Ukulele Festivals 2011

UPDATE: Find the ukulele festivals in 2013 here.

No shortage of ukulele festivals lined up this year. Here’s a preliminary list. If there’s any I’ve missed leave a comment or send me a message.

United States of America and Canada

Ukulele Melee

Location: Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, MA
Date: July 28, 2011, 5:00 PM
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.bostonuke.com/events/23593621/
Local Amenities: Map

Mighty MO Ukulele Festival

Location: New Haven, MO
Date: May 13 – 14, 2011
Performers: The Flea Bitten Dawgs, Victoria Vox & Katie Chambers
Website: http://www.mightymoukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

2011 Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway

Location: Tampa Bay
Date: November 4 to 6, 2011
Performers: Tripping Lily, Holland Greco, Jen Kwok, Taimane Gardner.
Website: http://www.tampabayukulele.com/
Local Amenities: Map

New York Uke Fest 2011

Location: The Ailey Citigroup Theater and Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W 55th St at 9th Ave., New York, NY 10019
Date: May 5-7, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.nyukefest.com/home.cfm
Local Amenities: Map

Gorge Uke Fest ’11

Location: Hood River, OR
Date: March 4 – 5, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.gorgeukuleles.org/
Local Amenities: Map

Lone Star Uke Fest 2011

Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: April 7 – 9, 2011
Performers: Kimo Hussey, Mike Lynch (Ukulele Mike), Gerald Ross, Michelle Kiba, Ukulele Bartt, Pops Bayless, The Wahooligans, Mark “Spanky” Guiterrez, Dennis McBride
Website: http://www.lonestarukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Reno – Tahoe Uke Fest

Location: John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Spark, Nevada
Date: March 18 – 20, 2011
Performers: Daniel Ho, Kris Fuchigami, Victoria Vox, Boulder Acoustic Society, Matt Dahlberg, Ralph Shaw
Website: http://www.playuke.net/
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Festival of Northern California

Location: Chabot Junior College Performing Arts Center
Date: April 3, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalnorcal.org
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Hoopla

Location: River City Omaha, NE, USA
Date: September 24, 2011
Performers: Kimo Hussey, Pops Bayless, Brook Adams, Rebecca Lowry, Mark ‘Spanky’ Gutierrez, Heather Hooton
Website: http://www.ukehoopla.webs.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele World Congress

Location: Needmore, Indiana
Date: June 3 – 4, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://ukuleleworldcongress.wordpress.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Vancouver Ukulele Festival

Location: Vancouver Live Sound
Date: March 25th – 27th 2011
Performers: Jim D’Ville, Ralph Shaw, Guido Heistek, Black Gardenia (Daphne Roubini & Andrew Smith), The Ukesters and Ruby’s Ukers
Website: http://rubysukes.vpweb.ca/
Local Amenities: Map

West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

Location: Asilomar, Monterey Peninsula, CA
Date: May 18 – 22, 2011
Performers: Brook Adams, Andy Andrews, Mike DaSilva, Jim D’Ville, Dave Egan, James Hill, Gerald Ross, Del Rey
Website: http://winecountryukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival

Location: Wine Country, CA
Date: Sept. 9, 10, & 11, 2011
Performers: Aaron Keim, Brook Adams, Faith Ako, Gerald Ross, Jim D’Ville, Ken Middleton, Mandalyn May, Li’l Rev, Steven Espaniola, and many more!
Website: http://winecountryukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Hawaii

41st Annual Ukulele Festival

Location: Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki, Oahu
Date: July 17, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/oahu/index.htm
Local Amenities: Map

11th Annual Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Location: Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa
Date: March 5, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/waikoloa.htm
Local Amenities: Map

6th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival

Location: Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Kahului, Maui
Date: October 16, 2011
Performers: Herb Ohta Sr. (Ohta-San), Jake Shimabukuro, Holunape, Raiatea Helm, Manoa DNA, Paula Fuga, Richard Ho’opi’i, Brittni Paiva, Kelly Boy Delima, Derek Sebastian
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/maui.htm
Local Amenities: Map

United Kingdom and Ireland

Ukulele Festival of Great Britain 2011

Location: Town Hall, Cheltenham
Date: June 17 – 19, 2011
Performers: James Hill, Ukulele Bartt, The Re-entrants, Hot Potato Syncopators, Nico’o, Steven Sproat, The Anything Goes Orchestra, Krabbers, Ukulollo, Gabrielle Sproat, Paul Moore
Website: http://www.ukulelefestival.co.uk/Home.aspx
Local Amenities: Map

Hollesley 2011

Location: Alderton Road Hollesley, Woodbridge, UK
Date: July 22-25, 2011
Performers:
Website:
Local Amenities: Map

Extalgic Festival

Location: Hainault Forest Country Park, London, UK
Date: July 8-10, 2011
Performers:
Website: http://extalgic.com/about.php
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Hooley by the Sea ’11

Location: People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Date: 20/21 August 2011
Performers:
Website: UkuleleHooley.com

Europe

Festival Belgium Mei

Location: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Date: Saturday, May 28 at 8:00pm – May 29 at 8:00pm
Performers: Winin’ Boys, The Original Redcats and THE HULA BLUEBIRDS feat. multi-instrumentalist Martin Wheatley
Website:
Local Amenities: Map

Festival International de Ukulele de Lerrain

Location: Lerrain
Date: June 17 – 19, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://fiul.weebly.com/le-programme.html
Local Amenities: Map

Youkulele – Roma Ukulele Festival 2011

Location: Centro di Cultura Ecologica inside V Municipio
Date: September 23-24, 2011
Performers: Aldrine Guerrero, Adriano Bono & La Minima Orchestra, Jontom, Ukulelezaza, Enrico Farnedi, Shelley O’Brien, Danilo Vignola, U.K.E, Quote Latte Boys, Paul Moore, Matta Ukulele Ochestra
Website: http://festival.youkulele.com
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Boudoir! Le festival

Location: Les Trois Baudets : 64 boulevard de Clichy 75018 Paris-France
Date: 15 – 16 April 2011
Performers: James Hill, Les Chauds Lapins, April Shower and more.
Website: festival.ukuleleboudoir.com and ukuleleboudoir.com
Local Amenities: Map

3rd Belgian Ukulele Festival

Location: Stadspark, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Date: Saturday, May 28 at 8:00pm – May 29 at 8:00pm
Performers: Winin’ Boys, Herman Vandecauter, Hula Bluebirds
Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189895931037374
Local Amenities: Map

The Ukulele Hotspot Winterswijk

Location: Emma School, Vredenseweg 170, 7113 AE Winterswijk (near Bocholt / Germany)
Date: June 3 – 5, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.kleinleed.nl/hotspot/hotspotwinterswijk2011.html
Local Amenities: Map

Ukefesta

Location: l’Ateneu Popular de Nou Barris, Barcelona, Spain.
Date: April 1, 2011
Performers: TBA
Website: http://ukefesta.com/en/
Local Amenities: Map

Australia and New Zealand

Cairns Ukulele Festival 2011

Location: Cairns
Date: July 1-3, 2011
Performers: Daniel Ho, Sweet Hollywaiians, IWAO, Shigeto Takahashi
Website: http://cairnsukulelefestival.net/
Local Amenities: Map

Katikati Ukulele Festival 2011

Location: Katikati, New Zealand
Date: April 2, 2011
Performers: Big Muffin Serious Band from Te Pahu
Website: http://www.culturevulture.co.nz/blog/ukulele/festivals-events/katikati-ukulele-festival-2011/
Local Amenities: Map

The Melbourne Ukulele Festival 2011

Location: The Thornbury Theatre and the Northcote Uniting Church
Date: February 25th – March 1st, 2011
Performers: Bosko and Honey, Ukulelezaza, Jontom, Uni and Her Ukelele, Shelley O’Brien, Paul Moore, Dino Divo.
Website: http://www.muk.com.au
Local Amenities: Map

Asia

Location: Thailand Ukulele Festival 2011
Date: March 12-13, 2011
Performers: Abe Lagrimas, Aldrine Guerrero, IWAO, Julia Nunes, Shigeto Takahashi.
Website: http://www.thailandukulelefestival.com/

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30 Comments

  1. Jimmy February 16th, 2011 6:43 pm

    I keep getting emails from the London Uke fest about name changes and what have you, I believe now it’s not even a ukulele festival it’s “All Instruments Wahey Fest” which sounds even more dumb than “UkeyLove”. And LeFiul keep stalking me so I’m kinda scared of them.
    Don’t forget about Ukuhooley 2011 either :P

  2. TTT February 16th, 2011 6:46 pm

    Just want to share this…

    Thailand Ukulele Festival 2011
    Date: March 12-13, 2011
    http://www.thailandukulelefestival.com/

  3. Dan February 16th, 2011 6:54 pm

    When did Hawaii secede? :-)

  4. Skwidspawn February 16th, 2011 8:15 pm

    Bummer! I had no idea there was a festival in Oregon, and all the workshops are sold out already! Bah!

  5. George Stone February 17th, 2011 8:10 am

    UKEFESTA
    LOCATION: l’Ateneu Popular de Nou Barris, Barcelona, Spain.
    DATE: April 1, 2011
    PERFORMERS: Still don’t know
    WEB: http://www.facebook.com/ukefesta
    MAP: http://maps.google.es/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=es&geocode=&q=ateneu+popular+de+nou+barris&aq=&sll=40.396764,-3.713379&sspn=7.495269,14.985352&ie=UTF8&hq=ateneu+popular+de+nou+barris&hnear=&ll=41.453535,2.180872&spn=0.013606,0.029268&z=15&iwloc=A&cid=13120735759015576809

    And I really don’t have more info about but this is true and soon I will know all about

  6. LeFIUL February 17th, 2011 8:54 am

    @Jimmy: What do you mean by “LeFiul keep stalking me so I’m kinda scared of them”? Do you consider sending out invitations & weekly newsletters or requesting information to each attending ukulelist in order to publish it on our website as “stalking”? To us it’s “caring”. Moreover if you’re “frustrationhole” on YouTube you’re not in our contact database so how can we “stalk” you? And if for some reason you are in our database under another name, it’s because you agreed to it!

  7. karl February 17th, 2011 9:47 am

    I heard it through the grapevine that there will be a third Belgian festival at the end of May. Remco and Fred will know all about it.

  8. Woodshed February 17th, 2011 10:43 am

    Jimmy: I’m going to stick to calling it the London Uke Fest in the hopes they’ll come to their senses.

    TTT: Thanks for the info. I’ve added it to the post.

    Skwidspawn: Bugger!

    George: Thanks, I’ve added it to the post.

    LeFIUL: I wouldn’t have said ‘stalking’ but one email a week is more than I would expect from a festival. Also you need to add an unsubscribe link to your emails – it’s the law.

    karl: Thanks for the info. I’ll see what I can find out.

  9. JT February 18th, 2011 12:32 am

    http://www.tampabayukulele.com

    The 2011 Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway will take place on November 4th, 5th & 6th

  10. STontheUke February 18th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Is there any info on the Fest in Nova Scotia floating about out there?

  11. Woodshed February 19th, 2011 1:50 pm

    JT: Thanks. I’ll get that added.

    STontheUke: I’ve heard there’s one planned for this year but I don’t have any details.

  12. todd February 19th, 2011 2:32 pm

    wow, the stateside fests all seem so close together…thanks for sharing.

  13. Woodshed February 20th, 2011 11:40 am

    todd: The UK ones tend to be quite close together as well – we don’t have a long summer.

  14. Claudio February 21st, 2011 5:27 pm

    Just ordered my tickets and booked the hotel for the Cheltenham event.

    I’m not really sure what to expect really but I’ll give it a go?

  15. Tim February 23rd, 2011 5:11 pm

    One really big one that is not on the list is
    Ukulele World Congress
    Jun 3-4 2011
    Brown County Indiana
    Awesome uke gathering that is FREE, camping is FREE, no set performers, just one big open mic and ukulele fun.

  16. Woodshed February 26th, 2011 5:41 pm

    Tim: Thanks. I’ll get it added to the list.

  17. K8 April 14th, 2011 5:09 am

    Are there any uke festivals/campouts in BC, Washington State, Oregon? 2011
    Thanks k8

  18. Simon Conner May 1st, 2011 11:52 am

    Does Woodshed or anyone know if the Hollesley Jamboree is happening in 2011? Have searched high and low but can find no info.

    Thanks
    Simon, Norfolk UK

  19. Woodshed May 5th, 2011 8:35 am

    Simon: I believe it is. Info here.

  20. Simon Conner May 5th, 2011 4:00 pm

    Thanks Woodshed and to Ken Middleton who also pointed me in the right direction.

  21. Nora June 9th, 2011 2:08 pm

    More details to be coming soon on the website. But we have a date for the Dublin Hooley. 20/21 August 2011. Around the corner!

  22. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 5:49 pm

    Nora: Thanks for the update. I’ve added it to the post.

  23. Ellen July 8th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Reston, VA–July 9, 2011. Second Annual Ukulele Festival (at Lake Anne) in Reston, VA. Last year was pretty cool!!

  24. Woodshed July 9th, 2011 8:01 am

    Ellen: Thanks for the info. I’ll get it added. Is there a website/facebook or anything?

  25. Gaby November 28th, 2011 11:29 am

    Hi Al,

    our dates for next year are:

    Core festival concert dates: 6-8 July 2012
    Ukulele building course 2-7 July

    Performers will be announced in the next few months.

    Cheers,

    Gaby

  26. Maryann January 26th, 2012 7:09 pm

    What’s coming up in Europe 2012?

  27. FIUL January 26th, 2012 8:01 pm

    Hello Maryann,

    We’re throwing the FIUL 2, June 22-24 in Lerrain, France. Lerrain is a small village of about 500 souls, located in the Vosges region (north-eastern France), famous for its stunning natural environment (mountains, pine forests, lakes and valleys) as well as its picturesque villages (churches, abbeys, castles)… the perfect place for this French ukulele Woodstock!

    Last year we welcomed a little more than 40 ukulele players from around the world (USA, UK, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and of course France) to play on the open mic stage and jam together. We also recorded a 16 track CD. The FIUL is a fully free event, sponsored by ukulele brands such as Mainland Ukes (Indiana-USA), Kamoa Ukes (Hawaii-USA), MahiMahi Ukes (Italy), Aquila Strings (Italy), Savarez Strings (France), musical instrument stores, councils and local businesses. The event was a real success with a crowd of about 3000 people attending during the week-end and we got an unexpected media coverage with reports on both national and regional TV channels and newspapers. Check out our website, http://www.fiul.fr, for more info (pictures, videos, mp3s, etc).

    We hope to see you there! If you want to register, drop us a mail on festival.ukulele@gmail.com.

    Cheers.

  28. John April 23rd, 2012 7:38 am

    Whatabout the Coromandel festival in New Zealand 19th May 2012

    http://www.thecoromandel.com/content/library/Ukulele_Poster_color3mm.pdf

  29. Rumpole December 3rd, 2012 11:50 am

    Have you started the list for 2013 yet? I’d like to get planning. Rumpole

  30. Woodshed December 4th, 2012 12:41 am

    Rumpole: No, no plans to get it up before next year.

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