Amarillo Sod Poodles: The Soddies continue the road to their second championship with a homestand against the Wichita Wind Surge. Look for Independence Day celebrations and fireworks Friday through Sunday. (Tuesday through Sunday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; 806-803-7762)

Starlight Theatre: Amarillo country band Chad Miller & The Good Fortune will bring good tunes and good luck to the Parks & Recreation’s concert series this week at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street. (7 p.m. Tuesday; free)

June Jazz: The anniversary season of this popular Amarillo College concert series will feature the June Jazz big Band on the lawn of AC’s Experimental Theatre. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; free)

“Zola”: The iconic Twitter stripper epic (it’s a thing, really) comes to life in this bonkers road trip movie. Also arriving in theaters for the holiday weekend: “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “The Forever Purge” (insert shrug). (Opens Tuesday)

High Noon on the Square: The Amarillo Little Theatre Academy will preview its upcoming performance of the high-energy musical “Newsies” for the crowds at Center City’s lunchtime tradition. Lunch is provided by Crush. (noon Wednesday; lunch $8; 806-372-6744)

Music in the Gardens: Amarillo country favorite Buster Bledsoe will take the honkytonk outdoors at this week’s installment of the concert series at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Don’t miss the dance lessons beginning at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Thursday; $10)

Amarillo Community Market: Get your pick of the best from local crafters, artisans and more. (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 1000 S. Polk St.; 806-372-6744)

 The outdoor musical’s 55th season continues; don’t miss the extended fireworks finale for the July 4 weekend. (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; Palo Duro Canyon State Park; ticket prices vary; 806-655-2181)

Canyon’s 4th of July Independence Day Celebration: The fireworks will be extra special this year after the muted festivities of 2020, and perhaps nowhere will be as fun as Canyon, home of the Panhandle’s biggest Independence Day party (give or take a Clarendon or a Canadian). In addition to the Canyon Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, parade and pyrotechnics at night, don’t miss all the fun at the Fair on the Square, featuring more than 100 vendors. Here’s the catch: All the fun will take place on Saturday, so don’t let that pesky calendar confuse you. 

Looking for more holiday fun? Check out:

Music at Wellington Square Courtyard: Esquire Jazz Band will headline this week’s installment of Amarillo’s newest outdoor music series. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1601 Kentucky St.; $12)

Brother & The Hayes: This Nashville-based sibling duo brings its home-state tour to town for a show at the Golden Light Cantina. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; $10)


  • 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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