Canyon’s 4th of July Independence Day Celebration: The holiday party in Canyon includes a pancake breakfast, the Fair on the Square, the annual parade and more. (7 a.m. Tuesday; downtown Canyon; 806-655-7815)

Mud Volleyball World Championship Tournament: The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce gets dirty every year with this holiday festival, also featuring vendors and food sales. (8 a.m. Tuesday; McDade Park, 14th Avenue and Durrett Drive in Dumas; 806-935-2123)

Pampa Fourth of July: Party with the Harvesters at this community celebration at Recreation Park, including live music, fireworks, a hot dog eating contest and more. (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday; one mile east of Pampa on U.S. Highway 60; 806-669-3241)

Do Portugual Circus: Check out performances of this touring circus outside the gates of Starlight Ranch Event Center. (various times through Sunday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $50; 806-342-0515)

High Noon on the Square: Singers from Amarillo Opera will perform for Center City of Amarillo’s annual downtown concert series. This week, enjoy sandwiches from Schlotzsky’s. (noon Wednesday; free, lunch $10; 501 S. Fillmore St.; 806-372-6744)

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)

Shadow Work: The indie band brings its Moon Tour to The 806 Coffee + Lounge with local openers Native Crowds. (9 p.m. Wednesday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

“Joy Ride”: A quartet of Asian-American women take a road trip to China in this hysterically raunchy new comedy. Also opening: horror sequel “Insidious: The Red Door” and thriller “Sound of Freedom.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

First Thursday Art + Music: Enjoy new works from artist Josh Hook and tunes from indie band Honeybabe at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

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

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

Velvet Funk: The Amarillo party band snazzes up Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

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

Treaty Oak Revival: Get in the spirit when this Texas country rock band headlines at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $150; 806-342-0515)

Hank Vincent: The Amarillo country singer gets buzzed at Bomb City Distillery. (7 p.m. Friday; 306 S. Cleveland St.; 806-220-2662)

Lindsey Lane: Hit the beach with the Amarillo country diva at Shark Beach Burgers. (7:30 p.m. Friday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Ghosts of Gray County: The Pampa rock band heads to the city for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Touching Voodoo and Jen Williams & The Potty Mouths: The Amarillo rock bands team up to make some noise at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Jason Scott & The High Heat: The Oklahoma-based Americana band brings the heat for its Golden Light Cantina debut. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

July Ice Jamboree: Lace up your skates for a party at Amarillo Ice Ranch featuring skating, bounce houses, food trucks, music, street hockey and more. (5 p.m. Saturday; 301 S. Grant St.; admission charge; 806-242-4231)

James Owens: Bar Z Winery’s outdoor music season continues with tunes from the Amarillo singer. (5 p.m. Saturday; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; cover $5; 806-488-2214)

Blake Nation: This Oklahoma-based Blake Shelton tribute act hits the sand with Amarillo country singer Ri Wolf at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; tickets $15; 806-335-5644)

Koben Puckett Bull Riding: Top pro riders compete in this annual fundraiser for Puckett’s Press On Foundation. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairground, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $10 children, $20 adults; 806-376-7767)

Danny Freeze & The Earthlings: The Amarillo folk band will offer evening tunes at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (8 p.m. Saturday; 100 Brentwood Road; $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

Jon Wolfe: The Texas country star makes a return trip to Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $150; 806-342-0515)

Furia del Bravo: The Mexican band brings the fury to Ocho Segundos. (8 p.m. Saturday; cover; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; 806-335-9990)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo rock band hits the Mother Road for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

New Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band takes the stage at Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Lee Scheetz & Borderline: The Amarillo country band takes the stage at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Swamp Rats: The indie band rises from the muck for a show at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”: The anime classic returns to theaters for a two-day run as part of the Studio Ghibli Festival. (4 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. July 11; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Open Mic Night: Hit the beach with your own guitar and show off your talents at Shark Beach Burgers. (7:30 p.m. Sunday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

“Castle in the Sky”: The anime classic returns to theaters for a two-day run as part of the Studio Ghibli Festival. (7 p.m. Monday and July 12; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“Romeo & Juliet”: “Texas” cast members take on this Shakespearean romance in a special performance at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. (7 p.m. Monday, reception at 6 p.m.; 1400 Streit Drive; tickets $45; 806-651-2181)

“Schitt’s Creek” Trivia: It’s a little bit Alexis (and David, and Moira, and Johnny, and all the gang) with this game night at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Monday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Starlight Theatre: Amarillo folk band Sadie’s Rangers will headline the next installment of Amarillo Parks & Recreation’s summer series in Sam Houston Park. (7 p.m. July 11; Line Avenue and Western Street; free; 806-378-3036)

Ongoing

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 July 29. (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)

“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition”: Get face-to-face with the artist’s iconic frescos in this interactive traveling exhibit on view at the Arts in the Sunset. The exhibition is on view by appointment through July 23. (3701 Plains Blvd.; regular tickets $22.50 and up for adults, $19 and up for children; 806-354-8802)

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 thesimulateduniverse@gmail.com)

“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)

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  • 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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