Dulcimer Festivals 2019
For those new to the world of dulcimers and the festivals that celebrate them around the country, a little bit of explanation is in order. The word dulcimer literally means “sweet music.” For those enamored of this stringed instrument, the name couldn’t be apter. Many people have a life-long love affair with its dulcet tones, often getting hooked after attending one of these festivals for the very first time.
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January 4-6, 2019
Ramada Plaza and Convention Center- Louisville, KY
This 3 day festival features over 9 hours of instruction on the dulcimer and ukulele. The Ramada offers 2 hot breakfast buffets with a lunch and supper buffet on Saturday and a lunch buffet on Sunday.
January 12-13, 2018 (date not released for 2019)
83 S. Courtland St., East Stroudsburg, PA
Held with separate workshops on the mountain and hammered dulcimer and a final concert on Saturday night. Lunch can be purchased at the venue, with dinner on your own. There are 3 hotels in East Stroudsburg fairly close to the venue.
February 15-17, 2019
There are is plenty of time to socialize and jam through the Fiddle Walk (bring your tiara, feather boas, beads, gloves, the works)! 40 plus vendors will be selling handmade music instruments and related items all weekend. Be sure to talk to the builders, listen to the sounds, try out, and buy new instruments, and ask for help from the luthiers with any dulcimers (or other instruments)!
February 1-2, 2019
3601 West Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO
This festival provides an opportunity for players of both the hammered and mountain dulcimers to learn, listen, and share a magical musical experience in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Discounted rates available at Comfort Suites in Lakewood, CO. An evening concert rounds out both days of the festival.
February 21-23, 2019
1123 Hwy 42, Petal, MS
This is a 2-day festival held all day on a Friday and Saturday with an open mic performance on Friday night. Workshops on both the ukelele and the dulcimer are offered. Lunch and dinner available both days.
March 2, 2019
1800 East Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
The 20th Annual Mid-Winter Dulcimer Festival is a one-day mountain dulcimer festival with workshops for every level of player. It features 24 workshops from which participants can choose 4. There are two great concerts and lunch as well!
Saturday, April 7, 2018 (date not released for 2019)
691 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA
Tentative light dinner and house concert with a jam on Friday night, April 7. Saturday has workshop classes all day with breaks and lunch at 12:30 pm. The day ends with a concert at 3:30 pm.
April 8-11, 2019
PO box 8, Corbett, OR
If you can’t make it for the full 3 days, consider just coming for Saturday, a one-day “Dulcimersion” day designed for beginners new to playing the instrument. Breakfast, lunch and dinner available Thursday-Saturday. Overnight housing is included in admission for the full festival.
May 6, 2017 (date not released for 2018 or 2019)
230 E. Skyline Pkwy, Duluth, MN.
A one day festival with all day workshops and an evening concert at 7 pm.
May 24-27, 2018 (date not released for 2019)
Ferrum College, Ferrum VA
This is a 3 day festival jam-packed with workshops, mini-concerts and jams. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available on Friday and Saturday, with breakfast only on Sunday. Festival goers are housed in Dyer Hall and Clark Hall, Ferrum College’s residence facilities. Each room has its own bathroom. Rooms are double occupancy, private rooms are available.
June 8-9, 2019
Goold Park, Morris, IL
Concerts, workshops, vendors, jamming and old-time dancing are the order of the day in Morris, just 65 miles from Chicago. Concerts and workshops, held both days, with breakfast and lunch available.
June 14-16, 2019
Central Ohio Technical College: Montgomery Hall
200 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812
This is the 44th consecutive year that a dulcimer festival is held in Coshocton, Ohio. The mission of this festival is to preserve a part of our Appalachian heritage by focusing on its music. The main components are the workshops, headliners’ concert, Mid-East Regional Championships, mini-concerts, and jam sessions.
June 23 – 28, 2019
308 North Fifth Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
Kentucky Music Week offers a full five days of instruction in a wide variety of traditional arts including all levels of fretted dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, classes in ukulele, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, penny whistle, vocal classes, old-time craft classes, and much, much more! Over 150 class choices are offered this year with something for everyone!
June 30 – July 6, 2019
Wallowa Lake, OR
Focused on the mountain dulcimer, Dulcimer Week offers morning classes and electives from beginner to advanced, plus evening jams, open mic, staff concert, and July 4th fireworks at the lake. Students have time off each day to rest, practice, or explore the area.
July 17-22, 2017 (date not released for 2018 or 2019)
Mountain View, AR
Workshops, jams, and many other events will be held in the Court Square. This is the first year for this festival. Info at [email protected]
July 18-20, 2019
Osceola County Fairgrounds, Evart, MI
The ODPC Funfest is billed as the largest gathering of hammered dulcimer players in the world. In addition to the dulcimer, all acoustic instruments are welcome at the festival. This is a camping event. Bring your tent. Food and drink are available from vendors.
August 31st – September 1st, 2018 (date not released for 2019)
The 6th annual dulcimer festival features a variety of classes.
September 28-29, 2018 (date not released for 2019)
University of Kentucky’s 4-H Center in Jabez, KY
The Great American Dulcimer Convention has become an annual showcase of old, new, traditional, and
cutting edge music for lap and hammered dulcimers. Many audience members return every year, so it’s like a family reunion for dulcifolk, as well!
October 4-5, 2019
34 Daffodil Lane, Cos Cob Ct.
A Friday-Saturday festival with workshops on both days followed by an evening concert. Takeout food can be ordered both days on campus. For those coming from out of town, special Nutmeg rates can be had at the Hampton Inn in nearby Milford, less than a mile away.
November 2-3, 2018 (date not released for 2019)
First Christian Church, 1811 N. Miles St
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
A fun festival including a wide range of guest artists and instructors with opportunities to meet and greet. There are also workshops, lunch and dinner options, and instrument rentals.