May

Abilene May 1: “The Little Mermaid” Featuring attractive staging and a humorous script, “The Little Mermaid” takes audience members to an undersea world of mermaids, colorful sea creatures, and comical villains. The award-winning production follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is a better life for her out of the water. Of course, there is a handsome prince, an evil baddie, and load of laughs along the way. With stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes, original songs, and lots of audience participation, this show makes for a thoroughly entertaining family day out.  When: May 1 Where: Historic Paramount Theatre ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-1161 Website: cpasabilene.org

 

Abilene May 7: Abilene Philharmonic—”1812 Overture” The Abilene Philharmonic plays Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” plus other pieces such as Ravel’s “Tzigane,” Chausson’s “Poeme,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini.” Faith Fang, the 2018 Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition bronze medalist, plays violin, and David Itkin conducts. When: May 7 Where: Abilene Convention Center ABILENE, Texas  More Information: Phone: 325-677-6710 Website: abilenephilharmonic.org/shows/1812-overture

 

Abilene May 12-15: Western Heritage Classic To preserve the heritage of the ranch cowboy, this event features a rodeo, the world’s largest bit and spur show, a chuckwagon cookoff, nightly dances, invitational ranch horse sale, Ranch Horse Association of America (RHAA) working ranch horse competition, and children’s rodeo events. When: May 12-15 Where: Taylor County Expo Center ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-4376 Website: westernheritageclassic.com

 

Abilene May 29: “Waitress” Inspired by the beloved film, “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength to rebuild her own life. Don’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. When: May 29 Where: Abilene Convention Center ABILENE, Texas More Information Phone: 800-869-1451 Website: celebrityattractions.com/shows/847/waitress/abilene/2022

 

Amarillo May 15: Muttfest Voted one of the city’s top three festivals, Muttfest is the longest-running fundraiser for the Amarillo SPCA. Festivities include a reduced-cost shot clinic, music, food, vendors, and a silent auction. When: May 15 Where: Starlight Ranch Event Center AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-290-2883 Website: bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

 

Levelland May 6-7: Clovis Horse Sales Quality horses for all types of riders are up for sale. Each sale has different events featuring various types of horses. Events can include team ropings, cow horse futurities, and ranch horse competitions. When: May 6-7 Where: Mallet Event Center LEVELLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-894-4161 Website: clovishorsesales.com

 

Lowake May 13-14: Gathering on the Concho Every year for the last 25 years a group of dads and lads have gathered on the Vinson Ranch on the Concho River for a weekend of fishing, burning mesquite wood, grilling steaks, playing country music, and bonding.  The group consists of 45 to 60 coaches, boosters, sons and friends that are tied to the Midland Robert E Lee HS football program.  The story is the tradition and success of Lee football (Texas 5A state champs 1998, 1999 & 2000) and still winning.  Texas Hall of Fame coaches, all state and All American and NFL players, and the other Friday Night Lights team that has rivaled Odessa Permian MOJO.  Lots of stories and great interviews available. Great setting on the damned up Concho on a working cattle ranch and hunting property.  Just upstream from the indian graphics at Paint Rock.  Close to the original Lowake Steak House. Friday morning thru Sunday noon  9725338846

 

Lubbock May 7: Tim Allen Award-winning actor and comedian Tim Allen is back on tour with a hilarious and well-crafted stand-up performance. Known for his roles on “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing,” his charm and charisma make your night one to remember. When: May 7 Where: The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences LUBBOCK, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-792-8339 Website: buddyhollyhall.com/event/tim-allen

 

San Angelo Oct. 15-Aug. 1, 2023: Salmon Sculpture Competition in Memory of Pam Salmon The Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition is a juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Over the years the biennial exhibit has featured 12-15 large-scale sculptures in Sunken Garden Park in cooperation with the City of San Angelo Public Art Commission and the city. The seventh biennial Salmon Sculpture Competition features 12 large outdoor sculptures created by sculptors from across the country and chosen by juror Emily Wilkinson, director for public art at Texas Tech University System. When: Oct. 15-Aug. 1, 2023 Where: Sunken Garden Park SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

 

San Angelo April 8-June 26: National Ceramic Competition The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The 24th annual competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The juror is ceramicist James C. Watkins, a Texas Tech University, Horn Distinguished Professor Emeritus. All work completed within the last two years, both functional and sculptural, is eligible. When: April 8-June 26 Where: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

Vernon May 7: Doan’s May Picnic Dating from 1884, the Doan’s May Picnic is the oldest continuously celebrated pioneer festival in Texas. To celebrate the arrival of spring and local heritage, friends gather every first Saturday in May at Doans. Texas, near Doan’s Crossing on the Red River north of Vernon. The family of Corwin F. Doan lived in the Adobe home which was built in 1881 and still stands on the grounds today. This was the last stop on the Great Western Trail before entering Indian Territory where drovers could get supplies as they took herds of cattle to northern destinations. 10:30 am https://doansmaypicnic.com 940-552-7998

 

Wichita Falls May 8, 2021-May 5, 2022: Sculpture Garden Exhibit Each year, the new pieces in the sculpture garden go on display for a full 12 months on the grounds of the Kemp Center for the Arts. The artwork is juried by a nationally recognized artist and awards for first, second, and third place are given at the opening of the exhibit. An artist reception takes place May 8, with food provided by Karat Bar and Bistro, a bar by The Traveling Tavern, and live music performed by local pianist Anthony Ailey. When: May 8, 2021-May 5, 2022 Where: Kemp Center for the Arts WICHITA FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-767-2787 Website: artscouncilwf.org/sculpture-garden

 

Wichita Falls May 14, 2022-May 14, 2023: Sculpture Garden Exhibit Each year, new pieces in the sculpture garden go on display for a full 12 months on the grounds of the Kemp Center for the Arts. The artwork is juried by a nationally recognized artist and awards for first, second, and third place are given at the opening of the exhibit. This year’s juror is Dewane Hughes, Aassociate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Texas at Tyler. An artist reception for the 18th annual exhibition takes place May 14. Installation of the exhibit is overseen by Joe Barrington of Red Star Studio in Throckmorton. Selected artists are: Jeffie Brewer – Nacogdoches, TX Glenn Downing – Waco, TX Jonathan Forrence – Peru, NY B.C. Gilbert – Wichita Falls, TX Jack Gron – Kingwood, TX Frank Morbillo – Tesuque, NM Dani Schact – Pontotoc, MS Luke Sides – Oak Point, TX Brian Wedgworth – McAllen, TX Jon Whitfill – Slaton, TX When: May 14-May 14, 2023 Where: Kemp Center for the Arts WICHITA FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-767-2787 Website: artscouncilwf.org

June

Abilene June 4, 25: Historic Saturday Shootouts In 1884, the young town of Abilene decided to enforce laws prohibiting gambling and alcohol leading to a shootout at the Cattlemen’s Exchange. This event is reenacted in a short drama at high noon on certain Saturdays in May, June, and July. Frontier Texas, 625 N. First St. frontiertexas.com

 

Abilene June 4: Abilene Streats Dine al fresco in downtown Abilene while sampling fine wine and cuisine. The event brings awareness to the work of the United Way of Abilene. All proceeds support the United Way of Abilene’s vital programs that positively impact the education, financial stability, health, and basic needs of everyone in the community. Downtown Abilene, 240 Cypress St. unitedwayabilene.org/streats

 

Abilene June 9-11: Children’s Art and Literacy Festival Two and half days of fun promote reading, art, and the picture books of illustrator Sophie Blackall. The fun kicks off with a storybook parade followed by an artist talk, both of which set the stage for the next two days of joy for kids of all ages. Book readings, art activities, animals, skits and movies, and a special art exhibit on display at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature are all highlights. T&P Depot, 1101 N. First St. abilenecalf.com

 

Abilene June 11: Abilene Philharmonic Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles The world-famous Classical Mystery Tour returns to Abilene. Hear all your favorite Beatles hits such as “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “Imagine,” and “I am the Walrus.” From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you‘ve never heard them—with a live symphony orchestra. Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. abilenephilharmonic.org/tickets

 

Abilene June 24-25: Potosi Live Summer Jam The Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew, Mike Ryan, and Stoney Larue play an outdoor show across two nights on the Lithia Toyota Stage. stubwire.com/venue/potosilive/abilene/5407

 

Big Spring June 16-18: Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo Bring your family and friends out to the Howard County Rodeo Bowl for this annual tradition. The Reunion and Rodeo highlights some of the best talent and provides live entertainment. Howard County Rodeo Bowl, 2900 Old State Hwy 80 bigspringprorodeo.com

 

Canadian June 11-12: Canadian River Music Festival Seven bands entertain the crowd for two days at this music festival. Bring you lawn chairs and sun protection. A variety of food vendors are set up, and primitive camping spots are available. Jones Pavilion, 1101 N. Sixth St. canadianrivermusicfestival.com

 

Coleman June 9-11: Coleman PRCA Rodeo In 1936, Texas’ centennial year, the idea of an annual Coleman Rodeo arose when nine businessmen wanted to do something special to celebrate Texas’s 100th anniversary. Today, the rodeo continues on with a street parade, vendors, shopping, golfing, mutton busting, and rodeo events. Coleman Rodeo Grounds, 13152 SH 206. colemanrodeo.com

 

Graham June 4: Food Truck Championship of Texas One of the largest downtown squares in the U.S. is taken over by food trucks of all varieties competing for the coveted prize of Grand Champion and a a total payout of $16,000. Admission is free, and an evening concert at the Young County Arena finishes the day. Graham Downtown Square, 608 Elm St. foodtruckchampionshipoftexas.com

 

Levelland June 10: Sip and Swirl Enjoy an evening of downtown shopping while tasting Texas’ top wines and sampling sweet and savory bites from Mosaic Coffee and Sandwich Shop and the Food Truck Alley. Sit and enjoy the ambiance of lights, music, and good conversation. levellandtexas.org/38/main-street

 

Levelland June 23-25: Golden Spread Classic Steer and Heifer Show Miniature Hereford heifers and steers are shown, featuring American, European, and English breeds. Saturday’s Prospect Steer Show has Brahman, Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Simbrah, ABC, Angus, Red Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, Charolais, and other breeds. Mallet Event Center, 2320 US 385 S. goldenspreadclassic.com

 

Lubbock June 11: Anjelah Johnson-Reyes Get ready for a night of laughter with Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, who has humor with no filter. Enjoy this internet sensation at the stunning The Buddy Holly Hall, which is the perfect atmosphere to take in all her colorful antics. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, 1300 Mac Davis Lane. buddyhollyhall.com/event/anjelah-johnson-reyes

 

Lubbock June 11-12: Wine and Clay Festival Sip a glass of Llano Estacado’s wine while browsing through the handcrafted works by local clay artists. Llano Estacado Winery, 3426 FM 1585 E. llanowine.com/tours-events/events-calendar-2

 

Lubbock June 20: “Anastasia” From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic “Ragtime,” this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, 1300 Mac Davis Lane. buddyhollyhall.com/event/anastasia

 

Lubbock June 25: Ironman 70.3 As the longest-running Ironman 70.3 race in Texas as well as one of the oldest in the U.S., competitors can test their limits with a 1.2-mile swim in historic Dunbar Lake, then hop on a bike for a 56-mile ride through West Texas finishing at the Jones AT&T Stadium, and finally, run home after completing a three-loop tour of Texas Tech’s campus. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. ironman.com/im703-lubbock

 

San Angelo June 23-Aug. 7: American Plains Artists Show Covering themes of the American Great Plains, this annual Western art show includes 100 paintings and sculptures. Fort Concho National Historc Landmark, 630 South Oakes St. fortconcho.com

 

Sweetwater June 17: Walt and Tina Wilkins in Concert Sweetwater House Concert Association presents this show featuring singer-songwriter Walt and his wife, Tina Wilkins, a solo artist who has released six albums. The duo is based in the Texas Hill Country. Sweetwatertexas.org

 

Sweetwater June 18: Rock the Block Bring your lawn chairs, friends, and family, and enjoy food trucks, shopping, drinks, and live music at this downtown event. sweetwatertexas.org

 

Sweetwater June 18: Rattlesnake Gravel Grind The first Rattlesnake Gravel Grind benefits the Volunteer Fire Department of Nolan County and takes riders on tours of the scenic areas around Lake Sweetwater as well as farm and ranch roads around Birds Nest Canyon, Happy Valley, Mulberry Canyon, and Panther Canyon. Route distances range from 111, 66, and 32 miles. After the event, enjoy free beer, food, and live music. Lake Sweetwater, County Road 264. rattlesnakegravelgrind.bike

 

Sweetwater June 30-July 3: Summer Blast Big Country Cutting Horse Association hosts this family-friendly rodeo event featuring activities for kids and a National Cutting Horse Association show. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. facebook.com/profile.php?id=100062960002212

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