Bring Your Ukulele Along to These 2018 Music Festivals

Most people go to music festivals to enjoy the performances offered and majority of the time, there are specific artists visitors look forward to. But there are music festivals that want the crowd to be as interactive as possible and that means being a part of the music performances. The festivals below are some that will love if you bring along your own instrument, especially a unique one like a ukulele – strum along as you vibe with the music. You might not be able to go on stage yourself but you will create your own audience wherever you are. People will join you as they create their own beats and sing along.

Hangout Music Festival

Where: Alabama, USA
When: May 18-20, 2018

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The three-day festival is perfect to cool down as it is held right on the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Hangout Music Festival has multiple stages so there will definitely be a place where you can jam out to your favorite type of music; from rock to EDM. But if you feel like you need a break from all the awesome music and find some peace, grab your ukulele and play some calming tunes as you hear the waves crashing on the beach.

Meo Sudoeste

Where: Portugal
When: August 7-11, 2018

Due to the incredible performances from a large variety of genres and the extraordinary views, Meo Sudoeste is one of the most anticipated festivals in Portugal. Located right on the coastline of the Atlantic, it is the perfect festival to refreshen yourself on the beaches and strum your ukulele as you feel the warm sun along the cool waters.

Lightning in a Bottle

Where: California, USA
When: May 23-28, 2018

One of the best music festivals in California, Lightning in a Bottle will definitely make you feel the love once you step foot on the location. Its mission is based on cultural respect, sustainability and harm reduction – all forms of love in different aspects. And what better way to bring people together than with various forms of art. Once you start playing your ukulele, people will instantly gather around and share a space full of love. There’s no better way to experience a festival than with people who send out positive energy.

Lost Paradise

Where: Australia
When: December 28, 2018 – January 1, 2019

The best way to end the year is with Lost Paradise. Located just north of Sydney in Glenworth Valley, you will be in awe by all the nature. Open to all, from kids to the elderly, the relaxed, fun and quirky ambiance makes everyone feel welcomed. This is the perfect chance for you shy performers to break free and bring along your own instrument to put on a show. The more music, the better!


Where: Hungary
When: August 8-15, 2018

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Being one of the largest music and cultural festival in Europe, you can expect to have the time of your life. Sziget is located on an island on the Danube and for a week you can join the party! That’s right, for seven days. Don’t be intimidated by the days since you can definitely stray away on one of the days to re-charge. You can bring along your ukulele and embrace all the greenery the island has then head back to the party when you are ready.


Where: Belgium
When: August 15-18, 2018

For over 30 years, Pukkelpop is the complete music festival experience which has become one of Europe’s best music events. It started off as a local music event but has grown throughout the years and has become a three-day alternative festival. Even with the 200 music performances, it still has a cozy feel that makes it different from many other festivals. No other way than to become more comfortable than with your own music. Bringing your ukulele will set the perfect vibe to kick back and relax.


Where: Hawaii, USA
When: September 7-8, 2018

In celebration of the beauty the Earth has to offer, the GREENROOM Festival brings people together to enjoy art while also promoting eco-awareness. Located right on the beach of Waikiki, the GREENROOM Festival expresses the importance and appreciation of the beach and surf culture while providing entertainment for its attendees. What better way than to enjoy the blue waters and white sand than with some music so make sure to bring your ukulele. And if you don’t bring it, you can definitely find ukuleles in many places on the island. Surf, warmth and tunes – a perfect day on Waikiki Beach.

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