clean and serviced, it is located behind the stage. Speak to a safety volunteer (in blue vests) at the backstage gate next to the accessible seating area for assistance.
- Wheelchair charging is available for guests at Audience Services, and at the accessible seating area at Main Stage. Speak to a safety volunteer (in blue vests) for assistance.
- Sign language interpretation is offered at select stages.
- There is an adult changing facility by the First Aid tent. Patrons should bring their own changing pads, disinfectant and wipes.
- Audience Services volunteers are available during the festival, ready to help.
- Service animals are welcome. A person with a disability can be accompanied by their service animal to all areas available to the public.
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act makes it possible for people of all abilities to be a part of their communities every day.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival welcomes all abilities and inclusion is a priority. We have assembled an Accessibility Advisory Group to identify, remove and prevent barriers to offer the best festival experience possible.