Festival Info

A Word About Us

Set amidst the natural beauty of Hog’s Back Park, the Ottawa Folk Festival is a five-day celebration of music, dance, visual arts and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances on two evening and five daytime stages, plus participatory music workshops, special children’s and family performances, beer gardens, artisan and craft vendors, and much, much more. We are family-friendly, community-focused, culturally diverse and committed to sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives.


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

These include:

  • Ottawa Para-Transpo pick-up and drop-off points for patrons.  Patrons arrange their own rides.
  • Parking available in the lot at the south entrance for those with a valid handicapped parking permit (first come, first served).
  • Drop-off area for those with mobility challenges.
  • Designated seating area by the main stage for patrons with disabilities (Note: only the patron and one attendant can enter, not large groups.)
  • Accessible washrooms

We also have a Volunteer Accessibility Crew whose function is providing information as well as other supports, such as guiding visitors to certain locations.  Find them at the Info Booth. Note: The festival does not provide wheelchairs for patron use at the festival.  Patrons must bring their own if needed. Patrons requiring an attendant will receive accreditation for said attendant with proof of their ticket purchase at the event.
Please note that para transpo drop off is located on the South end of the park, and our box office is at the North end of the park. To make your festival experience more enjoyable, we recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance.

Ottawa Folk Festival Policy on No Discrimination or Harassment

The Ottawa Folk Festival is about people working together to deliver a music festival which celebrates artists and their creativity as well as community. Mutual respect and cooperation are the cornerstones of this organization. Every participant including artists, volunteers, staff, sponsors and festival attendees is entitled to be free from discrimination and harassment, both at the festival and at all OFF events, on the basis of age, sex, colour, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, marital status, criminal record, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, language, class or political belief. If you experience harassment at an OFF event you should contact the Festival Supervisor to discuss the situation and possible responses. Our initial approach is to encourage early and informal resolution and to facilitate a direct conversation which resolves the matter. Harassment in all its forms detracts from our common purpose and weakens our organization and will not be tolerated. We encourage all involved with the Festival to treat each other with dignity and respect.

Autograph Tent

Imagine your favourite artist wants to meet you…!  Get an autograph and take home a priceless memory.  Visit the Autograph Tent when you’re on site for each day’s schedule of artist autograph sessions. The Autograph tent is also in close proximity to the Merch Tent so you can pick up the latest CD and swag from your favourite acts as well as newly discovered gems. It’s also a great photo opp!

Silent Auction

Be sure to check out the brand new Silent Auction this year, you can get yourself some awesome goods and help us raise money for Festival House! The Festival House brings music into the lives of children in need across Ottawa, and will soon have a home in the new Folk Festival Headquarters on Churchill Avenue. The Ottawa Folk Festival, in conjunction with RBC Bluesfest, delivers music education programs to children across Ottawa. We believe all children should have a chance to experience music in their developmental years, and as a non-profit organization, we deliver these programs as a completely charitable undertaking.

Items up for auction include things like

  • The ‘Hippie Heaven’ package (yoga classes, gift cards for The Table, hippie knit wear from Hats for Life Designs, plus a few other bits and bobs);
  • An exact replica of the solid mahogany Larrivee P-01, the same guitar used aboard the International Space Station (contains a certificate of authenticity and label signed by Chris Hadfield), donated by the Ottawa Folklore Centre and Larrivee;
  • A Jawbone Jambox donated by Telus;
  • Signed sheet music;
  • and many other great items and packages.

Ottawa Folk Festival 50/50 Draw

We have a new 50/50 volunteer team selling tickets around the festival site! Winners will receive 50% of the daily proceeds and the remainder will be distributed between: Ottawa Folk Festival’s registered charitable programs and the A.L. Chopper McKinnon Endowment Fund at Algonquin College. Daily draws happen @10:00pm every night of the festival.

2013 Winning Tickets

September 4th, 2013 – Ticket # 191679 $297.50

September 5th, 2013 – Ticket # 144032 $267.50

September 6th, 2013 – Ticket # 505590 $490.00

September 7th, 2013 – Ticket # 592148 $665.00

September 8th, 2013 – Ticket # 74198 $452.50

Bicycle Parking

The Ottawa Folk Festival offers a free bicycle valet service during the festival, open 1 hour before the festival and closing at 11:30 pm each day. This supervised service parks your bike and any gear attached to the bike you don’t need in the festival.

We also check skateboards, strollers, and helmets.

eBike and eScooter Parking

New this year, the Ottawa Folk Festival also offers a supervised and enclosed area for electric bike and scooter parking. You park and lock your own bike. The parking is located at the  Hog’s Back Park entrance on Hog’s Back Road. It opens 1 hour before the festival and closes at 11:30 PM.

No gasoline powered vehicles please.