John Reischman and the Jaybirds
fly into Elko - and more!

Western Folklife Center Happenings

Special ExhibitION Reception featuring Basque Arborglyphs

Let's Dance! returns to twice monthly event schedule

 Lessons in Basque Dancing on June 14!

Lessons in Basque Dancing on June 14!

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening at Let's Dance!  The evening begins with dance lessons at 6:00 pm, with open dancing at 7:00 pm. Read more on our  Event Calendar.

Basque items in the Western Folklife Center gift shop


Stop by our Gift Shop and check out needful items in stock for Elko's upcoming 55th National Basque Festival ̶  playing cards, kids' accordions, books, botas, panderos and more!
501 Railroad Street - hours:
Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:30pm,
Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm * Elko NV
Read more about the Gift Shop.

5:30 - 6:30 pm, on June 28:
Join collector and curator Jean Earl for a free illustrated tour on the discovery of "Mountain Picassos," carved by Basque sheepherders in the early to mid-20th Century, featured in the exhibitions, Basque Aspen Art (currently on exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery) and Mountain Picassos, Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin, a Nevada Touring Initiative/Traveling Exhibition Program of the Nevada Arts Council.

Basque Aspen Art
of the Sierra Nevada


Featuring a portion of the Jean Moore Earl and Phillip I. Earl collection of Basque aspen wax-on-muslin rubbings, capturing the early 1900s artwork of sheepherders in the Sierra Nevada. Read more about exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko.

Featured Video

In 2004, rancher Peter Church filmed this portrait of Allie Bear, a Superior Livestock representative, for the Western Folklife Center Ranch Communications - now Deep West Video - program, which features simple stories, told by rural Western filmmakers.

Featured Audio

As the summer travel season begins, we bring you Connie Dover's lovely tune, "I Am Going to the West," from our Whats in a Song radio series that was heard on NPR Weekend Edition from 2004-2012. Listen to more.

Events Calendar