Folk by the Sea, Kiama

From 23-25 September 2016 the beautiful NSW South Coast town of Kiama will host the 4th Folk by the Sea Festival. You’ll be joining 45 acts from all over Australia with over 100 artists.

Early bird passes prices to be announced. Limited camping is available but only with the festival pass, so hurry! Tickets will be available from April 2016.

FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. This event replaces Folk in the Foothills which was held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge.

Folk by the Sea, Kiama

The event is a combination of ticket only entry (Friday and Saturday) featuring 45 artists from overseas and all around Australia in 70 concerts at Kiama Showground and a free day of local folk artists on the Sunday in Hindmarsh Park and other locations around Kiama.

There will be 6 venues at/near Kiama Showground for the Friday and Saturday events. Camping is available at the showground as well other quality accommodation in and around Kiama.

The festival is presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club Inc. who present regular folk music concerts in the Illawarra region and the world famous Illawarra Folk Festival.

Kiama is about a 2 hour drive from Sydney on the South Coast of New South Wales. Motel and hotel accommodation online enquiries to be directed through the Kiama Visitor Centre website or telephone them on 1300 654 262.

How to Buy Tickets      

  • Buy securely online with Mastercard / Visa
  • Buy over the phone with Mastercard / Visa: 1300 887 034
  • Buy at the Festival Office located in the Kiama Pavillion, 23 – 24 September:  Hours Fri 10am-10pm and Sat 7.30am – 9pm

Read Conditions of Entry here

Note: Sunday activities are free and will feature local folk music acts. All major acts will be featured on Friday and Saturday only so buy your 2 Day Pass for only $55, a saving of $15.

Ticket Prices

Early bird 2 Day (Friday/Saturday) Pass

Earlybird ends Midnight 20th September 2016

  • Adult – $55
  • Adult with camping – $80
  • Youth (U18) – $25
  • Youth (U18) with camping – $50
  • CHILD (U12) Free

At the door

2 Day Pass (Friday / Saturday)

  • Adult – $70
  • Adult with camping – $95
  • Youth (U18) – $25
  • Youth (U18) with camping – $50
  • CHILD (U12) Free


  • Friday night Adult – $25
  • Friday night Youth – $5


  • Saturday Adult – $65
  • Saturday Youth – $20
  • Saturday Evening (from 6pm) Adult – $35
  • Saturday Evening (from 6pm) Youth – $15

Sunday – Free For All

Note: Youth and Child tickets can only be purchased with a paying parent.


A limited number of camping spots are available at the Kiama Showground.

Camping is a flat rate of $25 per adult and youth with Festival Pass purchase only.

Camping rate for volunteers is $25 per adult.

Onsite camping will be available from 9am Friday 23rd September to 10am Monday 26th September.

Onsite Camping is available by special license and is not permitted outside dates and times stated above.

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