Frequently Asked Questions

We do our best to provide you with all the information you need for a happy Festival. If the answer you seek is not in these pages, then just give us a call or send us an email.

When is the Advance ticket deadline?

The Earlybird ticket deadline has now ended. You can purchase your tickets using our on-line ticket system or by visiting a ticket outlet in person.

I only want to see my favourite band. How much will it cost to see just them?

It will cost you the price of a day ticket, depending on when your favourite band is scheduled to perform.

The Festival strives to bring together a wide array of artists to our broad audience. Plus, our venue is all of Jericho Beach Park, not just a single stage. Your ticket gives you access to the entire site and its seven stages making it pretty much impossible to see only one performer. This is your chance to catch not only your favourite artist or band, but to discover some new ones as well.

A ticket is for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, not a specific artist. Artists and schedules are subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for a refund. The ticket is a revocable license for the time and date listed on the ticket.

Where can I buy my tickets?

You can purchase tickets in person, online, by phone or mail.

In Person:
VFMF Box Office
#230 – 275 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC
(1 1/2 blocks east of Main Street)

Monday to Friday (until June 5th): 10:00am to 5:00pm

You can also purchase from one of our authorized ticket outlets; more detailed information is available on our website under Ticket Information.

How can I pay for my tickets?

We accept VisaTM or MasterCardTM for purchases made online or by phone through our VFMF Box Office. Cash is also accepted through our VFMF Box Office. (InteracTM debit and AMEX are not available.)

If purchasing from one of our authorized ticket outlets, please contact them directly for their payment options. Please note additional service fees may apply.  

Where can I stay or camp?

Contact Tourism Vancouver or Tourism BC to ask about hotel or camping options in the city.

Where is Jericho Beach Park?

Jericho Beach Park is located off West 4th Avenue, just west of Alma St.

Where can I park?

Available parking is very difficult to find, so we encourage patrons to use public transit or bike. If you must travel by vehicle, follow the signs along West 4th Avenue to Festival parking. Please don’t park in front of our neighbours’ homes or in other “no parking” areas. Violators are subject to towing. More details on parking are available at the end of our Getting Here page.

How can I get to the Festival on public transit?

The #4 bus will take your directly to the Festival site at Jericho Beach Park. For more info, see our Getting Here page. You can also call Translink at 604-953-3333, visit the TransLink website, or try Google maps.

Is there somewhere safe I can lock my bike?

Yes, there is supervised bicycle parking available at the East Gate on West 4th Ave for $2 per bike per day. Bikes cannot be brought onto the site. Please do not lock your bicycle to the perimeter fencing. Look for more info here.

Where can I pick up my ticket order?

There is no will-call at the festival. When ordering online or over the phone, your options are to print-at-home or to have your tickets mailed. If you choose to print-at-home, instructions will be emailed to you via TicketZone. You can bring the printed copy containing the bar code with you to the festival, or display it on your smart phone to be scanned at the gate. If a physical ticket is more your style, you can opt to have yours mailed to you for an additional fee.

*Please note that because there is no Will-Call, you should plan to come with your printed or electronic ticket on hand.

When are the gates open?

East Gate (4th Ave):
Friday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 10:00pm

West Gate (by Sailing Club):
Friday: 3:00pm10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am – 10:00pm

Access Gate (patrons with disabilities/mobility issues only):
Friday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Neighbour Gate (by invitation only):
Friday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: gate closed

Site Box Office
Friday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Security is present at each gate should you require re-entry after 10:00pm.

When do the concert and workshop stages start?

Each night the evening Main Stage concerts starts at 5:00pm and end at 11:00pm.

Friday workshop stages start at 4pm and Saturday and Sunday the workshops/concerts begin at 10:00am and end at 11:00pm. Times vary for each of the 6 daytime stages. For detailed information on a specific performer, look for our Daytime and Evening Schedules which will be posted on our website around early July. Please respect our Festival neighbours by exiting the park quietly following each evening concert.

I attend a post-secondary institution (college or university). Is there a discounted rate?

Student rates are posted on our Ticket Information page. Students must present valid photo ID with their tickets at the Gates.

Can I come for one day?

Yes. You can purchase tickets for Friday only, Saturday only, and Sunday only. Day tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate and include the evening concerts.

Can I come to the evening concert only?
Tickets for the evening concerts are on sale at the Gates at 5pm the day of the show and are dependent on availability (Friday tickets are available in advance). Full details are on our Ticket Information page.
Can I leave the Festival grounds and come back in?

You will receive a wristband in exchange for your ticket. You may come and go as you wish until 11pm each day when you show your wristband at the gate. Please do not remove your wristband while you are in the Park. Weekend wristbands need to stay on your wrist for the full weekend.

What should I wear?

The Festival happens rain or shine, so wear weather-appropriate clothing: raincoats and jackets, etc., for wet days, hats and sunscreen, etc., for sunny days. You should bring a warm sweater for the evening concert as the stage is near the water and it often gets chilly at night.

What kind of seating is there at the Festival?

There are lots of ways to enjoy the evening Main Stage – dancing, standing, sitting or reclining on a blanket or tarp, or lounging in a low chair. We've got a space for everyone – and here's a map of how we can share the common ground so that everyone can enjoy the music in their own way. Be a good neighbour, and be sure to keep the access path clear so that everyone can enter and exit safely – without blocking the view!

Low Zone the area directly in front of the Main Stage – is reserved for guests with tarps/blankets and low chairs

Tarps/blankets may be up to 10’ X 10’

Low chairs may be up to 28” tall, including legs up to 4” high.

Dance Zone on the outside of the access path – is reserved for guests who want to stand or move to the music. Seating, tarps and blankets are not permitted.



Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, pets are not allowed on the Festival site with the exception of service animals. Please do not tie your dog to the fence or leave your pet in your car.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, by all means. Please bring along your own cup or water bottle to refill on site as well. Please place your recyclables in the appropriate recycling bins on site and minimize the amount of garbage you leave behind. Please note that controlled drugs and alcohol are not permitted on the Festival grounds.

Can I buy food and beverages at the Festival?

Absolutely! Our Food Area has a great reputation for eclectic and delicious food, and is a very special part of the VFMF experience.  There is a wide variety of dishes and drinks on offer from a wide range of cultures, from Aboriginal to Jamaican and Mediterranean to Thai cuisine and beyond. We also have Festival “classics” like hand-cut fries, whales tales, roasted corn, and ice cream – something for every palate! Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options also available. Bottled water is not available for purchase on site; bring your own container and fill up with filtered water at the self-serve water stations. Our official beverage sponsor Big Rock Brewery is also on site.

Will there be a craft market this year?

Yes! The Artisan Market will be back with lots of wonderful hand-crafted items to buy. Don’t forget to drop by the Festival Booth for souvenir mugs, hats, and lawn chairs. There are 160 vendors in the Folk Bazaar at the West Gate near Stage 6.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, you may bring your camera, however professional audiotape or video recording of concerts or workshops is not permitted.

Who is a Festival neighbour?

Our Neighbourhood boundaries are from the North side of 4th Avenue to English Bay, and from the East side of Trimble Street to the West side of Alma Street. There are approximately 800 households in that area!

Our Community Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who work to reduce Festival impact on those who live near Jericho Beach Park. They deal with traffic and parking issues and assist people in leaving the area quickly and quietly at the end of each Festival day. Our Neighbourhood Committee extends the invitation to our neighbours to come to the Festival on Friday evening as our guest. Neighbours of the Festival may contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

What kinds of services are available for people with accessibility needs?

We want to make it easy and comfortable for people with accessibility needs to come to the Festival. The Access Services tent can be found across the path from the Food Area; Access Services volunteers can also be found throughout the Festival grounds.

Here’s what we offer:

  • A vehicle drop-off area for people with disabilities.
  • An Access Services gate dedicated exclusively to patrons with disabilities or mobility issues; advanced tickets are required for the use of the Access Services gate.
  • Limited parking, for people with a designated Provincial Access Parking Permit, is located near the Access Services gate, at the west end of West 2nd Avenue, just left off Wallace Street.
  • Site maps, a list of our services, and large-print versions of the performers’ schedules are available at the Access Services Gate on West 2nd Avenue and at the Main Gate on West 4th Avenue.
  • There are ramped, accessible washrooms.
  • On site assistance is available at the Access Services tent and the Access Services gate.
  • Attendant ticket policy: when a person with a disability or mobility issue purchases a full-price ticket (weekend or day ticket) they may bring an attendant or companion at no charge.
  • Seating for people with disabilities, and their companions, is available at a raised and covered platform located near the middle of the Evening Concert Stage audience.
  • Roped off viewing areas for disabled patrons and their companions are located at some daytime stages.
  • Wheelchairs may be borrowed from the Access Services tent where a private rest area is also available.

HandyDART service pick-ups and drop-offs will be located on the west end of West 2nd Avenue, at the Access Services gate. Please note: HandyDART service must be pre-booked; see the HandyDART website  for more information.

What are the dates of future Festivals?

41st Annual Festival
13-15 July 2018