38th Annual UCR Pow Wow

UCR Pow Wow
Cahuilla Birds Singers

Memorial Day Weekend
May 24th - 25th, 2019

University of California, Riverside
Riverside Sports Complex
1000 W. Blaine St. Riverside, CA 92507

Parking is located in Lot 26 Enter on Rustin Ave.

*Admission is Free & Open to the Public*
 All Dancers, Drums, and Bird Singers Welcome!!!

The annual UCR Pow Wow is an inter-tribal social gathering celebrating Native American culture and traditions through singing, drumming, and dancing. Traditional Native American dancers, drum groups, bird singers, and other artists will be present, and vendors will sell food, handmade Native American jewelry, arts and crafts, and other merchandise.

The Arts & Crafts Vendor application deadline is May 10th. We will notify vendors if they are accepted to our Pow Wow. Do not show up on the day of the event if you have not gotten a confirmation form us.

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

UCR Pow Wow
2018 Pow Wow Pageant

*Ms. UCR Pow Wow 2019 - 2020 Pageant Competition

Application Closed

For More Information, please email 


UCR Pow Wow

  • Schedule

    ***May 24th***
    5 p.m.: Bird Singing (Dancer Registration Opens)
    6 p.m.: Gourd Dance
    7 p.m.: Grand Entry

    ***May 25th***
    11 a.m.: Bird Singing
    12 p.m. & 6 p.m.: Gourd Dance
    5 p.m.: Danza Azteka Kalpulli Teuxihuitl
    1 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Grand Entry (Dancer Registrations closes at 1pm)



    Master of Ceremonies: Randy Pico (Luiseño)

    Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)

    Head Man: Nick Ohitika Najin (Cheyenne River Lakota - Mni Conjou)

    Head Woman: Akalei Brown (Taos Pueblo, Hawaiian)

    Host Northern Drum: Red Hoop

    Host Southern Drum: Hale & Co.

    Ms. UCR Pow Wow Princess 2018-2019: Katianna Warren (Diné)


    GOLDEN AGE (50+) *All Categories Combined  
    ADULTS (18-49)

    Men's Traditional;

    Men's Grass/Fancy

    Women's Traditional;

    Women's Jingle/Fancy

    TEENS (13-17)

    Boy's Traditional;

    Boy's Grass/Fancy

    Girl's Traditional;

    Girl's Jingle/Fancy

    JUNIORS (6-12) *All Categories Combined  
    TINY TOTS (1-5) *All Winners!  



    Local Hotels

    You have several hotel options, both near UC Riverside and closer to downtown with its lively nightlife and popular restaurants. The hotels listed below are all first-class and many have special discounted rates for guests visiting UC Riverside.
    Click here for a visual map

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application CLOSED
We would like to thank our sponsors:
    ▪    Highlander Empowerment Referendum
    ▪    Native American Student Programs
    ▪    Native American Student Association
    ▪    UCR Rupert Costo Endowment Chair
    ▪    UCR California Center for Native Nations
    ▪    UCR Native American Education Program