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Join us at Trailing of the Sheep, October 8-11, 2015

Basque tree carvings

Join the Western Folklife Center for the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival,  as Programs Manager Katie Aiken journeys to Ketchum, Idaho, to collect stories in the Historic Sheep Camp at the Folklife Fair.

Be sure to view our traveling exhibition, Trailing the Year: The Human Landscape of Sheep Ranching in the American West, at the Sun Valley Museum of History, 415 Spruce Avenue North in Ketchum, Thursday-Saturday from 1 pm - 4 pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm. Visit:


Jam On! at the Western Folklife Center

Jam Session in the Pioneer, photo by Heather Hafleigh
Photo by Heather Hafleigh

Join us at the Western Folklife Center for   Jam On! Monthly Jam Sessions every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free, and the Pioneer Bar will be open for business. All musicians and music lovers welcome!

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Let's Dance! at the Western Folklife Center

     Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday!

Join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening at Let's Dance! The evening begins with dance lessons—which include a variety of interesting steps in a featured style—at 6pm, followed by open dancing at 7pm. Cost is $5, Adults and teens welcome and no experience is necessary.
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Southwind at the Western Folklife Center

Southwind, photo by Mark Hayward

Popular local Elko band Southwind continues it's Third Wednesday concerts in the historic Pioneer Saloon from 6:00pm - 8:00pm!

Come listen (and there's room to dance!) to toe-tapping Celtic, Americana, folk tunes and while enjoying a refreshing beverage from the bar. Follow Southwind —Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman—on Facebook.

Dates scheduled: October 21 and November 18, 2015.