Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Taking place at Durango’s Diamond Circle Theater, Durango’s cowboy poets bring their most moving poetry and music. Don’t miss: Performances from some of the local talent like Jeff Carson, Jerry Bell, and Kristyn Harris.
All American Quarter Horse Congress
This inspiring show attracts more than 17,000 entries a year. Don’t miss: The NYATT Youth Competition—a rodeo for up-and-coming teams.
This exhibition and sale, hosted by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, highlights traditional cowboy arts, including saddle making, bit making, and silver smithing. Don’t miss: The autograph party and luncheon on October 12.
Lone Pine Film Festival
Lone Pine, Calif.
Lone Pine’s best films past and present will be on display for this festival. Don’t miss: On-set tours and celebrity mystery guests! Crossings Banquet, featuring a lavish spread and presentations.
Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
A full weekend of Old West history in Ruidoso County. Don’t miss: The nation’s top chuckwagon crews competing for $13,000 in prize money.
Industry Hills Pro Rodeo
City of Industry, Calif.
The Gabriel Foundation’s annual rodeo works to support charity and is run entirely by volunteers. Don’t miss: The Saturday night dance with a tri-tip BBQ concession for those with big appetites.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship
The world’s best mounted shooters gather to shoot it out for the year-end title. Don’t miss: Friday’s mounted shooting clinic, featuring Rock and Cody Clark and Curt Moore.
Llano Chuckwagon Cook-off
Chuckwagon teams (dressed in 1880s attire) receive set ingredients, cook by traditional methods, and are judged in the categories of chick-fried steak, beans, bread, potatoes, and dessert. Don’t miss: A relaxing walk along the Llano River.
PBR World Finals
Las Vegas, Nev.
All bulls, all the time—the world’s best bull riders compete for glory on the world’s meanest bulls. Don’t miss: The pyrotechnics—the PBR finals does not skimp on the lights, music, and fanfare.
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
Ft. Worth, Texas
This yearly festival at the Stockyards celebrates the National Historic District of Fort Worth. Don’t miss: Red Steagall, himself, the beloved grandfather of cowboy poetry and Western music.