Event Info – General Info

The National Folk Festival is held annually over the Easter long weekend. The Festival site is located at Exhibition Park in Canberra situated on the corner of the Federal Highway (turns into Northbourne Avenue) and Flemington Road.
The Festival caters for a broad audience with over 200 Australian and international acts across 18 venue and representing diverse styles including acoustic, blues, roots, traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, world, Celtic, gypsy and country. Attracting people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds the program includes something for everyone with music, dance, spoken word, film, circus, a dedicated children’s program (KidzFest), workshops and jam sessions, parades, traditional crafts and special events.
In addition to the Festival’s world class concert program patrons can also immerse themselves in a range of participatory activities, take advantage of the variety of food and beverage outlets, browse the Festival market place or enjoy an exciting mix of street entertainment.

About Canberra

Easter is a magical time in Canberra. The city is frocked-up in autumn colours and the weather is mild, avoiding the heat of summer and the first chill of winter. Season Camping ticket holders arriving from Monday 10 April will be able to take advantage of the Festival’s extended camping option to visit some of Canberra’s many attractions before the Festival officially opens on Thursday 13 April.

For more information about Canberra including its attractions, sights, food and wine region go to the Visit Canberra website.

contact the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114

Autumn in Canberra is mild but can be unpredictable so come prepared for warm sunny days, cool to cold nights and possible rain. Campers are advised to bring plenty of warm bedding and clothing.

Rain is unusual but you should be prepared for any eventuality. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and water bottle for those warmer autumn days! Footwear is compulsory – make sure you bring comfortable shoes.

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The Festival Site

On-site Camping

On-site camping is only available to Season Camping Ticket holders and is allocated on a first in, first serve basis. For those who want a guaranteed powered camping site the Festival has a limited number of these available for pre-booking at a small fee. For further information contact the Festival office T: 02 6262 4792 or click here

There are a limited number of Camping tickets available due to space restrictions at Exhibition Park in Canberra, so we suggest you get in as early as possible.

BYO caravan, campervan, motorhome or tent.

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On Site Facilities

Festival Site Facilities:

    • Onsite campground: power and non-powered sites available for tents, campervans, caravans and motorhomes
    • Onsite toilet and shower facilities
    • Laundry
    • Onsite parking: Free parking is available at the Well Station Road entrance at gate 7.
    • Internal shuttle bus
    • ATM’s
    • Free CBR Wi-Fi across parts of the site
    • 4 Licensed bars
    • Bike Minding
    • Parents Room – Located in the KidzFest precinct

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Local shops

The Festival site has no supermarket facility. The Festival is centrally located in Canberra’s inner north and there are two major shopping precincts 10 minute’s drive from the site in Dickson (South on Northbourne Avenue) and Gungahlin (West on Flemington Road).

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No animals, pets, or companion animals are allowed on the Festival site with the exception of:

  • Guide dogs
  • Hearing dogs
  • Assistance animals (an animal that has been trained to assist a person to alleviate the effect of a disability)

Assistance animals need to be registered with the Access Team prior to your arrival.

All guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance animals must be on a lead, clearly identified and with their owner at all times while on the Festival site.

Note that a person with a guide dog, hearing dog or assistance animal may be liable for any injury, loss, or damage caused by their assistance animal while it is on the Festival site.

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Disability Access

The National Folk Festival welcomes all festival-goers and makes every effort to ensure that the program is accessible to everyone. Our Festival team is continually working on ways to improve the site and the festival experience for our patrons with a disability.

Please read the information in the link below below to assist in making your festival visit both enjoyable and comfortable.

Disability Access
for further information contact the festival on 02 6262 4792.

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Accessing the Festival Site

The Festival site has two ticket offices: one located on Flemington Road (Gate 2) for patrons arriving via car or public transport, and one located off Well Station Road (Gate 7) for patrons who are camping, Festival Volunteer and Performers.

Access to the EPIC/Festival campsite is via Well Station Road (Gate 7) only.

Day and Season ticket holders (excluding Camping tickets, Volunteers and Performers) arriving by public transport, walking, or attending for the day can enter through Gate 2 on Flemington Road.

Due to the National Folk Festival Ltd’s hire agreement with Venues Canberra, the EPIC/Festival campsite is closed to all ticket holders from 10am Friday 7 April to 9am Monday 10 April 2017. There will be NO ACCESS to the site before or during this time.

The EPIC/Festival camping area will open to all Season Camping ticket holders at 9am Monday 10 April 2017. There will be NO ACCESS into the site before this time.

The Festival campground closes 12pm (midday) Tuesday 18 April 2017. At this time the site reverts to Venues Canberra.

All campers must vacate the Festival site by this time unless the camper is a volunteer undertaking volunteer shifts for pack-down/ clean up and is authorised to camp beyond this date.

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