Cowboy Festival, Nov 6-7, 2021

The Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival, held in November, is the Foundation’s annual public event celebrating Arizona’s Western history and culture. Previously called the Roundup & Open House (2000-2017) the Festival also showcases Bureau of Land Management and Empire Ranch Foundation’s efforts to preserve the Empire Ranch for future generations. Each year more than 2,000 visitors come to the ranch to enjoy Western heritage demonstrations, arena and livestock exhibits, cowboy cooking and Western entertainment.

  Click here to view the 2021 program.

Support the Cowboy Festival

Be a Sponsor

Help support one of the area’s great traditions by becoming a sponsor of the Cowboy Festival (formerly known as the Roundup & Open House). Your sponsorship will be acknowledged in the Empire Ranch Foundation program, in our newsletter and on our web page.

Click here to see the 2021 Cowboy Festival sponsors.  Thanks so much for your support!

Donate Auction/Raffle Items

Auctions and Raffles are a significant part of the fun and help support this event. Do you have an item you’d like to donate to our auction/raffle? We’re looking for items that are western, for cowboys or cowgirls (or can be used by same), but all items from dinner to services are welcome – large and small! Don’t limit yourself to the obvious, please think outside the corral!

Here’s some ideas: authentic western apparel; artwork; tack and supplies; collectibles; gift certificates for hotel stays or golf play; restaurant gift certificates; instruments; weekend getaways; time spent with well-known artist; baskets filled with goodies; handcrafted items; books; children’s toys; vacation home for a week; professional services, tickets to an entertainment or sporting event; jewelry, edibles – the list goes on and on.

Thanks to all who submitted Silent Auction items by our deadline of October 23, 2021.

Be a Festival Volunteer

More than 100 volunteers are needed during the Cowboy Festival, for a minimum four-hour shift.

Thanks to the more than 100 volunteers who made the 2021 Cowboy Festival possible.

Proceeds from the Cowboy Festival benefit Empire Ranch preservation and educational programs.