Inaugurated in 1980, the Calgary Folk Music Festival is a beacon for International folk and folk-inspired musicians and fans. The festival takes place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With more than seven stages, the festival plays host to nearly 100 artists and more than 50,000 guests. In addition to the performances, there are extensive art markets, beer gardens, countless food and beverage vendors and an area for families with children. For musicians with basic skills, the festival also offers an intensive, three-day series of workshops on song-writing, vocal performance and the use of various folk music instruments.
Often centered on an annual theme, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, depends on more than 1,300 volunteers for its success. Individuals are encouraged to attend the festival whether they are musicians, music lovers or humanitarians seeking to spread a green message using the gentle presence of the folk arts.