President’s Message

Welcome to Folkfest 2018 !  Join the FUN!

On behalf of the Folkfest Board of Directors, Members and staff, I welcome you to join the Fun at our 39th annual showcase of culture and diversity at Saskatoon Folkfest on August 16, 17 and 18.

This festival is made possible with the hard work of more than 5,000 dedicated volunteers, pavilion managers and their teams, and the supporters of Folkfest.

This includes you.  The patrons.  For 39 years you have been enjoying the vibrant diversity of Saskatoon, creating new memories, having learned unique and exciting facts about your neighbors, and just having FUN!

This year is no exception!

We’re bringing ethnic cuisine from many parts of the globe to your neighborhood as 22 pavilions prepare an exciting food, entertainment and display experience throughout the City of Saskatoon.

Vibrant colors come to life through heritage costumes, beautiful décor and the many interesting and informative displays you will find in each pavilion.  Dance to a different beat in every pavilion culture with friends and family.

Welcome to all patrons visiting Folkfest from outside of Saskatoon and beyond and experience first-hand why returning visitors say “it’s just a feeling you get here in Saskatoon”; others boast all the exotic foods they were able to taste; most say they can’t believe the exceptional local talent, the intriguing special guests and complimentary transportation all included in the cost of the souvenir passport. You will experience hospitality in a way that leaves you with a smile on your face.

Thank you to all those who support Folkfest.  Our sponsors are truly some of our biggest fans as they partner alongside these cultural communities.  We welcome Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Japan and the Heroes & History pavilions to the Folkfest family, and take our hats off to all the participating pavilions.  You make culture shine in Saskatoon! 

A big thank you to my fellow Board members, the membership and staff who ensure the excitement is informative, festive and most of all; FUN!


Dr. Jay Kalra                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Folkfest President