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Jun 29-Jul 7, Mule Barn Camp, Jamming and camping weekend, also an affordable alternative during the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St., Port Townsend WA. To sign up, go to For more info, call Ray Leach at 360-269-8833 or email him at mulebarncamp(at)

Jun 30, Make Music Day PDX
, 11 am-5 pm, an event for people who love music and the joyous sense of community it fosters at locations all over Portland, including Artichoke Music, The Old Church, Laurelhurst Park, Director Park, Peninsula Park, Resound NW, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Irving Park, McCoy Park, and Elizabeth Caruthers Park, free. For the schedule or to register, go to

Jun 30-Jul 7, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
, living, learning, and playing music with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles (artistic director Joel Savoy). 2018 Instructors include Fiddlin' Earl White, Donna Hebert, Genticorum, Fru Skagerrak, Vivian Williams, and many others. Fort Worden State Park, near Port Townsend WA. To register, go to

Jul 4-7, Waterfront Blues Festival
, four days of blues in Waterfront Park along the Willamette to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Headliners include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Vintage Trouble, Shemekia Copeland, and The California Honeydrops, 4-day passes available now $50 and up (single day tickets go on sale in June). For further info:

Jul 5-7, Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival,
held on the Wheeler County Courthouse Lawn, 701 Adams St. in Fossil and includes a parade, jamming, camping, art shows, gospel open mic, and bands. Performers include Mountain Honey, Rock Ridge Bluegrass, Old Growth Quartet, and many others. All events are free. For further info, go to

Jul 7-12, Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp
, affordable group music instruction in a relaxed format. Discover southern Appalachian fiddle tunes with instructors Lisa Ornstein (southern fiddle), Maggie Lind (banjo), and Patrick Lind (southern guitar). John Weed (Irish fiddle), Larry Chung (roots fiddle), Allan Feves (bass), Stuart Mason (mandolin), and Larry B. Smith (dance master), P.O. Box 148, Enterprise. To register, go to

Jul 12-13, Tenor Guitar Gathering 2019
, two days of tenor guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, and all things four strings - workshops, concerts, jams, and merchandise. Performers include Al Hirsch, Buddy Woodward, The Johnsons, and more. Held at various venues in Astoria. For complete information, go to

Jul 12-14, Oregon Country Fair
, experience world-class entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable foods, educational displays, and magical surprises at every turn of the path. Veneta OR. For tickets and further info: 541-343-4298 or

Jul 12-14, Vancouver Island Musicfest
, over 200 performers on six fully programmed stages! Great roots and world music at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds near Courtenay BC. Performers include Asleep At The Wheel, Robben Ford, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Cha Wa and many others. For tickets and further info:

Jul 12-14, 15th Annual Targhee Fest
, music in the Tetons featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Drive-By Truckers, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal Quartet, Nicki Bluhm, and Amy Helm. For further info, contact the Grand Targhee Resort, 3300 Ski Hill Road, Alta, WY, at

Jul 18-21, Northwest String Summit
, Americana and roots music on three stages, featuring Dark Star Orchestra, Mandolin Orange, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Good Time Travelers, the Shook Twins, Danny Barnes, and many others. Horning's Hideout, 21277NW Brunswick Canyon Road, North Plains. For tickets and further info:

Jul 19-21, 39th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival,
Portland's open-air jazz festival under the St. John's Bridge, now sponsored by the Jazz Society of Oregon, free. Performers include Karen Lovely, King Louis Organ Trio, The Mel Brown Trio, Dina y Los Rumberos, Cherry Blossom Hot 4, and Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection. For further info:

Jul 19-21, A Portland Ukestra Weekend with Nancy Piver,
ukulele ensemble workshops for all skill levels (confident beginners to advanced) and all ukeleles from soprano to baritone, Artichoke Music *, $30 per workshop, $80 for all three. For further info:

Jul 19-21, Wildwood Music Fest and Campout
, 8th annual Americana and roots music festival that showcases emerging artists, promotes local food and agriculture, and benefits local non-profits. Performers include Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters, Sallie Fordand Mike Coykendall, Silver Lake 66, The Hackles, and Anita Lee and the Handsome 3. Roshambo Art Farm, 22900 SW Pittman Road, Sheridan. Camping available on site for $10 per person. For tickets and further info:

Jul 19-21, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
, 32nd annual festival of the very finest rhythm and blues entertainment; held at The Blues Ranch on the Methow River, 32380 W Valley Hwy, Winthrop WA, the longest-running festival in the state of Washington. Performers include Los Lobos, Shemekia Copeland, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Ural Thomas & the Pain, David Jacobs-Strain + WORTH and many others. Onsite camping and portable showers available. For tickets and further info:

Jul 19-21, Darrington Bluegrass Festival
, 43rd annual festival, where the young & old come together to play, featuring Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Becky Buller, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Special Consensus, and Country Current, held at Shelton Performing Arts Center and High School Campus, 3737 N Shelton Springs Rd., Shelton WA. For info, contact The Bluegrass & Country Music Makers Association at 360-436-1179 or bluegrassdiana45(at), or visit

Jul 20, Portland Highland Games
, dance, piping, drumming, fiddling, and athletic competitions. Musical guests TBA. Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark, Gresham. For ticket information and further info:

Jul 22-25, West Cascades Fiddle Camp & Workshops
, instructors include Gary Schuh (advanced fiddle), Linda Danielson (fiddle clinic), Jerry Humphrey (intermediate fiddle team), Amey Herman (Scandinavian fiddling), Martha Stone (clawhammer banjo), Chico Schwall (mandolin), Jerry Parks (fundamental rhythm guitar), and many others; sponsored by the Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers' Association (OOTFA). Held at East Linn Christian Academy, 36883 Victory Dr., Lebanon, $120 for campers 19 and over/$70 youth/$30 workshops only. To sign up, go to

Jul 25-28, NorthWest Autoharp Gathering
, the music festival that's all about the autoharp! Concerts, workshops, jamming, open stages, and an outstanding lineup of award-winning autoharpists, including Adam Miller (American troubadour), The Goodhues Band (family harmonies), Karen and Chuck Daniels (autoharp champion). and Neil and Coleen Walters (beloved doofus band). Furnished dormitory rooms, tent & RV camping, meals included. Ananda College, 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd., Gaston, discounted earlybird registration before April 28. For complete information, call 503-312-1186 or go to Sponsored by the Portland FolkMusic Society.

Jul 25-28, GorgeGrass Festival
, great bluegrass music. Headliners include The Seldom Scene, The Sweet Lowdown, North Country, Sunny South, and Whiskey Deaf. Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson WA. Camping available. To register, go to

Jul 26-28
, Kindred Gathering Dulcimer Festival XLV (KG-45), sing, play, dance, cavort, and enjoy the sweet sounds of mountain dulcimer at Sanctuary Farm, 3010 Porter Road NE, Silverton, free, but donations are always welcomed. For camp information, see

Jul 26-Aug 3, Lark Camp
, 40-year-old festival held in Mendocino County CA on the banks of the Eel River. Music and dance from the world over, song & dance workshops, parties, dances, sessions, fire circles, and great food. Accomodations include cabins, camping, dining hall, and dance hall. For complete information, go to

Jul 27-Aug 16, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop
, three independent week-long sessions designed for adults ranging from bare-bones beginners to professionals. Teachers include Carol McComb and Jere Canote (session 1), Flip Breskin and Nina Gerber (session 2), Del Rey and Sylvia Herold (session 3). Registration are processed beginning Mar 15. Held at a sylvan camp/retreat in the tall pines near Bremerton WA. Info: (This festival is full but there is a waitlist).

Jul 25-28, Four Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest
, cultural workshops that highlight distinguished kumu (teachers) including Vicky Holt Takamine, Robert Cazimero, Keali'i Reichel, Victor Kapono, and many othershapa haole hula competion, Thursday night Pa'ina (dinner), aloha 5K fun run, and Ho'ike (show) and Hawaiian Festival. Esther Short Park, W Columbia and 8th St., Vancouver WA. For more information and to register for the hula competion and 5K run, go to

Jul 29-Aug 2 & Aug 5-9, Portland Fiddle Camp for Kids (two sessions)
, fun-filled days of fiddle, square dance and jam sessions; 11th annual camp for children ages 6-16. Held at Pacific Crest Community School, 116 NE 29th Ave. For further info:

Aug 1-4, Washington Park Summer Festival
, 6 pm every evening, four nights of music, featuring Mike Phillips with special guest Saeeda Wright, King Louie & LaRhonda Steele, Painted Sky Northstar Native Dance Company with Evening Star Painted Ponies, Portland Cello Project, and the Portland Summerfest Orchestra, conducted by Keith Clark. Rose Garden Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue, free. For tickets and further info:

Aug 1-4, Mt. Baker R&B Festival
, premier blues event, featuring Vanessa Collier, Wishbone Ash, Michelle Taylor Band, Jack Semple, and many others, Deming Log Show Fairgrounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd., Deming WA. For tickets and further info:

Aug 2-3, Tualatin Crawfish Festival
, live music, kids' events, food, fireworks, beer, wine, and crawfish. Performers include Rae Gordon, Norman Sylvester, My Happy Pill, and Petty Fever. Sponsored by the Hood to Coast Race Series. For ticket information and further info:

Aug 2-4, Pickathon
, multiethnic roots music, featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Khruangbin, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Laura Veirs, Julia Jacklin, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Cedric Burnside, and many others. Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen Rd., Happy Valley. For tickets and further info:

Aug 2-4, Oregon Jamboree
, the Pacific Northwest's premier camping and music festival: 2 stages, 25 shows, one sweet weekend, featuring The Osborne Brothers, Hank Williams, Jr., Britnee Kellogg, and Chris Young. Held at Deschutes Brewery Park, Sweet Home. For tickets and further info:

Aug 2-4, Winlock Pickers' Festival,
18th annual music festival produced by the Winlock Acoustic Music Association (WAMA) in Winolecqua Park, Winlock WA. 2019 performers include Richard Smith, The Portland Radio Ponies, The Cowchips, and Ash Creek. Prices: $25 weekend ($20 WAMA members), $15 Friday, $15 Saturday, ($10 WAMA members), children under 12 free with adult, Sunday free, $10 per night charge for camping in the park. For further info:

Aug 3, Vanport Jazz Festival
, honors the city of Vanport and the voices that formed our jazz community. Performers include Andy Stokes, WAR, Eric Darius, and The Queens of Soul featuring Althea RenÈ (flute) and Jeanette Harris (saxophone). Held at Colwood Golf Center, 7313 NE Columbia Blvd. Info:

Aug 5-8, 13th Annual Targhee Music Camp
, four days of high level instruction with Kirsten Andreassen (songwriting), Bill Evans (banjo), Eric Thorin (bass), Ben Winship (mandolin), Eli West (guitar), Mark O 'Connor (fiddle), and Kate Lee O'Connor (singing). For further info, contact the Grand Targhee Resort, 3300 Ski Hill Road, Alta, WY, at

Aug 8-10, Subdued String Band Jamboree
, three nights and two days of pickin', singin', and stompin', tent & RV camping featuring Baby Gramps, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms, Sierra Ferrell, Robt Sarazin Blake, and many others, Deming Log Show Fairgrounds, 3925 Cedarville Rd., Bellingham WA (about 10 miles outside of town). For complete information, go to

Aug 9-11, 22nd Annual Elephant Garlic Festival
, three day festival filled with music, food, and fun for the entire family, performers include Norman Sylvester, Aarun & Jonathan, Joyride, and Austin Randle, Jessie Mays Community Park, 30975 NW Hillcrest Street, North Plains, free, no dogs or pets allowed. For further info:

Aug 9-11, Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
, featuring Mountain Honey, Lorraine Jordan and Friends, Little Roy and Lizzy, Cascade Mountain Boys, Kevin Pace and The Early Edition, and Phil Steinmetz and His Sunny Tennesseans, held at Toledo High School, Toledo WA. For info, contact General Cothren at 360-520-4524 or generalandbetty7(at)

Aug 9-11, Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival
, with a pristine location nestled in the pines on the shore of Medical Lake in Eastern Washington, featuring True North, Whiskey Deaf, Ashleigh Caudill, High Valley Mountain Boys, Masontown, and Wood & Wire, held at Waterfront Park, Medical Lake WA. For info, visit

Aug 9-11, 32nd Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival,
bluegrass in the Tetons featuring Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, and Mark O'Connor Band. For further info, contact the Grand Targhee Resort, 3300 Ski Hill Road, Alta, WY, at

Aug 10-18, Centralia Old-Time Music Campout
, 15th annual festival of day-long jamming and hanging out with friends in a beautiful riverfront setting in Centralia WA; camping available. For registration, go to For more info, contact Ray Leach at 360-269-8833.

Aug 11, 14th Annual Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival
, a day of maritime music set in a natural amphitheatre overlooking Gamble Bay, performers include The Whateverly Brothers, Northshore Ramblers, Curlew's Call, and Spanaway Bay, 32400 Rainier Avenue NE, Port Gamble WA. For complete information, go to

Aug 11-17, Lady of the Lake Family Week
, daily age-based workshops in art, dance, singing, music, and more! Held at Camp N-Sid-Sen on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho. Staff includes Greg and Jere Canote, Susan Michaels, Naomi Taussig, Sue Hulsether and JRK: Jeff Spero, Ryan McKasson, and Karina Wilson. Sponsored by the Spokane Folklore Society. For further info, contact

Aug 17-19, Princeton Traditional Music Festival
, 11th annual festival of music and dance in Princeton BC. Fiddle tunes, sea shanties, Celtic traditional ballads, accordion music. Performers Include Katie Green, Nan Hefford, and Nan Gregory, free. For complete information, go to

Aug 30-Sep 1, Tumbleweed Music Festival
, 23rd annual free music festival in Howard Amon Park in Richland WA, sponsored by the Three Rivers Folklife Society and the City of Richland. This year's themeis the "Power of Song". For further info, contact

Aug 30-Sep 2, Northwest Passage Dance Camp - 2019,
contras, square, and a taste of English country dance. This weekend features hiking trails, waterfalls, wonderful gourmet food, good company, and great dancing at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, 83500 E Kiwanis Camp Road, Government Camp. Two fabulous bands,

Eloise & Co.
and KGB, with two great callers, Adina Gordon and Mary Wesley. Sponsored by Portland Country Dance Community. For further info:

Aug 30-Sep 2, Zigzag Old Time Music Campout
, Labor Day weekend songwriting camp (featured artists: The Canote Brothers) offers camping, music, friendship, good food, jamming and informal workshops at Zigzag Mountain Farm on 50 acres on Mt. Hood, about an hour from Portland; Includes tenting or yurts, meals, and a wood-fired hot tub. Sponsored by Bubbaville; for further info:

Sep 6-8, Sisters Folk Festival 2019
, three days of the best American music from blues to bluegrass. Performers include Bruce Cockburn, Le Vent du Nord, Carrie Rodriguez, Martyn Joseph, and Pharis & Jason Romero; Festival passes are available now. For further info, call 541-549-4979 or go to

Sep 11-15, Port Townsend Ukulele Festival
, four nights and three days of intense fun, ukulele instruction, and merry music making. 2017 Instuctors include Daniel Ho, Bryan Tolentino, Cynthia Kinnunen, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Brook Adams, and Abe Lagrimas, Jr. Fort Worden State Park, near Port Townsend WA. To register, go to (This festival is full, but there is a wait list).

Sep 18-22, The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
, open cabaret, square dances, workshops, string band contest and concerts, featuring Jerron Paxton, Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur with Suzy Thompson, with Matt Weiner, Sue Hulsether, Squrrelly Stringband, and Modock Rounders with Kim Johnson. Held at various venues in Berkeley CA. For tickets and further info:

Sep 25-29, Blues in the Gorge
, blues guitar camp featuring aristic director and instructor Mary Flower, and instructors Guy Davis, Albanie Falletta and Rich Moore. Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett. For info, contact Scott Crane or Lauren Deming at 503-695-2243 or Co-sponsored by Cascade Blues Association.

Oct 4-6, Lady of the Lake Fall Dance and Music Weekend
, join friends old and new Held at Camp N-Sid-Sen on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho. Staff includes The Stingrays with Rodney Miller, Max Newman and Stuart Kenney, caller Lisa Greenleaf, Floating Crowbar with Don Thomsen, James Hunter, Rick Rubin and Morgan Andersen, plus Maldon Meehan, teaching Irish dancing. Sponsored by the Spokane Folklore Society. For further info, contact

Oct 10-13, FAR-West Conference
, the gathering place for music and arts communities from the greater west and beyond. It is the annual conference of the Folk Alliance Western Region and is held at the Warner Center Marriott in Los Angeles CA. For more info and to register, contact

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