May

Abilene May 1: Nelson Coates Meet-and-Greet  Meet one of the top production designers in cinema: award-winning movie and TV designer Nelson Coates. A graduate of Abilene High School and Abilene Christian University, Coates spent most of this year designing for the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights.” He earned the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award for “Crazy Rich Asians.” The evening includes dinner, drinks, and photo ops with Nelson at Prosperity Bank. Dessert follows at Paramount Theatre. When: May 1 Where: Paramount Theatre ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-1161 Website: abilenecac.org

 

Abilene May 1: Big Country Air and Expo  A weekend full of fun and flight features a variety of static and in-air displays on the grounds of Abilene Regional Airport. When: May 1 Where: Dyess Air Force Base ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-696-4820 Website: abilenevisitors.com/Dyess_Big_Country_Air_and_Space_Expo

 

Abilene May 6-9: Western Heritage Classic  To preserve the heritage of the ranch cowboy, this event features a rodeo, the world’s largest bit and spur show, western art, 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 6-9 Where: Taylor County Expo Center ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-4376 Website: westernheritageclassic.com

 

Abilene May 29: Kristen Hertzenberg and Her All-Star Band in Concert  Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Abilene for one memorable night. Best known for her role as Christine in the Las Vegas production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” Hertzenberg has proven her ability to sing anything in her concerts, from opera to Broadway to blues. She is accompanied by Maestro Itkin on piano and backed by a cast of philharmonic musicians rocking the house with hits from the Eagles, James Taylor, the Doobie Brothers, Paul Simon, and Carole King. When: May 29 (rescheduled from Sept. show) Where: Historic Paramount Theatre ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-6710 Website: abilenephilharmonic.org/tickets.html

 

Canyon May 29-Aug. 14: Texas Outdoor Musical  The official play of Texas is packed full of excitement, with lively songs and dance, good ol’ Texas humor, and nightly fireworks. Set against the authentic tapestry of history in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle. Don’t miss a the barbecue dinner before the show. When: May 29-Aug. 14 Where: Pioneer Amphitheatre, Palo Duro Canyon State Park CANYON, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-655-2181 Website: texas-show.com

 

Levelland May 8-9: High Plains Junior Association Rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association is a non-profit youth rodeo organization represented by boys and girls 19-years of age and younger from throughout the Southwest.  Beginning with an official charter in 1974, the HPJRA has served the desires of some 8,000 youth who have strong and sincere interest in advancing in the sport of rodeo.  Not to be challenged by other junior rodeo associations, the HPJRA can lay claim to many who have advanced from HPJRA membership to hold claim on collegiate and professional world championship titles.  The HPJRA is dedicated to the growth and development of its membership through innovative and structured programs designed to not only reward athletic ability but to build upon a foundation of excellence in the sport of rodeo. TBD www.hpjra.org 8068943157

 

Levelland May 11-13: NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. TBD www.njcaa.org 8068943157 

 

San Angelo Oct. 18, 2019-Aug. 31, 2021:Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition  Hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the sixth annual juried sculpture competition has 12 large outdoor sculptures on display. When: Oct. 18, 2019-Aug. 31, 2021 Where: Sunken Garden Park SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

 

San Angelo April 22-June 27: Ceramic Invitational Exhibition  The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. When: April 22-June 27 Where: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org


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. 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

June

Abilene June 5: Abilene Outdoor Adventures  Take part in the outdoors by discovering new adventures, learning about the environment through fun and engaging activities, and participating in dozens of different pursuits. The fun is free and open for people of all ages. When: June 5 Where: Cal Young Park ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-734-5302 Website: abilenetx.gov/parksandrec

 

Abilene June 10-12: Children’s Art and Literacy Festival  Two and half days of fun promote reading and art. Thursday includes an art exhibition of the picture books of National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature’s illustrator Loren Long, plus the Storybook Parade, a sculpture unveiling, Otis’s Putt Puff Puttedy Party, and an artist talk and book signing with Loren Long. Thursday night is free, but registration is required to attend Friday and Saturday events, where you earn your Loren Long character buttons. Events include dramatic readings with costumed characters and art activities, an animal petting zoo, the Abilene Philharmonic instrument petting zoo, balloon shows, and train rides. When: June 10-12 Where: Downtown Abilene ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-1161 Website: abilenecalf.com

 

Abilene June 19: World Giraffe Day Festival  Fun activities are in store for a giraffe-filled weekend. A portion of the giraffe feeding experience proceeds go to help giraffes in the wild. When: June 19 Where: Abilene Zoo ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-6085 Website: abilenezoo.org

 

Amarillo June 3-5: Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive and Ranch Rodeo  Friendly but serious rodeo competition ensues with saddle bronc riding, wild cow milking, and traditional rodeo activities. On Thursday, the festivities kick off with a cattle drive of 60 longhorns that make their way from 11th and Polk streets to the Tri-State Fairgrounds. The weekend includes food, shopping, and dancing, and all competitions are based on daily working ranch activities. When: June 3-5 Where: Tri-State Fairgrounds AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-376-7767 Website: coorsranchrodeo.com

 

Big Spring June 17-19: 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. When: June 17-19 Where: Howard County Rodeo Bowl BIG SPRING, Texas More Information: Phone: 432-267-5053 Website: facebook.com/bigspringrodeo

 

Big Spring June 25-26: Funtastic Fourth  Head to downtown Big Spring for the annual Funtastic Fourth, where many vendors are selling food and various items to celebrate Independence Day. Friday night is Rock Night with rock ‘n’ roll music, and Saturday night is Country Night with country-western and Tejano music. Previous festivities have includes carnival rides, face painting, and dancing. When: June 25-26 Where: Downtown Big Spring BIG SPRING, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: bigspringdra.com

 

Canyon May 29-Aug. 14: Texas Outdoor Musical  The official play of Texas is packed full of excitement, with lively songs and dance, good ol’ Texas humor, and nightly fireworks. Set against the authentic tapestry of history in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle. Don’t miss a the barbecue dinner before the show. When: May 29-Aug. 14 Where: Pioneer Amphitheatre, Palo Duro Canyon State Park CANYON, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-655-2181 Website: texas-show.com

 

Coleman June 10-13: 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. When: June 10-13 Where: Coleman Rodeo Grounds COLEMAN, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-625-2163 Website: colemanrodeo.com

 

Graham June 5: 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 total payout of $16,000. The food is accompanied by a concert from Read Southall, Old 97’s, and Whiskey Myers. When: June 5 Where: Graham Downtown Square GRAHAM, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-549-0401 Website: foodtruckchampionshipoftexas.com

 

Graham June 5: Possum Pedal Bike Ride  Bike through some of the most beautiful, scenic country in Texas. This year has routes of 6, 27, 42, 54.5, 61, and 76 miles traveling through southwestern Young County, including the towns of Graham, Olney, Jermyn, Bryson, and historic Fort Belknap. The terrain includes rolling hills and smooth roads. When: June 5 Where: Graham Downtown Square GRAHAM, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-549-3355 Website: possumpedal.com

 

Levelland June 12-13: 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: June 12-13 Where: Mallet Event Center LEVELLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-894-4161 Website: clovishorsesales.com

 

Levelland June 25-26: Golden Spread Classic Steer and Heifer Show  Miniature Hereford heifers and steers are shown on Friday, 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. When: June 25-26 Where: Mallet Event Center LEVELLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-894-4161 Website: malleteventcenter.com

 

San Angelo Oct. 18, 2019-Aug. 31, 2021: Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition  Hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the sixth annual juried sculpture competition has 12 large outdoor sculptures on display. When: Oct. 18, 2019-Aug. 31, 2021 Where: Sunken Garden Park SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

 

San Angelo Oct. 18, 2019-Oct. 10, 2021: Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition  The sixth annual juried competition has 12 large outdoor sculptures on view to the public. When: Oct. 18, 2019-Oct. 10, 2021 Where: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

 

San Angelo April 22-June 27: Ceramic Invitational Exhibition  The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. When: April 22-June 27 Where: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

 

Sweetwater June 5: Applause Series: Lift Every Voice  See art by Black artists and then hear a concert by gospel singer Devion Jones. When: June 5 Where: Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium SWEETWATER, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-518-9407 Website: milagibson1@yahoo.com

 

Sweetwater June 5: Rock the Block  Bring your lawn chairs, friends, and family and enjoy food trucks, shopping, drinks, and live music. When: June 5 Where: Oak Street Block SWEETWATER, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-933-6167


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. 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

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