western events september 2018 true west magazine

Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West this September.

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Elko County Fair & Horse Races

Elko, NV, Aug. 24-Sept. 3: Elko County residents pay tribute to their
pioneer heritage with livestock shows and horse races.

800-248-ELKO • ElkoCountyfair.com

Art Shows

Cowboys of Color: Photographs by Don Russell

Orange, TX, Through September 29: An exhibit highlighting modern African American rodeo cowboys and cowgirls through portraiture.

409-886-2787 • StarkMuseum.org

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Jackson, WY, September 5-16: This art festival features visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife, and Native American arts.

307-733-3316 • TravelWyoming.com

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

Grand Canyon, AZ, opens September 8: Artists paint “en plein air” along the Grand Canyon’s rim for an exhibit at the Kolb Studio.

928-638-2481 • GrandCanyon.org

Bosque Art Classic

Clifton, TX, September 8-22: Original, realistic/representational art is featured, with an emphasis on contemporary Western art.

254-675-3724 • BosqueArtsCenter.org

Museum of Western Art’s Art Sale & Expedition

Kerrville, TX, September 19: Shop and view art by contemporary Western artists, as well as take museum tours and eat a chuckwagon breakfast.

800-658-2548 • MuseumOfWesternArt.com

Erin Hanson: Impressions of Big Bend Country

Alpine, TX, opens September 21: California artist Erin Hanson debuts her modern impressionistic oil paintings inspired by Big Bend National Park.

432·837·8143 • MuseumoftheBigBend.com


Rock Island Premiere Firearms Auction

Rock Island, IL, September 7-9: Bid on over 3,000 rare items from the world’s top gun auction house for antique and collector firearms.

800-238-8022 • RockIslandAuction.com


Happy Canyon Indian Pageant & Wild West Show

Pendleton, OR, September 12-15: The outdoor “Pageant of the West” show honors American Indian heritage and the settling of the West.

800-457-6336 • HappyCanyon.com

Gun Show

Texas Gun & Knife Show

Kerrville, TX, September 8-9: New and used guns, knives, gold & silver coins, jewelry, camping gear and military supplies are all under one roof.

830-285-0575 • TexasGunAndKnifeShows.com

Heritage Festivals

Tri-County Fair & Stampede

Winnemucca, NV, Aug. 30-Sept. 2: This 1868 railroad town gathers to honor Winnemucca’s cowboy heritage and culture.

800-962-2638 • Winnemucca.com

Wagon Days

Ketchum, ID, Aug. 31- Sept. 3: Features one of the largest non-motorized parades in the Pacific Northwest with lots of wagons and stagecoaches.

208-726-2777 • WagonDays.org

30th Annual Fiesta de Septiembre

Wickenburg, AZ, September 1: Mariachi music, folklorico dances and an outdoor mercado liven up this Hispanic pioneer heritage festival.

928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com

Celebrate Bandera

Bandera, TX, September 1-2: Bandera comes alive with music, gunfights, an intertribal powwow, a Wild West show and a mutton busting rodeo.

970-247-3555 • CelebrateBandera.com

Defeat of Jesse James Days

Northfield, MN, September 5-9: Celebrate the town heroes who stopped the Jesse James Gang during their famous 1876 bank raid.

800-658-2548 • DJJD.org

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials

Meeker, CO, September 5-9: Held since 1987, this sheepdog competition refines the skills required of a dog and rancher to manage a sheep ranch.

970-878-0111 • MeekerSheepdog.com

Hells Canyon Mule Days

Enterprise, OR, September 7-9: This mule show and sale features an Old World Oxen living history camp, plus cowboy music, poetry and art.

325-677-4376 • HellsCanyonMuleDays.com

National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration

Lubbock, TX, September 7-9: Celebrate cowboy culture at one of the West’s biggest chuck wagon cook-offs, plus enjoy cowboy music and poetry.

806-798-7825 • Cowboy.org

Fort Seward Big Guns of the Old West

Jamestown, ND, September 8: Watch Gatling Gun and Howitzer cannon demos along with open-fire cooking and encampment.

701-251-1875 • NDTourism.com

Harvest Festival

Gering, NE, September 13-16: Nebraska’s agricultural history is honored with parades and demonstrations at Legacy of the Plains Museum.

308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Harvest Fair

Grand Island, NE, September 15-16: Stuhr celebrates the season of harvest with pumpkin activities, fall baking, games, and more.


Potato Bowl USA

Grand Forks , ND, September 18-22: Celebrate the college football bowl game with a golf tournament, baked potato bar, and kids fun run.

218-773-3633 • NDTourism.com

Music Festival

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Franklin, TN, September 22-23: Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews and other Country artists perform at this music and cultural festival.



United Tribes Technical College International Pow Wow

Bismarch, ND, September 7-9: One of the largest in the nation–this powwow features drummers and dancers from tribes around the world.

701-255-3285 • NDTourism.com


Civil War Days & Battle Trains

Virginia City, NV, September 1-3: Enjoy authentic era music from the Fort Point Band as soldiers shoot it out in reenacted train battles.

775-847-0380 • VirginiaTruckee.com

Showdown in Tombstone

Tombstone, AZ, September 1-3: Celebrate the “town too tough to die” with gunfights, a period costume contest, parade, and much more.

888-457-3929 • TombstoneChamber.com


Mountain Man Rendezvous

Fort Bridger, WY, Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Celebrate the Fur Trade Rendezvous era with archery, American Indian dances and Mountain Men knife throws.

307-782-3842 • TravelWyoming.com

Ogallala Indian Summer Rendezvous

Ogallala, NE, September 20-22: Honors the colorful heritage of the South Platte River valley with live entertainment, dances, food and crafts.

800-658-4390 • OgallalaIndianSummerRendezvous.com


Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo

Amarillo, TX, September 1: Features the rodeo talents of the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s, along with a free barbecue lunch.

800-687-3722 • CalFarley.org

Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Fort Worth, TX, September 1-2: Cheer on rodeo cowboys at the world’s first indoor rodeo, upon the Cowtown Coliseum debut in 1908.


West Texas Fair & Rodeo

Abilene, TX, September 6-15: West Texas cowboys and cowgirls head to this PRCA rodeo that also features a tractor pull and a carnival.

325-677-4376 • TaylorCountyExpoCenter.com

Navajo County Fair & Rodeo

Holbrook, AZ, September 12-16: Navajo County draws PRCA talent to its rodeo that also features carnival rides and a demolition derby.

928-524-4757 • NavajoCountyFair.com

Pendleton Round-Up

Pendleton, OR, September 12-15: PRCA rodeo with cowboy concerts, Indian relay races, the Happy Canyon festival and a rodeo parade.

800-457-6336 • PendletonRoundUp.com

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