September

Alpine Sept. 2-4: Plein Air Paint Out

Gallery on the Square, 115 W. Holland Ave.

Gather in the great outdoors with other painters who set out to capture the gorgeous Big Bend landscape. bigbendartscouncil.org

 

Alpine Sept. 3-4: Big Bend Gun and Knife Show

Pete P. Gallego Center, 400 N. Harrison St.

The Alpine Lions Club sponsors this annual gun and knife show. Bring used eyeglasses for $1 off admission. e-clubhouse.org/sites/alpinetx

 

Monahans Sept. 10: Desert Reflections Car Show

Hill Park, Fourth and Calvin streets

See spiffed-up cars at this annual car show, where trophies are awarded for the best of the best. There are also vendors on site.

 

Alpine Sept. 15 – Nov. 1: Sculpted Figures

Gallery on the Square, 115 W. Holland Ave.

Big Bend Arts Council presents this sculpture exhibit featuring works made in a range of materials and related to the human body, with an opening night reception on Sept. 15. bigbendartscouncil.org

 

Alpine Sept. 15 – Nov. 5: Trappings of Texas

Museum of the Big Bend, 400 N. Harrison St.

The 36th annual Trappings of Texas is the nation’s longest-running exhibit of premier Western art and custom cowboy gear. Enjoy an evening preview party, daytime artist demonstrations, grand opening reception and sale, and ranch roundup party during the opening weekend reception on Sept. 15-17. museumofthebigbend.com

 

Del Rio Sept. 16-17: Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration

Brown Plaza , 305 Cantu St.

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with live music, vendors, food trucks, dancing, and games for kids.

 

Alpine Sept. 22-24: Sul Ross State University Rodeo

S.A.L.E. Rodeo Arena, US 90 East

See the Sul Ross State University rodeo team’s world-ranking performers at the birthplace of college rodeo. sulross.edu/rodeo

 

Alpine Sept. 22-25: Native Plant Society of Texas Fall Symposium

Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland Ave.

In 1991, the Native Plant Society of Texas initiated an educational project designed to explore the ecology of the many vegetation regions of Texas through a series of symposia undertaken in conjunction with its annual members’ meeting. Every fall, the meeting convenes in a different region which focuses of that year’s symposium. Field trips, workshops, and exhibits complement the presentations that are open to the public. npsot.org/wp/event/fall-symposium-hybrid

 

Del Rio Sept. 24: Oktoberfest

Whitehead Memorial Museum , 1308 S. Main St.

Modeled after the annual Oktoberfest in Germany, Del Rio’s event brings the fun with music, food, and dancing. whiteheadmuseum.org

October

Sept. 15 – Nov. 1 Alpine: Sculpted Figures

Gallery on the Square, 115 W. Holland Ave.

Big Bend Arts Council presents this sculpture exhibit featuring works made in a range of materials and related to the human body, with an opening night reception on Sept. 15. bigbendartscouncil.org

 

Sept. 15 – Nov. 5 Alpine: Trappings of Texas

Museum of the Big Bend, 400 N. Harrison St.

The 36th annual Trappings of Texas is the nation’s longest-running exhibit of premier Western art and custom cowboy gear. Enjoy an evening preview party, daytime artist demonstrations, grand opening reception and sale, and ranch roundup party during the opening weekend reception on Sept. 15-17. Museumofthebigbend.com

 

Oct. 7 Del Rio: First Friday Art Walk

Kress Building, 1915 Veterans Blvd.

Del Rio presents a monthly art walk that invites visitors to explore the art galleries and city’s art district. The event also offers food trucks, vendors, and music. drchamber.com

 

Oct. 7-8 Alpine: Big Bend Bluegrass Festival

Alpine Civic Center, 801 W. Holland Ave.

Alpine’s mild weather makes it an attractive year-round destination, and the town is certified with an official Music Friendly Communities designation from the Texas Music Office. The inaugural Bluegrass Festival line-up includes the Kody Norris Show, the Edgar Loudermilk, the Old Rugged Choir, Second Time Around, Bluegrass Express, and Calamity Creek. Enjoy jamming, concessions, workshops, and drawings. bigbendbluegrass.com

 

Oct. 7-10 Alpine: Big Bend Octane Fest

The Stable Performance Cars, 511 W. Holland Ave.

High-performance autos cruise the Big Bend’s scenic highways and participate in other events, including a show-n-shine and river road cruise. thestablealpine.com

 

Oct. 15 El Paso: El Paso Winefest

Downtown El Paso, Near San Jacinto Plaza, 401 N. Mesa St.

El Paso Wine and Food Festival brings together the stars of El Paso’s culinary scene with acclaimed local chefs and fine wines. Located in the heart of downtown El Paso, the Grand Tasting features 400 wines from around the world plus food from 20 of El Paso’s finest restaurants. Select wines are also on sale; all proceeds support the charitable projects of Rotary Club of El Paso. elpasowinefest.com

 

Oct. 22 Del Rio: Fiesta de Amistad Parade

South Main Street, 1915 Veterans Blvd. Enjoy a small-town parade with music, food trucks, and vendors.

Oct. 28-29 Crane: Horsehead Crossing Trails of Time Living History Event

Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, FM 11 near Girvin

Celebrate one of the state’s most iconic places at this two-day celebration, which commemorates the various historical figures who passed over this well-known crossing throughout the 16th through 19th centuries including those traveling on the Comanche War Trail, the Emigrant Trail, the Butterfield Overland Stage, and the Goodnight-Loving Trail, made famous by Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.” Planned events include live cannon fire, reenactors, chuckwagon meals and contests, historians and presenters, a silent auction, vendors and exhibitors, and a trail ride. pecoscountyhistoricalcommission.org

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