California Poppy Festival 2011

April 16th & 17th, 2016. Rain or shine!
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily


The California Poppy Festival™ takes its "Always Something New" motto to heart, with new attractions being announced early 2016!

In addition, we have a variety of enticing attractions, including:

Adventure Zone | Aerospace | Animals | Arts & Crafts | Car Show (Sunday Only) | Farmers Market
Festival Foods | Fine Arts | Healthy Living | International Market | Safety Zone

Adventure Zone

Adventure ZoneAnimals aren't the only Festival performers who will amaze you with their acrobatic talents. Visit this fun area to enjoy numerous zany performances.


Aerospace & Aviation

Aerospace ActivitiesKnown as "America's Aerospace Valley," the Antelope Valley is home to cutting-edge aerospace technologies. Take flight with displays from top aerospace firms.

Animal Attractions

Animal AttractionsSeeing animals on TV is one thing, but at the California Poppy Festival you can get up close and personal with a variety of unique and beautiful animals including reptiles, birds, and insects. Extraordinary birds will present precision aerial acrobatics overhead three times daily.

Arts & Crafts

Arts and Crafts ActivitiesStroll through a shopper's paradise featuring more than 200 vendors and thousands of handmade fine arts and quality crafts. What will you discover in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace? There's jewelry, handmade wooden toys, glassware, aromatic soaps, silk floral pieces, denim clothing, candles, stained glass, hats, artwork, wooden hammocks, stoneware, baskets, dolls, quilts, children's clothing, leather items, lawn accessories, Native American goods, metal items, towels, pillows, custom pottery, and so much more.

Car Show (Sunday Only)

CarShow Come see classic cars from the 1920s through the 1970s as All Things Engravable hosts this incredible Classic Car Show. Expanded to feature more than 100 classic automobiles, the display will showcase beautifully restored cars.

Farmers Market

Farmers MarketIf you have been waiting to start that garden, the Farmers Market is the place to visit. There is an incredible selection of floral magic awaiting you with an array of fresh flowers, assorted plants, decorative topiaries, bonsai trees, bamboo, wildflower seeds, cacti, unique garden ornaments, and of course, colorful poppies. Looking for tasty fruits and vegetables? There are homegrown fruits and vegetables, almonds, nuts, roasted corn, olives, garlic, honey, jams and jellies, salsa, gourmet spices, dressings, and various other delicious products.

Festival Foods

Food VendorsEating at the Festival is an activity in itself. Patrons can choose from a delectable array of tasty treats. From traditional fair foods, like funnel cakes and kabobs, to exotic ethnic delicacies, even the pickiest eaters will be delighted by the sumptuous array of food.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts ActivitiesFine arts vendors have a variety of artistic media for sale in the Fine Arts Plaza. Discover original artworks ranging from paintings and pottery to woodwork and photographs, each created by talented artists that will capture your imagination, each in their own unique way. In addition to individual artists, regional art organizations including the Lancaster Photography Association and the AV Gem and Mineral Club, will return to showcase their creative and dynamic artwork. Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History will be offering free community art workshops with hands on activities for K-12 youth. Workshops will invite guests to participate in collaborative painting and crafts. Museum staff will also be on hand to share information about the Museum and give visitors a sense of the greatly expanded possibilities for art, history, education and enjoyment that this great space offers.

Healthy Living Pavilion

Healthy Living PavilionHealthy living is a lifestyle choice and the Healthy Living area highlights an array of different ways this can be achieved. Brimming with information and interactive workshops, you will be able to discuss smart ways and tips to pursue better health, overcome health challenges, lose weight and feel better with representatives from Dr. Ric Garrison’s office. You may also get started on your SCUBA certification with F&L Enterprises and sign-up for classes with Yoga Roots. We will have a chiropractor available to check your spine and massage therapists to offer their services. There will also be consultants on-site to show you the benefits of using natural facial products and mineral makeup, and then learn how to get tightened and toned with It Works Body Wraps. With every vendor you visit, the more health tips you will learn! 

International Market

International MarketYour Festival ticket is the only passport you'll need to experience the exotic sights and sounds of African, Chinese, Indian, Polynesian, Native American, Italian, Polish, Scandinavian, Australian Aboriginal, Egyptian, and Jamaican cultures, among others. Dancers, musicians and performers will enchant you with their unique cultural traditions, arts, and games. If you've always dreamed about exploring foreign cultures, get your first taste at the International Market.

Safety Zone

SafetyZone Be sure to visit the Safety Zone, where you will find a wealth of information and resources related to public safety, crime prevention and emergency preparedness. Educational displays sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's (LASD) and Fire Departments (LACoFD) are not to be missed. LASD will be onsite with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) display and LACoFD will hold vehicle extraction demonstrations at noon and 4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Young Festival-goers will learn about earthquake safety in the Shakey-Quakey School House - a highly-specialized earthquake simulator designed to educate children about how to prepare for and stay safe during an earthquake. Additional organizations that will be on hand with helpful information for you and your family include the American Red Cross, L.A. County Animal Care and Control and Pet Adoption, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Sexual Assault Resource Services (SARS) and many more.  


The California Poppy Festival™ is proudly supported by our local sponsors. Please support these businesses for their patronage of the annual Festival. View Sponsors


Lancaster boasts one of California's most abundant crops of the vibrant poppies that are the state flower.

For several years, the City of Lancaster co-sponsored the Wildflower Information Center with the Lancaster Woman's Club to cater to the interests of thousands of visitors who flocked to the Antelope Valley for a glimpse of these brilliant, beautiful flowers.

Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors could pick up free wildflower maps and learn about the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Read More >>

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