Don’t you simply buy a ticket and go? As I found out, this is not really the case. There are some things you need to do to have a memorable and enjoyable Folk Fest experience.
1. Understand the Etiquette
Surprisingly, there is quite a bit of etiquette to learn. Two of the main protocols are “tarps and chairs.” A friend of mine had given me an appropriate chair and I joined a veteran folkie on a tarp.
Learn more about etiquette at folk fest
2. Prepare for Any Type of Weather
I was lucky, my first folk fest adventure was hot and sunny, which I am told is not always the case. The thing to remember is that you are out in the great wide open, so remember to bring:
- a hat
- mosquito repellant
- rain gear
- good walking shoes
- a few layers of clothes
3. Be Respectful
Be respectful to the environment and to your neighbors. Organizers and folkies alike take respecting the environment, and each other, very seriously. I packed a backpack with some essentials including a reusable water bottle. You’ll see that even at an event of this size, everyone there is very respectful of the site and the community of people enjoying the festivities.
Find out how you can be a responsible folkie.
4. Learn About the Stages
The festival offers at total of 10 stages, some in the wide open areas, some tucked into the woods. I didn’t make it to all the stages at the Folk fest, but it’s a good idea to get acquainted with festival information so you can arrive prepared to take in as much as you can.
I didn’t have very far to travel, but I do know there are plenty of options to get there. Whether you bike, drive or take the Festival Express, there are plenty of options to get to Bird’s Hill Provincial Park. Learn more about getting there.
Although I was only there for one day, I’ve heard lots of stories from people who attend for multiple days and stay at one of the two campgrounds at Birds Hill Park. Sounds like a great way to spend a few days, basking in the sunshine during the day and listening to the sounds of music under the stars. Visit Camper’s Guide to learn more about living outdoors at Folk Fest.