The Numeralla Folk Festival
The Little Festival with the Big Heart
The annual Numeralla Folk Festival is held on the nearest weekend to Australia Day every January. A dedicated band of community volunteers ensure that the campgrounds and Hall are ready, the kitchen is ready to provide home-cooked meals and goodies, the bar is stocked, and the BBQ will be sizzling.
Numeralla takes great pride in being one of the last traditional festivals in Australia. There are no tickets and you don’t have to book – and the camping is completely free – just turn up! It’s a long weekend of music, dance, dips in the river, yarns around the campfire and convivial conversation.
As each festival unfolds you can savour the talents and friendship of the people you meet. Some are old favourites you can’t wait to see again and some are delightful new surprises.
There are no shops in the village but you can eat heartily, from breakfast to supper, at the hall. The kitchen is open from 9-ish in the morning until stumps each night, serving snacks, hot and cold drinks, delicious home-cooked meals and goodies. The BBQ serves lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the bar. All are very reasonably priced.
Highlights of the festival include the Friday Night Showcase, bush dances, and a blackboard concert ( featuring Numeralla’s very own “Numeralla Finger Plunkers” bluegrass band,) – seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way. Sunday morning’s Markets have a variety of products. Amble about to sample the fresh food delights, pick up a bargain, listen to some Numeralla bluegrass music or have a cuppa. Dance and music workshops and kid’s activities are also programmed over the three days – no prior skill required!
The festival has been running for over four decades, providing a very social and entertaining weekend for folkies, visitors, and locals. The kitchen, BBQ, bar, raffle and merchandise sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to guest performers, community groups and buildings in the village including the Volunteer Bushfire Brigades, Churches, and Hall. Supporting these sales ensures that the wonderful tradition of the Numeralla Folk Festival can continue, hopefully for many more years to come.
The Numeralla Folk Festival Committee is a Sub-Committee of Numeralla District Activities Inc (NDAI).