August 2013 Events

railfest-bandera-wind-river-resort-powwowWestern roundup of events where you can experience the Old West.


Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions

Douglas, WY, August 12-18: Wild horses and burros from Western states are offered up for adoption to folks who will provide long-term care.

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Toppenish Western Art Show

Toppenish, WA, August 16-18: American Indian, Western and wildlife art in the mural town of Toppenish, with Bill Carnahan as featured artist.


America’s Horse in Art

Amarillo, TX, Opens August 17: Benefit sale of horses depicted in pencil, paintings and sculptures, with signature piece by Earl Kuhn.



Auction in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM, August 11-12: Manitou Galleries auctions off Southwestern art, antique firearms and American Indian and cowboy collectibles.

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Miss New Mexico Saloon Girl Contest

Eagle Nest, NM, Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Compete in a saloon girl costume contest, with a dance and prizes, at Laguna Vista Lodge’s 1898 saloon.



Leadville Boom Days

Leadville, CO, August 2-4: This 1880s Old West mining town festival includes burro races, mining skill contests, gunslingers and a street fair.

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Umatilla County Fair

Umatilla, OR, August 6-10: Celebrates a 1912 tradition with livestock auction, a rodeo and a parade themed “Rides, Ribbons and Rodeos.”

541-567-6121 •

Astoria Regatta

Astoria, OR, August 7-11: This home of the Lewis and Clark Expedition monument celebrates an 1894 tradition with boat races and parades.

503-861-2288 •

Chama Days

Chama, NM, August 10-11: Gather in this 1881 Denver & Rio Grande rail town for a rodeo, softball tournament, a parade and a dance.


Wyoming State Fair

Douglas, WY, August 10-17: Held since 1912, this state fair boasts rodeos, carnival games and rides, free stage shows and grandstand events.

307-358-2398 •

True West Railfest

Durango, CO, August 15-18: Enjoy special railroad excursions and join Bob Boze Bell and friends as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie Tombstone with special celebrity guests.

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Celebrate Bandera

Bandera, TX, Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Watch the town of Bandera come alive with cowboys and little buckaroos, featuring the Bandera Cattle Company, rodeos, stagecoach rides and a Buffalo Soldiers camp.



Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous

Lewistown, MT, August 15-18: Celebrate with Roy Rogers Jr. and son Dustin as they perform their show “Continuing the Legacy.”

406-538-4575 •

Western Legends Roundup

Kanab, UT, August 22-24: Pays tribute to Cheyenne and other Western classics, plus you can meet movie stars Clint Walker, James Drury and more.

435-644-3444 •


Northern Arapaho Native Song and Dance

Riverton, WY, August 1-31: Northern Arapaho’s heritage music and storytelling will be shared with the public at free performances every Tuesday.


High Plains Powwow

Rawlins, WY, August 17: Experience a significant event in American Indian culture and watch men, women and children share their ancient dance.

307-328-2740 •


Old Lincoln Days

Lincoln, NM, August 2-4: Watch “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid,” about an 1881 jailbreak, and other re-enactments of historic Lincoln events.


Lewis & Clark Saltmakers Return

Seaside, OR, August 16-18: Since 2002, folks meet and trade with re-enactors of the Corps of Discovery as they prepare salt at Seaside Beach.

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John Wesley Hardin Secret Society

El Paso, TX, August 17: Relive the 1895 shooting death of John Wesley Hardin in the re-enactment at historic Concordia Cemetery where the gunfighter is buried.



Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Dodge City, KS, July 31-Aug. 4: This PRCA rodeo boasts the nation’s oldest and longest-running Little Britches Rodeo.

620-225-2244 •

Cody Nite Rodeo

Cody, WY, August 1-31: Rodeo stars entertain with nightly displays of bronc riding, bull riding, team roping and barrel racing.

800-207-0744 •

Dodge City Days

Dodge City, KS, July 26-Aug. 4: This 1872 cowtown pays tribute to its heritage with a rodeo, Western art show, Country concert, barbecue contest and more.

620-227-3119 •

Elk City’s Rodeo Of Champions

Elk City, OK, Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Cowboys and cowgirls compete in a PRCA rodeo, plus a rodeo parade and Old West historical re-enactments.

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