Festival of American Fiddle Tunes – FAQ

What does it cost?

A nonrefundable $150 deposit is required to hold your space. Scholarship applicants require a $50 deposit, which is fully refundable if you are unable to attend.

There are three registration options.

1. Adult tuition: $570  ($670 after May 31)
Adult tuition includes admission to everything – workshops, in-house concerts, dances, etc., and great seats at all public performances.

2. Under-21 tuition: $350  ($450 after May 31)
U-21 tuition includes admission to everything – workshops, in-house concerts, dances, etc., and great seats at all public performances. If you’re under 18, you must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please register the adult first, as you will need a confirmation number in order to register the person under 18. With the exception of the Kids Track, classes are not designed with younger people in mind. However, proficient and experienced U-21’s are fully welcomed, and have generally had a good experience at Fiddle Tunes. There is a limit of 50 U-21 slots at the workshop.

3. Kids Track tuition: $125 (for a description of the Kids Track, see below)

Full payment for all registration options is due by May 15, 2015. If your full payment is not made by May 15, 2015, your registration will be cancelled. Your $150 deposit is nonrefundable, but your remainder payment is fully refundable until June 1, 2015. No refunds are available after June 1, 2015.

To register:


If you think you might need financial assistance, Centrum has a robust scholarship and work-trade program. Apply online as you register. Please note that except in rare cases, scholarships are available for tuition only. There is a limited number of work trade positions as well, awarded on a first-come, first served basis. You’ll find that information as you register (on the first registration page, choose “register/apply”). Scholarship applicants require a $50 deposit, which is fully refundable if you are unable to attend.

Room and Board at Fort Worden

Most participants stay in private dormitory rooms at Fort Worden. If you stay in a dorm, you are required to purchase a meal ticket. There are a limited number of double rooms, that is, rooms with two twin beds. All rooms come with linens, blankets, and towels, but you should plan on bringing soap and personal toiletry items. Please note – there is no music playing in the dorms. There are plenty of other spaces to make music.

Meals are served at the Fort Worden Commons. The first meal is dinner on June 28; last meal is breakfast on July 5.

  • Dorm room with 3 meals/day: $580
  • Dorm room with lunch and dinner: $495
  • Meals only, 3 meals/day: $305
  • Meals only, lunch and dinner: $220

Other Housing Options

Camp sites and RV spaces are available at Fort Worden, but they tend to fill quickly. To reserve a campsite, visit http://www.fortworden.org/stay-here/#camping.

For accommodations in town, visit http://enjoypt.com.

The Kids Track

Centrum welcomes young people into the Fiddle Tunes community, and as more and more youngsters and families attend the event, the kids programming has evolved as well. We devote considerable resources to this end. The Kids Track is a morning-only program geared towards people from the ages of five to twelve, running from 9am to noon, Monday – Friday. It has two parts:

9:00 – 10:30am: Fiddling for Kids. Young participants will be broken into four groups based on ability, starting at the VERY beginning (“here’s how to hold a bow”). Every effort is made to integrate the more advanced groups with the styles of music of the faculty at Fiddle Tunes.

10:30 – 12:00: Kids have two choices in this time slot: either play party games, or joining the Kids Band Lab. This band will be directly aligned to one of the faculty members’ styles, and will play for a dance and in the band lab concert at the end of the week. Participants’ registered in the Kids Track receive free admission to all performances, public and private, and are welcome at the evening dances as well.

The Kids Track is only available to children of registered participants, or to kids with a 98368, 98339, 98358, or a 98325 zip code. There is a limit of 45 Kids Track slots. Parents considering registering their child in the Kids Track should be prepared to check in their child between 8:45 and 9:00, and check out their child at 12:00 noon.


Centrum will operate one airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the workshop. You can sign up for the shuttle during the registration process. Read the 2015 Shuttle Guide.

How do I get to Fort Worden?

What can I buy in Port Townsend?

Within two miles of Fort Worden, you can get to the post office, a music store, a health food store, a pharmacy, 20 restaurants, gas stations, banks, and several coffee shops.

Is smoking allowed during Centrum programs?

As posted within Fort Worden, smoking of any kind is prohibited by state law inside any public building or within 25 feet of any public building entrance including windows and ventilation intakes.

Regarding the recent legalization of marijuana and the passage of I‐502, Washington state law only allows the displaying or consuming of marijuana or a marijuana-infused product on private property. Under no circumstances is such use permitted outdoors at Fort Worden, in public spaces at the Park, or within any building at Fort Worden State Park. State park rangers will enforce the law. Thank you for abiding by Fort Worden State Park policy while a guest at Centrum’s programs.

What should I bring with me?

Warm clothes (think: layers), as the weather can be cool and windy; your instrument(s), clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Also bring picks, extra strings, alarm clock, music recorder and plenty of extra batteries and media, a flashlight, coffee cup, camera, snack food, and a reusable water bottle.

Internet access

By the summer of 2015, there should be Wi-Fi hotspots all over Fort Worden.