We will try to list any major dulcimer-related events in Northern California on this page.
If you know of an event that should be listed, please Contact Dusty.

RIVER CITY DULCIMERS:  RCD meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 4:00 at The Strum Shop in Roseville.   All are welcome, even if you've never played an instrument before!  (Contact me beforehand for a loaner instrument.)   Our gatherings are divided into three parts: a free beginner workshop, group play of our common songs found on the RCD Song List page, and a song circle where we take turns playing a song solo, calling out a tune for group play, or simply listening to others.  And, of course, we'll end with friendly chatter and finger food.   UPDATE: Our in-person gatherings at the Strum Shop are temporarily replaced with the River City Dulcimers Virtual Picking Porch when I will host online gatherings in Zoom.  The next one is Saturday, July 25 from 11:00 to 12:30 PDT.  I will also host a Virtual Open Mic on Sunday July 26, also from 11:00 to 12:30.  You are invited, so please Contact Dusty to find out more. 


The Kindred Gathering has moved online for 2020 and will be held July 10-12.  Admission is free. Register if you want to lead a workshop or take part in the concert.  Find out more here.

REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 20th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August 15 and will be entirely online this year for obvious reasons.   This year's guest instructor will be the incomparable Stephen Seifert, who will be joined by resident instructors Neal Hellman,  Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, Janet Hermanand Laura Devine, and more.  Stephen will also livestream a concert the evening of Friday, August 14.   Details forthcoming.

HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS: Organized by the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage Society, the Twenty-sixth annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Riviera United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach.  The featured artist for mountain dulcimer this year will be Tull Glazener.  More details forthcoming.

BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Ninth Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held  May 15- 16, 2021 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.  The guest artist this year will be 2018 National Dulcimer Champion Wendy Songe, who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Deborah Hamouris, and  Dusty Thorburn.  More details forthcoming.

Play Music on the Porch Day is always the last Saturday in August and challenges us to strengthen communities through shared music.  All you have to do participate is play music.  Play by yourself or gather the neighbors, but play in public.  And if you wish, record yourself playing and post the recording on social media with the hashtag #playmusicontheporchday.  Our regular RCD monthly gathering will usually fall on this day, so we should make an effort to play outside and share the joy of music with our neighbors.

BAY AREA DULCIMER ASSOCIATION (BADAss): Ron Beardslee is organizing quarterly opportunities for people to share their music in an informal, relaxed and non-judgmental environment.  Some of you will recall with a bit of nostalgia the many years when we ended each Redwood Dulcimer Day with a playing circle in the woods in the early evening.  To this end, Ron is arranging playing circles where each participant will have an opportunity to perform a few pieces of their choice in the presence of other dulcimer players.  The music of the newest beginner will receive the same attention and respect as that of the most advanced player.  The BADAss will circulate between the East Bay, Sacramento, and San Jose.   To reserve your spot, please contact Dusty or Ron at rondulcimer@gmail.com.