Top 101 Western Events - Texas & Oklahoma

Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships Oct. 19–23 Amarillo, Texas 888-960-0003, cowboymountedshooting.com

Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships

Oct. 19–23

Amarillo, Texas

888-960-0003, cowboymountedshooting.com

Part performance and part skills competition—riders in 19th-century Western gear fire adapted theatrical guns at targets while galloping full speed through a course—cowboy mounted shooting is an exciting spectacle like no other. This fast-paced sport keeps you on the edge of your seat, and draws big crowds to Texas for the world championships.

Jan. 15–Feb. 7

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Fort Worth, Texas

817-877-2400, fwstockshowrodeo.com

Jan. 15–17

International Finals Rodeo

Oklahoma City

405-235-6540, ifrodeo.com

Watch some of the best in the sport compete for the champion title in the International Professional Rodeo Association, rodeo’s second-largest organization.

Feb. 4–21

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

San Antonio, Texas

210-225-5851, sarodeo.com

Feb. 26–28

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Alpine, Texas

800-361-3735, cowboy-poetry.org

March 2–21

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


832-667-1000, hslr.com

March 5–7

Wrangler Timed Event Championship

Guthrie, Okla.

800-595-7433, lazye.com

March 13–27

Rodeo Austin

Austin, Texas

512-919-3000, rodeoaustin.com

One of the largest rodeo events in Texas, this nonprofit also raises nearly $1.5 million per year for Texas youth.

May 14–16

Western Heritage Classic

Abilene, Texas

325-677-4376, westernheritageclassic.com

May 29–30

Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival

Oklahoma City



Heart of the West Art Exhibition and Sale National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Fort Worth, Texas

817-509-8960, cowgirl.net

June 9-12

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Lazy E Classic

Guthrie, Okla.

417-753-2407, cowboymountedshooting.com

June 11–Sept. 6

Prix de West

Oklahoma City


This world-class art exhibition is held annually at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

June 18–20

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Oklahoma City

405-427-5228, redearth.org

Aug. 21–22

Santa Fe Indian Market

Santa Fe, N.M.

505-983-5220, swaia.org

Spanning the last 88 years, the Santa Fe Indian Market has evolved to become one of the biggest art eventsin the country.

June 23–July 3

American Paint Horse Association World Show

Fort Worth, Texas

817-834-2742, aphaworldshow.com

Aug. 30–Sept. 5

AQHA Bayer Select World Championship Show

Amarillo, Texas

806-376-4888, aqha.com

Sept. 3–5

Celebrate Bandera

Bandera, Texas

830-796-4447, celebratebandera.com

With three action-filled days of events, the town of Bandera bolsters its claim to the title “Cowboy Capital of the World.”

Sept. 25–Nov. 30

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Exhibition & Sale

Oklahoma City

405-478-2250, tcowboyarts.org

Traditional Western craftsmanship is on display during this three-month exhibition.

Sept. 9–12

National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration and National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Lubbock, Texas

806-798-7825, cowboy.org