April 9, 2024


Site wide licensing encourages responsible consumption, while maintaining the safe and fun environment we all know and love.

Seamless Enjoyment for All Ages:

The Canmore Folk Festival recognizes the importance of family-friendly experiences. With the freedom to enjoy beverages throughout the site, festival-goers can enjoy all aspects of the event without having to separate from their loved ones, including children or those who do not wish to drink. This commitment to inclusivity creates a safer environment for everyone, fostering a sense of community and enjoyment.

Streamlined Refreshment Access:

Bid farewell to the inconvenience of fetching drinks from one location and rushing back to catch favorite artists. With site-wide access, attendees are always within reach of a convenient refreshment stop. Other festivals who have introduced site-wide licensing have noted a reduction in binge drinking and a decrease in security incidents connected to overconsumption, contributing to an overall safer and more enjoyable environment.

Curated Variety of Local Beverages:

From local craft beers to refreshing ready to drink cocktails, our carefully curated selection of beverages brought to us by The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company caters to all tastes. As a local Canmore brewery since 1996, and a premier sponsor of the Canmore Folk Fest for the past 5 years, The Grizzly Paw is thrilled to offer a vast assortment of drinks, including non-alcoholic sodas, to elevate your festival experience.

Supporting Sustainability and Growth:

As operational costs continue to rise, the Canmore Folk Music Festival acknowledges the need for innovative revenue streams. This new festival experience will not only enhance the festival experience but also supports the continued growth and prosperity of this cherished August-long-weekend tradition. The festival believes in transparency and is open about the economic challenges it faces, as this new revenue stream will contribute to maintaining the event’s vibrancy in an ever-changing economy.

Even as we grow and change, the heart of our festival will always be the incredible music, shared experiences, and the fantastic community that makes it all possible.