Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan will appear at Folk Fest 2012. Photo credit: Vancouver Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 35th anniversary this Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.

The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.

Find out everything you need to know to attend after the jump.

About the Venue

Jericho Beach Park is an ideal music festival location. The gorgeous, life-guarded public beach looks out at English Bay from the south side, between the North foot of Discovery Street and just West of Alma Street. There’s always something to watch, from the bunny colony nibbling lush park grass to the avid wind sailors doing their thing on the water.

Getting Tickets

Tickets for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are on sale in advance and at the gate, but it’s definitely cheaper to buy them  ahead of time, before July 12. An Adult Advance Weekend Pass for all three concert days runs $150. It jumps to $165 at the gate. Single Saturday or Sunday tix are $75 and $80 respectively. Friday Evening Concert Passes are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate.

There are great deals for students (with student id), youths and elders. Get the details on all ticket prices and on site box office times here.

About the Artists

I’m a folk music novice, but according to people who know, Van Folk Fest has done a great job of sourcing big name talent alongside up-and-coming performers. As mentioned above, the big names include alt-folk Ani DiFranco, Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, bluesy rock star Lucinda Williams, local fave Dan Mangan and more. Another band worth an extra mention is Hey Rosetta!, a six-member Canadian band known for their awesome energy on stage.

Lesser known but equally exciting gigs include Emel Mathlouthi, a talented musician that emerged from the Tunisian Arab Spring, and Vancouver group Pied Piper, which appeared at the first ever Folk Fest in 1977. The Folk Fest website has a list of all 60 2012 artists.

About the Food Vendors

Food blogger Vancouver Foodster has made a comprehensive list of Folk Fest vendors and what they’re serving. I’ll name drop anyway: Earnest Ice Cream, Eli’s Serious Sausage, Corn Roaster, Dim Sum Express, Whales Tales, Street Meet Food Truck and more.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival runs July 13-15 at Jericho Beach Park. Transit and parking info is available here

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  3. Trice

    This festival totally fulfilled my expectations. I’m glad that I decided to stay in Vancouver for more days than necessary. just to wait for its great atmosphere that sure can’t be found anywhere else. I’m glad to join one of a href=”http://yourvancouverrealestate.ca/vancouver-life/2012/07/top-july-events/”>most anticipated July events in Vancouver.

  4. Rachelle

    There’s usually a long row of vendors/artists booths…do you need tickets to get to this?

    • andie

      HI. I was wondering the same thing. could you let me know if you found out as I am planning to come over from Vancouver Island but cannot afford the tickets to go in but like to see the vendors and make some purchases there.Thanks.Andie

      • Rachelle

        You don’t need tix to get to the vendors

        • Andie

          thanks..

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