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Around Town

Activities Around Elko During the 2019 Gathering
January 28 - February 2, 2019

In addition to the many activities put on by the Western Folklife Center and Gathering artists, there are many activities and events held in the Elko community during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering that are produced or managed by other entities around town. Please note, this list is not intended to be all-inclusive and we make no promises as to its 100% accuracy.

NOTE: This list is past information.
Events listed took place between Monday, January 28 and Sunday, February 3, 2019.
We are anticipating changes to some venues (*) for 2020.

Art & Gear Shows

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Western Mercantile
The Western Folklife Center’s own show providing authentic and high-quality cowboy, buckaroo and Western artist merchandise.
Elko Conference Center (by Elko Convention Center), 724 Moren Way
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact: Western Folklife Center 775-738-7508

Duncan LittleCreek Gallery and the Gallery Bar
Art show and sale of paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics and more by local artists.
Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, 516 Commercial Street
Monday-Saturday opens at 4:00 pm
Artists’ Reception on Friday 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Contact: Joan or Jen Anderson 775-738-3426

Native Trade Show
1543 Silver Eagle Drive
(above Elko County Fairgrounds, use
Golf Course Road, left at Ruby Vista, near the Smoke Shop)
Contemporary and traditional Native American art including beadwork, silversmithing, basketry, photography, as well as craft demonstrations. Vendors, artists, free native dancers and kids activities, raffle prizes.
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact: Jessica Montcalm 775-385-5162

Cow Camp Trading Post
Showcasing a gathering of artisans, makers and purveyors of buckaroo gear, art, clothes, jewelry and fine accessories for over 25 years.
Red Lion Inn and Casino East End Ballroom, 2065 Idaho Street
Opening reception Wednesday 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact: Vickie Mullen 206-409-6222

Great Basin Cowboy Gear Show & Sale
Featuring fine-quality art from contemporary cowboy artists and craftsmen.
Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum, 542 Commercial Street
Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Reception: Friday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Silent auction runs January 23 - February 1 and is also available on
Contact: John Wright 775-340-0789

11th Annual Silver State Trade Show
Home of the Exclusive Rawhide Exhibit, Used Saddle Corral, Bunkhouse Cowboy Artisan Circle and Amanda’s Saloon.
Elko County Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building, 13th & Cedar Streets
Wednesday 3:00 - 6:00 pm, Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact: Dawn Leyva 775-934-8414

Charley J. Van Troba’s Cowboy Art and Gear Show
Ramada Hotel & Stockmen’s Casino, 340 Commercial Street
Pickers and grinners are welcome!
Thursday 12:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Elko Cowboy Marketplace
Commercial Casino Brand Room
345 4th Street
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Contact: 775-738-5141

Great Basin Native Market
Handcrafted artwork by area Native Americans.
Girl Scout House, 561 14th Street
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact: Lois Whitney 775-340-9897 or Leah Brady 775-340-2833

The High Desert Western Art and Gear Show & Sale *
Jaxsonbilt Hats (custom quality cowboy & western hats), fine handmade and custom jewelry vendors, rustic furniture in wood & cowhide, pottery, unique western home decor and more.
High Desert Inn, 3015 Idaho Street
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Elko County Library
720 Court Street
Story Time for children (age 3-5) Tuesday-Thursday at 10:30 am.
Wednesday Story Time sponsored by the Western Folklife Center, performer to be announced.
Contact: 775-738-3066 or

Elko Gold Mine Tours
Free tour to an open pit gold mining operation: gold is used in almost every aspect of our modern daily lives, in technology, industry, medicine/health care, jewelry, investment and more.
Wednesday, January 30th from 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Reservations required: or 775-778-2447
Contact: Jaymie Donovan, Nevada Gold Mines External Relations
The tour group will be picked up outside of the Western Folklife Center at 12:30 on Wednesday.

Local Attractions

California Trail Interpretive Center
Dioramas, murals and exhibits of pioneer and native peoples. Call for program information during Gathering.
I-80 West, eight miles west of Elko, Hunter Exit 292
Free Admission Wednesday-Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact: 775-738-1849 or

Great Basin College Art Gallery *
Leonard Center for Student Life on the GBC Campus
1500 College Parkway, Chilton Circle
Playa to Peaks: Northern Nevada’s Inspiration exhibit features clay sculptures of the Black Rock Desert by Deborah Finley and water media drawings of the Ruby Mountains by Patty Fox.
Free admission Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact: Patty Fox 775-753-2262

Northeastern Nevada Museum *
1515 Idaho Street
Halleck Bar Gallery: acclaimed western artist Billy Schenck special exhibit, The Pop Maverick
Art of the West Reception: Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Barrick Gallery: Miles Crouch New Ledger Art
Theater: Selected film screenings plus the featured films of the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, hosted by the Western Folklife Center. Dates and Times to be announced.
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Contact: 775-738-3418

Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum
542 Commercial Street
Dedicated to the preservation of the vaquero and the American Buckaroo, the Museum showcases the rich history, culture, and traditions of the Cowboy of the American West — connecting the past to the present along with representing the deep-rooted heritage of the ranching and cowboy lifestyles through exhibits and more.
Contact: 775-385-1713

Entertainment: Open Mics, Jam Sessions & Free Live Music

Music Jams at the Western Folklife Center
Pioneer Saloon
501 Railroad Street
Nightly starting at 10:00 pm

Coffee Mug Restaurant *
576 Commercial Street
Live music & Open Mic: Lenny Nast and his Incredible Cast
Wednesday-Saturday 4:30 - 9:00 pm, with intermission
(6:00 - 7:30 pm, Live music: The High Plains Cowboys)
Contact: Jeff 775-738-5999

Duncan LittleCreek Gallery & the Gallery Bar *
516 Commercial Street
Open Mic nights hosted by musician Billy Rose and Friends
6:30 pm Thursday, 8:00 pm Friday, and 6:30 pm Saturday
Contact: DLC 775-738-3426

Ramada Hotel at Stockmen’s Casino *
340 Commercial Street
Bar & Lounge: Live music by C. C. Collier
Tuesday-Saturday 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Contact: 775-738-5141

Red Lion Hotel & Casino *
Ernie Sites is at the Red Lion this year!!
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Free admission
Contact: 775-738-2111




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