Amarillo Tri-State Fair & Rodeo: The Tri-State Fairgrounds are hopping again with rides, exhibitions and food, plus Red Dirt faves The Great Divide on Friday and Texas country legend Ray Wylie Hubbard on Saturday on the Bud Light Stage. (Through Sept. 25; 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; admission prices vary; 806-376-7767)

“Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls”: Enjoy classic episodes of the beloved sitcom on the big screen in this special Fathom Events presentation. Also on tap from Fathom: a 45th-anniversary screening of the original “Carrie” on Sunday and Sept. 29, and a 30th-anniversary screening of “Transformers: The Movie” on Sunday and Sept. 28. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16 and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14)

“Citizen Kane”: It’s only the greatest movie ever made, so what’s your excuse for skipping out on this TCM Big Screen Classics presentation? (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16 and Regal UA Amarillo Star 14)

“Dear Evan Hansen”: The beloved stage musical hits the screen with original star Ben Platt, who may surely be in great voice but doesn’t exactly look like a high-schooler any more. Also opening this weekend: biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and faith-based cop drama “Courageous Legacy.” (Opens Thursday)

Yellow Rose Jazz: The Harlan Hodges Trio closes out the inaugural season of the Amarillo Symphony’s outdoor concert series at Six Car Pub & Brewery. (6:30 p.m. Thursday; 625 S. Polk St.; tickets $15; 806-376-8782)

“The Sound of Music”: The iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about nuns and Nazis continues its run on Amarillo Little Theatre’s Mainstage season. (Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 3; 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Ruby: The mononymed mountain soul singer returns to Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)

Amarillo Wranglers: The city’s newest pro sports team takes the ice against the El Paso Rhinos. (7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $12 to $23

Carrey Thompson & The RagTown Chiefs: The Amarillo country band takes the stage again at Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Triston Marez: The Texas country singer returns to town for show at Hoot’s Pub. And coming Saturday: regional native Logan Samford comes home. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover

Autumn Street Fest: Check out the last Canyon Farmers Market and enjoy a full day of fun, including pumpkins, pet adoptions, a pet parade, shopping and more. (8 a.m. to noon Saturday; downtown Canyon; free; 806-656-6833)

Conlive! Comic Con: Amarillo: Another con? You guys, when I was a kid, I would have died to have so many comic cons to choose from. This one, sponsored by Kiss FM, has less of the hometown touch of others, but it also does promise 100-plus vendors and celebrity guests. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $15 daily, $25 for both;

Polktoberfest: Enjoy German food, brews and live music from The JungeMeisters and Velvet Funk at Six Car Pub & Brewery. (11 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 625 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-576-3396)

BisonFest: Now, clearly I’m biased towards buffalos these days, but you must admit that this outdoor concert at Caprock Canyons State Park has an absolutely killer lineup this year: Pat Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Cory Morrow, Max Stalling and David Beck’s Tejano Weekend. Don’t miss the arts and crafts festival in nearby Quitaque. Proceeds benefit the Texas State Bison Herd Restoration Project. (3 p.m. Saturday; tickets $40; 806- 455-1492)

Hollywood at Hodgetown: The Amarillo Symphony takes the diamond for an outdoor pops concert in Amarillo’s downtown ballpark. (6 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $8 to $25; 806-376-8782)

Eli Young Band: The country stars’ earliest touring stops were in Amarillo, so it’s always great to see them come back home, as with their upcoming gig at Starlight Ranch Event Center. Plus, Texas country star Roger Creager returns for a Friday night show. (8 p.m. Saturday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $65; 806-556-4456) 

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”: After a nearly two-year hiatus, the Broadway Spotlight Series returns to the Civic Center Auditorium with this touring production of the Lubbock rocker’s life story. (7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 401 S. Buchanan St.;tickets $30 to $68; 806-378-3096)


  • 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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