Festival Name: St Albans Folk Festival, NSW (not to be confused with St Albans Folk Festival in Hertfordshire, England!)
Dates: APRIL. WEEKEND NEAREST TO ANAZAC DAY. (April 22nd to 25th, 2024)
Location: St Albans, New South Wales, Australia. Nestled in the heart of the scenic Macdonald Valley, St Albans is a picturesque village, offering a perfect setting for the festival. The rustic charm of the village complements the festival’s spirit, making it an ideal getaway for music enthusiasts.
Folk, Celtic & Bush Music – Poetry – Dances & Workshops.
We have attended and camped at St. Albans Folk Festival and had a great time. A traditional gathering, very friendly crowd and a authentic folk music to enjoy. Pretty decent ale or two available in the Settlers Arms! ED: Kevin Parker
The St Albans Folk Festival, typically held near Anzac Day, features a rich blend of Traditional and Contemporary Folk Music, Australian Bush Music, and various activities including Music Sessions, Workshops, Dances, Poetry, and Children’s Activities. This vibrant event showcases talents from both local and international artists, musicians, and songwriters. Alongside the musical offerings, the festival hosts a market filled with food, produce, and various stalls. Attendees have the option to visit for the day or camp along the scenic McDonald River, located 20 kilometers from Wisemans Ferry in the picturesque Hawkesbury River region, to the north of Sydney and west of Gosford. Adding to the village’s charm is the historic Settlers Arms, one of Australia’s oldest pubs, and a historical cemetery.
- Live Folk Music Performances
- Instrumental and Vocal Workshops
- Folk Dancing and Jam Sessions
- Songwriting Clinics
- Art and Craft Markets
- Culinary Experiences featuring Local Produce
Previous editions have seen memorable performances, workshops, and community gatherings. Notably, the 2022 festival featured a special tribute to folk legends, a night under the stars with storytelling and acoustic melodies, and a vibrant parade through the village streets.
- The Bushwackers
- Fred Smith
- Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton
- The GoSet
- Fiona Ross
St Alban’s Folk Festival and Festival Australia acknowledges that we meet & play on the land of the Darkinjung people. We wish to pay respect to them, and all Elders – past, present and future, & we acknowledge the important role of all First People’s, the Traditional owners & custodians of this great country.
Local Area Tourism Information:
Beyond the festival, St Albans and its surroundings offer a treasure trove of experiences. The Convict Trail, a historic walk through Australia’s colonial past, and the tranquil Macdonald River, ideal for kayaking and fishing, are highlights. Nearby, the Dharug National Park provides stunning walking trails and camping spots.