August 2015 Events

Durango-Silverton-True-West-Rail-Fest.Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!


Empire and Liberty: The Civil War  and the West

Lost Angeles, CA, August 1-30: Museum exhibition explores the causes and legacies of the American Civil War and its impact on Westward Expansion.

323-667-2000 •

True West Railfest

Durango, CO, August 13-16: Join True West Magazine’s Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell and friends aboard the 1881-82 Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a celebration of railroading and the Western lifestyle.

888-872-4607 •

Mount Rainier Railroad Western Train

Mineral, WA, August 15: Cowboys and cowgirls step into the pioneer past aboard a steam train reminiscent of the Old West as they travel through the Mount Rainier forest and foothills.

360-569-7959 •


Bugbee’s Birthday

Canyon, TX, August 15: This tribute to the life of Western artist Harold Dow Bugbee features displays of his artwork, as well as a scavenger hunt for objects in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s recreation of Bugbee’s studio. Shown here is Bugbee’s Jack Ritchie.

806-651-2242 •

The Colorado River Basin by Pete McBride

Corning, NY, Opens Aug. 14: A display of photographs taken by Pete McBride to raise awareness for the ecology of the Colorado River.

607-937-5386 •


Dodge City Days

Dodge City, KS, July 24-August 2: This celebration of the cowboy lifestyle includes history re-enactments, a PRCA rodeo, a cattle drive and a Western art show.

620-227-3119 •

Eureka County Fair

Eureka, NV, August 6-9: Enjoy carnival rides, livestock shows, a chili cook-off, bronc and bull riding, and much more at this county fair.

775-237-6026 • Co.Eureka.NV.US

Kool-Aid Days Festival

Hastings, NE, August 7-9: Celebrate the 1927 invention of Nebraska’s official soft drink and see the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand.

402-461-8405 •

The Last Escape of Billy the Kid

Lincoln, NM, August 7-9: Watch history re-enactments of the notorious Lincoln County War, including the “last escape of Billy the Kid,” plus an appearance by True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell.

Umatilla County Fair

Umatilla, OR, August 11-15: Since 1912, this fair hosts families and residents of Umatilla County in a celebration of their Western heritage.

541-567-6121 • Co.Umatilla.OR.US

John Wesley Hardin Secret Society

El Paso, TX, August 16: John Wesley Hardin’s death in 1895 is re-enacted at historic Concorida Cemetery where the gunfighter is buried.

915-842-8200 •

Bozeman Trail Commemorative Chuckwagon Cook-off

Virginia City, MT, August 28-30: Celebrate the anniversary of the first wagon train that arrived in Virginia City on the Bozeman Trail.

406-579-2477 •

Elko County Fair

Elko, NV, Opens Aug. 29: Elko County residents pay tribute to their pioneer heritage with livestock shows and horse races.

775-738-3616 •


Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

Prescott, AZ, August 6-8: Don Edwards, Belinda Gail, Trinity Seeley and more performers bring their songs and poetry to the stage.

928-713-6323 •

Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial

Las Vegas, NM, August 1-9: Now in its 100th year, this reunion will celebrate Old West history and cowboy culture with a rodeo, live music and poetry, and cowboy dances.

505-366-1960 •

Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Lewistown, MT, August 13-16: Hear Red Steagall, Dave Stamey and others’ cowboy poems, plus enjoy an art show, Western dance and a BBQ.

406-535-8721 •

Western Legends Roundup

Kanab, UT, August 27-29: This tribute to Western films and cowboy heritage features appearances by 1960s TV star Don Collier and stuntman Neil Summers.

435-644-3444 •


Shoshone-Bannock Festival

Fort Hall, ID, August 6-9: The powwow, games, parade and feast are all hosted at a reservation established by the 1868 Fort Bridger treaty.

208-339-6996 •


Maverick Ranch Rodeo

Cimarron, NM, August 2: This WRCA-sanctioned rodeo features wild cow milking, roping, barrel racing, bull riding and a wild horse race.

888-376-2417 •

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Dodge City, KS, July 29-August 2: This PRCA rodeo features saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

620-225-2244 •

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Payson, AZ, August 20-22: This 1884 rodeo, which claims to be the world’s oldest, features rodeo competitions that benefit Rim Country charities.

928-474-9440 •

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