The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival is the largest ukulele event in the Southern Hemisphere. Organized by the Blue Mountains Ukulele Group, the award-winning festival takes place around February each year at the Carrington Hotel. It features several days of ukulele concerts, performances, singing, and dancing by over 100 performers from Australia and overseas.
The weekend event is completely free to attend, including the workshops, shows, and concerts. If you’re interested to learn how to play the ukulele, this is your chance as professional instructors and artists will be conducting workshops free of charge. Attendees who have their own ukulele at home are invited to bring their instruments to jam with other talented Australian musicians.
A special event dinner at the hotel is also arranged to open the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival each year, but be sure to check out the details and reserve your spot as seats get filled up pretty quickly. The various stages for the event will be located throughout the hotel, but some of the concerts are also extended to other venues such as cafes and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre as they have in the past.
The Carrington Hotel is located at 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba; 100km west of Sydney. The heritage property was built on 1882, and is centrally located on the main street of Katoomba, flanked by cafes, restaurants, galleries, and shops. The quickest way to get here is to take the Katoomba Railway Station, as the hotel is only a short walk away. It’s around 1.5 hours drive from Sydney by car.