Drinking/dining events 

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. Oct. 6; 3301 SE 10th Ave.; tickets $30 advance, $40 at gate; 806-373-7800)

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. (3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8; 19290 FM 1541; cover $25; 806-488-2214)

Hispanic Heritage Luncheon: Join Los Barrios de Amarillo, the Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee and the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Hispanic Man and Woman of the Year, among other honorees, at this special event. (11:30 a.m. Oct. 12; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $50, tables $400 and up; 806-379-8800)

Bacon & Beer Dinner: The Drunken Oyster will offer five courses inspired by this classic taste combination. Reservations recommended. (7 p.m. Oct. 12; 7606 SW 45th Ave.; $85 per person; 806-418-6668)

Savor the Goods: Panhandle PBS’s local dining experience returns with a plant-forward meal designed by Chef Ruthie Landelius of Black Fig Foods. (6 p.m. Oct. 13; Reed Beverage, 3701 SE 25th Ave.; tickets $75; 806-371-5479) 

Fall Fest: Panhandle Meat Processing will serve free hamburgers at this event, which also will include vendors, sales and live music from Dannie Lake. (3 p.m. Oct. 15; 15891 S. Dowell Road; 806-499-3168)

Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic Tour: Actor Patrick Roach, who plays the antagonist Randy on popular Canadian sitcom “Trailer Park Boys,” brings a comedy tour and cheeseburgers to Whiskey River. (7 p.m. Oct. 20; 4001 SW 51st Ave.; tickets $25; 806-367-6163)

Live music

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band provides tunes weekly on Thursdays at Smokey Joe’s. (6 p.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20; 2903 SW Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

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. Oct. 6; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Andy Chase: The Amarillo favorite slings songs every Friday at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant. (7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14; 700 S. Taylor St.; 806-220-2258)

Rigby Summer: The touring singer-songwriter will serenade the burger-eating crowd at Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden. (7 p.m. Oct. 7; 6014 S. Western St.; 806-221-2337)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo country singer provides entertainment at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. (8:30 p.m. Oct. 8; 5807 SW 45th Ave.; 806-358-8888)

Andy Chase: The beloved Amarillo troubadour brings tunes every Tuesday to 575 Pizzeria. (6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18; 2803 Civic Circle; 806-322-5575)

Andy Chase: One of Amarillo’s favorite singer-songwriters offers tunes every Wednesday at Public House. (6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19; 3333 S. Coulter St., Suite A; 806-398-7777)

Ty Blackburn and Mila Rae: The Amarillo singers will team up for an outdoor show on The Barfield’s rooftop bar. (6:30 p.m. Oct. 13; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Fildio: Rock out with this Oklahoma band at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Oct. 15; 2903 SW Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Ri Wolf: Howl with the Amarillo singer-songwriter at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Oct. 19; 7500 SW 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Justin Miles: The Lubbock singer will join forces with Rose Lees for an outdoor show on The Barfield’s rooftop bar. (6:30 p.m. Oct. 20; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Miscellaneous entertainment

Trivia Night: Come prepared to win at this weekly contest at Hooters. (8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18; 8101 W. Interstate 40; 806-353-9199)


  • 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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