The Mission Folk Music Festival is a 3-day music festival. It features a wide range of concerts in Mission at the Fraser River Heritage Park in July.
The Mission Folk Music Festival happened in an online format for the second consecutive year in 2021 because of COVID-19. In 2022, the festival takes place in-person from July 22nd to the 24th.
Mission Folk Fest
The Mission Folk Music Festival usually happens on the last weekend in July. In normal years, it’s a fair-sized festival at a beautiful venue which attracts dozens of performers and thousands of local folk-music enthusiasts.
What to Expect at the Festival
In a typical year, at the Mission Folk Music Festival you can expect around four or so stages with performances taking place throughout each of the 2.5 days. Some people camp overnight at the festival right on site. Others attend just for the day.
When it’s a live in-person event, at the venue there’s a camping area, an artisan market with around 20 vendors, and a Wee Folks Area for children. There are also usually half a dozen or so food trucks and a licensed bistro.
The Mission Folk Music Festival isn’t a huge event, but it’s pretty big, and a nice one. It’s also family-friendly and attracts a wide range of music lovers. As many as 1500 people show up on the first evening (when admission is by donation), but fewer on the regular full days.
Musicians at some stages attract small crowds, while others attract the majority of attendees. Most of the musicians are local, but the quality of play is very high.
For full details see the Mission Folk Music Festival website.
Like 2020, the pandemic meant that the 2021 Folk Music Festival had to take place online. Close to 20 different artists performed in three different shows, and the entire concert lineup was free.
In 2022, over 20 artists are performing for in-person audiences once again. Musical acts taking the stage this year include the following:
- William Prince – a Peguis First Nations artist from Manitoba who sings country-folk inspired by gospel and more.
- Le Winston Band – an energetic band from Montreal with a hybrid of Zydeco, French-Canadian and rock music.
- Shred Kelly – a five-piece alternative folk-rock band from Fernie, BC.
- Shakura S’Aida – talented and powerful vocalist from Brooklyn currently residing in Ontario.
- Golosa La Orquesta – an explosive mixture of Latin American rhythms with rock and jazz sounds from Chile.
- Ayanasabee – an Oji-Cree singer, songwriter and musician from Ontario with folk and R&B tunes.
- The McDades – an award-winning Celtic-rooted music group with a jazz twist.
- Clerel – a smooth-toned vocalist who grew up in Cameroon inspired by Afrobeat and classic records.
- Puuluup – a duo from Estonia play the talharpas and offer traditional yet modern folklore.
- Kanatal – a small creative band from Taiwan perform experimental music involving multiple genres.
- Ronnie Dean Harris – a multimedia artist specializing in original Indigenous hip hop.
- Amanda Rheaume – an award-winning Métis singer from Ontario with a clear voice and many guitar-driven ballads.
- Lonesome Town Painters – a traditional bluegrass quartet with a raw and edgy sound.
- Graham Lindsey – an energetic and talented musician with a passion for Celtic music.
- Quote the Raven – a Newfoundland-duo with smooth harmonies and an almost haunting aesthetic.
- Good Medicine Songs – a powerful showcase of the Halq’eméylem language and culture.
- The Crescent Sky – an indie-folk quartet from BC with acoustic strings and soaring harmonies.
- Strongbow and Wry – friendly fiddlers host uplifting musical sessions.
- Robert Sarazin Blake – an interesting songwriter from Bellingham with folk-inspired songs.
As of late June, the exact times for performances in 2022 has yet to be announced. The main stage offers performances by Shred Kelly on Friday night, Le Winston Band on Saturday night and William Prince on Sunday night.
Below is a list of which artists are performing on each date of the festival this year.
Friday, July 22nd, 2022
- Lonesome Town Painters
- Quote the Raven
- Shred Kelly
Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
- The Crescent Sky
- Good Medicine Songs
- Ronnie Dean Harris
- Shakura S’Aida
- Le Winston Band
Sunday, July 24th, 2022
- Robert Sarazin Blake
- The McDades
- Golosa La Orquestra
- Amanda Rheaume
- William Prince
For the most up to date information visit the Mission Folk Music Festival website.
2021 Festival Video
The following video features the various bands from the online festival in 2021. The name of each group appears along with their photo. The music in the video is “Rising Sun” by the band Shred Kelly.
For photo credits of some of the photographs used in the video, see the video description on YouTube.
In 2021 the performances all happened online. However, in 2022 the festival takes place at the Fraser River Heritage Park which is located at 7494 Mary Street just above the Fraser River in the town of Mission, BC.
Admission to the festival depends on your age, when you buy your tickets and whether you plan to camp.
Up until May 31st in 2022, weekend and camping passes were available online. To start, weekend passes cost about $105 for adults, $90 for students and seniors and $50 for teenagers. Camping packages cost an additional $5 to $30 per person.
Starting in June 2022, prices increased to $125 for adults, $105 for students and seniors and $55 for teenagers. They increase again in price slightly if you buy on the days of the event. Children ages 12 and under enter for free regardless.
For full details see the Mission Folk Music Festival website.
Parking is usually available on site by donation, both in the regular paved parking lot and on the grass in a field. Except for at times when admission is by donation or when a major band is playing, parking spots are typically available.
For more information see the Mission Folk Music Festival website.
For a list of other major Lower Mainland events throughout the year, click Festivals & Events.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s June, July and August Calendars
- Shows & Entertainment
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival
- Mission BC
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- Vancouver on a Budget