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Activities Around Elko During the Gathering

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.

Events listed take place between Monday, January 28 and Sunday, February 3, 2019

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

California Trail Center Native Trade Show
Contemporary and traditional Native items including beadwork, silversmithing, basketry, photography, as well as craft demonstrations.
California Trail Interpretive Center, I-80 West--Hunter Exit 292
Wednesday-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
Contact: Charley J. Van Troba 702-204-1716

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
High Desert Inn, 3015 Idaho Street
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact: Bill 208-420-1528


Elko County Library
720 Court Street
Story Time for children (age 3-5) Tuesday-Thursday at 10:30 am.
Wednesday Story Time with singer-songwriter, author and western poet Sid Marty. Sponsored by the Western Folklife Center.
Contact: 775-738-3066 or

Elko Gold Mine Tours/Newmont North America
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 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Reservations requested:
Contact: Jaymie Donovan, Newmont External Relations

Free Cowboy Breakfast at IFA Country Stores
390 30th Street (East on Idaho Street, right turn on 30th Street)
Friday 8:00 - 10:00 am
Contact: 775-738-6233

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

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
Stockmen's Showroom: Live music by Dust In My Coffee
Friday-Saturday: 9:00 pm - midnight
Bar & Lounge: Live music by C. C. Collier
Tuesday-Saturday 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Contact: 775-738-5141

Red Lion Hotel & Casino
Live music - To Be Announced
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Free admission
Contact: 775-738-2111




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