The sun is blazing and the fun is boiling over as summer hits its high point in Amarillo. Mark your calendars now for these unmissable entertainment options heading your way over the next two months, including the height of the outdoor concert season, community events, great movie options—even the start of the fall arts season at the tail end of summer.

Check out these highlights for July and August, and don’t forget to subscribe to the free Brickly and Flavorillo newsletters for my weekly entertainment picks all summer long.

July

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Go fishin’ in the dark with this iconic country band, hitting town on its farewell tour with a show July 28 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Plus, catch Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert tribute acts Carried Away and Gunpowder & Lead on July 6 and Chicago’s Own Piano Man tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John on July 27 at Shark Beach Burgers, 1505 E. FM 1151; the Rio Grande Trio on July 6 and the Kirk House Band on July 12 at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road; Tejano superstars La Mafia on July 12 and Reputation, a Taylor Swift tribute act, on July 26 at Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive; the first Palo Duro Party featuring local favorites on July 13 and the South Austin Moonlighters on July 27 at Golden Light Cantina, 2098 SW Sixth Ave.; Texas country stars Curtis Grimes on July 12 and Bri Bagwell on July 19 at The Western Horseman Club, 2501 I-40 East; rapper Afroman on July 18 at Guitars & Cadillacs, 3601 Olsen Blvd.; Texas country superstar Pat Green on July 19 at The Lumberyard, 850 N. 23rd St. in Canyon; touring indie act Nikki Manos on July 26 at The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 SW Sixth Ave.; and Grammy-nominated rapper Yung Bleu on July 27 at Azteca Music Hall, 500 N. FM 1912. Plus, don’t miss Starlight Theater on Tuesdays through Aug. 6 at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street; High Noon on the Square through July 31 at the Potter County Courthouse, 501 S. Fillmore St., and Music in the Gardens through Aug. 29 at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive.

29th Annual Original Harley Party: Get your motors running at Family Support Services’ popular fundraiser, set for July 27 at the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 SE 10th Ave. Included in the fun are food, beverages and music from The Buster Bledsoe Band, Touching Voodoo and The Stray Sons. Other top-flight events to watch for include Amarillo Sod Poodles games against the Midland RockHounds July 1 to 3, versus the Springfield Cardinals from July 19 to 21 and the Wichita Wind Surge from July 23 to 28 at Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; Irish dancers Celtic Throne on July 3 in the Globe-News Center; WTC Food Truck War 2024 on July 21 at The Gym @ Contagion Athletics, 8210 Amarillo Blvd. West; the Nazareth German Fest on July 13 in Nazareth; and a “Havana Nights”-themed jazz concert and fundraiser July 19 at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Keep your eyes open for Fourth of July activities around the Panhandle, including Kickin’ It in Canyon featuring Mike Ryan on July 3 at The Lumberyard and Independence Day + 1 featuring Randall King on July 5 at John Stiff Memorial Park, 4800 S. Bell St.

The Lightning Thief: A Percy Jackson Musical: The popular mythologically-themed YA book series comes to the stage in this production by Amarillo Little Theatre Academy from July 12 to 21 in the ALT Adventure Space, 2751 Civic Circle. Other arts events to keep on the radar include continuing performances of outdoor musical Texas throughout the month in Pioneer Amphitheatre; Shakespeare in the Park productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 9, 16, 23 and 30, also in Pioneer Amphitheatre; the monthly First Friday Art Walk on July 5 at Arts In the Sunset, 3701 Plains Blvd.; and West Texas Drums, featuring top Drum Corps International ensembles from around the country, on July 15 at Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium on the West Texas A&M University campus in Canyon.

Maxxxine: Director Ti West’s outstanding horror trilogy comes to a conclusion with this ’80s-set thriller, opening July 5. Also hitting theaters are animated sequel Despicable Me 4 on July 3; sci-fi thriller Lumina, crime drama Longlegs and historical romantic comedy Fly Me to the Moon on July 12; action sequel Twisters and thriller Oddity on July 19; and comic-book mashup Deadpool & Wolverine on July 26. Special engagements include Close Encounters of the Third Kind on July 7 and 10; Princess Mononoke from July 13 to 17; The NeverEnding Story on July 21 and 22; and La Boheme on July 24.

August

Ama-Con: Amarillo Public Library’s pop-culture celebration returns to
the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St., for a salute to all things geek Aug. 3 and 4. Other can’t-miss arts and events include the XIT Rodeo & Reunion from Aug. 1 to 3 in Dalhart; the monthly First Friday Art Walk on Aug. 2 at Arts in the Sunset; comedian George Lopez on Aug. 2 in the Civic Center Auditorium; the annual Amarillo Margarita Festival on Aug. 3 at Starlight Ranch Event Center; Brick & Elm’s own 2024 Ice Cream Block Party on Aug. 6 for the conclusion of Starlight Theater at Sam Houston Park; more Amarillo Sod Poodles action in Hodgetown against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals from Aug. 6 to 11, the Corpus Christi Hooks from Aug. 20 to 25, and the Arkansas Travelers from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1; and surreal drama The Drowning Girls from Aug. 15 to 25 at the ALT Adventure Space.

Ben Folds: The phenomenal pianist and singer offers a banging show Aug. 8 in the Globe-News Center. Other concerts to make note of include Fleetwood Mac tribute act Fleetwood X on Aug. 3, Led Zeppelin tribute act UnZepped on Aug. 17 and Eagles tribute act Boys of Summer on Aug. 31, all at Shark Beach Burgers; touring folk-rock band The Deltaz on Aug. 9, Hank Weaver on Aug. 10, Cottonwood Crows on Aug. 16, The Tejas Brothers on Aug. 18, Ronnie & The Redwoods on Aug. 30 and Don Stalling & The Divided on Aug. 31, all at Golden Light Cantina; Amarillo-born rocker Cody Jasper on Aug. 9, Texas country favorites The Josh Weathers Band on Aug. 16, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners on Aug. 23 and Brian Odle & The Hillbilly Underground on Aug. 31 at Hoots; Jon Hope and The Jackwagons on Aug. 17 at The Western Horseman; and Linkin Park tribute band In the End on Aug. 23 and iconic Texas rockers The Toadies on Aug. 31 at Starlight Ranch Event Center.

Alien: Romulus: Director Fede Álvarez is making a big name for himself in horror circles, and now he’s blasting off into space Aug. 16 for a tale set among those nasty xenomorphs. Also scheduled to open are thriller Trap, mystery film Cuckoo and family film Harold and the Purple Crayon on Aug. 2; action-adventure Borderlands and romance It Ends with Us on Aug. 9; family drama My Penguin Friend and Kevin Costner’s Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 2 on Aug. 16; thriller Blink Twice, drama The Forge, animated feature 200% Wolf and horror reboot The Crow on Aug. 23; and horror film They Listen and biopic Reagan on Aug. 30. Special engagements include Ponyo from Aug. 3 to 7; a “RiffTrax Live” screening of Point Break on Aug. 8 and 13; Lawrence of Arabia on Aug. 11 and 12; Coraline from Aug. 15 to 22; Rear Window on Aug. 25 and 28; Whisper of the Heart on Aug. 25 and 27; and The Cat Returns on Aug. 26 and 28.

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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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