The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is a popular annual event for all ages. It celebrates Monterey’s contribution to our Western heritage with cowboy poetry, music, and a first class Western Art & Gear Marketplace. The festival brings together people from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy and learn more about the cowboy way of life, including its culturally diverse history, including the Vaqueros, Californios, and the Mexican and Spanish traditions, plus its current values and cowboy culture.

The festival has many shows scheduled over the three days, plus a Cowboy Happy Hour with a “Meet and Greet” with some of the performers on Friday night and Saturday Night Dance with Bruce Forman and Cow Bop. There is also the Adult and Kids Open Mic and more!

Learn more and get the full lineup of events at

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