Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!
Sharing the Past Through Art
Fort Worth, TX, November 12: A tour through Amon Carter museum with emphasis on using artistic themes to connect with past experiences.
817-738-1933 • CarterMuseum.org
Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Omaha, NE, Opens November 15: Joslyn Art Museum exhibit explores the evolution of the American West through American Indian artifacts, such as a Crow jacket, and artwork, including Rosa Bonheur’s Col. William F. Cody.
402-342-3300 • Joslyn.org
Alpine, TX, November 20-21: View artwork by featured artist Carol Fairlie and more Western artists, plus live music from local musicians.
432-837-3067 • ArtwalkAlpine.com
Firearms and Early Militaria Auction
Cincinnati, OH, November 3-5: Auction of fresh-to-the-market rifles, pistols, uniforms, shotguns, powderhorns, bowie knives and accouterments.
513-871-1670 • CowansAuctions.com
Chandler Chuckwagon Cook-off
Chandler, AZ, November 6-7: Authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail.
480-782-2751 • ChandlerAZ.gov
Day of the Dead
Silver City, NM, November 1: A celebration featuring a parade, live music, craft demonstrations, plus traditional art and food.
575-538-5555 • SilverCityTourism.org
Wild West Days
Cave Creek, AZ, November 6-8: A celebration of the West with mounted shooting contests, costume competitions, live music and more.
480-488-2466 • WildWestDaysCaveCreek.com
American Quarter Horse World Championship Show and Sale
Oklahoma City, OK, November 6-21: Qualified horses and their owners compete in the AQHA world championship show, plus a horse sale.
806-376-4811 • AQHA.com
Santa Fe, NM, November 7: This gala event to raise funds for the Spanish Colonial Arts Society features an art auction and live entertainment.
505-982-2226 • SpanishColonial.org
Death Valley ‘49ers Encampment
Furnace Creek, CA, November 11-15: Celebrate the spirit of the 1849 Gold Rush with music, an arts and crafts show, cowboy poetry and parades.
866-683-2948 • DeathValley49ers.org
Ranch Hand Festival
Kingsville, TX, November 20-22: This festival honors Kingsville’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry.
800-333-5032 • RanchHandFestival.com
River of Lights
Albuquerque, NM, Opens November 28: Be dazzled by more than 150 light displays, animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show.
505-768-2000 • VisitAlbuquerque.org
The Polar Express
Durango, CO, Opens November 21: This 1879 railroad offers kids a train ride sharing the classic Christmas tale on the way to Santa.
970-247-2733 • DurangoTrain.com
Santa’s North Pole Adventure
Georgetown, CO, Opens November 21: Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes with Santa and his helpers aboard decorated train coaches.
888-456-6777 • GeorgetownLoopRR.com
The Dalles, OR, November 27: This former fur trade town brings Cowboy Christmas to life with lighted parade floats and merry jingles.
541-296-2231 • TheDallesChamber.com
Christmas at Union Station
Omaha, NE, Opens November 27: A tradition since Union Station’s earliest years, this tree lighting ceremony includes a visit from Santa.
402-444-5071 • DurhamMuseum.org
Sisters Holiday Celebration & Parade
Sisters, OR, November 27-28: Kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony and parade featuring a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
866-549-0252 • SistersCountry.com
Wine Country Thanksgiving
Willamette Valley, OR, November 27-29: Celebrate Thanksgiving with live music and special wine tastings from more than 150 Willamette Valley Wineries.
503-646-2985 • WillametteWines.com
North Pole Flyer
Austin, TX, Opens November 28: Ride from Cedar Park to Bertram in decorated train cars powered by a 1960 ALCO diesel locomotive.
512-477-8468 • AustinSteamTrain.org
Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival
Wickenburg, AZ, November 13-15: Cowboys and cowgirls from across the country gather for outside performances of Bluegrass music.
928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com
Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
Monterey, CA, November 20-22: Cow Bop (above), Michael Martin Murphey, Sons of the San Joaquin and other Western musicians entertain with cowboy music and poetry.
831-649-6544 • MontereyCowboy.org
WRCA Wold Championship Ranch Rodeo
Amarillo, TX, November 12-15: Top ranch teams compete in the world championship hosted by Working Ranch Cowboys Association.
806-374-9722 • WRCA.org