Through December 22, 2014:
From the Western Folklife Center Collection, an exhibition featuring the handcrafted work of artisans from throughout the West. On exhibit from September 23 - December 22. Read more.
Coming soon: A Brushwork Diary: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard. Exhibition opens October 9; opening reception is scheduled October 30. Read more.
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month!
Jam Session at to the Western Folklife Center, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm. Elko musicians and fans, read more about this great community event that started May 8, 2013. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508. Mark your Calendars Now and join us!
2nd and 4th Thursdays, Monthly!
Dance Nights at the Western Folklife Center every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Read more about dance nights including what, where, time, cost and more. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508.
September 2, 2014
Opening day of the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering ticket sales for members of the Western Folklife Center. General sales won't begin for another month: become a member and purchase tickets early, before some shows sell out!
September 17, 2014
The historic Pioneer Saloon will be open for business, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Stop by for a refreshing beverage and enjoy listening (and dancing) to toe-tapping music by Southwind.
September 20 through December 22, 2014
On display in the Wiegand Gallery, From the Western Folklife Center Collection, featuring our personal collection of contemporary handcrafted gear, representing the beautiful work of artisans throughout the West.
September 27, 2014
Sam Platts & The Kootenai Three are coming to the Western Folklife Center for one night only: join us at 8:00 pm (Pioneer Saloon doors open at 7:30pm) for a honky-tonkin' evening of roots country music and western dancing. Admission: $15/person, $15/couple. Read more.
October 9 through December 22, 2014
A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard. Curated by Jim McCormick and Fred Reid and organized by the Nevada Arts Council. This exhibition is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition program, funded in part by the Nevada Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
October 10 -12, 2014
The Western Folklife Center will once again participate in the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum-Hailey, Idaho.
October 18 and 19, 2014
The Caleb Klauder Country Band is coming to the Western Folklife Center. Join us for an evening of dancing the evening of Saturday, October 18 as the band melds honky-tonk and early country into music harkening back to the old dance hall days. The band will also be teaching an old-time music workshop (for vocals and instruments) on Sunday, October 19th. Read more.
October 22 and November 19, 2014
Drop by the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon and enjoy the music of Southwind from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The bar will be open and there's room to dance!
January 26 - 31, 2015
Join us for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada! Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on September 2, 2014. Read more about tickets - they go on sale to the general public on October 2nd!
January 25 - 30, 2016 Join us for the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada!
PAST EVENTS CALENDAR:
"Second Saturdays" - 2014 (except June)
Visit the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop during the summer Second Saturdays in downtown Elko! All "Walks" begin at 4:00 pm and run until 7:00 pm (starting location to be announced). June 7 is the 3rd annual Margarita Walk; July 12, August 9, September 13 are Wine Walks. The Western Folklife Center will not be participating in the October 11 Beer Walk. Brought to you by the Elko Downtown Business Association.
April 26, 2014
Dance to the lively music of Southwind at the Western Folklife Center starting at 7:00pm. In partnership with the California Trail Interpretive Center, we are hosting a dance featuring classic American roots music. No dance experience or partner necessary! Read more.
April 2, 2014
Reception for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Student Art Show ~ FREE to all. Meet the young artists and photographers of this Gathering's special-themed "Nevada" exhibition. The Reception is from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
January 27 - February 01, 2014
January 8, 2014
Jam Session at to the Western Folklife Center, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm. Elko musicians and fans, read more about this great community event that started May 8, 2013. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508. Remember to join us at the Pioneer Saloon for the late-night jam sessions during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering!
January 9, 2014
Dance Nights returned to the Western Folklife Center on May 9, 2013. One night only in January! Read more about dance nights including what, where, time, cost and more. Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508. Twice monthly 2nd and 4th Thursday dances will return in February 2014.
Special Sundays in December!
The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, will be open December 1, 8, 15 and 22 for your Christmas shopping needs. We will be closed December 25 and 26, as well as December 30 and 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014.
December 14, 2013
Join us in downtown Elko for the annual Snowflake Festival, Parade of Lights and holiday fireworks display. The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop will be open throughout the day's festivitites.
Concluding December 18, 2013
Beginning September 9, the Western Folklife Center presents Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press, an exhibition from the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Humanities, the Nevada State Legislature, and an anonymous donor. Read more.
December 7, 2013
Spend a fun day at the Western Folklife Center, starting with a hands-on printmaking workshop by Tuscarora artist Sidne Teske scheduled for 9:30am-2:30pm, then finish the day from 3:30-5:50pm with an Italian-themed reception honoring our Words + Images:Broadsides from the Black Rock Press exhibition and Italian Buckaroos: New World exhibition. Held at the Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery and Pioneer Saloon. Call (775) 738-7508 for more information.
November 29 and 30, 2013
Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday in downtown Elko! In-store specials both days at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, 501 Railroad Street. Starting in December, the Gift Shop will be open most Sundays - December 1, 8, 15 and 22 - for your Christmas shopping needs.
October 11-13, 2013
Second Saturdays ~ 2013
Visit the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop during the summer Second Saturdays in downtown Elko! Brought to you by the Elko Downtown Business Association. All "Walks" begin at 4:00 pm at the Commercial Hotel and run until 7:00 pm. July 13, August 10, September 14and October 12 are Wine Walks (June 8 was the 2nd annual "Margarita Walk"). Contact the Western Folklife Center, 775/738-7508, extension 234 for more information.