Stop To Smell The Flowers

The 20th annual California Poppy Festival will be held on April 16th & 17th. This family fun filled festival is jammed packed with activities, entertainment, food, and much much more!

California Poppy Festival History

Lancaster boasts one of California’s most abundant crops of the vibrant poppies that are California’s state flower. For several years, the City of Lancaster co-sponsored the Wildflower Information Center with the Lancaster Woman’s Club to cater the interests of thousands of visitors who flocked to the Antelope Valley for a glimpse of these brilliant, beautiful flowers. Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors could pick up free wildflower maps and learn about the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

It seemed only natural to create an even larger event to welcome and introduce visitors to the Lancaster area. The annual Festival plays host to the colorful poppies, which are an Antelope Valley springtime attraction.

The California Poppy Festival also began as part of the Earth Day celebration. Since the Golden California Poppy blooms each year around the time of Earth Day, it seemed appropriate for Lancaster to combine the two events into the California Poppy Festival. The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970 with an estimated 20 million people participating worldwide. Through the years, the annual Earth Day celebration has grown in popularity; in 1990 an estimated 200 million people in 141 countries participated in different celebrations. The California Poppy Festival carries on the Earth Day tradition of concern and caring for the environment.

Tickets, Admission and Parking

Tickets are available onsite during the event, and may be purchased with cash only.
Two ATMs are available near the entrance/exit and two more near the TOT LOT.

Adults (13-61): $8.00
Children (6-12): $5.00
Children (5 & under): FREE
Seniors (62+): $5.00
Wheelchair Rentals: $10 for 4 hours (located at the Information Booth)

Group Ticket Sales:
Groups of 20 or more may purchase non-refundable tickets in advance by calling (661) 723-6075.

Parking is free. Free trams circulate between the entrance/exit and the parking lots.


There is so much to see and do at this festival that two days may not enough. Here are just a few of the activities you can do while attending.

Aerospace & Aviation

Known as “America’s Aerospace Valley,” the Antelope Valley is home to cutting-edge aerospace technologies. Take flight with displays from top aerospace firms

Festival Foods

Eating at the Festival is an activity in itself. Patrons can choose from a delectable array of tasty treats. From traditional fair foods, like funnel cakes and kabobs, to exotic ethnic delicacies, even the pickiest eaters will be delighted by the sumptuous array of food.

Sand Sculpture Company

Come watch the creation of a custom-made sand sculptures/sandcastles. The art of sand sculpting is a unique promotion of “artists in action” – one that is intriguing to all ages.


4 Stages to Dazzle & Delight. One of the wonderful things about the Poppy Festival is that music seems to accompany you wherever you go with professional musicians scattered throughout the festival grounds.

Poppy Stage – Musical Acts

Each spring since 1992, the world’s most accomplished and promising musicians delight and entertain Festival-goers with an eclectic variety of jazz, blues, country, rock and acoustic compositions.

Saturday, April 16th
1:30 pm Swing Fever
3:30 pm Phat Cat Swinger
Saturday, April 17th
1:30 pm Elton John The Early Years
3:30 pm Hotel California

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