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36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
january 27 - february 1, 2020

When purchasing tickets, please note that if a show or workshop is not on the sales list, it is sold out. Some events sell out early.

View the 36th Gathering brochure. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Western Folklife Center, as well during the Gathering. Once ticket sales begin, all sold out sessions do not appear on the sales List.

There are several ways to purchase tickets:

1. Purchase online

During general sales, use the "Buy tickets" button on this website and follow the prompts. All ticketed shows that are not sold out can be purchased online up to two hours prior to the show. If a show does not appear on the list, that show is sold out.

2. Call toll-free when ticket sales open

Members can begin purchasing tickets at 9:00am PDT time Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Ticket sales open to the general public one month later, Thursday, October 3, 2019. Once ticket sales begin, you may call us between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday - Friday: 888-880-5885 (within the U.S.), or from outside the U.S., call 775-738-7508 Pacific time.

3. Mail the order form in the brochure (estimated to be available mid-August 2019)

To: Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, NV 89801.

To receive a brochure with its mail-in form, please be sure you are on our mailing list. Please note that on mail-in orders, the additional processing time required may result in some shows being unavailable before the order is finalized.

4. Visit the Ticket Office

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.

Buying Tickets as a Member

Western Folklife Center members in current standing purchase Gathering tickets starting at 9:00am PDT on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. That's one month before everyone else! Be sure your membership is up to date by purchasing or renewing no later than Friday, August 30, 2020.

Remember, your membership gets you a discount on a 3-Day Deluxe Pass. Be sure to purchase your discounted Deluxe Pass for $60 during the Members' pre-sale period, September 3-October 2, 2019. On October 3, all Deluxe Passes are $80.

Remember to choose your free members’ show(s), depending on your level of membership.

At the Gathering, your membership pin is not necessary for access to Gathering shows and events, where a ticket or Deluxe/Day Pass is required.

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, call or write us at

NOTE: Prices listed herein may be subject to change.



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