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Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2018

Summertime! Folk Fest! Good vibes and live music!

So, for the past few years (uhh… like 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, plus all this: 2011 – night one, 2011 – night two, 2011 – night three, 2011 – Storytime), I’ve gotten just a bit excited about Regina Folk Festival.

It’s just a big ol’ happy hippy good time, in the middle of the city, and it’s something that has brought me a great deal of joy over the years. Whether you’re a long-time festival-goer who bought 2018 tickets while at the 2017 festival, a first-time attendee, or someone kind of on the fence of maybe / we’ll see, hopefully, this helps provide a bit of insight and helps you get the most out of your festival time.

The following is basically just a list of helpful things to bring or keep in mind when you attend RFF18.

I feel this is worth mentioning. If you come to this festival with fun and kindness in mind, you can’t go wrong! Think of ways you can not only make the experience better for yourself, but for everyone. Talk to people. Hug a volunteer! Ask random folks whom they’re there to see or what their favourite surprise was so far – I love happy musical surprises, and this festival is full of them! Let go and sing, laugh, dance, cry, smile!

Refillable Water Bottle
It’s supposed to be brutally hot this weekend. Don’t skip this one! RFF has these huge free potable water stations. Take advantage. Don’t just drink alcohol (although there’s nothing wrong with some, if that’s your jam). This is likely to be the hottest Regina Folk Fest in recent history. It’s fantastic that RFF has these water stations.

Hippy Pack
Keep all your RFF stuff in one spot – watter bottle, RFF program, merch, etc.

Yeah, cell phone will probably suffice these days, but for really good quality pictures, a good camera just can’t be beat!

Appropriate Clothing
It’s going to be a million degrees outside! Also, it’s Regina. Be smart! Pack a rain jacket, pack a sweater. Don’t bother with your nicest shoes – bring functional footwear you’re not afraid to get a little muddy.

From here, things get a little subjective. I might need an HTML table for this…

Hippy Option 1 Hippy Option 2
Bike: RFF has a bicycle valet! How rad is that! They are usually set up in the SW corner of the park, across from the Knox Met. Car: I get it. Regina isn’t the most bike-friendly city. And honestly, with the smoke this year, even I, an avid cyclist, may just hitch a ride or take the bus.
The Nomad: Pack light enough that you can always move around with everything you brought. It’s easier and you never have to worry about something getting lost/stolen (not that that’s usually a threat at RFF). It’s also far easier to get up and dance, meet up with friends, or go get another drink without any extra steps. The Settler: Bring a lawn chair, blanket, tarp/garbage bags. Bring it all! Get there early and scope out your spot (remember, full-size lawn chairs in the back, low riders in the middle, and ground-seating right up front). Make friends with your neighbours. This is a big part of why I’ve never had anything stolen at RFF. If you meet your neighbours and offer to help them out, they’ll help you out without you even having to ask (remember that whole vibe thing I mentioned?).
Don’t spend a dime: I have been to RFF and only experienced the free daytime stuff. It’s one of the best parts of this festival! All daytime hours Saturday and Sunday, there is non-stop music and fun. You truly don’t need to spend money to have a good time. Spend many dimes: I have also spent a lot (don’t ask) of money a RFF. I love buying music directly from artists, and I’m guilty of partaking in a lot of delicious festival grub.

Like I’ve mentioned a couple of times above, the most important thing is just to be happy, let go, and have a great time. We’re lucky to have this festival in our back yard! I’ll see you there.

ps. Come see me at the CJTR tent/booth/living room thing between 10:00 and 1:00 on Saturday. We’ll be broadcasting live from the park to CJTR, interviewing some of the artists, chatting with festival goers, and really just hanging out and enjoying the day.

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