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Upcoming Events in Big Bend Country

El Paso

Water Lantern Festival

May 25

Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive

The Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the United States include food, games, activities, vendors, music, and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope, and dreams reflected upon the water. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water. Watch lanterns drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection.


Cowboys Baseball Opening Game

May 29

Kokernot Field, 400 E. Hendryx Ave.

Watch the Alpine Cowboys opening home game of the summer season. The Cowboys are a professional baseball team playing in the independent Pecos League.

San Elizario

Billy the Kid Festival

June 1-2

San Elizario Historic Art District, 1501 Main St.

Visit historic sites, art galleries, museums, vendors, and saloons, and maybe catch an Old West gunfight or performance of the play “1876: Billy the Kid.” The event also has live music and food and drinks


Agave Festival

June 6-9

Various locations

This annual festival celebrates the agave and its influence on culture through food, film, music, science, and spirits. Enjoy tastings hosted by agave spirit producers, one-of-a-kind dining experiences, and performances by contemporary and regional musicians.

Fort Stockton

Summer Off the Patio Concert Series

June 13, 27; July 11, 25

Annie Riggs Museum, 301 S. Main St.

This annual summer concert series features Texas talent off the patio of the Annie Riggs Museum on every other Thursday night in June and July. Food and drinks are served while visitors enjoy music under the star-filled skies of West Texas.

El Paso

“Viva El Paso!”

June 21-Aug. 3

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road

Experience El Paso’s outdoor musical extravaganza. This colorful musical celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, Spanish Conquistador, Mexican, and Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song, and dance by a cast of over 50 performers.

Del Rio

Independence Day Rodeo

June 28-29

Val Verde Fairgrounds , 2006 N. Main St.

Take the family out for a rodeo night, presented by the Rotary Club of Del Rio, complete with bull riding, barrel racing, and mutton bustin’ among other traditional rodeo events.


Firecracker Fandango

July 4

Downtown Odessa, 500 N. Grant Ave.

Celebrate the Fourth with an evening of live music, local vendors, food trucks, and a children’s area. The event ends with a fireworks display.


Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Kokernot Municipal Park, 1500 Fighting Buck Ave.

Alpine celebrates Independence Day with the annual parade, car show, live music, and fireworks. There’s also Alpine Cowboys baseball and outdoor theater. This year, civic groups are investigating and reviving past Alpine traditions for the holiday.

“Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood”

July 5-28

Kokernot Outdoor Theatre, 1104 Loop Road

Theatre of the Big Bend presents a production of Ken Ludwig’s swashbuckling adventure. Packed with thrills, romance, laughter, and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be.


Celebration of the Arts

July 12-14

Bush Convention Center, 105 N. Main St.

Celebration of the Arts is organized by the Arts Council of Midland and is the cornerstone fine art and craft event in the Permian Basin. It’s the longest running downtown event in Midland, and hosts local entertainers, nonprofit organizations, family activities, and special events throughout the weekend.


Viva Big Bend

July 24-28

Various locations

Viva Big Bend’s 13th year features 65-plus shows in a wide range of music genres at more than 12 venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Marathon, and Terlingua.

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo

Aug. 9-10

S.A.L.E. Rodeo Arena, Paso del Norte Road

Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, this rodeo features brave performances by real working cowboys, a chuckwagon cookoff, and other activities.


M2M: Marathon 2 Marathon

Oct. 26

The biggest event that this little town of 420 hosts, the M2M is considered an international bucket list race, with runners from 25 states and over seven countries participating over the years. It is also a Boston Marathon qualifier and a net downhill race with 450 to 500 racers. There’s also a half marathon, 10K, and 5K race. Everyone who crosses the finish line receives a T-shirt and medal, plus free beer. A pasta dinner and barbecue lunch is available for purchase.

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