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2024 Juan de Fuca Festival

Memorial Day Weekend – May 24-26, 2024

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Festival Workshops

Welcome to the Juan de Fuca Festival – Where Music, Creativity, and Community collide!

Immerse yourself in the fun with workshops led by seasoned professionals who are passionate about sharing their craft. Whether you’re a seasoned musician looking to refine your skills or a complete beginner eager to explore new horizons, our diverse lineup of events caters to all levels and interests.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us for a weekend of inspiration, connection, and endless fun at the Juan de Fuca Festival. Reserve your spot now and get ready to embark on a journey of creativity and discovery!

Imagination Jam: Songwriting Adventure with Jesse Roper

5/26/24 @ 3pm
Maker Space @ Vern Burton

Calling all young songsters and creative minds! Get ready to embark on a musical journey like never before with singer-songwriter Jesse Roper! In this special workshop of kids 7-18, Jesse will be teaming up with participants to craft amazing songs fueled by your wild imaginations.

From lavender-scented dreams to alien adventures in outer space, and even whimsical tales about whole wheat flour pancakes, let your creativity run wild! Jesse encourages you to think outside the box and bring your most imaginative ideas to the table. After all, in the world of songwriting, anything is possible!

But here’s the best part – Jesse wants everyone to join in the fun, so be sure to bring your singing voices! Together, we’ll create harmonious melodies and catchy tunes that will have everyone singing along. Join Jesse Roper for a magical, musical experience that’s sure to inspire and delight kids of all ages! https://jesseroper.ca/

FREE kids workshop but registration is required due to limited space.

Harmonica Groove Workshop: Featuring “Low Rider” with Lee Oskar

5/26/24 @ 4:30pm
Maker Space @ Vern Burton

Join legendary harmonica player Lee Oskar for an unforgettable workshop experience! Bring along your C Major Diatonic harmonica and dive into the groovy world of “Lowrider” in this hands-on session. Lee’s expertise and passion for the harmonica will guide you through the ins and outs of playing this classic tune, helping you unlock its signature sound and rhythm.

But that’s not all – after mastering the melody, valid ticket holders get ready to take the stage alongside Lee Oskar and Friends! Put your newfound skills to the test as you join the ensemble for a live performance, showcasing your harmonica prowess to an audience of fellow music enthusiasts. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a master and make music memories that will last a lifetime. Sign up now for Lee Oskar’s harmonica workshop and get ready to rock the house with “Lowrider”! https://leeoskarharmonicas.com/

Workshop Fee:  $50

Workshop Fee w/ Harmonica: $90

Space is Limited

JFFA Rise & Shine Yoga @ The Field Arts & Events Hall

5/25/24 @ 11am
Field Hall: 201 W Front Street, Port Angeles

Give yourself the gift of wellness! Our ‘Rise & Shine‘ yoga event is a donation-based celebration of morning mindfulness. Join us to energize the health and happiness of our community.

We’ll move and breathe together, with the beautiful view of the waterfront!

This will be a Hatha Yoga class; all levels & abilities are encouraged & welcomed.
Variations & modifications will be offered.

Donations will be collected on the day of the event. (cash/card options)

Pa’ Gozar! Intro To Clave & Afro-Latin Rhythm

5/26/24 @ noon
Vern Burton Lawn

In this workshop we explore the rich and varied rhythmic legacy of the African Diaspora by studying rhythms from West Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Rhythms will be introduced through hands-on participation, movement, call & response, and collective jamming. We will also seek to broaden our understanding of the cultural and historical context of each rhythm and how it functions in traditional and popular music from its place of origin. In particular, we look at clave (which literally means “key” in Spanish) and how it informs the many interlocking parts which give music from these cultures its powerful groove. Participants will leave with a deeper appreciation and understanding of clave-based rhythm and how they can apply it to their own music on the path toward greater rhythmic mastery. All ages, abilities, and instruments are welcome. www.duendelibre.com

FREE class near the Community Stage.

Swing into Fun with Carey Rayburn of Good Co!

5/26/24 @ 11am
Vern Burton

Get ready to step, sway, and shimmy as we dive into the vibrant world of swing dancing with none other than Carey Rayburn of Good Co.! Join us for an exhilarating class filled with infectious rhythms and timeless moves that will transport you to the golden era of swing. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or taking your first steps onto the dance floor, Carey’s expertise and infectious energy will have you grooving in no time. From classic Lindy Hop to spirited Charleston, this class promises to ignite your passion for swing and leave you with unforgettable memories. Don’t miss out on this chance to swing into fun and make new friends in a welcoming and lively atmosphere. Get ready to dance the night away with Carey Rayburn and Good Co.!

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