A celebration of all things Western, Festival of the West is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation, attracting visitors from around the world anxious to immerse themselves in the culture, lore and romance of the American West. A destination for tourists and locals, the National Festival of the West has been named one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association and “Top 100 Events in the Country” by Events Business News.
There’s plenty of entertainment for the entire family. Western music, Western film and TV celebrities, cowboy poetry, a costume contest, action packed arena events, chuck wagon cooking competition, log home show and over 200 exhibitors selling unique Western merchandise, are complemented by plenty of fun, food and the guarantee of a bang up good time for the entire family.
Join celebrity chefs Beau MacMillan, Matt Carter, Scotty Bissell, and more in our celebrity chef cooking stage. Watch these award winning chefs while they cook up some of their favorite cowboy dishes and teach the basics of Dutch oven and cowboy cooking.
Concerts under the Stars
Join us Friday for some of Arizona’s best local country bands playing your favorites. We are excited to announce the Herndon Brothers – house band from the famous Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon will be performing at 7:30! Don’t miss it! And the fun doesn’t stop when the concert’s over – join us for the after-hours party at Handlebar J in Scottsdale.
Saturday night’s activities kick off at 4PM with the “Cooking With Whisky” demo in our Cowboy Kitchen. Shortly after, Pendleton Whisky will have a whisky tasting in the Horseshoe Saloon. Merle Jagger and RW Hampton will keep you entertained while you enjoy a beautiful Arizona sunset. At 8PM the party kicks into high when County Superstar Chris Cagle takes the stage.
We’ll have line dancing, drinking, and the best Festival food ever served up by Sierra Bonita Grill! Admission for Friday night’s country concert is included in general admission ticket but make sure you get your ticket for Chris Cagle as this is not included in general admission but will be a concert you do not want to miss!
Western Trade Show
You’ll find anything and everything western – From horse hair hitching to western clothing, from chandeliers to western rugs, from furniture to jewelry and fine art, if it’s western, it can be found at the National Festival of the West.
Western Music Jamboree
The National Festival of the West’s five stages of continuous entertainment will keep your toes tappin’ and your fingers snappin’. From cowboy poetry and storytelling to the best in western music, you’ll be entertained and amused by the sounds of the old and new west.
Come have a horseshoe personalized with your name at our Blacksmith exhibit while learning the art of blacksmithing the old west way. You’ll see period correct tools and techniques watching the blacksmiths hammer away at a piece of raw iron, molding it into one of life’s necessities, or a beautiful piece of art.
Western Film Fest and Celebrities
Stop by and chat with some of Hollywood’s best known western film stars at our Celebrity Corral or stop by the autograph tables. Stop and chat with Film Stars Robert Fuller, Bruce Boxleitner, Joe Lando, William Shockley, Kevin Sorbo, Robert Fuller, Bruce Boxleitner, Buck Taylor, Michael Dante, LQ Jones, Red Steagall, Johnny Crawford, Bobby Crawfordand many more.
We are excited to announce the 2013 celebrity additions of Joe Lando, William Shockley and Hercules’ the Legendary Journey’s Kevin Sorbo! Come hear their stories, chat, and get an autograph.
You’ll hear some of the best cowboy poets in the country, spoutin’ and spinnin’ yarns from the old west – and all in perfect rhyme and meter – well, almost perfect!! From tall tales to humbling stories of Mother Nature’s power, you’re bound to enjoy every minute of this uniquely Western entertainment.
Extreme Cowboy Races
Extreme Cowboy Race has recently been seen on RFD-TV and is one of their most watched programs. The idea is to test the communication and teamwork between horse and rider. With a choice of 60 standardized challenges, each course will consist of a variety of obstacles. The length of the course and terrain will also vary, providing a different challenge each time.
Panning for Gold
Try your hand and see if you can strike it rich in our Panning for Gold exhibit. Learn what the Gold Rush was all about and learn a thing or two about actually panning while you’re at it.
Join the Buffalo Soldiers at their military encampment on Main Street. Ask questions of the history of the famous Black military group and learn more about their history and their bravery during the Indian wars and settling of the American West.
Mountain Man/Sutlers Row
The rugged mountain man (and Mountain woman) will demonstrate crafts and the survival skills necessary during the era of the fur trapper. But life wasn’t all “work or die,” as shown by mountain man games where contestants demonstrate the hawk and knife throws, frying pan throw and other skillful games.
Sutler’s Row is reminiscent of the trade camps of the Fur Trade Era. See trader’s tents with wares typical of the early 1800′s including furs, beads, clothing, leather and other goods.
Your little buckaroos will have a blast in the Kids Zone, all the while getting educated on how life really was in the old west. There will be face and horseshoe painting, panning for gold, an interactive blacksmith exhibit, rides, and lots more! Kids get in FREE on Friday, and discounted tickets are available on all other days!
South (Tucson): I-10 to US-60 (Superstition Freeway), US-60 East
to SR-101 Loop, SR-101 North to Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Exit at Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., move to far right lane. Continue straight, crossing the Frank Lloyd Wright intersection. WestWorld entrance is ½ block north on the right at large horse statue.
East (Globe): US-60 (Superstition Freeway) West to SR-101 Loop, SR-101 North to Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. exit. Exit at Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.. Move to far right lane. Continue straight, crossing the Frank Lloyd Wright intersection; move to right lane. The entrance is ½ block from intersection. Turn right at large horse statue.
West (California): I-10 East to SR-101 North (near Tolleson). Remain on SR 101 into Scottsdale. Take the Pima/Princess exit. Make a left at Bell Road (second light) Continue east on Bell Road. Turn right on 94 Street. Travel south to the WestWorld entrance. Follow signs to RV Check-In.
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