Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!
CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES IN THE AMERICAN WEST: A SELECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
Scottsdale, AZ, ongoing: Stories of cultural friendship, tension, and conflict in the American West are depicted through artwork.
480-686-9539 • ScottsdaleMuseumWest.org
FALL ARTIST SHOWCASE AT WHISTLE PIK GALLERIES
Fredericksburg, TX, Oct. 1- Nov. 30: First Friday art walk exhibits works by Michael Albrechtsen, Robert Peters, Sonya Terpening and others.
830-990-8151 • WhistlePik.com
WESTERN TRAPPINGS ON THE LLANO CELEBRATE THE ART & ARTISTS
Llano, TX, October 7: The Llano County Historical Museum displays cowboy gear and Western art, including the shown “Buffalo Bill” Cody portrait on an elk hide hoop drum, painted by Stu Braks.
512-557-2229 • WesternTrappings.com
LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL
Lone Pine, CA, October 7-9: Held since 1989, this Western film festival offers movie site tours, Western movie screenings and celebrity guests.
760-876-9909 • LonePineFilmFestival.org
JAMES-YOUNGER GANGNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Springfield, IL, Sept. 29-Oct. 1: James-Younger Gang historians team up for tours of the Lincoln house and museum, and of New Salem.
479-783-2100 • NationalJamesYoungerGang.org
WILD WEST FESTIVAL
McAlester, OK, Sept. 30–Oct. 1: Gunfight shows, chuckwagon cookouts and a powwow celebrate this 1869 trading post town in Choctaw Territory.
918-329-9417 • TravelOK.com
Elk CITY CHILI COOK-OFF
Elk City, OK, October 1: Taste chili samples from the area’s top chili connoisseurs and cast your vote for the best in Oklahoma.
580-225-0207 • TravelOK.com
WINE & CHEESE TRAIN
Elgin, OR, October 1: The Eagle Cap Excursion Train offers rides through fall colors, while passengers taste regional wines and cheeses.
541-963-1001 • EagleCapTrainRides.com
ALBUQUERQUE AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS FESTIVAL
Albuquerque, NM, October 1-2: Peruse an extensive assortment of traditional and contemporary art by more than 100 indigenous artists, while taking in the cultural food and dances.
505-843-7270 • VisitAlbuquerque.org
ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL
Albuquerque, NM, October 1-9: Festivalgoers walk among hundreds of balloons and take in precision flying competitions, the Special Shape Rodeo and a night-time Balloon Glow.
505-821-1000 • VisitAlbuquerque.org
HOTEL DE PARIS MUSEUM TOURS
Georgetown, CO, Oct. 1-Dec. 11: Experience the showplace hotel where Georgetown’s silver and gold millionaire slept and dined.
303-569-2311 • HotelDeParisMuseum.org
ROUTE 66: RADIANCE, RUST & REVIVAL ON THE MOTHER ROAD
Albuquerque, NM, Through October 2: Celebrates the 90th anniversary of Route 66 by showcasing art, history and popular culture.
505-243-7255 • VisitAlbuquerque.org
TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL
Hailey, ID, October 5-9: Celebrates the colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders with a sheep parade, lamb feast and cowboy music.
208-720-0585 • TrailingOfTheSheep.org
FALL FOR HISTORY
Wallace, ID, October 6-9: One of America’s best preserved cities— the entire town of Wallace is on the National Register of Historic Places— celebrates its history. Take guided tours of the 1884 silver mining town’s historic mansions, churches and commercial district, and the mining railroad and bordello museums. The celebration includes re-enactments and the dedication of a Civil War veteran’s grave.
208-753-7151 • WallaceIdahoChamber.com
LINCOLN COUNTY COWBOY SYMPOSIUM
Ruidoso, NM, October 7-9: The “World Championship Chuckwagon Competition” also features a Western Expo and cowboy storytellers.
575-378-4431 • CowboySymposium.org
LLANO RIVER CHUCKWAGON COOK-OFF
Llano, TX, October 14-16: Head to the banks of the Llano River for a traditional chuckwagon cook-off, plus a heritage festival and cowboy church.
325-247-5354 • LlanoChuckwagonCookOff.com
RANCH HERITAGE DAY
Bandera, TX, October 15: This free family event shares ranch skills, music and stories, and features trick roping and covered wagon rides.
830-796-4413 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com
FALL PHOTOGRAPHER’S WEEKEND
Baker City, OR, October 15-16: Photography and history fans take a ride on a vintage steam locomotive to capture the fall scenery.
541-894-2268 • SumpterValleyRailroad.org
Tombstone, AZ, October 21-23: Tombstone’s oldest festival venerates the 1880s lifestyle with gunfight re-enactments, music, dancing and a parade.
520-266-5266 • TombstoneHelldoradoDays.com
OKA ‘CHAFFA POWWOW AND WILD WEST FEST
Augusta, GA, October 24-25: American Indian dancers, storytellers and drummers join forces with gunfighters, ropers and covered wagoners.
770-735-6275 • RThunder.com
MUSIC & POETRY
PRESCOTT FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Prescott, AZ, October 1-2: Sharlot Hall hosts Arizona’s oldest folk music festival, with four stages and jam sessions around the grounds.
928-830-8236 • Prescott.org
HEBER VALLEY WESTERN MUSIC & COWBOY POETRY GATHERING
Heber City, UT, October 26-30: Western musicians and poets share their stories at this cowboy culture gala with a traders camp.
435-654-3666 • HVCPG.com
RED STEAGALL COWBOY GATHERING & WESTERN SWING FESTIVAL
Fort Worth, TX, October 28-30: Western swing music, cowboy poetry, a chuckwagon cook-off and a rodeo—all at Fort Worth Stockyards.
817-444-5502 • RedSteagallCowboyGathering.com
FALL MOUNTAIN MAN ENCAMPMENT
Bartlesville, OK, Sept. 30-Oct. 4: This 1820s-40s Mountain Man camp features fur trade demonstrations and period wares.
918-336-0307 • Woolaroc.org
DALTON DEFENDER DAYS
Coffeyville, KS, Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Re-enacts the 1892 bank robbery that ended with the deaths of four member of the outlaw Dalton Gang.
800-626-3357 • DaltonDefenderDays.Tripod.com
WALK THROUGH HISTORY
El Paso, TX, October 15: Walk through an 1872 cemetery and learn the history of some of the 60,000 permanent residents told by re-enactors.
915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org
REX ALLEN DAYS
Willcox, AZ, Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Held since 1951, the singing cowboy’s hometown rodeo also boasts a parade, tractor pulls, a carnival and music.
520-384-4626 • RexAllenDays.org
TEXAS GUN COLLECTORS SHOW
Fort Worth, TX, October 14-16: Showcases historical and modern firearms, and edged weapons, at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
210-323-9159 • TGCA.org