Western Events for August 2018 Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West this August.

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Dave Stamey will perform at the Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

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

Poetry

Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Prescott, AZ, August 9-11: Dave Stamey (pictured), Jean & Gary Prescott and Kevin Davis are among the singers and poets bringing Western lore to the stage.

928-713-6323 AZCowboyPoets.org

Art Shows

Hold Your Horses Exhibition & Sale

Prescott, AZ, Opens August 3: Check out the loyal and hardworking companion to man in this annual tribute to the horse.

928-778-1385 • PhippenArtMuseum.org

America’s Horse in Art

Amarillo, TX, Opens August 16: Benefit sale of horses depicted in pencil, paintings and sculptures, with signature piece by Don Waller.

806-376-5181 • AQHA.com

Food Festival

BBQ Pit Row

Winnie, SD, August 4: Teams compete for prize money in pork ribs, beef brisket, and a bean bag tournament at this annual BBQ cooking contest.

605-842-1533 • TravelSouthDakota.com

Wing & Brew Festival

Brookings, SD, August 11: Enjoy a day of summer fun  sampling craft brews and tasting dynamite wings from local vendors.

605-692-7539 • SwiftelCenter.com

Heritage Festivals

Dodge City Days

Dodge City, KS, Closes August 5: This cowboy celebration offers history re-enactments, a PRCA rodeo, a cattle drive and Western art.

620-227-3119 • DodgeCityDays.com

Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame & Museum Induction Weekend

Colorado Springs, CO, August 2-4: Honors professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, plus features the 30th Annual Gold Tournament.

719-528-4732 • ProRodeoHallOfFame.com

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis, SD, August 3-12: Head to the Black Hills along with 500,000 riders for concerts, street-food, camping, and motorcycles.

800-732-5682 • SturgisMotorcycleRally.com

Kool-Aid Days Festival

Hastings, NE, August 10-12: This 1872 rail town celebrates the 1927 invention of Nebraska’s soft drink at the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand.

402-461-8405 • Kool-AidDays.com

Umatilla County Fair

Umatilla, OR, August 7-11: Fair unites citizens of this Columbia River town that was important to trade during Oregon’s 1860s-70s gold rush.

541-567-6121 • Co.Umatilla.OR.us

Longmire Days

Buffalo, WY, August 10-12: Visit with some of the actors of AE’s television series Longmire along with live entertainment, a pub crawl and more.

307-684-5544 • BuffaloWyo.com

Doc Holli-Days with Dennis Quaid

Tombstone, AZ, August 11-12: Festival celebrating the gunfighting dentist will include a visit from actor Dennis Quaid, famous for his portrayal of John “Doc” Holliday in 1994’s Wyatt Earp.

520-457-9317 • TombstoneChamber.com

Elko County Fair & Horse Races

Elko, NV, Opens August 24: Elko County residents pay tribute to their pioneer heritage with livestock shows and horse races.

775-738-3616 • ElkoCountyFair.com

Evening at the Ivinsons -Hell On Wheels

Laramie, WY, August 18: Celebrate on the museum lawn to raise awareness and funding for this special history with music, food and auctions.

307-742-4448 • VisitLaramie.org

Custer County Cowboy Gathering

Westcliffe, CO, August 18-19: Cowboys and cowgirls gather for a weekend of Western music, cowboy poetry and chuckwagon fare.

719-783-9100 • CusterCountyCowboyGathering.com

Re-Enactments 

John Wesley Hardin Secret Society

El Paso, TX, August 18: John Wesley Hardin’s death in 1895 is re-enacted at historic Concordia Cemetery where the gunfighter is buried.

915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org

Rodeos

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Dodge City, KS, August 1-5: This PRCA rodeo features saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling.

620-225-2244 • DodgeCityRoundup.org

Bastrop Homecoming & Rodeo

Bastrop, TX, through August 4: Head to this Colorado River town for the rodeo and parade, and take part in dances, class reunions, and carnival.

512-303-0558 • BastropHomecomingRodeo.org

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo

Alpine, TX, August 10-11: Cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls at the WRCA and Youth Cow Horse competitions; plus, a dance and cowboy church.

432-364-2696 • BigBendRanchRodeo.com

Payson PRCA Rodeo

Payson, AZ, August 15-18: This 1884 rodeo, which claims to be the world’s oldest, features competitions that benefit Rim Country charities.

928-474-9440 • PaysonProRodeo.com

Theater

Performance of Salado Legends

Salado, TX, August 4: Discover Old West
history under the stars at the Tablerock Amphitheatre in an epic drama chosen by
the Library of Congress as a “Local Legacy.”

254-947-9205 • Tablerock.org

Buckaroos and Basques

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Rhiannon Deremo

Online Content Editor at True West Magazine.