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

ADVENTURE

Gold Rush Bandits Autumn Train Robbery

Elgin, OR, October 7 & 14: Bring the kids to experience a staged train robbery, while you enjoy the fall colors, on this Eagle Cap Train ride.

541-963-1001 • EagleCapTrainRides.com

Fall Photographer’s Weekend 

Baker City, OR, October 14-15: Photography and history fans take a ride on a vintage steam locomotive to capture the fall scenery.

541-894-2268 • SumpterValleyRailroad.org

Georgetown Loop Railroad Oktoberfest

Georgetown, CO, Weekends October 14-29: Chug away on a scenic train trip that offers microbrew beer tasting for adults and root beer for kids.
888-456-6777 • GeorgetownLoopRR.com

ART SHOWS

Western Trappings on the Llano 

Llano, TX, October 13-28: Art lovers convene for this celebration of cowboy gear and Western art at the Llano County Historical Museum.

512-557-2229 • WesternTrappings.com

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Cowboy Crossings.

Cowboy Crossings

Oklahoma City, OK, October 7-11: Discover fine art by two dozen cowboy artists who celebrate the West through paintings and sculptures.

405-478-2250 • NationalCowboyMuseum.org

Fort Concho’s Plein Air Art Show

San Angelo, TX, October 26-29: The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts 30 nationally and internationally recognized plein air artists who paint, exhibit and sell their artworks.

325-481-2646 •  FortConcho.com

AUCTION

Cowboy & American Indian Artifacts Auction

Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Bid on cowboy and American Indian collectibles, including artifacts collected by Brad and Mary Watts.

951-453-2415 • ShowtimeAuctions.com

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Billy the Kid Auction.

Billy the Kid Auction

Online, October 6-16: Bid on antiques from the Old Fort Sumner Museum.

806-376-1121 • AuctionSouthwest.com

FILM FESTIVALS

Lone Pine Film Festival

Lone Pine, CA, October 6-8: Held since 1989, this Western film festival offers movie site tours, Western movie screenings and celebrity guests.

760-876-9909 • LonePineFilmFestival.org

GUN SHOW

Texas Gun Collectors Assn. Show

Waco, TX, October 20-22: Held at A&S Antique Auction Co., this collectors showcase offers historical firearms and edged weapons.

210-323-9519 • TGCA.org

HERITAGE FESTIVALS

Hotel De Paris Museum Tours

Georgetown, CO, Oct. 1-Dec. 11: Experience the showplace hotel where Georgetown’s silver and gold millionaires slept and dined since 1875.

303-569-2311 • HotelDeParisMuseum.org

The Great Western Festival

Yuma, AZ, October 13-14:Head to the Colorado River State Historic Park museum to learn the true adventures of a frontier Wonder Woman and Yuma’s first citizen, Sarah “Great Western” Bowman, told in both story and artwork by True West’s Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell and Western historian Paul Hutton.

928-376-0100 • VisitYuma.com

Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Ketchum/Hailey, ID, October 4-8: Celebrates the colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders with a sheep parade, lamb feast and cowboy music.

208-720-0585 • TrailingOfTheSheep.org

Rex Allen Days

Willcox, AZ, October 5-8: Held since 1951, the singing cowboy’s hometown rodeo also boasts a parade, tractor pulls, a carnival and music.

520-384-4626 • RexAllenDays.org

Oktoberfest

Fargo, ND, October 6-7: Make a toast to this 1871 steamboat and railroad town in this festival that offers a pub crawl and wiener dog races.

701-237-4500 • NDTourism.com

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Texas Panhandle Fall Foliage Tour.

Texas Panhandle Fall Foliage Tour

Canadian, TX, October 21-22: Canadian’s river trails are older than recorded history,  and you can experience their beauty in an autumn tour, along with a quilt show.

806-323-6548 • RiverValleyMuseum.org

Fall for History

Wallace, ID, October 6-8: Take guided tours of the 1884 silver mining town’s historic mansions, churches, mining railroad and bordello museums.

208-753-7151 • WallaceIdahoChamber.com

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, NM, October 7-15: Festivalgoers walk among hundreds of balloons and take in the Special Shape Rodeo and night-time Balloon Glow.

505-821-1000 • BalloonFiesta.com

Oktoberfest Pendleton

Pendleton, OR, October 14: Craft beer lovers head to this 1851 commercial center to take in German food, live music and family-friendly activities.

541-276-7411 • PendletonChamber.com

Walk Through History

El Paso, TX, October 15: Walk through the 1872 cemetery to learn history of John Wesley Hardin, Buffalo Soldiers and other permanent residents.

915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org

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Dalton Defender Days 125th Anniversary.

Dalton Defender Days 125th Anniversary

Coffeyville, KS, October 5-8: Re-enactment celebrates the 125th anniversary of the 1892 bank robbery that ended with the deaths of four members of the outlaw Dalton Gang.

800-626-3357 • Coffeyville.com 

Llano River Chuckwagon Cook-Off

Llano, TX, October 19-21: Head to the banks of the Llano River for a traditional chuckwagon cook-off, plus a heritage festival and cowboy church.

325-247-5354 • LlanoChuckwagonCookOff.com

Helldorado Days

Tombstone, AZ, October 20-22: Tombstone’s oldest festival venerates the 1880s lifestyle with gunfight re-enactments, music, dancing and a parade.

520-266-5266 • TombstoneHelldoradoDays.com

Art in Architecture Walking Tour

Amarillo, TX, October 21: Discover the people who made Amarillo great in Dr. Amy Von Lintel’s lecture on city’s architecture and history, from 1890-1940.

806-651-2244 • PanhandlePlains.org

Cedar Livestock Heritage Festival

Cedar City, UT, October 26-29: Honor the city’s farming heritage with a sheep parade, tractor pull and Dutch oven cook-off.

405-586-8132 • CedarLivestockFest.com

Kerr County Fair

Kerrville, TX, October 27-29: 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

Bridging the Chisholm Trail through Indian Territory

Kingfisher, OK, Oct. 31-Nov. 4: Exhibits the history of the Chisholm Trail as it relates to Indian Territory and what is now north-central Oklahoma.

405-375-5176 • CTOKMuseum.org

MUSIC FESTIVALS

Prescott’s Folk Music Festival

Prescott, AZ, October 7-8: Sharlot Hall hosts Arizona’s oldest folk music festival, with four stages and jam sessions around the grounds.

928-830-8236 • Prescott-AZ.gov

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Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Heber, UT, October 25-29: Western musicians and poets share their stories at this cowboy culture gala with a traders camp.

435-654-3666GoHeberValley.com

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival

Fort Worth, TX, October 27-29: Enjoy Western Swing music, cowboy poetry, a chuckwagon cook-off and a rodeo—all at Fort Worth Stockyards.

817-444-5502 • RedSteagallCowboyGathering.com

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Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Durango, CO, October 5-8: Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace the intimate Henry Strater Theatre stage, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs.

970-749-2995 DurangoCowboyGathering.org

POWWOW

Black hills PowWow

Rapid City, SD, October 6-8: This celebration of American Indian culture includes dances, a parade, gold tournament and youth symposium.

605-341-0925BlackHillsPowwow.com

RE-ENACTMENT  

Billy the Kid Breakout Show

San Elizario, TX, October 15: 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

RODEO

Industry Hills Pro Rodeo

City of Industry, CA, October 8-9: This PRCA-sanctioned rodeo benefits special children in need in the greater San Gabriel Valley area.

626-961-6892 • IndustryHillsProRodeo.org

TRADE SHOW

Whiskey Summit Trade Show

Estes Park, CO, October 7: Remember saloon pioneers while enjoying whiskey tastings provided by distillers from around the world.

970-231-1738 • EstesParkEventComplex.com

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