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What is the Maritime Festival?

The Albany Maritime Festival is a celebration of Albany’s maritime history spanning over two weeks, featuring events and programs across various locations in and around Albany. 

Building upon the International Folk'n Shanty Festival, the surrounding events invite you to delve deeper into Albany's unique maritime history and experience everything our coastal city has to offer.

With pop-up music performances, cultural experiences and events that involve the whole community, this festival is one you cannot miss.


When is the Maritime Festival?

Monday, 5 – Friday, 16 July 2021.


Where will the events be held?

Majority of the Maritime Festival events will be held at the Albany Boatshed, there will also be events held at the Historic Whaling Station, Museum of the Great Southern, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany Town Hall, Dylans and The Galley event will be held at Stirling Terrace. Please refer to the Maritime Festival website for event sites / venues:




The City of Albany prides itself in catering to the needs of the whole community and we like to view the festival as a safe, accessible space that allows anyone and everyone to enjoy this unique event and the cultural experiences. 


Is there disabled parking available for holders of ACROD stickers?

Yes there are several marked ACROD bays outside the Festival HQ (Albany Boatshed).



Parking is available at the Boatshed, and parking foe The Galley event is available at the Centrelink carpark, and long Lower Stirling Terrace near the IGA.

Please contact other venues for their parking locations.


Where will I find toilets?

The public toilets and additional portable toilets will be hired and available to use at the Albany Boatshed events.

Portable toilets will be available to use at the Centrelink carpark for The Galley event.

For all other events, please speak with the venue staff to be directed to their facilities.



How do I buy tickets for the Festival?

The Maritime Festival is a free event and more information can be found here


If you wish to purchase tickets for the Folk ‘n Shanty Festival please visit

The Folk‘n Shanty Festival have a festival pass available that entitles you to priority access to all their events and a place on the festival shuttle bus to all venues for $50. Visit the Albany International Folk‘n Shanty Festival website for more information:



What kind of weather can I expect?

It is a winter festival so be prepared for a bit of rain. However with so many undercover venues, fire pits, warming food and drinks you should be ok. You’ll also be able to get yourself a festival beanie and keep cup!


What happens if it rains?

Being prepared is best!  Our venues are pretty much all under cover, so any rain will not interrupt your festival enjoyment!



Can I busk?

Busking is permitted during the two week festival! We love to see such enthusiasm.

Please contact the Festival HQ on the number below for further instructions. We do ask that all buskers keep to reasonable volumes. No amplification is permitted. We may have to ask you to move on if your busking is interfering with our artists onstage.


Can I volunteer?

Yes you can! Please contact the staff at the Festival HQ for further information.




Where can I get a program guide?

Hard copies of the program guide are distributed around various venues in Albany, including the Albany Visitor Centre, National Anzac Centre, Festival HQ (Albany Boatshed) or at The Galley Festival on Stirling Terrace on Saturday 10 July.

A full digital version of the program guide is available online for download at


How can I stay in the loop?

Information about the Maritime Festival can be found across the City of Albany's Facebook and Instagram pages, with more specific information to be found across this website.

You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter  so you don’t miss a thing. Subscribe here.


Are there ATM facilities?

There are no ATM facilities at the Albany Boatshed but most stallholders and vendors are cashless nowadays. If you do require cash, there are several ATMs along York Street in the centre of town.


Is smoking permitted at the event?

For the safety of others, this Festival is proud to be smoke free. Smoking anywhere within the event space environment is not encouraged. We appreciate your support and would like to thank you for keeping the Albany Maritime Festival smoke free.


Can I bring my dog to the Festival?

No. As much as we love our four-legged friends, animals are not permitted into many of the Festival venues. Service dogs are however permitted to attend.


Can I consume alcohol at the event?

Yes. There are licensed areas in various locations including the Boatshed and a section of Stirling Terrace will be licensed for The Galley event. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted outside of the licensed areas. Licensing laws do not allow any alcohol to be brought into the venue / event sites (no BYO) and proof of age photo ID will be required to purchase an alcoholic beverage. Please be responsible when consuming alcohol.


What food facilities are available?

There are plenty of great local food outlets surrounding the event sites/venues, for eating out options please visit the Find Albany website:

There will also be local food vendors located at nominated events.


Festival Merchandise

The Maritime Festival takeaway coffee cups and beanies merchandise can be found in the Albany Visitor Centre, The Forts Store, Festival HQ (Albany Boatshed) or at The Galley Festival on Stirling Terrace on Saturday 10 July.


Can I record any performances?

Sound/video recordings of performances cannot be made for commercial use without prior written consent of the event organisers.


Will I be photographed?

Festival attendees may be photographed and their images used. By entering the event you consent to allowing the use of your image by the City of Albany for promotional purposes.


I lost something at an event. How do I track it down?

Unfortunately the Albany Maritime Festival doesn't have a central headquarters for lost & found items. We recommend getting in touch with the venue that you believe you misplaced your item. Good luck!


Where do I go if my child is lost?

Please contact a member of staff  who will be able to assist. Our experienced team will alert security and other crew members with the appropriate information about lost children.


Device Recharge Station

You can charge your phone at the Festival HQ down at the Boatshed. This is by gold coin donation. BYO charger.



What precautions are in place to keep festival patrons safe from COVID-19?

The safety of our festival patrons is of the utmost importance to us! The City of Albany is taking all the necessary steps to ensure are a safe space for everyone to enjoy.


Please adhere to this safety information so we can keep our Events safe.

  •        If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please look after yourself and the wider community by staying home.

  •        Social distancing - Please maintain the 1.5 metre social distancing guideline at all times.

  •        Good hygiene - Use hand sanitiser located at the entry points to the event sites. Hand sanitiser stations will also be located throughout the event.

  •        Use contactless payments where possible - We encourage everyone to make use of card payments where possible however cash accepted at most stalls.

  •        COVID Marshal – The City’s COVID Marshals will be roving around at each event to help us maintain a safe event. If you have any safety concerns or questions, please have a chat to one of our Marshals.

  •        If you haven’t already, please download the COVID Safe App.


This event program will be subject to the relevant State Emergency Management COVID-19 directions applicable at the time of the event which may restrict the type, scale or conditions for the event to proceed.


The City will follow the directions and guidance from the WA Government to ensure all requirements are met as the safety of our community is our first priority.


Refunds will be offered if we need to cancel.