Not Just Your Parents’ Folk Festival: A Young Adult’s Guide to Mariposa

Not Just Your Parents’ Folk Festival: A Young Adult’s Guide to Mariposa
Mariposa Folk Festival crowd with attendee singing on shoulders above everyone. Photo by Deb Halbot

Photo by Deb Halbot

Soon, school will be out and festival season will be in!

The Mariposa Folk Festival is Orillia’s annual celebration of music, food and art and it’s the perfect spot to meet up with friends and make memories to last a lifetime! With Youth Passes for ages 13-18 and Young Adult passes for ages 19-24, here’s four things not to miss out at the Mariposa Folk Festival this year.


Find Your Foodie

Be sure to check out Food Vendor’s Alley for mouth-watering meals with vendors stirring up an eclectic array of flavours all weekend. Cool down during the day with a smoothie or ice cream cone and then kick it up a notch for big meals including Korean, Japanese, Indigenous, Hawaiian, Spanish inspired cuisine – just to name a few. There’s something for everyone with attention to dietary needs and vendors are highly conscious for environmental, ethical and social standards. So, dig in and feed your senses! (Oh, did we mention there’s Beavertails?)


Festival Fashion

Mariposa Folk Festival attendee blowing bubbles. Photo by Deb Halbot

Photo by Deb Halbot

Time to break out the florals, tie-dye, patchwork and more! Arrive in style and be sure to checkout the Artisan’s Village to zhuzh up your festival look. Shop through the eclectic choices from jewelry, handmade accessories, apparel, artwork and more! Show off your fashion around the festival: lounging on a picnic blanket under Tudhope Park’s canopy of trees, dancing to your favourite music, or watching the sunset along the shores of Lake Couchiching.


Get Creative

Mariposa Folk Festival Group in Folkplay showing off Feet Painting

Photo by Deb Halbot

You know what goes great with tie-dye? A flower crown. Head over to Folkplay where you can get creative with loads of arts and crafts. Get some face painting, try a musical instrument, hula hoop, or make a craft.

On the peninsula of Tudhope Park, artists flock to paint and create at Studio Point, inviting all ages to take part in artistic fun.

Over at the Interactive Stages, you can sign up for a workshop to learn something new! From poetry to printmaking, dancing to drumming, there’s something to check out there all weekend.


Musical Mayham

Wild Rivers Carsie Blanton Jack Barksdale

Mariposa’s 2023 line up is going to rock your socks off with over 60 artists including Tegan & Sara, Feist, Rufus Wainwright, The Weather Station, to name a few.

Be sure to check out acts like Wild Rivers that imbue a selection of sounds from pop, rock, indie and folk. Carsie Blanton brings activism to her music with catchy anthems and tons of moxie. 15 year old Jack Barksdale is a rising star in the Americana folk scene and a powerhouse performer and songwriter.

During the day, check out the seven Workshop stages where you can take in intimate concerts with your favourite musicians. Liven things up in the Pub Tent where the party goes all day into the night. Finally, dance the night away at the main stage line up in the evening.

Fun for the Whole Family

Mariposa is family friendly for kids of all ages. For the young ones there will be performers such as Splash N Boots, Paddling Puppeteers and A Sharon, Lois & Bram Sing-A-Long. Kids ages 12 and under are free with an accompanied adult with a ticket.

Heads Up: We heard this year’s festival is close to selling out! Get your tickets before it’s too late!


Youth Weekend Pass (Ages 13-18): $35

Young Adult Weekend Pass (Ages 19-24): $95

Kids (Ages 12 and Under): FREE

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