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.
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.
Saturday in mid-January
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.
May 25-28, 2017
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.
Saturday, April 8,2017
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.
June 10 &11, 2017
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.
Friday and Saturday, Mid-February
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.
First weekend in February
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.
April 5-8, 2017
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.
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.
July 13-15, 2017
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.
May 6, 2017
230 E. Skyline Pkwy, Duluth, MN.
A one day festival with all day workshops and an evening concert at 7 pm.
Ozark Roots Dulcimer Week
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.