Welcome To Kentucky Music Week

June 26 - July 1, 2016

Bardstown, Kentucky


Welcome to Kentucky Music Week. We know you are pumped and ready for a week of jamming, instruction, and fun in Bardstown and Kentucky Music Week. While there is still snow on the ground we are putting together a fantastic lineup of classes and events for the summer of 2016. We should have everything ready for early bird registration by early February. We ask that you please be patient. A notice will be posted in this space when we're ready to welcome you to Kentucky Music Week 2016.

About Kentucky Music Week

Kentucky Music Week offers a full five days of instruction in a wide variety of traditional arts including all levels of fretted dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, classes in ukulele, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, penny whistle, vocal classes, old-time craft classes, and much, much more! Over 150 class choices are offered this year with something for everyone!

Festivities begin with a huge welcome party and jam session Sunday evening. Week-long evening activities include concerts by instructors, open stage opportunities for participants, bonus afternoon workshops, lots of jams, an opportunity to visit area attractions, old-time cake walk, campground jam, Mardi Gras Party and Finale’ Jam!

A wonderful week is planned full of music classes, jammin’, making new friends and seeing old ones again in beautiful, historic Bardstown, Kentucky.

Guy George Steel Drum Class

Special Events

There is rarely a dull moment at Kentucky Music Week. You'll enjoy the evening concerts, large and small jams, impromptu mini-concerts, Mardi Gras parade, local tours and eateries, and so much more.

Special Acknowledgement

In order to help continue the tradition of equipping students of the dulcimer and raising up more dulcimer teachers, DulcimerCrossing.com is providing the funding for two scholarships to Kentucky Music Week, 2014. These scholarships cover the cost of classes for a youth or young student and a dulcimer teacher who is actively teaching students. We sincerely appreciate this support from our dulcimer community.


Location of KMW 2015 is yet to be determined


Our host hotels this year are the General Nelson Inn Motel and Hampton Inn in Bardstown, along with several others listed on our Lodging page. Be sure to tell them any special needs you might have. White Acres Campground and My Old Kentucky Home Campground are our camp grounds for this year. You must make your own reservations with the motel or campgrounds directly. Jamming information will also be listed with each motel or you can join the larger jams at General Nelson Inn and Hampton Inn.

Food During Kentucky Music Week

Breakfast is usually included with your motel rooms. Hampton Inn, General Nelson Inn , and Comfort Inn all offer a full breakfast buffet. Most others have Continental breakfast items.

Lunch arrangements are yet to be determined.

Supper is on your own, however, there are many restaurants throughout Bardstown that are close to motels and Foster Heights Elementary School.