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Vaccines required: Bluesfest, CityFolk to return with weekend concerts in September

RBC Bluesfest will return to Ottawa alongside CityFolk in September 2021. Credit: Kailey Klempner

Two popular Ottawa festivals will return to the city for two back-to-back weekends in September with a crowd expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

RBC Bluesfest and CityFolk will offer condensed lineups at Lansdowne Park in September after the summer festival season in Ottawa was largely shut down for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CityFolk kicks things off from Sept. 16 to 18 with a lineup including Our Lady Peace, Dean Brody and Charlotte Day Wilson.

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Bluesfest goes the next weekend from Sept. 23 to 25. Headliners for those shows include Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden, Half Moon Run, Tokyo Police Club and Tom Cochrane.

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A one-day presale for tickets opens Wednesday at 10 a.m., with the regular sale starting the following day.

All attendees will be expected to bring proof of double COVID-19 vaccination, in the form of either a physical or digital record. A single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also accepted.

Anyone with a religious or medical exemption to the vaccine will need to present proof.

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Masks are mandatory for the entire outdoor concert experience, except when eating or drinking.

Organizers also ask attendees to attest that they have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the 48 hours before the show, or been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus or travelled internationally in the preceding two weeks.

A full list of the Ottawa Fall Festivals health FAQ is available on their website.

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