Bring your Appetite to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Post Date:04/08/2019

One of my favorite times of the year is just around the corner, as we gear up for the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. From walking the historic grounds of William S. Hart Park and learning about the legacy of the first cowboy superstar - to grabbing a seat to listen to incomparable musical acts on five stages, this year’s event gives residents and visitors a chance to come together and celebrate our rich western heritage.

The 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by California Resources Corporation, will also offer up some of the best food you will find this side of the Mississippi. Held on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, at Hart Park in Old Town Newhall, the Cowboy Festival is a food lover’s dream.

When you step off the shuttle and walk through the main entrance at Hart Park, you will be greeted by the sweet and savory aromas from a variety of food vendors selling BBQ, American, Mexican and so much more. The key to navigating the weekend is to strategically schedule your Cowboy Festival activities to coincide with snack and meal breaks.

Hungry for a pulled pork sandwich after touring the William S. Hart Mansion and seeing Mr. Hart’s collection of western art and artifacts? Head to the food court on your way to Heritage Junction to visit to the historic Saugus Train Station.

Want something sweet as you and your friends settle in to watch Honey County perform on the Mane Stage Saturday evening? Make sure you stop by the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley for the always popular Dutch Oven Cowboy Peach Cobbler. But you’d better hurry before it’s all gone!

Adults wishing to cool off during the afternoon heat can grab a cold beverage from one of the Wolf Creek Brewing Company tents, located throughout the Cowboy Festival. On Sunday, you are going to want to have a cold drink and a few bottles of water on hand, particularly if you are brave enough to taste the entries in the all-new Chili Cook-Off event.

The Chili Cook-Off, which will take place on April 14, gives attendees an opportunity to vote for their favorite spicy creation in the People’s Choice category. People’s Choice tasting will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and tickets are $10 to receive five, two-ounce servings. While one recipe will be selected as the best in Santa Clarita, all proceeds from the event will be donated to Bridge to Home, a local non-profit organization that assists those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Whether you are a BBQ aficionado, or simply enjoy great food while you walk around the park, your taste buds are in for a treat at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. General admission is FREE for all attendees, so make a plan to head to William S. Hart Park on April 13 and 14. You can learn more about the entire weekend by visiting

Ken Striplin is the Santa Clarita City Manager and can be reached at

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