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.
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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.   Due to the proximity of our monthly meeting to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will not meet at our regular times in November and December.  Instead, we will enjoy a special day of music and food at a private home in Carmichael on Sunday, December 15: dulcimer jam from 12:30-2:00, pot luck lunch 2:00-3:00, multi-instrument jam 3:00-4:30. Contact Dusty for more details.



BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Eighth Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held  May 16- 17, 2020 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.  The guest artist this year will be the hard rockin' Sam Edelston who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Deborah HamourisDusty Thorburn, and more.  More details will be forthcoming.

REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 20th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August TBA at The Aptos United Methodist Church in Aptos, CA.   This year's guest instructors will be Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, who will be joined by resident instructors Neal Hellman,  Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, Janet Herman, and Laura Devine, Ron Beardslee, and Dusty Thorburn.  This year there will also be a workshop circuit for the hammered dulcimer, so please help spread the word!  In addition to a full day of workshops, there will be a "Faculty Happy Hour" in which each instructor will play a bit and highlight a technique or two, and a matinee concert by Tull. 


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.



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.

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.