Port Townsend Ukulele Festival – Cost & FAQ

What does it cost?

Tuition for the workshop is $440, and includes admission to everything, – workshops, jams, and all public performances. Full tuition payment is required at the time of registration.

If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please register the adult first, as you will need a confirmation number.

Full payment for tuition is due upon registration. Room and board final payment is due by August 1, 2018. We tend to run out of rooms as the workshop approaches, so if you’d like room and board we recommend signing up for it when you register.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Full tuition ($440) is due upon registration, $50 of which is non-refundable. Full payment for room and/or board is due by August 1, 2018. If your full payment is not made by August 1, your registration will be cancelled. No refunds of any kind are available after August 22, 2018.

How do I register?

Room and Board at Fort Worden

Most participants stay in private dormitory rooms at Fort Worden. 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.

Meals are served at the Fort Worden Commons by Fort Worden Food Services. First meal is dinner on September 12; the last meal is breakfast on September 16.

  • Dorm room with 3 meals/day: $360
  • Room only: $175
  • Meals only, 3 meals/day: $185

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, try visit http://enjoypt.co,/stay.

Are the Uke Fest workshops appropriate for my skill level?

The Port Townsend Ukulele Festival is a camp appropriate for advanced-beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. The word “beginner” covers a lot of ground. Most offerings at the workshop are geared towards people who know more than a few chords, and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm. You’ll get the most out of your experience if you can do the following exercise in three different keys. Use a metronome!

At 60 beats per minute, play each chord four times (four beats per chord). Play the chords without diagrams, that is, by heart.

C – Am – F – G7 – C

It should take 20 seconds. Try it in these keys as well:

F – Dm – Bb – C7 – F

G – Em – C – D7 – G

If you can do this, then this workshop is for you! If you need to look up any of these chords, then you know what you have to work on (and master) before the festival starts.


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 2018 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, tea bags, camera, snack food, and a reusable water bottle.

Internet access

There is campus-wide Wi-Fi at Fort Worden.