Howard Farms Pumpkin Patch: Get ready for fall at this free patch, offering photo ops throughout the season. (open daily; 45th Avenue and Teckla Boulevard; 806-626-8958)

Jazztober: The 10th-anniversary season of Center City’s outdoor concert season kicks off with Big G & The Tradewinds on the lawn of Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. (6 p.m. Tuesday; 1000 S. Polk St.; free; 806-372-6744)

Amarillo College Piano Series: Soprano Melody Rich and pianist Bruce Lin present “American Abstract: A Kaleidoscope of the Music of America” for this concert series. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; AC Concert Hall Theatre; free; 806-371-5340)

“Amsterdam”: Director David O. Russell brings together an all-star cast—including Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington—for a somewhat-truthful period caper. Also in theaters: kids’ flick “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” and clowny horror show “Terrifier 2.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cookoff: Gorge yourself among dozens of booths serving up their best at this annual blowout, this year at the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds. (5 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 3301 SE 10th Ave.; tickets $30 advance, $40 at gate; 806-373-7800)

First Thursday: Enjoy tunes and art at High Fidelity Records. (6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2818 SW Sixth Ave.; 252-220-4729)

Lips: The annual Opportunity School fundraiser, this year with a speakeasy theme, will mix lip-synch performances with live jazz music. The event is sold out, but a waiting list is available. (6 p.m. Thursday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.; 806-373-4245)

Lindsey Lane: The Amarillo singer will offer up a night of country in an outdoor show on The Barfield’s rooftop bar. (6:30 p.m. Thursday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Creepy Crawl Bingo Fundraiser: The night of Sixth Street activities continues with fun and games at Golden Light Cantina, raising funds for the neighborhood Halloween party. Get a free bingo card with the donation of a bag of candy. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-374-9237)

First Thursday Art + Music: Enjoy an exhibition by the artists from Crimson Panther Tattoo and music from GiANT at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 SW Sixth Ave.; donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Kolby Cooper: The rising Texas country star returns to Amarillo for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Thursday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $40; 806-556-4456)

Amarillo Scaregrounds: Ghouls and goblins rise again at this seasonal favorite, offering six attractions. Open weekends through October. (7 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Oct. 31; 2736 SW 10th Ave.; tickets $40 to $45; 806-367-9516)

Sixth Street Massacre: The terror-filled haunt returns weekends through October. (7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and Oct. 31; 3015 SW Sixth Ave.; admission $25; text 806-337-0749)

Tennessee & Friends: The Concerts in the Canyon series continues with this show from Amarillo favorite Tennessee Tuckness and pals at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Friday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12 in advance, $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

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

The Dirty Shirts: The Dallas-based dance band gets dressed up for a show at Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Friday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Sterling Elza and Caleb Grant: The fresh-faced Amarillo country singers tune up for a night at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Gee Family’s Sweet Corn & Pumpkin Patch: Enjoy this fall favorite, featuring a corn maze and a slew of family-friendly activities every Saturday in October. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 7651 Whitaker Road; admission $5; 806-346-5677)

Maxwell’s Fall Days & Giant Maze: Celebrate the autumnal season with activities including cornhole, kids’ activities, the titular maze and more weekends through October. (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays; admission $17.95 online, $22.95 at the gate; 12908 S. Bell St.; 806-373-9600)

Proffer Aesthetics Block Party: Freshen up for a party with live music from Lindsey Lane, giveaways, food trucks, vendors and more. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 1611 Wallace Blvd.; 806-352-4002)

Hocktoberfest 2.0: Celebrate the return of hockey season with live music by Ghosts of Gray County, seasonal beers, bratwursts, games and more. (3 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Ice Ranch, 301 S. Grant St.; $25 advance, $30 at gate; 806-680-9477)

Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River Festival: Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild headline the seventh-annual outdoor fest at Bar Z Winery, also featuring food trucks and more. 19290 FM 1541; cover $25; 806-488-2214)

Hocus Pocus in the Park: It’s an evening of family fun with games, treats, prizes, food trucks, candy stations and a screening of “Hocus Pocus.” (5 p.m. Saturday; Memorial Park, 26th Avenue and Washington Street; free; 806-378-3036)

Casting Crowns: The contemporary Christian hitmakers return with their “The Healer” tour. (7 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30 to $125; 806-378-3096)

Mariposa After Dark: Mariposa Eco Village wraps its Second Saturday series of entertainment for the year with a costume party featuring DJs, dancing, vendors, food trucks, an art show and more. (7 p.m. Saturday; 9101 Mariposa Drive; admission $10 each or $40 per carload; 806-673-9152)

“The Barber of Seville”: Join Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro for Amarillo Opera’s production of the boisterous comedy. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $25 to $95; 806-378-3096 or 806-372-7464)

Treaty Oak Revival: The Texas country band rocks into town for a show at Ocho Segundos nightclub. (8 p.m. Saturday; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; cover $15; 806-335-9990)

OddFellas: The Pampa rock band joins up with Stealing Handshakes for a show at Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

The Stray Sons: The Amarillo country-rockers team up with Kota Lewis & The Flyers for a tuneful night at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Dudeman: The Amarillo rocker joins JKali for a pounding show at RR Bar. (10 p.m. Saturday; 701 S. Georgia St.; 806-342-9000)

“Scream 2”: Get a head start on the spooky season with a 25th-anniversary screening of this modern horror favorite. (3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)



  • 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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