One of the best parts of any folk festival is the opportunity to engage in what’s going on and to get in on the dancing, playing music, art projects, and so much more. CityFolk is no exception! You may find opportunities to join in around any corner of the festival – we encourage you to take up the adventure.

Here are just a few of the many options for participating at the festival…



Whether you’re a big kid or a small one, there’s something for you at CityFolk! The  BSOMA KidZone is open from 1-6PM on Saturday and Sunday with family-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, playing a variety of musical instruments & more. Come and bring the kids or discover the kid inside you!

Silent Auction

Be sure to check out the brand new Silent Auction this year, you can get some awesome goods and help us raise money for the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA)! BSOMA brings music into the lives of children in need across Ottawa in its new home, Festival House, the new CityFolk office Headquarters on Churchill Avenue.

CityFolk, in conjunction with RBC Bluesfest, delivers music education programs to children across Ottawa. We believe all children should have a chance to experience music in their developmental years, and as a non-profit organization, we strive to deliver these programs in an affordable and accessible manner.

CityFolk 50/50 Draw

Daily 50/50 draw: tickets can be bought from our 50/50 Raffle Volunteers in the sky blue t-shirts.  Winning numbers are posted daily on our website and at the 50/50 headquarters inside Aberdeen Pavilion.

Ogilvie Subaru

Ogilvie Subaru is proud to be the 2017 title sponsor of CityFolk’s VIP Zone. We invite you to come and visit our Ogilvie Subaru tents and check out the all new 2018 Crosstrek and Forrester!

Autograph Tent

autographImagine your favourite artist wants to meet you…!  Get an autograph and take home a priceless memory.  Visit the Autograph Tent when you’re on site for each day’s schedule of artist autograph sessions. The Autograph tent is also in close proximity to the Merch Tent so you can pick up the latest CD and swag from your favourite acts as well as newly discovered gems. It’s also a great photo op zone!