The annual Illawarra Folk Festival is four exciting summer days of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance.

Set in the spectacular northern Illawarra Escarpment in Bulli Showground, the festival has 11 onsite venues and is a family friendly village with action from early morning to late night.

With superb music from 160 international, national and local artists performing in over 400 concerts there’s also a colourful array of international food stalls, craft stalls and the festival bar.

You can also camp onsite or stay in top quality accommodation nearby. There is plenty of onsite carparking and Bulli train station is a short walk away. Catch the Green Music Train for an environmentally sound way to get to the festival.

The festival commences Thursday with a Charity Concert and concludes on Sunday evening with a huge finale with the Festival Choir, Orchestra and special guests.

In 2019, the Illawarra Folk Festival will celebrate 34 years of presenting of live music in the Illawarra region.

Fringe events include Honk Oz 2019Folk Music School (16/17 January 2019), Green Music Train (19/20 January 2019), Tripe Dinner and Concert (17 January 2019) and more.

Artist’s expression of interest to perform open in March and close 30 May each year.

2019 Souvenir Program is Available to View Online


  • 2019 Illawarra Folk Festival acts have been announced. Click here to view

    The 34th Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground in January will feature 75 new acts amongst the 155 selected to perform! New Australian faces include indigenous acts Emily Wurramara and The Mission Songs Project plus Broads, Cigany Weaver, Co-cheol, Hello Tut Tut, Highlander, Jodi Martin Band, Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, Liam Gerner, Matt Katsis, Michael Waugh, Miriam Lieberman Trio, Rob Longstaff, Super Rats, Tin Star and The Long Johns.

    There will another strong showing of international acts including Albi & The Wolves NZ, Coral Reid UK, Dana Sipos CAN, Dennis J Leise USA, Fru Skaggerak SWE, Irish Mythen CAN, Jenny Mitchell NZ, Ken Field’s Hoot Band USA, Lindsay Lou USA, Mensch, Monique! GERM, Moussa Diakite and Wassado MALI, Sophie & Fiachra IRE/CAN, The Fretless CAN and Winter Wilson UK

    Past festival favourites returning include Ted Egan, Ballpoint Penguins, Cloudstreet, Dave de Hugard, Gleny Rae Virus & Her Playboys, Junior, On the Stoop, Sarah Humphreys and The Pigs.

    Click to view the full list

  • Stall Applications closed 30 October. Click here for further information.
  • Volunteer applications opening now.
  • Performer applications closed 6th June 2018. Applications for the 2020 festival will open in March 2019.