BELFAST — Ukulele enthusiasts will gather for the third annual Belfast Uke Fest set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Steamboat Landing on the downtown Belfast waterfront.

The day will be filled with ensemble performances, headline acts, and a variety of workshops. There will be food, refreshments and music vendors set up throughout the event area for attendees to enjoy.

The event will be hosted by the Belfast Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Our Town Belfast and the Midcoast Ukes.

The local ukulele group, Midcoast Ukes, has been led by Frets Halligan. In 2010, Frets moved to Belfast mostly for its artistic and musical energy. In January of 2011 he invited the public to see the documentary about the ukulele called “Mighty Uke.” Attendees were encouraged to bring a ukulele. After the film, Frets lead an introductory workshop and had the room strumming and singing in a very short time.

Along with the Midcoast Ukes, ensembles from Rockland, Machias, Farmington, Peaks Island, and Southwest Harbor will be performing on the Main Stage throughout the day. There will even be a performance by FLUKES – which stands for Falmouth Library Ukes. Attendees can also look forward to two headline acts, Victoria Vox and Ben Hassenger, as well as a “group strum” to end the festivities.

Admission will cost $5 at the gate. Those who wish to participate in workshops should sign up in advance at ourtownbelfast.org/uke.

For more information, visit victoriavox.com and benhassenger.com.


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