June 1–Aug. 31
Cody Nite Rodeos
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.
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival Lake City, S.D.
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.
Prix de West
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.
Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival
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.
College National Finals Rodeo
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.
Paso Robles, Calif.
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.
Wild Bill Days
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.
Dakota Plains Deadwood Show & Auction
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.
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.
Brian Lebel’s Old West Show and Auction
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.
Summer Navajo Rug Auction
An educational and cultural experience for everyone. Don’t miss: The more than 300 authentic Navajo rugs up for sale.
End of Trail World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting
Founders Ranch, N.M.
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
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.