Buying Tickets Early as a Member

Become a Western Folklife Center Member: Purchase Tickets Early and MORE for the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 25-30, 2016!

Tickets for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering go sale starting at 9:00 am Pacific Time the day after Labor Day, for members only: one month earlier than non-members.  Remember, if you are a part of our Stakeholder program, you will also need to be a member to take part in early ticket sales.

The week prior to the opening day of Member's ticket sales, a notice will be posted to let all Western Folklife Center members know that the big blue ticket button is fully activated. The ticket button will be located on the Western Folklife Center's home page, the Gathering's home page, and several other web pages (including all ticket-related web pages).

Remember that to view or set up your account early, and to purchase tickets and Day or Deluxe Passes online as a member beginning the day after Labor Day, or at the time you go online to purchase them before general public sales begin in October, you will need to be a member in good standing—no later than the Friday before the opening of ticket sales—and to know your member level. You will also need specific information exactly as it shows on the mailing label of your brochure. Brochures are anticipated to be in the mail to all members by August.

Check your membership level benefits here.

Again, prior to purchasing tickets, we ask that you please check your membership before the Friday prior to the opening of ticket sales to members, to ensure it is active, and for the benefits level and the amount of tickets you may purchase for shows. Be sure to join or renew your membership at least week prior to opening day! If you are not a valid member by this date, you must call in your order to 775.738.7508 (in Elko or outside the U.S.) or toll free 888-880-5885, as our online ticketing system will not recognize you as a member.

Please note, your membership benefits do not include a Day or Deluxe Pass for the Gathering. However, in addition to buying tickets early, members of the Western Folklife Center can request free tickets to one of the two Members' Shows. The number of free Members' Show tickets varies with membership level. Tickets can be requested for one or the other of the two Members' Shows, or for levels with multiple tickets, you can request to split them between the shows. Non-members can purchase tickets to these shows as well, for the same price as a Friend-level membership in the Western Folklife Center. Members' Show tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more membership information.

Exclusively, members are invited to attend the Opening Reception celebrating the new exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery that will premiere in Elko for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Consider upgrading your current membership to obtain even more free tickets to these two shows! Stop by the Western Folklife Center, phone our membership desk at 888-880-5885 (toll free) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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