the summer hill folk festival

The Summer Hill Folk Festival is an initiative of the Summer Hill Church to celebrate music in Summer Hill and foster stronger community.

This community event aims to present a day of high caliber folk and contemporary acoustic popular music in the iconic church space - free to the public.


The inaugural 2016 Summer Hill Folk Festival presented nine different bands from 10am-9pm on Saturday the 5th of March 2016. It featured artisan markets from 10am-4pm with food throughout the whole event. The festival also presented two workshops: Songwriting Tips From The Artists and Introducing the Harp. This project was supported by Ashfield Council's Arts, Environment and Community grant to support the artists that were featured in the program. The festival continues to grow, 2017 added an extra outdoor stage and Irish Ceili dancing. In 2018 the festival opened another stage for anytime to play on-the-day, as well as extra workshops and singalong sessions.

kid Friendly

Children are encouraged to attend this the festival under the responsibility of a parent or guardian. Please keep in mind to be respectful with volume levels during the concerts. 

alcohol and smoke free event

Because of the work the church community does and promotes for recovering alcoholics it means that the festival is an alcohol free event. Please smoke outside the church grounds.

The Summer Hill Folk Festival celebrates music and culture and champions stronger community.
— Festival and Artistic Director, Luke Sweeting

festival objectives

  • To promote and celebrate original folk music in the Summer Hill and Ashfield community through a high quality, engaging and enjoyable day festival.

  • To champion and support emerging and established artists in connecting them to audiences in Summer Hill and surrounding suburbs.

  • To help foster a positive community spirit and enhance the presentation of the musical arts in Summer Hill.

  • To develop stronger connections within the wider community.