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About Us

The Christchurch Folk Music Festival Inc. is a Charitable Trust and is organised annually by a small group of local volunteers, and run by a volunteer selected committee.

This is a family orientated event, and open to the public, to come along, share, perform and enjoy.

The festival is traditionally run over the Easter period and guest performers - both local and international - are invited to perform at concerts and run informative, educational and fun workshops for all festival goers to attend.

There is an organised children's programme for the young ones, as well as plenty to do for the teens among the crowd.

Attendees share a common love of multi-genre music, and not all are musicians.

Many come just to enjoy the friendship, fun, music and friendly atmosphere this weekend brings.

Camping Info

Planning on camping out at the festival for the weekend? All you need to know

Food and Drink

Food and drink available on site as well as kitchen facilities


How to get to Canterbury Folk Festival

Registration Info

Registrations closed - check our Facebook for gate info

How do I get tickets?

Tickets for the 2024 Canterbury Folk Festival are available for purchase from February 2024 til late March through our website and social channels.

Half-day, full-day and full weekend passes are available. 

Where can I stay during the festival?

On-site camping is available at the Waipara Adventure Centre. Powered sites are available as are a limited number of cabins. 

How do I get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers and crew to help the festival run smoothly. Get in touch to learn more!


Can I bring my dog?

Waipara Adventure Centre does not allow dogs. If you require a service dog, please get in touch with our director at

What if it rains?

Canterbury Folk Festival goes ahead, rain or shine. Check the weather ahead and pack for all seasons!

Can I apply to perform?

We have closed applications for the 2024 festival, and will likely start accepting applications for 2025 in September. Watch this space!

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