Top Elko, NV Events

Elko, NV events run the gamut from cultural to educational to, well, having a blast — but always with fun at the front and center. Explore our top Elko events here.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Homespun stories and fun at this annual event.

Elko’s Top Events

Elko’s top events never disappoint. Where else can you kick it with cowboys one month, then cycle through Nevada’s alps another? Name another place where visitors can learn about Basque history, enjoy a true Wild West stampede, experience life as the pioneers lived it, find art in the park, watch classic films, participate in a real Native American Pow-Wow, explore booths at a country fair and learn about Nevada’s mining history?

Nowhere but Elko.

When you visit here, you’re not just taking another long weekend to get away. You’re stepping into a vibrant place filled with arts, culture, history, hands-on learning, country-style fun and a host of other memorable experiences and Elko, NV events.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Since 1985, this premiere Elko event has brought together ranchers, farmers, cowboys and everyday folks to learn about the heritage of the West through storytelling, poems, music and more. It’s a true Nevada tradition that tops many a bucket list.

Cowboy Poetry Details

National Basque Festival

The Elko National Basque festival began with a celebration bringing sheepherders and cattle ranchers into town in early July. Today’s National Basque Festival lets you experience great food, music and dance in celebration of its culture and heritage.

National Basque Festival

Photo by Sydney Martinez | Travel Nevada

Silver State Stampede

The oldest rodeo in Nevada started in 1912. Today’s Stampede has grown into a multi-faceted event, including PRCA roping and riding events.

Silver State Stampede

More Elko Events

There’s always more in store when it comes to the top Elko, NV events. Find out about a balloon fest, mining expo, stampede, country fair and more here.

elko mining expo

One of the most respected mining expos in the United States, this event draws exhibitors and mining professionals for networking and education in June.

lamoille county fair elko nv

Experience the charm of scenic Lamoille in late June. Booths offer handcrafted items such as art, jewelry, dolls, furniture, pottery, quilts and more from regional artisans.

elko festival of balloons

Balloon pilots, crews and enthusiasts from all over the United States descend into Elko to take flight at the foot of the majestic Ruby Mountains in early July.

elko events

The Ruby Mountain Relay takes runners on a 184-mile journey around and through the Ruby Mountains. From beginners to ultra-marathoners, this race series is for everyone.

elko county fair horse races

This week-long event features hundreds of horses and riders competing for big-money purses. Enjoy bull riding, bronc busting, breakaway and steer stopping and cowboy dances.

elko classic car show

Look — but don’t touch — the hottest cars, trucks and motorcycles on display at this annual summer event. Enjoy live music, food trucks and a loudest pipes contest.

festival of trees

This annual tradition is about more than just holiday trees and decorations — it also supports local charitable organizations. Wreaths, decorated trees and other holiday decor are available via silent auction usually held the week after Thanksgiving.