Coming hot on the heels of the Calgary Stampede, the 31st Annual Calgary Folk Music Festival is beginning in just a few short days. Yup, 68 artists from 14 countries will be performing on 7 stages in Prince’s island Park just down the road from us here at Centro Motel.
That’s all very fine and dandy, but spending a whole day (if not three) sitting on your butt in the grass in front of a stage can get a little uncomfortable and expensive if the proper precautions aren’t taken.
Bring a blanket. Sitting on grass is all fine and good until the ants go marching, and it gives you the added bonus of having a home base where everyone can swing back to and meet up after going to see different acts on the separate stages. It’s also a good way to give yourself someplace to leave your extra jackets, snacks etc. Which brings me to the next bit of advice.
Bring a jacket. Or a sweater, or even a poncho, ponchos could be cool to wear at the Folk Fest. The point is, as any local will tell you, the weather here in Calgary can change dramatically over a very short period of time. It would be great if you could bring a large umbrella with you, both for the hot prairie sun and the cold prairie rain, but you won’t be able to set it up in front of any stage without security coming by to confiscate it.
Lastly, bring a small camp chair. The operative word here is ‘small’, Festival security will confiscate chairs that are too tall. You can buy chairs at the Festival itself, as long as you’re willing to pay a little bit more than you would at Home Depot or Canadian Tire. Why bring both chairs and a blanket? Because this way you can split up your group to go to different areas of Prince’s Island without forfeiting a comfortable seat.
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