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The National Folk Festival: What to know before you go

Molly McLaughlin

The Easter long weekend is finally here, and that means the magic of the National Folk Festival has descended on Canberra.

Here at HerCanberra, we’ve been planning for the 2016 Folky since before the dust settled on last year’s festival. So you’ve got your tickets, listened to your favourite acts on repeat and planned out your festival outfit (stylish but practical of course), here are some tips to make sure your weekend comes together without a hitch.

How To Get There

ACTION buses will be travelling between Civic and Flemington Road (right near EPIC) throughout the Festival (on the Public Holiday timetable). During the Festival period a shuttle bus service will operate between the Main Ticket Office and the Entertainment Zone within the Festival site. There will be bike racks (Peddle Power will be providing a bike minding service) to keep your bike secure but if you absolutely need to drive, there will be car parking available nearby.

Click here for ACTION buses Public Holiday timetable

Where To Camp 

For the full Folk experience, camping is the way to go. The Oval will be split into two parts again this year, so if you want to camp on the Oval your tent must be set up in the ‘tent only area’ and your car must be parked in the designated car park area. A camping zone vehicle pass is required along with a camping season pass. Spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so if possible, arrive with plenty of time to spare – you can arrive anytime from now onwards.

Download a copy of the program here

What To See 

Grab a Festival Program on site or online to plan out your day, or simply wander around and see what you can discover. You can read HerCanberra’s interviews with All Our Exes Live in Texas and Kaurna Cronin for some anticipatory folk music goodness, but don’t forget to explore the other aspects of the festival like circus and street performances, spoken word, dance and KidsFest too.

Read out ‘What to see after dark’ guide here, our interview with All Our Exes Live In Texas here and interview with Kaurna Cronin here

What To Eat, Drink and Buy

There will be loads of delicious food and drink on offer, including options for vegetarians, and the Festival Market will be in full swing with stalls from all over the place selling handmade and imported clothes, jewellery and other cool stuff. You can also find henna tattooing, massages and other services to perfect your festival escape. There will be ATMs available on site.

 Read our ‘What to eat’ guide here

Last Minute Tips

Free wifi will be available in the Budawang, conference centre and Coorong areas. Make sure to include #nff and #myperfectworld on you pics and follow the National Folk Festival on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Keep an eye out for the NFF life-sized frames around the festival, as HerCanberra will also be supporting a competition for the best ‘framed’ pic. You can also download the ourNFF app for everything you need to know on the go. 

Tickets are still available, including evening passes so head to the website for all the details. We’ll see you there!

the essentials

What: The National Folk Festival
When: Happening from 24-28 March
Where: Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
Check out the full program here for all the info:

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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