Do you know how to be a good neighbor at the festival?

Be a Good Neighbour

Rules, Safety and Etiquette – Good Neighbor Guidelines


The Edmonton Folk Music Festival plays host to 100,000 patrons over four days. In order to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved, please be aware of our good neighbor policies. This is a very friendly Festival where strangers respect each other’s needs during the Festival weekend. Most of these Good Neighbour Guidelines boil down to common sense and courtesy – Please be considerate to everyone on the hill.

  • Use only the space you need and remember the side stages are for everyone
    Mainstage tarps may be no bigger than 8 x 10 ft. If you do not need that much space please don’t take it. There will be no tarps placed at side stages. These stages will be cleared of unattended tarps and chairs between workshop sessions.
  • Don’t Block the View (Chair height limits)
    Please be aware of chair height limits: 26” ground to top of back; 8” legs/seat. These WILL be enforced – so please ensure that your chair is not too tall. No tents or lean-tos except at the top of the hill; stay seated or dance in designated areas.
  • Consider your neighbour’s listening experience
    Turn off your cell phone and don’t talk during performances. Most folks want to hear the music, not their neighboring tarp’s latest news.  If you absolutely need to talk – including on your cell phone – please keep it quiet so others can enjoy the tunes, or better yet, move to the non-listening areas.
  • No Smoking Areas

Smoking is not permitted in any seated area of any stage (including Main Stage) or inside the beer garden. It is also not permitted in any line-up per City bylaw. Please consider the needs of those around you.
Smoking is permitted in the north east corner of Stage 1 or at the top of Area 4 during the day (a west side smoking area will be marked during the evening by stage 3 porta-potties). Please look for smoking signage, and move should volunteers ask you to step away from the crowd.

  • Pitch in
    Put your compostables, recyclables and garbage in appropriate bins provided; pinch and pocket cigarette butts. Help us keep Gallagher Park clean!
  • Be Safe
    Use candle covers (available in the Music and Merch tent or from our friendly roving candle sellers).  Please leave all sharp items as well as glass containers at home, as these are not allowed on site.
  • Know Where Your Kids Are
    Do not leave children unattended; keep your kids with you after sundown; direct lost kids to the Information Tent