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Ticket Information

Ticket Information

Tickets are now on sale to the public for the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering - some shows are sold out and will not appear on the Sales List. Western Folklife Center members purchase tickets one month early, we invite you to become a member and join now.

There are two kinds of shows and sessions at the Gathering: “Ticketed” and “Non-Ticketed.”

Ticketed Shows

Ticketed performances the hottest performances at the Gathering and are primarily evening shows. Each one showcases 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. To enter a non-ticketed show, you'll need either a 3-Day Deluxe Pass or a Single Day Pass. With over 90 non-ticketed shows and other sessions to choose from, you're sure to make good use of your pass. 

We anticipate the full schedule of daytime, non-ticketed events will be posted in mid-Decmeber in the "Shows & Events" section of this website, and will also be available as an app at at that time. Stay up-to-date on the full schedule as it unfolds by liking and following the Western Folklife Center on Facebook.



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A 3-Day Deluxe Pass or Single Day Pass gives you access to the 90+ non-ticketed shows and events that take place Thursday through Saturday, which include:

 • Intimate poetry, music, and storytelling events

• The keynote address

• Film screenings

• Open mic sessions of music and poetry

• Lively discussions about the rural West and its future

3-Day Deluxe Passes
The 3-Day Deluxe Pass is $60 for Western Folklife Center members, purchasing from September 4-October 3; the price is $80 for all beginning October 4. The Deluxe Pass comes with a commemorative pin and a Gathering program book.

Single Day Passes
A Day Pass ($30) provides admission for one day only to all non-ticketed daytime shows and events, Thursday-Saturday. The Single Day Pass comes with a Gathering program book.




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