Festivals 'n Such

Bay Area Storytelling FestivalMay 19-20
Kennedy Grove Regional Rec. Area, El Sobrante, CA. Folk tales, family stories, fables, recollections, ghost stories, tall tales, fairy tales, & classic stories from many cultures. Workshops, Open Story Mic INFO: www.bayareastorytelling.org

Country Roads Folk May Weekend May 25-28
Mount Madonna Country Park, Watsonville, CA. A family camp for all ages. Children as well as adults join in sing-alongs, playing guitar & other instruments, crafts & recreation. Informal jams, camp-fire sing-along and open-mic. INFO: 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com

Northwest Folklife Festival May 25-28
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA. FREE Annual celebration of music, dance, folklore, crafts, food, art & more from around the world. INFO: 206-684-7300, www.nwfolklife.org

Vasona Vibrations Concert Series June-July
5-7 pm, Saturdays, on the Ranger Office Lawn, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA. Free! In beautiful surroundings, local artists perform a wide variety of (mostly) acoustic genres ranging from big band, to jazz, to traditional and contemporary folk. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy concessions at the park INFO: 408-354-2608, www.southbayfolks.org/vasona

7th Annual CBA Music Camp June 10-13
Instruction, jams, concerts, dancing, fun! For bluegrass and oldtime musicians, all ages. Space still available in bass, dobro, and oldtime banjo classes. INFO: 415-663-1342 (after 9 am.), www.cbamusiccamp.org

Kosmos World Music And Dance Camp June 14-17
Saratoga Springs Resort, near Clear Lake, CA. World music and dance workshops, great staff of musicians and dancers, beautiful resort setting. INFO: www.kosmoscamp.com

Live Oak Music Festival June 15-17
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara, CA. Eliza Gilkyson, Sonny Landreth, Joe Ely, The Mammals, Jake Shimabukuro & many more. Camping, dances, kids' activities, jam sessions, crafts & more. INFO: 805-781-3030, www.liveoakfest.org

Vancouver Folk Song Soc. Summer Retreat June 15-17
Camp Alexandra, near White Rock, BC, Canada. For singers, musicians, and people who like to sing with others. INFO: 604-251-5341, www.geocities.com/vfss.geo/

31st Annual SF Free Folk Festival June 16-17
City College, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave. San Francisco, CA. Concerts, dancing, workshops, jamming, open mike & more. Details in folknik, enclosed flyer, and updated often online. INFO: 510-287-9095, www.sffolkfest.org

28th Annual Great Labor Arts Exchange June 17-19
National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD Explore how to use music, art, poetry, theater, murals, posters, cartoons, puppets, film, websites, and more to strengthen the labor movement. INFO: 202-639-6204, www.laborheritage.org/glaegeneric.htm

Summer Solstice Music & Dance Festival June 22-24
Warner Center Marriot Hotel, Woodland Hills, CA. Music, Dance, Storytelling, camping, classes, concerts, jamming, art & crafts, children's festival. INFO: 818-817-7756, www.ctmsfolkmusic.org

Kate Wolf Memorial Music Fest June 29-July 1
Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA. Be Good Tanyas, Hot Tuna, Richie Havens, David Bromberg & Angel Band, Dave Alvin, Utah Phillips & many more. Jamming, workshops, storytelling, kids' area. INFO: 707-829-7067, www.cumuluspresents.com/kate/

Workshop of American Fiddle Tunes July 1-8
Fort Worden State Park Conf. Center, Port Townsend, WA. Regional styles of fiddle & accompaniment; Mexican, Alaskan, Appalachian, Kentucky, New England, Cajun, Cape Breton, Quebecois & more. INFO: 360-385-3102, www.centrum.org

Swannanoa Gatherings July 8-Aug 11
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. A week each for Dulcimer, Sing & Swing, Celtic, Old-Time Music & Dance, Performance Lab, Contemporary, Folk, Guitar, Fiddle. Justly famous programs sell out fast. INFO: 828-298-3434, www.swangathering.com

California Coast Music Camp July 8-15, 15-21
Sonoma County, CA. Two sessions. Classes, workshops, dances, jamming, singalongs. Free chartered bus to camp. Fills up fast! INFO: 650-306-0399 wwwmusiccamp.org

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival July 13-15
Bolado Park, Hollister, CA. Camping, concerts, children's activities, open mic, crafts, jamming. INFO: 831-479-GOFI, ncbs-gof@juno.com www.bluegrasssociety.org

Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 13-15
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC Canada. 30th year presenting the living traditions of music, singing, dancing, crafts, poetry from all over the world. INFO: 800 -883-3655, www.thefestival.bc.ca

Lark In The Morning Camp July 27-Aug 4
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA. Music & dance from the world over. Workshops, jamming, camping, singing, hiking. Sells out early. INFO: 707-964-4826, www.larkcamp.com,

From Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Aug 10-13
Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced Intermediate. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. INFO: 415-669-7447, www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

Seattle Autoharp Week Sept 23-29 (register by July 1)
Sambica Camp, Lake Sammamish, near Seattle, WA. A fun filled week of intensive autoharp instruction for players at all levels. With Bryan Bowers, Cathy Britell, Karen Mueller, and Richard Scholtz. July 1 registration deadline. INFO: 206-660-9434, www.seattleautoharpweek.com