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Ticket Information

Ticket Information

Ticketed Shows
There are two kinds of shows and sessions at the Gathering: ticketed and non-ticketed. Ticketed performances showcase a combination of western bands and cowboy poets that you won’t see together during the day with a Pass. Some artists only perform on ticketed shows. These shows require purchase of individual tickets.

There is one evening ticketed show Monday through Wednesday, also known as "early week." See our special discount for Monday and Tuesday night shows, offered to those purchasing workshop tickets.

Daytime Non-Ticketed Shows and Sessions
(admission with the purchase of a pass)
Non-ticketed shows and events take place during the day Thursday through Saturday only. These require the purchase of a 3-Day Deluxe Pass or a Single Day Pass.

View the Full Daily Schedule. There are approximately 90 non-ticketed shows and other sessions during the three main days of the Gathering. Poets and musicians perform simultaneously on eight different stages in five locations in Elko. Your 3-Day Deluxe or Single Day Pass is your ticket to these performances and will also get you into our Keynote Address, films, open mic sessions of music and poetry, and more.


One of the Western Folklife Center membership benefits for the 34th Gathering was for 3-Day Deluxe Passes: from September 5 - October 4, 2017, a members' price for a 3-day Deluxe Pass was $60; this price increased to $80 on October 5, 2017. As always, when you buy a Deluxe Pass, you also get a program book and a commemorative pin. 

A Day Pass ($30) provides admission for one day only to all non-ticketed daytime shows and events, Thursday-Saturday.

Your 3-Day Deluxe Pass or Single Day Pass gives you access to non-ticketed shows and events on the three main days of the Gathering (Thursday-Saturday) including:

  • intimate poetry recitations
  • performances of cowboy and western music
  • the keynote address
  • western films
  • open mic sessions of music and poetry
  • lively discussions about the rural West and its future


Members, please note:
Membership benefits in the Western Folklife Center
and the membership pin include
early ticket purchasing to the Gathering,
a deep discount on the 3-day Deluxe Pass during the members' only pre-sale period,
and a special Members' Show
(based on membership level).


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