Abilene

This city receives well-deserved praise for its small-town feel, state park, zoo, shopping, history, and restaurants. Spend a day exploring the pedestrian-friendly downtown, which dates to the late 1800s.

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Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Marketplace

Nov. 1-3

More than 40 local artists, craftsmen, and merchants show and sell their wares of reclaimed, restore...

Happy Holidays Gift and Furniture Show

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

More than 40 local artists, craftsmen, and merchants show and sell their wares of reclaimed, restore...

Noah Project 40th Anniversary

Oct. 24-24

The organization celebrates 40 years with guest speaker Taylor Armstrong....

Family Fun Saturdays

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

A come-and-go family program where little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of th...

Haunted Abilene

Oct. 25-26

This family-friendly event has a haunted house, haunted graveyard, scary movies, a children’s area...

Abilene Philharmonic: Visions of America

Oct. 26

The Abilene Philharmonic’s second performance of the season features symphonic photochoreography p...

Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championships

Oct. 24-27

This show is open to any exhibitor. There are two complete shows with placings and awards for each...

Art Adventure

Nov. 1

This monthly mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal li...

Paramount Film Series: "The Changeling"

Oct. 31-Nov. 1

The Paramount Film Series presents the 1980 horror film about a grief-stricken composer who leaves h...

ASC Cross Country Championship

Nov. 2

Support college athletes as they compete for the championship....

24fps International Short Film Festival

Nov. 2-3

This unique short film festival, now in its 20th year, is a juried competition for student and indep...

Jeff Boyer's Big Bubble Bonanza

Nov. 3

Guinness Book of World Records-holder and master bubble wrangler Jeff Boyer blows bubbles like no on...

Hittin' for Hunger

Nov. 8-10

Four games are guaranteed at the seventh annual girl's softball tournament: two pool games and doubl...

ABWA Christmas in November

Nov. 8-10

Peruse arts, crafts, gifts, and prizes....

USTA Super Champs Major Zone

Nov. 9-11

A USTA-sanctioned tennis tournament where boys and girls ages 12-18 compete....

Paramount Film Series: "Singin' in the Rain"

Nov. 15-16

The classic 1952 Hollywood musical about a film star from the silent era who has a difficult time ma...

Family Fun Saturdays

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

A come-and-go family program where little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of th...

Thanksgiving Throwdown

Nov. 29-30

Enjoy drag racing at its finest....

Art Adventure

Dec. 6

This monthly mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal li...

Family Fun Saturdays

Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28

A come-and-go family program where little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of th...

Christmas Lane

Dec. 6-23

Get into the Christmas spirit with more than 100 drive-through Christmas displays and pictures with ...

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers in Concert

Dec. 1

Larry, Steve, and Rudy—the Gatlin Brothers are a Grammy Award-winning trio who have dazzled audien...

Winter Lightfest

Dec. 1-29

The Winter Lightfest is a 2/3 mile walking trail with iconic displays and breathtaking light feature...

City Sidewalks and Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Feel at home for the holidays when you discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene in the 31...

"Ballet Magnificat! Light Has Come, the Angel's Story"

Dec. 4

This is the story of salvation from the unique perspective of the angels. This epic retelling, from ...

Celebration Singers Christmas Performance

Dec. 6

Join Abilene's premier show choir on a joyful celebration of Christmas. ...

Amateur Organization of Karate State Championships

Dec. 6-7

Watch athletes with Texas Amateur Organization of Karate compete for the championships. ...

Abilene Philharmonic—A Hometown Christmas

Dec. 7

Kick off the holiday Season with the Abilene Philharmonic’s annual Christmas concert. This year th...

Round-Up Danny Isbell Memorial Rehab Jackpot Show

Dec. 7

Jackpot is a chance for the buyers of the lamb, goat, and pig sales to return with their animals the...

Silver Spur Gun and Knife Show

Dec. 7-8

This event provides a safe environment for the public to come shop for guns, knives, and ammo....

Paramount Film Series—"White Christmas"

Dec. 13-14

Watch the classic 1954 holiday musical about two World War II veterans who are singers and performer...

Handel's "Messiah"

Dec. 15

Hark! Abilene Opera Association presents Handel's "Messiah." Following the performance, there is an ...

Paramount Film Series—"When Harry Met Sally"

Dec. 31

Watch a special New Year's Eve screening of the classic 1989 comedy about two college graduates who ...

Abilene Winter Circuit Cutting

Dec. 28-Jan. 1

Cutting is an equestrian event where a rider and their horse work together to separate a single anim...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Jan. 20

The annual celebration features dinner and a guest speaker....

Taylor County Livestock Show and Sale

Jan. 22-25

The 31st annual show includes poultry, steer, heifer, lamb, goat, rabbit, and swine shows....

Abilene Philharmonic—Emperor Concerto

Jan. 25

The Abilene Philharmonic’s first concert of the new year features an encore performance of Abilene...

West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo

Feb. 14-15

The focus of the 15th annual event is to connect community, families, and people of all ages with lo...

Abilene Christian University Sing Song

Feb. 14-15

Over 1,200 ACU students take the stage to compete for best overall show while performing a cappella ...

Ice Breaker

Feb. 14-15

Come and watch the best in the west in drag racing....

"Click, Clack, Moo"

Feb. 16

The much-loved Caldecott Honor children’s book is brought to life in a colorful, captivating, hila...

Texas Farm, Ranch, and Wildlife Expo

Feb. 18-19

This is a one-of-a-kind agribusiness event that serves as an opportunity for vendors to interface di...

Abilene Philharmonic—Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert

Feb. 22

Jerry Herman is a legendary composer/lyricist of the American Musical Theatre and one of Broadway’...


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