History

Since the summer of August of 2007, GraceFest has been the Antelope Valley's Premier Christian Music and Message Festival. GraceFest reaches out to all people through the universal language of music and the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. This year celebrates the 11th annual event after bypassing year 2008 to better prepare for God's purpose and plan.

GraceFest is a community event for ALL to enjoy and has grown exponentially in its scope, reach, and popularity. Today's GraceFest is recognized as a premier evangelistic event among Christian's throughout Southern California uniting churches, hundreds of volunteers, and Christian artists with the singular goal of proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. GraceFest is recognized as one of the most important events in the valley as it unites the churches in the community and provides a great opportunity for Christians to fellowship with others outside of their own church.

Another important mission at GraceFest each year is collecting proceeds for local Christian schools scholarship programs in the Antelope Valley through the newly formed Communities for Christ (CFC) ministry nonprofit.  GraceFest was founded by Ron and Yvette Emard in 2007 who produced the festival by way of their original nonprofit entity called The Kids Charities, a registered 501c3.  As of Januray 2018 the founders, Ron and Yvette, continue GraceFest operations through CFC.  Ron is the Dealer Principal at Antelope Valley Harley Davidson in Lancaster and his wife Yvette is the director of Communities for Christ.  Both Ron and Yvette are known for their untiring devotion to kids and their community.  The Emard's have been actively involved as private citizens and business leaders in the Antelope Valley since 1986. Year to date their charitable efforts have raised and dispersed over $5 million dollars for kids from various local fundraising events. For more info about the Communities for Christ visit www.communities-for-christ.org.

Our goal is to spread the Gospel message of grace and mercy and provide a safe, high quality, family-oriented Christian fellowship. We have been blessed by the gifts and talents of many well known internationally acclaimed artists and gifted local worship bands, church choirs, Christian speakers, compassion ministries, Christian merchants, volunteers, concessionaires and more!

Every September thousands come together to enjoy the combined efforts of this unique community outreach. We invite you to join us and be a part of a very special day, you will be blessed!

 

GraceFest is a Communities for Christ Event

GraceFest Statement of Faith and Purpose:

We, the many churches of the Greater Antelope Valley and surrounding communities come together annually under the GraceFest banner to celebrate God's overwhelming love, His unending mercies, and His unparralleld grace.
 
Though we represent many denominations, we choose to respect each others unique traditions and customs while praising our one and only God: expressing our thankfulness for the debt Jesus paid for each of us individually on the cross, and welcoming the empowering nature of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives on a daily basis.

We believe in the triune nature of God the Father, God the Son, and God as the Holy Spirit.  We believe that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  We believe that salvation is by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone - not by works - that no man can boast.

In harmony.., we lift one voice to You Father God asking that You encourage each who attends GraceFest to either celebrate their salvation - or to investigate God's plan and calling on their life.  GraceFest joins with saints and angels everywhere proclaiming that Jesus Christ is indeed risen, is indeed alive, and is indeed active in the life of each of His children.  Lastly, we believe Jesus Christ will indeed return again for His beloved and is now even calling on and preparing each of us:  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock..."  Open the door of your heart:  "Invite Me in, answer My call on your life."

With that, the goal of GraceFest will have been met.  Every hour of planning, every once of effort, every note sung, every prayer answered.., and all to His glory!