The York Festival is a two-week, multi-arts event based in the historic town of York, Western Australia. It attracts thousands of visitors each year, offering a diverse program of family-friendly entertainment featuring music and performing arts; arts and crafts; walking tours; and much more in Western Australia’s oldest inland town held in springtime during the September school holidays when the wildflowers and canola are in full bloom.
This year’s highlights include the long-awaited return of jazz to York over the Festival’s opening weekend, with a jam-packed program of acts from renowned local WA performers held throughout the town’s iconic venues; the launch of a new Writers Program curated by The West Australian’s William Yeoman over the festival’s second weekend; and a host of other events that will see The York Festival reassert itself as the premier cultural event in the Avon Valley.
The Festival’s focus on rare and endangered crafts in the historic town of York is an opportunity to showcase diverse craft practices from blacksmithing and fibre weaving, to boot making and printmaking (in WA’s only print museum), embroidery and wood carving, and presents an opportunity to learn about some of our oldest craft practices and some of the characters who practised them in York in the 19th century.
Just one and a half hours drive from Perth, York is the first inland European settlement in WA, established in 1831. Follow the Great Eastern Highway, then take the Great Southern Highway just after Chidlow. A short half hour drive will soon have you gliding through the beautiful Avon Terrace.
York and its neighbours Northam, Beverly, and Toodyay are home to some of the most beautiful family cottages, farm stays, local restaurants, picnic areas, caravan sites, and country pubs that celebrate the region’s unique heritage and showcase our local producers and their offerings.
Parking is readily available in several car parks across York and along the town’s streets. Visit our Parking information page to see a map from the York Visitor’s Centre outlining where public car parks are located in York.
The York Festival endeavours to make the Festival accessible and accommodate patrons with disability whenever possible. As well as ensuring all venues used throughout the Festival are accessible, we are also able to offer a select number of access services at specific events.