- Published September 09, 2014
- Written by TW Editors
A Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old Wes!
Texas Art signature Auction
Dallas, TX, October 18: Western art collectors may bid on art by featured artists David Bates, Roy Lichtenstein, Dennis Blagg and more.
877-437-4824 • HA.com
Lone Pine Film Festival
Lone Pine, CA, October 10-12: Held since 1989, this Western film festival features movie site tours, Western movie screenings and celebrity guests.
760-876-9909 • LonePineFilmFestival.org
James-Younger Gang National Conference
Fort Smith, AR, October 2-4: Mark Lee Gardner and the James-Younger Gang team up for tours of Younger’s Bend and Fort Smith’s territorial history.
479-783-2100 • NationalJamesYoungerGang.org
Rex Allen Days
Willcox, AZ, October 2-5: The singing cowboy’s hometown rodeo, with a parade, tractor pulls, carnival and a concert by the Lobros.
520-384-4410 • RexAllenDays.org
Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Hailey, ID, October 9-12: Celebrates the colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders with a sheep parade, lamb feast and Western music and art.
208-720-0585 • TrailingOfTheSheep.org
Red River OktoberFest
Red River, NM, October 10-12: Honors New Mexico’s German heritage with authentic German microbrews, food and crafts, and Polka music.
877-754-1708 • RedRiverOktoberfest.com
Old West Festival
Williamsburg, OH, Closes October 12: Steps back into 1878 with historically accurate re-enactments, cowboy music and a pioneer village.
513-237-8345 • OldWestFestival.com
Tombstone, AZ, October 17-19: Tombstone’s oldest festival venerates the 1880s lifestyle with gunfight re-enactments, music, dancing and a parade.
520-266-5266 • TombstoneHelldoradoDays.com
Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-off
Llano, TX, October 17-19: Traditional chuckwagon cook-off on the banks of the Llano River, plus a heritage festival, live music and cowboy church.
325-247-5354 • LlanoChuckWagonCookOff.com
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
Fort Worth, TX, October 24-26: Enjoy Western swing and cowboy poetry, a chuckwagon cook-off and a rodeo in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
888-269-8696 • RedSteagallCowboyGathering.com
MUSIC & POETRY
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Durango, CO, October 2-5: Mingle with cowboy poets on a train trip and trail ride, plus hear headliner singer-songwriter Tom Russell.
970-749-2995 • DurangoCowboyGathering.org
Sharlot Hall’s Folk Music Festival
Prescott, AZ, October 4-5: Sharlot Hall hosts Arizona’s oldest folk music festival with four stages and jam sessions throughout the grounds.
928-445-3122 • Sharlot.org
Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Old West Days
Valentine, NE, October 9-12: Cowboy poets and Western musicians share old-time stories and celebrate the heritage of the American cowboy.
800-658-4024 • NebraskaCowboyPoetryGathering.com
Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry gathering
Midway, UT, Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Western musicians and poets share their stories at this cowboy culture gala that also features a traders camp.
435-654-3666 • HeberValleyCowboyPoetry.com
Dalton Defenders Days
Coffeyville, KS, October 2-5: Re-enacts the 1892 bank robbery that ended with the deaths of four members of the outlaw Dalton Gang.
800-626-3357 • VisitCoffeyville.com
Industry Hills Pro Rodeo
City of Industry, CA, October 11-12: Charity rodeo includes steer wrestling and bull riding, plus a rodeo dance and a cowgirl drill team act.
626-961-6892 • IndustryHillsProRodeo.org
Texas Gun Collectors Show
Fort Worth, TX, October 17-19: Showcases historical and modern firearms and edged weapons at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
210-323-9519 • TexasGunCollectorsShow.com