Annual Events

While you're in Amarillo we hope that you have time to catch one of the major annual events that make Amarillo the fine city that it is. Here is a list of the events you can't miss during your visit:

  • First Friday Art Walk is a free monthly walk through Arts in the Sunset. Sunset. artsinthesunset.org.
  • Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo pits area’s ranches in friendly but serious competition. The Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive kicks off the weekend. Early June. coorsranchrodeo.com. 806-376-7767.
  • Amarillo Community Market held Saturdays, Mid-June through mid-October, 9am - 1pm, 1000 S. Polk Street. 806-335-6360
  • Amarillo Chamber Summer Celebration combines the best of Amarillo’s restaurants with live local music. Third Thursday in June.
  • Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo - local cowboys have been gathering over the July 4th holiday for more than 70 years. willrogersrangeriders.com. 806-622-2102.
  • National Day of the Cowboy helps everyone understand what it takes to be a cowboy. Last Saturday in July. aqha.org 806-376-4811.
  • Create! a family art festival with live entertainment, food vendors and arts & crafts with free outdoor children’s activities. In August. centercity.org. 806-372-6744.
  • Yellow City Sounds Music Festival is a daylong concert featuring different bands, vendors, and food trucks. Saturday, Labor Day weekend. PanhandlePBS.org 806-371-5222
  • Boys Ranch Rodeo +adventureFEST is all about the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Saturday, Labor Day weekend. calfarley.org 800-687-3722.
  • Tri-State Fair & Rodeo is one of Amarillo’s oldest events with rides, food, exhibits and action. Mid-September. tristatefair.com 806-376-7767.
  • Good Times Celebration® Barbecue Cook-Off brings together over 100 cooking teams with thousands of barbecue fans. Second Thursday of September. amarillo-chamber.org 806-373-7800.
  • Jazztober by Center City Free Jazz concerts held every Tuesday evening in October on the lawn of the Historic Bivins Home in downtown Amarillo. centercity.org 806-372-6744.
  • Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Wrangler World Championships determines who is the fastest and most accurate shot from horseback. Mid-October. cowboymountedshooting.com 806-376-7767.
  • National Junior Bulls Riders Association Championships from age 4-19 take a shot at a national title. njbranow.org 918-256-5213
  • WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo is the real deal. Cowboys from ranches across the West are in town for this serious rodeo. Second weekend of November. wrca.org 806-374-9722.
  • Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show is one of the nation’s largest indoor farm & ranch shows. Week after Thanksgiving. ideaggroup.com/amarillo  806-378-4297.
  • Christmas in the Gardens gets you ready for the Holiday Season with a stroll through the Amarillo Botanical Garden’s glowing foliage. End of November through right before Christmas. amarillobotanicalgardens.org 806-352-6513.
  • Center City Electric Light Parade kicks off the holiday season. First weekend in December. centercity.org 806-372-6744.
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Christmas Open House, with singing and treats and Santa lining the halls of the state’s largest history museum. First weekend in December. panhandleplains.org 806-651-2244.
  • The Nutcracker attracts generations of fans each year. Second weekend of December. lonestarballet.org 806-372-2463.

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