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Welcome to our 16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

Howdy Folks, and welcome to historic Monterey for our 16th annual festival. Here, is where the traditions and life styles of the vaqueros blended with the traditions and lifestyles of the cowboys who worked there way west from Texas, Arizona and Nevada. This year we proudly celebrate the art, artists and artisans who draw their inspiration from this blending of cultures. Expressing in music, poetry and storytelling the values of the men and women who endured, persevered and overcame adversity to build the western traditions we celebrate today.

This year's program will again include a Friday night Happy Hour where you can have hors d'oeuvres, wine & beer with performers. Our opening night show this year "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler" says it all…Let the Good Time Roll, because right after the main show there will be a quick surprise show in the venders area followed by our "World Famous" Jam Session at The Portola Hotel & Spa.

Saturday once again offers five shows. Starting the day with the sound of the Hernandez Family Mariachis and our special Vaquero Breakfast show -- where we provide both breakfast and outstanding entertainment in the price of your ticket –You'll feel like you truly are back in "Old Monterey". The rest of your day will be filled with some of the finest storytelling, poetry and music and shopping you'll find anywhere. You'll end your day with a Saturday night dance that'll boot skoot you back to the days when a Saturday night dance was a night to remember.

As always we begin our Sunday with Cowboy Church followed by "The Battle Of The Bands". Then get on down in the vendors area featuring Arvel Bird and our very own local Celtic group "The Reel Deal". Again this year, the Portola Hotel & Spa, which is connected to the Monterey Conference Center, is our premium host hotel. They are offering a very special rate of $139.00 plus tax to those who reserve early and mention our Festival when they book their rooms. Just call 1-831-649-4511 ext. 362 or 1-888-222-5851 for these accommodations. The Portola Hotel is just a short walk to the restaurants on the beautiful Old Fisherman's Wharf and historic Old Downtown Monterey.

…"There is magic in the air at the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival: it brings in a unique audience of people who enjoy both living, and visiting the western lifestyle. The Monterey Festival attracts the kind of people that buy art, music, and concert tickets, wear custom-made hats and boots, and enjoy the finer things in life. We performers love to be included in this first rate gathering of the best in Western music, art and handmade goods!" -- Juni Fisher

We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our many sponsors and volunteers who continue to make this the quality event you all want. If you'd like to join us as a sponsor, member or volunteer, please contact us at 1-800-722-9652.


From the San Francisco area: Take US-101 South towards Gilroy/Hollister/San Jose. Take the CA-156 West exit towards Monterey Peninsula. CA-156 becomes CA-1 South. Take the Del Monte Ave. exit towards Pacific Grove. You need to keep to the left on Del Monte Avenue as the right lanes will take you to Pacific Grove. Monterey Conference Center is on your right, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA. 93940

From CA 101 South stay to the left and take Abbott Street ramp, then turn left on Harris Road to Highway 68 South, take ramp towards Monterey turn right on Camino Aguajito then turn left on Del Monte and stay to your left till you come to the Monterey Conference Center.


If you decide to take a break from the festival, or decide to come early or stay late, enjoy the quaint village shops of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove's beautiful shoreline, Pebble Beach's 17-Mile Drive, Carmel Valley's golf courses, Salinas' Steinbeck Museum, the early California Missions, ranches, vineyards and farmlands of South County and, of course, Monterey, the old capital with its Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium and historical adobes.







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