Frequently  Asked  Questions

Q: When and Where can I purchase tickets?

A: Tickets for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday headliner performances, held at the Buena Performing Arts Center, may be purchased prior to each performance provided they are presold (sold out).

Tickets will be for sale on the website around the first of November. Tickets purchased on line will be held at the Buena Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at the "will call" table.  Please note there is a PayPal service fee listed as “Mailing and Handling.”

The Saturday daytime performance tickets are $10.00 for the day and sold at the door.  Correct change is appreciated.


Tickets will be available at a number of other Sierra Vista, AZ area outlets starting the around December 15:

City of Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce 21 E. Wilcox Dr. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 458-6941


City of Sierra Vista Visitor Center (Oscar Yrun Community Center)

3020 E. Tacoma St. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635    (520) 417-6960


The Mall at Sierra Vista 2200 El Mercado Loop Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 452-0011


Spur Western Wear 2217 E. Fry Blvd Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 458-2262


Safeway 2190 East Fry Blvd Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 459-4204


Please SUPPORT AND THANK our ticket sellers on our behalf:


Q: I am confused about the cost.  Is the $10.00 to attend any/all sessions on Saturday? What are the $20 tickets for?

A: The $10.00 is the admission fee for the Saturday day performances. The day sessions are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and feature all 40+ artists this year.

Each of the headline performances on Friday, and Saturday  (7:00 pm), are $20.00 for general admission and $6.00 for students grade12 and under. The Sunday headline performance at 1:00 pm is $20.00 for general admission and $6.00 for students grade12 and under.


Q: I have heard about artist jam sessions. Do you have more information on this?

A: This year the artist jam sessions will be held at the Garden Place Suites. The jam sessions following the Friday and Saturday headliner performances are open to the public and free of charge. Your donations will be appreciated and used to offset production costs.


Q: How do I become a performer for the Gathering?

A: The Gathering does not accept applications from performers. Participation is by invitation only.  We require that one of the Gathering Committee Members and/or one of our artists recommend and sponsor a “new” artist/group for consideration.  We invite about 50 artists/groups (a mix of poets and musicians). Some perform at one of our Featured events.  The others participate in our school program and perform in the Saturday day sessions.

The Gathering is limited to those artists who perform Western music and poetry.  It is not open to those who perform Country or Country-Western music.  Most performers are also ranchers and/or cowboys with experience in cowboy life style. That does not necessarily preclude others from participating.  We have open sessions on Saturday for those who wish to tryout. (2 rooms with 7 sessions each).  Each 50 minute session is monitored by one of our participating artists.  Many artists come in to see what we do, and how we do it.  These open sessions provide us the opportunity to see new artists and observe how they are received by our audiences.  Prospective artists can sign up for these open sessions.  Sign-up is at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The sessions start at 10:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM.

Please send your contact information, a short bio (150-200 words), and a hi-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) photo to Gene Raymond (click on name or see Contacts in the top menu).  We will add your name to our artist database list.

We have over 260 artists on the list and rotate them keep our audience interested and give new artists an opportunity.  Each year, about 30% of our performers will be coming for the first time. That always makes it tough at selection time!

Our artists say that our community extends a warm welcome to our artists,  They develop friends in our town and they look forward to coming back.

Thank you for your interest in our Gathering!

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