Uke Fest

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Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30, 2016

Announcing our fourth annual family-friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all skill levels! Workshops, concerts, dancing, jam sessions and lots of fun.

View the UkeFest 2014 video   |   View Uke Fest 2015 Information  |  View Uke Fest Photos

Tuition includes all workshops, classes, meals and the Uke Fest Concert on Saturday night. If you can’t make it to the camp, tickets are also available for the concert alone (more concert details here).

Bring the family and enjoy a weekend of music and friends in a gorgeous natural setting. The surrounding area is rich in history – perfect for a learning vacation. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

2016 Instructors – To Be Announced

2016 Schedule – To Be Announced

View our 2015 Uke Fest schedule (PDF) as an example.


2016 Tuition – Subject to Change

Tuition includes all classes, meals and the concert. If you are not coming to the full camp, you can purchase tickets for the concert only here.

You’ll enjoy delicious meals by our Chef William Warnes, including dinner on Friday, three meals on Saturday and Sunday, brunch on Monday, beverages round the clock and sumptuous late night snacks. Special meal plans are available for those who require vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals.

Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A $150 deposit will hold your spot until April 1st when full payment is due.

Tuition does not include lodging, but on-site lodging can be added during registration.

Adults TBA
Youth (ages 13-25): TBA
Children (ages 5-12) TBA
Parent/Guardian (Meals, dance and concert, no classes) TBA
Under 5 Free


As part of the registration process, you may choose onsite lodging at the beautiful new Ashokan Center campus. More information and costs here.


Work Exchange

Work exchange positions are available – see the list of a available positions and tuition discounts here.

On the registration form, you’ll be asked for your top three choices, and will be required to make a deposit of $150 when your register. We will email you with the balance to be paid once we award the positions. No need to call us.

If you don’t get a position, you’re entitled to a full refund if requested right away.


Instructors and Workshops – TBA

Gerald Ross, Uke Fest Organizer and Instructor

Visit Gerald’s website

Gerald Ross

Gerald Ross’ earliest claim to fame is a commercial he made with a friend for Detroit’s Kazoozie Kazoos that ran during the Captain Kangaroo show. While his talent on kazoo may have kick-started his musical career, Gerald has also played bass, electric, acoustic and bottleneck guitar, and Cajun accordion in rock, swing and Bluegrass bands including “The Lost World String Band” which made several appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Today, Gerald is known more for his work with the ukulele and Hawaiian lap steel. He has recorded six solo CDs, available wherever fine music is sold. In addition to being a polished performer, Gerald is a clear and experienced teacher, has a great sense of humor and is such a nice guy! Whew!

He has performed with Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Johnny Gimble and many others. He’s been featured at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain (headliner), The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Wine Country Uke Fest, Lone Star Uke Fest, Portland Ukefest, Sevilla (Spain) Uke Fest, Augusta Heritage Swing Week, Ashokan Western Swing Week and many other Roots music festivals. It’s no wonder Gerald Ross has been called an entire music camp and festival in one.


More instructors will be added as we plan Uke Fest 2016 – “like” our Facebook page for the latest announcements.


Stay in the loop!

Like our Ashokan Music & Dance Camps Facebook page for news and updates.

and like our Uke Fest Facebook page for Uke Fest updates.



Photos on the top of this page were taken by George Touchstone and Stewart Dean.

You can see more Uke Fest photos on the Photos page.