Petroglyph Fest is this weekend

Petroglyph Fest is this weekendTour goers view thousands of rock-art paintings and etchings on the walls of Little Petroglyph Canyon. — Courtesy photo

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The fifth annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, and will feature rock-art tours, a street fair, live performances, a speaker series and more.

The highlight of the festival will be tours, hosted by Maturango Museum, offering visitors and residents an opportunity to view Little Petroglyph Canyon — one of the highest concentrations of Native American rock art in the Western Hemisphere. (Call 760-375-6900 or visit www.maturango.org for details).

Petroglyph Festival organizers are predicting thousands of attendees during the course of the weekend.

The festival will take place in Petroglyph Park, as well as surrounding areas ranging from the Kern County complex to the Maturango Museum, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

New attractions this year include an 1885 chuckwagon and a rock-climbing wall. The Ridgecrest Farmer’s Market will also be held in conjunction with this year’s festival.

A returning attraction is the Honor-A-Veteran Car, Truck and Bike show, with vehicles on display and award presentations made at 3 p.m. Festival goers can also enjoy the Bureau of Land Management horse and burro corral, a beer garden, children’s activities and scores of food and craft vendors.

The Maturango Museum will host a series of speakers, who will present a range of programs highlighting geology, ancient rock art, Native American culture and more. Nonstop entertainment includes local and visiting musicians performing a variety of styles of music and dance.

For a full schedule of entertainment and speakers, see rpfestival.com.

Story First Published: 2018-11-02