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 • CivilWar.TheAutry.org
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 • DurangoTrain.com
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 • MRSR.com
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 • PanhandlePlains.org
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 • RockwellMuseum.org
HERITAGE FESTIVALS & RE-ENACTMENTS
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 • DodgeCityDays.com
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 • Kool-AidDays.com
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 • ConcordiaCemetery.org
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 • VirginiaCity.com
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 • ElkoCountyFair.com
MUSIC & POETRY
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 • AZCowboyPoets.org
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 • LVCowboyReunion.com
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 • MontanaCowboyPoetryGathering.com
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 • WesternLegendsRoundup.com
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 • ShoshoneBannockTribes.com
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 • CimarronNM.com
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 • DodgeCityRoundup.org
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 • PaysonProRodeo.com