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Upcoming Events in Panhandle Plains

Snyder

West Texas Western Swing Festival

June 12-15

The Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive

Western swing is the official music of Texas, and Snyder celebrates with RV spots for rent, vendors, a concession stand, all-day dancing, and nine top-tier musicians for your boot-scootin’ needs.

eventbrite.com/e/2024-west-texas-western-swing-festival-tickets-800231021527

Amarillo

East Texas Route 66 Bus Tour

June 12

Discover Route 66’s rich history on this journey that takes riders from Amarillo to Shamrock, stopping at all the iconic landmarks and hotspots that have shaped the history and culture of this legendary road. Buses depart from the Bivins House.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

West Texas Route 66 Bus Tour

June 13

Discover Route 66’s rich history on this journey that takes riders from Amarillo to Glenrio, New Mexico, stopping at famous hotspots such as the historic Midpoint Cafe, Dot’s Mini Museum, and the renowned Cadillac Ranch. Buses depart from the Bivins House.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Lubbock

Un(wine)d with the Arts

June 13, July 11, Aug. 8

LHUCA, 511 Ave. K

U(wine)d with the Arts is a monthly program at LHUCA that occurs the first Thursday after First Friday Art Trail. This event allows you to learn about the current work on display at a slower pace and gives you access to exclusive insight from the LHUCA Curator and staff. 

lhuca.org

“The Cher Show”

June 14-16

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, 1300 Mac Davis Lane

For six decades, only one unstoppable force has dominated pop culture—breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. “The Cher Show” is the Tony Award-winning musical of Cher’s story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

buddyhollyhall.com/events/category/series/the-cher-show-2024

Amarillo

Texas Route 66 Festival Finale

June 15

Amarillo Route 66 Historic District

Experience the grand finale of the 10-day Texas Route 66 Festival. Enjoy live music, a car show, a pin-up pageant, vendors, kids’ activities, and other festivities. Immerse yourself in iconic Route 66 vibes and celebrate the rich history and culture of this legendary highway.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Aaron Watson in Concert

June 15

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

Chart-topping country singer (“The Underdog”) and Amarillo native Aaron Watson makes his return to Starlight Ranch. This is a lawn chair-friendly outdoor show on the main stage.

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Corey Kent in Concert

June 20

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

Rising singer-songwriter Corey Kent has been writing and performing for nearly two decades. Self-described as an “old soul,” Kent finds himself musically at the intersection of rock-infused country, heartland values, and red dirt grit. He performs on the Moon Palace stage.

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Lubbock

CritterFest

June 20-23

Science Spectrum Museum and OMNI Theater, 2579 S. Loop 289 #250

Lubbock’s most popular annual animal event is back again this June. Nowhere else in town can you see elephants, alligators, crocodiles, camels, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, big snakes, and tortoises, as well as tons of other cool animals. Awesome animal acts as well as the extremely popular petting zoo, pony and camel rides, and live agility dog and police K-9 demonstrations continue to make this event a hit for the whole family.

sciencespectrum.org/event/critterfest

Amarillo

“Sesame Street Live! Say Hello Tour”

June 26

Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street come to the neighborhood to say hello. In “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello,” you can sing and dance with your favorite furry friends while enjoying fun surprises along the way.

amarillociviccenter.com

San Angelo

American Plains Artists Show

June 27-July 4

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

Fort Concho presents this special exhibit of Western art and sculpture created by dozens of artists across the nation.

fortconcho.com

Lubbock

Cotton Fest

June 27-29

Cook’s Garage, 11002 US 87 D

When early summer rolls around, a celebration of all things music and cotton makes its way to the High Plains of Texas. A weekend-long festival, journey out to Lubbock for three days of camping, cornhole, barbecue cookoffs, and some of the biggest names in Texas country music at William Clark Green’s Cotton Fest.

cottonfestlbk.com

Amarillo

Pride on the Plains

June 30

Thompson Park , 2401 Dumas Drive

Nonprofit organization Smile Big Texas presents Pride on the Plains, a celebration of Pride and the LGBTQ community in the Texas Panhandle.

smilebigtx.com

Snyder

Deep Creek Expo

July 3-4

Towle Park Armory, 3000 Towle Park Road

The Deep Creek Expo is a large vendor market that occurs five times per year. Each of the five Deep Creek Expo events hosts over 40 vendors from all across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Find clothing, décor, jewelry, mugs, spices, candles, candy, and children’s items.

facebook.com/groups/1007258826389823

San Angelo

Holiday Salutes at Fort Concho

July 4

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

Fort Concho puts on a patriotic display with hourly artillery salutes to mark the nation’s 248th birthday. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

fortconcho.com

Sweetwater

Sparks in the Park

July 4

Newman Park, 100 Jack Hazzard Drive

The fireworks show for Nolan County starts at dark and lights up the sky with spectacular bursts of color.

sweetwatertexas.org

Lubbock

Fourth on Broadway

July 4

Mackenzie Park , 301 I-27

For nearly 35 years, Fourth on Broadway has been an area event that people look forward to every 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 “United We Stand,” and festivities include a parade, Picnic in the Park, fishing tournament, eating contests, a kids’ area, concerts, and fireworks set to patriotic music.

broadwayfestivals.com

Snyder

Independence Day Celebration

July 4

Towle Park, 3000 Towle Park Road

Snyder pulls out all the stops for Independence Day. It’s a big celebration with vendors, music, fireworks, and fun. Admission is free.

Plainview

Red, White, and Moo Milk Festival and Parade

July 4

Hale County Courthouse, 500 Broadway St.

Organized by the Red, White, and Moo Committee, which consists of local dairies including Grand View Dairy, Fox Dairy, Legacy Farms, Dairy Fountain, and Descanso Dairy, the Red, White, and Moo Milk Festival and Parade includes a parade down Broadway Street, music, bounce houses, mobile dairy classrooms, a petting zoo, face painting, food trucks, and free ice cream, milk, and cheese.

Amarillo

Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo

July 4-6

Will Rogers Range Riders Arena, 8829 FM 1541

Will Rogers Range Riders, founded in the late 1930s, is the oldest continually operating riding club in the country. The organization hosts a variety of events including ropings, mounted shootings, and trail rides. The largest event is the annual rodeo held over the Fourth of July weekend that features live music, mutton busting, and a United Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo.

wrrangeriders.com

San Angelo

In Conversation: Will Wilson Exhibit

July 11-Sept. 15

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

The exhibit features the work of contemporary Navajo (Diné) photographer Will Wilson, together in a dialogue with the work of Edward Curtis, best known for his portfolios of romanticized photos published as “The North American Indian” (1907-1930).

samfa.org

Amarillo

La Mafia in Concert

July 12

Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive

La Mafia makes its Starlight Ranch debut with an outdoor show on the main stage. Texas-born founding members Oscar De La Rosa and Armando Lichtenberger Jr. have led the group to make it one of the most influential acts in Latin music, with artists like Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle covering their hit songs.

bigtexan.com/starlight-ranch-event-center

Wichita Falls

Watermelon Festival

July 20

Downtown Wichita Falls Farmers Market, 713 Ohio Ave.

The 12th annual Watermelon Festival is a great summertime event for all. Have a free slice of watermelon, then use the watermelon rind to throw at the ring toss target. Live music, a farmers market, food, and kids’ activities round out the fun.

farmersmarketwf.com

San Angelo

National Cowboy Day

July 27

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

For National Cowboy Day, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark hosts this special program on the American Plains Artists Show and a skit by the Concho Cowboy Company.

fortconcho.com

Buffalo Soldier Anniversary Day

July 28

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

This event features programs and activities to mark the anniversary of the creation, by an act of Congress, of the all-black Buffalo Soldier units in the U.S. Army in 1866.

fortconcho.com

Lubbock

Bards, Brews, and Brawls

Aug. 10

LHUCA Icehouse, 511 Ave. J

Do you love games, beer, and music? Enjoy a day of game demos with Stormcrow Games, fantasy map creation, West Texas Comedy, Bardic personas of Russell Thompson and Travis Burge, and pirate-themed sessions of Roll Initative with LHUCA Game Masters. This event is in preparation for the Hub City Renaissance Faire at LHUCA in October.

lhuca.org/renaissance-faire

Pampa

PampaFest

Aug. 17

Downtown Pampa, 100 S. Cuyler St.

Six bands, 75 retail vendors, and 16 food trucks take over the brick streets of downtown Pampa. There is also axe throwing and a VIP section. Gates open at 11 a.m., bands start at 3 p.m., and the festival is over at midnight.

pampafest.com

San Angelo

Fort Concho Speakers Series

Sept. 4, 18, 25

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Hear lunchtime talks on area heritage and history.

fortconcho.com

Wichita Falls

Hunting, Fishing, and Farming Expo

Sept. 14-15

MPEC , 1000 Fifth St.

Visit vendors specializing in products and services in the hunting, fishing, and farming industries.

bandlevents.com

Snyder

Canyon Gun Club Gun Show

Sept. 19-21

The Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive

At 41 years strong, this is one of the best gun shows around. Lots of vendors are there to help you with all of your firearm questions and needs.

snyderchamber.org/event

White Buffalo Days Celebration

Oct. 4-5

Downtown Courthouse Square, 1806 25th St.

White Buffalo Days is a celebration with late-19th century roots. It celebrates an old proclamation that dubbed Snyder the “Land of the White Buffalo.” In honor of the sacred beast, the multi-day event features a variety of vendors boasting everything from crafts and activities to food, snacks, and drinks.

snyderchamber.org/event

Deep Creek Expo: Fall Market

Oct. 4-5

Towle Park Armory, 3000 Towle Park Road

The Deep Creek Expo is a large vendor market that occurs five times per year. Each of the five Deep Creek Expo events hosts over 40 vendors from all across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Find clothing, décor, jewelry, mugs, spices, candles, candy, and children’s items.

linktr.ee/deepcreeksnyder

Eastland

Old Rip Parade and RipFest

Oct. 5

Eastland Downtown Square, 100 W. Main St.

Celebrate Eastland’s legendary Old Rip, the horned toad found alive after being buried for 31 years in the courthouse cornerstone. The festivities begin in the morning with the Miles for Meals 5K at Seibert Elementary. Then, head downtown for the 42nd annual Old Rip Parade, along with face-painting, craft, boutique, toy, and food vendors. Kids’ Street offers inflatables and a climbing tower, while car lovers can check out the vehicles in Bryans Car Show.

eastlandchamber.com/ripfest

Wichita Falls

Beauty, Health, and Wellness Expo

Oct. 12

MPEC, 1000 Fifth St.

Vendors offer products and services in the beauty, health, and wellness industries.

bandlevents.com

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