The summer festival season is still going strong and in Ottawa they are determined to every last bit of good weather to be outside listening to great live music. Over the past 22 years the Ottawa Bluesfest has grown in size and stature in the festival world and now the city is adding a late summer outdoor festival.
It is not exactly a new festival rather a rebranding of the long time Ottawa Folk Festival. Besides the new name there is also a new location in that it will all happen at The Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park. Despite the fact that it is a new (yet old) festival there is a massive amount of musical talent to take in. Each day there are acts that qualify as headliners and others that are waiting to be discovered. Big name acts include Van Morrison, Of Monsters and Men, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, UB40, and Passenger. Acts you should make a point of getting to know include Will Butler, The Barr Brothers, Scarlett Jane, and The Down Hill Strugglers. Plus many more.
Besides all the wonderful music you can take in for very reasonable prices, there are also other activities happening on site. A whole offshoot festival called Marvest is happening. Marvest will take place at the Abderdeen Pavillion as well as venues on Bank Street. There will be music from local acts as well as food and drink to sample. A craft beer festival will be taking place in which you can try brews from Beau’s, Mill St. Brewery, Brew Donkey, and Broken Stick Brewing Company. Plus there will be an artisan and vendor section that will have food, clothes, crafts, and accessories to sell.
-Dates: September 16-20, 2015
-Venue: The Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
-Ticket Purchase: www.cityfolkfestival.com
-Ticket Prices: Full Festival Passport – $139.00
Full Festival VIP Lounge – $249.00
Pick 3 Day Pass – $111.00
One Day VIP Lounge Ticket – $99.00
Day Pass – $45.00
Hours: Gates open at 5 PM on weekdays, 2 PM on weekends. Headliners end at about 10 PM nightly, and late night programming (Aberdeen/Marvest) at about 1 AM.