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What facilities are available on site?

  • A food concession area featuring a wide variety of cuisine for all tastes!

  • Washrooms are available throughout the festival site and are marked on all our maps (online and onsite)

  • ATM Machines (outside the main entrance and at the merch booth)

  • Breastfeeding Tent (see this year's map for location)

  • Information and Lost & Found Tent (inside the gates, near the front entrance)

  • First Aid Tent (behind the Beer Garden Stage)

  • Mobile Phone Charging Station (in the food concession area)

*Please note FOTR does 'fog' the site to help reduce the mosquito population during the festival.

What should I keep in mind before coming to Folk?

  • Bring sunscreen and something to cover up with if it gets too hot!

  • If you need help or have a question, go to our information booth or ask a volunteer!

  • Buy your drink tickets at the start of the day to beat the line-ups!

  • …but pace yourself - there’s a lot of daylight to stay awake through!

  • There are no lifeguards at the lake, swim at your own risk.

  • This goes without saying, but bring bug spray. Lots of it.

  • Dance in your bare feet by all means, but watch out for glass. We do our best to clean the site pre-Festival, but smaller pieces might go unaccounted for.

Is there camping available on site?

Camping is not available at the FOTR site.  Fred Henne Park is the closest campground, a short drive down Highway 3 will get you to our site. You can book a reservation at

What's the best way to get to Folk?

Bus - Buses will run throughout the festival, stopping at multiple locations in Yellowknife. The 2019 Bus Schedule is available here.

Bike - We encourage people to bike to Folk on the Rocks! Bikes can be locked by the main gate in the car park, on our big beautiful bike courtesy of Polar Welding.

Taxi - Taxis drop off at the main gate, but pick up out on the Highway. If you have a have mobility issues, please let our gate volunteers know on your arrival, and our support team will come meet you at the gate to get you where you need to go!

Car - Parking is limited on site. We encourage people to use other modes of transportation to get to the festival, such as the bus or biking. Do not park on the highway - you will be towed. Please do not drink and drive!





Are pets allowed on site?

We love dogs, but for the safety of our furry friends and our guests, FOTR does not allow pets on site.

What are the Festival Rules?

  1. No outside alcohol - bags will be checked!

  2. Over 19's only in the Beer Garden - IDs will be checked.

  3. No drugs or weapons.

  4. You must wear your wristband at all times. If you are found without a wristband, you will be asked to leave.

  5. No littering - leave no trace!

  6. No disposable water bottles - reusable water bottles can be refilled at various points on site. Check out the FOTR Merch Booth this year for our new Festival waterbottles!

  7. Recycle and compost wherever possible and help us keep FOTR a green festival!


Folk on the Rocks Safer Spaces Policy

Part 1 - Community Agreements

Folk on the Rocks belongs to everyone. All Folkers are encouraged to be active participants in making Folk on the Rocks a safer space. We agree that every Folker is free to enjoy the Festival without experiencing any of the following:

  • Physical, sexual, and emotional violence;
  • harassment;
  • unsolicited physical contact;
  • non-consensual sexual attention, touch, and objectification;
  • hatefulness and hate speech;
  • shaming;
  • bullying;
  • deliberate intimidation and;
  • stalking or unwanted following.

*see Part 2 for all definitions and examples

Community Guidelines

Ask For Consent

  • Respect people, their bodies, beliefs, possessions, and space;
  • Folk on the Rocks has a zero-tolerance policy towards explicit harassment and assault of any nature and;
  • Consent is active, conscientious, voluntary, verbal, and ongoing, and is not restricted to sexual contact.

Don’t Be A Bystander

  • If you witness a person acting in a way that appears threatening, violent, or aggressive, speak up!
  • Do not tolerate sexual, verbal, or physically harassing behaviour from your friends in any situation and;
  • Check in with fellow Folkers who may appear to be in a threatening situation.

Help And Ask For Help

  • Find out where the Sanctuary is located, and use it if you need support and;
  • If you witness or are involved in an assault or other dangerous situation, identify yourself to a Folk on the Rocks staff or Board member or member of the Sub Arctic Safety Squad (SASS) immediately.

*SASS members can be found wearing purple shirts across the Festival grounds

Folk on the Rocks strives to be a safer space for all people. Any Folker reasonably determined by a staff or Board member to be in violation of the Folk on the Rocks Community Agreements and/or any Canadian laws will be immediately removed from the Festival Site for the duration of the Festival.

FOTR commits to communicating these agreements to all Folkers, and holding all Folkers accountable to the community of Folk on the Rocks.


  • If you witness violent, aggressive, or oppressive behaviour from the stage, call it out or alert a Folk on the Rocks stage crew or staff member immediately;
  • If you witness incidents that transgress the Folk Code of Conduct taking place at after parties or anywhere within the Festival grounds, alert a Folk on the Rocks staff or Board member immediately and;
  • Look out for other artists, volunteers, and staff at after-hours events and throughout the site over the weekend.


  • Maintain respectful and safe boundaries on dance floors and in crowded areas;
  • Be aware of the signs of distress, and alert a Folk Staff or Board member or SASS member if somebody needs help;
  • Check in with your fellow Folkers to make sure that everybody is having a fun and safe festival and;
  • If you see somebody acting in a way that makes you or somebody else uncomfortable or unsafe, speak up!

Staff and Volunteers

  • Respond to all allegations of assault and harassment immediately and in support of the victim;
  • Access all necessary resources to provide the support needed to the situation and people involved;
  • Identify ways to make the Festival a safer and more accessible space for all people and;
  • If you’re unsure of how to handle a situation contact your direct supervisor immediately. It is OK to ask for help.

Situation Management Procedure

If staff, a Board member, or SASS is approached about any harassment or violation of the Safer Space Policy, the following procedure will be followed:

  • Staff/SASS will collect and record details on the assault and harassment immediately from the victim, and in support of the victim;
  • SASS will provide the victim with a safe space and any resources required for processing their experience;
  • All other concerned parties will be spoken to regarding the situation;
  • Any parties determined to be in violation of the Safer Spaces Policy by staff or a Board member will be or removed from the site. In cases of reasonable misunderstanding, the party at fault will be issued a warning and;
  • Note that only staff and Board members hold the power to make a decision regarding removing any Folker from the Festival site.

Part 2 - Definitions

Assault means the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or putting another person in apprehension of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.

Consent means the voluntary, conscientious, freely given, active, and specific agreement to engage in any type of contact or activity

Discrimination means to deny any person any goods, services, accommodation or facilities, or to treat any person or class of persons in a demeaning or belittling way

A Folker is any person attending Folk on the Rocks Festival in any capacity.

Sanctuary is the Folk On The Rocks “Chill Zone”, provided by the Sub Arctic Saftey Squad (SASS). Folkers can come here for water and sunscreen, or for help regarding harassment or any unsafe situations. Located near the Beer Garden, the exact location is on the Festival map available onsite and in the free mobile application.

Freedom means that every Folker is free to enjoy the Festival without experiencing any of the following:

  • Physical and sexual violence;
  • Physical and emotional abuse;
  • assault;
  • harassment;
  • unsolicited physical contact;
  • non-consensual sexual attention;
  • non-consensual objectification;
  • non-consensual touching or flirtation;
  • hatefulness;
  • shaming;
  • bullying;
  • deliberate intimidation;
  • stalking; and
  • following.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts;
  • The display of visual material which is offensive to any persons;
  • Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts;
  • Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
  • Condescending or patronizing behaviour which is intended to undermine self-esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect conditions of participation;
  • Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively affect performance;
  • Any form of hazing;
  • Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment;
  • Bullying;
  • Offensive or intimidating phone calls, texts, voice mails or emails;
  • Displaying or circulating offensive pictures, photographs or materials in printed or electronic form;
  • Psychological abuse;
  • Discrimination and;
  • Behaviours such as described above that are not directed towards a specific individual or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment.

Oppression means the unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power, whether explicit or through systemic policies and behaviours.

Threatening means the implicit or implied expression of an act of potential violence, discrimination, harassment, or oppression.

Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation (World Health Organization).

Stalking is the repeated act of unwanted pursuit or close proximity to an individual. FOTR defines proximity as consistently staying within a space of 30 meters for an extended period of time.

Zero Tolerance means that Folk on the Rocks will address all incidents and allegations of violence immediately and in support of the victim. Any Folker reasonably determined by a staff or Board member to be in violation of the Folk on the Rocks Community Agreements and/or any Canadian laws will be immediately removed from the Festival Site for the duration of the Festival.

What are the Merch Booth Hours?

The merchandise booth will close one half hour after the last set begins each day. Check back soon for the 2019 hours!

2018 Hours

Saturday, July 21 - 12pm to 11:30pm

Sunday, July 22 - 12pm to 10:15pm


What are the Beer Garden Hours?

The 2019 Big Rock Beer Garden hours are the following:

  • Friday, July 12th - 7:00pm to 2:00am (for Warm The Rocks presented by Lawson Lundell LLP)
  • Saturday, July 13th - 1:30pm to 2:00am
  • Sunday, July 14th - 1:30pm to 9:30pm



What is Warm The Rocks?

Warm The Rocks is our Festival kick-off party! This year's Warm The Rocks is in two parts:

  • Warm The Rocks at Somba K’e Civic Plaza presented by Field Law, 12:00pm-2:00pm, and 4:00pm to 8:00pm: Live performances in the park (free show!). 
  • Warm The Rocks at Long Lake presented by Lawson Lundell LLP. Doors at 7:00pm-2:00am. Live performances in the Big Rock Beer Garden 19+

What time does the Festival start?

Gates open on site at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Please check here for more details on the 2018 Festival schedule. 2019 schedule to be announced soon!

When is the Festival in 2020?

Folk on the Rocks Festival is July 17th-19th, 2020.

How are ticket prices determined?

When you purchase your ticket to Folk On The Rocks that money goes directly towards the costs to run the festival. Those costs include site repairs and improvements, artist fees and travel, food and supplies for our volunteers, sounds and technical costs, and community outreach programs like RCYK Performing Arts & Queer Justice Camp!

Is there water available on site?

Yes! Folk On The Rocks has several tanks of clean potable water available across the FOTR site. These tanks have easy to use taps for filling your water bottle. We encourage all Festival attendees to bring their own reusable bottle and stay hydrated!

What is FOTR's position on COVID 19?

At the time of writing (March 12, 2020) Folk On The Rocks is scheduled to host our annual event, as planned from July 17-19, 2020. 
Our staff and board members are carefully monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Canada and the Northwest Territories. At this time, the risk to Northwest Territories residents is low, and our summer 2020 timeline means that a lot may happen between now and then.

However, the health and safety of our patrons is a top priority, and we have taken steps to develop and implement a strategic plan for the 2020 festival, that further considers a course of action should the risk levels rise in our community.

Until then, we are dedicated to keeping our community and patrons informed and up to date on festival activities, and advise that everyone take the following Health Canada recommended courses of action:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick

For more information on COVID-19, and prevention tips, please visit Health Canada's website.
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