Petroglyph Festival kicks off Friday night

Petroglyph Festival kicks off Friday nightThe “Native American Cultural Event of the Year” will be held this weekend as tours, educational speakers, entertainers, vendors and more gather for the annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival.

Activities kick off tonight with a fundraising dinner hosted by the Optimists Club at 6 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. (For tickets or information visit

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Maturango Museum will open “Coso Rock Art Expressions,” a petroglyph-inspired exhibit by local artist Don McCauley.

The museum will also facilitate more than 100 tours throughout the weekend to the internationally renowned Little Petroglyph Canyon — more to the highest concentration of rock art in the North American continent.

According to Museum Director Debbie Benson, only a few slots were still available at press time. Anyone interested in one of the remaining tour slots is encouraged to call 760-375-6900 or visit

Once again, the museum will also host a panel of educational speakers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. (Contact the museum for a full slate of events, or visit

On Saturday, from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., Petroglyph Park will host vendors, entertainers and family activities.

A car show will be held across the street at LeRoy Jackson Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Among the highlights will be an appearance by the Nationwide Show Car No. 88, sponsored by IWV Insurance.

For more information visit

Pictured: Festival attendees peruse wares at last year’s Petroglyph Park venue. -- Photo by Rebecca Neipp

Story First Published: 2017-11-03