Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival FAQ


What is Tuition?

Cost of the 2017 workshop is $580. This includes admission to all workshop activities, and all public performances (Wednesday dance, Saturday main stage and Friday and Saturday Blues in the Clubs).

How Do I Register?

Register online beginning November 1. Once you’ve registered for the workshop, you will have the opportunity to reserve room and board through Centrum.

Day Pass

Participants can register for a day pass to attend the 2017 workshop on any given day between Monday and Friday. The cost per day is $115. This includes admission to all workshop activities that day and evening, but does not include public performances (main stage and blues in the clubs). You can pre-register for one day pass at a time and will need to pick up your badge and book in the Centrum office on the morning of the day you are registering for, even if you are pre-paid.


If you think you might need financial assistance, Centrum has both a scholarship and a work-trade program. Early application is encouraged. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

Gospel track

Tuition for the 2017 gospel track is $155. This includes admission to the gospel class Monday through Friday (3:30 – 5:30pm) and all evening activities in Building 204 Monday through Saturday. The gospel track includes entrance to the mainstage performance on Saturday afternoon but does not include Blues in the Clubs or the Wednesday dance. There will be a gospel performance Saturday before noon.

Refund policy

A nonrefundable $200 deposit is required to hold your space and goes toward your tuition. Scholarship applicants require a $50 deposit, which is fully refundable if you are unable to attend. Full payment is due by July 1, 2017. Your $200 deposit is nonrefundable but your remainder payment is fully refundable until July 1, 2017. There are no refunds available after July 1, 2017.

Room and Board

Most participants stay in private unadorned 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.

Jam Dorm

In addition to the 225 dorm, the 203 dorm is available for participants who have requested being able to jam in or near their dorm rooms at any hour. These will be available on a first come first served basis and will need a census of 14 to secure. NOTE: AS OF MAY 9, 2017, THE JAM DORM IS FULL; there is still room in the quiet dorm.

Room & Board

Meals are served at the Fort Worden Commons, who has a passion for fine locally-grown food in a socially-responsible manner.

2017 rates

Dorm room with 3 meals/day: $610
Dorm room with lunch and dinner: $525
Meals only – 3 meals/day: $310
Meals only – lunch and dinner: $225


Centrum will operate an airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the Festival.  Round trip cost is $100, one way is $50. You can sign up for the shuttle when you register.  Read information on the shuttle.

Under 18

Centrum encourages young blues musicians to attend the workshop. Blues participants under-18 must be accompanied by a registered chaperone. Youth are encouraged to apply for a scholarship if needed. Participants under 18 years old will be required to sign a Centrum Student Contract.


If the chaperone of an under-18 does not care to participate in the workshop, there is a no-cost option in our registration type drop down. If the under-18 is staying in the dorm, their chaperone will need to also stay in the dorm and pay for their own room and board.


Summer nights in the Pacific Northwest can be chilly. Please remember to bring a sweater, sweatshirt or jacket.

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 you are a guest at Centrum’s programs.

Other Questions

Please contact program manager Mary Hilts at mhilts@centrum.org or (360)385-3102 x116