Fort Ross Festival
Fort Ross Festival at Fort Ross State Historic Park
Online Ticket Sales are Closed but there are tickets available at the door for $20/person.
Park entrance fee included in the per-person ticket price.
Kids 13 and under free!
This year's weekend-long celebration brings together artists & performers from around the world covering the breadth of historic Settlement Ross's multicultural community, all performing in an outdoor amphitheater with the Pacific ocean as our backdrop.
Here are a few highlights:
Saturday July 27, 2013 10am-7:30pm
Chapel Service & Blessing of Baidarkas: Join clergy and faithful of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral of San Francisco and other parishes for hierarchical liturgy at our Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Chapel, blessing of baidarkas, and Commemoration of the Dead at the cemetery.
Sunday July 28, 2013 10am - 4:30pm
Both Saturday and Sunday:
A Day in the Life of Settlement Ross: Step into the shoes of those who lived and worked at Fort Ross in 1840. See the world through the eyes of the last commander Alexander Rotchev, his wife Yelena Rotcheva and family, Russian naturalist Ilya Voznesensky, visiting Naval Captain Voevodski and French diplomat Duflot de Mofras, promyshlenki, craftsmen, their wives and others. Historic costumes and script writing generously donated by Renova Fort Ross Foundation.
Kedry: Russian House Kedry is made up of families who live in Silicon Valley with the goal to create a rich cultural and linguistic environment for the Russian community and beyond. Kedry organizes interactive seasonal celebrations based on Russian village traditions as well as smaller events including art and craft classes and workshops for children and parents, as well as participation in historical reenactments.
Interpretive Food: What’s Cooking? We will feature foods from three cultures that were prominent at Fort Ross – Alaskan Native, California Native, and Russian. We will cook all dishes over an open fire using techniques our foremothers would find familiar. Stop by – we look forward to your questions!
Craftspeople demonstrating hands-on crafts: Settlement Ross was one of the first industrial centers of California and many skilled craftspeople were hard at work here, building California’s first ships, windmill, clay bricks, barrels, and much more. Today you can watch a blacksmith, tinsmith, weaver, spinner, felt maker, laundress, soap maker, carpenter, broom maker and many others busily preparing their wares, perhaps to trade with the Spanish, Mexicans or Bostonians. Several of the crafts allow you to join the fun–learn to make your own rope, mini-basket, or candle.
Militia: Witness the militia run through their paces – and prepare yourself for the cannon firing!
Children's Activities: Join in old-world games, listen to storytelling, watch a puppet show, or gather beads from each participating booth to make a special Fort Ross necklace.
Magasin/Warehouse: The Magasin, or fur warehouse, is the latest building to be reconstructed within the fort walls. Tour the new building and learn how warehouses at Ross served as the general company store for employees.
Inna Zhelannaya performances are underwritten through a generous grant by Russia's Ministry of Culture.
Fort Ross Festival underwritten by Chevron, Transneft, and Sovcomflot.
FRC offers bus service from the greater Bay Area. For bus fees and other event details, visit www.fortross.org/festival.htm
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No, all ages welcome. Just wear your wristband.
And kids 13 and under are free!
If you purchase your event ticket fewer than 7 days in advance of the event, we won't have time to mail you your wristband so in that case --please do bring your printed ticket with you & and check in at the Information Booth to receive your wristband.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is very limited. We encourage carpooling. We are offering bus service from the Bay Area; see www.fortross.org/festival.htm for details on how to sign up.
If you arrive by bus or with three or more persons in your car, each person will receive a coupon worth 15% off in the Fort Ross Conservancy gift shop, good through the end of the year.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Wear layered clothes and a sun hat -- it can be hot, cold, or anything in between on the coast.
Food: You can bring a picnic to enjoy with your family or purchase food from food vendors. There will be delicous food from Raymond's Bakery, Spyros Gyros Greek fare, Cafe Aquatica for fresh coffee, and other fantastic vendors on site.
This is a "green" event, with support of Green Mary Zero Waste events. Bring your own water bottle if you can!
California State Parks prohibits you from bringing BBQs, alcohol, dogs (sorry!), firearms, or fireworks.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please send us an email at email@example.com or call 707-847-3437.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Yes - eventbrite allows that.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You have to wear your wristband that will be mailed to you.
However, if you purchase your event ticket fewer than 7 days in advance of the event, please bring your printed ticket with you and check in at the Information Booth to receive your wristband.
What is the refund policy?
These are non-refundable tickets.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
If you are wearing a bracelet, you can join the festival.
This event takes place at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Please do not bring dogs, bbqs, firearms, fireworks, or illegal substances.