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FESTIVAL Season is Back!

Blog by Sara Kalke | August 4th, 2011

The Edmonton FESTIVAL SEASON is back in full swing, with Folk Fest kicking off today, and the Fringe Festival starting next week.  Can't wait to get out and enjoy Edmonton's many fun activities!

Here is the Folk Fest TOP 10, from the Edmonton Journal:

Folk fest Top 10: How to make the most of your time on the hill

What to wear, bring and leave at home when attending Edmonton’s four-day roots-music extravaganza

went on sale June 1. If you were lucky enough get a ticket (or four), follow this cheat sheet to ensure a musical experience fit for a folky.

10 — Ride the bus or take your bike.

During the festival, Edmonton Transit is offering shuttle-bus service from the University of Alberta Butterdome to Gallagher Park. Park your car for $5 a day at the university and grab the bus. If you’re biking, you can lock up on-site at the Bennett Centre, across 97th Avenue from the park.

9 — It’s luck of the draw for early birds.

Gone are the days when the festival gates swung open and hundreds of eager folkies flocked to the hill in pursuit of the best spots. Don’t bother getting to the gates at the crack of dawn, either. If you’re an early bird, expect to be entered into a lottery system. You can start lining up at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the northwest corner of the Muttart Conservatory parking lot. The first 1,000 people to arrive will receive a lottery tag at the gate. For everybody else, gates open at 9:30 a.m. and it’s first-come, first-served.

8 — Keep your seat low.

If you were planning to watch the show sitting in your plastic lawn chair, forget it. Organizers are asking festivalgoers to bring chairs with legs no higher than six inches. “If the back of the chair is over and above your shoulders, you’re certainly comfortable, but you’re blocking the view of someone behind you,” Silvio Dobri said. If you forget a seat, you can buy one at the festival.

7 — Bring a tarp, but don’t hog the grass.

If you have your own tarp, bring it — but it can’t be larger than eight by 10 feet. You can mark your tarp territory on the mainstage hill for the day, but don’t try it at the session stages. Organizers are asking that you bring your chairs for the shows instead. “We’re discouraging that (at the session stages) this year. By all means, you can come back — but you can’t save a spot,” Dobri said. If you forget to grab your tarp before you leave home or you don’t have one, you can pick one up at Campers Village, an outdoor pursuits store that will be on-site during the festival.

Read more at: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Folk+fest/5200914/story.html