Maynard Dixon’s American West
Scottsdale, AZ, October 14, 2019-August 3, 2020: Three hundred paintings will be on exhibit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
480-686-9539 • ScottsdaleMuseumWest.org
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, NM, October 5-14: For ballooning fans worldwide, the balloon fiesta is a pilgrimage that will leave them awestruck and wanting more.
505-821-1000 • BalloonFiesta.com
Haunted Downtown Walking Tour
Riverton, WY, October 19: Enjoy the history, stories and photos associated with many prominent buildings along the walking tour.
307-856-2665 • TravelWyoming.com
Western Trappings on the Llano
Llano, TX, October 19-November 2: Celebrate cowboy gear and Western art at the Llano County Historical Museum.
512-557-2229 • WesternTrappings.com
Lone Pine Film Festival
Lone Pine, CA, October 10-13: The Museum of Western Film history hosts the 30th annual celebration of Western cinema.
760-876-9909 • LonePineFilmFestival.org
Pendleton, OR, September 21-October 6: Craft beer lovers head to this 1851 commercial center to take in German food, live music and family activities.
541-276-7411 • PendletonChamber.com
Fall for History
Wallace, ID, October 3-6: Celebrate the city’s colorful past and present with history tours, re-enactments, entertainment, workshops and a dinner show.
208-753-7151 • WallaceIdahoChamber.com
Dalton Defender Days & Cowboy Trade Days
Coffeyville, KS, October 4-5: Celebrate the fateful day of October 5, 1892, when the Dalton Gang was defeated in Coffeyville, plus enjoy the new event, Cowboy Trade Days.
800-626-3357 • Coffeyville.com
Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch
Bandera, TX, October 5-28: Activities include a hayride, hay jump, scarecrow dressing, farm animal petting zoo and pumpkin painting.
830-796-4413 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com
Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Ketchum, ID, October 9-13: Be a part of another year of stories as the group meets its mission to gather, present and preserve the history and culture of sheep ranching and herding in Idaho and the West.
208-720-0585 • TrailingOfTheSheep.org
Tombstone, AZ, October 18-20: For 88 years, Tombstone’s citizens have invited the public to join them in celebration of the “town too tough to die.”
520-266-5266 • TombstoneHelldoradoDays.com
Walk Through History
El Paso, TX, October 19: Walk through the 1872 cemetery to learn the history of John Wesley Hardin, Buffalo Soldiers and other permanent residents.
915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org
Billy the Kid Breakout Show
San Elizario, TX, October 20: In front of the only jail Billy the Kid broke into, you can watch the outlaw’s legendary 1876 jail rescue of a pal.
915-851-0093 • SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival
Fort Worth, TX, October 25-27: Enjoy Western Swing music, cowboy poetry, a chuckwagon cook-off and a rodeo—all at Fort Worth Stockyards.
817-444-5502 • RedSteagallCowboyGathering.com
Texas Gun Collectors Assn. Show
Denton, TX, October 18-20: Held at Embassy Suites Hotel, this collectors’ showcase offers historical firearms and edged weapons.
210-323-9519 • TGCA.org
41st Annual Folk Music Festival
Prescott, AZ, October 5-6: Held at Sharlot Hall, the festival features the music of more than 200 musicians with 90-plus performances at four venues on the museum campus.
928-830-8236 • Prescott-AZ.gov
MUSIC & POETRY
Wild West Songwriters Festival
Deadwood, SD, October 10-12: For three days, 20 top songwriters and artists are featured at the 8th Annual Wild West Songwriters Festival.
605-578-1876 • WildWestSongwriters.com
30th Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
Ruidoso, NM, October 10-13: Enjoy a family-friendly festival of live music, chuckwagon contests, equestrian demonstrations and Western wares.
575-378-4140 • CowboySymposium.org
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Durango, CO, October 3-7: The gathering features Trinity Seely with many fine cowboy poets and musicians at the historic Strater Hotel, plus a cowboy-poet train and parade.
970-749-2995 • DurangoCowboyPoetryGathering.org
The Black Hills Pow Wow
Rapid City, SD, October 11-13: One of the premier annual American Indian cultural events, the powwow attracts hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and thousands of spectators.
605-341-0925 • BlackHillsPowWow.com
Georgetown Loop Railroad Oktoberfest
Georgetown, CO, Weekends, October 12-27: Chug away on a scenic train trip that offers microbrew beer tasting for adults and root beer for kids.
888-456-6777 • GeorgetownLoopRR.com