2016 Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival

3 days, 15,000 attendees, 9 major events, 18 performances and OVEr 200 amazing vendors from all over central and southern california.


November 5-6, 2016
Starting at 10am


Ridgecrest, CA
Balsam Street and French Avenue

Tickets are free, but you must register to attend

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This year's festival is bigger and better!
Extended hours, more days and new major events!

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 celebrations including an authentic Inter-Tribal Pow Wow, an educational lecture series, as well as the Balsam 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 Balsam Street Fair as well as the Intertribal Pow Wow - both Saturday and Sunday!

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 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!

Balsam Street

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


Sat. & Sun

Learn about Native American culture, customs and cuisine at the Inter-Tribal Pow Wow at Kerr McGee Center


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:

Petroglyph Bus Tours

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

60th Annual Gem and Mineral Show

Located at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds, the 60th Annual Gem and Mineral Show will provide a dazzling display of precious gems and minerals to view and purchase.

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

Tickets to the Balsam Street Festival are free But you must register to receive tickets
Wine Walk Tickets are $20 You must be 21 years or older to receive wristbands

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Tickets For Kick-Off Dinner/Dance

Tickets to the Kick-Off Dinner/Dance are $30 per individual, $55 per couple and $220 per table of 8.
Tickets must be purchased in advance You must be 21 years or older to attend.

The Balsam Street Fair is open to the general public at no charge. However, you must register for tickets to gain entrance. In addition, the Balsam Street Fair Wine Walk is a 21 and over event, which requires valid government ID, which is either military ID or a driver license or identification card issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles or similar agengy from another state. International visitors must provide a valid passport for entry. All security protocols are in place for Petroglyph Tours. No drugs, alcohol, firearms or weapons. All visitors are subject to security review prior to visiting protected areas.

Interested in being a Vendor?
Download Balsam Street Fair Vendor Application
Download Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Vendor Application

Online Reservation for Balsam Street Fair Booth
Online Reservation for Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Booth

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

Balsam Street Fair

Balsam and French Avenues

Ridgecrest, CA 93555

5th Annual Cherokee Hog Fry and Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
Kerr McGee Center

100 California Avenue

Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Festival Speakers Series

Old Town Theater

215 W. Ridgecrest Boulevard

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 Accomodations

America Inn and Suites

553 S. China Lake Boulevard

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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131 S. China Lake Boulevard

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Best Western China Lake Inn

400 S. China Lake Boulevard

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831 N. China Lake Boulevard

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901 N. China Lake Boulevard

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339 Church Street

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201 W. Inyokern Road

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416 S. China Lake Boulevard

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104 E. Sydnor

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535 S. China Lake Boulevard

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507 S. China Lake Boulevard

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1050 N. Norma Street

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401 N. China Lake Boulevard

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Rose Garden Inn

329 E. Ridgecrest Boulevard

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Springhill Suites

113 E. Sydnor Avenue

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Super 8

426 S. China Lake Boulevard

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Travel Inn

131 W. Upjohn Avenue

Ridgecrest, CA 93555


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