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Buying Tickets to the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 28-February 2, 2019

Tickets to the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and to the general public one month later, Thursday, October 4, 2018.

There are four ways to purchase tickets:

1. Purchase online, click on poster image at left:

When tickets go on sale, the image at left is your portal to purchasing tickets. Online orders receive email confirmation. if a show is sold out, it will not be listed online with those available for purchase. During the Gathering, when available, tickets can be purchased online up to two hours prior to performances; after that, purchases can be made at the Ticket Desk.  

2. Call toll-free when ticket sales open:

Western Folklife Center members begin purchasing tickets on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Ticket sales open to the general public one month later, Thursday, October 4, 2018. Once ticket sales begin, you may call us between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday - Friday: 888-880-5885, or from outside the U.S., call 775-738-7508 Pacific time.

3. Mail your order form:

to the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, NV 89801. Mail-in forms are available in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering brochure, which is mailed out in early August. To receive a brochure, please be sure you are on our mailing list. You may also pick up a brochure up in our Gift Shop at 501 Railroad Street beginning in September. We discourage mail-in orders because the additional processing time required may result in some shows being unavailable before the order is finalized.

4. Visit the Ticket Office:

before the Gathering begins, the Ticket Office is on the 2nd floor of the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada: open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. During the Gathering, the Ticket Office moves to the Elko Convention Center, 700 Moren Way. Hours will be posted. Passes may also be purchased at the Guest Services Desks during the Gathering, at the Western Folklife Center and at the Elko Convention Center. Tickets to performances in the G Three Bar Theater can be purchased at the door one half hour before the show (subject to availability). Tickets can be purchased online up to two hours prior to performance, subject to availability.

Buying Tickets as a Member

Western Folklife Center members in current standing purchase Gathering tickets starting at 9:00am Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, September 4, 2018; one month before everyone else!

Remember, your membership gets you a deep discount on a 3-Day Deluxe Pass. Members – be sure to purchase your discounted Deluxe Pass during the Members’ pre-sale period, as well as your free tickets to members'-only shows and other Gathering-related benefits that will be posted here.

Past benefits that have been offered:

Members' pre-sale Deluxe Pass discount! During the September-October 2017 members-only purchasing period, the price for a 3-day Deluxe Pass was $60. The price is now $80.

For the 34th Gathering, Western Folklife Center Members could purchase premium seating in the G Three Bar (G3Bar) Theater for several shows: pre-seating gives members early access opportunity to sit in their favorite location for a premium price of $75. This is a limited offer. Designated shows were noted in the Gathering Brochure.

Click here to become a member or renew your membership, or call 775-738-7508 ext. 222. If you are unsure of your member level or your benefits, contact the membership office at 775-738-7508 ext 222 or for the password.




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