San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians Pow Wow


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In the spirit of togetherness and affirmation of Native American culture, the 24nd annual San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians Pow Wow will be held on October 11th, 12th, and 13th at California State University, San Bernardino, California.

WHAT: San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians Pow Wow

WHEN: Second Weekend in October
   October 11th, 12th, and 13th (2019)


San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Spectators gather to watch grand entry during the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ Annual Pow Wow

California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

All activities will take place on the university’s soccer fields near the Coussoulis Arena.




This is the largest pow wow held in the state of California. The San Manuel Annual Pow Wow boasts one of the largest prizes in Southern California for contest performers of all ages with more than $250,000 in cash available for dancing, drumming and singing contests. 

The event will also feature non-competitive intertribal dancing and exhibitions, including bird singing and dancing, which is Native American music indigenous to Southern California and the Colorado River Region.

Several hundred dancers are usually in attendance with many well known drums from throughout Indian Country. 

Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts vendors, including food, jewelry and art.

Times of Events

Friday begins at 5 p.m. to midnight. Participant Registration begins at 5 p.m. Grand Entry is at 8 p.m.

Saturday the event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight, with Grand Entry for two dance sessions at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Sunday, the pow wow runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, with Grand Entry at 1 p.m.


6 Winners From Each Men’s Category:
$1,500 $1,200 $1,000 $800 $400 $200

Golden Age (65+): Northern/Southern
Seniors (50-64) Combined: Northern, Southern, and Fancy/Grass
Adult (18-49): Northern Contemporary, Northern Traditional, Chicken Dance, Southern Straight, Grass, Northern Fancy, Southern Fancy

6 Winners From Each Women’s Category:
$1,500 $1,200 $1,000 $800 $400 $200

Golden Age (65+): Northern/Southern
Seniors (50-64) Combined: Northern, Southern, and Fancy/Jingle
Adult (18-49): Northern Buckskin, Southern Buckskin, Northern Cloth, Southern Cloth, Jingle, Fancy Shawl

Winners From Each Teens Category:
$500 $300 $200 $100

Winners From Each Teens Category:
$250 $200 $150 $100

DRUM OVER $100,000
Bring your best singers!
All Styles Combined, no separate categories
1st-$20,000 • 2-$18,000 • 3-$15,000
4-$13,000 • 5-$12,000 • 6-$10,000
7-$9,000 • 8-$8,000 • 9-$7,000
10-$6,000 • 11-$5,000 • 12-$4,000
13-$3,000 • 14 through 17-$2,000 each

1st-$5,000 • 2nd-$3,000 • 3rd-$1,000
4th-$500 • 5th-$500 • 6th-$250
7th-$250 • 8th-$250 • 9th-$250 • 10th-$250

Other contest dancing to be announced.


Admission is free.


Public parking is free in lots G and H on Kendall Drive.

Camping / RV Parks / Motels

There are many hotels, motels, RV Parks, and campgrounds in the area within ten miles of the pow wow. 

Vendor Information:

Native American Artists Only. Vendor Booths are 10 x 10. All vendors need fire extinguishers. Availability is limited and no walk up vendors, please.

For more info:

More Information:

Website: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Other Nearby Things to Do:

Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art  – .3 miles
High Adventure Hang Gliding & Paragliding  – .7 miles
San Bernardino National Forest – 2.8 miles
Original McDonald’s Site and Museum – 4.3 miles
Lake Arrowhead – 9.1 miles
San Manuel Stadium – 6.1 miles
Lake Gregory Regional Park – 5.0 miles
San Manuel Casino – 5.9 miles
Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve – 3.7
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area – 5.1 miles
Eagle Falls Golf Course – 7.8 miles
Rim of the World Highway – 4.6 miles
Heaps Peak Arboretum – 9.4 miles
Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad – 7.9 miles
San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum – 5.5 miles
San Bernardino County Museum – 9.8 miles