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Annual Events

Family at outdoor event, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area


The following is merely a sampling of area events. Additional event listings are available on local city, chamber of commerce and tourism websites, such as:

• Rosamond Community Services District: www.rosamondcsd.com.

• California City Chamber of Commerce: www.californiacitychamber.com/tourism.

• City of Lancaster: www.cityoflancasterca.org.

• City of Palmdale: www.cityofpalmdale.org.

• Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce: www.tehachapi.com.


Almond Blossom Festival
George Lane Park
5520 W. Avenue L-8
Quartz Hill, CA 93536

Billed as the longest-running annual almond blossom festival in America, this unique local festival features myriad blooming almond trees on nearby Quartz Hill. The festival has crafts, entertainment, a carnival and food vendors. The event also includes the almond festival parade, one of the oldest parades in the Antelope Valley. The event is traditionally held over a weekend in March.


California Poppy Festival
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43011 10th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93534

Celebrating Lancaster’s most colorful seasonal visitors, the California poppy, this event offers continuous family entertainment; animal attractions; an arts and crafts bazaar; a car show; and unique cuisine. The event is held over a weekend in April.


Desert Tortoise Days
Central Park
10460 Heather Ave.
California City, CA 93505

Desert Tortoise Days kick off with a parade and includes food, games and vendors. The event is typically held the second full weekend of May each year.


Artisan Festival
Railroad Park
East Tehachapi Boulevard
Tehachapi, CA 93561

The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association’s two-day festival features arts, crafts, food and live music. The event is held in June and August.


Fourth of July
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 W. Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93536

There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with thrilling bull riding and a stunning fireworks display! In addition to live music, there are food and shopping opportunities.


Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival
2551 W. Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93536

This annual event is held at the fairgrounds and features concerts, auto events, a military appreciation day, food and carnival rides, plus a local tradition, the Rural Olympics. The fair is held each year in August.


Armed Forces Appreciation Day
Rosamond, CA 93560

Downtown Rosamond celebrates and honors the armed forces with festivities that include a parade on Diamond Street to Rosamond Boulevard, food vendors, games and entertainment. The event is on the fourth Saturday in September.

Randsburg Old West Days & Bluegrass Jamboree
Randsburg, CA 93554

The Rand Desert Museum sponsors this street fair event featuring country western and bluegrass bands, gunfighters, a vintage car show, food booths, antiques, collectibles and other vendors. It is held the third weekend in September.

Wasteland Weekend, Edwards Air Force Base Antelope Valley and Local Area

Wasteland Weekend
Rosewood Boulevard
N. Edwards, CA 93532

Wasteland Weekend is a post-apocalyptic party in the heart of the California desert wastelands. Costumes are required and you must be at least 18 years old to attend. Wasteland Weekend provides camping space, a 360-degree post-apocalyptic environment, entertainment and activities, vendors and basic facilities. The five-day event is held in September.

September and October

Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
Lancaster, CA 93534

Generally held the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October, this event takes place in the downtown area known as The BLVD. It features professional go-kart racing, with all ages participating. It also includes a street festival, classic car show and live entertainment.


California City Renaissance Festival
10460 Heather Ave.
California City, CA 93505

A family-friendly event that recreates the traditional English country fair that would sprout up around the queen’s annual progress during the Renaissance era. The event is held over a weekend at the end of October.

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