Celebration and Performances honoring Native American Heritage Month

Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9am-6pm • Sunday, November 5, 2023. from 9am-4pm

Native American Heritage Celebration

10th Annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival
Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9am-6pm • Sunday, November 5, 2023 from 9am-4pm

About The Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival

The celebration during the weekend of November 4-5, 2023 includes a street fair, Native American live music, crafts from Native American artists, exhibits and specialists on the Coso petroglyphs, and a full slate of Native American dancers and drummers.

Ridgecrest serves as the perfect location for the events, as the home of artifacts and petroglyphs dating more than 10,000 years old. Little Petroglyph Canyon alone contains over 20,000 documented images, one of the largest concentrations in the Western Hemisphere.

The Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival unveils a splendid tapestry of Native American and Indigenous heritage, turning the historical pages of the rich cultures that have graced the sands and mountains of California's majestic regions. The festival isn’t merely a tribute to the globally acclaimed petroglyphs, but rather it blossoms as a respectful celebration honoring the diverse histories, traditions, and artistry of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples who have deeply woven their legacy into the fabric of the region.

Through the looking glass of this extraordinary festival, attendees will be embraced by an array of engaging events, stirring performances, and enlightening educational experiences. Curated to foster appreciation, respect, and understanding, the festival breathes life into the echoes of the past, illuminating the spirits of the ancestral lands and the vibrant stories etched into the petroglyphs.

Live Performances

Cultural specialists with a deep knowledge of the region's Native American history will provide a variety of performances, presentations, films and talks that allows visitors to have an incredible experience bringing this world of knowledge to add context and understanding of California's most unique cultural treasurers.

Performers include the AkaMya Cultural Group, a Native American owned and operated 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization which is based on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation, Big Pine, CA. AkaMya was first established as a grass roots organization in 1998 to create a safe and healthy space for Native American youth and their families to develop, learn and practice cultural song, dance, language and practices.

Experience the world-renowned musical group Blue Mountain Tribean indomitable musical ensemble, proudly performs their unique sounds of rhythmic offerings. Rooted in the deep soils of cultural legacy and tradition, their music paints the sky with echoes of past, present, and future, crafting a sonorous landscape where each note resonates with the stories, dreams, and voices of Native communities.

Festival Vendor Information

With nearly 20,000 visitors from all around the world the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival provides vendors a unique opportunity to reach travelers who are looking for an authentic desert experience. By providing unique products and services, our vendors have a great appreciation for the fellowship and fascination with the region's ancient culture and traditions. click here to download the vendor application.









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IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to damage sustained by the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes, access to the petroglyphs are not available until 2024.

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Location - Petroglyph Park
  • 400 North China Lake Boulevard, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
  • (760) 375-8202
  • November 4-5, 2023
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