All you need to know for the 2017 Folk Festival

Posted 10 Apr 2017

Story by Her Canberra

Keen to get to the Folkie this year, but don’t know where to start?

Too busy to write a list? Here are our eight essentials for all you need to know.

Plan Your Visit

Don’t just rock up – plan your visit. The full festival program is now live on the festival website. Decide which performers are on your unmissable list, what workshops you want to sign up for and make a decision if you want to attend Friday, Saturday or Sunday night or go the whole festival motza experience. And don’t forget to buy a souvenir program upon arrival and BYO highlighter.

Ticket Tips

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Can’t fork out for an all season pass, want to go for just one night or get the best-priced ticket? HerCanberra’s hot tips are….

  • Buy your ticket online by this Thursday for best savings
  • Only have one day free? Purchase a Day Pass because it’s not just for the day, but includes the night too – ride the festival high wire from 8am in the morning through to 2am for your full money’s worth
  • Attend Thursday Opening Night and Friday on one wristband. Many people don’t realise if they buy a Friday Day Pass, Thursday Opening Night is included in your entry!
  • For the night owls, purchase an evening pass and party late into the night from 5pm-2am AND
  • Don’t forget Easter Monday is by far the best priced day ticket and the best day for families as all children under 17 are free with a paying adult,

Families Welcome


With a dedicated KidzFest and a multitude of vibrant immersive art experiences on offer, the National Folk Festival is the perfect place to take your family this Easter. There’s really something on offer for your kids no matter what age, from bubs to pre-schoolers, primary age and teens.

From puppet and poetry performances for the littlies to circus, sculpture and songwriting workshops for teens, the Festival has it all. All children under seven are free at the Festival with a paying adult. Just want to take the kids one day? Don’t forget families, Easter Monday is your day! All children under 15 are free with a paying adult.


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Don’t miss experiencing this exciting new pleasure island at the festival for the young at heart, or those seeking a new adventure. Participate in some crazy croquet, be wowed by the nightly fire drawings or bang a huge Japanese drum at the Taiko workshop. Witness the flip-side of folk with edgy fantastical acts, dance till you drop or take some time out in the chill-out zone.

Parking FAQs

Free parking is available at Gate 7 on Old Well Station Road off the Federal Highway. Patrons can access the Entertainment Zone via shuttle bus or a dedicated walking path. Please note, due to the construction of the light rail in Canberra, the carpark in Flemington Road is no longer available for general parking. Canberra Metro has made available to the Festival 60 car spaces that have been designated for Disability Parking only. Patrons wishing to use this carpark must display a Disability Parking Permit.

Canberra Metro has made available to the Festival 60 car spaces that have been designated for Disability Parking only. Patrons wishing to use this carpark must display a Disability Parking Permit.

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Free Public Transport

Leave your car and your worries at home so you can absorb the Folkie at 150%! In 2017 the ACT Government is offering FREE off-peak transport to and from Exhibition Park on Action Buses for all Festival Attendees. Present your PDF ticket or wristband to the bus driver when embarking the bus.

Off-Peak Travel: Thursday 13 April 2017 free off-peak travel between 9.00am till 4.30pm and after 6.00pm until last service. Friday 14 to Monday 17 April inclusive, free travel all day. Note: Public holiday (Sunday) timetable will run across the Easter weekend. Plan your travel HERE.

BYO Water Bottle and Taste the Food of the World

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Water is a must-have essential item at the Folk Festival. Keep up your energy and stay hydrated so you can dance, sing, strum and play late into the night! Bring your own water bottle and refill it regularly at the free water refill stations at the National Folk Festival. Eat your way around the World at the Festival with the many eating options available from savouring some Ethiopian to Madras cuisine, munching on veggie-burgers or noshing up at the Cuban Cantina. Get your coffee fix, sip on some chai or nibble something sweet.

Have Fun and Try Something New

There’s a reason the Festival’s mantra is “five days in a perfect world”. Above all, the aim is to have fun! Step out and try something new and you won’t regret it. Unearth your favourite new band, join the Festival Choir, learn how to play the banjo, make a flower crown, discover the art of bookbinding, take a yoga class, tune up and perform at a blackboard venue, or expand your mind at one of the many talks and themed events.

See you at the Folkie!

the essentials

What: The National Folk Festival 2017
When: 13-17 April 2017
Where: Exhibition Park, Canberra
Tickets: Full season passes, day and evening passes available online at

HerCanberra are proud sponsors of the National Folk Festival 2017

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