National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration



From the organizers:

28th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration

 LUBBOCK, TX – The National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration hosts the 28th annual event in Lubbock, Texas, September 9-11th, 2016 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. New attractions include sessions featuring performances by Dave Stamey, Mike Beck, Craig Carter & Zack Casey along with cowboy poets Chris Isaacs and Ross Knox. History sessions on “The Horse’s Influence on the American West” will be scheduled throughout, a Luncheon and Program on Friday and a special session with Texas State Historian, Bill O’Neal. Chuck Wagon Roast Coffee will be on sale during regular show hours in the Exhibit Hall and Chuck Wagon area, and at the Chuck Wagon Breakfast on Sunday of the event.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate, preserve and pass along our western heritage and cowboy culture. To carry out these goals, the event schedule includes a variety of talented performers throughout the day and nationally recognized artists Dave Stamey, Mike Beck, Craig Carter, Zack Casey, Chris Isaacs and Ross Knox for the Friday and Saturday night performances. Many talented musicians, poets and storytellers from across the nation will gather to perform as well as presentations of Native American demonstrations and dancing, western authors, horse handling demonstrations, farrier demonstrations, the Horse Parade, the National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, and exhibits of western artworks and merchandise.

The event features more than 100 performers and presenters including cowboy and cowgirl poets, musical acts, storytellers, authentic chuck wagon cooks, authors, special presenters, and exhibit spaces filled with the best in western art and goods. It truly is the premier event of its kind in existence today! One of the largest events annually held in Lubbock, the Symposium draws visitors from many states and multiple nations, and people from more than 30 nations have attended in the previous twenty-seven years.

The event has activities for the entire family! Show goers will be able pick and choose from a full schedule of entertainers, western programs, and activities each day of the event. A schedule of events and ticket information may be found on the official web site at . All-inclusive, one-price, “Wrangler Pass” and “Rustler Pass” admission tickets are available prior to the event. The Wrangler passes allow admission and meals for all three days and the Rustler pass is an all-inclusive one day pass for Friday or Saturday. Individual tickets may be purchased in advance through the office, on the web site, or in person upon arrival at the event.

The show is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 9-10-11th at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane (6th Street). Additional information about the event may be obtained at or