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

Kristen Hertzenberg and Her All-Star Band in Concert

Sept. 5

Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Abilene for one memorable night. Best known for her role as Christine...

Eleven Hundred Springs in Concert

Nov. 19

The Open Road Concert series in downtown Abilene offers music from some of the best in the Americana...

Bastards of Soul in Concert

Sept. 3

The Open Road concert series in downtown Abilene offers music from some of the best in the Americana...

West Texas Fair and Rodeo

Sept. 10-19

If you're looking for fun and excitement for the whole family, don't miss this fair and rodeo with e...

The Texas Gentlemen in Concert

Sept. 26

The Texas Gentlemen have backed for artists like Leon Bridges and Nikki Lane, and they've played alo...

Big Country Balloon Fest (CANCELED)

Sept. 25-27

Sponsored by Optimist Unlimited, the 26th annual event includes hot air balloons, live entertainment...

North Texas Airstrip Attack

Oct. 24-25

This is the first time this event has taken place in Abilene and it is hosted on an incredibly wide ...

Beer Summit

Sept. 19

Sample beers from more than 40 breweries offering more than 125 flavors. A general pass to the event...

Nelson Coates Meet-and-Greet

Sept. 26

Meet one of the top production designers in cinema: award-winning movie and TV designer Nelson Coate...

Masterworks I: A New World Symphony

Sept. 26

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln C...

Jackie Venson in Concert

Oct. 22

The Open Road concert series in downtown Abilene offers music from some of the best in the Americana...

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 17, 24

Dress up your little beasts and bring them out to the zoo for a day of trick-or-treating, costume co...

Masterworks II Triple Concerto: Celebrating Beethoven at 250

Oct. 24

Performers include Kiril Laskarov, violin; Jeffrey Lastrapes, cello; and Steven Harlos, piano. Th...

Nightmare on Elm Creek

Oct. 29-31

Ready for a chilling night of fun and fright? The Abilene Zoo transforms its natural Elm Creek habit...

Spooktacular

Oct. 31-Nov. 1

All bracket classes run at this drag race....

24fps International Short Film Festival (CANCELED)

Nov. 6-7

This unique short film festival, now in its 21st year, is a juried competition for student and indep...

Thanksgiving Throwdown

Nov. 27-28

Enjoy drag racing at its finest....

City Sidewalks and Christmas Parade

Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Feel at home for the holidays and discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene in the 32nd an...


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