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 50 acts from all over Australia with over 100 artists and 100 concerts, dances and sessions. BUY TICKETS

NOTE: Camping sites adjacent to the festival at the Kiama Showground are fully booked now. Check this website for alternative camping areas and other accommodation options in Kiama.

2016 Program Released!

Click here to view the 24 page souvenir program online or click on the image below. 

Includes all the artist biographies, performance times, festival feature events, general information and more.


2016 Artists Announced

The 2016 artist list announced has been announced. There are 32 acts for the ticketed Friday/Saturday program from the USA, Japan, UK and all around Australia. There are 18 acts for the free Sunday program in Hindmarsh Park and Kiama Bowling Club. The full programme of events is due out in late July. 

2016 Friday/Saturday (2 Day Pass) Artists

The Button Collective, Chloe & Ben Hurley, The Dead Maggies, Enda Kenny & Dave O'Neill, Genni Kane, Good Tunes Session, The Haywood Billy Goats (USA), Highlander, Jan Preston Duo, Jason & Chloe Roweth, Jez Lowe (UK), Kenta Hayashi (Japan), Lily and King, Lime and Steel, Lisa Couper, Little Foot, Lizzie Flynn, Mark Cryle & Carmel Newman, The Martins, Martyn Wyndham-Read (UK), No Such Thing, Ralph Scrivens, Redfern Shanty Club, The Rhymer from Ryde, Russ Churcher, Russell Hannah, Simon & Garfunkel The Concert, SqueezeBox Boogaloo, Steve Wilson - The Man with the Concertina, Terry Serio's Half Truths, Ti-li-li-li, The Vanishing Shapes

2016 SUNDAY ARTISTS (Free Entry)

Az-I-Am, Carefree Road Band, The Con Artists, Dane Overton, Deep River Choir, The Hellands, The Humphreys, Joe Mungovan, John Littrich & The Water Runners, Kiama Pipe Band, Lizzie Bennett, Matiz, Murmur, My Secret Window, Sing Australia Kiama, Three Sixty, Trio Chico, Wollongong Welsh Choir, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret


Tickets are available online CLICK HERE or call 1300 887 034.

Limited camping is available but only with the festival pass, so hurry!


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.

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. CLICK FOR THE 2015 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

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.

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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.

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