Mariposa Storytelling Festival



Our Annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival brings you the best storytelling performances every 2nd weekend in March. Spring 2017 will be our 30th Storytelling Festival and the Grand Finale.

The festival is in historic Mariposa, with storytelling events on March 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

General Information

To buy tickets, please see our online shop.

To download and print this year’s Festival Schedule, please click here.

To download and print this year’s Registration Form, please click here.

To join our mailing list, please email

Teachers call for Dominican University credit for Festival attendance, (209) 966-3155.

All Festival sites are accessible. The Children’s Story Concert on March 11 will have ASL interpretation for the hearing impaired.

Festival is recommended for ages 8-108. Children’s Concert is on March 11 at 2:00 PM

Lodging: Contact Mariposa County Visitors Center at (866) 425-3366 or visit RV parking at the fairgrounds: (209) 966-2432.

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Celebrating the Final Year of the Mariposa Storytelling Festival

Storytelling Festivals across the nation are finding it difficult to continue offering venues for this magical and inspiring Art that we call Storytelling.  With rising production costs and dwindling sponsorships, ticket sales are unable to cover the cost of producing a nationally recognized Storytelling Festival.  And unfortunately, the Mariposa Storytelling Festival, sponsored by the Mariposa County Arts Council, is no exception.  After much discussion, we find that we must step back after our 30th Mariposa Storytelling Festival’s Grand Celebration, March 10 – 12, 2017, and re-evaluate our role in the Wonderful World of Storytelling.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions, and of course your awesome volunteer support, to take us to another level.  Will it be more Story Slam’s, Story Swaps, organizing a youth Storytelling group, having a storyteller come for a concert and a weeklong school teller-in-residence program, or bringing in one or two nationally known storytellers for a special performance?  Let us know your ideas!!  Meanwhile we look forward to seeing you all at our 30th Celebration on the second weekend in March. Come enjoy our star-studded line-up of some of the top entertainers in our nation, with unforgettable stories in a magnificent setting.

And don’t miss our Grand Finale Brunch & Stories with the Tellers Party, on Sunday Morning, March 12th to Celebrate the 30-year run of this Storytelling Gem!!

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