17th Annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival
This page provides answers to most frequently asked questions and provides an overview of Festival logistics and content. Links to more detailed information are included.
What are the Festival dates and times?
Friday February 7 and Saturday February 8, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
Registration is from 8:00 – 8:40 a.m.
The First workshop begins at 9:45 on Friday and 9:15 on Saturday.
Festival days conclude with evening Concerts on both days from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pre-Festival Classes are held on Thursday February 6, 2020.
What is the style of the Festival, for example, what is provided and who is it geared to?
The Festival is designed to be instructional as well as entertaining with ample opportunities to converse with local instructors as well as the guest artists.
Instructional workshops are provided on both days for all levels of players, from Absolute Beginners through Advanced. This years workshops cover Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Ukulele, Bodhran and Song Writing.
Entertainment is in the form of an evening concert on both Festival days, performances by the Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra, as well as Jam sessions. This year we are happy to provide time for a Song Circle and we always enjoy providing time for individuals or groups to perform.
What is the Festival location?
Saint James Presbyterian Church
3601 West Belleview Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123
Littleton is part of the Denver Greater Metro area, located close to major highways and the airport so it’s easily accessible. It’s also located close to many excellent hotels.
For more information, see Venue. The Venue page also includes a link so you can get directions from the airport or wherever you’re coming from.
Who are this year’s Guest Artists?
Tina Bergmann (Hammered Dulcimer)
Sam Edelston (Mountain Dulcimer and Guitar)
Bob Elieson (Mountain Dulcimer)
Steve Eulberg (Mountain Dulcimer, Song Writing and a Pre-Festival Hammered Dulcimer workshop)
Tina Gugeler (Hammered Dulcimer and Bodhran)
Stephen Humphries (Hammered Dulcimer)
Dianne Jefferies (Mountain Dulcimer)
Judy Jones (Hammered Dulcimer)
Erin Mae (Mountain Dulcimer)
Butch Ross (Mountain Dulcimer and Ukulele)
Kendra Tunnicliff (Hammered Dulcimer)
Randy Zombola (Hammered Dulcimer)and Ellen Baranowski. Three of our local instructors are National Champions, including back-to-back First Place winners.
For more information, see Performers & Instructors.
What is the registration fee? Are there other fees?
The registration fee depends on when you register and when/what you will be attending:
Early Bird (now – 12.15.2019, midnight): $110 for both days
Advance (12/16/2019 – 1.28.2020, midnight): $130 for both days
At the door (after 1.28.2020): $140 for both days
1 day only (either day): $70
1 Festival workshop only: $40
Each full-day registration fee includes an evening concert ticket. Registering for the full 2-day festival provides one ticket for each evening concert. Tickets will be included in the packet picked up at the festival.
When you register, you also have the opportunity to rent a hammered dulcimer or mountain dulcimer ($30 for both days), reserve on-site meals for one or both days (lunch: $13.00 and/or dinner: $18.00; meat or vegetarian), and purchase additional evening concert tickets (Adult: $15, Student: $10).
These items are all paid for as part of the registration process—either through PayPal or check.
NOTE: Additional evening concert tickets will also be available at the door. Festival logo items (e.g. T-shirts, mugs – items/sizes may vary) will be for sale on-site at the Festival on a first-come, first-served basis. Festival merchandise will have our colorful “mountain” logo on it:
How do I register?
For all the details, please see our Registration Info page.
NOTE: Online registration closes 2 weeks before the Festival. For the 2020 Festival, online registration will end Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at midnight. After that, you can still register at the door on either day of the Festival.
Is there lodging nearby? Is a discounted rate available?
A block of reserved rooms at a discounted rate is available at a hotel near the Festival venue. To get the discounted rate, you must make your reservation by a specific date prior to Festival start.
More information is available at Lodging.
Are on-site meals available during Festival days?
Yes, on-site lunch and dinner (meat or vegetarian) will be served both days for an additional fee. The meals (including beverages and desserts) are specially catered for us and are delicious!
If you are interested in these meals, it is recommended that you sign up for them as part of your online/advanced registration. A very limited number of meals will be available for on-site registrants. Otherwise, there are many restaurants in the surrounding area if you choose to go off-site.
More information is available at Meals.
Can I attend just one day instead of the entire festival?
Yes, single-day registrations are available if you can’t attend one of the days. The fee is $70. For more information, see Registration Info.
When are the concerts, and what is the cost of attending?
Evening concerts occur on both days of the Festival (Friday and Saturday) from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Performers in the concerts are Festival instructors and Guest Artists. Your Festival registration includes one ticket for each concert. Additional tickets can be purchased as part of the registration process or at the door each night (adults: $15, children and students: $10).
For more information, see Concerts.
Want to be part of the Dulcimer Orchestra Performance to be held Saturday February 8th, 2020?
Absolutely! The Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra consists of musicians (Festival attendees) who rehearse the music in the weeks leading up to the Festival and then perform for the other Festival attendees. Lots of fun but beware, these songs are for the more advanced players. Check out all the details: Dulcimer Orchestra Performance
What other fun do we have planned?
Bring your voice for Friday’s Song Circle then on Saturday we’ll have a Dance Band where you can play in the band or dance to some fun tunes. Check out all the details: Additional Activities
Will there be any jams?
Absolutely! There will be a variety of jams for all level players, from Beginner to Advanced. And if you’ve never participated in a jam, there will be a “Jams for Beginner” workshop so you can learn the basics. Sheet music for commonly-played jam tunes is provided here as downloads (in pdf file format) so you can practice in advance. Other music specifically chosen for this year’s Festival will be posted when available.
What other activities will be going on in the Denver area?
If you are bringing a guest who will not be attending the Festival, or if you will be spending some extra time in the area, there are lots of activities in the Denver area. For a list, see Things to Do. BUT don’t forget that during the Festival there’s a concert each night and a Friday evening Jam (after the concert). Your tickets for the concerts are included in your Registration fee; additional tickets for your guest can be purchased either at the door or as part of the Registration Form.
Who is hosting the Festival?
The Festival is hosted by Colorado Dulcimer Festival (a non-profit corporation), and is being organized and staffed by volunteers. Read more concerning this new status in Past, Present, and Future.
How can I get more information?
For more detailed information, we invite you to peruse our website. If you don’t find what you need, feel free to Contact us by email.
We also invite you to follow us on Facebook.
What is the schedule for Pre Festival classes and set up activities?
The following is the tentative schedule for pre-Festival activities on February 6, 2020. Times and specifics may change as the event draws closer.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. : Pre Festival Classes
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. : Festival Set up
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. : Volunteer Welcome Potluck
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. : Performer Product Check-in
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. : Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra Rehearsal
7:00 – ??? p.m. : Warm-up Jam
Are there any materials I can use to publicize the Festival?
Yes, thank you for helping us get the word out!
You can download and print our 2019 Festival poster or the separate poster advertising the Festival’s evening concerts, which are open to the public. Both posters are available in either black and white format or color format. Go to Festival Posters.
Please also feel free to download and print the logo for the Colorado Dulcimer Festival, LLC. Right click on the image, select “Save image as . . .” and select the directory on your computer in which you want to save the image.
Can I or my company/organization sponsor the festival?
Absolutely! Thanks for asking. To become a Festival sponsor and have your advertisement on our program and website, please Contact us for more information.