April 18th & 19th, 2015. Rain or shine!
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
POPPY FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
The California Poppy Festival takes its "Always Something New" motto to heart, with the following attractions being new this year:
Poppy Beer Pavilion: located near the Main Stage
Bike Show & Shine: located on Field 6, east of Main Stage
Largest Dessert Decorating Class for the Guinness Book of World Records Hosted by University of AV
Come be a part of history!
Sunday, 3 p.m. on the Main Stage
In addition, we have a variety of enticing attractions, including:
Animals 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
Known as "America's Aerospace Valley," the Antelope Valley is home to cutting-edge aerospace technologies. Take flight with displays from top aerospace firms.
Seeing 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
Stroll 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.
If 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.
Eating 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 vendors have a variety of artistic media for sale in the Fine Arts area of the Poppy Festival. From painting and pottery to wood-working and photographs, these artists will capture your imagination, each in their own unique way. Young visitors will also have an opportunity to let their creativity flow and work with artists to help paint four large murals.
Healthy Living Pavilion
Healthy living is a lifestyle, and there are more than 100 adventure sports activities within 100 miles of Lancaster to help you achieve this way of living. Our Healthy Living Area is brimming with information and interactive workshops. Representatives from LA County will discuss smart ways and tips to pursue better health and have nutritional information and the Northern LA County Nurses Association will be here to inform the public on summer injury prevention. You can also get started on your SCUBA certification with F&L Enterprises. We will have a chiropractor on hand to check your spine and have consultants able to show you how to use all natural facial products.
Your 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.
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 >>