November 18 - 20, 2016

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For 18 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 18-20, 2016.

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 and a chance to pick up plenty of cowboy art and gear just in time for Christmas!


You can catch poetry from Dave Stamey, Juni Fisher, Peter Rowan, Don Edwards, The Hanson Family 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 "Singing in the Saddle" and "Somewhere Tween' Fact & Fiction" 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 20th. While Carmel may be known for its shopping and fine dining, it's also home to the historic Mission Ranch; this former working farm still has plenty of Western flavor, but is loaded with creature comforts.

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.

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