42nd Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

The 42nd Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, on August 3-5 in Bannerman Park, features performances by Buddy, Fred Penner, The Once & others


The 42nd Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival carries on a four decade-plus tradition of fantastic music and family entertainment at Bannerman Park in St. John’s. 

Summer Tradition

Put off annually by the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, the festival is the grand culmination of efforts from a host of volunteers, sponsors and partners, becoming an anticipated summertime tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Featuring dozens of performances across various stages, including the Neil Murry Young Performers Stage, Oral Tradition performances and Francophone offerings, the festival combines a wide arrange of eclectic artists that are sure to appease patrons of all ages and demographics.

Headlining the opening night of the festival are the iconic comedy folk group that has become a Newfoundland classic, Buddy Wasisname & The Other Fellers. The beloved trio are only ripening with age, as they make a rare summer return to the Folk Festival stage that is sure to please audiences. They will be joined on the main stage by Masterless Men, The Ennis Sisters, Bud Davidge and the Joan Morrissey Song Circle featuring Sherry Ryan, Janet Cull and Andrea Monro on Friday, August 3rd.

Stacked Stage

On Saturday night, internationally regarded folk trio The Once, fresh off their amazing new album Time Enough, headline the main stage, with support from Fortunate Ones, The Kubasonics, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures and Anita Best and Sandy Morris. 

The iconic children’s entertainer Fred Penner (more about him on the next page) holds court during the afternoon, with rising stars Rachel Cousins, Hayley Taylor and Libby Whiffen all sharing their talents during the day. The afternoon and morning include can’t miss songwriters sessions, recitations and storytelling expos. 

The final day of the festival is headlined by the lively trad group The Dardanelles, who are sure to close out the event in style. Joining them on the main stage are Chris Andrews Band, the iconic Andy Irvine, The Friel Sisters and Rube & Rake. Other notable artists throughout the day include Sons of Erin, The Secrets, Dave Penney and Colleen Power. 

Oral Tradition performances include Rogues, Heroes and Strange Adventures, featuring Andy Irvine, Matthew Byrne and Anita Best, and the Harmonious Melodious Maximus, featuring The Ennis Sisters, The Once and Fortunate Ones.

For a complete schedule, comprehensive list of artists and ticket information visit nlfolk.com 

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