Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies continue their home season by trying to reel in the Corpus Christi Hooks. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; ticket prices vary; 806-803-9547)

Starlight Theatre: Amarillo party band Insufficient Funds closes out the season of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. (7 p.m. Aug. 1; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

Trent Britten: The Amarillo singer offers evening tunes at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Tuesday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Colton Wilcher: The Amarillo country singer offers midweek fun at Broken Spoke Lounge. (8 p.m. Wednesday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Strawberry Girls: The touring rock band returns to the Golden Light Cantina for a show with Amarillo band Rain Division. (9 p.m. Wednesday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”: The terrapin quartet returns to the streets in this new animated adventure. Also opening: shark sequel “The Meg 2: The Trench.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

End of Summer Bash: AMC Mortgage hosts this seasonal celebration, featuring a food truck, bounce house, games and more. (4 p.m. Thursday; 7619 Hillside Road; 806-599-9660)

High Plains Songwriters: Arieon Keller, Lance Richburg, Bob Conner and Michael Sinks swap tunes at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center. (6 p.m. Thursday; 320 S. Cuyler St. in Pampa; donations accepted; 806-664-0824)

Luis Torres: The musician offers tunes at High Fidelity Records Art & Wine Night. (6 p.m. Thursday; 2818 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 252-220-4729)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo country act Texas Junction continues the Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ annual summer concert series, with food from Taqueria MTZ. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $5 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

Music at Wellington Square Courtyard: Amarillo band Big G & The Tradewinds headlines the outdoor concert series. (7 p.m. Thursday; 1601 Kentucky St.; cover $15; 806-584-9571)

First Thursday Art + Music: Enjoy The 806 Coffee + Lounge’s black & white group art show, followed by a musical performance by touring indie artists McKain Lakey, Jude Brothers and Creekbed Carter. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Greg Curry: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Thursday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping: Hereford’s major rodeo fundraiser returns for four days of in-saddle action. (7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; 1206 E. New York Ave. in Hereford; $20 daily or $40 for the weekend; 806-364-5362)

Drunken Celebration: Celebrate the fast-approaching end of summer with a crawfish boil at Drunken Oyster, with music from Bryan Robertson and Velvet Funk. (11 a.m. to midnight Friday; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6668)

First Friday Art Walk: The favorite tradition continues at the newly renovated Arts in the Sunset. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 3701 Plains Blvd.; free; 806-354-8802)

Kaleb Crump: Enjoy tunes from the Lubbock singer at The Barfield’s rooftop bar. (7 p.m. Friday; 600 S. Polk St.; 806-414-2200)

Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer offers an acoustic show with your burgers and beer at the Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden. (7 p.m. Friday; 6014 S. Western St.; 806-221-2337)

Bring Me the Gypsee: The Amarillo duo offers a night of varied tunes in a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

The Josh Abbott Band: The Lubbock-based Texas country band returns to town for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $30 to $125; 806-342-0515)

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band takes the stage with ’80s cover band Plan B at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

“Princess Mononoke”: The iconic anime film returns to theaters as part of the Studio Ghibli Fest. (various times Saturday through Aug. 9; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Ama-Con: Friends of the Amarillo Public Library’s annual celebration of all things pop culture returns for two days of fun at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; admission $5 daily or $8 for two days; 806-341-7250)

Best in the West: The From 6th Collective celebrates the art, objects and music that make the Panhandle so great in this day-long party. (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 18100 W. Interstate 40; 806-349-1111)

Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer offers tunes at the Sad Monkey Mercantile on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. (3 p.m. Saturday; 9800 Texas Highway 217; 806-488-2658)

High Plains Piano Extravaganza: West Texas A&M University’s School of Music hosts this concert spectacular featuring area piano teachers. (5 p.m. Saturday; Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall; free, donations accepted; 806-651-2840)

Tejano Blast in the Barrio: Bomb City Distillery hosts a quartet of Mexican bands in this live fiesta featuring food and drinks. (5 p.m. Saturday; 306 S. Cleveland St.; tickets $25 advance, $30 at door; 806-220-2662)

Barefest II: Zombiez Bar & Grill hosts a night of metal, featuring Bare the Mark, Trench Rat, Loudmouth Lisa, Horrid Demise, Drowninghost, ODROT and Dyscarcia, plus DJ Giantfeet. (6 p.m. Saturday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $5; 806-331-7305)

All-Out Roll Racing: Van Voris Bros. Productions hosts this night of pedal-to-the-metal racing at Amarillo Dragway. (7 p.m. Saturday; 12955 Burlington Road; tickets $20 to $50; 806-337-0630)

Hunks: The Show: Pub 26 hosts this Magic Mike-style revue of greased-up bohunks. (7 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. 26th Ave.; tickets $19.95 to $69.95; 806-803-1396)

McLeod Nine: The touring Celtic/American folk band jazzes up the night at Chalice Abbey. (7 p.m. Saturday; 2717 Stanley St., Suite A; $15 donation; 806-576-2480) 

Stoney LaRue: The Red Dirt fave heads to town for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $20 to $150; 806-342-0515)

Mike Chism & Hollow Point: The Amarillo country band loads up for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Chase Hollywood: The rocker chases the dream at Cactus Bar. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4831 S. Western St.; 806-356-6369)

Red Dirt Rockers: The Amarillo country band rocks out in a show at Whiskey River. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; cover $5; 806-367-6163)

Golden Tiki Bar: Celebrate the end of summer at this beachy party at RR Bar, featuring leis, tropical foods, music and more. (10 p.m. Saturday; 701 S. Georgia St.; 806-342-9000)


Amarillo Community Market: Enjoy a day of shopping, food and live music around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce as this summertime tradition continues. (8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 9; 1000 S. Polk St.; free; 806-372-6744)

Amarillo Museum of Art: Don’t miss eye-popping exhibitions by artists Terry Allen and Jun Kaneko through Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, respectively. (2200 S. Van Buren St.; 806-371-5050)

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: Dig into equine history with the museum’s archive collection, on view through Saturday. (2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

Canyon Farmers Market: Check out wares from 75 vendors, plus food trucks, live music and more. (8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 30; Canyon downtown square; 806-567-0746)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: Enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired “On the Edge of the Plains” and the Gisella Loeffler exhibition “Lots of Love, Gisella,” both on view through January. (2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; 806-651-2244)

The Simulated Universe: Amarillo’s newest attraction is this immersive art experience a la Meow Wolf. (noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; 1215 S.W. 10th Ave.; reservations required; 832-690-7731 or

“Texas”: The outdoor musical returns for a 57th season in Palo Duro Canyon State Park Pioneer Amphitheatre. (8:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Aug. 4; dinner at 6 p.m.; ticket prices vary; 806-651-2181)

Wonderland Park: The 2023 season is in full swing at Amarillo’s amusement park. (Wednesdays through Sundays; times and ticket prices vary; 2601 Dumas Drive; 806-383-3344)


  • 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.

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