We all look forward to these four days in July, so of course it’s important to stay safe and look our for each other. We want your Folk Fest experience to be as wonderful as you’ve been imagining all year!
Safety and security volunteers are identified by blue vests and are available to help campers stay safe while having a good time. If you need assistance or are with someone who needs assistance, flag down a safety volunteer (in blue vests) and they will help you.
Folk Fest is a wonderfully expressive, inclusive, and interactive environment that can sometimes feel like an escape from the real world, but the Festival Campground and all other areas of the Winnipeg Folk Festival are subject to provincial and federal laws. The Winnipeg Folk Festival does not promote or condone the use of illegal drugs, excessive drinking or underage drinking. The Winnipeg Folk Festival works with law enforcement officers to patrol the festival and all campgrounds.
It is not our mission to police your lifestyle or inhibit self-expression. Law enforcement officers at the festival are simply fulfilling the same function as the police in any community – helping to ensure safe homes and safe communities! Please respect the valuable work that they do to keep everyone in our festival community safe.
We have a plan for dealing with emergencies, including nasty weather. If a situation occurs, please listen to the instructions from our incredible team of safety volunteers (in blue vests) and listen to the announcements from our stages.
Come prepared for Mother Nature’s many gifts including sun-filled days and cooler evenings. Bring comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, rain gear, a flashlight and something to sit on and stay out of the bush to avoid poison ivy.
The festival has two First Aid tents - one on the festival site located by Bur Oak stage and another in the Festival Campground. If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t get to the First Aid tent, flag down a safety volunteer (in a blue vest). They will help get the assistance you need.
It’s a big festival with much fun, excitement – and sometimes distraction. If you and your child get separated, a safety volunteer (in a blue vest) will help you. If you find a lost child, please escort them to a safety volunteer.
Children will receive a paper wristband when they get to the festival. Sharpies will be available at the two Audience Services tents, located by the Main Gate Box Office and in the Festival Village, will write your phone number on their wristband.
We encourage everyone to stop by the Festival Tower each day and take a picture of your group. That way you’ll have a visual record of exactly what they look like that day. We have a great system in place that ensures a speedy reconnection of families, but one of the things that always seems to throw people is when we ask, “what are they wearing?” Memory is often the first thing to go when we’re nervous and not thinking clearly.
The friendly volunteers at the Audience Services booth, located in the Festival Village, will help you get oriented when you arrive at the Festival. Don’t know how to get to Spruce Hollow? Forgot which stage your favourite band is playing on? They will point you in the right direction. Audience Services is also the go-to place to purchase program books, check your bag, find out about schedule changes and get an update about the weather forecast.
If you have lost an item on-site at Folk Fest, please speak to a safety volunteer. All items that are found on the festival grounds or in the campgrounds are kept at safety headquarters throughout the duration of the festival. One is located at Campground Central in the Festival Campground, and the other is by the Main Gate.
Afterwards, items are sorted and brought back to the Winnipeg Folk Festival office, located at 203-211 Bannatyne Avenue. At this point, some are discarded. The following is a list of items that are kept: