When do the festival grounds open each day?
Gates open at 5:00PM on weekdays, noon on weekends and the festival ends before 11:00PM nightly.
How accessible is your event?
The Ottawa Folk Festival provides various services to help make our event more accessible to everyone.
Will tickets be available on site?
Absolutely. Tickets are always available at the front gate box office. However, due to this year’s exceptional line up, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as the festival is ‘First come, first served’.
Are children admitted free?
Children under 10 are admitted for free to the festival. However, if children are accompanying a parent into an area with
reserved seating, extra seating is not provided.
Is smoking permitted at the festival?
Smoking will not be permitted within the gates of the Ottawa Folk Festival – for those who wish to smoke, there will be a designated area to do so.
Can I leave from and come back to the festival?
Yes, you may go in and out of the festival grounds with proper daily accreditation (wristband and / or ticket stub where applicable).
Where can I park?
We highly recommend the use of public transit, taxis (there will be a taxi stand on site) or parking at one of these
convenient locations: Vincent Massey Parking lot, or Canada Post parking lot. Click here for more info on getting to the festival.
Are concerts cancelled when it is raining?
No, concerts go on, rain or shine.
Is there seating at the main stage?
We invite you to bring your own collapsible lawn chairs to the festival.
Will there be ATM machines on site?
Yes, there will be several ATM machines throughout the venue grounds.
Will there be First Aid stations on site?
Yes, First Aid stations will be on site, clearly visible. (Please see venue site map)
Is there a lost and found?
Yes, all articles found on the site should be handed in to the Info Booth, where lost items will be
held. After the festival, please call our offices at 613-230-8234 with inquiries about lost items.
Will there be food /beverage vendors on site?
Yes, there will be a variety of cuisine and refreshments available to enjoy, including beer and wine.
Will there be toilets and hand-wash stations available on site?
Will there be an information booth?
Yes, there will be an information booth located centrally within the park.
What items are allowed on site?
The following items are allowed:
YES Portable/collapsible chairs
YES Cell phones
YES Soft-sided coolers
YES Blankets and beach towels
YES Refillable Water Bottles
YES Sealed beverage containers (non-alcoholic)
YES Small back packs, bags, and purses
YES Personal cameras (small digital ones)
YES Lighters and cigarettes
YES Umbrellas (small hand-held ones)
YES Baby strollers
NOTE: All bags will be searched
What items are prohibited on site?
The following items are not allowed:
NO Weapons of any kind
NO Bicycles inside festival grounds (bike racks available near entrance)
NO Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia
NO Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the festival)
NO Pets (except service dogs)
NO Over-sized umbrellas (beach/golf)
NO Hard-sided coolers
NO Glass containers
NO Unauthorized vendors permitted
NO Audio recording devices
NO Professional cameras or video cameras (except Accredited Media)
NO Beach balls, soccer balls, baseballs, etc.
NO Squirt guns or water toys
NO Non-collapsible Chairs
NOTE: Items on the above list WILL be confiscated.
Can you donate to my charitable event?
Please direct all requests to Mike Rouleau, Director of Operations, at email@example.com. Note that we have a yearly deadline of April 1 for these requests. Requests received after April 1 will not be eligible for donated items or tickets.