Last year, I attended my first ukulele festival. It was an unforgettable experience and I loved being around like-minded folks. Not knowing what to expect, I wish I was better prepared to make the most of the day’s events.
Some frequently asked questions:
What should I bring?
In addition to bringing your ukulele, think about bringing a music stand, a pencil, your phone or any device to take photos or record sessions and a binder or folder to hold any printed sheets. Keep hydrated throughout the day by bringing water. Non-perishable snacks like granola bars and nuts are always a good idea for a quick picker-upper.
For the outdoor performances and workshops, consider bringing a folding chair, money for food from vendors or food trucks, sunglasses and a hat.
How should I plan my day?
Festival organizers prepare a schedule of workshops and performances throughout the day. The schedule is usually posted online. For the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival, the schedule can be found here: http://www.kalakoa.com/ukulele/schedule.html.
A brief description of each workshop will become available as festival day draws closer. Workshops for total beginners are apparent in the description.
Should I sign-up for workshops in advance of the festival?
You don’t have to sign-up for any of the workshops before festival day.
What should I wear?
Dress for comfort. You’ll most likely be at the festival all day and you’ll be walking from one workshop to the next so comfortable shoes are advised. You may also be standing in line.
Will I receive any chord sheets for the workshops?
Chord and lyric sheets are usually provided prior to the festival. Be sure to check with the festival organizer and give yourself enough time to print the sheets for the workshops that you plan to attend.
How can I protect my ukulele during the festival?
It's best to keep your ukulele in its case when you're not strumming it. Be sure to protect it from heat - avoid leaving it in your trunk or wherever it's under the heat of the sun. Also avoid leaving it on the floor in high traffic areas.