Between the PBR eight-second rides and rockin’ concerts with national headliners, Cheyenne Frontier Days  is chock-full of activities that won’t cost you one red cent. Fill your schedule with free history lessons (disguised as fun, of course), Wild West-themed parades and entertainment, so you can save a couple bucks for some satisfying fair food.

1.   Grand Parades

Catch the excitement starting at the State Capitol Building and take in the sights and sounds of top marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles.  Parades begin at 9:00 a.m. Sat. July 18, Tues. July 21, Thurs. July 23 and Sat. July 25.

2.   Behind The Chutes Tour

See what the cowboys see on a sneak-peek tour that follows the path of the bulls and broncs before heading out into the arena. The guided tour meets in front of The Old West Museum by the “No Looking Back” bronze statue. July 18–26; times vary by date; see schedule online.

3.   Buckin’A Saloon

A little two-stepping and live honky-tonk music is the perfect way to cap off a day. Open July 17–25, 11:00 a.m.–midnight.

4.   Fort D.A. Russell Days

The Old West spirit lives on at Wyoming’s original military base with historic home tours, battle reenactments, and tours of Minuteman III and Peacekeeper missile systems for those interested in taking a step back in time in our military history.  Find a full schedule online.

5.   Indian Village

Rows of white teepees make up one of the most popular Frontier Days attractions, which hosts authentic American Indian dancing, music playing and storytelling, and a number of Native American exhibits and food vendors. Open July 17 – 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (*closes at 1:00p.m. on July 26th.)

6.   Pancake Breakfast

Join the fun as nearly 40,000 pancake lovers came out for the free breakfast at Depot Square. Serving begins at 7:00 a.m. on Mon. July 20, Wed. July 22 and Fri. July 24.

7.   Timed Event Slack

No ticket needed to see these rodeo events, including barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping. July 14–24, all events* start at 7:00 a.m. (*Barrel racing on Tuesday, July 14th begins at 10:00 a.m.).

8.   Old Frontier Town

Take a step back in time an celebrate Cheyenne’s western heritage with a tour through Old Frontier Town. Open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

9.   Chuckwagon Cookoff

Get a glimpse into what life was like on the Goodnight Trail over 100 years ago as you visit authentic chuckwagon crews. Watch as each grew uses a standard set of ingredients to create delectable food that will be judged for a championship buckle. Want to sample the western fare? Be there on Thursday, July 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See the full schedule here.

10. USAF Thunderbirds

Watch overhead as the USAF Thunderbirds perform an amazing air show. Before they enter in flight, enjoy fun activities and a live active duty Air Force Band. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, umbrellas, water and sunscreen! Don’t miss this year’s show on Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:30 a.m.

For the full schedule of Cheyenne Frontier Days events, visit If you’re looking for more free things to do in Wyoming, check out our list of the top 50.

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