The Regina Folk Festival officially begins Friday in Regina and will include main stage performances, delicious food from local vendors, kids activities and even a chance to meet CBC’s Jill Morgan and Farah Singh.

If you’re a little lost with what to do and when to do it. Take a look at our event guide.

What is the Regina Folk Festival?

The Regina Folk Festival is held annually in Regina, the weekend after August long. According to the website, the festival was created to celebrate music and community.

The gates to the main stage opens at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s festival seating, so make sure you bring lawn chairs, blankets or tarps to sit on for the shows.

Juno nominees Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder will perform on Saturday night at the Regina Folk Festival. (Mark Blinch/CP)

What to do?

Besides the concerts happening at the main stage there is actually a lot of other activities at the Folk Festival that you don’t even need tickets to attend. Here’s just a few of the places to check out during the day, free of charge.

CBC Sunlit Stage

CBC is hosting a number of free concerts at the Sunlit Stage this weekend. You’ll find us at the southwest corner of Victoria Park.  

Children’s Area

Between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. you can take your kids to the children’s area. There will be music, dance and crafts for children of all ages. The Street Culture Kidz will be on hand face painting, Agribition will be teaching rodeo skills and the crafts tent will help your children make masks.

Chill Lounge

Hosted in the Harvard Tower II and running from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Chill Lounge will feature yoga, D.J. set and air conditioning to cool down.

What to eat?

The food court is full of local businesses offering a variety of different types of food including Selam Ethiopian Restaurant, Fresh and Sweet, Spice of Punjab, Mr. Spudds Poutinerie and The Big Taco.

A full list is available here.


Joel Plaskett Emergency is performing at the Regina Folk Festival on Friday night. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Who to see?

Let’s not forget that the festival is also about the music. Here’s the great acts you can see on the main stage this weekend:

Friday, Aug. 8 - 6 p.m. to Midnight

Elliott Brood, Al Simmons, Mexican Institute of Sound, Geoff Berner, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Leonard Sumner, Blitz the Ambassador, Indigo Joseph and Sam Roberts Band

Saturday, Aug. 9 - 6 p.m. to Midnight

Quique Escamilla, Andino Suns, Klo Pelgag, Mario Lepage, Indigo Girls, The Fretless, Saidah Baba Talibah, Mo Kenney and Serena Ryder

Sunday, Aug. 10 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, The Dead South, DakhaBrakha, FadaDance, Matt Andersen, Jon and Roy, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Clinton St. John and Los Lobos