Events at Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Saturday, July 26: Fort Ross Festival

Come celebrate the international flavors and cultures at Fort Ross Festival 2014. This year's event will highlight the Kashaya, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch era people who have called Fort Ross home over the centuries. We'll offer costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, militia cannon firings, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar -- and our first-ever beer garden!

12pm - 5pm Beer Garden, where we'll be pouring local beers from Lagunitas, and Anchor Brewing to name just a couple. We'll also offer kvass and Sonoma's own hard cider from Tilted Shed Ciderworks.

Join us at our International Food Bazaar in the historic Call Picnic area where you can choose from a wonderful variety of local vendors, from slow smoked BBQ with fresh coleslaw from BBQ Smokehouse Bistro & Catering, both Californian & European style crepes filled with sweet or savory options from Ultra Crepes, artisan bakery Piroshki and pastries from Raymond's Bakery, traditional Kashia fry breads, traditional Russian Borscht and both vegetarian and meat Piroshki from Red Tavern, or if you have a sweet tooth, choose one of the many absolutely incredible flavors of homemade, small batch ice cream from Nimble & Finn's. For a refreshing and healthful treat, have a serving of Juice Runners Red, Gold & Green veggie/fruit juice mixes. And for the first time, a taste of India from Curry Sensations -- try their Punjabi Style Burritos, Chicken or Butternut Squash Curry Rice plates, or Fried Fish Pakora.

The day offers plenty of family-friendly activities:

  • Clip-clop down old Highway One on a traditional horse and carriage with Stone Horse Carriage
  • Try your hand at historic crafts like basket-making, rope making, felting, spinning
  • Enjoy the live farm animals
  • Hear the Kashia describing their language and use of native plants
  • Learn how Alaska Native bentwood hats are made
  • Storytelling and historic interpretive talks available throughout the day
  • Watch the historic militia run through its paces
  • Enjoy Russian House Kedry perform traditional song and Russian crafts
  • Hear Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble's seasonal ethnic songs

Schedule (subject to change)

Activities Throughout the Day

  • 10am to 5pm Marketplace Local vendors selling their wares across from the Call Picnic Area and inside the Fort Compound
  • 10am to 6:30pm Fort Ross Conservancy Bookshop in the Visitor Center -- open all day, offers great Fort Ross items for sale
  • 11am to 4pm Fort Ross Video describing the history of the Russian, Alaska Native, and Kashaya eras (Visitor Center Auditorium)
  • 10am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm Historic crafts Create your own rope, candle, or basket (Fort compound)
  • 11am to 5pm International Food Bazaar (Call Picnic Area)
  • 12pm to 5pm Beer Garden (Call Picnic Area), also serving coffee & tea
  • 12:30pm to 4:30pm Horse and Carriage ride (free!) on historic Hwy 1 between Visitor Center parking lot and Fort Compound
  • 1pm to 4pm Ranch-era Call House peeks and piques

Scheduled Activities

  • 10:00 Russian Orthodox Liturgy, San Francisco's St. Nicholas Cathedral (Fort Ross Chapel)
  • 10:00 to 12pm Historic Crafts (Fort Compound)
  • 11:00 Fort Ross History Interpretive Talk (Magasin inside Fort Compound)
  • 11:30 Storytelling (Water well, inside Fort Compound)
  • 12:00 Russian Orthodox Procession to the cove and cemetery
  • 12:15 Militia drill and cannon firing (Fort Compound)
  • 1:00 to 4pm Historic Crafts (Fort Compound)
  • 1:00 Russian House Kedry and Kitka Womens' Ensemble performing traditional Russian song and dance (Fort Compound)
  • 1:45 Fort Ross History Interpretive Talk (Magasin inside Fort Compound)
  • 1:45 Storytelling (Water well, inside Fort Compound)
  • 2:15 Kitka Womens' Ensemble (This is their "big" performance for the day, near Fort Ross Chapel)
  • 3:15 Militia drill and cannon firing (Fort Compound)
  • 4:15 Russian House Kedry Russian song and dance (Rotchev House, inside Fort Compound)
  • 5:00 Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia dancers (marine terrace outside fort compound)

Fort Ross Festival 2014 will be a one day event with all performances in and around the compound.
$20 per car (includes $8 State Parks fee).
Special event bus fee for small capacity (24 person or fewer) bus: $100.

Special event bus fee for large capacity (greater than 24 person) bus: $225
Food and drink purchased separately.

Questions? Email us at, call us at 707/847-3437.
If you'd like to volunteer at the festival, email us at - four hours of volunteering gets you free admission to the event.
California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact (707) 847-3437.

We've got some great photos from our 2013 celebration and this year's stacking up to be just as much fun.

This event underwritten by Fort Ross Conservancy and organized by Fort Ross Conservancy and California State Parks.
Supporting sponsors include California Arts Council and Lagunitas Brewing.
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Choral Music Festival Poster

International Russian Choral Music Festival comes to Bay Area
August 3-10, with concerts in San Francisco and Berkeley, master classes for singers, and free presentations on Russian choral music. The Bay Area’s first International Russian Choral Music Festival comes to San Francisco and Berkeley August 3-10, 2014. Four concerts offer a panorama of the exquisite Russian choral music tradition, including rare and new music that has almost never been performed outside Russia. The music ranges from ancient monastic chants to new works, including little-known music from folk and religious traditions, operatic arias and choral arrangements for a Festival Chorus of nearly 100 voices.

The festival is sponsored by Slavyanka Chorus, the Congress of Russian Americans, the Koret Foundation, the Rachmaninoff Festival Choir of America, and individual donors.

Tickets are available at the Festival website For more information, please visit the website, or call Paul Andrews at 510-798-7966.

Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10: Plein Air Workshop

Join us for a weekend of making art in the inspiring light of our spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross. Painters of all levels are invited to join instructors Valeriy Kagounkin and Tamara Magdalin, renowned artists and teachers from Sacramento via Russia, for a weekend of instruction and camaraderie.

$250 for two days, or $150 for one day, including CSP entrance fee.
Workshop fees include: artistic instruction and group sessions; required supplies list; park day use fee; Saturday morning and Sunday reception refreshments; reserved discounted campsite or a list of other local accommodations if requested; and affordable meals.

Email us to RSVP or ask questions --
This event brought to you by Fort Ross Conservancy.

Saturday, August 16: Celebrating Poetry at Fort Ross

This year’s theme of ”Love and Romance in Russian California” will feature contemporary and historic Ross-cultural poetry (read in Russian and English), tea & piroshki, and, following an intermission, the musical film based on the famous Russian rock opera “Yuno and Avos.” In 2013 we were fortunate to have Pulitzer prize winning poet Gary Synder and Kashaya poet Martina Morgan (pictured) join us for a standing-room only event. Email us with questions.

This event brought to you by Fort Ross Conservancy.

Saturday, October 18: Harvest Festival

Harvest is the time to enjoy the fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. The morning offers gentle apple picking in the historic orchard. And back by popular demand, we are partnering with the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association to provide optional four-course lunch with wine pairing on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Last year's luncheon was a sell-out, so check back often for advanced tickets. We've got some wonderful photos to encourage you to mark your calendar now!

This event brought to you by Fort Ross Conservancy.



Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) and California State Park cooperating association, connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks. 

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