Port Townsend Ukefest – Cost & FAQ 2023

What does it cost?

Tuition for the workshop is $500, and includes admission to everything, – workshops, jams, and priority seating at 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 March 16, 2023. 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 ($500) is due upon registration, $50 of which is non-refundable.
Any fee that includes a room: no refunds are available after March 6, 2023.
Tuition, meals only, shuttle: no refunds are available after March 23, 2023.

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 April 13; the last meal is breakfast on April 17.

  • Private dorm room: $220
  • Meals only, 3 meals/day: $230
  • Lunches only: $60

Other Housing Options

Camp sites and RV spaces are available at Fort Worden from Washington State Parks (not from Centrum), but they tend to fill quickly. To reserve a campsite, visit:

For accommodations in town, try visit

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.

Transportation

If you’re interested in transportation from SeaTac Airport to Fort Worden, choose the shuttle option when you register.

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.

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.

 

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