Western Events Calendar: June

From our Ultimate Western Events Calendar, here are the cowboy events to attend in June!
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From our Ultimate Western Events Calendar, here are the cowboy events to attend in June!
photo courtesy Fast Back Ropes

June 1–Aug. 31

Cody Nite Rodeos

Cody, Wyo.

800-207-0744,

www.codynightrodeo.com

Rodeo every night, all summer long—what more do you want? Don’t miss: Checking out the region’s up-and-coming talent as they hone their skills in Cody.

7–9

Fort Sisseton Historical Festival Lake City, S.D.

605-448-5474, www.gfp.sd.gov

Dedicated to preserving the Cavalry history of Fort Sisseton (and one of many fort celebrations across the nation), this festival has period reenactments, chuckwagon cook-offs, and a military costume ball. Don’t miss: Authentic saber drills and foot-soldiering from the Frontier Army.

7–9

Prix de West

Oklahoma City

405-478-2250,

www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

A showcase of the best contemporary Western artists, Prix de West also offers artist demonstrations and concludes with a sale of the exhibit pieces. Don’t miss: Two days of seminars from the industry’s finest artists.

7–9

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Oklahoma City

405-427-5228, www.redearth.org

This festival brings together more than 1,200 American Indian artists and dancers for shows and competitions. Don’t miss: The Red Earth Parade, a large parade through downtown Oklahoma City, with over 100 tribes in full regalia.

9–15

College National Finals Rodeo

Casper, Wyo.

509-529-4402, www.cnfr.com

More than 400 college cowboys and cowgirls represent their schools and compete for national titles. Don’t miss: The Style Show, where your favorite all-stars dress up for charity.

10–15

NRCHA Derby

Paso Robles, Calif.

580-759-4949, www.nrcha.com

Open to 4- and 5-year-olds, the Derby offers big prize money for “older” horses. Don’t miss: World’s Greatest Horseman competition, featuring unique events only seen at the NRCHA.

14–15

Wild Bill Days

Deadwood, S.D.

800-344-8826, www.deadwood.com

Legendary gunfighter “Wild Bill” Hickok is celebrated for two full days with reenactments and concerts. Don’t miss: The many authentic Wild Bill reenactments occuring throughout the festival.

15–17

Dakota Plains Deadwood Show & Auction

Deadwood, S.D.

605-430-0889,

www.dakotaplainsauction.com

This special auction features everything from collectible bits and spurs to saddles and firearms to gold coins and American Indian artifacts. Don’t miss: The live online bidding, if you can’t make it in person.

20–29

Reno Rodeo

Reno, Nev.

800-225-2277,

www.renorodeo.com

For the full rodeo experience, sign up to participate in the opening cattle drive. Don’t miss: Watching the top amateur team ropers in the country compete in the Reno Rodeo Invitational.

21–23

Brian Lebel’s Old West Show and Auction

Denver, Colo.

602-432-7602,

www.codyoldwest.com

This multi-auction show features Western gear from all over the United States. Don’t miss: Bring your own collectibles and have them appraised by experts.

22

Summer Navajo Rug Auction

Flagstaff, Ariz.

928-779-2300, www.musnaz.org

An educational and cultural experience for everyone. Don’t miss: The more than 300 authentic Navajo rugs up for sale.

22–30

End of Trail World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting

Founders Ranch, N.M.

877-411-7277, www.sassnet.com

More than 1,000 shooters compete for world titles in single-action shooting events. Don’t miss: Wearing Old West-inspired costumes to be part of the fun.

June 27–July 7

Greeley Stampede

Greeley, Colo.

970-356-7787,

www.greeleystampede.org

Concerts, a carnival, and a great rodeo make the 4th of July celebration a must-see. Don’t miss: Drop by Greeley Hat Works, one of the oldest hatters in the country.