Ottawa Folk Festival Quick Facts and FAQs
Gates open at 5 PM on weekdays, 2PM 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). 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
A child under 10 years of age can enter the festival at no additional cost with a caregiver who has purchased festival admission.
Note that if children are accompanying caregivers into an area with reserved seating, such as Gold Circle, extra seating is not provided.
We recommend using parental discretion as the festival is an all-ages licensed venue. Not all programming/shows are suitable for all audiences. We strongly recommend bringing earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones for especially young children and designating a “meeting point” prior to arrival. Security or info booth personnel will be able to assist in cases of lost/missing persons.
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!
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!
Water Stations (bring a refillable container!)
First Aid Tent
Info Booth and Accessibility Team
Portable Toilets and Handwashing Stations
Valet Bike Park – 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 – 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.
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 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 Beach balls, soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, etc.
NO Squirt guns or water toys
NO Non-collapsible Chairs
NOTE: ALL BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED.
Our annual deadline for these requests is January 31. Please contact Mike Rouleau at
firstname.lastname@example.org with details regarding your charitable event.
Regretfully we have limited donation allotments available, and cannot grant every request.