The Helen Creighton Folklore Festival was launched in 1989 to honour Dr. Creighton at her 90th birthday celebration. The festival, created through the efforts of her friends and the city of Dartmouth, celebrated the life and work of “Canada's first Lady of Folklore.” The event was held each fall until 1994. It featured music, dance, demonstrations of traditional crafts, and storytelling. The festival sponsored a national competition for a commissioned piece of work based on folk music from the Helen Creighton collection. It also co-sponsored, with the Alderney Gate Public Library, a ghost-story writing contest for young people. This festival was the beginning of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

1990 Festival Programme page 1 , 1990 Festival Programme page 2