western-events-november-2012Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West.

Animal Adoptions

Wild Horse and Burro  Adoptions

Richmond, VA, November 2-4: Wild horses and
burros from Western states are offered up for adoption to folks who will provide long-term care.
866-468-7826 • BLM.gov

Art Shows & Exhibits

Scottsdale Western Artwalk

Scottsdale, AZ, November 8: Tour traditional and contemporary Western and American Indian art in some of Old Town’s many diverse galleries.

480-377-9366 • ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Small Works, Great Wonders

Oklahoma City, OK, November 16: Art collectors can purchase smaller Western paintings and sculptures at this annual museum fundraiser.
405-478-2250 • NationalCowboyMuseum.org

Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May

Santa Fe, NM, Opens November 18: The first—and only—U.S. exhibit dedicated to Germany’s favorite author, during this centennial year of his death. Karl May is shown here dressed as his famous Wild West character, Old Shatterhand, from Winnetou.


Alpine Artwalk

Alpine, TX, November 16-17: View artwork from 23 galleries and a wild wheels art car parade, plus enjoy an open air food market and free concerts.

432-837-3067 • ArtwalkAlpine.com


Western Americana

Dallas, TX, November 3: Bid on Wild West collectibles; past sales have included a Buffalo Bill pistol and Annie Oakley cabinet cards.

800-872-6467 • HA.com

Fine Firearms

Manchester, New Hampshire, November 17: Historical and collectible firearms could include Winchesters, sporting rifles and flintlock pistols.

603-627-7383 • AmoskeagAuction.com

Awards show

Western Music Association Showcase & Awards Show

Albuquerque, NM, November 14-18: Starts off with a swing dance and includes Western music workshops, performances, contests and awards.

505-563-0673 • WesternMusic.com

Frontier Fare

Ranch Hand Breakfast

Kingsville, TX, November 17: Cowboy breakfast
at the 1853 King Ranch includes team roping, camp cooking and cowboy storytelling.

800-333-5032 • King-Ranch.com

Heritage Festivals

Cave Creek Cowboy Gathering

Cave Creek, AZ, November 3: Ballads and stories shared by five-time Western Music Performer of the Year Dave Stamey, True West’s Bob Boze Bell and more entertainers.

480-488-2764 • CaveCreekTapHaus.com

Death Valley ’49ers Encampment

Furnace Creek, CA, November 7-11: Celebrate the spirit of the 1849 Gold Rush with music, an art and crafts show, cowboy poetry and parades.

866-683-2948 • DeathValley49ers.org

Holiday Events


Grapevine, TX, Opens November 9: Holiday
ice sculptures and slides showcase DreamWorks’s Merry Madagascar
to share how Alex saves Christmas.

866-782-7897 • GaylordHotels.com

The Polar Express

Durango, CO, Opens November 16: This
1879 railroad offers kids a train ride sharing
the classic Christmas tale on the way to Santa. 877-872-4607 • DurangoTrain.com

The Polar Express

Palestine, TX, Opens November 16: This 1881 inmate-built railroad offers hot cocoa
and gifts for kids heading to the North Pole.

888-872-2461 • TexasStateRR.com

Starlight Parade

The Dalles, OR, November 23: This former fur trade town brings Cowboy Christmas to life
with lighted parade floats and merry jingles.

541-296-2231 • TheDallesChamber.com

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

Denton, TX, November 30: Victorian Christmas celebration includes lighting of the town Christmas Tree at Courthouse Square.

940-349-8200 • DentonHolidayLighting.com

Music & Poetry

Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair

Heber City, Utah, Oct. 31-Nov. 4: Waddie Mitchell hosts musicians and poets including RW Hampton, Suzy Bogguss, Bar J Wranglers and Sourdough Slim (above).

435-654-3666 • HVCPG.com

– By Jim Kelly –

Wild West Days

Cave Creek, AZ, November 2-4: Gold strikes again with a heritage festival featuring mounted shooters, a “Gundown by Sundown” show, bathtub races, the
Wild West Days parade and more.

480-437-1196 • WildWestDaysCaveCreek.com

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Monterey, CA, Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Come hear True West’s best solo musician of the year, Juni Fisher (shown), as well as other top performers: Dave Stamey, Adrian, Paul Zarzyski, Brenn Hill, Carolyn Martin and more.

831-659-1041 • MontereyCowboy.org


Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival

Wickenburg, AZ, November 9-11: Bluegrass concerts, flat pick guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo championships, and a pancake breakfast.

928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com


Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping

Guthrie, OK, November 2-3: The top 15 steer ropers in the PRCA compete in go-rounds to
earn the title as the new world champion.

800-595-7433 • LazyE.com

WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo

Amarillo, TX, November 8-11: Championship working ranch rodeo, plus cowboy trade and trappings show, and cowboy poetry and music.

806-374-9722 •  WRCA.org

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