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. and take place the first Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and last Saturday of this Western celebration.
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. 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. Join in on the fun from 11:00 a.m.–midnight.
4. Fort D.A. Russell Days
The Old West spirit lives on at Wyoming’s new inal 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.
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 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
6. Pancake Breakfast
Join the fun as nearly 40,000 pancake lovers come out for the free breakfast at Depot Square. Serving begins at 7:00 a.m. on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday during Cheyenne Frontier Days.
7. Timed Event Slack
No ticket needed to see these rodeo events, including barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping. All events start at 7:00 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?
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, at 9:30 a.m.
For the full schedule of Cheyenne Frontier Days events, visit www.cfdrodeo.com/events. If you’re looking for more free things to do in Wyoming, check out our list of the top 50.