What’s Ahead: A Comprehensive Guide to Upcoming Events in Indian Country



Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

July 13–15, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico



July 20–22, Post Falls, Idaho


Winnebago Pow Wow

July 26–29, Winnebago, Nebraska


Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow

August 9–12, Hobbema, Alberta


Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Wacipi

August 17–19, Prior Lake, Minnesota


United Tribes International Powwow

September 6–9, Bismarck, North Dakota


Mendota Mdewakanton
Traditional Wacipi

September 7–9, Mendota, Minnesota


He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate

October, Rapid City, South Dakota



Oglala Nation Fair & Rodeo

August 2–5, Pine Ridge, South Dakota


The Oglala Lakota’s annual tribal fair, pow wow, and rodeo is for anyone who wants to experience the Lakota culture and the abundant beauty of the Plains.

Crow Fair

August 15–20, Crow Agency, Montana


Considered the largest modern American Indian encampment in the world, the annual Crow Fair celebration is a monumental gala for the Apsáalooke Nation.

Navajo Nation Fair

September 2–9, Window Rock, Arizona


Established in 1938, this annual fair has become a world-renowned showcase for Navajo arts and crafts, agriculture and heritage.

Indian National Finals Rodeo

November 6–10, Las Vegas, Nevada


The largest and oldest Indian rodeo organization in the world, the Indian National Finals Rodeo sanctions nearly 700 rodeos nationwide. In addition, it works with a variety of youth rodeo associations, as well the National High School Rodeo Association and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.


Cherokee Festival of Native Peoples

July 13–14, Cherokee, North Carolina


Indigenous tribes from across the Four Corners and from Central and South America gather for this eighth annual gathering at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee.

Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival

July 28–29, Victor, New York


This festival is the Ganondagan State Historical Site’s annual summer event, featuring traditional musicians, dancers, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, arts and crafts with all who attend.

USA-Canada Canoe Border Crossing

August 10, Detroit, Michigan

The local aboriginal communities from the metro Detroit and Windsor, Ontario areas will gather at Detroit’s Belle Isle park for the USA-Canada Canoe Border Crossing as a peaceful demonstration of the rights that were enshrined in the Jay Treaty.

SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market

August 18–19, Santa Fe, New Mexico


This event, now 91 years old, is by far the largest and most prestigious Native art market in the world. More than 1,100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork, attracting approximately 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world.

Festival of American Indian Arts

September 28–30, Camp Verde, Arizona


With 70 stalls, the fourth annual arts festival is quickly becoming an institution on the Native art scene. Look for the Festival of Native American Films featuring movies by and about Native cultures and experiences.

Wolf Creek Habitat Native American Gathering

October 13–14, Brookville, Indiana


This eighth annual Wolf Creek gathering offers a wide variety of colorful dancing, drumming and flutes, with lots of great food to boot.

Moundville Native American Festival

October, Moundville, Alabama


Located at the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park, the Moundville Native American Festival will present many performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers who will be entertaining and educating visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. All ages are welcome.

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