Five things not to miss at the 2019 National Folk Festival

With close to 200 acts performing more than 750 shows, there's bound to be something for everyone.

Running from April 18 to 22, the "national" is now in its 53rd year.

There will also be a children's festival, themed bars, food and market stalls, roving entertainment and an engaging, multi-discipline arts program including craft, dance and art.

Here's five things not to miss

The kids will love their own special festival space in Kidzfest. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

The kids will love their own special festival space in Kidzfest. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

For the family

Kidzfest is curated especially for the little ones. With circus shows, magic and mischief, the kids will be kept well entertained. Check out The Vegetable Plot, an award-winning live music act that has been spreading its funky roots all over Australia. Join Aspara Gus, Ru Barb and Sir Paul McCarrotney for a ride on the soil train.

Foodie finds

With five different bars and numerous food stalls, there are plenty of options to refuel in between the performances. Eat your way around the world with Asian, Italian and Greek options, or check out Wafflemania or the Chillato pop-up gelato bar for dessert.

April Verch will also share her dance secrets. Photo: Supplied

April Verch will also share her dance secrets. Photo: Supplied

Dance like nobody's watching

There's a huge range of dance workshops to attend, including belly dancing, Morris dancing and step-dance with musician and dancer April Verch. There's a swing dance on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 6pm. And don't miss the tango lessons at 7pm, Saturday.

Sing like nobody's listening

Join in the festival street choirs with Strange Weather Gospel Choir, Sweet Mona's Choir and Ukestral Voices as they share their stage favourites in the marquee at 5pm on Saturday. They'll sing you through some world music songs that will have you grooving along and you'll also be a part of the show, learning harmonies so you can join in for a big sing on the finale.

Aussie legends

Shane Howard will be joined on stage by John Schuman. Photo: Andrew Bain

Shane Howard will be joined on stage by John Schuman. Photo: Andrew Bain

John Schuman and Shane Howard are two of the most influential singer/songwriters in Australia. Schuman is his best known for his leadership of Redgum and his Vietnam veterans' anthem I was only 19. Howard is best known for his leadership of Goanna and his powerful and evocative statement on behalf of Indigenous Australia Solid Rock. These two blokes have recorded together on a number of occasions, now they unite on stage for Songs for Times Like These. Sunday 7pm. Monday 1pm.

For a full program of events head to folkfestival.org.au