A Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West
Wigwam Festival of Fine Art
Litchfield Park, AZ, February 14-16: World-class art and entertainment with award-winning Western, American Indian and Southwestern artists.
623-734-6526 • Litchfield-Park.org
Trappings of Texas
Alpine, TX, Starts February 22: Nation’s second-oldest trappings show, held since 1986, offers cowboy gear and Western art, such as Buckeye Blake’s Sky High on Glass Eye Under Two Sky.
432-837-8143 • SulRoss.edu/museum
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Scottsdale, AZ, February 13-23: More than 2,000 horses compete and perform for over $1 million in prizes, plus equine seminars and vendor market.
480-515-1500 • ScottsdaleShow.com
Donald E. Erickson Memorial Chariot Races
Saratoga, WY, February 15-16: Bet on your favorite teams from Wyoming and Colorado as they race two-horse chariots down a quarter-mile track.
307-326-8855 • WyomingCarbonCounty.com
Death by Chocolate
Bismarck, ND, February 15: An evening of tantalizing chocolate treats and a silent auction that benefits Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons.
701-223-4525 • GSDakotaHorizons.org
Nebraskaland Day’s Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash
North Platte, NE, February 23: Observe the Wild West showman’s birthday by attending this concert that benefits NebraskaLand Days.
888-313-5606 • NebraskaLandDays.com
Scottsdale, AZ, February 1-27: In this celebration’s 12th year, American Indians perform traditional dances and offer up native food and wares.
800-782-1117 • ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
Gold Canyon, AZ, Starts February 8: Old West time travelers can take in medieval arts and crafts, jousting tournaments and an outdoor circus.
520-463-2600 • RoyalFaires.com
Gold Rush Days & Senior Pro Rodeo
Wickenburg, AZ, February 14-16: The Senior Pro Rodeo is just one of the numerous events at the 66th annual celebration of Wickenburg’s mining and ranching origins.
928-684-0977 • WickenburgChamber.com
11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras
Bandera, TX, February 20-22: Cowboys and Cajuns come together to celebrate Mardi Gras in Bandera, which calls itself the “Cowboy Capital of the World.”
830-796-4849 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com
Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Party
Golden, CO, February 22: Gathering of Old West re-enactors and history buffs celebrating William Cody’s birthday at the Rock Rest Lodge.
303-279-3342 • BuffaloBillDays.com
Texas Independence Day Celebration and The Virginian cast reunion
Lockhart, TX, Opens February 28: Demonstrations of how the pioneers lived during the 1800s, plus watch The Virginian with the cast members!
512-227-138 • TexasIndependenceDay.Homestead.com
Oklahoma Horse Fair
Duncan, OK, February 7-9: Enjoy the Chisholm Trail Ranch Rodeo, the horse, mule and pony show, an equine trade show and working cowdog clinics.
405-226-0630 • OKHorseFair.com
MUSIC & POETRY
Jam Sessions at the Occidental Hotel
Buffalo, WY, Thursdays in February: Local musicians gather to perform some of the best Bluegrass, Western and Folk music in the land.
307-684-0451 • BuffaloWyo.com
Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May
Santa Fe, NM, Closes February 9: Celebrate the life, legacy and numerous stories of the bestselling European author of Westerns, Karl May, shown here.
505-476-5200 • NMHistoryMuseum.org
Cochise Cowboy Poetry& Music Gathering
Sierra Vista, AZ, February 7-9: Showcases cowboy musicians, such as Juni Fisher and the Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, and poets, such as Mike Dunn.
520-417-9776 • CowboyPoets.com
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Alpine, TX, February 21-22: Doris Daley, Allan Chapman, Washtub Jerry and others celebrate the oral tradition of the working cowboy.
800-561-3712 • Cowboy-Poetry.org
Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering
Ellensburg, WA, February 14-17: A celebration of traditional cowboy art, poetry and music, including a performance from Riders in the Sky (above), as well as a cowboy gear and art show with workshops.
888-925-2204 • EllensburgCowboyGathering.com
Chama Sno-Ball Balloon Rally
Chama, NM, February 22: In this festival held since 1997, massive hot air balloons and crews gather to fill the skies above Chama with beautiful colors.
575-756-2306 • ChamaValley.com
Parada Del Sol
Scottsdale, AZ, February 8: Celebrating its 61st year, the horse-drawn parade features mountain men re-enactors and more.
480-990-3179 • ParadaDelSol.us
Lake Lucero Tour
Alamogordo, NM, February 22: Learn about the formation, plants and animals of the White Sands on a tour to the dry Lake Lucero.
575-679-2599 • Alamogordo.com
Winter Photographer’s Train & Night Photo Shoot
Durango, CO, February 15-16: Passengers will disembark in the wilderness to capture a K-36 train traveling along the Animas Canyon.
888-872-4607 • DurangoTrain.com