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 performances showcase 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.
Ticketed shows are the hottest performances at the Gathering and showcase combinations of poets, bands, singer-songwriters, and storytellers that you won’t see on the non-ticketed sessions. Some artists only perform on ticketed shows. To attend these shows, you must buy a ticket. See this year’s schedule starting on page 4.
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.
The full schedule of daytime, non-ticketed events will be posted in January in the "Shows & Events" section of this website, and is available as an app at Sched.com at that time as well. 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).