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California Poppy Festival™ Named in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for Best Flower Festival

Post Date:04/01/2024 2:00 PM

CA Poppy Festival 10Best

Lancaster, CA. April 1, 2024 - The California Poppy Festival™ has been named as a winner of the Best Flower Festival in the 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, known for shedding light on the finest in travel destinations and experiences. Among renowned contenders, the California Poppy Festival™ stood out, claiming the ninth spot on the list. This exciting recognition comes as the City of Lancaster’s local festival is set to return from April 19 to April 21 at the AV Fair & Event Center. 

"Being named the Best Flower Festival in the prestigious USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards is a remarkable honor for the California Poppy Festival™ and the City of Lancaster,” stated Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Placing 9th in a field of such esteemed competitors showcases the enduring appeal and vibrant spirit of our community event. As we eagerly anticipate its return, let’s enjoy this recognition and celebrate the beauty of California's state flower together."

CA Poppy Fest 10Best

Placing 9th out of a competitive nationwide group (ahead of competitors like Epcot), this win is a wonderful recognition of a beloved community event. Nominees for the 10Best Readers’ Choice were chosen by a panel of esteemed experts comprising editors from USA TODAY and, relevant expert contributors, and sources from various Gannett properties. The contenders were chosen with consideration for their exceptional offerings and contributions to the travel landscape. Voting in the contest was open to the public, allowing individuals to cast their ballots online for their preferred nominee over four weeks.

The California Poppy Festival's triumph in the 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award Contest underscores its status as a premier celebration, attracting attendees with its vibrant displays and engaging activities. As the festival continues to enchant visitors with the beauty of California's state flower, this recognition serves as a testament to its enduring charm and allure. 

Tickets for the California Poppy Festival™ are available for purchase now at Don’t miss out on this exciting experience!

About the California Poppy Festival™

The California Poppy Festival™ is the City of Lancaster’s annual celebration of California’s state flower. This event will honor the beauty of the Poppy with live entertainment, amusement park rides, displays, festival food, live animal exhibits, and countless activities for all ages at the AV Fair & Event Center.

Lancaster boasts one of California's most abundant crops of vibrant poppies, which are the state flower. During poppy season, the City, in partnership with the AV Fair & Event Center, puts on an event to welcome and introduce visitors to the Lancaster area. The annual Festival plays host to the colorful poppies, which are an Antelope Valley springtime attraction. Learn more by visiting

About the City of Lancaster, CA

Lancaster is a diverse community of nearly 170,000, leading the future through science, technology, art, culture, and collaboration. Home to astronauts, rocket scientists, families, and innovative businesses large and small, we are leading the USA with innovation. Combined with spectacular landscapes and clean air, Lancaster has the confidence, expertise, spirit, and imagination to transform tomorrow. We are: Creating a better tomorrow. Visit us at


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