Western Roundup: October 2021

Courtesy Lori Duckworth/Oklahoma Tourism

The Woolaroc Retrospective Exhibit and Sale

Bartlesville, OK, October 16-December 31

This year’s show will feature William Acheff, Scott L. Christensen, Josh Elliott, Sherrie McGraw, Paul Moore, John Moyers, Peregrine O’Gormley, Grant Redden andnMatt Smith, all of whom are nationally recognized for their work. Lectures, a lodge lunch, and an opening night of the sale will be Saturday, October 16. For ticket and sponsor information, please call or visit the website. 

918-336-0307 • Woolaroc.org

 

Art Shows

TRADITIONAL COWBOY ARTS EXHIBITION & SALE

Oklahoma City, OK, October 1-2

This event is dedicated to preserving and promoting the skills of saddle-making, bit- and spur-making, silversmithing, rawhide braiding and the role of these traditional crafts in cowboy culture.

405-478-2250 • NationalCowboyMuseum.org

Film Festivals

LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL

Lone Pine, CA, October 7-10

This festival celebrates and honors Western film and television history and heroes and heroines of the silver screen.

760-876-9103 • LonePineMuseum.org

Gun Shows

TEXAS GUN COLLECTORS ASSN. SHOW

Denton, TX, October 15-18

Held at Embassy Suites Hotel, this collectors’ showcase offers historical firearms and edged weapons.

210-323-9519 • TGCA.org

Heritage Festivals

DALTON DEFENDER DAYS & COWBOY TRADE DAYS

Coffeyville, KS, October 1-2

Dalton Defenders Days celebrates that fateful day of October 5, 1892, when the Dalton Gang was defeated in Coffeyville. In addition, Cowboy Trade Days has been added to this popular annual event.

800-626-3357 • Coffeyville.com

REX ALLEN DAYS

Willcox, AZ, October 1-3

Western heroes are brought to life every October. Events include a parade, rodeo and fair, gun show, tractor-pull, concert, softball tournament, car show and more.

520-384-4626 • RexAllenDays.org

25TH ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL

Sun Valley, ID, October 6-10

The festival preserves the stories and history of Idaho sheep ranchers and herders, with entertainment and education for all ages about the production of local food and fiber that have sustained local economies for generations. 

208-720-0585 • TrailingOfTheSheep.org

HELLDORADO DAYS

Tombstone, AZ, October 15-17

Don’t miss out on the most rip-roaring celebration in Tombstone. Helldorado Days are held every third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October and consist of gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and other entertainment. 

888-457-3929 • TombstoneHelldoradoDays.com

HAUNTED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR

Riverton, WY, October 16

Enjoy the history, stories and photos associated with many prominent buildings along a walking tour.

307-856-2665 • TravelWyoming.com

KERR COUNTY FAIR

Kerrville, TX, October 21-24

Head to this 1857 Texas Hill Country town for a prospect show, cook-off, bull rides, downtown parade and dances.

830-257-6833 • KerrCountyFair.com

FALL FOR HISTORY

Wallace, ID, October 30-31

A gala celebration of Wallace’s history and its designation as entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places includes speakers, historic home and museum tours, live theater re-enactments and more.

208-753-7151 • WallaceIdahoChamber.com

 

Historic Trains

GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD OKTOBERFEST

Georgetown, CO, Weekends, October 15-24

Chug away on a scenic train trip that offers microbrew beer-tasting for adults and root beer for kids.

888-456-6777 • GeorgetownLoopRR.com

FALL FOLIAGE TRAIN

Baker City, OR, October 22-24

Photography and history fans take a ride on a vintage steam locomotive to capture the fall scenery.

541-894-2268 • SumpterValleyRailroad.org

WALK THROUGH HISTORY

El Paso, TX, October 16

Walk through the 1872 cemetery to learn the history of John Wesley Hardin, Buffalo Soldiers and other permanent residents.

915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org

 

Music

WILD WEST SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

Deadwood, SD: October 7-9

Twenty of the top songwriters and artists come to Deadwood to share their music and their stories. The festival features free informal performances during the days and ticketed concerts in the evenings.

605-578-1876 • Deadwood.com

COUNTRY THUNDER ARIZONA

Florence, AZ, October 14-17

For 23 years, Country Thunder has brought fans the best artists country music has to offer. The festival offers entertainment on multiple stages along with camping. This year’s headlining acts will include Eric Church, Luke Combs, Old Dominion and Dustin Lynch.

866-388-0007 • CountryThunder.com 

RED STEAGALL COWBOY GATHERING & WESTERN SWING FESTIVAL

Fort Worth, TX, October 22-24

Enjoy Western Swing music, cowboy poetry, a chuckwagon cook-off and a rodeo—all at Fort Worth Stockyards.

817-444-5502 • RedSteagallCowboyGathering.com

 

Poetry Gatherings

DURANGO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING

Durango, CO, September 30-October 3

The gathering features The High Country Cowboys with many fine cowboy poets and musicians, plus a cowboy-poet train and parade.

970-749-2995 • DurangoCowboyPoetryGathering.org

 

Powwows

BLACK HILLS POWWOW & EXPO

Rapid City, SD, October 8-10

The preeminent Black Hills event is three days filled with American Indian singing, dancing, drum groups, art shows, hand games, athletic competitions and a variety of other events. 

(605) 341-0925 • BlackHillsPowwow.com

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