Folk on the Rocks

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT)

Founded over 30 years ago by Rod Russell and his band at Frame Lake, the not-for-profit Folk on the Rocks festival moved to the shores of Long Lake in 1980 and since then has become one of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals.

The three-day weekend event, known as “the biggest jam party the North has ever seen or heard “ attracts local musicians and artists from around the world to take part in over 36 hours of programming on six stages. The event takes place on the third weekend of July each year.

More than 200 musicians celebrating all music genres, and artists from Canada, North America, and around the world apply each year to take part in the festival to perform in concert and participate in workshops. Recommendations come from fellow artists and performers, festival enthusiasts and the producers of Folk on the Rocks.

But it’s not just about the music. Features of the event also include local, traditional food, art work with its roots in the North, a children’s area, cultural area, and a beer garden.

Folk on the Rocks is supported by over 300 volunteers.


Most visitors to the festival come equipped to camp, but participants should be aware that camping is not available at the Folk on the Rocks site.  Instead, the Fred Henne Park is the closest campground. Reservations are recommended and can be made at

If you happen to have brought Fido or Mimi the Cat with you, know also that pets are not allowed on the Folk on the Rocks festival site.

For more information about Folk on the Rocks visit the official web site at

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• Folk on the Rocks
• Great Northern Arts Festival
• Summer Solstice / National Aboriginal Day

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