Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!
Polar Bear Stomp
Eagle Nest, NM, January 1: Kick off the new year with a guided tour through one of the snow covered trails of Eagle Nest State Park.
575-377-3010 • AngelFireChamber.org
Born of Fire: Margaret Tafoya, Santa Clara Potter
Taos, NM, January 4-29: The life, artwork and influence of Margaret Tafoya is honored in this pottery exhibition at Millicent Rogers Museum.
575-758-2462 • NewMexico.org
American Indian Fine Arts Festival
Litchfield Park, AZ, January 8-10: American Indian artists display jewelry, pottery, basketry, weaving, katsinas, painting and beadwork.
623-935-9040 • Litchfield-Park.org
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Scottsdale, AZ, Opens January 22: This juried art festival held in the heart of the Sonoran Desert features works by more than 100 artists.
480-837-7163 • ArizonaFineArtExpo.com
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Carefree, AZ, Jan. 29-31: High Sonoran Desert town closes its streets for Southwestern and American Indian art show and wine tastings.
480-837-5637 • ThunderbirdArtists.com
Southwest Arts Festival
Indio, CA, January 29-31: This Southwestern art festival features interactive art, pottery, blown glass and fine art created by more than 250 artists.
760-347-0676 • SouthwestArtsFest.com
High Noon Show & Auction
Mesa, AZ, January 23-24: Enjoy a showcase of Western Americana artifacts, plus bid on Western art, American Indian jewelry and cowboy gear at the auction.
800-835-9873 • OldWestEvents.com
Arizona Antique & Collector Firearms Show
Mesa, AZ, January 9-10: This gun show at Centennial Hall showcases antique, collectible and modern firearms from hundreds of vendors.
801-544-9125 • CrossroadsGunShows.com
Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair
Lake Havasu, AZ, January 15-17: Hot air balloons decorate the sky at this fair that also features skydiver shows, an art village and live music.
928-505-2440 • HavasuBalloonFest.com
Big ‘OlE Texas Weekend
Angel Fire, NM, January 23-24: Celebrate Western heritage with live music, skiing and snowboarding at Angel Fire Resort.
800-446-8117 • AngelFireChamber.org
Mardi Gras Weekend
Deadwood, SD, January 29-30: Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Wild West, with a weekend full of free parades, costume contests, parties and live music.
800-999-1876 • Deadwood.com
Cave Creek Indian Market
Cave Creek, AZ, January 29-31: Celebrate Southwest history with wares by American Indian and Southwestern artists and artisans.
623-734-6526 • VermillionPromotions.com
Larry McMurtry and the Literary Genre of the American West
Fort Worth, TX, January 29: Explore Larry McMurtry’s popular novel Lonesome Dove at this presentation by Dr. David Anderson at the Sid Richardson Museum.
817-332-6554 • SidRichardsonMuseum.org
MUSIC & POETRY
Oklahoma City, OK, January 12-17: Head to Civic Center Music Hall to watch the Tony-winning musical about the Rock ’n’ Roll hall of famers, the Four Seasons.
405-297-2264 • VisitOKC.com
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Golden, CO, January 21-24: Features cowboy poetry performances by Chuck Pyle, Floyd Beard, Liz Masterson and Mary Kaye.
720-213-6446 • ColoradoCowboyGathering.com
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Elko, NV, January 25-30: Celebrate cowboy and ranch lifestyles through music and poetry at this gathering held at the Western Folklife Center.
775-738-7508 • WesternFolklife.org
STOCK SHOWS & RODEOS
National Western Stock Show
Denver, CO, January 9-24: This more-than-a century-old livestock show hosts livestock and horse sales and seminars, plus rodeo events.
303-296-6977 • NationalWestern.com
Fort worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, TX, Opens January 15: Held since 1896, Fort Worth’s exposition livestock show and rodeo features livestock auctions and live music.
817-877-2400 • FWSSR.com
International Finals Rodeo
Oklahoma City, OK, January 15-17: Cowboys and cowgirls compete in eight rodeo events for the title of world champion.
405-948-6800 • VisitOKC.com