Faces of the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Western Folklife Center Happenings


Cowboy Poets, Musicians and Storytellers:
Apply to perform for the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering here.



Thanks for a great 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering!

Photo by Charlie Ekburg

Photo by Charlie Ekburg

Our 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was a huge success and a lot of fun, thanks to everyone who joined us in Elko. From our delighted audience and fans to the multitude of volunteers from across America who helped out, we send a special thanks  ̶   and an invitation to our 35th, January 28-February 2, 2019!

enjoy monthly community events at the western folklife center

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for music and dancing. Jam On! is our monthly musical jam in the Pioneer Saloon; Let's Dance! features dance lessons and dancing twice a month in the G Three Bar Theater, and once a month, local band Southwind presents a free community concert (be sure to watch our calendar for special Southwind celebrations, such as St. Patrick's Day).

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 10am-5:30pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Admission: $5.00 Adults ~ Students/Seniors $3.00~ $1.00 Children age 6-12;  Members Free-
  with $3.00 for each adult guest.
Free admission to all ~  first Saturday of every month.

Mountain Picassos:  Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin
January - May 2018

Images of Basques and Buckaroos
in the Ranching West

January - September 2018

Bertsolaritza, Basque
Improvised Poetry

January - September 2018

Read more about these and more amazing exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko.

Featured Video

Mixing glitz and grit, this mighty music extravaganza introduces the spirit of the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. California crooner Adrian Buckaroogirl, Montana maestros Wylie & The Wild West and Nashville legends Riders In The Sky took the stage to yodel, swing and waltz across Wednesday on January 31, 2018.

Featured Audio

From our Ranch Rhymes podcast archive, the late cowboy poet and all-around funny man Ed Brown shares two good ones about finding one's muse in cowboy poetry and music. Recorded at the 1993 Gathering, the poems are included in the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material of  Gathering performances.

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