2016 Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival

2 days, 15,000 attendees, 9 major events, 18 performances and Nearly 100 amazing vendors from all over central and southern california



November 5-6, 2016
Starts at 10am


Ridgecrest, CA
Petroglyph Park

This year's festival is bigger and better!

Join over 15,000 people who will enjoy the spectacle and wonder of ancient petroglyphs in all their glory! With tours of magnificent Native American rock art dating back 10,000 years, traditional Native American music and dance, an educational lecture series, as well as the Petroglyph Park Street Fair.The Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival has something for everyone! Bring the whole family and experience the magic of the desert!

More Days

A fully expanded festival means the entire weekend will have the Petroglyph Park Experience and Festival.

More Events

More days mean more festival greatness all weekend long! Live performances, street acts, a full slate of speakers, expanded frequency of tours – you name it!

More Fun

The family fun zone, the ever popular wild burros, street acts, live performances and a special salute to Native American Veterans on Sunday, the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival is the place to be!

The Events

From master classes to CULTURAL EVENTS AND stage performances, the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival has something for everyone!


Saturday Nov. 5 & Sunday November 6

Tours depart from Petroglyph Park

Tickets available at maturango.org

Classic Car


Classic Cars celebrate by honoring Veterans' service.

Fun Zone


Games and other entertainment for kids of all ages.



Wild BLM Burros on display where kids can feed the animals!

Petroglyph Park
Street Fair

Sat. & Sun.

Over 100 vendors and three stages of performers entertain the crowds.



Watch live performances from national and local talent in a variety of genres.



Native American film screenings at the Historic USO Building

Native American

Sat. & Sun

Learn about Native American culture, customs and cuisine throughout the festival weekend.


The greatest experience I've had in a very long time. I had no idea of the richness of culture that the area holds. Being in petroglyph canyon was surreal, almost a dream-like feeling. It felt like I was transported back in time. Just a wonderful experience that I'll never forget. Mark Griffin
London, England
I enjoyed how much the festival had for me and my family. We've been to the usual major attractions in Southern California, but this was better because my kids had a great education about Native American life and are proud that we had a great weekend and they actually put their phones down to learn something! Evan Harrison
Salt Lake City, Utah
I visited from Italy and I was amazed at how special the petroglyphs are. I will come back because I only saw the art at Petroglyph Park, but am looking forward to going to the actual historical sites! Giovanni Sarta
Naples, Italy

New at this year's Festival:

Order Petroglyph Tour Tickets Here

New this year are bus tours to Little Petroglyph Canyon! Assemble at Petroglyph Park for pickup and drop off. Contact Maturango Museum for more information

Native American Film Screenings

Selections from Native American themed films and shorts.

STEM Education Days

An expanded program of STEM education is sponsored by the RACVB and the Sierra Sands Unified School District. 8th graders from the entire school district will participate in science and archaeology projects and learning.

Beer Garden

In addition to the Wine Walk, a beer garden will be a part of the festival! Enjoy local craft beer as well as your favorite national and international brands.

Tickets For Festival and Wine Walk

But you must register to receive tickets. NOTE THESE TICKETS ARE FOR STREET FAIR ONLY AND NOT FOR PETROGLYPH TOURS! click here for petroglyph tours.
Wine Walk Tickets are $20 You must be 21 years or older to receive wristbands

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Sponsors & Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch or Call 760-375-8202

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Local Attractions and Hotels

The area is full of magnificent attractions, great hotels and restaurants.

Spend inspiring days in the culturally rich and adventurous city of Ridgecrest. The area is full of great hotels, restaurants and exciting experiences.

Festival Venues

Petroglyph Experience and Festival

Petroglyph Park

Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Maturango Museum
100 E. Las Flores Avenue
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Historic USO Building
Native American Film Screenings
230 W. Ridgecrest Boulevard
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

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Nearby AccomModations

America Inn and Suites

553 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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America's Best Value Inn & Suites

131 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Best Western China Lake Inn

400 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Budget Inn

831 N. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Clarion Ridgecrest

901 N. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Desert Motel

339 Church Street

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Econolodge Inn & Suites

201 W. Inyokern Road

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Economy Inn and Suites

416 S. China Lake Boulevard

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Hampton Inn and Suites

104 E. Sydnor

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Motel 6

535 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Quality Inn

507 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Ridgecrest Heritage Inn

1050 N. Norma Street

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Ridgecrest Motel

401 N. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Rose Garden Inn

329 E. Ridgecrest Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Springhill Suites

113 E. Sydnor Avenue

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Super 8

426 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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Travel Inn

131 W. Upjohn Avenue

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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