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Poppy Festival makes return to Lancaster this weekend


The city of Lancaster will host tomorrow and Sunday the 27th annual California Poppy Festival™ at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, 43063 10th Street West. Drawing more than 40,000 attendees and spanning 35 acres, this popular two-day event features attractions for all ages — live musical entertainment; a children’s carnival; exotic animal shows and exhibits; arts and crafts; a farmers market; food vendors; beer pavilion; safety zone demonstrations; and a classic car show on Sunday — to name a few.

Keeping with the festival’s tradition of always offering something new, this year’s event will introduce Sea Lion Splash. Guests can enjoy live performances throughout the day as smiling sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, and perform handstands. Also new to the festival is X Games-style Thrashed Kids, Inc. Flying high on Saturday only, this show will feature freestyle motocross riders performing a variety of daring feats for festivalgoers.

This year’s Poppy Stage is headlined by World Tour – Legends of Rock on Saturday, and Chris Lane on Sunday. World Tour will perform hits from some of rock n’ roll’s greatest bands, featuring musicians who have recorded and toured with: Edgar Winter; Gwen Stefani; Slash of Guns N’ Roses; Alice Cooper; Journey; Eddie Van Halen; Christina Aguilera; Alanis Morrissette; Tom Petty, and more. With his hit single “Fix,” up-and-coming country artist, Chris Lane, has been named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.”

Also appearing will be local favorites Metalshop and KING, featuring Mel Booker, on Saturday, as well as Jukebox Blender, Bleeding Harp, and aspiring country artist, Savannah Burrows on Sunday.

With two days of celebrated performers, extraordinary exhibits and scrumptious treats, this annual event is packed with fun for the whole family. Come celebrate the Antelope Valley’s favorite springtime event — the California Poppy Festival™. Visit for a full description of attractions, entertainment, detailed event information, and to purchase tickets.