Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
After something different? Try a Ukulele Festival for fun
Held over 14th to 17th April this is definitely a different kind of weekend away for your calendar.
The festival has previously been held at Imbil but has been moved to Kenilworth this year to enable the festival to grow and prepare for future planning. The shift to Kenilworth is a great move with the Kenilworth Showgrounds, Grand Upstairs Hall and Kenilworth Pub all providing an ideal backdrop to the music. There are other Ukulele Festivals throughout Australia that build on the terrific home grown talent we have and the popularity of folk music.
Ukulele Masters from all over Australia as well as International artists will be attending the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival this year. Big names in the ukulele world such as Peter Moss, Ukulele Russ, Nico'o and Sarah Carroll to name just a few.
If you're interested in coming along to watch these amazing artists in action, the program for the full weekend can be found here.
Interested in performing yourself? Unfortunately artist applications are now closed, but they do have a blackboard event over the weekend, where anyone can put their name down on the board and showcase their talent on stage.
Tickets are $50 for the weekend or $20 per day (Saturday is $30). This is a caravanning and camping festival, which is obviously part of its charm. A community of likeminded performers, supporters and audience living alongside each other for a few days enjoying great music. I find that events like these come alive, because you're encompassed in the music and event for the weekend it really gets into your body and spirit. Communal nighttime campfires will really get the festival feel into your bones, and give the added bonus of that lovely woodfire country smell first up in the morning.
If you've never picked up a ukulele before but fancy that you'd like to try, workshops will be available over the weekend. When you find out you're a natural head on over to the Shake It Music tent where you can buy yourself a ukulele.
As I said earlier, camping and caravanning is available on site (pre-book recommended). Prices are $90 per site for the weekend for a powered site or $50 for an unpowered site. One night campsites start are $25/$15. Children get discounted entry tickets and under 4 years is free.
For those making a day trip of it, there is plenty of parking on site. Have a look here for surrounding area accommodation options.
The festival has a coffee cart and food stalls, and the shops of Kenilworth are just a short walk away.
The festival is held on the weekend of 14 to 17 April at the Kenilworth Showgrounds. For something totally different, put this one on your to do list.