Classical Guitar Festivals and Competitions

Classical Guitar Festivals and Competitions

This page lists classical guitar festivals, competitions, and major academies. The list is focused on significant festivals with multiple artists and preference to international competitions. Smaller summer school programs may not be included (I can’t list every one). You can help by suggesting a festival. If you are a festival promoter or director, make sure to let me know if your link address (URL) changes. Also see my list of Classical Guitar Societies.

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Classical Guitar Festivals and Competitions 

Various International Locations:

International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini & Festival

European Guitar Festival Collaboration


Adelaide Guitar Festival


Internationales Gitarrenfestival Rust

Forum Gitarre Wien


Antwerpen Gitaarfestival

Brussels International Guitar Festival and Competition

Brussels Guitar Laboratory

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo International Guitar Festival


Pleven Guitar Festival

GuitArt Festival (Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo)


Académie musicale d’été (Montreal, QC)

Classical GuitarFest West (Calgary, AB)

Guitar Alla Grande Festival (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON/QC)

Guitare Montreal (Montreal, QC)

Kaslo Guitar Festival (Kaslo, BC)

Le Domaine Forget – International Music Academy (Saint-Irénée, QC)

Sauble Beach Guitar Festival (Sauble Beach, ON)

SGM Next Generation Competition [Youth Competition] (Montreal)

Toronto Guitar Weekend (Toronto, ON)

uOttawa Summer Guitar Academy (Ottawa, ON)

Vancouver Classical Guitar Festival (Vancouver, BC)

VCM Summer Academy (Victoria, BC)


GuitarFestival Changsha China (GCC)


Bale-Valle Armonica Festival 

Dani klasične gitare (Classical Guitar Days)

Zagreb Guitar Fest

Omiš Guitar Fest

Czech Republic

Mikulov Guitar Festival


Bath Guitar Festival and Summer School

Cawsand Bay Guitar Festival

Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition

Dillington House Classical Guitar Festival

IGF London Guitar Summit

West Dean College Classical Guitar Festival


Alion Baltic International Music Festival

Tallinn Guitar Festival


Tampere Guitar Festival


Le Temps des Guitares

Ville d’Anthony International Guitar Competition


Gevelsberg Guitar Festival

Gitarre und Natur

Hamburger Guitar Festival

Heinsberg Guitar Festival and Competition

International Guitar Festival in Hersbruck

International Competition for Young Guitarists Andres Segovia

Iserlohn Guitar Festival

Koblenz Guitar Festival and Competition

Nordhorn Guitar Festival

Nurtingen Guitar Festival

Rotenberger Guitar Festival

Zevener Guitar Festival


International Veria Guitar Festival

International Guitar Festival of Volos


Balaton Guitar Festival

Budapest International Guitar Competition

Szeged Guitar Festival 


Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival


Altamira Gorizia Guitar Competition

BorGuitar Guitar Festival

Festival Internazionale di Chitarra Classica “Homenaje”

Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition

Mottola Guitar Festival

Nilo Peraldo Bert International Competition

Paganini Guitar Festival International Competition


Peja International Guitar Festival


Baltic Guitar Festival 


Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival


Nikšić Guitar Festival 


Twents Gitaar Festival

New Zealand

Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School


Baltic Guitar Days International Festival & Competition

Gliwice Guitar Festival

Guitar Masters (Wroclaw Guitar Festival)

Silesian Guitar Autumn


Viseu International Guitar and Piano Competition


Harmonia Cordis International Guitar Festival 

Novum Generatio International Guitar Days

Guitar Talents Competition

Sinaia Guitar Festival


Guitar Art Festival


Classical Guitar Retreat


Singapore International Guitar Festival


International Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz


International Guitar Festival Postojna


Arroyo de la Luz International Guitar Competition  

Camino Artes Guitar Workshop

Gandia International Guitar Festival and Competition

Norba Caesarina Guitar Festival

Ronda International Guitar Festival

Seville Guitar Festival

International Guitar Festival José Tomás Villa De Petrer


Uppsala International Guitar Festival


Basel Plucks Festival

United States of America

Appalachian GuitarFest and Competition (Boone, NC)

Boston Guitar Festival (Boston, MA)

Brevard Classical Guitar institute (Brevard, NC)

Adult Guitar Workshop at Brevard (Brevard, NC)

Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition (Charlottesville, VA)

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival (Cleveland, Ohio )

East Carolina University (ECU) Guitar Festival and Workshop (Greenville, NC)

The Florida Guitar Festival and Competition (Tallahassee, Florida)

GFA Convention – Guitar Foundation of America (varied locations)

Gohar and Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition (Los Angeles, CA)

Great Lakes Guitar Festival and Competition (Buffalo State College, NY)

Houston Classical Guitar Festival & Competition (Houston, TX)

Indiana Classical Guitar Competition (Bloomington, IN)

Joann Falletta Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, NY)

La Guitarra California Festival (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Latin Amercian Music Festival (Boston, MA)

Latino Arts Guitar Festival and Youth Competition (Milwaukee, WI)

Long Island Guitar Festival (Brookville, NY)

Miami International GuitART Festival & Competition (Miami, FL)

New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival (Albuquerque, N.Mex)

New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes (New York, NY)

Northwest Guitar Festival (varied locations in NW North America)

Parkening International Guitar Competition (Malibu, CA)

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition (Philadelphia, PA)

Shepherd International Guitar Festival (Shepherdstown, WV)

Shearer Summer Institute (Zion National Park, Utah)

Southern Guitar Festival and Competition (Winston-Salem, NC)

Schadt String Competition – Classical Guitar (Allentown, PA)

Texas Guitar Competition and Festival (Richardson, TX)

Twisted Spruce Music Foundation Symposium (Colorado Springs, CO)

University of Louisville Festival and Competition (Louisville, KY)

University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival (Kingston, RI)

West Texas Guitar Festival (Odessa, Texas)

Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival (Brookfield, WI)