Ottawa Folk Festival Quick Facts and FAQs

Festival Hours

Gates open at 5 PM on weekdays, noon on weekends and the festival ends at or before 11 PM every night.


We highly recommend using OC Transpo (Plan Your Trip), taking your bike along the Rideau River Pathway and enjoying our free valet bike parking service while you’re at the festival, taxis (there will be a taxi stand on site) or parking at one of these convenient locations:  Vincent Massey parking lot (entrance off Heron Road), or Canada Post parking lot (Brookfield/Riverside; located 900 meters from festival’s main gates).  Note that parking is after 5 PM on weekdays.

Due to the restraints of the venue, accessible parking is limited and first-come, first-serve. Please use our accessible drop-off area or taxi stand instead.

Purchasing Tickets Onsite

Tickets are available at the main gate box office located by the Heron Rd entrance. However, pricing is subject to change, and we cannot predict wait times on busy evenings. We recommend you purchase in advance to obtain the best price and avoid missing your concert due to line-ups.

Children and Youth Admission

Children under 10 years of age can accompany adults who have purchased festival admission. Note that if children are accompanying a parent into an area with reserved seating, such as the Gold Circle, extra seating is not provided.

We recommend using parental discretion and bringing earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones for especially young children so they can enjoy the festival.

For youths aged 10-21, we also offer a Youth Festival Wristband. Please visit our ticket page for details and pricing.

Festival Re-Entry

You can leave and re-enter the festival. You MUST scan out BEFORE leaving the park if you intend to return later that day – no exceptions!

Please see a gates attendant PRIOR to exiting the festival gates if you are unclear on how this works.


Thank you for helping us make our Folk Festival a collaborative experience! Please visit this page for more information on how to participate.


Concerts go on, rain or shine. We will inform patrons of significant weather-related delays through onsite and social media announcements.


As in previous years, we are delighted to present a cultivated array of artisans proudly selling local, handmade, fairly-traded, upcycled and eco-conscious rarities. We invite you to visit the Artisan Village (located adjacent to the Food Vendor Zone) and discover your unique Ottawa Folk Festival treasure.

Also don’t forget to peruse our General Store for artist CDs and Uncle Bob’s custom-designed Ottawa Folk Festival apparel!

Food Vendors

Located in the main bowl and the Food Vendor Zone, our vendors provide tasty treats and innovative global-inspired festival cuisine! Check in later this summer for a full list of vendors at our event.


A wide variety of beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold at our beverage tents.


With the exception of certain areas (Suites, Folk Club, Gold Circle, etc.) the festival is primarily a general admission event.

We invite you to bring your own blankets and collapsible lawn chairs to the festival. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a weekend picnic and various festival activities/concerts/workshops on the free zone of the field on Saturday and Sunday. Come one, come all!

Site Services


Water Stations (bring a refillable container!)

First Aid Tent

Info Booth and Accessibility Team

Portable Toilets and Handwashing Stations

Valet Bike Park

Kidzone/Musical Petting Zoo

Instrument Care

Taxi Stand

Gorgeous Scenery at Hog’s Back Falls

Please see venue site map later this summer for more information on where these are located.

Lost and Found

If you find a lost item, please take it to the Info Booth, where lost items will be held for their owners. When claiming your cherished possessions, please provide a few identifying details about your items.

Immediately after the festival, please call our office at 613-230-8234 to inquire about lost items.

On September 30, all items of value are forwarded to the Ottawa Police Services. Damaged/incidental items are not retained post-September.


The Ottawa Folk Festival provides various services to help make our event more accessible to everyone.


Security will be conducting bag checks at the gates and walking the grounds to foster a safe environment. If you require assistance, absolutely do not hesitate to let them know.

What To Bring

YES Portable/ collapsible chairs

YES  Cell phones

YES  Soft-sided coolers; snacks

YES  Blankets and beach towels, sunscreen, hoodies or rain ponchos

YES  Sealed water bottles 

YES  Small backpacks, bags,  and purses.

YES  Personal cameras without removable lenses

YES  Binoculars

YES  Umbrellas (small handheld ones – no patio, golf, or beach umbrellas please)

YES  Baby strollers (for your kids)

Don’t Bring These

Items on the list below WILL be confiscated.

NO  Weapons, Colours, or Contraband

NO  Bicycles inside festival grounds. Valet bike parking is available onsite.

NO  Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, carts or personalized motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs)

NO  Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia

NO  Alcohol. Beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold inside the festival gates.

NO  Pets. Service dogs are permitted.

NO Hard-sided coolers

NO Glass containers

NO Unauthorized vending permitted

NO Audio recording devices, video equipment, or professional photography equipment

NO Fireworks

NO Beach balls, soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, etc.

NO Squirt guns or water toys

NO Tents

NO Megaphones

NO Non-collapsible Chairs


Charitable Donations

Our annual deadline for these requests is January 31. Please contact Mike Rouleau at
with details regarding your charitable event.

Regretfully we have limited donation allotments available, and cannot grant every request.