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From local legends to global greats: This Vancouver music festival offers a must-see musical mix

The 47th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival offers an eclectic and diverse lineup, artisan market and more at Vancouver's ʔəy̓alməxʷ Jericho Beach Park
The 47th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival is taking place July 19 to 21 at ʔəy̓alməxʷ Jericho Beach Park. Photo via: Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

With summer quickly approaching, the scheduling of fairs, festivals and fun festivities is officially upon us – and one beloved event is back for a triumphant return.

In news that is sure to be music to countless fans’ years, the 47th annual Vancouver Folk Musical Festival (VFMF) is on the books and on its way to being the best weekend of your summer! From July 19 to 21 at the gorgeous ʔəy̓alməxʷ Jericho Beach Park, fans can anticipate an exciting, eclectic and engaging lineup of folk, world and roots music from around the globe. 

With its winning combination of awesome artists and a vibrant venue, the weekend is sure to strike a chord with loyal attendees and new audiences alike, promising good times, brilliant tunes and fabulous summer vibes.

A magical, musical weekend event in Vancouver 

This year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents over 40 musical acts from 15 countries, nine U.S. states and six provinces and territories, offering something for everyone as well as a captivating collection of new artists, voices and stories to discover and enjoy.

Whether attending for the whole weekend or just one day, you’re invited to immerse yourself in the special festival magic that will entice and engage in the best possible way. 

Notable acts include The Milk Carton Kids, 47Soul, Moontricks, James Vincent McMorrow, Highway 61 Reimagined, Dobet Gnahoré and Māmā Mihirangi & The Māreikura to name just a few. 

In addition to the marvelous music, folks can sample delicious food from a wide range of vendors in Pete's Eats outdoor food court, browse the wares in the fabulous Artisan Market and enjoy beverages from Parallel 49, Hester Creek Winery and Liber Estates. A full list of vendors will be announced well before the festival. The park will also offer water refill stations, so be sure to bring your refillable bottle to stay hydrated!

Offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the festival has become a Canadian cultural institution, serving as one of Vancouver’s most beloved, respected and anticipated events. Possessing a passionately loyal fanbase over almost 50 years, VFMF attracts tens of thousands of enthusiastic attendees every year, and invites newcomers to join those happy crowds.

This year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival will comprise over 40 musical acts from 15 countries. Photo via: Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

A festival for all the folks

What many fans appreciate about VFMF, and what keeps them coming back, is that it fills a niche that other Vancouver festivals simply don’t offer. Its multi-generational audience speaks to an enduring legacy for Vancouver and reflects the city's openness and diverse musical tastes. Year after year, the festival and Vancouver have created and nurtured an environment of discovery and community that expands to include people from the whole province, the Pacific Northwestern U.S. and far beyond.

The festival, and all it represents, is a tradition, touchstone and event people plan their summers – or sometimes even their year – around, which is likely why it received such a rush of support last spring when it was in danger of disappearing. But supporters and fans from far and wide came together and stepped up to keep it alive.

This collective commitment illustrates the dedication and appreciation of those who love the VFMF and share its love of music, discovery and community, serving as an inspiring story of song and survival.

Early Bird weekend and one-day ticket discounts are available now through June 14. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free. You can also prep your ears for VFMF 2024 with the specially-curated Spotify playlist, featuring a selection of music from this year’s lineup to get you in the mood. 

Celebrate summer in the best possible way at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival! Trust us, this isn’t an event you want to miss. 

Visit for more info, to see the full list of this year’s artists and to secure your spot today.