The Amarillo entertainment scene will heat up to scorching levels in early summer with the debut of a major new national festival, plus a slate of anticipated concerts, the return of the outdoor music season, an exciting series of fundraisers and other events, and a full-fledged return to summer movie season.

Here are your highlights for May and June, and don’t forget to subscribe to the free Brickly newsletter for my weekly entertainment picks all summer long.

May

Bad Magik Music Festival: Nine bands will headline the city’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend festivities, along with a wide selection of vendors, food, family activities and more (May 28, Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street). Other musical highlights for the month include ’90s rockers Bowling for Soup (May 4), Texas country icon Pat Green (May 11), up-and-comer Corey Kent (May 12) and Stoney LaRue (May 13), all at Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive; local favorites Travis Roberts & The Willing Few (May 13) and Americana singer Jesse Daniel (May 26) at The Golden Light Cantina, 2906 SW Sixth Ave.; Red Dirt faves The Damn Quails (May 12) at The Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden, 6014 S. Western St.; and country band Colton Jesse & The Hooligans (May 5), Texas rockers The Dirty River Boys (May 12) and TexMex/Zydeco fusion band SqueezeBox Bandits (May 27), all at Hoot’s Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road.

Events

Cinco de Mayo Fajita Festival: Get your sizzle on at this celebration of Mexican culture and, of course, some mouthwatering food (May 5, Starlight Ranch Event Center). Other events to save the date for include the Hey Amarillo Podcast’s 300th episode celebration and live recording (May 5, Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd.); Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s Bella Notte A Venezia fundraising gala (May 6, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon); Amarillo Sod Poodles home stands against the Midland RockHounds (May 9 to 14) and the Springfield Cardinals (May 30 to June 4) at Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.); Chamber Music Amarillo’s Amarillo By Morning fundraiser (May 19, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40); Amarillo SPCA’s barkingly fun Muttfest (May 21, Starlight Ranch); and Family Fun Festivals’ Summer Kickoff (May 27, Starlight Ranch).

Arts

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: King’s sensational music career, from her days as a songwriter-by-hire to her breakout as a solo artist, are covered in this well-loved jukebox musical that closes out Amarillo Little Theatre’s season (May 4 to 21, Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle). Other arts highlights to watch for include the Broadway Spotlight Series closer, Fiddler on the Roof (May 9-10, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St.) and PPHM’s Lots of Love, Gisella exhibition celebrating the folk artist from Taos Art Colony (opening May 20).

Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: The last few Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been rather lackluster, so maybe the concluding chapter of this space jam will get things back on track (May 5). Other openings to watch for include senior rom-com Book Club: The Next Chapter, romantic drama Love Again and animated family film Rally Road Racers (all May 12); vroom-vroom sequel Fast X and family drama Monica (both May 19); and live-action remake The Little Mermaid, war film Kandahar, action comedy The Machine, comedy-drama You Hurt My Feelings and comedy About My Father (all May 26).

June

Events

Texas Route 66 Festival: In the lead-up to the Mother Road’s centenary in 2026, Amarillo will launch this new festival, incorporating events both old (including the Coors Ranch Rodeo and Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive and several outdoor concerts) and new (like a kick-off celebration June 2 at Hodgetown and the official festival on June 10 along Historic Route 66). Look for more at VisitAmarillo.com (June 1 to 10). Other events to watch for include the Cactus Cove Cornhole Open (June 2-3 at Starlight Ranch); Impractical Jokers star Joe Gatto (June 11 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium); the annual Juneteenth celebrations in North Amarillo; Panhandle Pride festivities (June 24 at Starlight Ranch); Amarillo Sod Poodles home games against the San Antonio Missions (June 13 to 18) and the Tulsa Drillers (June 28 to July 3); the Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo (June 29 to July 1) and Smile Big’s Neon Nebula event with headliner Eureka O’Hara from RuPaul’s Drag Race and We’re Here (June 30 at Starlight Ranch).

Music

Sounds of the Summer: Amarillo’s outdoor music season blossoms once again, including Starlight Theatre (May 30 to Aug. 1 in Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street); June Jazz (Tuesdays in June at Amarillo College); High Noon on the Square (Wednesdays from June 7 to July 26 at the Old Potter County Courthouse, 501 S. Fillmore St.); and Music in the Gardens (June 1 to Aug. 31 at the gardens, 1400 Streit Drive). Other major concerts will include the Diamond & Gold tribute to Neil Diamond (June 1 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.); the Canadian River Music Festival with headliners Sawyer Brown and Pecos & The Rooftops (June 10 in Canadian); Texas country greats Wade Bowen (June 16) and Mike Ryan (June 23), both at Starlight Ranch; a Selena Forever tribute concert (June 16 at Ocho Segundos, 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.); Texas songwriters extraordinaire John Baumann (June 15) and Joshua Ray Walker (June 18), both at Golden Light Cantina; Americana duo GoldPine (June 2), an Amarillo Songwriters Night (June 3), Esquire Jazz (June 10) and the Kenzie Crabtree Band (June 17), all at Starlight Canyon, 100 Brentwood Road.

Arts

artafterdark: Texas country singer-songwriters Charlie Shafter and Matt Martindale will perform at Amarillo Museum of Art’s summer party, celebrating the opening of art exhibitions by longtime friends Jun Kaneko and iconic songwriter Terry Allen. The party also includes food, drinks, gallery hunts and hands-on artmaking (June 9 at AMoA, 2200 S. Van Buren St.). Other arts highlights include the Texas outdoor musical drama (June 8 to Aug. 5 in Palo Duro Canyon State Park Pioneer Amphitheatre) and the Texas cast’s annual Shakespearean production (June 26, TBA).

Movies

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: Harrison Ford is back to crack his whip once more in a fifth installment of this beloved action franchise (June 30). Also heading to theaters: animated sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2); family animated comedy Strays and franchise-extender Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (both June 9); horror parody The Blackening and DCU reboot The Flash (both June 16); Wes Anderson’s star-laden Asteroid City and Jennifer Lawrence’s raunchy comedy No Hard Feelings (both June 23); and family film Harold and the Purple Crayon (June 30). 

Author

  • Chip Chandler

    Chip is the senior communications specialist at West Texas A&M University. A Canadian High School graduate and award-winning journalist, he has covered arts and entertainment in Amarillo since 1998 and is a member of the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council arts committee. He is a 2020 Golden Nail Award winner and a 2017 National Philanthropy Day award winner. He is a member of the national GALECA critics group, has seen every Best Picture Oscar winner and watches way too much television.