Steinbeck Festival

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Steinbeck Festival

August 2 - August 3

The annual Steinbeck Festival is a literary celebration of John Steinbeck’s enduring legacy. The Steinbeck Festival has taken place for the last 38 years in and around SalinasThe Festival is a dynamic, spirited, and challenging exploration through talks, films, performances, and exhibits. Each year the Festival explores a new theme relating to the life and works of Salinas native, John Steinbeck. It is open to the public and intended to instruct, entertain, and connect like-minded Steinbeck lovers and newbies.


For Information about Speakers, Travel, and more fun, click here to view our full Steinbeck Festival XXXVIII page!


Ticket Information

Purchase Tickets Here!

or call 831.796.3833

Regular/Day of Festival Ticket

Members (& discounted) | $50
Non-members | $60

A Festival Ticket allows visitor access to all areas of the building and all activities in the Festival schedule including Pet Show & Western Stage Performance. Does not include Rocinante tours.

General Museum Admission Plus

Members (& discounted) | $12.95
Non-Members | $15

For visitors who would like to visit the museum but not participate in all Festival activities. Ticket includes: museum admission + any activity occurring in the Rotunda. Does not include Rocinante Tours, Western Stage performance, Dog Show.

Charley’s Dog Show Only


For visitors who would like to participate in the Pet Festivities but not participate in all Festival activities. Includes Dog Show participation only.

Western Stage’s Performance + Reception


For visitors who would like to attend the Western Stage’s performance and post-reception but not participate in all Festival activities. Includes Western Stage performance + post performance reception with wine, food, and music, only. Does not include museum admission. Show starts at 6:00 pm. Reception to follow.

Inside Rocinante Tour with Steinbeck

@ 10:30, 12:30, 2:30: | $15 – After tickets are sold out, please call the front desk to be placed on the wait list!

After a brief discussion with Steinbeck, ticket holders will be ushered into Steinbeck’s authentic original camper one at a time. Please allow patience and respect during embarking and disembarking this historic artifact. Not included with Festival Ticket.
Tours will last 30 minutes. Space is VERY limited. Please, no children under 12 years old.  One tour per Festival Ticket Holder or Museum Admission. Must have General Admission ticket or Festival Pass to enjoy. Call the front desk to be placed on the waitlist if tickets are sold out on Eventbrite.


Event Highlight

Friday evening, August 2nd, 2019

PRESENTATION: Did Americans Ever Get Along?
Zócalo Public Square & the National Steinbeck Center
6:30 PM | Free

About The Event

“From the first we have treated our minorities abominably, the way the old boys do the new kids in school,” Steinbeck wrote in “E Pluribus Unum,” an essay in America and the Americans. American identity, the author argued, was forged through this cruel process of hazing the newest, and that once any ethnic group became established, it would pick on the newly arriving group. “It occurs to me,” he wrote, “that this very cruelty toward newcomers might go far to explain the speed with which the ethnic and national strangers merged with the ‘Americans.’” Steinbeck’s view of America calls for us to understand the conflicts that created our nation. How does a country made up of so many different people ultimately cohere? Does America deserve its reputation for being welcoming to immigrants? And do America’s fissures and divisions ever completely go away? Leading scholars of American history and identity visit Zócalo to examine the enduring tensions between the pluribus and the unum.

Event will take place in the Salinas Room at the National Steinbeck Center. Reception to follow in the museum.

About Zócalo Public Square

Connects people to ideas and to each other by examining essential questions in an accessible, broad-minded, and democratic spirit. At a time when our country’s public sphere and our global digital conversation have become ever more polarized and segregated, Zócalo seeks to create a welcoming intellectual space and engage a new and diverse generation in the public square. We pursue our mission by convening events and by publishing ideas journalism. Because democracy is as much a culture as it is a system, we believe that creating meaningful opportunities for citizens to communicate with—and learn from—one another both nurtures and protects it


Registration for reservation holders will open at 5:30 PM on August 2nd. Tickets are distributed at registration to reservation holders on a first-come, first-served basis and only to the person(s) present at registration. Reservations do not guarantee seating. At all events, Zócalo adheres to its Code of Civility. We will release unclaimed reservations at 6:20 PM.

About the Speakers

Gregory Rodriguez, Founder and Publisher, Zócalo Public Square

Patricia Limerick, University of Colorado historian and Center of the American West faculty director

Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University sociologist

Gary Gerstle, Cambridge University historian

Learn More & Visit Zócalo’s Website

Did Americans Ever Get Along?


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