About the Festival
The Fleurieu Folk Festival is a multiple-award winning festival that presents a weekend of music concerts and sessions, dance, workshops, open mic concerts, folk jams, children’s entertainment, stalls, and more. The Fleurieu Folk Festival is South Australia’s largest folk music festival with attendance exceeding 8000 and this year is the Festival’s 12th year in the picturesque town of Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Fleurieu Folk Festival 2018 will be held from Friday October 26 to Sunday 28 October.
Set in the picturesque town of Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula, every October, nine venues transform Willunga’s Recreation Park into a global musical village. That village includes several covered venues, multicultural food and craft stalls, a festival bar, on-site camping and facilities, a dance stage, a children’s festival, and music enthusiasts playing together in every niche and corner. We even provide a special venue - Cafe AcousticA just for people that want to come along and play their own music!
The Festival is managed completely on a volunteer basis, by a dedicated organising committee of 12, subcommittees and a hard-working brigade of 130 volunteers.
Promoting young South Australian musicians has always been a major priority for the Fleurieu Folk Festival. Each year, the Festival nominates an outstanding folk musician aged between 14 and 25 to represent South Australia in Folk Alliance Australia's youth showcase concerts at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. The aim of the Youth Awards is to boost the profile of young performers and introduce, support and encourage them to the next level of their development.
Willunga is an historic township that was established only three years after the settlement of South Australia. The picturesque town is located 47 km south of Adelaide and just 6.5 km south of McLaren Vale.
Willunga is full of interesting old buildings and great shops, pubs and restaurants. And every Saturday, including during the Festival, you can enjoy the Willunga Farmers Market, which is the regional hub for the community and visitors to gather and buy fresh, local and seasonal produce in the McLaren Vale region. More than 80 farmers and artisan food producers from the region sell their fresh produce; rain or shine.
Fleurieu Folk Festival is great fun for the kids too - in fact there's a special marquee dedicated to all kinds of fabulous entertainment and plenty of activities to get the youngsters having a great time! There's face painting, song & dance activities, children's open-mic concerts, and all kinds of shows that will appeal to the whole family.
We have a big focus on young musicians and so each year we strive to present some of the finest young performers in Australia. Young Performers will feature prominently at all Festival venues.
And each year, we negotiate with Folk Alliance Australia for the opportunity to nominate a promising young act from the Fleurieu Folk Festival to perform at Youth Showcase concerts at the subsequent National Folk Festival in Canberra.
What’s music without dancing? Dance is an integral part of the Fleurieu Folk Festival. Every year the Festival presents a wide range of dance performances, family bush dances, Morris dancing and dance demonstrations and related workshops. Be sure to check your program for details.
It's not all about sitting and listening either – bring along your instrument and your voice. Join a jam session or start your own, or sign up for a blackboard concert. Informal sessions will be happening all weekend in the Session Bar, Cafe AcousticA (a special marquee for participatory music jams) and elsewhere, including in any of the many workshops throughout the weekend.
We provide the venue and the sound system, you provide the talent! Get Involved!
Planning your festival
Fleurieu Folk Festival is unique in that all venues are either indoor or under a marquee. Not only that, but there is seating in all events. And the festival area is paved. So there’s no cooking under the sun, freezing in the rain, hauling chairs around or wallowing in the mud. We take your comfort seriously!
How to get there
The Township of Willunga is located 50 kilometres south of Adelaide on the road to Victor Harbor.
For details see How to get there
Camping facilities are provided adjacent to the festival site and there are also excellent caravan parks and bed & breakfast accommodation nearby.
Camping is available onsite to weekend pass holders, volunteers and performers for Friday and Saturday nights only. Camping is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be pre-booked.
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Tickets are available at the gate, but to save time and money (look for our earlybird pricing) we recommend booking online. Tickets should be available online 1st July.
Click here for 2018 ticket details including pricing.
Due to licensing regulations, no liquor may be brought into the Festival Site, including the camping area. All liquor purchased must be consumed within the Festival Site. The Festival Site is a glass-free zone for the weekend. And of course, illicit drugs are prohibited at all times.