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Every 2nd Wednesday of the month!

Jam Session at to the Western Folklife Center, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Elko musicians and fans, read more about this great community event. Sponsored by 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 except for November, December and January. Read more about dance nights including what, where, time, cost and more. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508.

April 15, 2015

Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the lively music of Elko's own Southwind band (think violin/fiddle, dulcimer, guitar and vocals!) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

Coming May 9, 2015

May 9 will be the first downtown Elko "Walk" sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. Anticipated to begin at 3:00 pm, it's an Art Walk for the entire family (non-alcoholic beverages available) and the Western Folklife Center plans many exciting things for adults and children to enjoy during the Art Walk. Visit the DBA website for information.

May 20, 2015

Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the lively music of Elko's own Southwind band from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

July 18, 2015

The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop will be hosting a book signing for Oklahoma's  "Official Chuck Wagon Cook" Kent Rollins on July 18, 2015, from 11:00 am to1:00 pm at 501 Railroad Street, Elko. There will be a dessert sampling from the book, A Taste of Cowboy, with wine pairing. Mark your calendars now and plan on a great time!

January 25 - 30, 2016

Mark your calendars now for the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada! Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center Members the day after Labor Day, 2015. Read more.

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March 17, 2015

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us! Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy Southwind's toe-tapping fiddle tunes, Celtic, folk and heartwarming vocals 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

February 18, 2015

Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the music of Southwind from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

January 26 - 31, 2015

Join us for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada! Tickets are on sale now!

January 21, 2015

Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the music of Southwind from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

Through December 19, 2014 in the Wiegand Gallery:

From the Western Folklife Center Collection, an exhibition featuring the handcrafted work of artisans from throughout the West. On exhibit from September 23 - December 19. Read more.

A Brushwork Diary: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard, an exhibition from the Nevada Arts Council/Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition Program funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. On exhibit October 9 - December 19.  Read more.

December 17, 2014

Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the music of Southwind from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

December 13, 2014

Elko's 12th annual Snowflake Festival!The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop will be open for the daytime festivities and, just for the kids, Santa's entourage takes over the G Three Bar Theater from 1pm to 3pm. Visit the DBA website for information.

November 19, 2014

Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the music of Southwind from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!

November 10, 2014

Check your local listings for KUED Channel 7's premiere showing of Healing the Warrior's Heart, a documentary produced by the Western Folklife Center’s Taki Telonidis, in collaboration with Gary Robinson of Tribal Eye Productions, and KUED Channel 7, Salt Lake City’s PBS affiliate. The film is narrated by actor Peter Coyote. Read More about this event.

October 30, 2014

Exhibit opening reception for A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard. Join us in the Wiegand Gallery for a gallery talk by curators Jim McCormick and Fred Ried, a poetry reading by Paul Zarzyski, appetizers and wine. 6pm-8pm. Read more.

October 18 and 19, 2014

The Caleb Klauder Country Band is coming to the Western Folklife Center. Join us for an evening of dancing the evening of Saturday, October 18 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. Read more.

October 10 -12, 2014

The Western Folklife Center will once again participate in the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum-Hailey, Idaho.

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.

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 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!

 "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. The Western Folklife Center will not be participating in the October 11 Beer Walk. Brought to you by the Elko Downtown Business Association.

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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