March 14–16 - Shamrock
68th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Salute the Irish in Sham-rock with the Donegal beard-growing
contest, carnival rides, parade, arts & crafts, rodeo events,
Miss Irish Rose pageant, motorcycle rally, Lad & Lassie
contest & dance. (806) 256-2501.
March 28–30 - Abilene
OUTLAWS & LEGENDS…
As “the biggest one stage event in Texas” with an outstanding
lineup that includes: Leon Russell, Robert Earl Keen, Gary P.
Nunn, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tommy Alverson &
more. (325) 518-9977.
April 4–5 - Midland
31st ANNUAL CELEBRATION
OF THE ARTS...
Are you Mad for the Arts? This event is set in Midland’s
Downtown and Centennial Plaza. 65 Visual Artists in juried
show indoors, outdoor entertainment, Pet Parade, interactive
arts experiences, festival refreshments & more. For additional
(432) 687-1149, or
April 11-13 - Lubbock
Enjoy the largest fine arts and crafts event in West Texas!
Festival presents visual art, music, theater, dance, and
children’s activities. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. (806)
April 23–26 - Fort Stockton
BIG BEND OPEN
“The most challenging Open Road Race in the World” takes place
as a round-trip from Fort Stockton to Sanderson and back, with
top racers regularly breaking 200 mph. Enjoy public viewings,
live entertainment, parade, car shows, awards banquet &
start/finish line excitement.
April 25–27 - Buffalo Gap
10th ANNUAL WINE &
FOOD SUMMIT ...Perini
Ranch hosts a celebration of open-air barbecue and Malbec
wines when it welcomes celebrity chef Stephan Pyles from Texas
and Francis Mallmann of Argentina. For tickets and more info,
www.buffalogapsummit.com, or call (800) 367-1721.
April 25–26 - Ballinger
TEXAS STATE FESTIVAL
OF ETHNIC CULTURES...
Join in this multicultural celebration with ethnic foods, arts
and crafts, music, children’s events, bike festival and the
Miss Ballinger pageant at the county courthouse grounds. (325)
April 25–27 - Lamesa
FESTIVAL & CROSSROADS BALLOON RALLY ...
Declared the “Legendary Home of the Chicken-Fried Steak” by
the Texas Legislature, Lamesa celebrates in Forrest Park with
a chicken-fried steak cook-off and dinner, wine-tasting,
music, classic car show, team-roping competition, ranch rodeo,
5K Run, cowboy church, pony rides and games, and a hot air
www.ci.lamesa.tx.us. (806) 777-1171.
May 3 - Sonora
SONORA CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA...
Enjoy arts & crafts booths, dancing under the stars,
children’s rides, food booths, and entertainment. 10am-5pm.
Sponsored by Viva Sonora. For more info:
1-888-387-2880 or (325) 387-2880.
May 8–10 - Midland/Odessa
CRUDEFEST TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL…
The biggest oil & gas celebration
of its kind features over 20
bands, 1000 campsites and 3 days of real Texas music. Enjoy
such bands as Johnny Cooper, Larry Joe Taylor, Roger Creager,
Josh Abbott, Cory Morrow, Aaron Watson, Casey Donahew Band and
more, plus a Championship Cook-off of brisket, pork spare
ribs, chicken, beans and margaritas.
June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25 and
August 1 - Odessa
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS IN ODESSA...
10th Anniversary season featuring favorite musical groups
playing jazz to polka, Texas swing to big band classics,
Tejano to country—a different musical journey every Friday
night. Downtown Odessa’s Noel Heritage Park (5th & Sam Houston
St.). Free admission. Sponsor: Odessa Council for Arts &
Humanities and Main Street Odessa. (432) 337-1492.
June 6–7 - Haskell
WILD HORSE PRAIRIE DAYS...
Western musical entertainers, ranch rodeo, parade, ranch horse
competition, dance, kids’ rodeo, trade show, cutting horse
contest and cow-boy church service at Haskell Rodeo Grounds at
www.haskelltxchamber.com. (940) 864-2477.
June 10–14 - Snyder
June 27– 28 - Sonora
WEST TEXAS WESTERN SWING
Hear the “best of the best” western swing musicians at this
annual gathering, including Jody Nix, Kelly Spinks, Tommy
Hooker, Bobby Flores, Leon Rausch, Eddie McAlvain, Justin
Trevino & many more. The Coliseum. (325) 573-3558. Visit
for more info.
41st ANNUAL OUTLAW PRO
RODEO & SUTTON COUNTY DAYS...
Parade, arts & crafts fair, dance, PRCA Rodeo, food vendors,
children’s rides, live entertainment and much more. Located at
Sutton County Park & Arena Complex. FMI:
firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-888-387-2880 or