The York Festival attracts thousands of people over September and October to WA’s oldest inland town.
Our location in the West Australian Wheatbelt informs much of the content of our program, the Wara Art Trail spectacular straw sculptures, the Running of the Lambs costumed obstacle event, the York Escape Maze designed by local school kids, and the entrepreneurial Business Tips from the Richest Man in the Colony!
Other highlights include Chalk The Walk pavement painting, York Art & Craft Awards (since 1973), the Medieval Fayre living history, From Hooves to Highways photographic exhibition, A Day in Japan extravaganza of Japanese culture, the York Open Garden Art Trail plus walking tours, art, comedy, live music and heaps more!
Guaranteed to add the wow factor this year is the creation of four giant straw sculptures by Japanese artists Shingo Miyajima, Akira Moriya and Masaharu Noguchi. Watch, or get involved in the construction of these spectacular representations of endangered Australian creatures.
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Want to get involved?
Volunteers, stallholders, sponsors, community organisations and artists or performers wanting to be part of the 2019 York Festival are invited to see our Apply section.
Where is York?
The historic town of York is an easy 1 hour drive east of Perth, off the Great Southern Highway. York is a popular destination for weddings, special events, day visitors and weekend escapes. Settled in 1831, York is WA’s first in-land settlement and sits nestled in the beautiful Avon valley. It boasts many striking examples of grand early colonial architecture and excellent museums including the York Town Hall, the Residency Museum, the Courthouse Precinct, the York Motor Museum, Tipperary School and the Sandalwood Yards.
Explore local info and useful links in our About York section.
The York Festival is run by an incorporated association, York Arts & Events Inc. ABN: 25 505 899 542 Learn more about York Arts & Events here.
Ngala Kaaditj Ballardong Noongar moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja – we acknowledge the Ballardong Noongar people as the original custodians of this land.
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