The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering is second to none. Works of art, custom leather products, felt hats and handmade boots are just a few of the booths available for your shopping pleasure. Our downtown venues provide the opportunity to stroll through beautiful Downtown Ellensburg while enjoying an array of music and scenery. Sit and enjoy with a glass of wine or warm cup of coffee.
Spirit of the West is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserve the "spirit of the cowboy". Words like respect, hard work, kindness and integrity are utilized to provide examples of what is possible for our leaders of tomorrow.
Grab a pair of gloves, pull on your boots, wrap up the kids and enjoy a weekend of music, poetry, food and authentic cowboy culture. Let us take you back to a simpler time when a handshake was a bond and time was something we spent with family and friends.
Who We are
With The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, Ellensburg is continuing its rich tradition of attracting major events, such as the nationally ranked Ellensburg Rodeo, Kittitas County Fair, The National Art Show, Jazz in the Valley (a huge mid summer success), and The Spirit of the West.
The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering came to the Northwest for the first time in February of 2005. The event brought some of the best traditional cowboy musicians, poets, and artists together along with a gear show, workshops, and dances that incorporated the entire Historic Downtown of Ellensburg.
2020 Poster Artist - Lynn Kopelke