July

AMARILLO: July 5 First Friday Art Walk Join local artists when they open their galleries to share the art they create every day at Arts in the Sunset. Food trucks and entertainment are on site. Arts in the Sunset, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 72D. 806-310- 2600; artsinthesunset.org

AMARILLO: July 6, 13, 20, 27 Amarillo Community Market The Market hosts live music and a diverse mix of everything the Panhandle has to offer: herbs and veggies, baked goods, live plants, cut flowers, jellies, jams and pickles, and arts and crafts. Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Grounds, 1000 S. Polk St. 806-335-6360

AMARILLO: July 27 National Day of the Cowboy Enjoy a day of family fun including craft projects, roping demonstrations, cowboy poetry, cowboy music, Charro heritage, and horseback rides. Celebrate the Western lifestyle and the American Quarter Horse. American Quarter Horse Museum, 2601 I-40 E. 806-376-4811; aqha.com/museum

CANADIAN: June 24-July 31 Texas Humanities Traveling Photo Exhibit: Rural Texas Women at Work 1930-1960 This photo exhibit highlights rural Texas women who were industrious and enterprising. This exhibit uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women. River Valley Pioneer Museum, 118 N. Second St. 806-323- 6548; rivervalleymusem.org

CANADIAN: July 4-6 Fourth of July Celebration Celebrate Independence Day with rodeos, a parade, turtle races, arts and crafts, dancing, art shows, and a free water- melon feed. Downtown Canadian, 119 N. Second St. 806-323-6234; canadiantx.com

CANADIAN: July 11-25 Screen on the Green Enjoy movies on the lawn on Thursday nights. Canadian Visitor’s Center Lawn, 119 N. Second St. 806-323-6234; canadiantx.com

CLAUDE: July 11-13 Caprock Roundup For the 88th annual event, this year’s theme is Big Top on Caprock. Celebrate pioneer history on the courthouse square. Past events have included a parade, rodeo, craft show, fiddlers contest, Miss Arm- strong County contest, and a chicken chase. Courthouse Square, Trice Street and US 287. 806-676-5420; claudetx.org

COLORADO CITY: July 4 J.O. Dockrey Fly- In and Breakfast Starting at 7 a.m., planes start landing and the smell of bacon is in the air. Before 9 a.m., more than 50 planes have landed and more than 500 people have been fed breakfast. There is an awards program and then everyone takes off by 10 a.m. Colorado City Airport, 4309 FM 1808. 325-728-3404; coloradocitychamberofcommerce.com

COLORADO CITY: July 4 July Fourth in the Park Let freedom ring with washer pitching and horseshoe tournaments. Take part in the hot dog eating contest or enjoy a swim at the pool. At dark, enjoy a fireworks show. Ruddick Park, 1205 E. Eighth St. 325-728-3403; coloradocitychamberof commerce.com

DALHART: July 4 Fourth of July Fire- works Enjoy a fireworks show to celebrate the nation’s independence. Rita Blanca Lake, 1219 FM 281. dalhart.org

DALHART: July 13, 27 The Purpose Market An open-air market, with farmers, artisans, chefs, and vendors sharing their passions and purposes, including fresh produce, quality handmade goods, delicious foods and treats, and mission-driven products from around the world. Purpose Coffee Co., 324 Rock Island. facebook.com/purposemarket

DALHART: July 27-28 XIT Junior Rodeo Rodeo for ages up to 16. Events are organized according to age. XIT Rodeo Arena, 2050 E. John Todd Road. xitrodeoreunion.com

DENVER CITY: July 4 July Fourth Celebration Enjoy food, games, a car show, and fireworks. Stuffy Moorhead Park, 300 W. 15th St. 806-592-5424; denvercitychamber.com

DUMAS: July 4 Fourth of July World Championship Mud Volleyball Tournament Like to play in the mud? Join teams from all across the Texas Panhandle and beyond as they play for the mud volleyball world championship. This all day, elimination-style tournament goes until the top team is crowned. Cash prizes are awarded to the top four teams. There are non-profit vendors selling food and drinks throughout the day. Cap the day off with a dazzling fireworks display (weather permitting). McDade Park, East 14th and Durrett streets. 806-935-2123; dumaschamber.com

DUMAS: July 19-20 D’Town Barbecue Cookoff This annual cookoff features teams from across the Texas Panhandle and beyond. Averaging 35-40 teams, this cookoff is recognized by the state of Texas and the International Barbeque Cookers Association and has a variety of meats including brisket, ribs, pork shoulder/butt, and chicken. There is usually a Cookers Choice category as well. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded at the end of the cookoff on Saturday. Mc- Dade Park, East 14th and Durrett streets. 806-935-2123; dumaschamber.com

FRIONA: July 21 Cheeseburger Festival The Cheeseburger Capital of Texas hosts the 14th annual Cheeseburger Festival that includes a competition cookoff for the best cheeseburger. There are lots of arts, crafts, and fun for the entire family. Anyone is welcome to participate in the cookoff, and 20 teams is the limit. First place receives $1,000. Friona City Park, 700 Main St. 806-250-3491; friona-chamber.com

LEVELLAND: July 2-7 Babe Ruth Softball Southwest Regional Tournament Approximately 50 teams from 6 states compete in this regional softball tournament. Oxy Sports Complex, 1201 Equalizer Road. 806-928-8235; brlswregion.com

LEVELLAND: July 19-20 National Rope Horse Development Program Futurity and Team Roping This event has futurities for rope and ranch horses and a slide team roping. Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385. 806-632-0979; caprockranchers.com

LEVELLAND: July 24-27 Junior Rodeo Cowboy Association Finals Members of the Junior Rodeo Cowboys Association compete in rodeo events for the finals. Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385. 806-205-0350; jrcarodeo.com

LUBBOCK: July 1-4 Fourth on Broadway For 29 years, this has been an event that Lubbock and the entire region look forward to. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Heroes.” Pre-Fourth evening concerts begin July 1, and the festival culminates in a full day of parade, daytime concerts, eating contests, a fishing tournament, a picnic in the park, an evening concert, and fireworks. Mackenzie Park and Downtown, 301 I-27. 806-749-2929; broadwayfestivals.com

LUBBOCK: July 5-27 West Texas Water- color Society Summer Show Member artists exhibit and sell their beautiful water media artworks. This exhibit is supported in part through a grant from the City of Lubbock, as recommended by Civic Lubbock Inc. Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue K. 806-794- 4655; wtws.org

POST: July 12-14 Old Mill Trade Days Shop for arts, crafts, furniture, jewelry, clothing, home decor, homemade candy, candles, goat milk soap, antiques, gifts, and more, plus enjoy live entertainment and food. 318 S. Avenue F. oldmilltrade days.com

POST: July 12-13 Smokin’ in the Park The ninth annual barbecue cookoff— sponsored by the Post Rotary—is a Lone Star Barbecue Society-sanctioned event. Post City Park.

SAN ANGELO: Through-Aug. 18 Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition The fifth biennial juried competition will feature 12 large outdoor sculptures. Sunk- en Garden Park, 704 S. David St. 325-653- 3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: June 27-Aug. 4 American Plains Artists Summer Show Five members of the American Plains Artists Association (APA) are participating in a special show. Guests who attended last year’s APA juried show cast their ballots for their favorite art pieces, and those artists were invited to feature a dozen of their works during this summer’s show. Fort Concho, 630 S. Oakes St. 325-657-4444; fortconcho.com

SAN ANGELO: July 3 July Third Pops Con- cert The concert draws more than 35,000 people and features live music, children’s activities, and a fireworks extravaganza. The concert includes a selection of patriotic music along with a military march-in and Fort Concho cannons firing. General admission is free but reserved seating is available. Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River- stage, 401 Orient St. 325-655-4136; sanangelosymphony.org

SAN ANGELO: July 4 Holiday Artillery Salutes Celebrate Independence Day with hourly salutes by the Fort Concho Artillery to honor our nation’s 243rd birthday. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St. 325-481-2730; fortconcho.com

SAN ANGELO: July 11-Sept. 8 “Frontiers: An Artistic Exploration of Space Travel, Technology, the Age of Discovery, and More” Artwork related to exploration is exhibited in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: July 11-Sept. 8 “Highlights from the Permanent Collection” Selections from the art museum’s permanent collection are on display. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653- 3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: July 27 National Cowboy Day Celebrate Western culture with a light breakfast and talk on Western art followed by a skit by the Concho Cowboy Company. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St. 325-481-2730; fortconcho.com

STAMFORD: July 3-7 Texas Cowboy Re- union Rodeo This is the 89th annual world’s largest amateur rodeo. The event kicks off with a parade on Wednesday. Enjoy nightly rodeos, concerts, dances, matched horse races, barbecue and chuckwagon cookoffs, a daily tradeshow, a Western art show, a fiddler’s contest, and more. Texas Cowboy Reunion, US-277. 325-773-3138; texascowboyreunion.com

SWEETWATER: July 4 Sparks in the Park and Lions Club Fourth of July Parade Celebrate Independence Day with an evening of fireworks, food trucks, and a parade. Parking is available at Newman Park. Nolan County Coliseum/Newman Park, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-235-5488; sweetwatertexas.org

SWEETWATER: July 11 Big Country Dance This monthly country dance features different bands performing and a potluck dinner. Sweetwater VFW, 217 Avenger Field Road. 325-235-5488; sweetwatertexas.org

SWEETWATER: July 19-21 West Texas Rodeo Association Finals Finalists compete in rodeo events. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 432-413-0976; westtexasrodeo.org/schedule

SWEETWATER: July 24-28 American Junior Rodeo Association Finals (AJRA) Finalists compete in rodeo events. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-235-3484; ajra.org

VEGA: July 4 Fourth of July Flag Celebration Join in and show your patriotic pride. Bring a flag (some flags provided) in the morning to show those passing through our county how we celebrate the U.S.’s birthday. Wear your red, white, and blue and wave as travelers go west on the interstate. Also, visit downtown Vega for the Avenue of American Flags throughout town. West Overpass of Vega, Exit 35 off I-40 W. 806-267-2828; oldhamcofc.org

VEGA: July 19-20 Comancheros City- Wide Garage Sales Shop garage sales throughout town and the surrounding area. There are maps with listings of sale items and addresses of sales placed at local businesses. Various locations, 904 Main St. 806-267-2828; oldhamcofc.org

WICHITA FALLS: June 22-Aug. 11 Artzeum Interactive Kids’ Exhibit This year’s exhibit, “Small Wonders: Insects and Art,” combines interactive play areas and large- scale photos of insects to create a one-of- a-kind art experience for kids and adults. Kemp Center for the Arts, 1300 Lamar St. 940-767-2787; artscouncilwf.org/artzeum

WICHITA FALLS: July 4 Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration Step back in time this Fourth of July. The festivities begin with a patriotic parade, ending at the Kell House Museum, which hosts an old-fashioned salute to America followed by a cake walk, face painting, yard games, and more. Kell House Museum, 900 Bluff St. 940-723-2712; wichita-heritage.org

WICHITA FALLS: July 12-13 Texas Six Man All-Star Games The best six-man football and basketball players in Texas converge in Wichita Falls for this annual event. MSU DL Ligon Coliseum & Memorial Stadium. 940-761-6820; wichitafalls.org

WICHITA FALLS: July 27 Watermelon Fest Head to the Downtown Wichita Falls Farmers Market for a slice of ice-cold watermelon. Downtown Wichita Falls Development board of directors and staff will be slicing and serving watermelon slices until they run out. Downtown Wichita Falls Farmers Market, 713 Ohio Ave. 940-322- 4525; downtownwf.com

 

June

ABILENE: June 7-8 Stars Over Abilene Quilt Show This is a non-judged quilt show with quilt displays, a concession stand, a scavenger hunt, and a Quilts of Valor booth. A quilt is raffled off with proceeds benefiting Cancer Service Network. Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. 325-665-2724

ALBANY: June 19-20, 26-27 “Fort Griffin Fandangle” With singing, dancing, pantomime, and pageantry, Texas’ oldest out- door musical is now in its 81st year and recreates the look and feel of life in the frontier days of the Old West. Relive the stories of Native Americans who inhabited the prairie, the early white men who dis- placed them, and the many settlers who followed the call to settle this land. Fort Griffin Fandangle, 1490 FM 1084. 325-762- 3838; fortgriffinfandangle.org

ALBANY: June 22 Traditional Native American Dance Performance Enrich your exploration of Texas history through a celebration of Native American cultures with a traditional costumed dance performance, including music and storytelling. Old Jail Art Center, 201 South Second St. 325-762-2269; theojac.org

ALBANY: June 29 Fandangle Round-Up Family Festival Bring the whole family for this free, seasonal festival that includes crafts, music, games, and refreshments. Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. 325-762-2269; theojac.org

AMARILLO: June 6 Coors Cowboy Club Rodeo Cattle Drive Longhorns, along with other non-motorized groups and ac- companying riders, start from the corner of 11th and Polk streets at 6 p.m., and finish at entrance No. 1 to the Tri-State Fairgrounds. Visitors are welcome to cheer on the cattle and riders from any point along the way. Downtown Amarillo, Polk Street. 806-374-1497

AMARILLO: June 7-8 Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo This annual event serves as a tribute to West Texas heritage and pro- motes the rich history of Western life by featuring competition between real cow- boys from working ranches in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle and New Mexico. Ranch rodeos promote and showcase actual events that cowboys participate in on a daily basis on their ranches. The unique aspect of this rodeo is the qualifications that a ranch must have to be eligible. The Coors Cowboy Club board and rodeo committee review each ranch and give consideration to each based upon specific criteria, one of those being the historical significance of the ranch. Amarillo National Center/Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave. 806-376-7767; coorsranchrodeo.com

AMARILLO: June 7-8 Coors Cowboy Club Rodeo This rodeo pits area ranches in friendly but serious competition. A cattle drive downtown kicks off the weekend. Tri-State Expo, 3301 SE 10th Ave. 806-376-7767

AMARILLO: June 7 First Friday Art Walk Join local artists when they open their galleries to share the art they create every day at Arts in the Sunset. Food trucks and entertainment are on-site. Arts in the Sunset, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 72D. 806-310- 2600; artsinthesunset.org

AMARILLO: June 15, 22, 29 Amarillo Community Market The Market hosts live music and a diverse mix of everything the Panhandle has to offer: herbs and veggies, baked goods, live plants, cut flowers, jellies, jams and pickles, and arts and crafts. Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Grounds, 1000 S. Polk St. 806-335-6360

AMARILLO: June 15 Route 66 Heart of Amarillo Festival The Route 66 Historic District hosts its annual car show, swap meet, and antique market with top local restaurants mixed in—spread out across more than six blocks. Route 66 Historic District. 806-373-1427; amarillo66.com

AMARILLO: June 20 Amarillo Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Celebration The day combines the best of Amarillo’s restaurants with live local music. Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Grounds, 1000 S. Polk St. 806-373-7800

CANADIAN: June 6-20 Music in the Park Bring your lawn chairs for live music on the lawn. Admission is free. Canadian Visitors Center, 119 N. Second St. 806-323-6234; canadiantx.com

CANADIAN: June 24-July 31 Texas Humanities Traveling Photo Exhibit: Rural Texas Women at Work 1930-1960 This photo exhibit highlights rural Texas women who were industrious and enterprising. These women performed the common tasks of housewives everywhere—cooking, housekeeping, and doing laundry. In addition, they raised large gardens, tended flocks of poultry, canned and preserved foods for their families, made and repaired furnishings, picked cotton, drove tractors, and took over the men’s work during World War II. This exhibit uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women. River Valley Pioneer Musem, 118 N. Second St. 806-323- 6548; rivervalleymusem.org

CISCO: June 14-15 Pie Fest Pie lovers unite for two days of pie-centric fun. Fri- day evening there is music and a chicken potpie dinner, and Saturday there are pie-related games, live music, local shopping, food, and of course, pie. There is a 40-foot all-you-can-eat pie buffet, pie baking and eating contests, and many other pie-related activities. Downtown Cisco, Conrad Hilton Boulevard. 325-728- 0536; ciscotxpiefest.com

COLORADO CITY: June 7 CC Riders Car Cruise Cruise downtown and Hickory street in your classic car. The local radio station plays oldies and people line the street. At the end of the night, there is a King and Queen of the Cruise named at the Sonic Drive-In. Railhead Building, 150 E. First St. 325-242-0929; CC Riders Car Club of Colorado City – Facebook

COLORADO CITY: June 8 CC Riders Car Show Vehicles line Elm street and fill the inside of the Railhead Building. After registration closes, there is an awards program where the “Best of the Best” trophy is awarded. Railhead Building, 150 E. First St. 325-242-0929

CROSS PLAINS: June 7-8 Robert E. Howard Days Enjoy two days of total immersion into the life and writings of Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian as well as many other characters in the fantasy realm. Festivities include tours of Howard’s home, panel discussions, a celebration dinner with a silent auction, barbecue, a poetry reading, and lots of networking. Robert E. Howard Museum / Pavilion, 625 SH 36 W. 254-725-4993

DALHART: June 1 Dalhart Cruzers Muscle Car Show The 16th annual weekend includes a car show, bicycle drag races, a rotary bike safety rodeo, free helmets, inspections, cash prizes, dinner, and a midnight dance. Hart Motors, 920 Liberal St.

DALHART: June 15, 29 The Purpose Market An open-air market, with farmers, artisans, chefs, and vendors sharing their passions and purposes, including fresh produce, quality handmade goods, delicious foods and treats, and mission-driven products from around the world. Purpose Coffee Co., 324 Rock Island. facebook.com/ purposemarket

DUMAS: June 12-15 Dogie Days The 73rd annual Dogie Days celebration includes four days of carnival fun with food and a small-town parade. McDade Park, East 14th and Durrett streets. 806-935-2123; dumaschamber.com

LEVELLAND: June 20-22 Golden Spread Classic Steer and Heifer Show This is the largest cattle jackpot show in Texas and one of the largest in the country. The show has been in existence since 1984. Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385. 806-759-1102; facebook.com/Golden- Spread

LEVELLAND: June 20 Sip and Swirl Enjoy an evening of downtown shopping while tasting Texas’ top wines and sampling sweet and savory bites from our Food Truck Alley. Sit and enjoy live music at the gazebo and swirl the square while sipping and shopping. Levell and Downtown Main Street, 802 Houston St. 806-894-9079; levellandtexas.org/38/Main-Street

LUBBOCK: June 1 Summer Stampede Western Art and Gear Show and Sale Western art and gear collectors have an opportunity not only to purchase new art pieces but also to meet the artists at this sixth annual event. There are more than 100 pieces of art by more than 30 Western artists and craftsmen. This occasion provides a unique mix of art that com- bines both Western paintings, jewelry, and gear such as spurs, stirrups, bits, and belt buckles. The art show is followed by both a dinner and dance to the music of Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunk- house. National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. 806-834-0469; ranching heritage.org/stampede

POST: June 7-9 Old Mill Trade Days Shop for arts, crafts, furniture, jewelry, clothing, home decor, homemade candy, candles, goat milk soap, antiques, gifts, and more, plus live entertainment and food. 318 S. Avenue F. oldmilltradedays.com

SAN ANGELO: Through Aug. 18 Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition The fifth biennial juried competition will feature 12 large outdoor sculptures. Sunk- en Garden Park, 704 S. David St. 325-653- 3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: April 12-June 30 San Angelo Ceramic Invitational Exhibition Features contemporary ceramics. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325- 653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: June 7-8 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Bring lawn chairs and coolers to watch “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s enchanting comic tale of love lost and found. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Expect to be delighted by Be Theatre’s modern retelling of the classic romance as it proves that, in the end, love conquers all. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-716-4125; betheatre.com/ midsummer-nights-dream

SAN ANGELO: June 27-Aug. 4 American Plains Artists Summer Show Five members of the American Plains Artists Association (APA) are participating in a special show. Guests who attended last year’s APA juried show cast their ballots for their favorite art pieces, and those artists were invited to feature a dozen of their works during this summer’s show. Fort Concho, 630 S. Oakes St. 325-657-4444; fortconcho.com

SWEETWATER: June 6 Big Country Dance This monthly country dance features different bands performing and a potluck dinner. Sweetwater VFW, 217 Avenger Field Road. 325-235-5488; sweetwatertexas.org

SWEETWATER: June 8-9 West Texas Rodeo Association Rodeo Contestants compete in rodeo events. The 40+ team roping is also competing. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 432-413- 0976; nolancountycoliseum@gmail.com

SWEETWATER: June 15 Bucking For Heros Rodeo Sanctioned by the Rock You Pro Youth Tour, this rodeo has mutton bustin’, and mini and big broncs and bulls. This rodeo supports Bucking For Heroes, an organization helping veterans and their families with housing, food, counseling, education, employment, and any basic needs not being met. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-201-4771; facebook.com/bucking4heroes

SWEETWATER: June 28-30 Big Country Cutting Horse Association Competition Horses compete. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-651-6112

VEGA: June 6-27 Summer Music at the Courthouse Local musicians perform each Thursday in June. Bring a chair or a blanket for some family fun during those warm summer evenings. Oldham County Court- house Square, 105 S. Main St. 806-267- 2828; oldhamcofc.org

VERNON: June 7-8 Highway 82/287 Yard Sale Yard sales, garage sales, sidewalk sales, farmers markets, and flea markets located within participating communities cover 425 miles of highways 82 and 287. Participating towns have maps available to guide shoppers to sales. Some towns have yard sales set up at a central location, while others may have them throughout the community to showcase downtown merchants and their flea markets. Various locations, 1614 Main St. 940- 552-2564; redrivervalley.info/event/2018- highway-82-287-yard-sale

WICHITA FALLS: June 1-2 Ink Masters Tattoo Expo Live tattooing is offered all weekend by more than 100 award-winning tattoo artists. Artists help find the style of tattoo you’ve been looking for—from realistic to traditional, black and grey to color. MPEC, 1000 Fifth St. 940-716-5555; inkmasterstattooexpo.com

WICHITA FALLS: June 6 After Hours Art Walk Meet local artists and explore art studios, galleries, restaurants, and shops, with live music and refreshments. Don’t forget to jump on the trolley. Downtown Wichita Falls, 700 Eighth St. 940-322- 4525; downtownwf.com

WICHITA FALLS: June 22-Aug. 11 Artzeum Interactive Kids’ Exhibit This year’s exhibit, “Small Wonders: Insects and Art,” combines interactive play areas and large-scale photos of insects to create a one-of-a-kind art experience for kids and adults alike. Kemp Center for the Arts, 1300 Lamar St. 940-767-2787; artscouncilwf.org/artzeum

 

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