California Pow-Wows


Dates & places may change.  Contact event for confirmation.


April 30 – May 1, 2016 – 32nd Annual California Indian Market & Peace Pow Wow

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo & World Cultures.  A Peace Dance honors Veterans.  Native Americans, Western, Wildlife Arts, Dancers, Drums, Food.  One Earth, One People, Peace Vision and the San Juan Intertribal Council is billed as a “Living prayer for world peace”.  Admission is $1 Donation.  Under 12 Free.  501c3 Non-Profit, benefiting public education. To be held on the San Juan Bautista School Lot, The Alameda Street at Highway 156 East.  Parking Available in Lots 4 & 8 – $12.00 per day.

Contact Laynee Reyna at (831)623-4771.  For more information: www.peacevision.net, sanjuanintertribal@gmail.com


May 6-8, 2016 – Annual Stanford University Powwow

Join us at the largest student run Powwow in the nation!  Anyone and Everyone is welcome!  Located at Stanford University, Eucalyptus Grove – Lot 1, Stanford, CA 94305.  Donation for parking fee.  Free Admission.  Camping Available.  http://powwow.stanford.edu


May 7-8, 2016 – Chi-Tock-Non Kote-U-Pu – Spring Celebration

Once a year the American Indian Council of Mariposa County (AICMC) – aka the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation – organizes a traditional Native American celebration.  To most people this celebration is known as a Pow Wow but, to us it is known as Chi-Tock-Non Kote-U-Pu – Spring Celebration, and is important not only as a celebration of Native American culture, song and dance but, more importantly, helps to fund the Nellie Tucker Scholarship.  At present, the Southern Sierra Miwuk are not Federally recognized and, therefore, do not qualify for the larger Scholarships and Grants that are available to recognized tribes.  The Nellie Tucker scholarship, administered through the AICMC, provides funds for local Native students who are trying to further their education.

Location:  Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Rd., Mariposa, CA.  Open to public, held rain or shine!  Tickets sold at gate.  $3 Adults approximate prices, may be higher or same, $1 Seniors, $1 Kids under 5.

10 a.m. Gates Open, 12 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tot Dancing, Competition Dancing, Miwuk Dancing. Grand Entry, Competition Dancing, 10 p.m. Closing Ceremonies.  Sunday 4 p.m. Closing Ceremonies.


May 7-8, 2016 – 31st Annual UCLA Powwow

Hosted by the American Indian Student Association. American Indian Arts and Craft Vendors, Native Food Vendors.  Northern Drum, Southern Drum, Head Man, Head Woman, Arena Director, Master of Ceremonies, Head Judge, California Golden State Gourd Society, Spoon Keeper, Bird Singers, Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Princess, Dancing and Singing Contest.  All Dancers and drums welcome.

Location:  UCLA North Athletic Field, Brentwood, CA.  Parking Available in Lots 4 & 8 – $12.00 per day.  Free Admission.  Open to the Public.  Information: (310)206-8043.  ucla.edu.


May 7-8 – American Indian Heritage Pow-Wow

2 Day Event!  A Native Indian Pow-Wow in Balboa Park, Park Blvd. & President’s Way, San Diego, CA.  Grand Entry – Noon.  Free Admission.

Includes Native Indians sharing their rich heritage to the people of San Diego through drumming, dancing, singing, and storytelling.  Tasty food and hand-made items such as beadwork, jewelry, and pottery are for sale.  Hosted By San Diego American Indian Health Center.  Headstaff – MC: Randy Edmonds, Kiowa/Caddo, Arena Director: Marquette Sheridan Sr., Omaha Nation, Head Man: Casey Fox, Arikara, Head Woman: Kirsten Mandes, Cree/Tsuu T’na.


May 20-22, 2016 – Susanville Indian Rancheria Powwow

Held every MAY!  Honors our Veterans and Ancestors for all they gave so that we may live!  Head Man: Kellan Joseph, Head Woman: Keeyana Yellowman, Host Drum: Ghost Canyon.  Free Admission!

Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave., Susanville, CA  96130.  Info: sir-powwow.com


May 21-22, 2016 – 6th Annual UCSD NASA Powwow

100-499 dancers.  Head Man: Steve Sierra, Head Lady: Marcie Patterson, MC: Bobby Whitebird, Host Drums: Northern – Bear Springs, Other Drumes: Southern – Southern Nation.

Location: University of California at San Diego Warren Field, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA.  (858)281 3898.  powwow.ucsd.edu


July 15-17, 2016 – Redbird’s 2016 Children of Many Colors Intertribal Powwow

Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021.   Friday evening flute circle 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Gourd Dancing and Powwow Saturday and Sunday, Children’s Special by the Yanz family.  California songs and dances, arts, crafts, foods, storytelling, traditional lodges; a family style gathering made possible by the support of the native community and our sponsors.  Vendor Applications & More Information: redbirds_vision@hotmail.com, www.RedbirdsVision.org $2.00 Suggested Donation per Vehicle.