Ohio Valley Gathering
a Traditional Music Festival 

Sponsored by Ohio Valley Gathering Inc.

Ohio Valley
February 23th-25th
Reminder t-shirt ,sweat shirt & tote order deadline is JANUARY 31,2018

The Ohio Valley Gathering is an acoustic music festival held each year in the early spring. It features the Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer, blending with other traditional instruments and musical styles.

We have over 50 hours of classes each year for the hammered and mountain dulcimer, penny whistle, ukulele, banjo, banjammer, guitar, mandolin, folk percussion, bowed psaltery, and washtub bass.

For 2018, arrive at the Hilton in downtown Lexington, Kentucky (information below) on Friday afternoon, check in and get your new OVG shirt, hop in the pool (pool? what pool?), then do some shopping for new supplies. Gather in the main hall for the Friday night concert, with many individuals, groups, and clubs participating. After the concert, there is jamming through the building, which is a long standing tradition and goes on late into the night. Go to the hospitality room and make some new friends, and fellowship with those long distance friends.  There is also an "Under 21" group all weekend, for the beginners and the up and coming kids! It's their own space to jam, hang out, and try out new music.

Saturday starts with classes, shopping, jams, and fellowship through the building, with the Fiddle Walk (bring your tiara, feather boas, beads, gloves, the works!). Get a quick bite to eat, find a great spot, and enjoy the Saturday concert finale. You will be amazed and impressed not only at the folks next to you who just got off stage, but hopefully you will be joining in this tradition!

Sunday morning gospel sing is a long standing tradition for us to gather and sing one last time before we head out to home again.

40 plus vendors will be selling handmade music instruments and related items all weekend. Be sure to talk to the builders, listen to the sounds, try out, and buy new instruments, and ask for help from the luthiers with any dulcimers (or other instruments!) that need a doctor.

See "Registration" page for form. Last day to mail forms is February 16, 2018.

Walk in Registration for OVG remains open until 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Shirt and Tote orders CLOSED

The Ohio Valley Gathering is supported by Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering. For your contribution of $25, you will become a member of Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering to help keep it going for many years to come. Benefits as a member are an annual collector pin, discount on festival shirts, and admission to the next year Ohio Valley Gathering. 

New enrollment or renewal memberships for the new year (2018) will begin during the OVG weekend.  At that time you can visit the Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering table, pay dues and receive the new pin.  With your membership is free registration to the next year festival. We will also have lanyards available so you can display your new pin along with your pins of the past years.  Thank you for your continued support of the OVG and Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering group!  

If you would like to participate on open stage, please contact Tucker Thomas. Please provide how many people are in your group, name, and contact information. 

If you have questions please contact Martha Richards 502-833-3240, or e-mail.

Hotel Information

The 2018 OVG will be held at the Hilton, downtown Lexington. Call 1-859-231-9000 for your reservations (they fill up fast!) and make sure to use the room block code, OHVG18. Room block opens to everyone on OR AROUND January 23, 2018-depending on if the room blocks are sold out. To receive the Festival rate, make your reservations EARLY!

Directions to the hotel are here.

The hotel has free self serve parking for registered guests, valet is $14.00. Please note, the hotel does not allow pets to stay in the hotel. There is a restaurant, a bar, swimming pool, exercise room, and guest services to help with your stay.