January

DEL RIO: Jan. 6 Val Verde Junior Livestock Show and Barbecue 4-H youth exhibit their livestock projects to the public. Val Verde Fairgrounds, 2006 N. Main St. valverde.agrilife.com 830-775-7591

FORT STOCKTON: Jan. 13-14 Pecos County Livestock Show This county-wide event provides youth the opportunity to compete with their various 4-H and FFA projects such as showing lambs, goats, steers; an entomology contest; plant ID; a pet show and horse show; an auction; and a dance. Pecos County Coliseum, US 285 and Airport Drive. 432-336-2541

MONAHANS: Jan. 6 Resolution Run Event features 10K and 5K runs and 1-mile health walk through the scenic Monahans Sandhills State Park. 2500 I-20, Exit 86. monahans.org 432-943-2187

ODESSA: Nov. 30-Jan. 1 Annual Tree Lighting, Parade, and Starbright Village The largest display of lights in the Permian Basin—more than 270,000 lights and holiday-themed displays bring the holiday season to life. Whether you’re walking or driving through, this event will bring out your holiday spirit as the lights shine bright and the holiday music plays over the radio. McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Road. odessatx.gov 432-368-3548

ODESSA: Jan. 5-13 Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo This annual January schedule makes this event one of the first rodeos on the PRCA circuit. Cowboys and cowgirls compete for top prizes at the only stock show strictly dedicated to the Hereford breed. Other activities include a quarter horse show, a rodeo, dances, and a Tex-Mex barrel race to round out the weeklong event. Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Hwy. sandhillsstockshow.com 432-366-3951

PECOS: Jan. 11-13 Reeves County Junior Livestock Show, Sale, and Barbecue Weigh-in for all animals will be held on Thursday. The livestock show includes beef cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. It also has a delicious barbecue dinner. Reeves County Civic Center, 1500 S. Cedar St. 432-448-0635 or 432-445-2406

PINE SPRINGS: Jan. 27 Youth Bird Count Bring your kids (8-16 years old) to the third annual event and discover how fun birding as a family can be. Participants will learn basic binocular and bird identification skills. There will be a ranger-led birding hike to Smith Springs. Teams will keep a bird list and compare notes and compete as teams after the hike to see which have identified the most bird species. Bring outdoor winter wear, water, and a sack lunch. Snacks will be served. Meet at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 400 Pine Canyon Dr. nps.gov/gumo 915-828-3251

PINE SPRINGS: Jan. 31 Sunset Hike to the Salt Basin Dunes This moderately difficult hike (3 miles round-trip, some portions of steep dunes) offers excellent views of the Western Escarpment and is one of the best spots in the park to watch the sunset. Join a ranger to witness the full moon as it makes the white dunes glow. Hiking without a flashlight is a new way to discover this quiet and beautiful desert environment. Dress for the weather (lows in the 20s are typical), and bring food and water. This event will be canceled during inclement weather. Meet at the Salt Basin Dunes Trailhead. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 400 Pine Canyon Dr. nps.gov/gumo 915-828-3251

VAN HORN: Jan. 19-20 Culberson County Stock Show The stock show and sale is accompanied by family activities, a barbecue, and a Western dance. Van Horn Rodeo Arena & Community Center, 300 Jones St. vanhorntexas.us 432-283-8440

 

December

DEL RIO: Dec. 1 Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Light Ceremony Enjoy a parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, plus vendors and entertainment. Greenwood Park, West Garfield and Griner streets. cityofdelrio.com 830-774-8558

DEL RIO: Dec. 1 Pop-Up Beer Garden Enjoy a festive evening of live music, local foods, and delicious craft beer. Community Garden, 210 Jones St. infodelrioparksfoundation.com 612-850-5617

DEL RIO: Dec. 2 Wild Game Dinner Enjoy a wild game dinner and 125 gun raffle. Del Rio Civic Center, 1915 Veterand Blvd. drchamber.com 830-775-3551

DEL RIO: Dec. 8 Christmas Under the Stars Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy tamales and buñuelos—traditional Mexican Christmas pastries. Whithead Museum, 1308 S. Main St. whitehead-museum.org 830-774-7568

DEL RIO: Dec. 16 “The Nutcracker” Enjoy holiday magic and beautiful dancing in the timeless holiday story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Paul Poag Theater, 746 S. Main St. delrioarts.com 830-775-0888

DEL RIO: Dec. 16 Annual Posada, Tamalda, Bailes, y Cantos Religious festival celebrated in Mexico commemorates the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Casa de la Culturea, 302 Cantu St. at Brown Plaza. casadelacultura.com 830-768-2287

FORT DAVIS: Dec. 9 Frontier Christmas Enjoy a Christmas parade, shopping, photos with Santa, live music, and a chance to sample plenty of cookies from the holiday cookie bake-off. No. 4 Memorial Square. fortdavis.com 432-426-3015

FORT STOCKTON: Dec. 1 Christmas Parade Enjoy a beautiful night parade with an abundance of uniquely decorated floats. Parade ends at Zero Stone Park where refreshments will be served, and music and pictures with Santa will be offered. Zero Stone Park, Dickinson Boulevard and Main. 432-336-2264

MARATHON: Dec. 2 Fiesta de Noche Buena Visitors, locals, and business owners come together on Main Street for this festive occasion providing an evening of dancing, food, and fun. Enjoy an outdoor tree lighting, children’s traditional baile folklorico, food and drinks, live music, a visit from Santa, and more. Shops and galleries will all be open late with many special attractions. Main Street, 102 US 90 W. marathontexas.com/events

MONAHANS: Dec. 2 Christmas and Chili Market Enjoy breakfast and pictures with Santa, craft vendors, hot chili, and more. Ward County Convention Center, 400 E. Fourth. monahans.org 432-943-2187

MONAHANS: Dec. 4 Lighted Christmas Parade Event begins with lighted floats starting at Monahans High School and ends at Hill Park with Santa. Includes entertainment and refreshments. Hill Park, Fifth Street and Allen Avenue. monahans.org 432-943-2187

ODESSA: Nov. 30-Jan. 1 Annual Tree Lighting, Parade, and Starbright Village The largest display of lights in the Permian Basin—more than 270,000 lights and holiday-themed displays bring the season to life. Whether you’re walking or driving through, this event will bring out your holiday spirit as the lights shine bright and the holiday music plays over the radio. McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Road. odessatx.gov 432-368-3548

ODESSA: Dec. 8-17 “A Place Called Christmas” and “The 12 Daze of Christmas” Enjoy two stories in one evening. The holiday plays start off where toys come to life and take a journey to find this magical place called Christmas—an enchanted story of friendship and discovering the true meaning of Christmas. That is followed by the zany adventures of Alice as the characters from the traditional carol of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” come to life right before her eyes, but they are not what you would expect. Permian Playhouse, 310 W. 42nd St. permianplayhouse.com 432-362-2329

PECOS: Dec. 2 Holiday Open House Christmas Bazaar Vendors of all types at the eighth annual event, from jewelry to small home decor and more. Reeves County Civic Center, 1500 S. Cedar St. facebook.com/hollyjolly79772 432-448-7628

PINE SPRINGS: Dec. 2 Desert Discovery (Guided Hike) McKittrick Canyon Nature Trail’s one-mile loop is a great beginner hike and suitable for families with small children; learn about plant and animal adaptations. Dress for the weather and bring water. Elevation gain of 200 feet. This event will be canceled during inclement weather. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 400 Pine Canyon Dr. nps.gov/gumo 915-828-3251

PINE SPRINGS: Dec. 16 Christmas Bird Count Join a citizen-science project that has been occurring across the country for more than 100 years, and help document bird populations. Possible bird species include western bluebirds, cedar waxwings, phainopeplas, pyrrhuloxias, Steller’s jays, golden eagles, black-throated sparrows, and white-crowned sparrows. Meet at the Cholla Chateau. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 400 Pine Canyon Dr. nps.gov/gumo 915-828-3251

VAN HORN: Nov. 24-Dec. 11 Trans Pecos Big Buck Tournament An annual desert mule deer tournament. Van Horn Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway. vanhorntexas.us 432-283-2682

VAN HORN: Dec. 9 Lighted Christmas Parade and Show and Sell At the 24th annual event, enjoy a lighted Christmas parade along Broadway, in addition to an open house with vendors, food, and arts and crafts. 1810 W. Broadway. vanhorntexas.us 432-283-2628

November

ALPINE: Nov. 10-11 Center For Big Bend Studies Conference This annual event brings together historians, archaeologists, folklorists, and other researchers studying the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico. Sul Ross State University Espino Center, Avenue B. cbbs.sulross.edu 432-837-8179

EL PASO: Nov. 18-19 Las Artistas Art and Fine Crafts Show Shop a diverse range of ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, and other art of 90-plus artists from El Paso and beyond. Visitors can speak with the makers and learn the story behind the art, as well as the techniques and inspiration used to create them. EPIC Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills Ave. lasartistas.org 915-319-4541

ODESSA: Nov. 2-5 Merry Marketplace This Junior League of Odessa holiday shopping extravaganza features a variety of merchandise in a festive holiday setting. Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway. jlodessa.org 432-332-0095

ODESSA: Nov. 18-19 Tejano Super Car Show Six buildings are packed with all types of cars, trucks, motorcycles, model cars, and lowrider custom bicycles. Activities include stage entertainment, food booths, and commercial vendors selling aftermarket custom parts and other items. Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway. tejanosupercarshow.com 432-337-2189

VAN HORN: Nov. 24-Dec. 11 Trans Pecos Big Buck Tournament An annual desert mule deer tournament. Van Horn Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway. vanhorntexas.us 432-283-2682

 

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