Festivals ’n’ Such

Play Day at Little Basin (Ukulele)May 11
217000 Little Basin Rd, Boulder Creek, CA From 9am to 5pm—catered lunch. $20 for the day. Five half-hour play-alongs featuring different musical styles (folk, oldies, Beatles, etc.) and presented by different leader. Each attendee will get handout booklet that contains all 50 play-along songs.

Vancouver Island Music RetreatMay 10-12
Held at the Seven Springs Resort on Nanoose Bay. A weekend of endless music making, including workshops on subjects chosen by you, concerts, and hatbands (names drawn from a hat)! Details and further information at www.vancouverislandmusicworkshop.com/

SFFMC Memorial Day CampMay 24-27
Rustic setting among the redwoods in Santa Cruz County. Jams, campfires. Again this year: No advance registration. However, Mark would like to have an idea how many are coming: or Info, including map and directions: Melissa Sarenac,

Country Roads Folk Music CampMay 24-27
Mount Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA. A family camp for all ages. Children as well as adults join in sing-alongs, playing guitar and other instruments, crafts and recreation. Informal jams, campfire sing-along and open-mic. info: Anna Green, 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com/countryroadsfolkmusiccamp.html

Ukes Gone Wild!May 25
Highlands Park Ballroom, 8500 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, CA. From 2 to 6 pm. Singalongs, performances, ($5.00 suggested donation). Bring finger food to share, ukulele and songbooks! Vasona Vibrations Concert Series June and July Saturdays, 5-7 pm, on the lawn near the Ranger’s Office, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA. FREE! Local artists present music in a wide variety of musical genres. Info: 408-354-2608, www.southbayfolks.org/vasona

37th Annual SF Free Folk FestivalJune 8-9
Presidio Middle School, 30th Ave at Geary, SF, CA. Concerts, dancing, workshops, jamming, open mike and more. Details in this folknik, attached flyer, and updated often online. info:

CBA Music CampJune 9-12
Grass Valley, CA, bluegrass workshops and jams including opportunity to study with Lisa Burns, award-winning bassist—for advanced beginners and intermediate players. www.CBAmusiccamp.org for more info.

Live Oak Music FestivalJune 14-16
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara, CA. Camping, dances, kids’ activities, jam sessions, crafts and more. Artists this year include Jerry Douglas, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Craven Trio, among many more! Info: 805-781-3030, www.liveoakfest.org

Northern California Pirate FestivalJune 15-16
Vallejo Waterfront Park, 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. Nautical music, sword fighting, sailing, cannon battles, theater, mermaids, maritime crafts, food and drink, or just shopping fer pirate booty. All ages: children, adults, teens and whole families. Tickets: $10 at the gate, children under 12 free. Purchase tickets online starting May 1st at a small discount. Costumes encouraged. www.norcalpiratefestival.com/

Kate Wolf Memorial Music FestJune 28-30
Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA. This year featuring Taj Mahal, John Prine, Dave Alvin, Marianne Faithfull, with many more. Jamming, workshops, storytelling, kids’ area. Info: 707-829-7067, www.katewolfmusicfestival.com/

SFFMC July 4 CampJuly 4-6
Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, near Boulder Creek, CA. Musical jams, open mics, workshops, swimming. Info: May/June folknik or sffmc.org, click on July 4 & Labor Day camps.

Mendocino Folklore CampJune 29-July 6
Mendocino Woodlands, CA. 50th Anniversary! International dance and music workshop classes cover —America, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Scandinavia and Scotland. Family Friendly and Kids’ Class tracks. Info: (415) 225-9956, www.mendocinofolklorecamp.com

Festival of American Fiddle TunesJune 30-July 7
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA. Featuring fiddling in a variety of styles, including Louisiana, Quebec, Old Time, Danish, Texas-style Bluegrass, Irish, Cape Breton, and New England; additional workshops include step dancing, harmonica, banjo, dance calling, and Hispanic music of Old New Mexico. Info: 360-385-3102,

Kosmos Music And Dance CampJuly 3-7
Camp Cazadero, Cazadero CA. World music and dance workshops, great music and dance staff, beautiful setting. info:

Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks and FestivalJuly 13-14
The Common Ground on the Hill Festival takes place on the weekend between Traditions Weeks, and is held at the nearby Carroll County Farm Museum.┬áDetails and registration information at www.commongroundonthehill.org/11reggateway.html. Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Three separate sessions, held July 27-Aug. 2, Aug. 3-Aug. 9, and Aug. 10-Aug. 16. Wooded setting about 1½ hours southwest of Seattle. Almost full, still openings in second session, but you can get on the waiting list for any session by sending in a registration with a deposit. Info: (360) 647-0741, www.psgw.org/

Women’s Hearts & Hands Guitar CampAug. 16-19
Mendocino, CA. Excellent Guitar instruction for women by women in a beautiful, supportive environment. All levels, many styles, theory, and tunings. Details from Kay at 707-869-9642, or at www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

Born to Drum Women’s Drum Camp 2013Aug 23-25
Bort Meadow, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, near Oakland, CA. Weekend of camping, drum workshops, drum circles, shared meals, fireside chats, and camaraderie for women and girls, 12 years and up. Camp features an international faculty of women drummers, work-shops, concerts, dance, fireside drumming, and cultural exchange Details at www.womendrummers.org/category/born-to-drum-2/