January Events 2015

Western-Events-for-Jan-2015A Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!

ADVENTURE

New Year’s Day Train

Durango, CO, January 1: Start the New Year aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s steam-powered train on this trip reminiscent of 19th-century travel.

888-827-4607 • DurangoTrain.com

ART SHOWS

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Exhibition & Sale

Oklahoma City, OK, Closes January 4: Celebrates cowboy history and culture with more than 100 Western paintings, drawings and sculptures.

405-478-2250 • NationalCowboyMuseum.com

Arizona Fine Art Expo

Scottsdale, AZ, Opens January 16: Held since 2005, juried art festival in the heart of the Sonoran Desert features more than 100 artists.

480-837-7163 • ArizonaFineArtExpo.com

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Carefree, AZ, January 17-19: High Sonoran desert town closes its streets for Southwestern and American Indian art show and wine tastings that have attracted folks since 1993.

480-837-5637 • ThunderbirdArtists.com

Grand Canyon Celebration of Fine art

Grand Canyon, AZ, Closes January 20: More than 20 landscape painters in the country gather to display work inspired by the Grand Canyon.

480-277-0458 • GrandCanyon.org

Colorado Indian Market

Denver, CO, January 23-25: Held since 1981, market showcases dazzling displays of American Indian art, performances and more.

972-398-0052 • IndianMarket.net

Southwest Arts Festival

Indio, CA, January 23-25: Western art festival features interactive art, pottery, blown glass and fine art created by more than 250 artists.

760-347-0676 • SouthwestArtsFest.com

Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art

Houston, TX, Closes January 25: Showcases more than 200 historical artifacts sharing how ancient American Indians utilized animals in their lives.

713-639-7300 • MFAH.org

AUCTIONS

High Noon Show & Auction

Mesa, AZ, January 24-25: More than 300 historical lots of Western art, American Indian jewelry, cowboy gear and other Western items, including Tom Horn’s Winchester (shown above).

480-799-9378 • OldWestEvents.com

FILM FESTIVAL

Trail Dance Film Festival

Duncan, OK, January 23-24: Introduces independent filmmakers from around the globe to Oklahoma’s film industry and Western landscape.

580-467-8519 • TrailDanceFilmFestival.com

HERITAGE FESTIVALS

Cave Creek Indian Market

Cave Creek, AZ, January 16-18: Celebrates Southwest history with Native American, and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen.

623-734-6526 • VermillionPromotions.com

Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair

Lake Havasu, AZ, January 16-18: More than 50 balloons decorate the sky, plus enjoy skydiver shows, an art village and live music at the fair.

877-505-2440 • HavasuBalloonFest.com

Elk Days at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

Canton, KS, January 17-24: Take a tram tour through Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, home to about 250 buffalo, 50 elk and other prairie wildlife.

620-628-4455 • KansasTravel.org

Cowboy Downhill

Steamboat Springs, CO, January 19: More than 100 professional rodeo cowboys ski downhill at one of the only places to see cowboys on skis.

970-879-0880 • Steamboat-Chamber.com

Lecompton’s Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series

Lecompton, KS, Opens January 25: Lecture series discusses and debates the issues of a free state or pro-slave Kansas before the Civil War.

785-887-6520 • KSHS.org

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Elko, NV, January 26-31: Since 1985, gathering celebrates cowboy and ranch lifestyles through music and poetry, at Western Folklife Center.

888-880-5885 WesternFolklife.org

LIVING HISTORY FAIR

Watertown, SD, January 30-31: Experience history as it comes to life in this 1879 town with historical re-enactments and demonstrations.

605-881-1758 • VisitWatertownSD.com

STOCK SHOWS & RODEOS

National Western Stock Show

Denver, CO, January 8-25: Since 1906, show hosts livestock and horse sales and seminars, plus rodeo events, at National Western Complex.

303-296-6977 • NationalWestern.com

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Fort Worth, TX, Opens January 16: Held since 1896, Fort Worth’s exposition livestock show and rodeo continues to attract cowboys to its auctions, livestock and horse shows, rodeos and live music.

817-877-2400 • FWSSR.com

Cowboys of Color Rodeo

Fort Worth, TX, January 19: Since 1995, rodeo brings cowboys from diverse cultures together to celebrate their Western heritage.

817-922-9999 • CowboysOfColor.org

Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo

Rapid City, SD, Jan. 30-Feb. 8: Head to the Black Hills region’s largest livestock sales and competitions, plus a ranch rodeo.

605-355-3861 • BlackHillsStockShow.com


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