“Howl’s Moving Castle”: The classic anime gets revival screenings as part of the Studio Ghibli Fest. (7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Crimson Riot: Get ready to rage when these rockers hit town for a show at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Tuesday; 2511 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)

Hoodoo Kickoff Party: Get fired up for the downtown event with this pre-party featuring music from DJ Element and violinist Bryan Gomez, food trucks, and complimentary beer and wine. (6 p.m. Wednesday; 501 S. Polk St.; free;  hoodoomural.com)

Mason Marek: The Texas country singer heads underground for a show in The Barfield’s speakeasy. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

“Poltergeist”: If you stay away from the light, you’ll miss a 40th anniversary screening of this horror favorite. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“Bros”: Billy Eichner co-wrote and stars in one of the first mainstream gay rom-coms to get national theatrical distribution. Also in theaters: wartime comedy “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” (Cinemark only) and horror flick “Smile.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Hoodoo Lunch Break: Gear up for the downtown mural festival with this midday event in downtown Amarillo. While dining on delicacies from the Yolo’s food truck, watch artist Malcolm Byers create his newest work. (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday; 316 SW Sixth Ave.; 806-374-1497)

Pints for Prostates: Men ages 45 to 75 can get a free beer along with a free PSA test at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (5:30 p.m. Thursday; 7500 SW 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Sunset and Songwriters: Wildcat Bluff Nature Center’s outdoor concert series continues with Amarillo-born singer-songwriter Andrew Akins. The event is potluck and BYOB. (6 p.m. Thursday; free, but donations encouraged; 2301 N. Soncy Road; 806-352-6007)

Mason Marek: The Texas country singer hits town for an outdoor show on The Barfield’s rooftop bar. (6:30 p.m. Thursday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Shadow Work: This Denver-based indie band peers out of the darkness at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2812 SW Sixth Ave.; donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

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)

Sadie’s Rangers: The Concerts in the Canyon series continues with this show from the folk singer-songwriter at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast. (7 p.m. Friday; 100 Brentwood Road; cover $12 in advance, $15 at gate; 806-336-1459)

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

“Don’t Bring Me Down”: Amarillo rock all-stars Flashback! will join with the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra for this pops concert celebrating ’70s rock as part of WT Homecoming Week. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall; tickets $10; 806-651-2840)

Jon Wolfe: The Texas country singer returns to Amarillo for a show with The Chad Cooke Band at Ocho Segundos nightclub. (8 p.m. Friday; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; cover $20; 806-335-9990)

Kody West and Tanner Usrey: The Texas country singers team up for a show at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (8 p.m. Friday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15, $35 and $125; 806-556-4456)

Ghosts of Gray County: The Pampa-based country band haunts the stage at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Pumpkin Palooza Grand Opening: Howard Farms Pumpkin Patch opens for the season, offering free admission and photo ops throughout the season. (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 45th Avenue and Teckla Boulevard; 806-626-8958)

Amarillo Super Mini-Con: This pop-culture party features a celebration of anime, comic books, Funko Pops and more. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Regency Room, 401 S. Buchanan St.; admission $5 children, $10 adults; 806-378-3096)

Be A Hero: This anti-drunken driving awareness event will feature a costume contest, car show, music, food trucks and more at Starlight Ranch Event Center. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; 806-803-1611)

Gee Family’s Opening Day: Gee Family’s Sweet Corn & Pumpkin Patch opens for the season, offering 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)

Pumpkinfest: Get spicy at this outdoor event at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, featuring a cake walk, bounce house, food trucks, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 1400 Streit Drive; admission $8 for members, $10 nonmembers; 806-352-6513)

Storybridge Live: Favorite children’s book characters like the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Skippyjon Jones will converge at Hodgetown for a special event for the kids’ literacy organization. (10 a.m. to noon Saturday; 715 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $5; 806-282-9082)

Amarillo Out of the Darkness Walk: Join with others united for suicide awareness at this walk around Medical Center Park. (2 to 4 p.m. Saturday; registration fee; 1100 Wallace Blvd.; 806-443-8599)

WT Homecoming: The Panhandle’s University celebrates “WT Through the Decades” with, among a week’s worth of activities, a parade at 1 p.m. along Russell Long Boulevard, free admission to Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, tailgating along 26th Street, and a game against University of Texas–Permian Basin at 7 p.m. in Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium. (various times Saturday; WT’s Canyon campus; 806-651-2311)

Hoodoo Mural Festival: The downtown art festival returns. Get to know the newest outdoor art installations by the likes of Tristan Eaton, Drew Merritt, It’s a Living, Rabi, Malcolm Byers and Nate Smith, then stick around for live music from Neil Frances, Flamingosis, Kaelin Ellis and Little Jet. (3 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 501 S. Polk St.; tickets $30 general admission, $125 VIP; hoodoomural.com)

Amarillo Oktoberfest: Get your beer on at Starlight Ranch Event Center at this new event featuring German food, dachshund races, new seasonal beer at the Biergarten, face painting, a lederhosen contest, the best mustache award and Southern polka from Bavarski. (5 p.m. Oct. 1; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $125; 806-556-4456)

Pampa’s 30th Annual Tribute to Woody Guthrie: Gray County commemorates the folk singer who’s now a favorite son (in his lifetime? Not so much.) in this event with music, dinner and more. (5 p.m. Saturday; Pampa Senior Citizens Center, 500 W. Francis St.: tickets $10; 806-664-0824)

Celebrate America: Goodness, what a busy day. Amarillo Symphony will offer a patriotic pops concert at Hodgetown. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $11 to $22; 806-376-8782)

The Blue Johnnies: The venerable Amarillo rockers play an early show at Golden Light Cantina. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2908 SW Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Next Generation Band: The young Amarillo rockers take the stage at Whiskey River. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4001 SW 51st Ave.; 806-367-6163)

Ned LeDoux: The country scion returns to Amarillo for a show at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Bomb City Bar Fights: Catch a night of live wrestling at Whiskey River. (8 p.m. Sunday; 4001 SW 51st Ave.; 806-367-6163)

Picking Circle: The band hits town for a show at Hoots Pub. (8:30 p.m. Sunday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Alessandra Rose: It’s a night of hip-hop when the performer brings her “This Is Me” tour to town for a show at Leftwoods with DaMaddHatter and more. (7 p.m. Monday; 2511 SW Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-367-9840)

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. Oct. 4; AC Concert Hall Theatre; free; 806-371-5340)


  • 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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