April

ABILENE: April 6 Terry Hays Exhibition and Artist Reception A special artist reception celebrates the opening of a new exhibition featuring colorful, sculptural artwork by Terry Hays. The reception is open to the public and will serve light refreshments. The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. 325-673-4587; thegracemuseum.org

ABILENE: April 13-14 Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show Crack your own geode, peruse the silent auction, or play Wheel of Fortune. There is a fluorescent display, dealers, exhibits, door prizes, and a grand prize. Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. 325-668-8558; rockclub.txol.net/gemshow.htm

ALBANY: April 13 “Fort Griffin Fandangle” Sampler See a sampling of the 2019 “Fort Griffin Fandangle,” Texas’ oldest out-door musical. The sampler is held at the original site of the historic town of Fort Griffin known as “the Flat.” There is singing, dancing, horses, wagons, and maybe some tomfoolery thrown in too. Barbecue dinner and entertainment to follow. Fort Griffin Flat, 173 CR 184. 325-762-3838; fandangle.org

BIG SPRING: April 13 Master the Mountain 5K Run Be part of a Permian Basin tradition. This unique course includes a scenic overlook of the area and more than 200 feet of elevation change. This run is beautiful and challenging. Big Spring State Park, 1 Scenic Drive. 432-213-0411; permianbasinevents.com

BIG SPRING: April 27 A Joyful Season The biggest shopping event in Big Spring includes 70-plus booths of boutiques, bath products, knives, children’s items, food trucks, furniture, rusty junk, and decor. Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, 1001 Birdwell Lane. 405-308-3357; ajoyfulseason.org

BIG SPRING: April 27 Big Spring Symphony Orchestra “Spring is for Spring” This annual spring pops concert features many great native talents led by Music Director and Conductor Keith Graumann. Big Spring Municipal Auditorium, 310 E. Third St. 432-816-5196

DALHART: April 14 Eta Upsilon Sorority Golf Tournament All proceeds from this golf tournament benefit local charities. Twisted Elms Golf Club, 2979 US 54. 806-244-5646

EASTLAND: April 13 Rip’s Ribs Cookoff One of the biggest events in town, vendors ranging from woodwork to snow cones are set up for those in attendance. Entertainment throughout the day includes the Doc Rockin Band and a variety of jazz bands. For the rib cookoff, $2,600 in prizes are awarded for the top ribs. Only the best non-local judges are used, and past celebrity judges have included chef Darlene Walton featured in H-E-B’s “My Texas Table,” Josh Allen from Joe Allen’s Barbecue, and Aubrie Hood with Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue. Downtown Square, 100 W. Main St. 254-629-2332; ripsribscookoff.com

LUBBOCK: April 5-25 West Texas Watercolor Society Spring 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. Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center, 4215 University Ave. 806-794-4655; wtws.org

LUBBOCK: April 13 Ranch Day Both the young and young at heart enjoy Ranch Day activities when cowboys, horses, chuck-wagons, and 185 volunteers (many dressed in period clothing) make pioneer life come alive for visitors. More than 5,000 guests attend the popular event every year to participate in hands-on ranch or range science and history demonstrations as well as music, dancing, a Comanche teepee, horseback riding, and an old-fashioned “snake oil magic show.” The event is open to the public at no charge, but a $5 donation per family is suggested. The historic park is wheelchair and stroller accessible. National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St.806-834-1225; nrhc.ttu.edu

LUBBOCK: April 27 & 28Lubbock Gun & Blade Show – BUY-SELL-TRADE or just browse new, used, & collectible guns – parts & accessories – clips, grips, ammo, mags, & reloading equipment – supplies, holsters, & knives of all kinds – military surplus, collectibles, & Survival Gear, coins, jewelry, purses. Silver Spur Trade Shows, Inc. – PO Box 208 – Ralls, TX 79357; 806-253-1322 www.silverspurtradeshows.com

MIDLAND: April 6 & 7Midland Gun & Blade Show – BUY-SELL-TRADE or just browse new, used, & collectible guns – parts & accessories – clips, grips, ammo, mags, & reloading equipment – supplies, holsters, & knives of all kinds – military surplus, collectibles, & Survival Gear, coins, jewelry, purses. Silver Spur Trade Shows, Inc. – PO Box 208 – Ralls, TX 79357; 806-253-1322 www.silverspurtradeshows.com

POST: April 12-14 Old Mill Trade Days Enjoy more than 120 vendors, food, and entertainment. Post Tex Mill, 318 S. Avenue F. oldmilltradedays.com

RANGER: April 6 Ranger Charter Centennial Parade Witness the charter signing, one of the main focuses of the Ranger charter’s centennial celebration. Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Main Street. 254-647-3340

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

SAN ANGELO: April 4, 11, 18, 25 Art Thursday Free art activities are provided for children and their families. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: April 7 Chamber Music Series Concert Angelo State University Music Faculty perform a variety of vocal and instrumental music. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: April 11-15 Ceramic Weekend Events Activities include workshops and exhibits. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: April 12 Exhibition Opening: The San Angelo Ceramic Invitational In honor of the opening of this new exhibit, visitors can enjoy free admission, refreshments, and music. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: April 12-13 Petticoats on the Prairie Vintage Market Shop one of the best markets with more than 90 unique vendors offering vintage and repurposed treasures, art, clothing, furniture, handmade goods, artisan food, antiques, home decor, jewelry, and cool junk too. Vintage trailers and modern RVs alike are welcome to camp on the grounds. Foster Communications Coliseum, 50 E. 43rd St. 325-242-3356; petticoatsontheprairie.com

SAN ANGELO: April 13 Family Day Enjoy hands-on art activities. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: April 14 Pilobolus: “Shadowland—The New Adventure” Shadowland combines multimedia, projected shadow play, and front-of-screen choreography in a wild evening of storytelling that is uniquely Pilobolus. Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W. College Ave. 325-655-4136; sanangelopac.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: April 19 San Angelo Cowboy Ball Dance to the music of Jake Hooker and Jody Nix. Knights of Columbus, 3636 N. Bryant Blvd. 325-655-4136

SAN ANGELO: April 25-27 Regional Cavalry Competition This event features competitions in riding, jumping, pistol, saber, and general horsemanship by competitors dressed and equipped as 1800s cavalry soldiers. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St. 325-234-0316; fortconcho.com

SAN ANGELO: April 27 Frontier Day This event has a morning pancake breakfast with ongoing entertainment, living history, craft demonstrations, and special displays. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St. 325- 657-4441; fortconcho.com

SAN ANGELO: April 28 Play It Again Concert West Texas Jazz Orchestra performs big band and jazz music. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

STANTON: April 13-14 Old Sorehead Trade Days Shop for arts and crafts, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and antiques, and enjoy live entertainment and food at this event jokingly named for the town’s few “old soreheads.” Historic Downtown Streets and Community Center Complex, 209 N. Saint Peter St. 432-756-2006; stantontex.com

SWEETWATER: April 8 Taste of Sweetwater Taste a variety of food from local restaurants. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-236-6345; nolancc.com

SWEETWATER: April 19-21 Jaycee’s Roosters Motorcycle Rally, Cookoff, and Swap Meet This event features live music, a poker run, and cookoff. There is also a bike show, bike games, and raffles. Sweetwater Lake Campgrounds, FM 2035 (3.9 miles south of I-20 exit 249). 325-514-0210; rattlesnakeroundup.net/spring-rally

SWEETWATER: April 27 Beat the Street for Little Feet The seventh annual event benefits Cornerstone Christian School and includes a half marathon, 5K run, 50K bike tour, and 100K bike tour. There is also a 1-mile fun run/walk for all ages, a bounce house, activities for kids, free food, and music by The Firefox Trio. Cornerstone Christian School, 400 Elm St. 325-235-1500; wheelbrothers.com

SWEETWATER: April 27-28 Rickey Green Memorial Team Roping This rodeo is in memory of Rickey Green, an NFR team roping champion. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-235-3484; nolancc.com

VEGA: April 21 Easter Eggstravaganza The Easter Bunny and egg hunt are fun for the entire family. Bounce houses, face painting, and activities for kids are avail-able. Bring a picnic and a blanket to the Oldham County Courthouse lawn and enjoy this spring day of fun. Oldham County Courthouse Square, 105 S. Main St. 806-267-2828; oldhamcofc.org

WICHITA FALLS: April 27 Cajun Fest Grab your friends and family, find your Mardi Gras beads, slap on your craziest hat and Cajun attire, and head downtown to shop, eat, play, and dance. Downtown Wichita Falls. 940-322-4525; downtownproud.com

March

BIG SPRING: March 2-3 Gem and Mineral Show The 50th annual show has displays, dealers, working demonstrations, and food vendors. Howard County Fair Barn, 2900 Old State Highway 80. 432-528-7323

BIG SPRING: March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl A fun evening to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day downtown at The Train Car, Mezcal, Lumbre, John Wesley’s, Pharmacy Bar & Parlor, and Desert Flower. This is not a free event. Various locations. 432-263-8235; visitbigspring.com

BIG SPRING: March 30 Point of Grace Concert BAD Events LLC welcomes award-winning Christian contemporary artists Point of Grace, presented by Franklin and Son and Bulldog Steel. Big Spring Municipal Auditorium, 310 E. 3rd St. 432-755-9529; badeventstx.com

DALHART: March 2 Fireman’s Chili Supper This annual fundraiser serves chili, stew, beans, and dessert. Rita Blanca Coliseum, 1219 FM 281. 806-244-5454; dalhartfire.com

DALHART: March 16-17 Rita Blanca Rampage This is a trail run and bike race. The trail run has 5K and 10K distances, and the bike race has 11-mile and 20- mile options. Rita Blanca Lake Trail. bikereg.com/rbrampage

DALHART: March 20 Dust Bowl Marathon Five days, five marathons, and five states. All events include half-marathons, and walkers are welcome. Rita Blanca Lake Trail. 806-244-5646; mainlymarathons.com/ series-3/dust-bowl

LUBBOCK: March 1-2 Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers Conclave Meeting and Dance Square dancing is a clean, family-oriented, fun activity for all ages from early teens to nonagenarians. Guests have the opportunity to meet the officers from the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers, plus many other officers and dancers from all over Texas. There is free admission for non-square dancers. Lubbock Association SRDF Dance Center, 2305 120th St. 806-799-1324; squaredancetx.com

POST: March 8-10 Old Mill Trade Days With more than 120 vendors, food, and entertainment, everyone can enjoy a great day. Post Tex Mill, 318 S. Avenue F. oldmilltradedays.com

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

SAN ANGELO: Through March 30Early Texas Ceramics and Furniture” A wide array of early Texas ceramics and furniture are shown at this exhibit. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: March 2 San Angelo Symphony Concert: “The Sounds of Spain” Virtuoso guitarist, Mauricio Diaz, takes the stage in a stunning night of classics with a touch of Spanish flair. Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W. College Ave. 325-655-4136; sanangelosymphony.org

SAN ANGELO: March 7Evita” With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical embarks on an international tour this year, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W. College Ave. 325-655-4136; sanangelopac.org

SAN ANGELO: March 7, 21, 28 Art Thursday Free art activities are provided for children and their families. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: March 7 Collectors Society Lecture Series Rex Koontz, Ph. D at University of Houston, gives a free lecture on the Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition of 1937 in Dallas. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: March 8-10 Frontier Ladies Living History Symposium This event has workshops and presentations covering the lives, clothing, daily routines, and customs of the ladies of the late 1800s frontier. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St. 325-234-0316; fortconcho.com

SAN ANGELO: March 9-10 Crazy Desert Trail Race The race includes a 100K, 50K, 13.1K, and 10K. The course for the 5K and 10K stays within the northern part of the park, which is less varied in terrain. The 13.1K, 50K, and 100K all have more technical terrain and more climbing that is true to low-desert running. San Angelo State Park, 7126 N. FM 2288. 325-655-4136; trailracingovertexas.com/crazy-desert-trail-race

SAN ANGELO: March 9 Family Day Hero! Enjoy hands-on art activities and free admission. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: March 17 Chamber Music Series Concert Tenor Dr. Joshua Diaz performs. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: March 18-19The World of Musicals” This is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and beloved musicals in one unforgettable evening. Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W. College Ave. 325-655-4136; sanangelopac.org

SAN ANGELO: March 30 San Angelo Craft Beer Experience Enjoy beer by Zero One Ale House, tunes by BackBeat Music Company, and fun from downtown vendors at this third annual event. Bart DeWitt Park, 330 S. Irving St. 325-655-4136

SWEETWATER: March 2 40-Plus Team Roping This team roping is for ropers age 40 and older. East Covered Arena at Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-212-2736; nolancountycoliseum@gmail.com

SWEETWATER: March 8-10 World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup Started in 1958, this annual snake-centric event features an array of activities such as the Rattlesnake Parade; a carnival; a gun, knife, and coin show; a cookoff; guided hunts; dancing; a snake-eating contest; a beard contest; the longest snake contest; an indoor and outdoor flea market; and food trucks. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-235-3484; rattlesnakeroundup.net

SWEETWATER: March 22-23 College Rodeo College students compete in rodeo events. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-235-3484; nolancc.com

WICHITA FALLS: March 5-6 Paw Patrol Live “The Great Pirate Adventure” It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Ryder needs all paws on deck as he and the Paw Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. Kay Yeager Coliseum, 1000 Fifth St. 940-761-5500; wfmpec.com

WICHITA FALLS: March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival The charm and culture of the Emerald Isle takes over downtown Wichita Falls for this annual street festival. Downtown Wichita Falls. 940-322-4525; downtownproud.com

WICHITA FALLS: March 30 Red River Valley Square and Round Dance Association Teen Scholarship Fundraiser Dance Square dancing is a clean, family oriented, fun activity for all ages from early teens to nonagenarians. Guests have the opportunity to meet the officers from the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers, plus many other officers and dancers from all over Texas. There is free admission for non-square dancers. Square Dance Land, 812 Travis St. 940-790-4565; squaredancetx.com

WICHITA FALLS: March 30-31 Top of Texas Market Presented by Wichita County Heritage Society, this annual event entices visitors to shop all weekend with vintage dealers, artisans, and crafters. Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall, 1000 Fifth St. 940-723-0623; topoftexasmarket.com

 

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