Saturday, Sept. 13 • North Tahoe Event Center • 8318 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143 · (530) 546-7249

It’s the first ever Ukulele Festival on the beachfront of beautiful Lake Tahoe! Join us for a full day of ukulele bliss or, if you’re new to the scene, catch the wave of this incredibly popular instrument with our Beginner’s options. Enjoy music on our Free Day Stage and shopping in our Vendor Marketplace. Learn from the pros in optional Intermediate Workshops. VIEW ALL TICKET OPTIONS HERE.

Workshop and Concert passes are available ala carte. A Premium Pass to the entire festival is available at a discount.

Click here for all prices.

Open Mic & Professional Entertainment under the big pine
WORKSHOPS 9:30 – 3:00
Free Intro to Ukulele (Loaner ukes available)
Zero to Hero in One Hour! (With ukulele included option!)
Traditional Hawaiian Styles and Techniques:
Former Hawaiian Music Award Winner Steven Espaniola will teach his award winning methods for bringing the sounds of the Islands with you wherever you go.
Make Any Song Your Own: Jazz & Blues artist Michael Powers has played with legends, including Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock and many more. Michael will teach how to take any song and with minor chord changes, create your own unique style and arrangement. This is a wonderful chance to learn from a multi-genre pro!
Pick, Pluck, Muffle, and Strum: Globe trotting uke player and historian Dan “Cool Hand Uke” Scanlan will teach you various strumming hand styles to diversify your sound and enhance your enjoyment of the ukulele.


As the sun sets through the glass windows behind the stage, Steven and Michael will take the ukulele on a worldwide voyage of styles including Island Traditions, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical, and much more!
Click player for a sample of the diverse styles of Steven & Michael!

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Festival Overview:

Price Range: $0 (Marketplace & Open Stage, Intro to Uke Class) to $100 (Full access to all Premium Workshops and Concert)

Saturday Sept. 13 9AM – 8PM
Workshops: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30
Concert: 6 - 8PM

North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach State Park
8318 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143

Paid parking lot at Kings Beach State Park, lots of free parking in surrounding neighborhoods.

Food & Drink:
Immediate area: Jason’s Beachside Grille adjacent to festival with outdoor beach view seating. Panchitas Mexican Food across the street. Steamers Pizza & Sandwiches next door. Java Hut next to Steamers.

Several hotels in the area, Ferrari’s Beachfront Crown Resort a short walk down the beach is offering rooms from $99, a few ukulele group discount rooms may still be available for even less! Call 800-645-2260 for Reservations


Sunday Bonus Fun!

If you’re still in the area on Sunday, join us from 10AM – 3PM as we Spread Uke amongst the Paddleboard Race crowd! We’ll be outside, we’ll jam on the beach, present music from the stage, and hopefully coerce some of the race fans to check out our vendor stands!


We REALLY want YOU to “get into uke!” Here’s a fantastic offer:

• A new Makala MK-C uke, our choice for best student uke under $75 and the model we use for our group classes.
• Both Beginner’s Workshops
• All of our educational materials.
A $140 Value, Only $89! Must order by Aug. 31 to reserve your uke. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE.


*** Beginner, Intermediate, what am I? What package is best for me?

After doing so many of these events, I sometimes forget that the terminology differs depending on who produces the event. Thankfully, Corina emailed and asked a question that pointed out my need to explain a few things. Here’s the most important one:

The 11AM Beginner Workshop is for actual beginners, not “newer player.”

If you consider yourself a beginner but are already comfortable with a few chords and can casually strum, sing, and play a few songs, you should take the Intermediate classes. Although some material in these classes may be challenging for newer players, our instructors are all excellent and will offer material that all levels of players will get value from. In other words, as a newer player you may not be able to grasp all of what is offered in the Intermediate classes, but you should be able to take home 3-4 techniques to improve your playing.

Various Package Pricing:
There are three options for all levels of players:

True Beginners:
- 10AM Intro to Ukulele: Free, must register
- 11AM Beginner Workshop: $32
- 11AM Beginner Workshop plus the 1:30 Strumming Hand Workshop: $55
- Both Workshops plus a new Makala MK-C Ukulele and Educational Materials over and above workshop handouts: $89

Newer to Intermediate Players:
- Any Individual Intermediate Workshop: $32
- All Three Intermediate Workshops: $79
- All Three Intermediate Workshops plus Sunset Concert: $100

If you are a true beginner, the 9:30 and 11:30 workshops with Steven and Michael will be over your head. But the 1:30 Strumming Hand Workshop will be fine, after you’ve taken the Beginner Workshop.

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