The 2011 Uke Fest is seeking to break the record for most ukuleles played at once, beating the 851 number set in London in June 2009. (Photo by Jim Saah)

For those interested in either testing the waters or polishing their talent before they arrive at the festival, two Warm-Up Workshops for beginner and intermediate players will be held on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m in the Education Center. The price is $25 for the public and $22.50 for Strathmore Stars. Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For more information, visit