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Welcome to our 16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival in historic Monterey where it all started. Our theme this year is to honor horse trainers and ranches in Monterey County. Here Vaqueros became the first Cowboys…It just doesn't get any more Western than this.

This year's program includes the Friday night Happy Hour where you can have hors d'oeuvres, wine & beer with performers and of course our opening night show and after the show our Jam Session at The Portola Hotel & Spa.

Saturday offers five shows which includes the special Vaquero Breakfast show -- where we provide both breakfast and outstanding entertainment in the price of your ticket -- and winds up with the Saturday night dance.

On Sunday we begin the day with Cowboy Church followed by two more shows and a harmonica workshop by Gary Allegretto to round out your festival experience.

All the shows are in one convenient venue. The ever popular Silent auction will take place on Saturday. The Cowboy Art and Western Marketplace is located in the same building offering art, unique handcrafted and vintage items, perfect for your Christmas shopping.

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. To give you a taste of what to expect at the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Juni Fisher, Western Music's 2011 Entertainer of the Year, and 3 time Female Performer of the Year, says:

…"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!"

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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