October

Abilene Oct. 17, 24: Boo at the Zoo Dress up your little beasts and bring them out to the zoo for a day of trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, and animal fun. When: Oct. 17, 24 Where: Abilene Zoo ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-6085 Website: abilenezoo.org

 

Abilene Oct. 22: Jackie Venson in Concert The Open Road concert series in downtown Abilene offers music from some of the best in the Americana and roots rock music scenes. The first show of the season features Austin blues singer and guitarist Jackie Venson. When: Oct. 22 Where: The Grace Museum ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-3883 Website: openroadabilene.com

 

Abilene Oct. 24-25: North Texas Airstrip Attack This is the first time this event has taken place in Abilene and it is hosted on an incredibly wide and long runway. See some of the fastest street cars in the country test their limits. Top speeds are anticipated. When: Oct. 24-25 Where: Abilene Regional Airport ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-6367 Website: airstripattack.co/event/north-texas-airstrip-attack

 

Abilene Oct. 24: Masterworks II Triple Concerto: Celebrating Beethoven at 250 Performers include Kiril Laskarov, violin; Jeffrey Lastrapes, cello; and Steven Harlos, piano. The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major “Triple Concerto” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 3.” When: Oct. 24 Where: Abilene Convention Center ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-6710 Website: abilenephilharmonic.org

 

Abilene Oct. 29-31: Nightmare on Elm Creek Ready for a chilling night of fun and fright? The Abilene Zoo transforms its natural Elm Creek habitat into Freddy’s worst nightmares! Have a tantalizing night of spooks, ghouls, and music, with adult beverages provided by Taylor County Taphouse. When: Oct. 29-31 Where: Abilene Zoo ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-6085 Website: abilenezoo.org

 

Abilene Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Spooktacular All bracket classes run at this drag race. When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Where: Big Country Race Way ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-673-4233

 

Amarillo Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27: Jazztober This free jazz concert is held every Tuesday evening in October on the lawn of the historic Bivins Home in Downtown Amarillo. You’re welcome to bring food and libations and your pets too. When: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Where: The Bivins Mansion AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-372-6744 Website: centercity.org

 

Amarillo Oct. 13-17: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Wrangler World Championship See cowgirls and cowboys shoot their best shot at targets while on horseback. In this fast-action timed event, mounted contestants compete using two .45 caliber single-action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. When: Oct. 13-17 Where: Tri-State Exposition AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-376-7767 Website: cmsaevents.com

 

Borger Oct. 3-30: Quilt Show The 39th annual Quilt Show displays beautiful works of art that are entered for judging or exhibition. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place in each category, along with judges’ and peoples’ choice awards. Quilt entries are accepted Sept. 29-Oct. 1, and judging takes place Oct. 3. Quilts remain on display through the end of October. When: Oct. 3-30 Where: Hutchinson County Historical Museum BORGER, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-273-0130 Website: hutchinsoncountymuseum.org

 

Canyon July 17-Jan. 23: “Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado CountryPhotographer Paul Chaplo’s exhibit showcases his personal aerial photography of the high plains of the Llano Estacado, with a focus on the rugged escarpments and breaks in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The exhibit is on the second floor in PPHM’s Bivins Gallery for an almost six-month showing and features approximately 38 large format color photographs taken during Chaplo’s aerial expeditions over nearly 40,000 square miles of land. The work covers a large area from Horsehead Crossing north along the Mescalero Escarpment to the Canadian River Canyon, and west to the Antelope Hills, Oklahoma, including Castle Gap, Casa Amarillas, Fort Bascom site, Alibates Flint Quarries, Palo Duro Canyon, and many more dramatic landscapes and historic sites. When: July 17-Jan. 23 Where: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum CANYON, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-651-2244 Website: panhandleplains.org

 

Coleman Oct. 2-4: Fiesta de la Paloma The Miss Coleman County Scholarship Pageant, along with food and craft vendors, a quilt show, a sanctioned cookoff, a street dance, live entertainment, and fireworks make for a family-friendly celebration enjoyed by all ages. When: Oct. 2-4 Where: Downtown Coleman COLEMAN, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-625-2163 Website: colemantexas.org

 

Levelland Oct. 16-17: Petticoats on the Prairie Visit a two-day juried show and the premier vintage market of West Texas since 2010. Shop unique vendors from all over the U.S. with the best in vintage, furniture, antiques, clothing, handmade goods, industrial, jewelry, repurposed items, and cool junk, too. When: Oct. 16-17 Where: Mallet Event Center LEVELLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-894-4161 Website: petticoatsontheprairie.com

 

Lubbock Sept. 20-Nov. 15: West Texas Watercolor Society Membership Fall Show The West Texas Watercolor Society is composed of water media artists from primarily the West Texas area. The Membership Fall Show allows these artists to display and sell their beautiful artworks, as well as compete for merit awards judged by artist David R. Smith. When: Sept. 20-Nov. 15 Where: Museum of Texas Tech University LUBBOCK, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-729-8285 Website: wtws.org

 

Mineral Wells Oct. 9-10: Crazy Water Festival The 41st annual Crazy Water Festival is a crazy fun time for a crazy-good cause. There are vendors, the Crazy 5K, Crazy Car Show, live music, a children’s area, a chalk art competition, and a beer garden. When: Oct. 9-10 Where: Famous Water Company and Downtown Mineral Wells MINERAL WELLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-325-8870 Website: crazywaterfestival.org

 

Mineral Wells Oct. 17 : Crazy Fossil Dig Take the entire family on a trip back in time to dig for ancient fossils from another era. With so many fossils, you’re bound to find plenty. When: Oct. 17 Where: Mineral Wells Fossil Park MINERAL WELLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-325-2557 Website: mineralwellsfossilpark.com/crazy-fossil-dig.html

 

Quanah Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat Dress in costume for train rides, games, food, and the fun of visiting all the decorated merchant trunks. When: Oct. 31 Where: QUANAH, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-663-2222

 

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. 8: Fort Concho After Dark You may have heard the tale behind the tragic death of Edith Grierson, but do you know the story of Annetta Bishop, the Merriam family, or convict Thomas Duncan? Join along for a spine-tingling night tour of Fort Concho. Visit several of the fort’s buildings and listen to guides recount the stories of people who lived and died at the site. When: Oct. 8 Where: Fort Concho National Historic Landmark SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-657-4444Website: fortconcho.com

 

San Angelo Oct. 10, 17: Murder at Fort Concho Who killed Captain C.A. Daver? Modeled after the board game Clue, Murder at Fort Concho gives participants an opportunity to play detective for a night. Listen to the suspect’s alibis, search for clues, and help Miss Terri Salva solve the whodunit. When: Oct. 10, 17 Where: Fort Concho National Historic Landmark SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-657-4444 Website: fortconcho.com

 

Stanton Oct. 10-11: 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.” Billed as “the best little show in West Texas,” Old Sorehead Trade Days has 615 booths and sees around 30,000 visitors. The food court has delicious foods like roasted corn, fajitas, and funnel cakes. When: Oct. 10-11 Where: Historic Downtown Stanton STANTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 432-756-2006 Website: stantontex.com

 

Sweetwater Oct. 2-3: Nolan County Fair and Ranch Rodeo and Chuckwagon Cookoff Festivities include a parade, vendors, chuckwagon cookoff, 4-H county fair, match horse races, and rodeo competitions. When: Oct. 2-3 Where: Nolan County Coliseum SWEETWATER, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-235-3484 Website: nolancc.com

 

Sweetwater Oct. 28: Community Wide Fall Festival “Trunk or Treat” Local businesses decorate and set up spooky displays and hand out treats. When: Oct. 28 Where: Nolan County Coliseum SWEETWATER, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-518-7918 Website: sweetwatertexas.org

 

Vernon Oct. 16-17: Red River Barbecue Battle Sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society, contestants compete in categories of brisket, ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Trophies are awarded for first through third places, plus Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. There is an 80 percent payout to the top three places. Special categories include salsa, beans, bacon, and steak. A corn hole tournament adds extra fun. When: Oct. 16-17 Where: Wilbarger County Event Center VERNON, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-552-2564 Website: vernontexas.info

 

Vernon Oct. 31: Munchkins on Main Visit downtown Vernon for family-friendly Halloween fun complete with trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a pumpkin painting contest, best costume contest, performances by local cheer and dance groups, and the best scarecrow contest. When: Oct. 31 Where: Downtown Vernon VERNON, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-552-2564

September

Abilene Sept. 3: Bastards of Soul in Concert The Open Road concert series in downtown Abilene offers music from some of the best in the Americana and roots/rock music scenes. The third show of the season features Dallas soul and funk band Bastards of Soul. Proceeds from the concerts benefit the Community Foundation of Abilene — for the purpose of granting money to downtown initiatives — and Future Fund, an endowment fund of the Community Foundation which provides funding to local organizations serving children and youth. When: Sept. 3 Where: The Grace Museum Rooftop ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-3883 Website: openroadabilene.com

 

Abilene Sept. 5: 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: Sept. 5 Where: Historic Paramount Theatre ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-6710 Website: abilenephilharmonic.org/tickets.html

 

Abilene Sept. 10-19: West Texas Fair and Rodeo If you’re looking for fun and excitement for the whole family, don’t miss this fair and rodeo with events such as the PRCA rodeo, Carnival Americana, concerts, pig races, and livestock shows. When: Sept. 10-19 Where: Taylor County Expo Grounds ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-795-6700 Website: taylorcountyexpocenter.com/events/2020/west-texas-fair–rodeo

 

Abilene Sept. 19: Beer Summit Sample beers from more than 40 breweries offering more than 125 flavors. A general pass to the event gets guests 10 beer samples chosen from all participating brewmasters, along with live music all afternoon. VIP passes give beer lovers an extra hour to start their tastings, access to a special VIP area, more sampling, exclusive brews to taste, party swag, and catered food for nibbling. All proceeds from the event benefit New Horizons, a home for children. When: Sept. 19 Where: SoDA District Courtyard ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-518-4329 Website: abilenebeersummit.com

 

Abilene Sept. 26: The Texas Gentlemen in Concert The Texas Gentlemen have backed for artists like Leon Bridges and Nikki Lane, and they’ve played alongside Kris Kristofferson. Their music touches on blues, soul, folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll, and gospel. When: Sept. 26 Where: The Grace Museum—Courtyard ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-3883 Website: openroadabilene.com

 

Abilene Sept. 26: 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: Sept. 26 Where:Paramount Theatre ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-677-1161 Website: abilenecac.org

 

Abilene Sept. 26: Masterworks I: A New World Symphony Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, as well as First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity. The performance includes Carl Nielsen’s “Masquerade Overture,” Jean Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto,” and Antonín Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 9.” When: Sept. 26 Where: Abilene Convention Center ABILENE, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-676-6710 Website: abilenephilharmonic.org

 

Amarillo April 16-Sept. 5: Sod Poodles Baseball The 2019 Texas League Champions have their home opener on April 16 against the Arkansas Travelers and end the regular season at home playing the Springfield Cardinals. When: April 16-Sept. 5 Where: Hodgetown AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-803-7762 Website: sodpoodles.com

 

Amarillo Sept. 20: Boys Ranch Rodeo +adventureFEST This event is all about the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, a residential community open to at-risk children ages 5 to 18. Visitors can expect family-friendly fun, souvenirs, good food, and nail-biting rodeo competition. When: Sept. 20 Where: Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 800-687-3722 Website: calfarley.org/news-events

 

Amarillo Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26: Community Market The market hosts live music and a diverse mix of everything the Panhandle has to offer. Vendors have herbs and veggies, baked goods, live plants, cut flowers, jellies, jams and pickles, arts and crafts, and many other products. When: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 Where: The Bivins Mansion AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-335-6360 Website: amarillocommunitymarket.weebly.com

 

Amarillo Sept. 10: Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cookoff More than 100 cooking teams compete for the best barbecue titles at this event that has all you can eat and all you can drink. When: Sept. 10 Where: The Bivins Mansion grounds AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-373-7800 Website: amarillo-chamber.org

 

Amarillo Sept 18-26: Tri-State Fair and Rodeo This is one of Amarillo’s longest-running events with rides, food, exhibits, and lots of action. When: Sept. 18-26 Where: Amarillo Tri-State Exposition AMARILLO, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-376-7767 Website: tristatefair.com

 

Canadian Sept. 26: Canadian River Beach Club’s Calf Fry & BBQ Cook-Off 11th Annual Calf Fry & State Championship BBQ Cook Off & Beach PartyMusical Guests:Jarrod Morris – 8pmGrady Spencer & The Work – 10pmCraft/Vendor show throughout the dayBouncy houses & games for kids 8:00am – Midnight www.facebook.com/canadianriverbeachclub 806-323-9413

 

Canyon July 17-Jan. 23: ”Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado CountryPhotographer Paul Chaplo’s exhibit showcases his personal aerial photography of the high plains of the Llano Estacado, with a focus on the rugged escarpments and breaks in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The exhibit is on the second floor in PPHM’s Bivins Gallery for an almost six-month showing and features approximately 38 large format color photographs taken during Chaplo’s aerial expeditions over nearly 40,000 square miles of land. The work covers a large area from Horsehead Crossing north along the Mescalero Escarpment to the Canadian River Canyon, and west to the Antelope Hills, Oklahoma, including Castle Gap, Casa Amarillas, Fort Bascom site, Alibates Flint Quarries, Palo Duro Canyon, and many more dramatic landscapes and historic sites. When: July 17-Jan. 23 Where: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum CANYON, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-651-2244 Website: panhandleplains.org

 

Coleman Sept. 5: Coleman County Dove Fest Indulge in all-you-can-eat catfish with all the trimmings. Paid admission makes you eligible for the door-prize drawings. There are guns and other prizes to be given away. When: Sept. 5 Where: Bill Franklin Center COLEMAN, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-625-2163 Website: colemantexas.org/events/details/dove-fest-119

 

Levelland Sept. 19-20: Texas High School Rodeo Association Region 2 Rodeo Support the sport of rodeo and preserve Western heritage. This rodeo includes classic competitions, including team roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding. When: Sept. 19-20 Where: Mallet Event Center LEVELLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-894-4161 Website: thsra2.com

 

Levelland Sept. 25-26: Senior Team Ropers’ Association Team Roping The STRA is a team roping association for men team ropers ages 45 and up and women team ropers ages 40 and up. When: Sept. 25-26 Where: Mallet Event Center LEVELLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-894-4161 Website: stra.net

 

Lubbock Sept. 7: Fourth on Broadway (Rescheduled) For three decades, Fourth on Broadway has been an event that Lubbock and the entire region look forward to year after year. Since its humble beginnings by a committee of downtown churches in 1991, the event has become a go-to summer celebration for thousands of West Texans. This year’s theme is “Working Together, United We Stand.” The day starts with a parade and is followed by the annual Bolton Oil Youth Fishing Tournament, eating contests, a kids’ area with water slides, a mechanical bull, an obstacle course, and a petting zoo, and daytime concerts. The evening concert features some of the best local musicians and is followed by the fireworks show, choreographed with live music by the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock. When: Sept. 7 (New date) Where:Mackenzie Park LUBBOCK, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-749-2929 Website: broadwayfestivals.com

 

Lubbock Sept. 11-13: National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration Celebrate Western heritage and cowboy culture with musical entertainers, poetry and storytelling, a Western authors panel, film and movie seminars, Youth Wild West Day, horse handling demonstrations, a parade, Native-American activities and presentations, a chuckwagon cookoff, and exhibits of Western artworks and merchandise. There are more than 80 cowboy and cowgirl poets present. When: Sept. 11-13 Where: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center LUBBOCK, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-798-7825 Website: cowboy.org

 

Lubbock Sept. 20-Nov 15: West Texas Watercolor Society Membership Fall Show The West Texas Watercolor Society is composed of water media artists from primarily the West Texas area. The Membership Fall Show allows these artists to display and sell their beautiful artworks, as well as compete for merit awards judged by artist David R. Smith. When: Sept. 20-Nov. 15 Where: Museum of Texas Tech University LUBBOCK, Texas More Information: Phone: 806-729-8285 Website: wtws.org

 

Quanah Sept. 12: Fall Festival At the 37th annual Quanah Fall Festival, visitors can enjoy arts and crafts; food; games; museum tours; tractor, car, and truck shows; and sidewalk sales. When: Sept. 12 Where: Downtown Quanah QUANAH, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: facebook.com/quanahchamberofcommerce/

 

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 July 10-Sept. 6: The State of Sculpture: Texas Sculpture Group All-Member Exhibition Featuring works by some of the most celebrated contemporary sculptors in Texas, The State of Sculpture marks the 10th anniversary of the Texas Sculpture Group with artworks from its roster of nearly 100 artist-members statewide. From traditional to cutting edge, small-scale to monumental, this all-member exhibition fills the expansive galleries of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and offers insight into the range of material, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities that define contemporary sculpture. When: July 10-Sept. 6 Where: San Angelo Musuem of Fine Arts SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-3333 Website: samfa.org

 

San Angelo Sept. 5: Simply Texas Blues Festival The 12th annual Simply Texas Blues Festival is a free, family-friendly music competition and concert. Headlining this year is The Mark May Band with opening act Jennifer B and The Groove. This event is BYOB, but glass bottles are not permitted. When: Sept. 5 Where: Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-655-4136 Website: discoversanangelo.com/events/2020/simply-texas-blues-festival

 

San Angelo Sept. 11-12: Cowboy Gathering Celebrate the cowboy way of life at this two-day traditional country and Western swing music festival. Food, auctions, raffles, and shopping vendors come together to benefit House of Faith. Seventeen artists and bands play throughout the event for your dancing pleasure. When: Sept. 11-12 Where: First Financial Pavilion SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-653-7785 Website: sanangelocowboygathering.com

 

San Angelo Sept. 19: Concho Valley Archaeology Fair Discover 2,000 years of Concho Valley history with crafts, living history, children’s activities, music, workshops, and displays. When: Sept. 19 Where: Fort Concho National Historic Landmark SAN ANGELO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-234-0316 Website: fortconcho.com

 

Sweetwater Sept 25-27: Experience Texas Outdoor Showcase Have a good ol’ Texas time while celebrating the Texas experience. There are educational speakers, sporting clay shoots, a 3D archery shoot, a 5K walk/run, a bike race, an air show, and food trucks and concessions. When: Sept. 25-27 Where: Nolan County Coliseum SWEETWATER, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-660-7284 Website: showcasetx.com

 

Wichita Falls Sept. 17: Sounds of Speedway Concert Series The Arts Council Wichita Falls presents this monthly concert series that brings a variety of musical styles to the Forum. The series typically runs six months, from April to October. This month’s artist is the incomparable blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball. All concerts are BYOB and general admission. When: Sept. 17 Where: The Forum WICHITA FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 940-766-3347 Website: artscouncilwf.org

 

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