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Every 2nd Wednesday of the month!

Jam Session at to the Western Folklife Center, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm. Elko musicians and fans, read more about this great community event that started May 8, 2013. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508. Mark your Calendars Now and join us!

2nd and 4th Thursdays, Monthly!

Dance Nights at the Western Folklife Center every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Read more about dance nights including what, where, time, cost and more. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508.

"Second Saturdays" - 2014 (except June)

Visit the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop during the summer Second Saturdays in downtown Elko! All "Walks" begin at 4:00 pm and run until 7:00 pm (starting location to be announced). June 7 is the 3rd annual Margarita Walk; July 12, August 9, September 13 are Wine Walks and October 11 is scheduled to be a Beer Walk. Brought to you by the Elko Downtown Business Association.

September 2, 2014

Opening day of the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering ticket sales for members of the Western Folklife Center. General sales won't begin for another month: become a member and purchase tickets early, before some shows sell out!

September 17, 2014

The historic Pioneer Saloon will be open for business, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Stop by for a refreshing beverage and enjoy listening (and dancing) to toe-tapping music by Southwind.

September 20 through December 22, 2014

On display in the Wiegand Gallery, From the Western Folklife Center Collection, featuring our personal collection of contemporary handcrafted gear, representing the beautiful work of artisans throughout the West.

September 27, 2014

Sam Platts & The Kootenai Three are coming to the Western Folklife Center for one night only: join us at 8:00 pm (Pioneer Saloon doors open at 7:30pm) for a honky-tonkin' evening of roots country music and western dancing. Admission: $15/person, $15/couple. Read more.

October 9 through December 22,  2014

A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard. Curated by Jim McCormick and Fred Reid and organized by the Nevada Arts Council. This exhibition is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition program, funded in part by the Nevada Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

October 10 -12, 2014

The Western Folklife Center will once again participate in the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum-Hailey, Idaho. Watch this space for more information.

October 18, 2014

The Caleb Klauder Country Band is coming to the Western Folklife Center. Join us for an evening of dancing as the band melds honky-tonk and early country into music harkening back to the old dance hall days. The band will also be teaching an old-time music workshop (for vocals and instruments) on Sunday, October 19th - watch this space for more information.

October 30, 2014

The Western Folklife Center will

January 26 - 31, 2015

Join us for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada! Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on September 2, 2014. Read more about tickets.

January 25 - 30, 2016  Join us for the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada!

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April 26, 2014

Dance to the lively music of Southwind at the Western Folklife Center starting at 7:00pm. In partnership with the California Trail Interpretive Center, we are hosting a dance featuring classic American roots music. No dance experience or partner necessary! Read more.

April 2, 2014

Reception for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Student Art Show ~ FREE to all.  Meet the young artists and photographers of this Gathering's special-themed "Nevada" exhibition. The Reception is from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

January 27 - February 01, 2014 

Join us for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada! Read more about the Gathering, its history and our recommendations for planning your trip.

January 8, 2014

Jam Session at to the Western Folklife Center, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm. Elko musicians and fans, read more about this great community event that started May 8, 2013. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508. Remember to join us at the Pioneer Saloon for the late-night jam sessions during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering!

January 9, 2014

Dance Nights returned to the Western Folklife Center on May 9, 2013. One night only in January! Read more about dance nights including what, where, time, cost and more. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508. Twice monthly 2nd and 4th Thursday dances will return in February 2014.

Special Sundays in December!

The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, will be open December 1, 8, 15 and 22 for your Christmas shopping needs. We will be closed December 25 and 26, as well as December 30 and 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

December 14, 2013

Join us in downtown Elko for the annual Snowflake Festival, Parade of Lights and holiday fireworks display. The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop will be open throughout the day's festivitites.

Concluding December 18, 2013

Beginning September 9, the Western Folklife Center presents Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press, an exhibition from the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Humanities, the Nevada State Legislature, and an anonymous donor. Read more.

December 7, 2013

Spend a fun day at the Western Folklife Center, starting with a hands-on printmaking workshop by Tuscarora artist Sidne Teske scheduled for 9:30am-2:30pm, then finish the day from 3:30-5:50pm with an Italian-themed reception honoring our Words + Images:Broadsides from the Black Rock Press exhibition and Italian Buckaroos: New World exhibition. Held at the Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery and Pioneer Saloon. Call (775) 738-7508 for more information.

November 29 and 30, 2013

Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday in downtown Elko! In-store specials both days at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, 501 Railroad Street. Starting in December, the Gift Shop will be open most Sundays - December 1, 8, 15 and 22 - for your Christmas shopping needs.

October 11-13, 2013

Join Western Folklife Center staff at the award-winnng festival, Trailing of the Sheep, in Ketchum-Hailey, Idaho this October weekend! Read more.

Second Saturdays ~ 2013

Visit the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop during the summer Second Saturdays in downtown Elko! Brought to you by the Elko Downtown Business Association. All "Walks" begin at 4:00 pm at the Commercial Hotel and run until 7:00 pm. July 13, August 10, September 14 and October 12 are Wine Walks (June 8 was the 2nd annual "Margarita Walk"). Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508, extension 234 for more information.

May 18 and 19, 2013

Western Folklife Center presents Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy, a tribute to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival. Tribute a one-hour radio documentary airing on Boise Public Radio (KBSU-FM) May 18 at 7:00pm and on KBSX-FM on May 19 at 8:00pm, as well as a concert event at Boise State University Special Events Center, 1800 West University Drive, on May 10.  Read more about the tribute and events, and how to purchase concert tickets.

May 11, 2013

During the Elko Art Walk, the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop will feature Nevada authors Sally Whipple Mosher Mooney and Dave Secrist, as well as demos by northeast Nevada artists: jeweler Kristi Lyn Glass, smoke artist Lynn Kistler, photographer Susan Summer Elliott, and watercolorist Wendy Ehrmann. Be sure to stop by!

March 27, 2013 

Elko Student Art Show Reception from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Open and Free to the public. This exhibition is mounted at the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for all to enjoy during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Read More.

January 28 - February 2, 2013

29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Read the brochure highlighting the schedule of ticketed shows, workshops, and more. 

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Daily through October 17, 2011 Stop the Car, Dad! Photography by Erik Lauritzen exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery at the Western Folklife Center. Read more.

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