Drinking/dining events

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off: One of the region’s biggest food festivals returns, with more ribs than you can shake a stick at. (5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5; Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $30 advance, $40 at gate; 806-373-7800)

Canyon Chamber Chowdown: Still hungry? Head down to Canyon for its Chamber of Commerce’s annual barbecue fest. (5 p.m. Oct. 6; The Lumberyard, 21801 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $15; 806-655-7815) 

Volksfest: Pondaseta Brewing Co. hosts an all-day Oktoberfest party, complete with lederhosen contest, food, drink specials and more. (noon Oct. 7; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Amarillo Oktober Fest: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this German-themed party, featuring beer tastings, dachshund races, food and more. (4 p.m. Oct. 7; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $20; 806-342-0515)

Hispanic Heritage Luncheon: Celebrate the contributions of our Latinx neighbors at this annual fundraiser and awards ceremony for Los Barrios de Amarillo and the Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee. (11:30 a.m. Oct. 12; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $50, tables available; 806-372-7960)

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner: Enjoy a five-course dinner from Chefs Rory Schepisi and Alberto Vargas at Drunken Oyster. (7 p.m. Oct. 12; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; reservations $125; 806-418-6668)

Fall Fest: Panhandle Meat Processing hosts its second-annual seasonal party, featuring whole roasted pig, hamburgers, live music and more. (noon Oct. 14; 15891 Dowell Road; 806-499-3168)

Amarillo Margarita & Taco Festival: Starlight Ranch Event Center goes international again with this Mexican-themed party, featuring a slew of margaritas, lucha libre wrestling, tacos and music from the Red Not Chili Peppers tribute band. (5 p.m. Oct. 14; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $150; 806-342-0515)

Live music

Dan “The Piano Man” Hanson: The Amarillo musician tickles the ivories every Thursday at Public House. (5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 12 and 19; 3333 S. Coulter St.; 806-398-7777)

Mike Fuller: The Amarillo folk singer-songwriter offers sweet harmonies with your dinner at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Oct. 5; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Bryan Robertson: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Oct. 5; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Steven Birkenfeld: The Canyon country singer kicks off the weekend at Smokey Joe’s. (6 p.m. Oct. 5; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Andy Chase: The Amarillo favorite slings songs every Friday at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant. (7 p.m. Oct. 6 and 13; 700 S. Taylor St.; 806-220-2258)

The Tweeks: The Amarillo party band hits the beach at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Oct. 6; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644) 

Bring Me the Gypsee: The Amarillo duo rolls in for a show on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Oct. 6; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band offers a night of fun with a rooftop show at Crush. (8 p.m. Oct. 6; 627 S. Polk St.; 806-418-2011)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer cooks up some tunes for a two-night stand at Tokyo Steakhouse. (8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7; 5807 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-358-8888)

Kayla Richardson: Bar Z Winery’s outdoor music season continues with tunes from this Amarillo singer. (5 p.m. Oct. 7; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; cover $5; 806-488-2214)

Andy Chase: The Amarillo singer-songwriter brings along his friends for a beach party at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Oct. 7; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

The Blue Johnnies: The venerable Amarillo rock band takes on the Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden. (7 p.m. Oct. 7; 6014 S. Western St.; 806-221-2337)

Rick Todd: The Amarillo folk singer gets tipsy at Drunken Oyster. (7 p.m. Oct. 7; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6668)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo one-man band offers an acoustic night at Mickey’s Place. (7 p.m. Oct. 7; 1512 Fifth Ave. in Canyon; 806-452-7320)

Chawn and Sarah: The Amarillo duo makes sweet music at Bomb City Distillery. (8 p.m. Oct. 7; 306 S. Cleveland St.; 806-220-2662)

Sirkiss: The Amarillo rock band takes the stage on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Oct. 7; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Ace Rodriguez: The Amarillo rock guitarist offers tunes every Sunday at Smokey Joe’s. (3 p.m. Oct. 8 and 15; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

James Owens: The Amarillo singer fights back against the Monday blahs every other week at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Oct. 9; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Andy Chase: One of Amarillo’s favorite singer-songwriters offers tunes every Wednesday at Public House. (6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18; 3333 S. Coulter St., Suite A; 806-398-7777)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo rock band offers midweek fun every Wednesday at Smokey Joe’s. (6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Rhett Uhland: Enjoy tunes underground at The Barfield’s speakeasy with the Canyon country singer. (7 p.m. Oct. 11; 600 S. Polk St.; 806-414-2200)

Ty Blackburn: The Amarillo country singer offers tunes with your tacos every Wednesday at Fuzzy’s. (7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18; 7408 S.W. 34th Ave.; 806-352-8226)

Tennessee Tuckness: The Amarillo songstress sings for her (and your!) dinner at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Oct. 12; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Cameron James Smith: The Amarillo country singer brings the spice at Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Que Haven. (6 p.m. Oct. 13; 6723 S Western St #4145; 806-358-8550)

Ty Blackburn: The Amarillo country singer smokes up a good show at Robinson’s Time Out BBQ. (7 p.m. Oct. 13; 3723 S.W. 58th Ave.; 806-418-7214)

Boss 420: The Amarillo party band rolls up a good time on the beach at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Oct. 13; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

The Tweeks: The Amarillo party band brings the fun to Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Oct. 13; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer cooks up some tunes for a two-night stand at Tokyo Steakhouse. (8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14; 5807 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-358-8888)

Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River Music Festival: Bar Z Winery’s annual music fest returns with tunes from Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild and more. (3 p.m. Oct. 14; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; tickets $20; 806-488-2214)

Tennessee Tuckness: The Amarillo songstress serves up some tasty tunes at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Oct. 14; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Relic: The Amarillo rock band brings the noise to Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Oct. 14; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Brad Good: The Oklahoma musician offers up a good night of music at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Oct. 14; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

TBA: Look for a to-be-announced band to take the stage on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Oct. 14; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Gabe Marinez: The Amarillo rocker battles the Monday blues every other week at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Oct. 16; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Tennessee Tuckness: The Amarillo songstress serves up some tasty tunes at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Oct. 19; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Miscellaneous entertainment

Shark Beach Karaoke: Take the stage yourself every Thursday at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Oct. 5, 12 and 19; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Slasher Trivia: Only bloody smart ones need to apply for this competitive night at Drunken Oyster. (7 p.m. Oct. 11; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6668)

Horror Movie Trivia Night: Sharpen your wits, not your razor claws, for this competitive night at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Oct. 16; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

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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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