Cheyenne celebrates its Authentic West roots each year with the world's largest outdoor rodeo. The event draws top professionals cowboys, competing for more than $1 million in cash and prizes.
Besides the PRCA event, which is called The Daddy of 'em All because of the prizes, there's tons of other rodeo-related activities going on. Find out about all the rodeo action here!
The nightlife at Frontier Days is tons of fun! It goes on each night, Friday through the next Saturday, with rock and country music, as well as professional bull riding! These acts wowed crowds in record numbers in 2013:
John Mellencamp: Friday 7/18/14 8 p.m.
The route (pictured left ... click it for a full-sized map) starts at the Capitol at East 24th Street and Capitol Avenue, heads south to 18th Street and then east to Central Avenue to Lincolnway, it turns west to Carey Blvd and then ends at East 24th Street.
You'll see floats, marching bands, antique carriages, automobiles and horses with riders in period dress. It's 90 minutes of cheering fun. The Masons hold a Chuckwagon Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at their lodge at the corner of 19th and Capitol on parade mornings. And local churches also hold lunches after the Pancake Breakfasts (signs are up downtown to lead you to the vittles!).
You think the best part of a Fair is the food on the midway? Well, the good news is you not only get Carnival food at Frontier Days, there's so much more! Eat free pancakes and get access to barbecue and so much more. Click here to read more!!
Everyone gets excited when they see the carnival rides go up because they know things are about to get fun! The carnival starts July 18and is open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day but Sunday, July 28, when it is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Frontier Park midway, Eighth and Dey Avenues.
Armbands are $25 for a half-day session, which is either for the daytime (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ) or evening (6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.). Cost is $5 less for Laramie County residents on Cheyenne Day, July 24. The price does not include midway admission, which is $3 per person. You can buy your armbands online here.
The Cheyenne Gunslingers perform re-enactments of gunfights and other Wild West activities at noon & 6 p.m. Mon–Sat and noon Sun from Jul 18-27 at Gunslingers Square, 15th and Pioneer. The performances are free.
The Indian Village is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 18-27 at the southeast corner of Frontier Park, Carey and Eighth Avenues. Various Native American vendors with food, arts and crafts are available all day, with special entertainment throughout the week.
The entertainment in the Indian Village is free and is brought to us from the Little Sun Drum and Dance Group, based out of the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.
Wildly popluar, the Frontier Town is open every day of Frontier Days from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. just south of the Old West Museum and west of the Indian Village in Frontier Park, Carey and Eighth Avenues.
Take a step back in time and celebrate Cheyenne's western heritage with Western merchants, craftspeople, artisans, and even some special guest characters like Lillie Langtry, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock and Wyatt Earp.
The Old Fashioned Melodrama is always a hoot, and will play at 7 p.m. July 17-27 at the Atlas Theater, 211 West Lincolnway. The melodrama is entertainment for the entire family, where you can cheer for the hero & boo at the villain. Adults $15, seniors $12, students 13 and old $10, child 12 and under $8. 638-6543.
The Cowgirls of the West Brunch and Fashion Show is a popular annual event at 9 a.m. July 21 in the Grand Ballroom of Little America Resort Hotel, 2800 West Lincolnway. Featuring fashions by Just Dandy, Out West & Outstanding fashions from Cheyenne’s Premier Western Fashion Store. Plus Silent Auction, Jewelry, Rodeo Queens and more. Reservations are required at 632-6068 or visit their website.
The Denver Post Steam Train is a yearly favorite during Frontier Days as it takes people from Denver up to Cheyenne for a day of great adventures and then returns to Denver in the late afternoon. Hosted by the Denver Post (which was an early and continual supporter of CFD), you can get your tickets from the paper.
If you just want to great the UP Steam Engine 844, come hear the Cheyenne Civic Band perofrm for the guests as they depart the train at 9 a.m. July 20 at the historic Depot, 121 West 15th Street. The train will remain at the Depot until it departs at 5:30 p.m. July 19, 2014.
Union Pacific has to get the Steam Train 844 back from Denver to its home in the Cheyenne railyards, so the Cheyenne Depot Museum offers a one-way Steam Train Excursion the day after the Denver Post round trip on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Busses are available to shuttle people before the excursion from Cheyenne to Denver or from Denver to Cheyenne after the event. For more information or to get tickets, visit the Cheyenne Depot's website.
The first civilian air show ever performed by the Air Force Thunderbirds was at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1953. They have returned each year to fly on the Wednesday morning of the festival. They are often seen around town at autograph signings!
The USAF Thunderbirds Air Show will be at 10 a.m. July 23, 2014, above Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive.
Parking at LCCC begins at 8 a.m.
Remote free Park ‘n Ride lots are at Holliday Home Plaza, Nationway and Windmill Road (Ashley Furniture parking lot) and Cheyenne Plaza, East Lincolnway and College Drive (Hobby Lobby parking lot).
Before the Thunderbirds fly, enjoy fun activities and music from a live active duty Air Force Band! LCCC student groups will sell refreshments and Thunderbird T-shirts. Don’t forget your lawnchairs, umbrellas, water and sunscreen (sunglasses too). For information, call 778-7200 or 800-227-6336.
The FE Warren Air Force Base will hold a three-day open house honoring their past as Ft. D.A. Russell and all they have achieved through the years with missiles and now with NASA. The base will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jul 18-20 at the Base, Interstate 25 and Randall Ave. All events are free except where noted. Learn more about this fun three-day event here.
It's not too early to reserve your Frontier Days lodging. Research for hotels here. One hint for you is that when you call the hotel to book your reservation, call them directly on their local 307 phone number for the best availability and rates.
Parking can be a hassle during Frontier Days as the neighborhood south of the park quickly fills with vehicles up to eight blocks south and 10 blocks east of the entrance. To avoid a long walk or an expensive ticket (breaking parking laws WILL result in a towed vehicle), you have options. Click here to learn more.
Mark your calendars!! Hope to see you at a future Cheyenne Frontier Days.
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