By Month

Exhibition openings, artist lectures, books signings and more take place throughout the year at Booth Western Art Museum. See the schedule below for a full list of all upcoming events and exhibitions.


Art for Lunch: The TV Cowboy Myth with Jim Dunham
August 5, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
From the earliest Old West cattle drives the man on horseback had been treated as romantic in novels and pulp fiction. However, it was the TV Westerns beginning in the 1950s  that established the myth of the Cowboy Hero. Join Booth Museum Historian Jim Dunham as he talks about the influence of this era. The lunch menu will feature BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, potato chips, assorted cookies, and your choice of tea or water.

Summer Entertainment Series: Trails Plowed Under
August 20, 7:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
Join Jim Dunham and Jim Dorsett as they perform Trails Plowed Under. Dunham will paint and perform as famous Western artist Charlie Russell while Dorsett performs Western songs related to the work of Russell. All ticket holders will have a chance to win the completed painting at the end of the show. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm; a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 for Booth Museum Members and $35 for not-yet-members. Call 770-387-1300 to purchase tickets. For more information on the Summer Entertainment Series, click here.

12th Booth Birthday Party & Member Appreciation Day
August 22, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Celebrate Booth’s 12th Birthday with a day full of activities including continuous entertainment in Bergman Theatre, art activities throughout the Museum, and a free lunch for Museum Members.


Art for Lunch: TBD
September 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
September 17, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre


Art for Lunch: TBD
October 7, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

13th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium
October 22-25
Enjoy entertainment throughout the four day event, including Western music, fast draw competitions, Gunfight re-enactments, demonstrations of Native American dances, and so much more! The Kids Corner of the Festival & Symposium will feature a petting zoo, pony rides, and a variety of free activities for children.

Passport to the West
October 22, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
History comes alive for students with demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, chair caning, spinning, beading, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, and life at a trading post. Living history performers, Jim Sawgrass and Little Big Mountain will present programs on Native American culture for students. This program is appropriate for grades 2 – 12. Admission is $5 for students; $3 for adults; teachers are free. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group.

Exhibition Opening and Featured Artists Evening Lecture
October 22, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to view Three Point Perspective: Dean, Elliott & Hagege, the works of art by Glenn Dean, Josh Elliot, and Logan Maxwell Hagege. The artists will conduct a gallery walk at 4:30 pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Glenn, Josh, and Logan featured artists for the Festival & Symposium, will discuss their artistic careers.

Cowboy Festival Concert
October 24, 7:00 pm – Grand Theatre


Art for Lunch: Craig Johnson, New York Times best-selling author
November 4, 12:15 – Booth Ballroom
Back by popular demand, New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson will join Members and guests for a discussion of his newest release, Wait for Signs, a collection of twelve Walt Longmire stories. Following the program, Johnson will be available to sign books in the Museum Store.

Exhibition Opening and Evening Lecture: Ansel and After: Concurrence and Contrast
November 21, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to view Ansel and After: Concurrence and Contrast. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Michael Adams, son of legendary photographer Ansel Adams, will speak on the legacy of his father.


Art for Lunch: Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
December 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction, Biographer T.J. Stiles newest book is a biography of George Armstrong Custer. Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America is Stiles attempt to show how Custer lived on a great wave of change that transformed America in the Civil War era. Following the presentation, Stiles will be available for a book signing. Lunch and books will be available for purchase.

Pictures with Cowboy Santa, Children’s Saturday & Store Open House
December 5, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to visit Cowboy Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Store from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm and have their picture made.  From 10:30 am to Noon, an ornament decorating activity will be held in the Booth Sculpture Court; and throughout the day, special sales will be offered in the Museum Store.


Art for Lunch: TBD
January 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
January 21, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre


Art for Lunch: TBD
February 3, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Presidents’ Day at Booth Museum
February 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Special day for Home School students in grades 2-12. Celebrate Presidents’ Day at Booth Western Art Museum and Bartow History Museum! Explore the Presidential Gallery, participate in art activities and make discoveries about the Presidents at both museums.

Boots N’ Saddles
February 19, 7:00 pm – Downtown Gallery
Join friends of the Booth for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, surprises, and just a darn good time! Dress casual and wear your Western attire. For more information click here.

For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction
February 20, 5:30 pm
The Booth’s annual fundraising gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner, live art auction, and entertainment.  The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award to artist Tom Hill.  For more information click here.


Art for Lunch: TBD
March 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

13th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
March 10 – 12
Join us for a three-day celebration of the West including art exhibitions; featured artist Michael Naranjo; featured entertainer concert; finals of the Writing Through Art Literary Contest; children’s activities; the largest chuck wagon cook-off east of the Mississippi; and much more! For a full schedule of events, click here.


Art for Lunch: TBD
April 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
April 21, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre


Art for Lunch: TBD
May 4, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
May 19, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre


Art for Lunch: TBD
June 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Summer Entertainment Series: TBD
June 16, 7:00 pm – Booth Ballroom