Western Events for September 2015

Wild-West-Fest-Dodge-City-KSWestern roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!

ART FESTIVALS

Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

Custer State Park, SD, September 24-26: Western artists showcase their work as cowboys roundup and drive a herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo.

605-255-4515 • BlackHillsBadlands.com

Favell Museum Invitational Art Show & Sale

Klamath Falls, OR, Opens September 26: A showcase of contemporary, representational art by more than 30 acclaimed West Coast artists.

541-882-9996 • FavellMuseum.org

 

AUCTION

Antique & Modern Firearms

Rock Island, IL, September 11-13: Firearm enthusiasts bid on antique and modern firearms, edged weapons and military artifacts.

800-238-8022 • RockIslandAuction.com

 

COMPETITIONS

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials

Meeker, CO, September 9-13: 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

All Nations Indian Relay Championships

Billings, MT, September 17-20: American Indians compete in a high-daring sport of horsemanship that is America’s oldest known competition.

406-370-8470 • IndianRelay.com

 

FRONTIER FARE

Taste of Oregon’s Old West

Condon, OR, September 12: Showcases locally grown food and beverages, recreation, culture and landscape of the John Day River Territory.

541-786-8006 • VisitEasternOregon.com

 

FUNDRAISER

Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion

Bartlesville, OK, September 26: Cowboys and cowgirls gather at Woolaroc’s Clyde Lake Pavilion for a major fundraising event benefiting the Frank Phillips Foundation.

918-336-0307 • Woolaroc.org

 

HERITAGE FESTIVALS

Wagon Days

Ketchum, ID, September 2-7: Features one of the largest non-motorized parades in the Pacific Northwest, plus wagons and stagecoaches.

800-658-2548 • WagonDays.org

Celebrate Bandera

Bandera, TX, September 4-6: Bandera comes alive with music, gunfights, an intertribal powwow, a Wild West show and a mutton busting rodeo.

830-796-4447 • CelebrateBandera.com

Harvest Festival

Gering, NE, September 19-20: Parades and demonstrations honor agricultural history of Nebraska at Legacy of the Plains Museum.

308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Gold Rush Days

Sacramento, CA, September 4-7: Go back in time to 1850 Sacramento where you can pan for gold, gamble and drink homemade sarsaparilla.

800-292-2334 • SacramentoGoldRushDays.com

Fiesta De Septiembre

Wickenburg, AZ, September 5: This celebration of Hispanic pioneer heritage features Mariachi music, folklorico dances and an outdoor mercado.

928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com

Old West Balloon Fest

Scottsbluff, NE, September 5: Spectators gather to watch hot air balloons rise to the sky, as well as enjoy a kite demonstration and live music.

308-665-1808 • OldWestBalloonFest.com

Barlow Trail Rendezvous Days

The Dalles, OR, September 5-6: Cowboys and mountain men celebrate their heritage with a chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament and more.

541-544-2077 • TheDallesChamber.com

Elko County Fair & Horse Races

Elko, NV, Closes September 7: Elko County residents pay tribute to their pioneer heritage with livestock shows and horse races.

800-248-3556 • ExploreElko.com

Defeat of Jesse James Days

Northfield, MN, September 9-13: Celebrate the town heroes who stopped the Jesse James Gang during their famous 1876 bank raid.

800-658-2548 • DJJD.org

Why Wyoming Will Want to Rewrite The History of Cowboy High Style

Cheyenne, WY, September 10: John Faubion discusses how Lawrence Tenney Stevens’s sculptures have impacted Cowboy High Style.

307-777-7021 • LawrenceTenneyStevens.com

Harvest Festival

Gering, NE, September 19-20: Parades and demonstrations honor agricultural history of Nebraska at Legacy of the Plains Museum.

308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Hells Canyon Mule Days

Enterprise, OR, September 11-13: This mule show and sale features an Old World Oxen living history camp, plus cowboy music, poetry and art.

888-323-3271 • HellsCanyonMuleDays.com

National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration

Lubbock, TX, September 11-13: Celebrate cowboy culture at one of the West’s biggest chuckwagon cook-offs, plus enjoy cowboy music and poetry.

806-798-7825 • Cowboy.org

American Indian Day & Powwow Celebration

Chamberlain, SD, September 17-19: St. Joseph’s Indian School honors Lakota culture with an all-day powwow, tiyospaye banquet and hoop dances.

800-341-2235 • StJo.org

Rail Town USA Railfest

North Platte, NE, September 18-20: Locals pay tribute to the history and continued progress of the Union Pacific Railroad.

308-221-6104 • NPRailfest.com

Fort Bayard Days

Silver City, NM, September 18-20: This celebration of Buffalo Soldiers history offers tours of the 1866 fort, a military ball and history re-enactments.

575-956-3294 • FortBayard.org

Fur Trade Symposium

La Junta, CO, September 23-26: Join historians and enthusiasts at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site to celebrate fur trade history.

719-282-5026 • 2015FTS.org

 

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pickamania!

Silver City, NM, September 11-13: The heart of southwestern New Mexico celebrates Bluegrass, Folk and Americana sounds.

575-538-2505 • SilverCityTourism.org

 

POW-WOW

Totah Festival Indian Market & Pow Wow

Farmington, NM, September 5-6: American Indian artisans from across the Four Corners region celebrate their heritage with a powwow and an authentic Navajo rug auction.

505-599-1174 • FarmingtonNM.org

 

RE-ENACTMENTS

Showdown in Tombstone

Tombstone, AZ, September 5-7: Gunfighting groups from across the country gather to perform on the streets of Tombstone.

888-457-3929  • TombstoneChamber.com

Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous

North Platte, NE, September 18-20: Re-enacts Grand Duke Alexis’s 1872 buffalo hunt with Gen. George Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody.

308-534-5640 • LincolnCountyMuseum.org

Younger Brothers Capture

Madelia, MN, September 19: Re-enacts the 1876 capture of the Younger Brothers and James Gang member Charlie Pitts by residents of Madelia.

507-642-8822 • VisitMadelia.com

Wild West Fest

Dodge City, KS, September 25-27: Cowboys and cowgirls celebrate the Dodge City’s Old West heritage with a professional rodeo and history re-enactments, plus a commemoration of Gunsmoke’s 60th anniversary.

877-906-0777 • DodgeCityWildWestFest.com

 

RODEOS

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo

Amarillo, TX, September 5-6: Features the rodeo talents of the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s, ages 3 to 18, plus a free barbecue lunch.

800-687-3722 • CalFarley.org

West Texas Fair and Rodeo

Abilene,TX, September 11-19: This week of PRCA rodeo also offers up a tractor pull, food vendors and a carnival with a variety of rides.

325-677-4376 • TaylorCountyExpoCenter.com

Pendleton Round-up

Pendleton, OR, September 16-19: A 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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