Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines


Logo3October 23-26, 2018

Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines was created to offer autoharp and other stringed instrument enthusiasts a supportive venue where all can comfortably relax in a resort atmosphere while being musically motivated and inspired through jamming, workshops, open mic experiences, and concerts. We offer an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment with an unhurried schedule, resort style accommodations and complete meals.

Because so many of us found it a long stretch of time waiting from California Autoharp Gathering (CAG) every May until the next CAG, we chose to create this venue. We wanted to be centrally located between northern and southern California to make the location convenient for all California guests. As it turns out, now folks from all over the United States come to Cambria to join in the fun.

Our first Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines was held at the Mary Pickford House in Cambria in October 2013 with about 20 guests. Bursting at the seams there, we relocated to Cambria Pines Lodge in 2014 and have remained there ever since. In 2017 we extended the event from two nights to three nights and four days. In 2018 for our 6th Annual Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines, we are excited to again offer a large and lovely room that seats up to 120 attendees.

What is new for 2018?

• Separate jams designed for beginners and intermediate/advanced players
• Ukulele workshop designed for beginners

What makes it fun?

We enjoy open mics using a complete sound system while a very supportive audience encourages you. There are always vocalists and musicians with other accompanying instruments available to accompany you for Open Mic.

All of the featured performers are there to offer private lessons, for a small fee, should you desire. The workshops are very informative and inspiring. In between all of these events, you can jam away to your heart’s content. Each night we close with a concert put on by a featured performer. What better way to end a musically inspiring day shared with fellow musicians.

In 2018 make this your musical vacation! Stay a few extra days (discounted rates apply) visiting Hearst Castle, art galleries, the elephant seals along the rugged coastline, a farmers’ market, and great dining establishments.

Dave Engels shared in the Autoharp Quarterly, Winter 2016, an article recapping his experience as Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines. To read Dave’s article, please click here.