Making Caterpillar Books

Fold and cut a piece of paper, fold again and you have made a book! Write and illustrate your own story.
Date: SAT October 14th
Time: 10am-12.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Makers Market precinct (York RSL)

Suitable for ages 6 years+

Sidewalk Samba with the Sambanistas

Join in with the party and make some noise with the Sambanistas in a drumming workshop and parade down Avon Terrace. 

Learn basic rhythms in a fun, free workshop at 2.15pm, surrounded by the lively Latin colour and energy that only the Sambanistas can bring.

You can then join them in the Sidewalk Samba, the weekends’ closing parade, down Avon Terrace.  Costumed Running of the Lambs participants are also welcome and encouraged to join the parade.




Launch of Americana at The York Festival

Helen Shanahan at the AMAA WA Launch Party

Americana was officially launched in Australia when the Americana Music Association of Australia was established in late 2016.  Now AAMA is coming to Western Australia with a launch party at the Castle Hotel for the 2017 York Festival.  Tom Fisher & The Layabouts, Helen Shanahan, the Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Wayward Johnson & the Jayco’s will all be showing off their Americana roots.

When:  September 16
Where:  Castle Hotel
Tickets online here or at door (if not sold out)

Running of the Lambs

Running of the Lambs

Registrations are now open for York’s first ever Running of the Lambs, a costumed obstacle adventure full of fun, frolics and guaranteed laughs.

Starts with a fun warm up session and participants then walk or run the course and complete the obstacles dressed in their best lamb onesie (preferably hand-made). Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best Dressed Lamb
  • Most Glamorous Lamb
  • Best Super-Hero Lamb
  • Best Duo
  • Overall course winners

Where? Peace Park, South Street, York
When?  10am Sunday 17th September.  Duration: 2hours.
Register Here

Pics of costumes are encouraged. You can either DM us @yorkfestival on Instagram or use #rotlyork or tag us @yorkfestival #TYF2017 and we’ll #regramthelamb. (DM’d pics will only be published with your permission.)

Later in the day, the lambs can join the sidewalk samba with the Sambanistas along Avon Terrace.


The York Society Art & Craft Awards is now open

York Society Art & Craft Award

Very excited to announce that The York Society will be presenting the Art & Craft Awards concurrently with and in support of the 2017 York Festival program.

The York Society Act-Belong-Commit Art & Craft Award is an annual event that originated as part of the York Fair in 1973. The Award attracts around 300 entries annually and offers a prize pool of $9500 with prizes in over 11 categories.   Entries to the Art & Craft Award will be exhibited in the York Town Hall from 7th-15th October and the winners announced October 7th.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday September 13.  For more information visit the York Society’s website here.

Roald Dahl’s The Twits at The York Festival

Roald Dahl's The Twits presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Presented by Fremantle based Spare Parts Puppet Theatre as part of Go for 2 & 5 Regional Touring Program.

This much-loved story by Roald Dahl, one of the world’s most famous children’s author, Roald Dahl’s The Twits is a comedy of rebellion and justice in which Muggle-Wump the monkey races to outwit Mr & Mrs Twit, two of the most terrible and disgusting people ever to have lived.

Roald Dahl’s The Twits will be presented in four shows over the weekend of 16th & 17th September. Book now.

Kids Workshops – For Free!

We’re delighted to be presenting two free kids workshops both designed to develop children’s interest in ‘making’.  Stitching Stories will teach children under 12 years the joy of applying needle and thread to fabric and discovering the endless creative possibilities.  Textile artist Anne Williams will be presenting this half day workshop which will teach the basics of sewing by hand.

For those who register for Denise Browne’s Pop-Up Puppets workshop there will be loads of fun making these puppets, perhaps for themselves or maybe as Christmas gifts.  See how inventive your child can get with some fabric scraps and other materials to create a puppet that is truly unique.  All kids workshops are free except for a materials fee that may be paid to the tutor.

For more information checkout our workshop program here.