May

LANGTRY: May 6 West of the Pecos Historical/Travel Fair The Old West comes to life when walking through the Jersey Lilly Saloon/Courthouse and the home of Judge Roy Bean (The Opera House) during this annual fair. The event offers Old West re-enactments, prehistoric Native American artifacts, living history demonstrations and more. Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center, U.S. 90 West/Texas Loop 25. texaspecostrail.com 432/291-3340

MIDLAND: May 5-27 “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” When Bridget moves to New York to spend the summer with her Nana, she finds herself in an uncomfortable yet unforgettable situation—Grandma is selling handmade underwear to area seniors from their shared apartment. Enjoy this fast-paced modern comedy that is sure to have you in stitches. Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W. Wadley Ave. mctmidland.org 432/570-4111

MIDLAND: May 6 A Day at the Races The museum celebrates the greatest two minutes in sports with its second annual Kentucky Derby–themed fundraiser and garden party on the front lawn of the historic Turner Mansion. Drink mint juleps, play lawn games, eat southern fare and visit the Turner Legacy Galleries, an exhibition that highlights two Kentucky Derby–winning horses and displays their prized trophies. Museum of the Southwest, 1705 W. Missouri Ave. museumsw.org 432/683-2882

ODESSA: May 4-7 Fiesta West Texas Includes live concerts, family entertainment, a carnival and food. The celebration marks two decades of one of the largest and longest-running Fiestas in West Texas. Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Hwy. myfiestawesttexas.com 432/366- 3541

SHEFFIELD: May 19-20 Fort Lancaster Western Frontier Days Surrounded by the wide-open spaces of West Texas, the story of this historic site comes alive with soldiers, settlers, wagons and live animals in this living history event. Visitors can also experience daily life through observing demonstrations and wandering through the ruins of this once-impressive establishment of 25 permanent buildings. Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, 629 Fort Lancaster Road. visitfortlancaster.com 432/836-4391

VAN HORN: May 6 Cinco de Mayo Celebrate the culture and traditions of Old Mexico with food, arts and crafts, mariachi bands, folklórico dancers and local talent. Van Horn City Park, Second and Austin streets. vanhorntexas.us 432/283-2682

April

ALPINE: Apr. 14-16 Gem and Mineral Show Annual exhibition and sale of gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils and lapidary equipment, with demonstrations and exhibits. Alpine Civic Center, 803 W. Holland Ave. moonlightgemstones.com 432/729-4526

ALPINE: Apr. 20-22 Trappings of Texas One of the longest-running events of its kind in the nation, this exhibit and sale brings together the best in Western art and custom cowboy gear. Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, U.S. 90. musuemofthebigbend.com/trappings-of-texas 432/837-8143

ALPINE: Apr. 28-29 An Evening of One-Act Plays Enjoy one-act plays directed by theatre students. Francois Fine Arts Building, Sul Ross State University, U.S. 90. sulross.edu/theatre 432/837-8218

FORT STOCKTON: Apr. 19-22 Big Bend Open Road Race This annual event draws racers from around the U.S. to match their skills against 118 miles of twists, turns and elevation changes. The route follows Highway 285 from Fort Stockton to Sanderson and back. 1000 E. Railroad Ave. bborr.org 432/336-2264

MIDLAND: Mar. 31-Apr. 9 “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” The award-winning author of “Because of Winn-Dixie” launches the extraordinary pilgrimage of Edward, a beautiful, much-loved toy rabbit who loves only himself. When he is ripped from the arms of his doting young owner and lost, Edward finds that his breakable heart can learn to love, lose and love again. Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W. Wadley Ave. mctmidland.org 432/570-4111

MIDLAND: Apr. 21-29 “The Awesome ’80s Prom” Characters from your favorite ‘80s movies are at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom: the football team captain, the exchange student, the geek and the head cheerleader are all competing for prom king and queen. And just like on reality television, the audience decides who wins. Come back in time to breakdance or just to sit back and watch the ’80s drama unfold. Yucca Theatre, 208 N. Colorado St. mctmidland.org 432/570-4111

MIDLAND: April 1-2. Midland Gun & Blade Show BUY-SELL-TRADE or just browse new, used, & collectible guns – part & accessories – clips, grips, ammo, mags, & reloading equipment – supplies, holsters, & knives of all kinds – military surplus, collectibles, & Survival Gear – coins, jewelry, purses – GREAT for the whole family.
Adults $7. Kids under 12 FREE. $1 off active military & NRA/TSRA members with ID (only 1 discount per admittance). 2 for 1 during the 1st hour on both days. 2 day pass for $12. Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm www.silverspurtradeshows.com 8062531322

MONAHANS: Apr. 4 Spring Fling Many local home-based businesses will have booths set up displaying and selling products and merchandise. Ward County Convention Center, 400 E. Fourth St. monahans.org 432/943-2187

MONAHANS: Apr. 10 Taste of Monahans Event features restaurants and food trucks, and specialty shops will have samples of their delicious food. Ward County Convention Center, 400 E. Fourth St. monahans.org 432/943-2187

ODESSA: Apr. 17 Easter Spring Fling This family- oriented event includes a Bunny Hop 5K fun run and an Easter egg hunt—plus a special appearance from Peter Cottontail himself. UTPB Park, Loop 338 and Texas 191. odessatxparks.org 432/368-3548

VAN HORN: Apr. 19-21 Building Bridges Art Show Features sculpture, photography, oil paintings and watercolors by local and regional artists who build the bridge to younger generations and share the joy of art. Van Horn Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway St. vanhorntexas.us 432/283-2682

March

ALPINE: Sep. 17-Mar. 26 “A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection” This exhibit features more than 70 works of art by artists living in the American West. From the Kansas prairies to the Pacific coast, the land shapes the people who call the West home. For Ken Ratner, the works in this collection reflect his view of finding beauty in the ordinary. Museum of the Big Bend, 400 N. Harrison St. museumofthebigbend.com 432/837-8143

MIDLAND: Mar. 3-25 “Murder on the Nile” Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a woman of wealth. While honeymooning on a steamship down the Nile, Simon’s ex-girlfriend, Jacqueline, finds and wounds him with a gunshot to the knee. Moments later, Kay is found murdered in her bunk making Jacqueline the most likely suspect. Take a trip along the Nile and try to solve this Agatha Christie classic. Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W. Wadley Ave. mctmidland.org 432/570-4111

MIDLAND: Mar. 26 “Class Brass” Enjoy the music of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale Lone Star Brass. Rea-Greathouse Recital Hall, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 F.M. 1788. wagnernoel.com 432/563-0921

MIDLAND: Mar. 31-Apr. 9 “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” The award-winning author of “Because of Winn-Dixie” launches the extraordinary pilgrimage of Edward, a beautiful, much-loved toy rabbit who loves only himself. Self-absorbed and selfish, he comes to believe he is cursed when he is accidentally tossed overboard and away from the 10-year-old girl who loves him. Ultimately, he finds that his breakable heart can learn to love, lose and love again. Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W. Wadley Ave. mctmidland.org 432/570-4111

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