June

FORT DAVIS: Jun. 30-Jul. 2 Coolest Fourth of July Enjoy live music, entertainment, great food, and arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn Friday through Sunday. Fireworks are Friday night with live music Friday and Saturday nights. Jeff Davis County Courthouse, 100 Court Ave. fortdavis.com 432/426-3015

ODESSA: Jun. 6 Brian Regan This American stand-up comedian uses observational, sarcastic, and self-deprecating humor. Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. F.M. 1788. wagnernoel.com/events/brian-regan 800/ 514-3849

SAN ELIZARIO: Jun. 2-4 Billy The Kid Festival Celebrate Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876. See reenactments of the historic breakout of Billy’s friend at the old El Paso County Jail. Learn the historic truths of his visit to the old Texas town and check out the presentation of historic play “1876: Billy the Kid in San Elizario” on Saturday and Sunday. San Elizario Historic District, 1501 Main St. billythekidfestival.com 915/851-0093

VAN HORN: Jun. 23-24 Frontier Days Enjoy food, fun, entertainment, a rodeo, 5K walk/run, and outdoor street dance. Downtown, 107 W. Broadway. vanhorntexas.us 432/283-2682

July

ALPINE: Jul. 27-30 Viva Big Bend Part music festival and part music-industry conference, Viva Big Bend’s sixth year showcases more than 50 bands at venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, and Marathon. Various locations. vivabigbend.com

DEL RIO: Jul. 1-2 Rotary Independence Rodeo The annual rodeo raises needed funds for the Rotary Club of Del Rio’s scholarships and other community projects. Last year had more than 3,400 people in attendance. Val Verde Fair Grounds, 2006 N. Main St. delriorotary.com

DEL RIO: Jul. 4 Fourth of July Celebration A parade downtown on South Main Street is followed by a full afternoon of live music before a fireworks show to celebrate our nation’s independence. Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez Jr. Amphitheatre, 1101 W. De La Rosa St. cityofdelrio.com 830/774-8558

FORT DAVIS: Jun. 30-Jul. 2 Coolest Fourth of July Enjoy live music, entertainment, great food, and arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn Friday through Sunday. Fireworks are Friday night with live music both Friday and Saturday nights. Jeff Davis County Courthouse, 100 Court Ave. fortdavis.com 432/426-3015

MARATHON: Jul. 1-2 Cowboy and Mustang Chili Cook-Offs These chili cook-offs celebrate the state food of Texas, all to benefit local charities in the Big Bend area. Marathon Motel, 701 U.S. 90. visitmarathontexas.com 432/294-0608

MARATHON: Jul. 1 Fourth of July Dance and Barbecue One of the most popular events in Brewster County has the distinction of being the longest-running. Entertainment this year will be provided by Craig Carter and his Spur of the Moment Band. Post Park. visitmarathontexas.com

MIDLAND: Jul. 4 Star-Spangled Salute The day begins with the children’s sidewalk parade. Evening activities include the family fun zone, a beer garden for adults, and a family-friendly variety concert in the park. The event concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in West Texas. Hogan Park, 4204 N. Lamesa Road. fourthinmidland.com 432/683-3381

MONAHANS: Jul. 4 Freedom Fest Includes a parade, craft and food vendors, swimming, sand dig, live entertainment, the Blistering Sands Bike Tour, and fireworks. Hill Park, Fifth and Allen streets. monahans.org 432/943-2187

MONAHANS: Jul. 29 Butterfield Festival Features a pie auction, horseshoe and washer tournaments, bull rides, barbecue, and dancing. Ward County Coliseum, Texas 18 S. monahans.org 432/943-2187

ODESSA: Jul. 1 Firecracker Fandango Begins with the Jaycees Independence Day Parade in the morning. Later, the family-friendly street festival features live bands, entertainment, children’s activities, food booths, and more. The highlight of the evening is a professional fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music, which is broadcast live on two radio stations. Grant Street in Downtown Odessa, 119 W. Fourth St. downtownodessatx.com 432/335-4682

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