About the Festival
The Live from the Rock Folk Festival is an annual music and arts festival located on the beautiful shore of Lake Superior in Red Rock, Ontario. Since the Live from the Rock Blues & Folk Society held the first festival in August of 2002, Live from the Rock has become an annual tradition for over 2,000 music lovers on the north shore of Superior. It is a grassroots festival run almost 100 per cent by volunteers and without the support of approximately 200 dedicated volunteers and the Township of Red Rock, the Live from the Rock Folk Festival could not exist.
The festival offers world class music on four daytime workshop-style stages, as well as an evening festival concert stage. The first notes can be heard floating across the lake starting at noon on Friday and they don't stop until the Festival Stage closes the weekend on Sunday evening.
Workshops are an amazing experience well known in the folk festival scene. Several musicians grace each stage and play music
based on the theme of the workshop.
Workshop performances provide musicians with the opportunity to talk about their music, which makes it a truly intimate experience for the crowd. The talented musicians will often jam along with each other and create music that has never been heard before and may never be recreated again. It's magic that you have to experience to fully understand.
The entire weekend takes place in one of the most beautiful and surreal places on earth. Red Rock's marina front Pull-A-Log Park is located on the north shore of Lake Superior and is fully accessible by car or boat. The stages are nestled between a mountain and the lake with rolling fields of green grass and plenty of trees for shade from the daytime sun.
On site you will find a food court with vendors selling a variety of food; a festival pub to wet your whistle (ages 19+ only); a festival cafe serving two choices of a hearty breakfast; an artisans' marketplace where you can purchase a variety of handmade goods and additional programming like morning yoga beside the lake. There is a family area with crafts, interactive nature exhibits, a splash pad and a workshop stage right next door. The park also has an unserviced campground with spots for tents and trailers and a fully serviced marina for boats. Camping passes can be purchased at the festival gate for $20.
The most amazing thing about this festival how the people, the atmosphere and the community come together every August. Everyone walks a little lighter, smiles a little bigger and loves a whole lot more. From the moment you are greeted at the main gate with the friendliest of hellos, the music of the festival flows over you and you feel like you have come home.
Live from the Rock is always held the weekend after the August Long weekend. The campground and the main gate open on Thursday at noon. The Opening Ceremonies start Friday at 12 p.m. and runs until Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
It's All About the Music
Outstanding performers – representing a wide range of musical styles
Festival Stage concerts – Friday and Saturday evenings AND Sunday afternoon
Four daytime workshop stages – sessions where several performers or acts come together to play
OPG Family Zone – fun for the whole family featuring arts, crafts, face painting and more
Sunday morning celebration – join us at Bayside Stage
Campfire jams - Thursday, Friday and Saturday night (must hold campground pass)
Alcohol, drugs, fireworks, glass, and recording equipment are NOT allowed on festival grounds
All bags and coolers will be checked
Respect fellow attendees and volunteers
Make sure all children who are 12 years and under are accompanied by an adult (19 years and older)
Enter the festival through the main gate or marina gate
Blankets and short lawn chairs make up the front row of seating
Place taller chairs further back
The event is smoke-free. Smoking is permitted outside the main gate
Dance in the designated areas
Recycle when possible
Put all cell phones on vibrate
No pets allowed on the festival ground or in the festival campground
Wear your wristband all weekend
Live From the Rock is a single-use-plastic-free event. As always LFTR is also a pet, bike and glass free event. This is to insure the safety of all the festival goers over the weekend. Please be mindful of all the attendees and leave your pets, bikes and glass (bottles) at home.
What to Bring
Bring a friend, a lawn chair (low ones are best), waterproof tarp, rain gear, warm clothes, a flashlight, bug spray, sunscreen, a hat, comfortable foot wear, a reusable drinking cup/water bottle and some cash to purchase crafts, CDs, festival souvenirs or treats from our food vendors.
This is an outdoor festival. The event is wheelchair accessible. Onsite first aid and security are available.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Can I bring my pet to the festival?
Unfortunately Live from the Rock has a strict NO pet policy. This is for the safety of all our festival goers along with the safety of your furry family member. Please leave them with a friend or you can find a number of dog kennels in the Thunder Bay area.
Is there a bank and ATM in Red Rock?
There is an ATM (automated teller machine) located in the Fish & Game Club on site (limited hours). There is also an ATM at the Northern Credit Union, located at 65 Salls Street. You can walk there in approximately 5 minutes. After you leave the festival grounds, walk up White Street toward the t-intersection where White meets Salls, and turn right. The Credit Union is open on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday. The ATM is open 24 hours.
Where is the nearest grocery store?
Saunders Foodland in Red Rock is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, but closed on Sundays. You can use cash, debit or credit cards. From the festival grounds, walk up White Street toward the t-intersection where White meets Salls and turn left.
There is also a grocery store in Nipigon, Zechner’s Ltd., which is located at 155 Railway Street. The store is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can use cash, debit or credit cards.
Where is the nearest LCBO and Beer Store?
You can find an LCBO and Beer Store in Nipigon. The LCBO is located at 21 3rd Street (807-887-2630) and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.
The Beer Store is located at 154 Railway Street. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays. You can use cash, debit or credit card.
Where is the nearest convenience store?
Dampier’s Offshore Variety is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can use cash or debit only. You will find convenience items, some groceries, ready-made sandwiches, ice, newspapers, magazines and lottery tickets. From the festival grounds, walk up White Street toward the t-intersection where White meets Salls and turn left.
Where is the nearest restaurant?
The Red Pebbles Cafe is located in the Red Rock Recreation Centre (39 Brompton Road) across the road and immediately facing the festival campground. Call 807-631-7047 for hours of operation. You can view the Red Pebbles menu at https://www.redrocktownship.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/red-pebbles-menu.pdf.
Where is the nearest drug store?
The nearest drug store is in Rexall - Nipigon at 54 Front Street in Nipigon. The store is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday. A pharmacist is available when the store is open.
Where is the nearest hospital?
The nearest hospital and emergency room is located in Nipigon. Take the Trans Canada Highway east to Nipigon. Turn off onto 1st Street and then right on Hogan.
Where is the nearest police department?
The Ontario Provincial Police detachment is located on Highway 11/17 between Red Rock and Nipigon. The OPP patrol the town of Red Rock.
Can I call 911?
Yes, 911 service is available and will connect you to emergency services including ambulance, fire and police.
Where is the nearest gas station?
All gas stations are located in the town of Nipigon along Highway 11/17. Both the Husky and the PetroCan are open 24 hours and both are located on the outskirts of Nipigon, between Nipigon and Red Rock.
Where is the nearest auto mechanic?
The nearest auto mechanic services are also available in Nipigon.