Aug 16,17,18 2019 tickets

2019 festival dates

Aug 16,17,18 2019

Kelso Beach Park

Kelso Beach Park is located on the shores of Georgian Bay in the city of Owen Sound. Just one kilometer from downtown on The Eddie Sargent Parkway, 2nd Avenue West and 19th Street West.



Gates Open: 4:30pm
Performances: 5:00pm


Gates Open: 10:30am
Performances: 11:00am


Gates Open: 10:00am
Performances: 10:30am



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frequently asked questions

Can I bring my kids?

We love it when folks of all ages join in the fun. To make it easier for the whole family, kids 12 and under get in for free and weekend passes for youth 13-18  are only $80.

Do I have to come for the weekend?

Nope. We have day and night passes available. You can purchase day or evening tickets here

How can I help?


The Georgian Bay Folk Society looks forward to welcoming all newcomers to the organization.  We are continually seeking new volunteers to share their experiences, knowledge and ideas within our community.  Meet new people, share ideas, collaborate with like minds, learn a new technique or just come and hang out in an open, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

If you are interested in becoming part of our revitalized and ever expanding organization, do not hesitate!  Volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated.  The Folk Society is growing and we would be more than happy if you joined us.

Please contact the GBFS office at 519-371-2995 or by emailing if you are excited about joining the organization and the festival family.


If you are interested in volunteering this year, applications are still being accepted until 5pm Wednesday, August 15th at the GBFS office in Owen Sound.


Can I bring my awesome pet?

Service animals are permitted, but must be properly harnessed.

As part of Summerfolk’s commitment to respectfully accommodate our patrons with disabilities, registered service animals are welcome to attend the festival, as well as our offices, with those who require them.

Please note that all service animals will receive a band to be worn on their collar. This will allow Summerfolk volunteers to identify legitimate service animals on the festival grounds.

It is important for service dogs to be identifiable to other patrons as well, as many people have animal allergies, and the festival advertises and upholds a no dog policy. The owner of any dog on the festival site not wearing a band issued by the festival will be directed to the Administration Trailer to verify their legitimacy as a service animal.

Sorry, no pets (no matter how awesome) are allowed on the festival site.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, please bring your camera.  We would love to share your photos of the great times, good friends and excellent entertainment Summerfolk brings each year.

Copyright laws prohibit the videotaping or recording of any artists appearing at the festival.  Video and recording equipment will not be allowed on the festival grounds, unless permission has been authorized. (Media Accreditation).

Can I light one up at the festival?

Yes, however, there is no smoking in public areas including the Amphitheatre,  the Children’s Area, and in the Cafe of the Senses.  The entire footage of the licensed areas (Down By the Bay tent, Backstage Bar and the Wine Bar)  are smoke free as well.

Under NEW provincial law as of January 2015, there is no smoking allowed on or surrounding (within 20 meters)any sporting event field.  Therefore, there is NO SMOKING ALLOWED within or surrounding the Volunteer Camping area and/or the baseball diamond.

Please be aware of others and use the sand pails provided for cigarette butts.

Can I get a drink at the festival?

Yes! There are licensed areas at the Down by the Bay tent and Wine Bar. If you plan on drinking you must bring government issue photo ID.

Festival goers are prohibited from bringing alcohol or drugs on to the grounds.  Festival Security has the right to search containers and confiscate any prohibited materials.

Is there an amphitheatre seating policy?

Short Answer: Yes

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Are you lost or did you lose someone?

Children may be registered free of charge at the First Aid Trailer.  Children and adults will have a corresponding number written on their wristbands.  If there was no admission charge for a child, a wristband will be given at the time.

If a child is lost, Security crews are notified and a volunteer will stay with the child and take them to the First Aid/Lost Kids area. ONLY the identification number will be broadcast from the stages to inform the adults.

If the child has not been registered, the proper identification will be required to the satisfaction of volunteer security or a police officer before the child is released to any adult.  We do not offer babysitting services and children are not permitted to be left alone while participating in Children’s Village activities.

Are there services available for those with accessibility needs?



Summerfolk makes its best efforts to ensure the festival is as accessible as possible to people with special needs. Our complete Persons with Disabilities Customer Service Policy and related forms are available for download.

Stop by our ASK (Access Support Krew)Tent for assistance, a place to rest, or to get information on accessibility, including the best pathways to stages, vendors, workshop sites, washroom facilities, as well as medical suppliers.

Large-print and Braille schedules are also available at the ASK Tent.


Summerfolk is committed to offering exceptional service to its patrons by providing an environment that is inclusive, accessible, and respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. In order to help us maintain these standards, please advise the Summerfolk Festival Office Staff by calling us at 519-371-2995 prior to your visit if you are a person with a disability who requires assistance to participate in the festival, or in the event of an emergency evacuation.


Due to limited availability, only those patrons with an official Accessible Parking Permit recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will be able to park in the accessible parking area.

Fifteen (15) accessible parking spots are available at the front gate. If all of the designated accessible parking spots are occupied when you arrive, our parking volunteers will help you find a suitable parking alternative.


As part of Summerfolk’s commitment to respectfully accommodate our patrons with disabilities, registered service animals are welcome to attend the festival, as well as our offices, with those who require them.

Please note that all service animals will receive a band to be worn on their collar. This will allow Summerfolk volunteers to identify legitimate service animals on the festival grounds.

It is important for service dogs to be identifiable to other patrons as well, as many people have animal allergies, and the festival advertises and upholds a no dog policy. The owner of any dog on the festival site not wearing a band issued by the festival will be directed to the Administration Trailer to verify their legitimacy as a service animal.


Summerfolk welcomes Companions and Personal Support Workers who are providing assistance to patrons with special needs at the festival. At no time will a person with a disability be knowingly prevented from having access to personal support while on the festival premises. A support person can be a paid professional, volunteer, family member or a friend. Recognized Companions and Personal Support Workers are admitted to the festival 50% free of the admissions fee.

Children under 12 are admitted free. If they have a disability, their Personal Support Worker is also admitted to the festival free of charge.

There are accessible ‘port-a-potties’ in each bank of washrooms located throughout the festival site. If they do not meet your needs, there are public accessible washroom near the children’s area/by Gazebo Tent and at the beach.


Accessible seating areas will be located and clearly marked wherever possible. Accessible seating is available at the:

  • Amphitheatre Stage

For patrons and their companions wishing to enter the Amphitheatre area, please advise the volunteers located at the entrance to the venue. Should you wish, they will have the ASK Team guide you to an accessible entrance and seating area.

Paved pathways surround the perimeter of the festival venue, including along the water’s edge. Most of the pathways within the park are packed dirt, and are also accessible. Cable mats provide easy passage for wheels, both small and large.


To help us ensure outstanding customer service for people with disabilities, we encourage your comments and feedback, whether positive or negative. Festival patrons who wish to comment on the way we serve and accommodate people with disabilities are encouraged to provide feedback in person at the ASK Tent, by telephone at 519-371-2995 or email

All feedback including complaints will be handled by the Georgian Bay Folk Society President. Customers can expect to hear back within ten (10) business days.

For the GBFS Persons with Disabilities Customer Service Policy at this link:

Where can I park my bike?

You can park your bike at the bicycle corral. We provide a contained area at the South Gate with bicycle racks. Locks are your responsibility.

Bicycles are not permitted throughout the festival site.

What should I pack?

Pack what you’ll need for ranging and changing temperatures. Kelso Beach Park is next to a big beautiful lake which can make for cold nights.  You’ll want bathers and a jumper!

Definitely bring rain gear but…umbrellas are not permitted in the Amphitheatre as they block the view of your fellow concert goers. Ponchos are an ideal cover for you and your chair.

Feel free to bring your own food; there are picnic tables situated throughout the park.  But a picnic isn’t necessary. We have a great food village offering a range of culinary temptations including vegetarian and some gluten free options

Where can I park?

The curb lanes of the main road servicing the park are designated for parking free of charge.  There is also free parking at Timothy Christian School (1735 4th Ave W, Owen Sound, ON), in the north end parking area of the Rexall Health Team building (1415 – 1st Avenue West ), and on the residential streets surrounding the park.

Please respect the residents and the neighbourhood.

Where can I stay?

Accommodation – Hotels, Motels & Camping

Owen Sound is a town of about 22,000 so accommodations tend to fill up very early for Summerfolk weekend. We recommend that you book accommodation early. (more…)

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What can I eat?

Here are the fine food vendors we have on site.  All food vendors accept cash.


All Smoked Up: Pulled pork, beef brisket, peameal bacon on a bun, chicken wings, bacon dogs, Montreal smoked meat, blooming onions, angel chips and sweet potato fries.  Breakfast.


Apple Fritter Factory: Apple fritters (3 pc tray) made fresh on site, old fashioned funnel cakes with powdered sugar, funnel fries served in a cone; hand-dipped corn dogs, toppings—ice cream, whipped cream, whole strawberry sauce; blue, raspberry slushies.


The Bavarian Hut: Salads: cucumber, German potato, Greek, caesar, & bulgar wheat; the reuben,  schnitzel, currywurst, sauerbraten, Zurich-style chicken in mushroom/cream sauce, sausage and sauerkraut, Bavarian meatballs; German home fries with sautéed onions & red peppers; sticky German cinnamon rolls.


Big Bay General Store:  Homemade ice cream using local/seasonal ingredients in waffle/sugar & gluten free cones.  A selection from their 120 flavours which may include: pumpkin pie, coconut, aztec chocolate (spicy), apricot brandy, ginger, mango, chocolate caramel pecan, salted caramel, lemon, blueberry, pralines & cream, licorice & maple walnut.


Bread Heads Wood Fired Pizza: margherita (vegetarian), pepperoni, Hawaiian, pesto (vegetarian), Canadian, and veganator (vegan) at the Down by the Bay area.


Creative Choices: Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan:  Delicious brownies, date squares and cookies; grilled cheese – plain, havarti or Canadian cheese with veggie slaw; stuffed white or sweet potato jackets with choice of spicy dhal & chutney or veggie chili with avocado cream; muffins, bagels in the morning.


The Flying Chestnut Kitchen:  Traditional Pow Wow Style Indian Tacos – Grey County beef or vegetarian using local cheddar; fresh shucked oysters, fresh sliced fruit.


Just A Cup:  Birds & Beans triple certified fresh ground regular or decaf coffee; various teas, hot chocolate, iced coffee, ice tea, hot and iced chai latte and Italian sodas.


Leaping Beaver Beverages:  Kettle corn and lemonade.


Maria’s Gelato & Grill: Pasta with meat or marinara sauce; chicken parmesan, Italian beef sandwiches, ratatouille; dolce gelato, choice of four flavours.


Pita Pit: Vegetarian, chicken, Philly steak, ham, turkey, roast beef pitas; gyros and falafels, Pepsi products.


Roti Mon: Curry chicken roti, curry goat roti, curry veggie roti (vegan), samosas, pakoras and butter chicken.


Top Dog: Deep fried mars/snickers bars, snow cones, candy floss.


Tropical Temptations: 100% Kona estate coffee, specialty coffees (hot & iced), caramel crunch, Irish hula, mocha cloud, coconut caramel coffee frappe, hot chocolate, iced raspberry tea & lemon zinger, housemade chocolate milk, hot teas of various flavours; brownies, cookies, butter tart bars, etc.


Veggie Vittles:  Corn on the cob, garden, pasta & rice salads, chili, combos: chili/salad/corn, juices.


The Ultimate Food Truck: Burgers, hotdogs, fries and gravy, various poutine (Philly steak, jerk chicken, bacon, veggie & more), crispy chicken.

Tickets…how much and where can I get them?

We have day, night, and weekend passes available with special discounts for youth, students, and seniors. Children 12 and under enter for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Tickets can be purchased  through Ticketpro by calling 1-800-655-9090, online through the tickets page, or at the GBFS office in Owen Sound.

Tickets are non-refundable.  The festival goes on rain or shine and we have tents at most stages to keep you covered in either case.

What time do the festival gates open?

Friday ~ 4:30 pm – music from 6:00 pm until 1:00 am

Saturday ~ 10:30 am – music from 11:00 am until 1:00 am

Sunday ~ 10:00 am – music from 10:30 am until 11:00 pm

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