Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
November 20 - 22, 2015
This page has all the events that took place in 2014. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2015's events!
For 16 years, cowboys, cowgirls and their fans have been gathering in Monterey, the place where the Old West began, for the country's greatest "ode-down": the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, from November 21-23, 2014.
The festival provides guests with three days of the finest in cowboy arts all at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. You'll hear everything from musical performances to storytelling and live poetry, get the chance to bid in a live auction, and be able to pick up plenty of cowboy art and gear just in time for Christmas!
You can catch poetry from Juni Fisher, Dave Stamey, Paul Zarzyski, Cow Bop, Old West Trio and many more. For a complete schedule visit the Cowboy Poetry's official website.
Between poetry and musical performances, shop for the holidays at the Art & Gear Show. Friday night's Happy Hour will allow for meet and greets from some of the performers followed by a late night jam session. On Saturday guests can check out "Writing the Range" and "Write 'em Cowboy" or find one-of-a-kind treasures during the silent auction. Sunday's Cowboy Church gives guests the chance to worship with a Western accent.
Monterey County Cowboy Culture
Cowboy culture in Monterey County doesn't end on November 23rd. While Carmel may be known for its shopping and fine dining, it's also home to the historic Mission Ranch Resort; this former working farm still has plenty of Western flavor, but is loaded with creature comforts.
Want an even more authentic feel? Stay in the Salinas Valley at Barlocker's Rustling Oaks Ranch, which was until recently a working cattle ranch and provides both horses to ride and beds in which to rest your saddle-weary bones.
The most authentic cowboy experience can be found in Parkfield, where visitors can actually join in on an authentic cattle drive and learn every skill a cowboy needs. The Parkfield Inn, located at the V6 Ranch, will give you a comfortable place to rest your head if you find yourself plumb tuckered out after a day on the range!
Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival Hotels
Several hotels of Monterey and Seaside are all within a short walk or drive of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Various campgrounds and campsites are also available within a short distance to the venue.