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Ukulele Festivals 2012

Ukulele Festivals 2012

UPDATE: Ukulele Festivals 2013

Here’s a preliminary list of the ukulele festivals scheduled for 2012. If you have details on any others leave a comment or send me a message.

USA and Canada

The Vancouver Ukulele Festival 2012

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Date: February 25th & 26th 2012
Performers: Ralph Shaw, The Ukesters, Guido & Daphne.
Website: http://vancouverukulelefestival2012.eventbrite.com/
Local Amenities: Map

18th ‘Ukulele Festival of Northern California

Location: Chabot College Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545
Date: April 1, 2012 10:00am – 5:30pm
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalnorcal.org
Local Amenities: Map

The Fourth Annual Reno Ukulele Festival

Location: John Ascuaga’s Nugget Resort
Date: March 30 – April 1, 2012
Performers: The Quiet American, Gerald Ross, Lil Rev, Dominator.
Website: http://renoukefest.com
Local Amenities: Map

Gorge Uke Fest ’12

Location: Hood River, OR
Date: March 2 – 4, 2012
Performers: Boulder Acoustic Society, Lil Rev, Victoria Vox.
Website: http://www.gorgeukuleles.org/
Local Amenities: Map

Smoldering Uke 2012

Location: Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 West Carmel Road, Carmel Valley California
Date: March 23 – 25, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://humbleuker.blogspot.com/2012/01/smoldering-uke-winter-ukulele-retreat.html
Local Amenities: Map

Mighty Uke Day II

Location: Lansing, MI
Date: May 5, 2012
Performers: Lil’ Rev, Lansing Area Ukulele Group, The Fab­u­lous Heftones, Mag­dalen Fos­sum, and The Ukulele Kings
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/180847702019438/
Local Amenities: Map

Third Annual May Day Ukulele Play Day

Location: Modesto California
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.Funstrummers.com/
Local Amenities: Map

West Coast Ukulele Retreat

Location: Asilomar, Monterey Peninsula
Date: May 16 – 20, 2012
Performers: Andy Andrews, Mike DaSilva, Jim D’Ville, Joel Eckhaus, Dave Egan, Peg Reza, Gerald Ross, Fred Sokolow, and Kumu Pomaika’i
Website: http://ukuleleretreat.com/
Local Amenities: Map

5th Denver Ukefest

Location: The Oriental Theater and L2 Events Center, Denver Colorado
Date: May 17,18, and 19 2012
Performers: Jake Shimabukuro, Nellie McKay, Aldrine Guerrero, Tina and Her Pony, Hapa Hillbillies, The Quiet American, Ukulele Loki, The Denver Uke Community
Website: http://www.facebook.com/DenverUkeFest
Local Amenities: Map

Lone Star Uke Festival 2012

Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: June 1 – 2, 2012
Performers: Jim D’Ville, Pops Bayless, Debbie Porter, The Wahooligans
Website: http://www.lonestarukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

4th Annual Ukulele World Congress 2012

Location: 4600 Plum Creek Rd, Nashville, Indiana
Date: June 1 & 2, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?54413-UWC-2012-Ukulele-World-Congress/
Local Amenities: Map

New York Uke Fest 2012

Location: NY Society of Ethical Culture Concert Hall, 2 West 64th St (overlooking Central Park)
Date: June 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.nyukefest.com/ (Warning: music auto-plays)
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Boudoir 2012

Location: 64 bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris
Date: June 16, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://festival.ukuleleboudoir.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Montreal Uke Fest

Location: La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R5
Date: July 14th 2012
Performers: James Hill & Anne Davison, Krista Muir, Michael Wagner
Website: http://montrealukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Reston Ukulele Festival

Location: Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA
Date: July 14th 2012
Performers: Victoria Vox, Bruce Hutton, Kathy & Marv Reitz, Lelehuna, Pat Quinn & Gina DeSimone, Sweater Set, Aloha Boys and Paul Hemmings Uketet
Website: http://restonlakeanne.com/3rd-annual-ukulele-festival-2012/
Local Amenities: Map

Muck Roots Ukulele Festival

Location: Muckenthaler Estate in Fullerton, CA
Date: July 19th, 2012
Performers: Captain Jeff and His Musical Chumbuckets, Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, and Left Over Cuties
Website: http://themuck.org/july-19-muck-roots-ukulele-festival/
Local Amenities: Map

Mighty MO Ukulele Festival

Location: Cedar Creek Conference Center, Olive Road New Haven, MO 63068, United States
Date: July 20 & 21
Performers: Cali Rose, Flea Bitten Dawgs, Craig Bandeau.
Website: http://www.mightymoukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele University

Location: Runway Ranch, Bend, OR
Date: July 20-22, 2012
Performers: CinderBlue, Anvil Blasters
Website: ukeu.info
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Play

Location: Utah
Date: July 23-30, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://ukuleleplay.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Midwest Uke Fest

Location: Folkcraft Instruments wood shop in Woodburn, Indiana
Date: August 4-5, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.midwestukefest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Second Annual Oakridge Ukulele Festival

Location: Oakridge, OR
Date: August 3, 4, 5, 2012
Performers: Brook Adams, Craig Chee, more TBA, classes & workshops
Website: www.oakridgehostel.com/events
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Festival South Florida

Location: 1870 Griffin Rd Dania Beach, FL 33004
Date: August 18, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestsouthflorida.com/Welcome.html
Local Amenities: Map

Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay

Location: Pinecrest, California
Date: August 18 – 24, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://campookoolaylay.wordpress.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival

Location: TBA
Date: September 7, 8, 9, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://winecountryukefest.com/coming-events/
Local Amenities: Map

Minneapolis Uke-Fest 2012

Location: Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main Street, Minneapolis
Date: September 15, 2012
Performers: Katy Vernon, Kim Sueoka, Savannah Smith, The Meteor Boys, The Broken Bicycles
Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/300905283336356
Local Amenities: Map

Dock Stree Uke Camp

Location: Shelburne, NS
Date: September 14-16, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://ukecamp.blogspot.com/
Local Amenities: Map

2012 San Diego Ukulele Festival

Location: Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier, San Diego
Date: October 13 – 14, 2012
Performers: Ronnie Seno, Brad Norris, Pat Enos, Julia Nunes, Kalama Brothers, Willie K, Aldrine Guerrero, Brian Vasquez And Lava Jam, Derick Sebastian, Ukulele Bartt, Brittni Paiva, Taimane, and more
Website: http://www.sandiegoukefestival.com/
Local Amenities: Map

4th Annual Milwaukee Ukulele Festival

Location: Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, Wisconsin
Date: October 20, 2012
Performers: Fabulous Heftones, Ukulele Bart, Kate Powers & Steve Einhorn, Jon Prown, and Lil Rev
Website: http://milwaukeeukuleleclub.com/blog/dont_worrythe_fourth_annual_milwaukee_ukulele_festival_is_coming
Local Amenities: Map

6th annual Eugene UKEtoberfest

Location: Eugene Oregon
Date: October 12-13, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://uketoberfest.com/
Local Amenities: Map

UkeFest Virginia

Location: The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
Date: November 2-3, 2012
Performers: TBA
Local Amenities: Map

The Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway

Location: Lake Tarpon Resort
Date: November 2-4, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.tampabayukulele.com/
Local Amenities: Map


Lana’i Ukulele Festival

Location: Manele Bay Four Seasons
Date: April 13-15, 2012
Performers: Richard Ho’poi’i, Kawika Kahiapo, Byron Yasui, CJ Boom Helekahi, Hula Honeys, Benny Uyetake, etc.
Website: http://www.lanaiukulelefestival.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Uke Ohana Molokai

Location: Pu’u O Hoku Ranch & Halawa Valley, Molokai, Hawaii
Date: May 25-29, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://ukeohana.com/
Local Amenities: Map

6th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival

Location: Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Kahului, Maui
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/maui.htm
Local Amenities: Map

12th Annual Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Location: Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa
Date: March 3, 2012 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/waikoloa.htm
Local Amenities: Map

Oahu – 42nd Annual Ukulele Festival

Location: Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki, Oahu
Date: July 22, 2012 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/oahu/index.htm
Local Amenities: Map

United Kingdom and Ireland

Ukes for UNICEF – Ukulele Festival

Location: Berkhamsted Civic Centre
Date: March 3, 2012 – 11:30 to 17:30
Performers: Ken Middleton, Krabbers!, Keef Jackman.
Website: http://www.ukesforunicef.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Colliers Wood 3rd Ukulele Festival

Location: Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66-72 High St., SW19 2BY
Date: April 21, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.collywoodukes.com/index.html
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Festival of Great Britain

Location: Cheltenham
Date: June 1st – 3rd 2012
Performers: Gerald Ross, Nico’o, Manitoba Hal, Re-entrants, Winin Boys, Ukulollo, and more
Website: http://www.ukulelefestival.co.uk
Local Amenities: Map

SUS Square Ukulele Festival

Location: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
Date: June 29 – July 1st, 2012
Performers: Friday night – Mother Ukers + support, Saturday daytime – Luke Futcher – workshops + performance, Clive Harvey – workshops + performance, Saturday night – Mr B Gentleman Rhymer + Krabbers, Sunday daytime – Mass uke jam hosted by Krabbers, Till there was Uke (tbc)
Website: Call Paul on 01202 430820 or email shop@southernukulelestore.co.uk if you would like to register your interest.
Local Amenities: Map

Ukulele Hooley By The Sea

Location: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Date: August 17, 18 & 19
Performers: TBA
Website: ukulelehooley.com
Local Amenities: Map


Festival International de Ukulele de Lerrain

Location: Lerrain
Date: June 22, 23, & 24, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://fiul.weebly.com/
Local Amenities: Map

Caldogno Ukulele Meeting

Location: Caldogno (IV), Italy
Date: July 19-22, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.ukulelefest.it/ukulelemeeting/index.php?lang=en
Local Amenities: Map

Australia and New Zealand

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival 2012

Location: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba
Date: February 3 – 4, 2012
Performers: Bosko and Honey, Bella Hemming, The Blue MUGs
Website: http://www.bluemugs.com.au/
Local Amenities: Map

The Coromandel Ukulele Festival

Location: Coromandel Town
Date: May 19, 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://www.thecoromandel.com/new-zealand/coromandel-events-detail/?fuseAction=detail&eventID=68
Local Amenities: Map

2012 Cairns Ukulele Festival

Location: Cairns, Australia
Date: July 6, 7, & 8, 2012
Performers: Manitoba Hal, Aaron Keim, Paul Hemmings.
Website: http://cairnsukulelefestival.net/
Local Amenities: Map

Hibiscus Ukulele Convention 2012 – Orewa New Zealand

Location: Orewa Arts and Events centre
Date: October 27th, 2012 9.30am – 5:30pm
Performers: The Nukes, Kevin Fogarty, Avon Hansen-Beadle
Website: http://www.ukuleleheaven.co.nz
Local Amenities: Map

Canberra Ukulele Festival of Fun 2012

Location: Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Date: October 27th 2012
Performers: TBA
Website: http://ukelyptus.com.au/index_files/CUFFs.htm
Local Amenities: Map

Melbourne Ukulele Festival 2012

Location: Melbourne
Date: March 8 – 11, 2012
Performers: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Ralph Shaw, Bosko and Honey, U.K.E., Benny Chong.
Website: www.muf.org.au
Local Amenities: Map

2012 Newkulele Festival

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Date: October 26-28, 2012
Performers: Azo Bell, Mic Conway, AJ Leonard’s Tropical Lounge, Melbourne Ukulele Kollective.
Website: http://www.newkulelefestival.org.au/
Local Amenities: Map


Thailand Ukulele Festival 2011

Location: Parc Paragon, Siam Paragon
Date: February 25 – 26, 2012 11:00 – 21:30
Performers: Aldrine Guerrero, Kalei Gamiao, KYAS, Shigeto Takahashi, Kimo Hussey, Lula, Sungha Jung.
Website: http://www.thailandukulelefestival.com/
Local Amenities: Map

View Comments


  1. ukuleletim February 9th, 2012 12:59 am

    Al, thanks a bunch for this list. I was about to look into this very thing to see if I can fit a festival in this year. MUCH appreciated!

  2. Mike February 9th, 2012 2:20 pm

    Someone in the Northeastern US has to step up. We’re totally under-represented!

  3. Liluke February 9th, 2012 6:12 pm

    Can’t wait for the Cheltenham one, it was amazing last year :D Are you going to any of them??

  4. Joe Mc February 9th, 2012 9:55 pm

    New York Uke Fest May 5, 6 & 7, 2012. http://www.nyukefest.com/home.cfm .

  5. s2art February 9th, 2012 11:38 pm

    Not a ukulele festival in itself, but the Big Muffin Serious Band are playing at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, New Zealand. http://www.hamiltongardensartsfestival.co.nz/performers/231-1-Dark-Side-of-the-Uke

  6. Woodshed February 10th, 2012 9:38 am

    ukuleletim: Glad to help.

    Liluke: No, I won’t be. Enjoy Cheltenham!

    Mike: Yep, there’s the New York Fest once they get it sorted out.

    Joe Mc: Thanks. It seems like the arrangement for the NYUF are a bit up in the air so I’m waiting until it’s all settled.

    s2art: Thanks for the info.

  7. midwest uke February 21st, 2012 3:45 am

    The 4th Annual Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, October 20th, 2012, at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. http://milwaukeeukuleleclub.com/blog

  8. Claude February 27th, 2012 4:12 am

    Still nothing definite from San Diego, but they’re talking about October 5, 6 and 7; opposite the LA Mesa Oktoberfest. It should be a busy weekend.

  9. Woodshed February 27th, 2012 1:45 pm

    midwest uke: Thanks. Added it.

    Claude: Thanks for the update.

  10. Manitoba Hal February 27th, 2012 1:48 pm

    You forgot the Dock Street Uke Camp featuring Ralph Shaw, Manitoba Hal, Hank Mumps and Nigel D’Eon. Sept 14-16, 2012 – Shelburne, Nova Scotia Canada.


  11. Roger Fisehr March 5th, 2012 3:25 am

    The UKE U in Bend should be a great bargain at $35. plus $20 if you go to the luau. One site camping should insure some great all night jams at a beautiful venue.

  12. Renee June 11th, 2012 1:04 am

    Attended Cheltenham (my kid was playing onstage) but would have gone anyway!!
    Fantastic show!
    The NE US really does need to step it up.
    I am willing and able to help- any takers?

  13. Ty Olopai June 19th, 2012 4:24 pm

    Can you please post on your site our ukulele festival that’s taking place on August 18th 2012 here in sunny South Florida?

    Thank you for your kindness,

    Ty Olopai

  14. Paul Walsh July 8th, 2012 2:26 am


    3rd Annual Ukulele Festival at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, VA is Saturday July 14, 2012.

    Victoria Vox, The Sweater Set, Bruce Hutton and many others.

    Enjoy our Farmers Market, and Art & Crafts Market, and Beer Garden!


  15. Mindy July 24th, 2012 10:58 pm

    Hey, just noticed that Hollesley Ukulele festival isn’t on here.

    I’m not sure who runs it, or if they even really have a website for the event. But its at Run Cottage Touring Park 28th-29th July.

  16. Jenn July 26th, 2012 7:09 pm

    Hi! We have two ukulele events coming up:

    Ukefest 2012: Uke and Guitar Summit, August 11-14: http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=8459

    Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Ukefest 2012, August 15: http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=8265

    Thank you!

  17. Pam August 24th, 2012 3:11 am

    Will be in US mid October and will just miss the SanDiego Festival, which breaks my heart. Anything else going on in USA or Canada after October 14?

  18. Julie Parsons October 3rd, 2012 3:28 am

    Love it if you could list the Hot Lakes Rotorua Ukulele Festival 8th to 11th November under your New Zealand listings. This is our first uke fest and we have a great line up of The Nukes (Auckland), Rose Turtle Ertler (Melbourne), as well as bands so far from Rotorua and Auckland. Pleant of opportunity for open mic and guest bands and a great set of workshops and open mic opportunities THursday Saturday and Sunday. Uke Jam NZ kareoke style Friday.

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