Welcome to the 43 rd Annual Fiddlers’ Convention and Festival! This year’s festival will feature both fine music and the fine art of the Goleta Valley Art Association whose artists will be joining us for the first time this year! We look forward to their participation.
The festival is once again produced and staffed by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise. Your attendance and purchases at the festival make the local and international work of Rotary Sunrise possible. This includes two annual dental clinics in Santa Barbara, significant improvements to Camp Whittier a local camp for at risk youth, dictionaries for third graders in Santa Barbara schools, our club’s work in Nicaragua to improve health clinics and install a water system in two villages, and much more. We welcome sponsors and encourage you to advertise in the festival program!
Your support is critical to our work and to supporting the musical community we all treasure!
This year we will once again bring you the finest in traditional American Old Time music and related styles. We also encourage Old Time musicians of all ages and skill levels to compete in the Old Time music contest that’s been a part of the festival since it’s inception. Free workshops will once again give you opportunities to hone your skills and of course there will be plenty of spaces to jam.
Be prepared to do your Christmas shopping early since we’ll also be bringing you fine crafts and instruments. Top it off with delicious BBQ, local beer and wine, and the very best of company, all on the grounds of the historic Rancho La Patera & Stow House. It just doesn’t get any better!
We’ll have the complete line up soon, but for starters we’re happy to announce that our local favorites The Honeysuckle Possums will start the day on the Performance Stage!
See you in October!
Since 1972 the festival has been home to one of the premier Old-Time music contests on the West Coast. We encourage contestants at all levels and ages to compete. Contest sign up will be on the day of event. Early is better!
This year the advanced entrants will compete on the Performance Stage between 1:00 and 2:15 p.m. If you're in this category, let us know by emailing: Please note! You will still be able to compete if you don't contact us or can't make this time slot!
There will also be free workshops all day, fine crafts and instruments, children's activities, hearty BBQ and beer fresh and local from the Brewhouse!
- 11:00 to 12:00 The Honeysuckle Possums
- 12:00 to 1:00 Dustbowl Revival
- 1:00 to 2:15 Advanced Competitors
- 2:30 to 3:30 Hanz Araki Band featuring Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny
- 3:30 to 4:45 Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band
- 4:45 to 5:15 Contest Awards
Thanks to local children's book illustrator Mike Gordon for this year's poster. Find out more about his art at: http://www.gordonillustration.com