Winnipeg Folk Festival

203-211 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P2
ph: 204-231-0096 ext. 229
fx: 204-231-0076

Registered Charitable Number: 119718179RR0001

Arts & Culture (Main Focus Area)

Community Service (Secondary Focus Area)

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Guest for a Day Program
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Musical Mentors Program
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Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people and music.


With one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals as its signature event, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round, not-for-profit arts organization that presents live music, arts events, and education and outreach programs designed to benefit the community. The Festival also operates a performance space and music store in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District.


The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held in 1974 in Birds Hill Provincial Park as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary. The Festival has recently been recognized as one of the top ten music festivals in the world with an annual audience of 80,000 from Manitoba and around the world. The Festival is one of Manitoba’s signature cultural attractions.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival has evolved to become a year-round arts organization with folk music at its heart. The Festival presents year-round concerts and events, supports the community with education and outreach programs, and operates a folk music store and performance space.


Musical Mentors Program At-risk high school students benefit from this inspiring music training experience led by professional folk musicians.  The program focuses on inner-city schools with limited resources.
Guest for a Day Non-profit community groups are given a special Festival experience that includes tickets, transportation, meals, and guided tours to make the Festival more accessible and inclusive to a broader community.
Young Performers Program Young emerging musicians (aged 14-24) from across Canada and the US work under the guidance of professional musicians and are given the opportunity to perform on stage at the Festival in this great career building opportunity.
Concerts at the Millennium Library Both adults and kids are invited to a series of free Festival-style workshop performances in the heart of Winnipeg that take place on Saturday afternoons throughout the year.
Newcomers Volunteer Crew Recent immigrants to Manitoba are welcomed to the Festival volunteer family with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and a network of new friends and contacts.

List of Agency Funds

Winnipeg Folk Festival have established the following endowment funds at The Winnipeg Foundation. To make a secure, online gift to any fund, click on 'Make a Gift'.

Winnipeg Folk Festival Endowment Fund
Jilian Fast Young Performers Program Endowment Fund
Ron Oswald Young Performers Fund


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