Welcome to our 17th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and
Howdy Folks, and welcome to historic Monterey for our 17th 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.
…"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 Casa Verde exit. Turn left on to Casa Verde and drive three blocks straight to the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
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 Seaside/New Monterey. At the first light turn right on to Casa Verde and your there at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
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.