August 17-19, 2017

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Wilson Center Guitar Festival—the only guitar festival in the world to feature four different genres (Classical, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Rock & Blues) with simultaneous live semi-final and final competition rounds, world-class ticketed headliners, free master classes, vendor exhibits featuring the latest & greatest in guitar gear, and more.

Our current Festival schedule is below, but we are still adding activities and events for music lovers of all ages, so check back frequently!

Please note: unless otherwise indicated, all Festival activities are free and open to the public to attend. For those events marked with an asterisk, space is limited and advance registration is recommended.

OPENING DAY • Thursday, August 17, 2017

9:00 AM • Information desk opens (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM • The Eisner Guitar Collection (Ploch Art Gallery) • Learn More

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM • Meet the Competitors Reception (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall) RSVP*

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM • Leading Industry Vendors Featuring the Latest & Greatest Gear (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

7:30 PM • HEADLINER CONCERT: Beijing Guitar Duo (The Harris Theater) • Buy Tickets

FINGERSTYLE FRIDAY • Friday, August 18, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM • Guitar Yoga with Alex Druzny & Jason Behr (The Burke Colonnade) • Cost: $10/person - Learn More/Register

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM • Leading Industry Vendors Featuring the Latest & Greatest Gear (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM • The Eisner Guitar Collection (Ploch Art Gallery) • Learn More

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM • Jazz Semi-Finals (The Harris Theater) 

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM • Classical Semi-Finals (Dawes Studio Theater)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM • Rock & Blues Semi-Finals (The Harris Theater)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fingerstyle Semi-Finals (Dawes Studio Theater)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Classical Master Class with Beijing Guitar Duo (Bryant Dance Studio) • Register*

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Singer-Songwriters Workshop: "Adding Flare to your Guitar Parts" with Mandy Rowden (Bryant Dance Studio) • Register*

5:30 PM • Announcement of Finalists in All Four Genres (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

7:30 PM • HEADLINER CONCERT: CandyRat Records Fingerstyle Friday: Antoine Dufour & Mike Dawes (The Harris Theater) • Buy Tickets

FESTIVAL CELEBRATION • Saturday, August 19, 2017

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM • Leading Industry Vendors Featuring the Latest & Greatest Gear (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM • The Eisner Guitar Collection (Ploch Art Gallery) • Learn More

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM • Rock & Blues Finals (The Harris Theater)

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM • Classical Finals (Dawes Studio Theater)

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM • Instrument Petting Zoo courtesy of Cascio (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM • Jazz Finals (The Harris Theater)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM • Fingerstyle Finals (Dawes Studio Theater)

1:00 PM • Announcement of Winners in All Four Genres (Kuttemperoor Grand Hall)

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM • Jazz Master Class with Kevin Eubanks (Dawes Studio Theater) • Register*

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM • Fingerstyle Master Class with Antoine Dufour & Mike Dawes (Dawes Studio Theater) • Register*

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM • Les Paul Presentation by guitarist & Hal Leonard executive Brad Smith (Bryant Dance Studio) • Learn More/Register*

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Rock & Blues Master Class with Troy Stetina (Dawes Studio Theater) • Register*

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Acoustic Uprising film screening (Bryant Dance Studio) • Learn More/Register*

7:30 PM • HEADLINER CONCERT: 1st place winners' performance + Kevin Eubanks (The Harris Theater) • Buy Tickets