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New Zealand Folk and Acoustic Music Festivals

Aongatete Festival "Folk under the Figs"
Updated: 11/07/2022

Auckland Folk Festival
Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Kumeu - State Highway 16.
When: Last weekend in January
Contact: info@aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz
Web page: http://www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz
Social Media: www.facebook.com/aucklandfolkfest/

Bards, Ballads & Bulldust (The Naseby High Country Festival)
In recess
Updated: 11/07/2022

Canterbury Folk Festival
Where: Waipara Valley (1 hour north from Christchurch)
When: Every Easter
Contact: info@canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz
Web page: www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz
Social Media: www.facebook.com/CanterburyFolkFestivalNZ/
Updated: 30/05/2022

Cardrona Folk Festival
Updated: 11/07/2022

Celtanz Celtic Music Camp
Removed: 30/05/2022

Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival and Workshops.
When: Annually over NZ Queen's Birthday holiday weekend (first weekend in June)
Where: Nelson
Organized by: The Celtic Flute School of NZ Inc.
Contact: info@ceolaneas.org
Website: www.irishmusic.org.nz
Social Media: www.facebook.com/ceolaneas
Comments: Annual 3 day traditional Irish music school in Nelson, with concert, ceili, instrument workshops and sessions
Updated 30/05/2022

Folk Under The Mountain
In abeyance
Updated: 11/07/2022

Geraldine Folk Festival
Where: Geraldine Academy of Performance & Arts
When: First weekend in March
Contact: Rhys Taylor & Anne Griffiths, Kotare, 161 Downs Rd, RD21 Geraldine 7991, Texts 021462260, messages 036938726.
Updated: 19/02/2024

Hamilton Easter Festival (Hamsterfest)
Where: Paeroa Racecourse
When: Every Easter, Friday to Monday.
Contact: Chris Penman chrissypenman@gmail.com or hamc.announce@gmail.com
Social Media: www.facebook.com/groups/219434458151445/
Updated 11/07/2022

Kohukohu Folk Festival
In abeyance
Updated: 11/07/2022

"Laftah" (Life After Tahora) Fest
Where: Otaki Bridge Lodge
When: 27 December until 2 January
Contact: julmur@paradise.net.nz

Mid-winter Holler
Where: Tatum Park, Horowhenua
When: June or July
Contact: Tony Burt midwinterholler@outlook.com
Social Media:https://www.facebook.com/Midwinterholler
Updated 11/07/2022

Niagara Falls Bluegrass Festival
Where: Niagara Cafe grounds
When: Waitangi weekend, early February
Social Media: www.facebook.com/Niagarafallsbluegrass
Updated 30/05/2022

Nelson Multicultural Folk Festival
Currently in abeyance.
Removed 30/05/2022

Paretai Folk Camp
In abeyance
Updated: 11/07/2022

The Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle
In abeyance.
Removed: 30/05/2022

Where: Wai-o-tapu Forest Camp near Taupo
When: ANZAC weekend (— weekend nearest 25th April)
Contact: Barry and Lorna Swallow tradfestnz@gmail.com
Social Media: www.facebook.com/groups/329516199203141
Updated 30/05/2022

Tui Farm Folk Festival
Where: Wakefield, Nelson
Currently in abeyance.
Removed 30/05/2022

Up the Mountain
Old-time Music Festival
Currently in abeyance.
Removed 24/01/2020

Waharau Folk Festival
Where: Education camp in the Waharau regional Park.
Private festival, invitation only
When: Queens Birthday Weekend
Contact: Rosie Holmes
Phone: (07) 552 6291.
Email: waharaurosie@gmail.com
Updated: 11/07/2022

Waihi Bush Folk Festival
Currently in abeyance.
Removed: 30/05/2022

Wellington Folk Festival
Where: Brookfields, near Wainuiomata
When: Labour Weekend; usually the third weekend in October.
Web page: www.wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz
Updated: 30/05/2022

Whare Flat Festival of Music and Dance
Where: Waiora Scout Camp, near Dunedin
When: 30th December - 3rd January each year.
Web page: www.whareflat.org.nz Contact details on website.
Updated: 30/05/2022

Waimate Winter Folk Festival
Formerly the Whitestone Winter Festival
Where: Gunns Bush (50km South of Timaru)
When: Weekend of the first Monday of June (Queens Birthday Weekend)
Contact: Rachel Bayliss
Phone: +61493464000
Email: songbird1nz@yahoo.co.nz
Web page: waimatefolkfestival.weebly.com
Updated: 10/05/2024