Port Fairy Folk Festival 10 to 13 March 2023


Each year around 20 International acts and over 100 national acts plus Street Invaders and a Children’s Program descend on Port Fairy. There will be many good “old friends” and a lot of new ones coming along.

2016 will be the 40th “Folky” and promises to be huge. The festival presents a unique line-up of International and National artists over the four day long week-end. We present folk roots, blues, jazz, bluegrass, celtic roots, jazz, crossroads country and rock, and music of the world. Add the Children’s Folk Circus a Free Festival of the Streets, markets, buskers and a beautiful setting of hsitory, sun and sea.


The festival begins on Friday afternoon and runs until Monday afternoon with most stages finishing at 1pm. The whole village is transformed festival-style with main stages at the Festival Arena at the south end of Sackville St plus many other venues around the village. These include St Johns and St Patricks churches, the Lecture Hall, St Pats Hall, Consolidated School Hall, Surf Club and Bowls Club.


The Festival Arena is the main location presenting ten stages, Food Festival, Market and Craft Stalls. The stages include five large covered Main Stages, The Folk Circus, The Wine & Guinness Bar, Lighthouse Cafe, FOLKworX and INSTRUMENTworX – a large instrument makers exhibition.