Once again, things will be a little different at a drive-in event, especially in the COVID-19 era. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions and important things to know before you go. Tips and guidelines for a smooth, safe, and healthy festival experience—for everyone.
FESTIVAL DATES, TIMES, & LOCATIONS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
@ Portage Fairgrounds
@ Portage Fairgrounds
5:00 pm - midnight
Gates open at 3:30 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Gates open at 1:30 pm
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
@ Crescent Lake Waterfront, Portage la Prairie (Crescent Rd. @ River Rd./Wilkinson Cres.)
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
"Pop-up" Curbside Concerts
Get ready for the return of live music this summer at the 2021 Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival: Drive-In Edition! Enjoy an outdoor festival experience featuring a weekend of top-notch Manitoban musical talent—in a safe, hybrid event format.
If you'd prefer to watch the shows from home this year, a virtual livestream will be available in real-time only. Virtual passes (access to the livestream) can be ordered at whoopandhollar.com/tickets.
The 2021 performer lineup and all other festival details can be found at whoopandhollar.com.
If public health orders require the drive-in festival format to switch to a virtual only format (unlikely scenario), NO REFUNDS for pre-purchased pod passes will be issued as these tickets will count as donations toward the virtual festival livestream. Whether the festival is held in-person or virtually, the performances will still be livestreamed to the public.
COVID-19 UPDATE as of August 7, 2021 (subject to change): No physical distancing or mask wearing are required on site (although recommended when socializing or waiting in food lines), and no proof of immunization will be required to attend the festival. There is no limit on how many people can be in one pod, and staying in your pod for the festival program is no longer required. Food vendors have been added to the event!
After a successful drive-in event in 2020, Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival organizers are once again working closely with Government of Manitoba public health officials, multiple local stakeholders, and the festival's major funder to safely deliver a live, in-person festival on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th!
An additional day of free pop-up concerts was recently announced for Sunday, August 29th at various locations along Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie. These "Curbside Concerts" will take place just off Crescent Road near River Road and Wilkinson Crescent between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
With multiple contingency plans already in place, organizers will continue to monitor the evolving provincial public health orders to ensure a festival experience that is safe for all.
All attendees must be aware that public health guidelines are subject to change with short notice as COVID-19 developments and public health orders continue to change.
NOTICE: At a minimum, the 2021 Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival will be held in-person with the most recent provincial COVID-19 public health orders followed at the event. However, the Festival reserves the right to enforce more strict protocols of physical distancing, mask-wearing, and limited group size. Festival attendees will be notified of the Festival's decisions regarding protocols via email, website, and social media.
2021 FESTIVAL GUIDELINES (Health Measures, Key Info, etc.):
WHERE & WHEN?
VENUE: Portage Exhibition West Grounds, north of MNP Building, accessible via Island Park Causeway and to the right, past Stride Place toward Portage Golf Club. Follow signs/arrows and directions from volunteers on site.
DATES & TIMES: Two days of stellar, live musical performances enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th, 2021. The music runs from 5:00 pm to midnight on Friday, and 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday. Simply drive in and park in a space assigned to you upon your arrival.
PRACTICING THE COVID-19 FUNDAMENTALS IS RECOMMENDED (NO LONGER REQUIRED):
Physical distancing of two metres (or six feet)
Mask wearing when socializing with people outside your bubble or waiting in food lines
Remember to maintain proper hand hygiene
STAY HOME if you are feeling unwell, sick, or symptomatic, even if your symptoms are mild (visit manitoba.ca/covid19/about/index.html for a list of symptoms). Please use the self-assessment tool or contact Health Links-Info Santé for information on getting tested.
Entry may be denied to anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness or who is self-isolating or in quarantine
FESTIVAL REGISTRATION & ADMISSION:
In-person admission to the 2021 Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival will be BY VEHICLE (advance registration recommended) with an automatic "POD PASS" ticket fee of $30 per vehicle/pod per day. Donations for all individual attendees attending in a vehicle are still encouraged and greatly appreciated (online at checkout, online through PayPal, or at the gate).
A limited number of "pod passes" to secure your vehicle's spot are available ONLINE (on a first-come, first-served basis).
Virtual admission to the entire festival (access to online livestream, per household) will be by offered by donation with a recommended value of $30 to support non-profit, volunteer-driven arts organizations like Whoop & Hollar (see whoopandhollar.com/tickets for more info).
A waitlist will be set up should physical pod passes sell out and a spot later becomes available. Therefore, refunds are permitted with enough advance notice.
Each "pod" constitutes a 20' x 20' space for one vehicle and a small open area to the left of that vehicle to stand or sit on
There is now no limit on the number of people per pod, and pod occupants no longer have to be from the same household (i.e. you can bring as many people as you like, but donations for individuals are still encouraged). Proof of immunization is NOT required to attend the event.
Pod hopping and mingling outside pods is now permitted.
Picnics are permitted within each pod. You can bring your own snacks, food, water, BBQ, and non-alcoholic beverages to share among members of your pod. Alternately, several food vendors will now be on site!
Feel free to decorate your car and/or pod to celebrate the festival spirit! :)
Dancing is permitted within your pod only!
All vehicles must arrive and be parked by no later than 15 minutes before showtime! Later arrivals will wait at the front gate until the next intermission, when a parking attendant will direct you to your pod.
If a vehicle must leave before the end of the night, it should do so only during one of the 30-minute intermissions out of courtesy for the musicians and other festival-goers.
It is recommended to stay parked for the duration of the festival program. If festival-goers wish to come and go during the festival, they are encouraged to bring along a second vehicle to park in the nearby MNP Building parking lot and use that vehicle to leave and return to the grounds. A volunteer will escort you back to your pod if you need to park nearby and walk back into the venue.
Because of the way vehicles are strategically parked, ticket holders may be asked to park in a different spot if they drive away from their pod and then return to the concert area (although there are no guarantees a spot will even be available).
Flash headlights for applause! Otherwise, keep vehicle lights off during the performances.
For ideal sightlines, please bring a vehicle of LOWER roof height to the festival (small or medium-sized car if possible)!
Higher vehicles will be asked to park along the rear and periphery of the site (limited spots will be reserved for these types of vehicles, i.e. minivans, smaller trucks, and SUVs). No large or oversized trucks, vans, etc. will be permitted on site.
In keeping with the environmental and sustainability initiatives of Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival, and given this year's drive-in version, we ask you to keep your vehicle's engine turned off when lined up at the entrance gate and when parked in your pod. We appreciate your cooperation in allowing all festival attendees to enjoy the music and breathe clean Manitoba air. There is very little shade at this year's festival site. Come dressed for warm and sunny, and possibly cooler evening temperatures. Please don't idle your vehicle. We're all in this together.
LEAVE NO TRACE! Please respect the environment and others by leaving the site exactly as you found it. Take all garbage home with you, or put it in its place in the appropriate bins on the festival site.
SAFER SPACES POLICY:
Whoop and Hollar Folk Festival and all its events welcome everyone to share our free spirit of creativity, diversity and inclusion; to join together to help ensure a safe space free of bullying and discrimination. Anyone feeling uncomfortable or unsafe at any time at Whoop & Hollar events can immediately notify one of our volunteers to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Limited campsites for self-contained units are available at the Portage Ex Campground next door (no tents; fully immunized campers only). Campsite bookings at Portage Ex Campground can be done online by visiting www.portageex.com and then clicking the camping tab. Scroll down for link to online booking reservations (camping info can also be found at whoopandhollar.com/camping).
No camping or tents are permitted in the stage area.
Please remember that if you attend the event in a vehicle, you are responsible for unhitching and parking in time for the show.
Enjoy the festival, have fun, be well, and stay safe! Save the date for the 8th annual festival to be held on the weekend of August 27th, 2022!
PEACE, LOVE, RESPECT, COMPASSION, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, JOY, SUSTAINABILITY
Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival is a positive space for all, and a community built on the eight pillars listed above.
SAFER SPACES POLICY
Whoop and Hollar Folk Festival and all its events welcome everyone to share our free spirit of creativity, diversity and inclusion; to join together to help ensure a safe space free of bullying and discrimination.
Anyone feeling uncomfortable or unsafe at any time at Whoop & Hollar events can immediately notify one of our volunteers to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
FOLK FEST ETIQUETTE
The festival requires that all attendees remain personally and fully responsible for their actions at all times: when socializing, when conducting themselves, and when arranging their transportation to and from the festival site.
Be respectful of the performers and your fellow audience members. Refrain from honking your car horn unless directed to do so by an emcee (i.e. for fun celebration). Feel free to flash your car lights as an alternative to applause at the end of a song or performance!
Rowdy behaviour is tolerated (away from the music, of course), obnoxious behaviour is not!
Be kind and considerate to others. Just be yourself, follow all guidelines and health protocols outlined above, and get what YOU want out of your festival experience—just be a good sport and keep the positive energy flowing.
WHAT TO BRING (FOLK FEST ESSENTIALS)
Lawnchair and/or groundsheet for open area beside vehicle (no sunshades, tents, etc.)
E-ticket on a mobile device or printed ticket (no transactions on-site!)
Bottled water, food, snacks, picnic cooler, etc. (enough for you and your pod)
Bug spray (or light, loose, long clothing to protect against mosquitoes)
Dress for the weather (i.e. rain gear, sweater)
RESPECT THE LAND: LEAVE NO TRACE, NO IDLE ZONE
Whoop & Hollar values sustainability and respect for the environment. "Leave No Trace" means that we expect you to leave the festival grounds in the condition they were before you arrived. Please put garbage, recycling, and compost in its place at the corresponding stations located around the grounds, or keep it within your pod/vehicle.
NO LITTERING (this includes cigarette butts)!
Take home all your belongings upon leaving the festival (a lost and found will be assembled after the festival if articles are accidentally forgotten).
Also, please refrain from having your vehicle idle on or around the festival grounds. It is summertime. The air we breathe is sacred and pure and must remain that way in order to maintain the health of humans and the planet.
One pet per vehicle, please. All pets must be on a leash at all times and cleaned up after!
WHAT IS A FOLK FESTIVAL, ANYWAY?
At Whoop & Hollar, our definition of a folk festival is an inclusive celebration of the music, art, food, dance, fashion, and stories of people, their cultures, and their world perspectives and philosophies—across time and space. "Folk" is a broad term that includes far more than just music, let alone folk music in particular.
Folk festivals are community-oriented and community-driven events with great intention and purpose. They are connected to the land and aim to promote peace, tolerance, and respect for all people and the planet. They incorporate interactive activities and programming meant to educate, inspire, challenge, engage, and broaden one's horizons.
At a folk festival, you can expect to hear all kinds of music, meet all kinds of new people, and learn all kinds of new things. Plus, these festivals provide fun, meaningful, and enriching experiences that are not to be missed—think of a music festival with even more perks! Come as you are without expectations.
WHAT'S WITH ALL THE WHOOPING & HOLLERING? SOME FESTIVAL TRIVIA
Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival's name is a play on the name of its locale, the famous "Hoop & Holler Bend," which has a 100-year history of live music and country dances. The moniker depicts fun, joy, and good times.
The festival's logo/mascot is a free-spirited 'whooping' crane, tying together the themes of music, art, and nature.
Festival-goers are affectionately called 'whoopers'.
If you are having a good time 'whooping' it up, be sure to chant "Whoop at the Hoop!" or give a "Whoop, Whoop!"
Fun Fact: In 2013, Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival began as an outdoor concert to showcase an armada of Winnipeg musicians touring down the Assiniboine River by canoe. How much more 'Portage' la Prairie can you get?
Another Fun Fact: The festival site is located on the historic line of the Manitoba Great Northern Railway that connected Portage la Prairie with the USA, from 1903 until the mid-1920s.
Rain or shine, the show will go on! Come prepared. There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. In the event of torrential rains immediately before or during the festival, it may be cancelled.