Our Organization

Awards Received

2017 - 2018

Manitoba Tourism Partnership Award with Birds Hill Provincial Park

#4 on BizBash Top 100 Events in Canada - Music Event

2016 - 2017

Best Family Program at a Festival by Canadian Music Week

Best of Winnipeg: Reader's Choice Award - Winnipeg Free Press

#7 on BizBash Top 100 Events in Canada list

RV West Reader's Choice for Favourite Festival You'd Like to Attend WIth Your RV - Manitoba

Well done, Winnipeg! We have been voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic in 2016! And their extra-special mention of Folk Fest had us feeling all aglow! 

2015 - 2016

Travel Manitoba Award for Volunteer of the Year: Jane Graham

Voted Favourite Manitoba Festival by The Uniter

#9 on BizBash Top 100 Events in Canada list

2014 - 2015

Volunteer Manitoba Awards – The Friesen Family: Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Family IMPACT Award

Tourism WInnipeg Awards of Distinction: Large Business of the Year Award

Voted Favourite Manitoba Festival by The Uniter

2013 - 2014             

A Greener Festival Award for sustainability initiatives

Volunteer Manitoba Awards – Harry Paine in the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Award category and Karen Dana in the William Norrie Award for Outstanding Community Leadership (Urban) category

Voted Favourite Manitoba Festival by The Uniter

2012 - 2013             

Syverson Monteyne Architecture Awarded 2012 Prairie Wood Design Award for La Cuisine and Site Office Complex

 2012 Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development Excellence in Sustainability Awards Honourable Mention in the Category of Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship

Syverson Monteyne Architecture – Award of Excellence 2012 Prairie Design Awards for design of La Cuisine


Manitoba Tourism Awards - Event of the Year – co-won with Folklorama

Aging Recognition Award for Guest for a Day program from Manitoba Council on Aging for extraordinary contributions to intergenerational interaction

Western Canadian Music Award – Talent Buyer of the Year for Chris Frayer

Golden Carrot award. Nominated by Food Matters Manitoba for contributing to food sustainability in Manitoba.


Tourism Winnipeg’s Award of Distinction, recognizing the contribution of the festival to Winnipeg’s tourism industry.


Ava Kobrinsky and Mitch Podolak received Arts Award “Making a Difference” from Winnipeg Arts Council for creation of the Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival. Presented by Sam Katz at the 2010 Mayor’s Luncheon of the Arts


Event of the Year from Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Nominated by Travel Manitoba.

Winnipeg Folk Festival signed the Manitoba Food Charter and initiated the L.O.F.T. (local, organic, fair-trade) program in the vendor and Folk Fest food areas.

Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram awarded a Regional Citation from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards of Excellence for the Winnipeg Folk Festival Site Master Plan


Premier’s Volunteer Service Award to festival’s 30-year volunteers

Three Signature Awards from Advertising Association of Winnipeg to design firm Relish Design for 2007 Folk Fest advertising campaign posters and program book.

Up! Value Award from West Jet – Event Category winner


Uptown’s Best of Winnipeg – Best Festival

Folk Alliance – Best Festival


Uptown’s Best of Winnipeg – Best Festival


Western Canadian Music Award – Retail Store of the Year


Prairie Music Award – Retail Store of the Year    


Signature Award – Best Poster Design

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Annual Reports

Annual Reports

In the annual reports you will read about the great years of music programming both at our signature summer festival and throughout the year at venues around our city.

Community Programs

Community Programs

We offer a number of programs both at the Festival and year-round to engage and inspire our folk community.

Festival Campground

Festival Campground

The first time you hear someone yell “Happy Folk Fest!” followed by a roar of cheers that rolls across the campground, you’ll feel right at home.