Recent updates:                                                            Last website update: Jan 08, 2017

- (Jan 08) Website has been updated for 2017 for most items. While we're completing hiring auxiliary teachers and coordinating workshops, we'll keep the 2016 schedule up as an example. We'll be posting the 2017 schedule, fest maps, and host hotel selection early spring (watch here and for a facebook announcement)

Click here for a printable Festival Flyer and here for a printable color or printable grayscale Festival Handbill.

What's new for 2017? We're moving!   

Wonderful new venue - Albuquerque Academy in Northeast Albuquerque (see Venue)

  • Mark your calendars for the new dates:  November 3-4 (expect cool evenings and warm afternoons)
  • Professional theater for concerts
  • Larger workshop rooms set in a beautiful tree-lined campus
  • Meals:  Box lunches in lovely cafeteria with a panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains. Attendees are on their own for dinners at any of the numerous nearby eateries (State regulations won't let us prepare meals at the school)
  • For 2017 only:  Saturday afternoon Contra Dance led by Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly! Come and dance, play with the band, or just watch the fun!

Mountain and hammered dulcimers
Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers

Did you know...While there are more than 80 dulcimer festivals from east Texas to the East Coast, the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival is one of about six dulcimer festivals in the entire Western United States. We started our festival in 2010 on a shoestring budget with major contributions from founding members to try to make inroads in this sparse landscape.

What is a dulcimer anyways? And why a dulcimer festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico? When we held our inaugural festival, we wondered if anyone would come. Response has exceeded all expectations! Not only have participants come from all over NM, but also AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, ID, IN, KS, MA, ME, NE, NH, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY and even Saskatchewan, Canada. Our "local" teaching staff have come from throughout NM and CO, and we've brought headliners in from AR, CA, CO, FL, MD, MN, MO, NC, RI, TN, TX, VA, WA and WV.

Our festival has grown from 7 mountain dulcimer workshops in 2010 to 46 workshops in 2016 focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimer, but other folk instruments as well. We offer a full complement of additional activities. We work hard to keep registration fees low which pay for about half of festival expenses - thank you! Registration revenue is critical to festival survival. We've been seeking grants since 2013 which have paid for about 17% of expenses. We are grateful for these funds as this little boost makes a huge difference in what we can offer, and we get to promote our sponsors' worthy efforts. Other minor sources of revenue and private donations have helped us grow the festival into what we hope is a Southwest treasure and a tangible resource in your musical growth and enjoyment.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit 501(c)(3) New Mexico Dulcimer Association so we can stay healthy fiscally and keep bringing you great festivals. Click this button to be taken to a secure Paypal website. The Board of Directors (with zero paid positions) is grateful for your attendance, your volunteering, your support, and your warm friendship.

  • If you'd like to volunteer to help with this year's festival, please contact us.
  • See this year's beautiful festival quilt (fund raiser to help keep registration costs down).

What is the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival?

  • Dulcimer Instruction
    • Two days of hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer workshops for all skill levels
    • "Never-played-before" workshops both days for those who want to start
    • A limited number of dulcimer rentals are available to registered participants for the event
  • Over 40 Workshops
    • In addition to dulcimer classes, workshops on other folk instruments (may be Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, bodhrán, tin whistle, autoharp, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, other - see workshops)
    • A limited number of our workshops are offered a la carte where guests of registered participants or walk-ins can pay for specific sessions (designated on schedule in red)
    • All a la carte workshops are included for registered participants
    • Loaner instruments are available at no cost for many of these workshops
  • Concerts
    • Informal instructor mini-concert just for participants
    • Friday and Saturday evening concerts by instructors (open to the public)
  • Jamming
    • Once again, we'll try to rent jam space at the host hotel Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights*
    • Scheduled slow and regular jams during the festival day*
    • Often we'll have Jamming skills workshops for both dulcimer types
    • *Jams are intended for festival participants and their guests only. All acoustic folk instruments are welcome.

  • More
    • Open mic opportunities
    • Granny's Attic where participants can put used instruments in good playing condition up for sale. Instruments only, no books, cd's, etc. One instrument per participant, no dealers please! Provide instrument details, cost, your name and contact info on a card or flyer by your item. This is not consignment sales. NMDF is not responsible for showing or selling your instrument, nor for damage/theft of any item left for show.
    • Catered box lunches
    • Dulcimer Fest Quilt presentation during Saturday's concert
    • Host hotel with special festival rates
    • See lodging for camping options.


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