• Pamela Froman

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Each year, thousands of people attend the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival to experience the best in authentic Western entertainment, apparel, gear, food and attractions.

Nearly a week of events will lead up to the main two-day Cowboy Festival on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at William S. Hart Park. Events include: The SCV Film Tour where film historians E.J. and Kim Stephens guide you to several famous filming sites in the Santa Clarita Valley, a “Cowboy Kickoff” block party featuring live music, gourmet food trucks, and Western vendors, and a Southwest buffet with Western music, and costumed docent-led tours at the Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark.

The festival celebrates Southern California's rich western heritage. This year will feature performances by more than 35 show-stopping acts, with trick ropers, gun spinners, Western poetry, storytelling, exhibits of Native American life, a cattle drive, blacksmithing, and other activities like bull rides, hatchet throwing, archery, rodeo roping and more! There are five different stages of music with genres from cowboy, country, bluegrass, Americana, and folk. Take a tour of the William S. Hart Mansion or get a new cowboy hat or boots with vendors like Sutlers Row and Mercantile Row – and of course chow down on some great BBQ!

Check out performers like Joey Dillon – a gun coach to the stars who most recently has trained characters on HBO’s “Westworld” and Netflix’s “Godless” miniseries. He is a multiple world champion in the art.

The mystique of the Old West lives on as The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival brings people and musicians from all over the country to entertain and enjoy. “We have a great variety of music. The festival is a nice little mixture,” says David Knutson, Events Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita. “As well, William S. Hart Park is a historic ranch site and it's very unique. Our audience gets to experience immersion in all of the different genres.”

The food is another must-have at the Festival. In addition to delicious BBQ, there is a big mix of different eats. And you can't miss the tasty Cowboy Peach Cobbler. People come from all over to the festival just for this delicious treat!

In conjunction with the Festival, check out The Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall. Since 1981, The Walk of Western Stars has honored the legends of Western film, television and radio who have contributed to America’s heritage. Inductees are honored with bronze stars and terrazzo tiles stamped into Main Street in Old Town Newhall. This year The Walk of Western Stars will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Gala event to honor past recipients. There will be dinner, old movie clips of past performers, actors and stuntmen who have been inducted in a mix with live entertainment and presentations.

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