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CityFolk starts at Lansdowne: Here’s what you need to know about the festival

CityFolk starts at Lansdowne: Here’s what you need to know about the festival

OTTAWA – Live music returns to Lansdowne Park tonight as the CityFolk Music Festival kicks off.

The organizers of RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and CityFolk will host the Ottawa Fall Festivals – Two live music events at Great Lawn in Lansdowne over the next two weekends.

CityFolk runs from Thursday to Saturday, while the Ottawa Bluesfest runs from September 23 to 25.

COVID-19 restrictions only include fully vaccinated fans who are allowed to attend the festival. All patrons must always wear a mask except while eating and drinking and the capacity is limited to 5,000 people at night.

Here’s a look at what you need to know about CityFolk.



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Tickets are only available online for CityFolk and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. There will be no ticket office on site to purchase tickets.

Visit the Ottawa Fall Festivals to purchase tickets.


Ottawa Fall Festivals are completely cashless for all on-site purchases, including beverages, food and merchandise.

You can use Apple Pay, Google Pay, tap to pay and all major credit cards at CityFolk and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.


Participation will be limited to 5,000 patrons each night during CityFolk to ensure enough space for physical distance.

Organizers say this is below 50 percent of Great Lawn’s full capacity.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Only fully vaccinated COVID-19 fans will be allowed to attend CityFolk this weekend and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest next weekend.

“There are no exceptions (religious or medical reasons) without proof and (patrons) will be required to prove the status of the gates either via a digital or printed copy,” reads a statement on the website.

Participants must abide by the Festival Fan Health promise.

Everyone should always wear a mask on the spot. Organizers say the removal of a mask is allowed under provincial guidelines when eating, drinking or for other medical reasons.


OC Transpo service is free to and from the festival. Show your ticket for boarding from three hours before the gates open and three hours after the last performance at night.

Parking is available at Lansdowne Park.

Valet bicycle parking will be available at Lansdowne.


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