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Event Map & More

Below is the event and shuttle map for our 35th Gathering. Please note, the Elko Convention Center food vendor in the atrium of the Convention Center is the renowned Cowboy Joe, long-time favorite coffee stop for Gathering-goers in downtown Elko.

Most events take place at the Western Folklife Center and the Elko Convention/Conference Center, which are a little more than a mile apart. Cooking workshops take place a the first Presbyterian Church annex (1559 Sewell Drive) and dance workshops are at the Elko High School Old Gym (987 College Avenue/9th Street corner). Additional activities may be scheduled at Great Basin College, the Elko Basque House and other venues.


Room Locations, Elko Convention Center and Elko Conference Center
(Please note, for our 35th Gathering, Cowboy Joe (coffee and more) replaced Strong Wife Sourdough)

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Featuring Ticket Desk, Membership Desk, Guest Services Desk, Gift Shop, Silent Auction, Whoa Back Saloon and food vendors along with scheduled shows, discussions, films and more.

Ticket Desk: Monday-Tuesday 9am-5pm;
Wednesday 8am-8pm; Thursday 8am-9pm;
Friday-Saturday 8am-11pm
Membership Desk: Monday-Tuesday, 9am-5pm;
Wednesday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday closes 5:30pm
Gift Shop opens Tuesday 11am-4pm; Wednesday 9am-8pm;
Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 9am-11pm
Guest Services Desk Wednesday-Saturday 8am-9pm
Food vendors serving daily.

Featuring the G Three Bar Theater, Wiegand Gallery, Pioneer Saloon, Gift Shop and Guest Services Desk.

Gift Shop open at 9am every day, closing hours change:
     Monday-Wednesday, close at 9pm
     Thursday-Saturday, close at 11pm
Pioneer Saloon opens at 10am every day, closing hours are:
     Monday-Wednesday, close at 10pm
     Thursday-Friday, close at 1am
     Saturday night/Sunday morning, close at 2am
          following Midnight Dance
Guest Services Desk: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-9:00pm
Friday and Saturday, 8am-9pm


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Featuring Western Mercantile, scheduled shows, discussions and film, along with food vendors.

Full schedule begins Thursday-Saturday 9am-6pm

Special Notes:
Music Open Mic sign ups will open at 8:30am,
enter through doors between the
     Convention Center and Conference Center.
On Wednesday, the doors will be open 3pm-7pm;
Western Mercantile will be open 3pm-6:30pm
Food vendor information, see below.

DINING at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering:

Food is available at the Elko Convention Center and the Elko Conference Center from 8am to 6pm, depending on vendor location. More information will be available in the printed schedule:
Cowboy Joe (hot beverages, baked goods/snacks) - from 8am daily in Elko Convention Center Atrium.
Las Brisas (Mexican) - 8am Monday-Sunday (Tuesday close 2pm; Wednesday-Sunday 7pm) food truck in entrance roundabout, Elko Convention Center.
Odeh's Mediterranean -9amThursday-Saturday (Thursday close 6pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 3:30pm), Elko Convention Center Sage Lounge.
Ogi Deli (Basque sandwiches and goodies, $10 meal deal) - 9am-5pm Thursday-Saturday, Elko Conference Center.

Elko abounds with a variety of dining options, from Basque to Mexican, Asian to American standard fare. Many are within walking distance of the Western Folklife Center in downtown Elko.