April 22nd & 23rd, 2017. Rain or shine!
Opens at 10 a.m. both days
POPPY FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
Each year the California Poppy Festival™ team works hard to provide guests with a wide array of new exciting events as well as favorite returning venues.
Keeping with the Festival’s tradition to always offer something new, we are excited to introduce Architects of Air. Celebrating 25 years of touring in more than 40 countries, they will present their exhibit,Arboria for the first time on the West Coast.
This amazing, oversized luminaria sculpture, dedicated to the theme of trees, offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where ancient architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and color and where visitors can happily lose themselves and be moved into a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and color and the subtle soundscape of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.
Admission tickets are available at the entrance to the luminarium, located in the Adventure Zone, for just $5 per person (cash only). Tours run every 30 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. each day.
Also new this year is the BMX Bike Show featuring TEAM SOIL. Known for GOING BIG and performing huge tricks, these stunt riders will wow spectators with their awe-inspiring feats.
Show times are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.
In addition, we have a variety of enticing attractions, including:
Get ready for tons of fun with squeals and “oohs and aahs” when you visit our Adventure Zone. Many of your favorite fun and educational animal programs with winged and four-legged friends are back. You will be able to get up-close and personal with the Festival’s most adorable stars.
Stop by the huge Petting Zoo where kids of all ages will be able to interact with mini-horses, alpacas, llamas, pot-belly pigs, sheep, goats and more.
For the daring, adrenaline junkies looking for some fun, high-flying trampoline action, Euro Bungy, will return to the Festival this year. This amazing bungee trampoline will fling you 25 feet into the air as you jump and flip on the inflated trampolines. Euro Bungy’s extreme air power jump truly creates a weightless sensation. Experience the adrenaline rush of a bungee jump, as you perform gravity-defying moves.
Seeing animals on television is one thing, but at the Poppy Festival you can get up close and personal with a variety of unique and beautiful animals including reptiles, birds, and insects.
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.
Car Show (Sunday Only)
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.
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. There are homegrown fruits and vegetables, 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.
Healthy Living Pavilion
Healthy 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 demonstrations, you will be able to discuss smarts ways and tips to pursuing better health, overcome health challenges, lose weight and feel better. Massage therapists will be available to check your spine and provide free mini-massages. There will also be a variety of consultants onsite to show you the benefits of using natural facial products, minerals, oils and the latest sensation. With every vendor you visit, the more health tips you will learn!
Sabado de Salsa (Saturday Only)
Returning this year is Sábado de Salsa or “Salsa Saturday”… where Festival-goers will experience traditional mariachi-style entertainment, a flavorsome array of fresh and delicious salsas.
Attendees will also be entertained by professional luchadores (wrestlers) during live lucha libre (wrestling) presented by MASKED REPUBLIC. These exhilarating matches, featuring colorful masks and high-flying maneuvers, run each hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the last show at 5:30 p.m. Meet and greets with your favorite luchadores will take place between matches.
Visit the Safety Zone, where you will find a wealth of information and resources related to public safety, crime prevention and emergency preparedness. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be onsite and the Los Angeles County Fire Department will hold “Jaws of Life” vehicle extraction demonstrations at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. both days. Los Angeles County Animal Control and Pet Adoption will also be onsite ready to place pets needing good homes with loving families, and 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. You will not want to miss all the intriguing demonstrations and displays in the Safety Zone! Additional organizations that will be on hand with helpful information for you and your family include the American Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, Community Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T.), Damsel in Defense, Jacob Hefter Foundation 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 >>