Cygnet Folk Festival

The Folksiest Thing Down Under

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Cygnet Folk Festival
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Steven Pearce Photography

Cygnet Folk Festival

The Cygnet Folk Festival is one of Tasmania’s–if not Australia’s– most celebrated annual folk music festivals, held every year in January. Attendees from all over the world can expect an eclectic mix of musical performers, artists dancers, local and international artisans.

What Is It?

The festival is a 3-day folk music event held in Cygnet, a village in Southern Tasmania. It is a non-profit community event held by Huon Folk, Inc. The colourful celebration of local culture and entertainment touts itself as a real music festival for real people with real events.

What You Can Expect

The festival offers folk, ethno, world, roots and acoustic music. Visitors can also expect to find local, national, and international singer-songwriters, along with a plethora of other creative minds, including those versed in poetry, dance, and local handicrafts.

Who Does It Appeal To?

The festival is a must for any young musician or artisan interested in the folk scene. For the learner, it also features master classes on festival acts such as film, poetry and music. One of its aims is also to provide support and opportunities to young musicians.

Why Go?

Gain awareness of the international folk scene and experience a rich cultural community event. Also a plus is the Huon region where it takes place, which is known for its breathtaking scenery.

When and Where?

The festival usually takes place on the second weekend of January every year in the small town of Cygnet, and dates all the way back to 1982. To get there, fly into Hobart and hire a car or take a bus into town. The festival is about an hour’s drive from Hobart’s International airport. There is parking available once you arrive at the festival grounds.

Local Tips

Go to the Cygnet Folk Festival website and volunteer. You may be able to get into the festival for free. The festival also usually attracts double or triple the population of the small village every year, so play it safe and book your tickets and accommodation early. Ticket holders are also eligible to camp on festival grounds.

Tickets

Tickets and their prices are advertised on the Cygnet Folk Festival website every year on September 1. You can buy a ticket for the whole of the festival or just a day ticket, and as they often sell out, it’s best to book in advance.

Where to Stay

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Wattle Grove - South

Situated in Wattle Grove, this bed & breakfast is within 25 km of Picton River, Huon Apple & Heritage Museum, and Home Hill Winery. The Huon Apple and Heritage Museum and Wooden Boat Centre are also within 32 km.
A library, a garden, and a lobby fireplace are available at this smoke-free bed & breakfast. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided.
All 3 rooms offer free WiFi, balconies, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Other amenities available to guests include premium bedding, portable fans, and hair dryers.

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Port Huon - South

Situated in Port Huon, this cottage is close to Forest & Heritage Centre. Area attractions also include Wooden Boat Centre. A spa tub, coffee/tea in a common area, and a microwave in a common area are available at this cottage.

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Walton House

Huonville - South

Situated in a shopping district, this luxury guesthouse is 4.8 km from Home Hill Winery and 6.2 km from Wooden Boat Centre.

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Kettering - South

Situated in Kettering, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Oyster Cove Marina and Kettering Ferry Terminal. Bruny Island Ferry Terminal is 4.4 km away.

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Green Gables B&B

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Situated near the bay, this luxury guesthouse is 17.4 km from Oyster Cove Marina and 17.8 km from Kettering Ferry Terminal. Bruny Island Ferry Terminal and Picton River are also within 25 km.

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Huonville Guesthouse

Huonville - South

Situated in a shopping district, this luxury guesthouse is 6 km from Home Hill Winery and 8.5 km from Wooden Boat Centre.

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Oyster Cove - South East

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is 3 km from Oyster Cove Marina and 3.7 km from Kettering Ferry Terminal. Bruny Island Ferry Terminal and Kingborough Sports Centre are also within 20 km.

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