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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 23–30 Elko, Nev. 775-738-7508, westernfolklife.org
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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 23–30 Elko, Nev. 775-738-7508, westernfolklife.org

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Jan. 23–30

Elko, Nev.

775-738-7508, westernfolklife.org

Founded in 1985 by the Western Folklife Center as the Elko Gathering, the U.S. Senate recognized this classic event as the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2000 for its cultural value and countrywide importance. Though the event continues to grow, long-time fans affectionately still refer to it as Elko. This year’s gathering will feature cowboy poets, artists, and musicians from Louisiana and Florida, in addition to the many other performers and attractions.

Feb.6–March 7

Masters of the American West Fine Arts Exhibition and Sale

Los Angeles, CA

323-667-2000, autrynationalcenter.org

March 29

Oakdale Testicle Festival

Oakdale, Calif.

209-847-5163, oakdalecowboymuseum.org

Forget baked beans;bull testicles cooked in coals are the ultimate cowboy treat.

May 28-30

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita, Calif.

661-286-4021, cowboyfestival.org

May 28–30

Mule Races, Show, and Draft Horse Challenge

Winnemucca, Nev.

775-623-5071, winnemucca.com

Sept. 3–6

Gold Rush Days

Sacramento, Calif.

916-808-7777, sacramentogoldrushdays.com

Oct. 29–31 and Nov. 5–7

Professional Bull Riding Built Ford Tough World Finals

Las Vegas

866-727-7469, pbrnow.com

Nov. 6–7 and 13–14

Harvest Fair

San Bernardino, Calif.

(909) 384-5426, harvestfair.net

Dec 2-11

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Las Vegas

702-260-8605, nfrexperience.com

March 3–7

Ranch Hand Rodeo and Ranch, Rope, and Performance Horse Sale

Winnemucca, Nev.

775-623-2220, ranchrodeonv.com

March 12–14

Palm Springs West Fest

Palm Springs, Calif.

800-664-5617, palmspringswestfest.com

In its first year, the Palm Springs West Fest will offer three days of rodeo in the desert.

April 22–25

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita, Calif.

661-286-4021, cowboyfestival.org

May 25–30

Bishop Mule Days

Bishop, Calif.

760-872-4263, muledays.org

June 17–26

Reno Rodeo

Reno, Nev.

775-329-3877, renorodeo.com

Sept. 25-26

Barstow Rodeo Stampede

Barstow, Calif.

760-596-2065, barstowrodeo.com

Dec. 2–5

Single-Action Shooting Society Convention and Wild West Christmas

Las Vegas

877-411-7277, sassnet.com