Dancing, Music & Events

Join us year round as we host concerts, dancing lessons and dances, music jams, workshops, and other events celebrating the expressive arts of the West at the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada.

See our event calendar »


Mike Beck, photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller.

Mike Beck, photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller.

Mike Beck Live at the Western Folklife Center

Thursday, July 18

Enjoy a very special evening of acoustic music and stories with acclaimed singer/songwriter Mike Beck.

Pioneer Saloon opens 6:00pm, concert begins 7:00pm in G Three Bar Theater.

Read More


Musicians jamming together.

Musicians jamming together.

Jam On!

Every Second Wednesday, 6:00pm 8:00pm
Pioneer Saloon at the Western Folklife Center

Join a monthly jam session. All musicians and spectators welcome: invite a friend who might be looking for a group to jam with or someone who likes to enjoy live music! Jam On! features a mix of old-time fiddle tunes, folk songs, country tunes, ballads and more:  you can lead a song for the group or join in on tunes introduced by others. There's room to dance and the bar is open. Facilitated by members of Southwind and other community musicians. Admission is free.


Dancing Couple.

Dancing Couple.

Let's Dance!

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 6:00-8:30pm **
Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater

Join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening. We begin with dance lessons, which include a variety of interesting steps in a featured style at 6:00pm, followed by open dancing at 7:00pm. Dance lesson is $5, adults and teens are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information, check our Event Calendar, follow Elko Let's Dance on Facebook or contact: wfcdance@gmail.com.


Southwind: Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman.

Southwind: Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman.

Southwind at the Western Folklife Center

Join us in the historic Pioneer Saloon as Southwind and friends play toe-tapping music including Celtic, folk, and traditional Americana in their free monthly concert.  Enjoy music and libations from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and there's always room to dance! Southwind is Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman:  follow them on Facebook.


The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering logo.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering logo.

36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Join us for the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2020!

Really, it’s not too early to start making plans to join us in Elko! The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, thousands travel to rural Elko, Nevada, in the heart of winter, to enjoy, learn and share. It's been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America, but it is also a darned good time and an experience you will not soon forget!

www.nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org