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This Labour weekend, come and experience real people playing real music. This is your chance to hear some of the best live music around.

Get out of town and relax in beautiful Moore’s Valley. Experience a blissful blend of many styles of music and dance. Slow down – chat, eat, drink and be merry, with old friends and new.

The Wellington Folk Festival is an annual event run over Labour Weekend (the holiday weekend including the fourth Monday of October). The Festival is a major event on New Zealand’s folk music calendar. It attracts over 1000 people throughout the weekend. You can camp on site for the entire weekend or come for a day or an evening. We’ll have a ceilidh on Saturday night and the main concert on Sunday night. By international standards we are a small festival but our guest performers tell us it’s one of the best because it is so friendly.

Many of our guests end up joining in the jamming after the concerts. The principal feature is its participatory nature, with opportunities for musicians and dancers at all levels of skill to perform, jam and to meet the guest artists.

Loads of workshops and a full kid’s programme means there is something for everyone. The Festival features artists from overseas and throughout New Zealand.

The Festival is run by the Wellington Regional Folk Foundation.