Events: June

Find links to all months here.

•  June 1-3, 2017
 Equestrian Legacy Radio’s RENDEZVOUS Hurricane Mills , Tennessee

•  June 2, 2017
Meeker Cowboy Poet Gathering Meeker, Colorado

•  June 3, 2017
 2nd annual Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends  Choctaw, Oklahoma

• June 3, 2017
6th Annual Glade Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Glade Park, Colorado

• June 3-4, 2017
Murphy Outpost Days Murphy, Idaho

• June 9 – 10, 2017
Prix de West Invitational Exhibition Opening Weekend Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• June 9, 2017
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Manhattan, Kansas

• June 10 – June 15, 2017
Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive Reno, Nevada

• June 15-24, 2017
Reno Rodeo Week Reno, Nevada

• June 15-25, 2017
36th Annual End of Trail Founders Ranch, New Mexico

• June 16-18, 2017
Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering Stavely, Alberta

• June 16-17, 2017
Wild Bill Hickock Days Deadwood, South Dakota

• June 21-24, 2017
63rd annual Western Writers of America (WWA) Convention Kansas City, Missouri

• June 23-25, 2017
Crooked River Roundup Prineville, Oregon

• June 24, 2017
WMA Colorado Chapter-“Branded Western” event  Steamboat Springs, Colorado

• June 28-July 4, 2017
World’s Oldest Rodeo—130th Annual Prescott Frontier Days Prescott, Arizona

• June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 1017
50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival Washington, D.C.

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Settlers’ Picnic at Devils Tower National Monument near Hulett, Wyoming



Events: May

Find links to all months here.

• May 4-6, 2017
First annual Bryce Canyon Mule Days Tropic, Utah

• May 4-7, 2017
21st Annual Black Cowboy Festival Rembert, South Carolina

• May 5, 2017
19th Annual Cowtown Society Of Western Music Swingfest Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 5, 2017
Cowboy Way Festival Gene Autry, Oklahoma

•  May 5-6, 2017
South Texas Cowboy Gathering Seguin, Texas

• May 11-14, 2017
The Western Heritage Classic Abilene, Texas

• May 12-13, 2017
Cattle Barons Weekend Pendleton, Oregon

• May 13, 2017
Western and Cowboy Music and Poetry  Rock Springs, Wyoming

• May 13, 2017
Western Music Association Music & Poetry Gathering Villa Rica, Georgia

• May 19, 2017
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Qualifying Contest (1)  Benton, Kansas

• May 19, 2017
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Qualifying Contest (2) Fredonia, Kansas

• May 20, 2017
Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 21, 2017
56th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival Agoura Hills, California

• May 23-28, 2017
47th Bishop Mule Days Bishop, California

• May 26-29, 2017
37th Annual Old West Days Jackson Hole, Wyoming

• May 26-28, 2017
Art in the Park Ritzville, Washington

• May 26-28, 2017
12th Annual Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival Nordegg, Alberta

• May 26-29, 2017
12th Annual Cowboy Legends Memorial Day Celebration Antelope Island, Utah

• May 27-28, 2017
27th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• Dates not received for 2017
31st Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Medora, North Dakota

20th National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, August 4-6, 2017


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We are very proud to announce that the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo was selected as a Top Ten Cowboy Event in the American West by American Cowboy for 2017!

It’s not too late to put the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on your calendar. Join us August 4-6, 2017, for the 20th Annual event in Abilene, Kansas.

Entry Forms, Rules, and scheduling information are available for the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on our web site at

This cowboy/cowgirl poetry competition is the only one of its kind with ADDED MONEY and big payouts.  It is held during the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo and Central Kansas Free Fair in Abilene, Kansas each year.

Competition is open to the World if you meet the qualifications: You don’t have to compete at any other event to qualify.

We begin the festivities the evening of August 4th after the parade at the Shockey & Landes Building with open mic and appetizers.

Then Friday and Saturday mornings we start in with the cowboy poetry rodeo competition with free admission until we are done each day.

Following the Saturday competition—be sure to get your tickets for the Saturday afternoon 4:00 p.m. Matinee show where the winners will be crowned and perform their winning poetry followed by the Chisholm Trail Western Music Show with Geff Dawson & Dawn and Cowboy Friends. For more information, visit our web site at Tickets will be available online.

Many poets who have participated in the NCPR have had high praise for the experience, including Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Doris Daley, Linda Kirkpatrick, DW Groethe, Andy Nelson, and others. A celebration of “excellence through competition,” many lasting friendships get made.

Take time to see all the sights in Abilene and the area while you are in Kansas. You can see one of the biggest free fairs as well as the Wild Bill Hickok PRCA rodeo while you are there, plus many, many more attractions. Some of our contestants and judges will be performing during the rodeo each night so don’t miss it!

Don’t miss eating at the Brookeville Hotel where they serve family-style fried chicken dinners. If you would like to come as a contestant or a spectator, contact Geff Dawson, or call 785-456-4494 and we will get you hooked up. You’re not going to want to miss this event. We have several special guests coming to judge and entertain, and contestants can win thousands of dollars and prizes. Entries are open now.

Find more about the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on Facebook and at



Events: Gatherings and More















Submission information

We welcome your event date and link for cowboy poetry and Western music events. Please send information at least several weeks before your event. Email us.

We regret that we can’t list individual performers’ or groups’ shows or “shows” that have just one or two performers or groups, including house concerts; those are too numerous for us to maintain. (We do welcome information for established venues with a roster of regularly-scheduled programs, even if those programs feature just one or two performers. The season’s schedule is welcome, at least several weeks before the season begins.)

We sometimes include other events of interest, such as rodeos and art shows.

We will consider separate blog posts with event information. Please send the announcement in plain text, not in graphic or pdf format. You can attach a logo, photo or graphic.

Be sure to include date, times, ticket information, a description, and performers’ names, along with contact information: a phone number, email address, or web link that can be posted.

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26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale Sept. 2-30, 2017

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Fine and functional art of the American cowboy featured at the 26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale Sept. 2-30, 2017

(Flagstaff, Ariz.) March 31, 2017 – Celebrate the time-honored tradition of Western craftsmanship at the 26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale, Saturday, September 2 through Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. This event is presented in partnership with Dry Creek Arts Fellowship (DCAF).

The exhibition features new work by 80 of the country’s top artists from 15 Western states including members of the Cowboy Artists of America, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Trappings showcases the talents of master painters, sculptors and photographers, along contemporary cowboy gear created by craftsmen and craftswomen. Saddles, boots, hats, knives, engraved bits and spurs, hitched horsehair and musical instruments will be featured in the exhibition.

Trappings explores the richness and complexity of cowboy heritage and artistic expression,” said Carrie M. Heinonen, MNA CEO and Director. “The event forges a strong connection to Western traditions here on the Colorado Plateau.”

“It is refreshing to know that traditions and art forms evolving from horse culture and the cattle industry are still cherished and nurtured,” adds DCAF Executive Director Linda Stedman.” Trappings connects visitors to the history of the country’s rural western culture, rooted in the principles of tradition, family, integrity and hard work.”

A series of public programs will occur each weekend and include: artist demonstrations, lectures, gallery tours, cowboy poetry, musical performances, an equestrian event and a Dutch-oven cook-off.

A member preview and artist reception will be held Friday, September 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase artwork as well as meet many participating artists.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students (w/ ID), American Indians (10+ with tribal affiliation) and youth (10-17). Children under 10, and MNA and DCAF members, are free.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles north historic downtown Flagstaff on scenic Highway 180 to Grand Canyon National Park and is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the 26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale contact the Museum of Northern Arizona at (982) 774-5213,, or Dry Creek Arts Fellowship at (928) 774-8861,


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Events: April


Find links to all months here.


• through April 1, 2017
25th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Nashville, Tennessee

•  April 1, 2017
21st Annual Cowboy Poetry Night Gateway, Colorado

• April 8-9, 2017
Folkfest New Braunfels, Texas

• April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2017
14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Kennewick, Washington

• April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2017
9th Annual Cowboy Idol Competition at the 14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Kennewick, Washington

• April 15, 2017
Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas

• April 20-22, 2017
Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas

• April 21-23, 2017
101st Annual Meeting, Texas Folklore Society Tyler, Texas

• April 21 – 22, 2017
Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• April 21 – 23, 2017
96th Annual Red Bluff Roundup Red Bluff, California

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• April 14-16, 2017
30th Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho

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•  April 15, 2017
Western Music Association Colorado Chapter Showcase Denver, Colorado


• April 16-22, 2017
16th annual Cowboy Poetry Week


Find more Cowboy Poetry Week news here.

Cowboy Poetry Week Events:

• Friday, April 7, 2017
Park County Library  Cody, Wyoming ( 2:00 PM)

• Sunday, April 9, 2017 ( 2:00 PM)
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and The Betty Strong Encounter Center  Sioux City, Iowa.

• Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wilsonville Public Library Wilsonville, Oregon

Sunday, April 16, 2017
CowTrails radio  noon-2:00 MTN

• Monday, April 17, 2017
Herriman Library,  Herriman, Utah,  (6:30 PM – 8 PM)

• Monday, April 17, 2017
Weber County Southwest Branch  Roy, Utah  (6:30 PM)

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
 Tigard Public Library  Tigard, Oregon (7:00 PM)

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
St. George Branch Library St. George, Utah (6:00 PM )

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Santa Clara Branch Library St. George, Utah  (4:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Washington Branch Library Washington, Utah (7:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Hurricane Branch Library, Hurricane, Utah (5:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Weber County Pleasant Valley Branch South Ogden, Utah (6:30 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cowboy Poetry at Creekside, Woodinville, Washington

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Dalles-Wasco County Library  The Dalles, Oregon (6:30 PM)

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Weber County Ogden Valley Branch  Huntsville, Utah (6:30 PM)

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Equestrian Legacy Radio Cowboy Poetry Week Program  Noon, Central

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Rolla Public Library  Rolla, North Dakota (7:00 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
First annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Lebanon, Tennessee (7:30-10 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
Library’s National Poetry Month open mic Cortez, Colorado

• Friday, April 21, 2017
Second annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Bristow, Oklahoma (3-6 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
5th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shoshoni, Wyoming (4-6 PM)

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering movie screening  Wheat Ridge, Colorado   (7PM)

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Cowboy Poetry at Creekside, Woodinville, Washington

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Judy James’ Cowboy Jubilee radio Cowboy Poetry Week program
(7:30-9:30 AM Central)

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Stony Creek Ranch Resort, Stony Creek, New York

•  Sunday, April 23, 2017
The Stagecoach West Irving, New York

•  Sunday, April 23, 2017
City Hall  Dakota City, Nebraska  (2:00 PM)

•  Thursday, April 27, 2017
Dayton Memorial Library  Dayton, Washington (6 PM)

•  Thursday, April 27, 2017
Winthrop Library  Winthrop, Washington (7 PM)

•  Friday, April 29, 2017
Arthur Lakes Library Golden, Colorado (12:00 PM)

•  Saturday, April 29, 2017 Rescheduled to June 3, 2017
 2nd annual Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends  Choctaw, Oklahoma (10 AM-4 PM)



•  April 19-23, 2017
24th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California

•  April 21, 2017
First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Lebanon, Tennessee

•  April 28-20, 2017
6th Annual Genoa Cowboy Festival Genoa, Nevada

•  April 28-30, 2017
Stagecoach Indio, California

• April 29, 2017
Out of the Ashes Benefit (from everywhere!)

• April 29, 2017
 2nd annual Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends  Choctaw, Oklahoma

• April 29, 2017
The Working Cowboy  Prescott, Arizona

• April 29, 2017
46th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival Turkey, Texas

30th Annual California Rodeo Salinas, July 16, 2017



From the organizers:

30th Annual California Rodeo Salinas
Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering
Sunday, July 16, 2017 ~ Sherwood Hall ~ Salinas
Doors Open at 1:00 pm
Open Mic – 2:00
Show Starts at 2:30


It’s our 30th celebration and hope you can attend. We have wine tasting and a BBQ prior to the show along with a silent auction offering a wide variety of treasures to bid on and a live dessert auction during intermission.

As you know this entertainment forum began around the campfires and in the bunkhouses of the Old West and we are proud to keep this great American tradition alive. We are pleased to bring great American Music and Storytelling to this year’s event as well as performances from Youth Orchestra Salinas (YoSal) and the winners of our kid’s poetry contest as a portion of our proceeds go to the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries. Entertainers include:

Master of Ceremonies, Clem Albertoni, South County’s poet laureate and funny man.

Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band, a local country and western band that was born of campfire smoke, camaraderie, a love of tales and songs where creativity is not hindered by fact or truth. Featuring close friends, Randy Handley, Terry Handley, Rich Casey and Roger Hill.

We welcome Cowboy Poet, Humorist and Storyteller Chris Isaacs from Eagar, Arizona. Chris has been nominated for the Western Heritage Award by the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Excellence by the Academy of Western Artists.

Dave Stamey is back! He is the newest member of the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and has been awarded the 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year, 2016 Songwriter of the Year, and his 11th CD, Western Stories, was just awarded 2016 Album of the Year. Joining Dave on stage is the lovely Annie Lydon on harmony vocals.

Reserved tables are being offered at the Diamond level, first come first served closest to the stage. Regular tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting Clem Albertoni at (831) 678-3297 or Lydia Miranda at (831) 320-5939. Individual tickets are $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Wine Tasting and BBQ tickets may be purchased at the event for $10.00 each. We look forward to seeing you there.