When most people think of Wyoming, or "The West", they think of rodeos, cowboys, horses, and other similar events that invoke images we've all seen on TV. Yes, there are rodeos in Wyoming, from the "Granddaddy of Them All"© Cheyenne Frontier Days, to more hometown events, like the Summer Rodeos in Pine Bluffs. But there are also art shows, ice fishing derbies, and music festivals, which celebrate both the region's past and present. The Tracks Across Wyoming corridor is home to many entrepreneurs and artisans, and their work is showcased with many festivals and shows, such as the Centennial Valley Art Show, held at the Nici Self Historical Museum. Many events celebrate the history of the area and reenact episodes from area history - and also offer great food and entertainment. Most events occur during the summer because of the harsh Wyoming winters, but some, like Green River's Ice Crystal Classic, even celebrate that season. Take in one of the small town events, and you'll discover everyone in town is there and has helped put on the event in some way. Take time to meet these people, and you'll discover why they're "Wyoming Proud."

Albany County

Centennial Valley Art Show & Sale

2734 Highway 130
Fourth of July weekend
Ticket Information:  Admission is free
EventsCentennialArtShowDescription:A variety of art work created by artisans from across southeast Wyoming will be on display and for sale on the grounds of the Nici Self Historical Museum. Meet the artists at the Friday night reception. Enjoy a variety of other community events throughout the community of Centennial during Fourth of July weekend. A portion of each sale at the Art Show benefits the museum.

Christmas In Centennial
Downtown Centennial
Second Saturday in December
EventsCentennialCinCTicket Information:  Admission is free
Description: Join the entire community of Centennial in this old fashioned family holiday event. Artisans from around the area will be selling a variety of hand made goods, including the always popular Centennial Social Club bake sale. Have breakfast with Santa at the Historic Mountain View Hotel, then visit with him in his workshop at the Centennial Elementary School and make your own gift. Visit the Nici Self Historical Museum to see their old fashioned Christmas displays and model railroad exhibits, and see what it was like to commute to school in the Centennial Valley 50 years ago.

Freedom Has A Birthday
Downtown Laramie
Fourth of July
Ticket Information: 
Description: Freedom Has A Birthday is Laramie's premiere 4th of July celebration. Generous sponsors make it possible for the organizers to provide free ice cream, lemonade, water, cookies, watermelon and snow cones to the thousands of people that attend. The free entertainment includes music, a gymnastics exhibition, giant slides, a children's parade and other activities too numerous to mention. Thousands of people take advantage of beautiful weather to gather information at the various booths, load up on free goodies and meet people from all over the world. Come out to experience an old fashioned 4th of July celebration!

Jubilee Days
Albany County Fairgrounds
First full week in July
Ticket Information:  Visit the website for tickets and schedules
Description: Laramie Jubilee Days began in 1940 to commemorate the Golden Anniversary of Wyoming Statehood on July 10. The first ‘Equality Days’ included a fiddlers’ contest, chariot races and a parade. In 1941 it expanded to three days and became known as Laramie Jubilee Days. The duration has varied, as have the events, from horse racing and horse shows to steer roping and rodeo. Currently, the celebration lasts 10 days and includes a concert and fireworks known as Fire in the Sky, downtown activities including street dances, a parade, Mr. T Classic Bull Riding, Junior Bull Riding and 3 PRCA performances.

EventsEncampmentCooperDays Carbon County

Copper Days Festival

Encampment/Riverside Lions Club Arena,
First weekend in September
Ticket Information: Antique tractors on display, tractor pulls, a parade, and melodrama make this September event in Encampment, WY a family favorite.  Sponsored in part by the Encampment Chug 'n Tug tractor club, this event is held the weekend after Labor Day.

GECGKen KreuselGrand Encampment Cowboy Gathering
Grand Encampment Museum, 807 Barnett
Third weekend in July
Ticket Information:  For tickets and information call 307-326-8855.
Description: Families of all ages can come and enjoy an authentically historical weekend.  Families of all ages can come and enjoy an exciting and action-packed weekend. Team Roping at the Lions Club Arena, Stick Horse Races, gunfighter shootouts, melodrama, and Cowboy jam sessions of poetry and music featuring artists from the region. Pancake breakfast served on Sunday morning.

Sierra Madre Winter Carnival
Last weekend in January
Ticket Information:  free  (307) 327-5501
Description: Come enjoy the annual celebration of winter fun in Encampment and Riverside, WY! Activities planned include a treasure hunt, sled races, "build your own" sled races, snow sculpture contest and a “Second Street Sprint”—a snowmobile race against the speed relay machine. What a great way to enjoy the best snow in the state! Sponsored by the town of Encampment.

Sierra Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Rendezvous and Black Powder Shoot
EventsEncampmentMuzzleloaders3Grand Encampment Museum, 807 Barnett
Last weekend in July
Ticket Information:  Admission is free. For information call 307-326-8855.
Description: Located on the Grand Encampment Museum grounds in Encampment, WY, local black powder enthusiasts recreate the days of the Mountain Men with primitive camping, authentic costuming, traders row, and black powder shoots and tomahawk throws. The museum will be presenting Living History reenactments and demonstrations. Please call Josh Saier 307-326-5503 or Joe Morrison 307-329-7944 for more information. Sponsored by the town of Encampment.


Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo
Encampment/Riverside Lions Club Arena,
Second weekend in June
Ticket Information:  Call (307) 326-8855. Admission Fee - $7.00 per day (includes Woodchoppers Events and Rodeo), children under 12 free.
Description: The chips fly during the Father's Day weekend in June every year in Encampment as loggers come from all over the country to compete for the title of Rocky Mountain Champion Lumberjack.  Using power saws, axes and hand saws, the men and women competitors cut down "trees", chop logs, and saw squared wood blocks in half, racing the clock for the fastest time.  Cowboys ride bulls and broncs and the melodrama encourages the audience to get involved.  This unique Wyoming event assure a good time. Sponsored by the Encampment/Riverside Lions Club.



Haunted Halloween Night Tours
Halloween week
Ticket Information:  Call  (307) 327-5501
Description: What better place to celebrate Halloween than the Old Pen? Is it really haunted? Find out!

Christmas Out of the Big House Craft Bazaar
First Saturday in December
Ticket Information:  Call  (307) 327-5501

Passion & Pride Ball
Saturday after Labor Day
Ticket Information:  Please call.
Description:  Come Invest in your Downtown - Rawlins’ premiere formal event at the Jeffrey Center to raise funds for brick and mortar projects in downtown Rawlins. Call 307-328-2099 or visit the Rawlins Main Street website for more information. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.

Pen to Pen Fun Run
First Saturday in June
Ticket Information:  Please call.
Description:  The annual road race from the modern Wyoming State Penetentiary to the Old Pen, the Wyoming Frontier Prison. With paid registration, participants receive an authentic Old Pen uniform made by the residents of the new Pen. For more, contact the museum.

Rawlins Jam
Second Saturday in July
Ticket Information:  See description below
Description: Join motorcycle riders from around the region for Rawlins Jam. Enjoy a poker run through beautiful Carbon County. When you get back, enjoy live music and dance with your friends. Cash prizes will be awarded. Registration $25 per rider, or $40 for two people on one bike. For more info, call 324-3401 or visit the website. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.

Shop Local, Win Big
Friday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday before Christmas
Ticket Information:  N/A
Description:  Shop in downtown and chamber member businesses during the holiday season and show your receipts for entry to win Santa Bucks. Drawings will take place each week. Call 307-328-2099 or visit the Main Street website for more information. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.

Second weekend in July
Ticket Information:  Free
Description:   Celebrate summer coming to Rawlins with this classic Rawlins event including Outhouse Races, vendors, sidewalk sale, eating contests and more! This is the weekend to be in Rawlins, with two other great events taking place, there is something for everyone. Free, although contests may have entry fee. For more information, call 307-328-2099. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.

Trick-or-Treat on Downtown Streets
Halloween unless Halloween falls on a weekend
Ticket Information:  Free
Description:  Stop by participating businesses throughout downtown Rawlins from 3:30-5:30p to go trick-or-treating. Free. Call 307-328-2099 for more information. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.

Where’s Rawley? Downtown Scavenger Hunt
First two weeks of April
Ticket Information:  N/A
Description:  The Where's Rawley? Downtown Scavenger Hunt is back - a promotion with no purchase necessary! Running from April 1st-13th, contestants visit 12 of the businesses participating in downtown and find a picture of Rawley the antelope. After finding the antelope and receiving a stamp at 12 businesses, each card is entered to win either a flat-screen TV or a tablet. Game card and complete rules can be picked up at 3 locations: Artistry in Glass, Carbon Mercantile and Windy Corner during regular business hours during the competition. Free. Please call 307-328-2099 for more information. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.

Second Saturday in December
Ticket Information:  N/A
Description:  In downtown and participating businesses throughout Rawlins. Stay in Rawlins this Saturday for Breakfast with Santa, family crafts, and Midday Madness at the Rec. Businesses will also be hosting events and giveaways throughout the day. Call 307-328-2099 for more information. Presented by Rawlins DDA/Main Street.



Donald E. Erickson Memorial Chariot Races
Buck Springs Track, PO Box 1095
Presidents Day weekend
Ticket Information:  (307) 326-8855
EventsSaratogaChariotRaceDescription:Held every Presidents Day weekend, the Donald E. Erickson Memorial Chariot Races is one of the most exciting events in Saratoga.  This annual event is sponsored by the Saratoga Lions Club and the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce.  The races feature two-horse teams pulling chariots at top speed down a quarter-mile track. The weekend’s activities include Calcutta betting and a banquet. Races are held on Saturday and Sunday at Buck Springs Rodeo Arena. Get ready for hooves and hearts to pound! Please call the Chamber of Commerce 307-326-8855 for more info.

Festival of Trees Gala and Auction
Platte Valley Community Center, 210 West Elm Street
First Thursday and Friday in December
Ticket Information:  (307) 326-8855
EventsSaratogaChariotRaceDescription: This special annual event is a terrific way to begin your holidays. Local organizations and businesses donate decorated artificial trees, wreaths and centerpieces and create gift baskets and other holiday items for you to take home and enjoy the entire season.  Viewing is Thursday and Friday, with the Gala and Auction held Friday night. Proceeds go to local charities and organizations. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Halloween Walk
Downtown Saratoga
Halloween afternoon
Ticket Information: Admission is free
Description: Held in downtown Saratoga, kids can trick-or-treat at local businesses. It's convenient and safe for everyone! Please call the Chamber of Commerce at 307-326-8855 for more info.

Ice Fishing Derby
Saratoga Lake, PO Box 1095
Third weekend in January
Ticket Information:  Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for small fry. Call 307-326-8855 for tickets and information.
EventsSaratogaIceFishingDescription: The annual Ice Fishing Derby is held at Saratoga Lake the third weekend of January every year and attracts ice anglers from several states hoping to make the “catch of the day”!  Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught each hour.  The largest game fish caught during the two-day derby wins first place and $2,000!  Keep an eye out for one of the “bounty fish” worth $500.  Door prizes are awarded each hour, including the Small Fry division for children under 14 years of age. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce 307-326-8855.

Independence Day Celebration
Downtown Saratoga,
Fourth of July
Ticket Information:  Admission is free.
EventsSaratogaJuly4ShootoutDescription: An old-fashioned parade with vintage cars, silly costumes, fire trucks and political candidates wanders through downtown Saratoga, beginning at 11 am. Lots of downtown activities to enjoy. The best part of the day begins at dusk with a fantastic fireworks display. Fun for the entire family!

Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland
Downtown Saratoga and Platte Valley Community Center, 210 West Elm Street
First Saturday in December
Ticket Information:  Admission is free. For more information call 307- 326-8855
Description: Enjoy the spirit of the season with the annual Christmas Parade showcasing floats entered by area clubs and businesses--all decorated and lit for the evening and held in historic downtown Saratoga.  Santa and Mrs. Claus visit children of all ages at Platte Valley Community Center for the Valley Service Organization’s annual "Winter Wonderland".

Platte River Rodeo Association Rodeo
Buck Springs Rodeo Arena,
Second Friday and Saturday in July
Ticket Information: Admission is $5 per person per day; children under 10 free. For tickets and information, call Terri Hinkle at 307- 326-8825.
Description: The annual two-day amateur rodeo features your favorite events: barrel racing, bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling and, of course, bull riding.  Activities for the kids include mutton bustin' and steer riding.  Held Friday and Saturday nights at the Buck Springs Rodeo Arena.

Wyoming Open Pool Tournament
Platte Valley Community Center, 210 West Elm Street
Last weekend in March
Ticket Information: Call for information
Description: Enter this annual tournament as a Sportsman, Classic or Master and watch pro-players such as Rodney Morris and Frank Alvarez show their stuff. Silent Calcutta betting is held Friday and Saturday nights. All events take place at the Platte Valley Community Center and are sponsored by the Saratoga Lions Club and CCVC. For more information, please call 307-329-8924 or email

EventsSaratogaSteinleyCupWinnerSteinley Cup Official State Microbrewery Competition and Saratoga Bullfest
Come for the Beer, and Stay for the Bull
Veteran’s Island and Buck Springs Arena, PO Box 1095
Third Saturday in August
Ticket Information:  For tickets and information call 307-216-8855.
This event is held on Veterans Island in Saratoga and at Buck Springs Rodeo Arena outside town. The microbrewery competition brings together the top professional microbreweries in Wyoming in search of the coveted Saratoga Steinley Cup and is Wyoming’s official state microbrewery competition. Live music and great eats complete the event. Make a weekend of it, with the Saratoga Bullfest, a bull riders-only event at Buck Springs. Please call the Chamber of Commerce for more info about the Steinley Cup at 307-326-8855. Call 307-326-7991 for info about the bullfest.

Laramie County

Celtic Festival

121 West 15th Street,
CelticFather's Day weekend
Ticket Information:  Admission is free. For information call 307-635-3498.
Description: 6th Annual Celtic Festival.  Free admission.  Headliner Irish & Scottish bands, a Celtic Jam, Irish & Scottish dancers, Celtic instrument workshops, food & craft vendors, a Calling of the Clans, a Kirking of the Tartans and clan displays. Guinness beer, scotch tasting.  Fri. 5:30 p.m., Sat. 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.  Sun. 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Cheyenne & The Historic Plains Hotel.  Cheyenne Depot Plaza.

Cheyenne Christmas Parade
Downtown Cheyenne, Frosty
Saturday after Thanksgiving
Ticket Information:  There is no fee to attend the parade.
Description: The parade typically features 140 brightly illuminated floats, horse drawn wagons, bands, clowns, antique autos, and colorful marching groups. The parade lasts about an hour and 15 minutes and is considered one of the finest Christmas Parades in the Rocky Mountain area.  The parade kicks off at 5 PM sharp at 17th Street and Carey Avenue. It marches north on Carey to 24th Street, then turns right to Capitol Avenue and makes another right on Capitol to head back down to 16th street. It turns right on 16th and ends at Pioneer Avenue.

Cheyenne Depot Days
Rails121 West 15th Street,
Third weekend in May
Ticket Information:  For information and tickets call 307-632-3905
Description: The event will be run in conjunction with the annual Sherman Hill Model Railroad Show at the events center on Lincolnway. The Union Pacific Steam Shop has graciously agreed to be open to allow viewing of the roundhouse and Steam Shop. The Car 57 restoration project will be holding an open house in our far west parking lot will be open for viewing as well. A Visit Cheyenne trolley is planned to escort people to and from all of the locations with departures scheduled every 30 minutes. Model train displays, railroad art, and vendors will occupy the Depot lobby. A new aspect of Depot Days is the inclusion of a railroad art competition with artists competing for prize money and the opportunity for their work to become the foundation of the permanent railroad art exhibit in the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Frontier Park, 8th & CareyCFD
Last full week in July
Ticket Information:  Ticket prices vary by event. For information and reservations, call 800-227-6336
Description: The Daddy of 'em All has been kicking up dust since 1897 with the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western Celebration.  Highlighting ten days of rip-roarin' excitement is the world's best PRCA rodeo action and Western entertainment.  It's non-stop activity and hospitality at its Western best!

Cheyenne's Hispanic Festival
First weekend in June
Ticket Information: Free to the public
Description: The Festival celebrates the culture of Cheyenne's fastest growing population in ways that everyone can enjoy. The Festival includes Educational and Cultural Exhibits, Games, Hispanic Food, Dancers, Live Entertainment, and much more! The Festival is an opportunity for all members of the community, regardless of nationality, to celebrate the beauty of Hispanic Culture

Greek Festival
Frontier Park Exhibition Hall, 8th and Cribbon Avenues
Second Friday and Saturday in September
Ticket Information:  For ticket information, call 307/ 635-5929
Description: Authentic Greek food, flea market, Greek music and dancing. Friday 5-11 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Lamb or chicken lunch/dinner both days. Free admission and parking.

Railway Art Show & Sale
Mid-May through July
Ticket Information: Contact the Cheyenne Depot Museum at 307-632-3905 for information
Description: A special opening preview and reception will be held on May 18 at 7pm for the Railroad Art Show and the much anticipated Union Central & Northern HO scale model at the Cheyenne Depot Museum. The purpose of the show is to gather and recognize important new contributions to the field of contemporary railway art from around the country; to celebrate the cultural heritage of the railroad in America; to support the goals of the Cheyenne Depot Museum; and to make a contribution to the Permanent Collection of the Museum.

Wyoming Brewers Festival
121 West 15th Street,
Weekend after Father's Day
Ticket Information:  For information and tickets call 307-432-5395.
Description: Wyoming Brewer’s Festival.  30+ regional & national brewers offering specialty beers.  Musical entertainment. Fri. Taster’s Party.  5 p.m.-12 a.m.  Sat. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.  Depot Plaza, Downtown.

Pine Bluffs
Double Bar G Rodeo Series
East 1st Street at Beech Avenue,
Takes place most Friday nights from late May to the beginning of August.
Ticket Information:  For information and tickets call 307-632-3626. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, $3.00 for children ages 6 through 12, and $5.00 for seniors.
Description: A wonderful small-town rodeo event for the entire family. Takes place most Friday nights from late May to the beginning of August.

Trail Days
First weekend in August
Ticket Information:  For information call 307-245-3301
Description: Melodrama, youth rodeo, adult rodeo, parade, BBQ, mud volleyball tournament, class reunions.

Lincoln County

Oyster Ridge Music Festival
Last weekend in July
Ticket Information:  Admission is free
Description: Wyoming's largest FREE Music Festival, located on the famous, historic Triangle Park in downtown Kemmerer, Wyoming

Sweetwater County

Green River
Flaming Gorge Days
Various Green River Locations,
Last weekend in June
Ticket Information:  Please call 307-875-5711 for pricing and admission information
Description: Flaming Gorge Days are held the last full weekend of June in Green River, Wyoming.  Friday’s events include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Festival in the Park and children’s entertainment at Evers Park.  Both Friday and Saturday evenings bring a nationally recognized rock’n’roll or country band to Stratton Myers Park.  Saturday’s events begin with the parade downtown, Festival in the Park at Evers Park, 3-on-3 basketball, 4-on-4 volleyball, horseshoes, dodgeball and free children’s entertainment.  For details, call the Green River Chamber at 307-875-5711, or visit

Ice Crystal Classic
50 E. 2nd North
Third weekend in February
Ticket Information: Please call for pricing information 307-382-2538 Description: Over President's Day weekend, the citizens of Green River are entertained with a live ice sculpting competition. Several blocks in the downtown Main Street district on Flaming Gorge Way, are blocked off for ice carvers to ply their art on huge ice blocks. The event starts in Centennial Park Sunday evening with individual competitions. Warming pots are glowing brightly throughout the park to take the chill off the cool evening air. Team competitions take place Monday in the downtown area. Entertainment, frozen turkey bowling and hot food are on hand during the day. The event is hosted by the City of Green River, Parks & Recreation Department. For more information contact the City of Green River at 307-382-2538.

River Festival
Expedition Island and Evers Park,
Third weekend in August
Ticket Information:  Please call for pricing and admission information
Description: The festival begins Friday with a Cajun Shrimp Boil, Caribbean Calypso music, duck and crawdad races, fireworks, a Brew Fest, and a BBQ dinner. Saturday, it's the Run with the Horses Marathon & ½ Marathon across the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Loop Tour road, home to over 300 wild horses; the Pilot Butte Endurance Horse Race & Lucky 13 Poker Run; and the Green Garboon Race river parade. Bring your dog for the Fetching Competition or the Dog Show. Stop by the Pavilion and see the Art on the Green sculpting competition.

Rock Springs
International Day
Bunning Park
Second Saturday in July
Ticket Information:  Please call 800-46-DUNES for pricing and admission information
Description: International Day is held to celebrate our heritage of 56 nationalities.  Dance along with performers in ethnic costumes and enjoy various culinary dishes pleasing to the palate.  Entertainment lasts all day and is fun for everyone!  The event takes place the second Saturday in July at Bunning Park in Rock Springs. Call 800-46-DUNES for more information.

Red Desert Roundup Rodeo
Sweetwater Events Complex Rodeo Arena, 3320 Yellowstone Road
Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in July
Ticket Information:  Please call or visit website for information
Description: Red Desert Roundup started in 1978 when a team of county businessmen wanted to add to the life of the county. The roundup committee now offers the best in rodeo action. Professional rodeo encompasses an element of danger, extraordinary skill and the cowboys who ride are some of the most rugged athletes in sports today.  At this PRCA-sanctioned rodeo, enjoy watching many of the world’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls as they compete for National Finals Rodeo qualifying points. The Red Desert Roundup Rodeo is held the last weekend in July in the grandstands of the Sweetwater County Events Complex.

Wyoming's Big Show
Sweetwater Events Complex, 3320 Yellowstone Road
Late July through early August
Ticket Information:  Please call 307-352-6789 for pricing and admission information
Description: It’s an established fair whose roots run deep.  The Sweetwater County Fair Association form in 1915 and conducted “slab fairs” known as the Eden Valley Fair.  The Sweetwater County Fair was established in 1946 and moved to its primary location at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs.  Activities throughout the week include concerts, a carnival, and various performances and contests.  Contact the Sweetwater Events Complex for a schedule of fair events or for further information, call 307-352-6789.

Uinta County

Roundhouse Festival
1440 Main Street
First weekend in August
Ticket Information:  Free
EventsEvanstonRoundhouseFestivalDescription: All Aboard! Model train fanatics, history buffs, and collectors of railroad artifacts love Round House Restoration, Inc.'s annual Roundhouse Festival. The festival, held in the historic Union Pacific Roundhouse includes railyard tours, children's games, storytelling, food, music, and arts and crafts. Walk back in time as you discover the cultural and economical history lesson the railyards share.


Fort Bridger
Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous
First weekend in September
Ticket Information:  Admission for the general public is $3.00 for everyone 12 years and up. Dressed in period clothing (pre-1840s fur trade) from head to toe, admission is free.
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Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous (2009)
between 1825-1840.  It is one of the largestmountain man gatherings in the nation. Held annuallythe first weekend of September at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, this Mountain Man Rendezvous is an experience your family will be sure to remember for years. Come and experience historic Fort Bridger at its best! Remember you are on a state historic site, which is under the direction of Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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