20 December, 2023

Gearing up for folk festival

Get ready to immerse yourself in wonder with the week-long cultural phenomenon that is Woodford Folk Festival.

Gearing up for folk festival - feature photo

Featuring six days and nights of music, dance, cabaret, comedy, workshops, films, forums, visual arts and so much more, the festival represents the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia, and is one of the biggest and most-loved ‘folk’ festivals in the world.

From the opening ceremony on December 27 through to finale night of January 1, over 400 acts presenting over 1800 performances will wow the crowds over an incredible 30 performance spaces, and best of all it’s right here on our doorstep!

The program encompasses the creative depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with something to suit and excite all artistic palates from big name acts like Regurgitator, Resin Dogs, Ben Lee, Kasey Chambers and Kate Miller-Heidke through to some incredible established acts and emerging talent, a smorgasbord of interesting and thought provoking talks and discussions, circus, dance and musical workshops, street theatre an entire Children’s Festival and many more special presentations.

The festival’s home Woodfordia, sits on a 500- acre property and for the festival week the site will be packed with restaurants and cafes, bars (including a ‘dry bar’), market and merchandise stalls.

You can even bring your togs and swim in beautiful Lake Gkula (bookings required), located at the Woodfordia parklands.

This year, Woodford will also showcase a special ‘Sunny Coast Feature’ putting 12 up-and-coming and beloved local artists from the Sunshine Coast region on stage at the Pineapple Lounge from 9.30am to 10.30am each day.

Hosted by the marvellous Andrea Kirwin, this is a great opportunity for these musicians to play to a wider audience, and an opportunity for patrons to experience new music too.

For those wanting to experience an even more immersive event, volunteer positions are still available for the festival.

Volunteering can be an incredible way to dive deeper into the event, to be a part of a great team, maybe learn some new skills, and be a special part of making this big crazy event work so well.

Volunteer positions are for the full festival and require 5 hours or so per day, in return for a season camping ticket to the event.

More info at

This year marks the 36th annual Woodford Folk Festival with both season tickets with camping on site or day tickets with or without camping available.

The festival attendance level will be capped to ensure patron comfort level, and tickets are available online or on entry.

Tickets and program information available online at


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