Fort Ross Festival 2020

Saturday, July 25: 10 am – 6:30 pm


Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Summer in Sonoma County? Join us on July 25th for Fort Ross Festival! Where else can you witness Kashia Pomo ceremonial dancing, sing along to Americana Swing, learn from Alaska Native craftspeople, and take in traditional Russian performances, all together on the most beautiful stretch of the Sonoma coast? Grab a pint from our Beer Garden and enjoy an amazing day celebrating different cultures. Back by popular demand, join the Fort Ross Militia for Musket and Cannon Firings, and have a BLAST at Fort Ross!

Fort Ross Conservancy suggests you leave your dog at home during Festival because the park will be very crowded and the cannon firing is not dog-friendly. However, well behaved dogs on leash are legally allowed in the parking lot, on roads, and inside the fort compound. Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Thank you. California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact (707) 847-3437.

Enjoy these moments from last year’s festival.



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Ongoing Activities

10-5:30 Fort Ross Visitor Center Bookshop, museum, films, & displays
11-5:00 Fort Compound Crafts and Marketplace
11-5:00 Music, dance, cooking & more from the Russian,  Alaska Native & Kashia communities
11-3:30 Marine Mammal & Fur Trade Interpretation (Fur Warehouse)
11-5:30 International Food Bazaar (Call Picnic Area)
11-5:30 Beer Garden (Call Picnic Area) Beer sales end at 5:30pm
1 -4:00  Call Garden Open
11:30-4 Meet the miller & woodworker at the Windmill (with turnings at 11:30 & 3:30)

KITCHEN DIPLOMACY in action –  3rd Annual FORT ROSS BORSCHT Cook-off

You can spell it a hundred different ways. Tomatoes, no tomatoes, meat, no meat, to dill or not to dill, cold or hot?  A babushka might put the kibosh on your family recipe, but at Fort Ross, we welcome all varieties to the table. We invite you to share your family’s best recipe. Competition will be held in the fort compound starting at 12:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

For instructions on how to enter the Borscht Cook-off Email Melissa (

Let Fort Ross be a place of kitchen diplomacy!

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In the Historic Outdoor Kitchen

Walking into the fort from the main entrance you will be greeted by smells of campfire, borscht, and other traditional Russian foods, as our interpretive kitchen volunteers busily prepare, cook, and demonstrate how to make these dishes over an open fire.

Hands-On Crafts Demonstrations

Settlement Ross was one of the first industrial centers of California and many skilled craftspeople were hard at work building California’s first ships, windmills, clay bricks, barrels, and much more. At Festival you can watch coopers, spinners, carpenters, woodworkers, and many other skilled craftspeople busily preparing their wares, reminiscent of the Fort Ross era when they traded with the Spanish, Mexicans or Bostonians. Try your hand at making rope, weaving a mini-basket, rolling a candle, or tug-of-war!


Meet the millers and woodworkers, grind grain in the quern, and learn about the unique construction techniques of the Fort Ross windmill. Ongoing demonstrations from 11:30am to 4:00pm, with windmill turnings at 11:30 & 3:30.

Call Picnic Area Activities

Grab a Pint at our 7th Annual Beer Garden!

All profits from the Beer Garden go to support Fort Ross Education Fund, bringing under-served school groups to Fort Ross for our Marine Ecology Program and Environmental Living Program.

International Food Bazaar