It's time to start thinking about soaking up some amazing live music in the great outdoors because the Winnipeg Folk Festival has officially announced its lineup for this year.
The 47th annual festival returns to its Birds Hill Park home July 9-12 with four nights and three days of musical discovery, including a stellar lineup of celebrated Manitoba talent.
The list of homegrown music acts hitting festival stages features folk duo Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, JUNO-nominated troubadour Del Barber, banjo virtuoso Leonard Podolak, Franco-Manitoban children's artisy Madame Diva, singer/songwriter Richard Inman, laid-back crooner Slow Leaves, soulful indie roots trio Sweet Alibi, indie folk duo The New Customs, and children's act The Pianimals, plus Puppet Folk, Summer Bear Dance Troupe, and Shanley Spence.
Touring acts hitting the stage year's festival include marquee names like Vance Joy, John Prine, Tash Sultana, Kaleo, Tegan and Sara, Kruangbin, Sharon Van Etten, Judy Collins, and many (many) more. Click to see the full lineup
There's also some extra special programming this year, including a celebration of Winnipeg Folk Festival founder, the late Mitch Podolak, and the Manitoba Songbook.
Mitch's Sunday Feast will honour the legendary folk world maverick by bringing together a host of talented artists for a workshop curated by his son Leonard, featuring Scott Nolan, Nathan Rogers, Daniel Koulack, De Groot and Hargreaves, and more.
Celebrate 150: Manitoba Songbook will spotlight more stellar locals for a workshop featuring a house band curated by Red Moon Road's Jonny Moonbeam, including special guests JP Hoe, Micah Erenberg, ATLAAS, Kelly Bado, and Richard Inman. Artists will share one of their own songs as well as a cover of an iconic song from another Manitoban artist.
You'll have to wait for the full schedule to be released in coming weeks before you can plan out what you're going to see, but there's sure to be plenty of chances to see local talent throughout the weekend. Tickets are on sale now through Front Gate Tickets and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival office.