Frequently Asked Questions



What if I’m just a beginner?

You’re in good company! As a beginner, you are just embarking on a very exciting journey. Attending an event like this will only strengthen your skills and knowledge of the instrument. Meeting like-minded people will inspire you to keep learning! Besides, there’s no nicer group of people than those who attend an Ukulele Festival. Got questions? Ask your neighbor! They’re sure to help you out with a smile.


What should I bring?

Here is a sample list of item that you may find useful to have with you at the festival: Ukulele, music stand, pencil, recording device/camera/phone, optimistic attitude & a smile. Jamboree: chairs, money for artist booth/vendors/food truck.

Read this article in Ukulele Magazine by Heidi Swedberg to better understand what to expect at the festival, including advice from quest teachers


Are there other classes besides ukulele?

Yes there is! This year we have one class for Baritone Basics taught by Grass Valley’s own Perry Stauffer.


Where can I find the workshops schedule?

Click here for descriptions of the festival workshops.
Click here for the festival schedule.


How much does this cost?

Concert: $25 ($30 Door)
Workshops Pass: Adult $60 ($65 Door) | Child $25 (under 12)
Combo: $85 (Concert and Workshops)

*All workshop passes include lunch. 

Prices and tickets for the concert can be purchased from the TICKETS page through EventBrite.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door during the week of the concert but are subject to availability.

Workshops are offered in 3 sessions during the day on Saturday and lunch will be served as part of the Workshop fee.

Vendors will be offering fun ukulele and music inspired items including ukuleles, straps, books, and other play things.

Artists will have CD?s and fabulous shwag as well, giving you an opportunity to show your support.

Food trucks will be in attendance at Recreation Park for the jamboree Saturday evening.


Where can I stay?

If you are coming from a distance, you can find accommodations at:

Auburn Holiday Inn
120 Grass Valley Hwy
Pet Friendly

Best Western
13450 Lincoln Way
Pet Friendly

Comfort Inn
1875 Auburn Ravine Road
Pet Friendly

Auburn Gold Country RV Park
3550 Koa Way
Pet Friendly


How do I get there?

From Highway 80 East:

  • Take the Newcastle/Indian Hill Rd exit.
  • Continue up hill on Indian Hill
    Rd to Auburn Folsom Rd
  • Turn left onto Auburn Folsom Rd at the traffic light
  • Turn right onto Maidu Dr at the traffic light
  • The Canyon View Community Center is at the top of the knoll on your right

Here's a map:


Do I sign-up for workshops BEFORE the festival?

Sign ups are not necessary. Once you’ve purchased your festival pass, feel free to peruse the workshops on festival day and make a game-time decision!


Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, the festival is not such a good place for a dog. If you’d like to leave your dog in the hotel, you have the option at one of the local pet-friendly hotels. If you are traveling in an RV, Auburn heat in August is simply to strong to stand for a sweet puppy without AC. The RV space has no hookups for electricity. Service dogs are always welcome at the festival.


Can I BYOB to the concert/workshops?

No. BYOB is only for the Jamboree Saturday evening. Wine and soda can be purchased at the Friday night concert. You may bring any drinks you wish to the festival as long as they do not contain alcohol.


What if I bought a ticket and can’t go?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds. You are welcome to post a request to sell the tickets to another attendee thru the Auburn Ukulele Festival Facebook page.

You may also donate your tickets as a scholarship for someone else.


Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes! Just keep in mind that tickets purchased the day of for the workshops does not guarantee lunch. Our 2020 workshop event will be limited to the first 200 ticket purchasers.


How do I know what level of player I am?

Level 1: Beginner

Welcome! You are in this most exciting phase of the learning curve until you can move between chord changes and keep a beat. Get fluent with (at least) your C, F, and G7 and then head to the next level.

LEVEL 2: Early Intermediate

Now you’re a player, but chord diagrams over the words are still a must. Your job here is to master B-flat, get some strums under your belt and grow into your instrument—this is when you truly learn how to practice.

LEVEL 3: Experienced Intermediate

Look at you, singing and strumming at the same time! You know a bunch of chords and are ready to use them. Time to dig in and learn some exciting techniques, and maybe venture further up the neck. Be proud of yourself, this is a fine plateau to reach.

LEVEL 4: Advanced

You can hear changes, you know some barre and closed chords, and have toured the real estate above the fifth  fret. You are unafraid of the tricky stuff, ready to sit with the big kids. When things go over your head, watch and listen closely, then take your new ideas home to practice.

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These ukulele workshop levels have been taken from a magazine article by Heidi Swedberg. In the article Heidi also helpfully outlines a list of things to bring, along with advise from many excellent ukulele teachers on what to expect at an Ukulele Festival. For the full article click here.


Is there a raffle?

Boy is there!!? Our good friends from far reaches of the ukulele world have come together to donate their precious products for our Raffle this year, all to benefit the Ukes-for-Schools program right here in California. We have over 20 ukuleles awaiting their new home, not to mention some great accessories and un merchandise!

Our sponsors include: Romero Creations, Kala, Ohana, Kanilea, The Strum Shop, Sherrin’s Threads, Mountain Music Parlor (Reno), Ukulele Magazine & more!

Get your tickets at the concert and/or festival day. You don’t have to be present to win!


Is there food available for purchase at the Concert / Festival / Jamboree?

Concert: The State Theater where the concert is taking place is right in the heart of downtown Auburn Ca, giving you a plethora of choices from Sushi to Organic to Italian.

Workshops: A pizza lunch and salad will be provided to all workshop participants at the Canyon View Community Center in Auburn Ca. There is no other option for food purchase at this location (set into a residential neighborhood) however, picnics are welcome!

Jamboree: At the Saturday evening jamboree in the park on Recreations Drive there will be two food trucks provided where participants can purchase food (Caribbean Rocks and Snowy Magic).  There will also be more than an hour of time between the workshops ending and jamboree beginning when participants can enjoy the quaint old time restaurants in downtown Auburn between events.


Is there parking?

Yes, there is plenty of free parking for the concert (downtown Auburn), workshops (Canyon View Community Center) and jamboree (Recreation Park).


Is there time to jam?

There will be some time to jam at the workshops, but you should really plan to attend our free Jamboree on Saturday evening after the workshops.  See more details here.


Is this a family event?

Yes, the concert and workshops are great events for anyone interested in playing ukuleles.  The free jamboree is a family-friendly event held in a park with picnic areas, playgrounds and room for fun.


Is there a couples/family discount?

No, there is no family discount, however, children under 12 are discounted for the workshops on Saturday.