Announcing the Featured Artists for the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Western Folklife Center Happenings
On Sale now for members: tickets for 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering!
Western Folklife Center members purchase tickets beginning September 3, 2019. General ticket sales begin October 3, 2019. Join Now and purchase tickets early. Read more about the upcoming 36th Gathering.
Western Folklife Center Gift Shop opens New Online Store
We’ve opened a new Online Gift Store, featuring selected Western Folklife Center-produced items along with Memberships. As always, give us a call for telephone orders or questions, 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885), or email us at
New Exhibition in Wiegand Gallery now open
Now exhibiting in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery - Climb Down the Ladder, This Painting is Done: Contemporary Muralists, Outside In, September 16-December 14, 2019. Join us for a free exhibition opening reception September 25th, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. This exhibition is a feature of the Elko Mural Expo! Read more about our exhibitions.
See our Events Calendar for more Elko Mural Expo events to be held at the Western Folklife Center.
Here’s Hot Club of Cowtown at the 25th Gathering in 2009 - they’re returning for the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on Tuesday, September 3; tickets open to the general public on October 3. Join now and buy tickets early!
Workshops with Hot Club of Cowtown
* Cowboy Chords with Whit Smith
* Conversation with Hot Club of
Evening Ticketed Show
*Stay a Little Longer
Saturday, February 1, 8:00 pm
This Deep West Radio documentary about cowboy song collector John Lomax and his contribution of African Americans to cowboy life and music, includes many interviews and was part of a Western Folklife Center/City Lore project in 2010. Read and view more of this documentary. The photo of an integrated cowboy crew on the Merkleson Ranch, ca. 1890s, Texas is courtesy of the Gillette Brothers.