A guitar show and music festival celebrating the art, science, and passion behind the guitar’s most enigmatic incarnation!

2024 Dates Announced – SEPT 13-15

For one weekend in September, Arvada CO becomes the center of the archtop guitar universe. This unique festival is the only one of its kind and features over 30 of the world’s premier guitar builders showcasing their work, along with world class players, teachers and clinicians offering player workshops and concerts around Olde Town Arvada.  Over 60 hours of music and 30+ different workshops and clinics will be hosted by various local businesses over the weekend, all within walking distance, creating the most unique guitar-focused music festival in the country.

Why have an archtop guitar festival? The archtop guitar, from its unlikely beginnings to its current various incarnations, is arguably the most difficult to build and the most rewarding to play of all the guitar styles. Traditionally embraced by jazz guitar players, the archtop guitar’s versatility has also made it a staple instrument across genres for more than a century including country, folk and western swing music, even some progressive rock players have relied on the archtop’s unique voice for their sound. The creators behind these special instruments, and the players who love them, can be found at luthier shows around the world, but there’s never been a show dedicated just to them… until now!

Music Performances:
Beginning Friday night at 7:30 through Sunday afternoon at various locations TBA, all walking distance from the hotel.


The Luthiers

The best archtop luthiers from around the world. Check out the profiles and examples of their amazing work, and connect with them before the show if you have any questions about custom orders.Learn More

The Players

Check out our incredible festival lineup of world renowned players and educators. Connect with them before their workshops to get the most out of this intimate educational experience.Learn More

The Show

Happening in beautiful Olde Town Arvada at the Hilton Garden Inn, September 8th to 10th 2023. Check back for show times, performance schedules, and general show information updates as the show date approaches. Tickets available HERE

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