- Written by TW Editors
- Published August 06, 2012
Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West
& Confidence Building Seminar
Gila, NM, September 2-7: This program’s goal is to teach you skills to help improve horse control, such as round pen techniques and trail riding.
575-535-2048 • DoubleERanch.com
Ghosts Of Fort Reno Tour
El Reno, OK, September 15: Researchers share the ghost stories and unsolved mysteries of this historic 1875 Indian Territory post.
405-262-3987 • FortReno.org
Range Creek Archaeology Trip
Green River, UT, September 15-16: Tour Fremont rock art and archaeological sites along remote Range Creek in the Book Cliffs region.
800-860-5262 • CFIMoab.org
Cowgirl Up At The Bar W
Whitefish, MT, September 23-29: Days of cattle work and fly-fishing, plus spa treatments, Montana home cooking and Country dancing.
866-828-2900 • TheBarW.com
Wild Horse And Burro Adoptions
Rock Springs, WY, September 15: Wild horses and burros from Western states are offered up for adoption to folks who will provide long-term care.
866-468-7826 • BLM.gov
Buffalo Bill Art Show And Sale
Cody, WY, September 21-22: Painter Buckeye Blake is the honored artist for this year’s exhibition and sale of Western-themed fine art.
888-598-8119 • BuffaloBillArtShow.com
Premiere Firearms Auction
Rock Island, IL, September 7-9: Bob Dalton’s Army Colt is among the historic Colts, Winchesters and flintlocks up for bid.
800-238-8022 • RockIslandAuction.com
Jackson Hole Art Auction
Jackson Hole, WY, September 15: Bid on Western art by masters such as Oscar Berninghaus and Frank Tenney Johnson.
866-549-9278 • JacksonHoleArtAuction.com
Miss New Mexico Saloon Girl Contest
Eagle Nest, NM, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Saloon girl costume competition, hoedown dance and door prizes at the historic 1898 saloon.
800-821-2093 • LagunaVistaLodge.com
Rendezvous Of The Gunfighters
Tombstone, AZ, September 1-3: Gunfighter re-enactment groups from across the nation compete and perform on historic Allen Street.
520-457-3548 • Tombstone.org
Cody, WY, September 19-22: Features the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Buffalo Bill Historical Center Patrons Ball and Cody High Style show.
888-598-8119 • RendezvousRoyale.org
Cattle Baron’s Ball
Southfork Ranch, Parker, TX, September 29: This fundraiser, with featured artist Blake Shelton, benefits the American Cancer Society.
214-443-9222 • CattleBaronsBall.com
Ketchum, ID, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Mining heritage events include a Blackjack Ketchum shoot-out and a Big Hitch Parade, with its 16-draft mule jerkline.
208-726-3423 • WagonDays.com
Fort Bridger Rendezvous
Fort Bridger, WY, Aug. 31-Sept. 3: The 1842 fort hosts a living history celebration of the Rocky Mountain fur trade rendezvous held from 1825-40.
435-213-5133 • FortBridgerRendezvous.net
Buffalo Bill Days Festival
Leavenworth, KS, September 7-8: Enjoy historical re-enactors, outhouse races, beard and mustache contest, live music and barbecue.
913-682-3924 • BuffaloBillDaysFestival.com
Hells Canyon Mule Days
Enterprise, OR, September 7-9: Pay tribute to the tough pack animal at the mule clinic, sale, races and living history events.
888-323-3271 • HellsCanyonMuleDays.com
Lewistown, MT, September 8: Meriwether Lewis drank chokecherry in tea; you can stomp the wild cherry or take part in pit-spitting contests.
866-912-3980 • LewisTownChamber.com
Western Fall Fest
Duncan, OK, September 14-16: This celebration of the nation’s largest cattle migration includes a longhorn cattle drive, music and re-enactments.
800-782-7167 • OnTheChisholmTrail.com
Fort Bayard Days
Silver City, NM, September 21-22: Celebrates Buffalo Soldiers history with guided tours of the 1866 fort and its museum, plus a military ball.
575-956-3294 • FortBayard.org
Western Heritage Weekend
Bartlesville/Dewey, OK, September 22-23: Enjoy the Wild West show in Bartlesville and a festival in Dewey giving tribute to Westerns actor Tom Mix.
877-273-2007 • Bartlesville.com
Wild West Show
Olathe, KS, September 22-23: The Santa Fe Trail’s 1865 stagecoach stop hosts an Annie Oakley re-enactor, gold panning and more.
913-971-5111 • Mahaffie.org
buffalo bill’s western roundup
Golden, CO, September 23: Spend the day with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley living historians, plus learn about Civil War cannon.
303-526-0744 • BuffaloBill.org
Austin Museum Day
Austin, TX, September 23: Explore participating Austin-area museums for free and take part in activities that share the city’s Old West history.
800-926-2282 • AustinMuseums.org
MUSIC & POETRY FESTIVALS
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Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering
Hot Springs, SD, September 21-22: Cowboy poetry performers keep up the custom forged by the state’s first poet laureate.
800-325-6991 • HotSprings-SD.com
Fort Worth Music Festival
Fort Worth, TX, September 28-29: Performances celebrate the city’s diverse musical heritage, plus features an art and gear trade show.
817-392-7469 • FWFest.com
Traditional Inter-Tribal Powwow
Topeka, KS, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Celebrates American Indian heritage with all-day dancing and drumming, plus native food and crafts.
785-272-5489 • ShawneeCountyAlliedTribes.org
Standing Bear Powwow
Ponca City, OK, September 28-29: An inter-tribal powwow with dancing, drumming, singing, pageantry and American Indian arts and crafts.
580-762-1514 • PoncaCityTourism.com
Younger Brothers Capture
Madelia, MN, September 15: Re-enacts the 1876 capture of Younger Brothers and Charlie Pitts to honor heroism of Madelia’s Magnificent Seven.
888-941-7283 • VisitMadelia.com
Elk City’s Rodeo Of Champions
Elk City, OK, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: This PRCA rodeo includes calf roping, steer wrestling and bullfighting, plus Old West re-enactments.
800-280-0207 • VisitElkCity.com
Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo
Amarillo, TX, September 1-2: Features the rodeo talents of the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s, ages 3 to 18, plus a free barbecue lunch.
800-687-3722 • CalFarley.org
Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo & Stock Show
Omaha, NE, September 27-30: This PRCA rodeo and stock show features a barbecue contest, rodeo parade, trail rides and musical concerts.
402-554-9600 • RiverCityRodeo.com
Wild West Fest
Red Bluff, CA, September 27-30: Spiritual cowboy gathering includes singing androdeo arena events like skeet shooting and team penning.
530-529-3700 • CoyHuffman.com/WildWestFest.html
All American Gun & Western Collectible Show
Ruidoso, NM, September 1-2: Trade show of guns, jewelry, cowboy gear, such as spurs and saddles, and American Indian relics.