Western Events for March 2017

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Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!

ADVENTURE

Ski Apache Big Mountain Challenge
Ruidoso, NM, March 3-4: The Mescalero tribe challenges skiers and snowboarders in a vertical race up Sierra Blanca, home of Apache god Ussen.
575-464-3600 • SkiApache.com

Crane Watch Festival
Kearney, NE, March 16-19: More than 500,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate to the Platte River Valley before resuming their northward migration.
800-652-9435 • VisitKearney.org

Dreamland Cemetery Tour
Canyon, TX, March 25: A black cowboy who died during a cattle drive in 1891 is among the folks you’ll learn about in this cemetery history tour.
806-651-2244 • PanhandlePlains.org

Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
Gold Canyon, AZ, Weekends through April 2: Old West time travelers take in Medieval arts and crafts, jousting tournaments and an outdoor circus.
520-463-2600 • RoyalFaires.com

ART SHOWS

M.S. Franco art exhibit
Kerrville, TX, March 1-31: This bronze bust of Comanche leader Quanah Parker is among the featured artworks by Manuel S. Franco.
830-896-2553 • MuseumOfWesternArt.com

Western Spirit Art Show and Sale
Cheyenne, WY, March 4- April 16: Dawn Normali’s Bear Gone Fishing is among the Western art on exhibit by more than 100 artists.
307-778-7290 • OldWestMuseum.org

– Artwork shown: At the Same Time Hahn Pulled His Gun and Shot Him through the Middle, oil, 1906, by Newell Convers Wyeth –
– Artwork shown: At the Same Time Hahn Pulled His Gun and Shot Him through the Middle,
oil, 1906, by Newell Convers Wyeth –

Branding the American West (above)
Orange, TX, Opens March 11: Explore the magically lit landscapes and characters that shaped Hollywood’s mythology of the Wild West during the first half of the 20th century.
409-886-2787 • StarkMuseum.org

Cowgirl Up! Exhibition & Sale
Wickenburg, AZ, March 24-26: Opening gala at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum kicks off the invitational exhibit of Western art by women.
928-684-2272 • WesternMuseum.org

Masters of the American West
Los Angeles, CA, Closes March 26: Exhibits stylistically and thematically diverse Western artworks by 75 nationally recognized artists.
323-667-2000 • TheAutry.org

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Fest
Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12: Shop for leather, pottery, jewelry and woodwork in this festival offering a colorful variety of works in all mediums.
505-292-7457 • RioGrandeFestivals.com

Wyoming State Winter Fair & Trade Show
Lander, WY, March 10-11: Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the fair and trade show offer a grand selection of arts & crafts by regional artists.
307-332-4011 • WyomingStateWinterFair.org

Llano Art Studio Tour
Llano, TX, March 25: Visit with 20 Western and American Indian artists as they work on a wide range of mediums in their creative workspace.
325-247-5354 • LlanoArtStudioTour.Yolasite.com

FRONTIER FARE FESTIVAL

National Fiery Foods and BBQ show
Albuquerque, NM, March 3-5: Fill your tummies from 100 booths of spicy foods and sauces, along with craft beer tastings and cooking demos.
505-796-7500 • FieryFoodShow.com

HERITAGE FESTIVALS

Mule Day
Columbia, TN, March 2-April 2: Relish in a southern Tennessee tradition, honoring mule heritage with a parade, mule shows and live music.
931-381-9557  MuleDay.com

Oklahoma Youth Expo
Oklahoma City, OK, March 7-17: More
than 7,000 youth, from all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, show off their livestock talents.
405-235-0404 • OKYouthExpo.com

Frontier Ladies Living History Conference
San Angelo, TX, March 10-12: Fort Concho hosts this living history workshop offering classes in Victorian leisure, clothing and crafts.
325-481-2646 • FortConcho.com

Tucson Festival of Books
Tucson, AZ, March 11-12: Join Old West authors and historians at the University of Arizona for panel discussions and book signings.
TucsonFestivalOfBooks.org

Kamloops Cowboy Festival
Kamloops, BC, Canada, March 16-19: Cowboy heritage gets gritty at this BC Cowboy Heritage Society fair offering art, gear and dinner theatre.
888-763-2221• BCCHS.com

MUSIC & POETRY

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Riders of the Purple Sage World Premiere Opera
Phoenix, AZ, March 3-5: Follow this operatic Wild West adventure through the sweeping vistas and massive canyons of the Southwest. Vibrant art by Ed Mell helps bring to life the opera inspired by Zane Grey’s most popular novel, Riders of the Purple Sage.
602-266-7464 • AZOpera.org

Riders of the Purple Sage brunch by the Zane Grey’s West society
Tempe, AZ, March 4: Chow down with the Zane Grey’s West Society and learn more about the Western author who inspired  Arizona Opera’s Riders of the Purple Sage.
925-699-0698 • ZGWS.org

RE-ENACTMENTS

Fall of the Alamo
San Antonio, TX, March 4: Watch the 1836 Battle of the Alamo unfold in a bold portrayal by the Texas Army and living history interpreters.
TexasArmy.org

Imprisoned On The Frontier
Fort McKavett, TX, March 16-19: Re-enacts the imprisonment of federal soldiers at Fort McKavett during the first winter of the Civil War, 1861-62.
325-396-2358 • THC.Texas.gov

Billy the Kid Breakout Show
San Elizario, TX, March 19: In front of the only jail Billy the Kid broke into, you can watch the outlaw’s legendary 1876 jail rescue of a pal.
915-851-0093 • SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org

RODEO

Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo
Winnemucca, NV, March 1-5: Ranch hands compete in rodeo events, plus you can see cow dog trials, horse and bull sales, and a trade show.
775-623-2220 • RanchRodeoNV.com

Rodeo Grand Island
Grand Island, NE, March 2-4: Trick roper Loop Rawlins fires up the arena crowd as rodeo superstars compete in tough rodeo events.
800-745-3000 • HeartlandEventsCenter.com

Cinch Timed Event Championship
Edmond, OK, March 3-5: The best all-around timed-event hands in professional rodeo compete at the Lazy E Arena in five rodeo timed events.
800-595-7433 • VisitEdmondOK.com

North Dakota Winter Show PRCA Rodeo
Valley City, ND March 4-11: Commemorating 80 years, this PRCA rodeo celebrates with concerts, livestock shows and an old-time tractor pull.
701-845-1401 • NorthDakotaWinterShow.com

Wyoming State Winter Fair Bull Riding & Horse Show
Lander, WY, March 4-5: Tough regional contenders compete in bull riding and in a horse show during the winter fair’s 50th anniversary celebration.
307-332-4011 • WyomingStateWinterFair.org

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Houston, TX, March 7-26: Drink milk punch, show off your fave boots, hear Willie Nelson, Alicia Keys and others croon and cheer on rodeo stars at the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo.
832-667-1000 • RodeoHouston.com

Rocky Mountain Challenge PRCA Rodeo
Kalispell, MT, March 17-18: Top rodeo contestants from around the country compete to win big in Montana’s Rocky Mountain environs.
406-755-5366 • MajesticValleyArena.com

PBR Built Ford Tough Series
Sioux Falls, SD, March 31- April 2: See some tough and turbulent action as bull riders fight
for the big money in South Dakota’s largest city.
605-367-7288 • DennySanfordPremierCenter.com

What do you think?

Rhiannon Deremo

Editor of Social Media at True West Magazine.