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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival 2016
Fort Collins Hilton
Fort Collins, CO
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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival 2016
This year's festival will again be held in Fort Collins Colorado. Home of Colorado State University, Fat Tire beer, and gateway to the northern Rocky Mountains. For 30 years the Honolulu-based HSGA organization has held an annual gathering on the mainland where members showcase their musicianship, teach each others, jam, make friends, and listen to world class Hawaiian Steel guitar. The festival is open to the public.

This year's Guest of Honor is Owana Salazar!  She plays steel guitar and slack key, and has an amazing voice. A student of Jerry Byrd, Owana has been a popular entertainer and recording artist in Hawaii for many years.

Date: Sept. 22,23,24  2016
Location: Fort Collins Colorado
Venue :  Hilton Hotel, 425 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Cost: 3-Day Pass is $50, Single Day Pass is $20, the Saturday night Luau is $50. Students with ID receive a 50% discount on festival passes (not the Luau).

Schedule: (subject to change)
Thursday: Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm, evening 'Talk Story' program
Friday: Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm. No evening program - go have fun and explore Old Town and the city's many excellent restaurants and shops!
Saturday: Steel guitar showcase and Steel guitar seminars - 9am to 4pm, attend as many as you like! Workshop details coming soon.
Saturday evening: Luau at the Hilton. Polynesian-style fare and great entertainment. Open to the public.


What is the Steel guitar showcase? Musicians sign up to play a 25 min. set of steel guitar. It's kind of like an open stage - but pre-planned with assigned playing slots each day. HSGA members get priority on all showcase stages, non-members will be assigned a slot to play once all members have been scheduled. (join today for only $30!) ALL styles are welcome, but you will hear a lot of Hawaiian music. We want you to share your music!  This is typically not a pedal steel showcase. The art of Hawaiian style steel playing on electric lap steels, resonator guitars, and acoustic instruments is the main focus of our event and organization.

What is the Luau?  A luau will be held on Saturday night with a Polynesian-style dinner, cash bar, and show - $50 per person. Excellent food, and Hawaiian entertainment featuring our guest of honor, Owana Salazar. This is not to be missed.

I need Hotel Reservations, is that included?
Hotel reservations must be made separately. They can be made by calling the Fort Collins Hilton at (970) 482-2626 - mention the HSGA Hawaiian Festival for special block room rates.

OR reserve your rooms online by clicking here.

What is the Playing Schedule?  We don't know yet until folks sign up. Sign up early! We'll normally have a draft schedule sometime in August - watch the website.

Playing slots are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll try and take your preferences into account. All stage playing slots are planned and scheduled by the festival committee.  

If you want to do a set on stage during the weekend, please sign up as you purchase your ticket here, or check the HSGA website for sign up information. A paper registration form will be mailed to all members and made available on the website. All players will have 25 minutes to perform, and must bring at least two sets of charts for the backup musicians. You will need to round up your own backup folks from volunteers at the festival. Don't worry - there will be many folks willing to play guitar, or uke or bass for you. Or you can bring your own backup folks. AND, all performers MUST purchase either a day or weekend pass.

What AIRPORT do I fly into? DIA in Denver is the fly-to location. Many options exist out of DIA for transport to Ft. Collins. There are shuttle services, and rental cars. We recommend Green Ride out of Ft. Collins.

Can I join HSGA? Please consider becoming a member if you are not. Visit to sign up. Membership gets you a regular quarterly newsletter, priority for stage time at Ft. Collins, and really nice price breaks at our biennial convention event in Honolulu.

What to Bring?  The stages will have backline amps, so bring your instrument, cables to plug in, tuner, charts for backup players, your good self and a smile. Colorado in the early Fall can have dramatic weather changes, but it's usually warm during the day, and cold at night. Bring a warm coat if you want to explore the mountains and foothills trails close to town. Elevation in Ft. Collins is 4,982 ft above sea level.


Fort Collins Hilton (View)
425 W. Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Dave M.
Fort Collins, CO United States
Sep 21, 2016 3:38 PM
Shelle M.
Fort Collins, CO United States
Sep 21, 2016 3:38 PM
Chris K.
fort collins, CO United States
Sep 21, 2016 10:41 AM
Chris K.
fort collins, CO United States
Sep 21, 2016 10:41 AM
Name Withheld
United States
Sep 20, 2016 6:53 PM
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United States
Sep 20, 2016 6:53 PM

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