Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

Northern Tablelands
27 October @ 7:00pm - 29 October @ 7:00pm 2023
Festival Tickets $15 - $195 (Camping and Old Time Music School not included)

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is a three day celebration of local, national and international acoustic folk, bluegrass and old-time music. The festival is a boutique, family friendly event with concerts, workshops, dance and jam sessions. Patrons have opportunities to perform and learn from the best traditional, contemporary and exploratory acoustic music exponents of these genres. Pictured below are Foghorn String Band and Special Consensus, both performing this year.


With the festival now recognised across the globe, it attracts artists from the USA, Canada, UK and NZ  and Australia, presenting a full program from 6pm Friday evening through to 5pm Sunday. It is the longest running folk festival on the Mid North Coast. All venues are alcohol, drug and smoke free zones. Environmental sustainability is actively promoted. There are workshops across the weekend to cater for young and old, including a full program of children’s workshops and activities including the much loved Pitts Family Circus.

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The Dorrigo Old-Time Music School takes place before the festival. Three full days of workshops emphasize the cultural heritage that informs the music and how it sounds.  Tutors in 2023 are Foghorn Stringband (USA/CAN), Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones (USA),  and Ian Alexander (AUS),  collectively representing a wealth of knowledge, tradition and exceptional skills as acknowledged exponents of the genre. This year’s Old-Time Music School is currently fully booked and we are accepting prospective participants to our waitlist.


Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival


Dorrigo Showground

4180, Waterfall Way, Dorrigo, New South Wales, 2453, Australia

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