23rd Annual
Kamloops Cowboy Festival

March 14th - 17th, 2019

The festival is hosted by The BC Cowboy Heritage Society and is known across Canada as the Best Cowboy Festival of its kind. With a dinner and dance, entertainment, trade show, art show, evening shows, a dinner theatre, and over 20 performers.


2019 Performers

Thursday and Friday kick-off events are held at the Horse Barn
with entertainment by Gordie West and others.
There will be shuttle buses running from the Festival on the weekend


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Alan Moberg
Ben Crane
Bernadette Ducharme
Bryn Thiessen
Charlie Ewing
Dave McLure
Ed Wahl
Gary Allegretto
Gordie West
Hugh McLennan
Jean Prescott
Jim McLennan
Jocelyn Winterburn
Larry Krause
Linda Nadon
Louis "Big Rig" McIvor
Mag Mawhinney
Mike Dygert
Michael Fleming
Mikki Daniel
Tim Hus
Tom Swearingen





March 14 - Cowboy Festival
Dinner Dance + Kick Off Party

Featuring Ed Wahl and Band
sponsored by Dougie Haughton, aka John Deer Doug

This year the Kamloops Cowboy Festival will host it's own dinner dance at Hal Rogers Center. 
There are no stairs and lots of parking!


Weekend Pass Holders Only

Cocktails at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:45
Dance at 8:00
Catering by Papa G's

Buffet dinner will start at 6:45pm catered by Papa G's. Dinner includes roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, baked beans, cornmeal bread or buns, mixed vegetables, homemade gravy, tossed salad with choice of dressing, and assorted pastries

Kickoff party at the Kamloops Convention Center

This is free for all weekend pass holders!



March 15 - Kick-off Events

Hosted by with Gordie West, held at the Horse Barn on Mt Paul Way from 9:00am-2pm. Get to and from the Coast Hotel with a free shuttle bus all day long.

Coast Hotel & Conference Centre 
Enjoy the trade show, art show and daytime entertainment. Return to the Coast Hotel & Conference Centre for happy hour, followed by an evening show and dinner theatre.  

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March 16 - All Day Events

Coast Hotel & Conference Centre 
Live entertainment starting at 11:00am to 2:00pm

All day entertainment, trade shows, art shows, evening entertainment & dinner theatre.

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March 17 - All Day Events

The Coast Hotel & Conference Centre 
Entertainment starting at 9:30am, followed by Cowboy Church at 10:30am in the Ball Room at the Coast Hotel on Conference Centre.

The Afternoon is packed with a Trade Show, Art Show and Entertainment.

Weekend Pass Holders Only 
The evening Dinner Theatre and Dinner.

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All Weekend

The Art of the West Show and Sale!

The Art of the West Show and Sale is presented by The BC Cowboy Heritage Society. This event showcases the art of the West in all its forms and all its locales, becoming one of the premier Western art shows in Canada. 

People's Choice Award 
A People's choice award will be awarded to the piece of artwork that receives the most votes from the viewers attending the show. The volunteers taking care of the show will be asked to encourage each visitor to vote once for Artwork, Photography, and Sculpture entries are all eligible for the award. The voting will end at 5 pm on Saturday.

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The Western Art and Gear Show!

As well as all the above entertainment we also have a Western Art and Gear Show that will run all weekend long! The exhibitors in this show are some of the finest cowboy craftsmen and artists in North America! There will be a variety of booths selling and taking orders for saddles and leather work, western clothing, cowboy hats, books, jewelry, lots of art, bronzes, and some educational booths!

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Workshops, Seminars, and Open Mic

Join in on a workshop or seminar to learn about songwriting, stage presence, instruments and more.

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The BCCHS Fund Raiser Raffle!

The Commemorative 2019 Festival Belt Buckle!

This has become an annual raffle. Tickets are $10 each and the winner will receive a solid silver, custom handmade, 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival commemorative belt buckle valued at about $750.00. It's a one of a kind buckle too, hand made by Merritt silversmith Richard Tenisch.

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Festival Schedule



11:00am to 2:00pm pre-festival entertainment
Located at the Horse Barn with Gordie West.

Thursday Evening

Welcome to Cowboy Festival Dinner and Dance

Thursday Evening Kick-Off
(Must have a Weekend Pass)

7:00pm Kickoff party at the Kamloops Convention Center
Free for all weekend pass holders!


9:00am to 2:00pm Kick-Off Events & Live Entertainment

9:00am Doors Open (Ticket Purchases Only)

12:00pm to 6:00pm Trade Show & Art Show,

12:00pm to 4:30pm Daytime Entertainment

7:00pm Evening Show in the Ball Room

5:30pm Happy Hour

6:30pm Dinner Theatre

Free shuttle service to the Horse Barn all day



11:00am to 2:00pm the Horse Barn will again have entertainment with different Festival entertainers performing will be a free shuttle service.



10:00am Doors Open

10:00am to 6:00pm Trade Show

11:00am to 6:00pm Art Show

10:45am to 4:30pm Daytime Entertainment

7:00pm Evening Show in the Ball Room

5:30pm Happy Hour

6:30pm Dinner Theatre



9:30am Doors Open & Entertainment Starts in the Ball Room

10:30am to 12pm Cowboy Church (Ball Room)

10:00am to 4:00pm Trade Show & Art Show

10:45am - 4:30pm Daytime entertainment

5:30pm Happy Hour

6:30pm Dinner Theatre  (Weekend Pass Holders Only)


Dinner Theatre Menu

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Ticket Information

Weekend Pass $80.00
Includes Thursday - Sunday  Dinner Theatre

Evening Show $40.00
Includes evening performance in the Ball Room & daytime admission!

Friday, Saturday or Sunday Dinner Theatre $35.00 Upgrade
With a weekend pass - Includes dinner!

Friday or Saturday Dinner Theatre $75.00
Includes daytime entertainment, one evening performance & dinner!

Day Pass (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) $25.00
Includes daytime entertainment, trade show, & seminars!

Thursday Night Dinner Dance $45.00
Includes dance, roast beef buffet, tax & gratuities! 


Festival Tickets are now available at:

The Horse Barn on Mount Paul Way, BC's biggest and best western wear store. (please don't call the Horse Barn).

Call Toll-Free to book Dinner Theatre or Packages 1-888-763-2221

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society, Box 137, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5K3

Email: cowboys@bcchs.com


Just say that you're going to the Cowboy Festival and the following sponsors will give you a special "Festival Rate!" Don't forget to tell them, though. If you do need accommodation, please stay at one of the following as they do sponsor the Festival.

There are discounted room rates at many of the local motels if you remember to tell them that you are going to attend the Cowboy Festival. Please support our sponsor motels - book at one that is on our list

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Alberta Bus Tour

Enjoy the Kamloops Cowboy Festival without worrying about mountain travel

Frontier Bus Lines is the official Cowboy Festival charter with a departure on March 14th, 2019 from Central Alberta. The tour will include deluxe motor coach transportation with an experienced tour guide, Tickets for the Dinner Dance Thursday evening, 4 nights at the Coast Hotel (host hotel for Festival), daily breakfast, a weekend pass to Cowboy Festival and all three dinner theater shows.

They will depart Red Deer at 7:00am on the 14th. Please check their website for details or contact them toll free at: 1-888-538-7287

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