Cheyenne Frontier Days has been canceled this year, but you can still get your rodeo fix July 17 – 26 during Cheyenne Days, Legendary Nights.
Cheyenne Frontier Days will have to wait out the 2020 pandemic, but rodeo fans won’t have to go entirely without. Cheyenne Days, Legendary Nights — running July 17 – 26 — brings drive-in rodeo events and more to tide them over this summer till 2021’s 125th anniversary of Cheyenne’s famed “Daddy of ’Em All.”
Here are the top five Wyoming-worthy ways to re-create a classic Frontier Days experience in Cheyenne:
Drive-In Bull Riding (July 17 & 18): For the first time ever, Terry Bison Ranch is executing the world’s first drive-in bull-riding event. Visitors can reserve a private table at the arena or the screen, or park the car drive-in style and watch the rodeo on the big screen.
Wings Over Warren Airshow (July 22): Headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings Over Warren Airshow at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base will include demonstrations from the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II demonstration teams and appearances by the B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, C-130 Hercules and B-52 Stratofortress. (This event is free.)
High Plains Buffalo Jam (July 25): Join us on the high plains under the stars for a drive-in super jam concert with Robert Randolph (Family Band), Duane Betts (Allman Betts Band), Devon Allman (Allman Betts Band), Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Adam Deitch (Lettuce) and Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff (Lettuce), and the Burroughs.
Old-Fashioned Melodrama (every Sunday through August 2): The interactive old-fashioned melodrama at the historic Atlas Theater provides entertainment for the entire family while the audiences cheer for the hero and boo at the villain. To maintain safety, this year tickets must be purchased through the box office to ensure tables are kept to one family or guest each.
Historic Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley Tours (available weekly Tuesdays – Saturdays): Enjoy a fully narrated historic tour on the enclosed Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley. The tours cover a lot of history during the time of the wild and unbridled West, with topics including outlaws, gunfights, saloons, and brothels. Groups are seated at least 6 feet apart on the trolley to ensure safe distancing.