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AYSA Hot Shots Basketball League

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-2972AYSA
  • 07/09/20 - 10/19/20
  • $80-Per Player

Monday evenings, Nov. 2 - Dec. 18. Boys and Girls, age groups 5-6, 7-8, 9-10,11-12,13-14. This is a progressive, practice/play league. The first 30-minutes of every evening will allow time for a team practice followed by two 10-minute games. This progressive approach allows for young players to build their fundamental skills of passing, shooting, rebounding and defense, while also learning strategies of the game through league play. Players will register as individuals and will be placed on teams by AYSA staff.

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Yoga Teacher Training

  • Abilene Yoga House
  • 153 TannehillAbilene
  • 325-721-4937Camie Garvey
  • 08/21/20 - 01/07/21
  • $3,000

Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to learn how to bring more yoga to your self, the individual and the masses! A job that is accessible online, outside, in a studio and so many other 'adaptable hybrid' ways!

Module 1: 101 January 8,9,10 Welcome
Module 2: 102 January 22,23,24 Feet, Knees, Legs~Chakra 1
Module 3: 103 February 5,6,7 Legs, Hips, Pelvis~Chakra 2
Module 4: 104 March 5,6,7 Pelvis and Abdominals~Chakra 3
Module 5: March 21 & 22 Diaphragm, Lungs & Heart~Chakra 4
Module 6: 106 April 16,17,18 Shoulders, Arms, Hands~Chakra 5
Module 7: 107 May 1 & 2 Neck & Head~Chakra 6 & 7

Teaching Vinyasa Workshop is to be determined, but most likely will be in the spring.
 

The Wylie Bulldogs Education Foundation presents 'We Are Wylie'

  • Virtual Event
  • 325-660-0292Candy Reagan
  • 09/17/20 - 10/03/20
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • For more details visit Wyliebef.org.

This will be a virtual event for the Wylie Bulldog Education Fund. The WBEF raises funds to promote excellence in the Wylie schools. Go to Wyliebef.org for table sponsorship information.

 

Keep Abilene Beautiful 2020 Fall Sweep

  • City Wide
  • City WideAbilene
  • 325-734-3301Katherine Beeman
  • 09/19/20 - 10/18/20
  • Your choice of day and time
  • Free

This year's annual Keep Abilene Beautiful Fall Sweep clean-up event will look a little different. Your small group can pick the day, time and location of your choice to volunteer and clean-up one of Abilene's parks, recreation areas, or lakes. Keep Abilene Beautiful will still provide the clean-up supplies you pick the time that fits your schedule.

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Dittos for Kiddos

  • Taylor County Expo Center - Round Building
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 325-672-0967
  • 09/30/20 - 10/03/20
  • 10 a.m.
  • Visit website for pricing.

This is a children’s consignment event held twice a year. You can join as a shopper, cosignor or cosigning partner. Sell your gently used clothing, toys, and equipment with no long wait for your items to sell. As a seller (aka consignor), you have the opportunity to shop for great bargains before they open to the public. 

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Outlaw Automotive Friday Night Street Wars

  • Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W Stamford St.Abilene
  • 09/30/20 - 09/30/20
  • 5 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Pit gate admission; $20-Run card; $5-Spectator; Free-Children younger than 12 & Military w/ID

Street cars, race cars, and bikes welcome. Test-N-Tune, Fun and Grudge Racing sponsored by Outlaw Automotive. 

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Vagabond Coastal Wine Dinner

  • Vagabond Pizza
  • 1056 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-268-4321
  • 09/30/20 - 09/30/20
  • First seating, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Second seating, 8 to 10 p.m.
  • $100-Per person

Join Vagabond for a night of food, wine and one crazy Californian. Vagabond will be playing with cuisine from the Carribean and Gulf Coast and pairing it all with California juice from Slo Down Wines. Winemaker, Brandon Allen will be onsite explain how wines like Sexual Chocolate and Broken Dreams came into being. Due to COVID, there will be a few changes to the old wine dinner ways. Please see below.


1. Two seatings available, but they will begin at 5:30 and 8 p.m. to allow plenty of cleaning time inbetween.
2. No more shared tables with folks you didn't know (or plan to see here). Each table will be set for the number of folks specifically in your party.
3. Santizer will be available onsite. No fondling Brandon unless you have thoroughly sanitized yourself. Safety first!

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Live at Lytle: James and Ryan

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 09/30/20 - 09/30/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy great food and music by James and Ryan during the Live @ Lytle Series.

Intercollegiate Tennis Association - Women's Southwest Regional Small College Championships D-III

  • Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities
  • Hardin-Simmons and McMurry UniversitiesAbilene
  • 325-670-1446Shane Williford
  • 10/01/20 - 10/04/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Collegiate women's tennis tournament.

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Ward Brothers Senior Roping Finals 2020

  • Taylor County Expo Center - Guitar Arena
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 940-989-3708Jim Ward
  • 10/01/20 - 10/03/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Annual event featuring some of the best Senior Roping horsemanship in Texas.

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Music in the Park with Rosemary Beach

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 10/01/20 - 10/01/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Rosemary Beach. Admission includes entrance to the park, a game of golf on each side and all the fun in between! 

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AHS Bill Wallace Invitational Boys Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback Golf Club
  • 1510 E. Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-677-1731Scott Findley
  • 10/02/20 - 10/03/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Spectators-Free

Support high school golf players from the region at this annual Abilene High School Bill Wallace Invitational Boys Golf Tournament.

USTA Adult League Tennis Championship - Mixed 18 & Older

  • Abilene Country Club, Abilene High School, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, & Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 10/02/20 - 10/04/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators; Entry fees apply

USTA Adult League Tennis Championship. Mixed 18 & older played at Abilene Country Club, Abilene High School, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, & Rose Park Tennis Center.

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Haydn Bartlow Live at Heff’s

  • Heff’s Burgers & Bar
  • STE 1342
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-864-7584Haydn Bartlow
  • 10/02/20 - 10/02/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Come on out for a night filled great music, food, and maybe even a cold drink! From The Beatles, to Nirvana, you’re in for a treat if you like good music.

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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Doublewide, Texas

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 10/02/20 - 10/02/20
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 7:30 p.m.
    Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $13-$15

This is the regional premiere of this fast-paced comedy about the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas — four doublewides and a shed — who are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten, and directed by Stacey Smith.

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Jamison Priest at Mezamiz Coffee House

  • Mezamiz Coffee House
  • Ste C
  • 3909 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-692-3831
  • 10/02/20 - 10/02/20
  • 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Come enjoy live music, food and drinks at Mezamiz Coffee House! Live music will be in the outdoor courtyard, weather permitting.

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J.R. McNutt Live at Heff's Burgers & Bar

  • Heff's Burgers & Bar
  • Suite 1342
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 10/02/20 - 10/02/20
  • 9 p.m. to Midnight
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy some great live music by J.R. McNutt and Haydn Bartlow along with ice cold drinks and delicious burgers!

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Texas High School Rodeo Region II

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 432-940-0385Jody McElroy
  • 10/03/20 - 10/04/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Enriching the lives of Texas student rodeo athletes by preserving our western heritage through the sport of rodeo, promoting family values, and providing future. opportunities through college scholarships.

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Socktoberfest

  • Sockdolager Brewing Company
  • 833 S. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-261-3247
  • 10/03/20 - 10/03/20
  • 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more details.

Come out and celebrate the 4th Annual Socktoberfest with Sockdolager Brewing Company. Live music by Brett Patterson, Colton Fox, James Tuffs and the Southern Trouble, Austin Upchurch and Chris Colston. Cibus will have the German classics covered, and The Shed Market and The Toasted Traveler will be there too! 

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The Princess & The Frog

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 10/03/20 - 10/03/20
  • 2 to 3:40 p.m.
  • $2

The Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union & Beltway Park Church Summer Family Film Series is back! Join us for The Princess & The Frog.

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Mulligan's Local Outdoor Bash

  • Mulligan's Sports Bar
  • 1166 Ben Richey Dr.Abilene
  • 325-691-0909
  • 10/03/20 - 10/03/20
  • Gates open, 4:30 p.m.
    Music starts, 5:30 p.m.
  • $10

Live music by Kirk House Band, Della Rose, Colton Rice, South of Mayhem, Morgan Reatherford, and Jak Creek Band. Gates open at 4:30 pm and music starts at 5:30 pm. 

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Brett Patterson

  • Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 1150 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 10/03/20 - 10/03/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Live @ Lytle featuring Brett Patterson on the patio.

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Interlude Outdoor Concert Series: Classics Under the Stars

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Serayah Peters
  • 10/03/20 - 10/03/20
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per person; $5-Zoo members (per person); Free-Season subscribers

Come enjoy the second concert of the Interlude Outdoor Concert series! Featuring the principal string players of your Abilene Philharmonic as they perform works by Mozart, Strauss, Gershwin, and many more. It is highly encouraged to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on the lawn and spread out. This event allows for social distancing. Masks are required while entering, exiting, and navigating through the zoo. You may remove your mask when you are at a safe distance from others.

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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Doublewide, Texas

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 10/03/20 - 10/03/20
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 7:30 p.m.
    Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $13-$15

This is the regional premiere of this fast-paced comedy about the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas — four doublewides and a shed — who are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten, and directed by Stacey Smith.

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WWTGA Senior Women's Golf Tournament

  • Abilene Country Club, South Course
  • 34 Fairway Oaks Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-9999Jana Hite-Rice
  • 10/04/20 - 10/08/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Women from across Texas come together to enjoy fun, fellowship and, of course, great golf.

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Open Mic Knight at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 10/04/20 - 10/04/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Local media personality and musician, Terri 'The Queen' Knight, will be hosting Open Mic Night on Sunday evenings at the Park! Head over and share your songs, or just hang out and listen.

 

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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Doublewide, Texas

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 10/04/20 - 10/04/20
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 7:30 p.m.
    Sun., 2 p.m.
  • $13-$15

This is the regional premiere of this fast-paced comedy about the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas — four doublewides and a shed — who are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten, and directed by Stacey Smith.

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Live at Lytle: Jeff Martin

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 10/07/20 - 10/07/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy great food and music by Jeff Martin during the Live @ Lytle Series.

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Hardin-Simmons Theatre Presents: Little Shop of Horrors

  • Behrens Auditorium
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405
  • 10/07/20 - 10/10/20
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Call for more information

A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon 'Aubrey II' grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame & fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Direct from two film versions, one stint Off Broadway and another on Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors comes to life on the Abilene Community Theatre stage featuring 'Audrey II', the people eating plant.

 

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Rose Park Senior Activity Center Dance

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5300Rose Park Senior Citizens
  • 10/08/20 - 10/08/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5.00

Put on your dancing shoes and pack the house for a live performance by Last Dance Band. This dance is specifically for those 55 years and older. 

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Music in the Park with Rosemary Beach

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 10/08/20 - 10/08/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Rosemary Beach. Admission includes entrance to the park, a game of golf on each side and all the fun in between! 

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9th Annual Hope for a Cure Softball Tournament

  • Lake Kirby Softball Complex
  • Lake Kirby Softball ComplexAbilene
  • 325-660-3132
  • 10/09/20 - 10/11/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission and times.

USA Softball of Texas sanctioned, Region 5-Southwest Girls Fast-pitch Tournament. 8-Open, 10-Open, 12-Open, 14-Open. 4 GG, 2 Pool, Double elimination blind draw bracket. All teams should wear something pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. Bring posters/banners in honor of those who have survived breast cancer and/or in memory of those who lost their fight.

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Abilene Tennis Association Best of West Texas Mixed Doubles

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 PortlandAbilene
  • 10/09/20 - 10/11/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for details

This is an adult mixed doubles tournament for 18 years and older.

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Paramount Film Series - 'Giant'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 CypressAbilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 10/09/20 - 10/10/20
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors, students, military, children

Wealthy Texas rancher Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) shakes things up at home when he returns from a trip to the East Coast with a love interest, the refined Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor). Bick and Leslie get married, but she clashes with his sister, Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), and wins the admiration of the ambitious young Jett Rink (James Dean). Bick and Jett form a tense rivalry that continues to surface as the years pass in this sweeping drama. 1956, epic/western, 3 hours 41 minutes. G.

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Heff's Burgers & Bar - Big Bash

  • Heff’s Burger & Bar
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-232-6715
  • 10/09/20 - 10/10/20
  • 8 p.m.
  • $10-At Door

Come out for two nights of live music featuring Morpheus, Farewell to Fools, Powertap on October 9 and Shades of Grey, South of Mayhem, Mike Hawk and The Amazing Pushy Fingers on October 10.

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Haunted Half Marathon

  • Elmdale Baptist Church
  • 233 Elmdale Rd. S.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 10/10/20 - 10/10/20
  • 8 to 11:30 a.m.
  • $35-Per person
    $45-Late registration

The race starts at 8 a.m. at Elmdale Baptist Church. Prizes will be awarded, including those who have the best costume! Social distancing will be practiced during the race, and sanitizing stations will also be provided.

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Hope Mommies Heart of Texas 3rd Annual 5K/1Mil

  • Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 432-307-2935Tonya Brewer
  • 10/10/20 - 10/10/20
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Visit website for more details.

The Hope Mommies Heart of Texas Chapter invites you to their 3rd Annual 5K/1Mile and Fun Run! All proceeds benefit their chapter as they continue their mission to support moms and families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss in their Heart of Texas Chapter.

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2020 Business Mercado

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1106 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241
  • 10/10/20 - 10/10/20
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free Admission; Call the Chamber for booth prices

Business Mercado is a family friendly, high energy event featuring more than 100 exhibitors, the Texas Tech Mariachis - Los Matadores, Ballet Folklorico, children's activities and the Hispanic Heritage Display. Booths are available!

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The Downtown Abilene Walking Tour

  • Monks Coffee Shop
  • 233 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 512-619-7326
  • 10/10/20 - 10/10/20
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • $12-Per Person; $10.80-Military (with ID) & Seniors; Free-Children 5 and younger

This walking tour is a fun, poetic and informative adventure of Downtown Abilene that includes history, current creativity, local business knowledge. (Including some complimentary food and drink samples). A great way to spend a slow morning with family and friends or solo. 7% of each ticket and merchandise sales go towards Work Again West Texas. (A non profit that works with neighbors experiencing homelessness).

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Chorus Abilene: A Trio of Voices

  • Chorus Abilene
  • 525 Beech St.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464
  • 10/10/20 - 10/10/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $40

Three young professional musicians raised in Abilene, return for one night in concert.

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Open Mic Knight at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 10/11/20 - 10/11/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Local media personality and musician, Terri 'The Queen' Knight, will be hosting Open Mic Night on Sunday evenings at the Park! Head over and share your songs, or just hang out and listen.

 

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Live at Lytle: Kaitlyn Kohler

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 10/14/20 - 10/14/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy great food and music by Kaitlyn Kohler during the Live @ Lytle Series.

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Abilene Christian University Homecoming

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2622Alumni Office
  • 10/15/20 - 10/18/20
  • 10 a.m.

Reconnect with old friends, rediscover old favorites and renew your relationship with ACU! From chapel to the parade, to JamFest and the annual fireworks show, there's something for every member of your family.

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The Big Cheese Block Party

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 547 Chestnut St.Abilene
  • 10/15/20 - 10/15/20
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Adults; $5-Children

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene are planning to keep The Big Cheese safe and socially distanced outside. They will have a limited number of vendors, as well as a to-go option for people who would rather do that. Local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks will be serving up their version of mac and cheese. Head out and grab some mac and cheese to support one-to-one mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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Rose Park Senior Activity Center Dance

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5300Rose Park Senior Citizens
  • 10/15/20 - 10/15/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5.00

Put on your dancing shoes and pack the house for a live performance by Midnight Blue. This dance is specifically for those 55 years and older. 

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Music in the Park with Rosemary Beach

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 10/15/20 - 10/15/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Rosemary Beach. Admission includes entrance to the park, a game of golf on each side and all the fun in between! 

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2nd Annual Texas Diesel Madness

  • Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. StamfordAbilene
  • 10/16/20 - 10/17/20
  • Fri., 5 p.m. to Midnight
    Sat., 8 a.m. to End of Racing
  • Check website for details

This two-day event will consist of drag racing, the dyno competition, show-n-shine competition, raffles, prizes, vendors, food and more! 

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26th Annual Southern Challenge

  • Abilene Speedway
  • 6825 W. HWY 80Abilene
  • 325-692-8800
  • 10/16/20 - 10/17/20
  • 7 p.m.
  • $30-Pit pass; Grandstand Admission: $12-Adults; $1-Military with ID; $5-Children ages 6-12; Free-Children ages 5 and younger

Pit gates and the grandstand open at 3 p.m. and rac­ing begins at 7 p.m. Find more information at abilenespeedway.com 

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Paramount Film Series - 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620
  • 10/16/20 - 10/17/20
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $7

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… The Imperial Forces—under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse)—hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. Rated PG. 1977. Sci-Fi. 2 hours 5 minutes NO INTERMISSION.

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Abilene Walk for Freedom

  • Everman Park
  • 1007-1099 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-428-6833Beyond Trafficking
  • 10/17/20 - 10/17/20
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Free

Beyond Trafficking invites the community to join them in bringing awareness to human trafficking through their annual Abilene Walk for Freedom. Walk For Freedom is their global response to human trafficking – an outward expression of their inward desire to see slavery abolished everywhere, forever. It is a visual representation to declare that the community stands in unity against trafficking. 

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Bill Libby Cross Country Invitational Hosted by McMurry University

  • Abilene Christian University Cross Country Course
  • 2002 E.N. 10th St.Abilene
  • 214-986-0118Rexi Parcells
  • 10/17/20 - 10/17/20
  • 9 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Collegiate men and women cross country competition to be held at the Abilene Christian University Cross Country Course. College women's 6K begins 9 am. College men's 8K begins 9:45 am.

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Running Workshop & Workout

  • OrangeTheory Fitness
  • 3950 Catclaw Dr.Abilene
  • 325-400-6191Carley Lewis
  • 10/17/20 - 10/17/20
  • 9:50 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Free

Come visit OrangeTheory Fitness for a free running workshop where a certified running coach will work with you on breathing techniques, running posture, and other skills to increase your endurance. Afterward, put those skills into action with a free one hour class at OrangeTheory Fitness. Class capacity is limited so call today to reserve your spot!

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Open Mic Knight at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 10/18/20 - 10/18/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Local media personality and musician, Terri 'The Queen' Knight, will be hosting Open Mic Night on Sunday evenings at the Park! Head over and share your songs, or just hang out and listen.

 

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Live at Lytle: Holt Jones

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 10/21/20 - 10/21/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy great food and music by Holt Jones during the Live @ Lytle Series.

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Rose Park Senior Activity Center Dance

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5300Rose Park Senior Citizens
  • 10/22/20 - 10/22/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5.00

Put on your dancing shoes and pack the house for a live performance by Muddy Creek. This dance is specifically for those 55 years and older. 

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Music in the Park with Rosemary Beach

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 10/22/20 - 10/22/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Rosemary Beach. Admission includes entrance to the park, a game of golf on each side and all the fun in between! 

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USA Softball of Texas FrightFest Tournament

  • Red Bud Softball Complex
  • 2808 Curry Ln.Abilene
  • 512-590-2516Mike Ruiz
  • 10/23/20 - 10/25/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for Admission

Girls fastpitch tournament sanctioned by USA Softball of Texas. 6-O, 8-O, 10-O, 12-O, 14-O & 16-Open tournament 4 game guarantee, 2 Pool, Double Elimination Seeded Bracket.

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Haunted Abilene

  • The Historic Swenson House
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8454Swenson House Historical Society
  • 10/23/20 - 10/24/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $15 -Haunted house; $15-Trolley tour; $25-Combo ticket (Haunted house + trolley tour); Free-Children younger than 5

The Haunted House tours the rooms of the Swenson House in small groups. The grand staircase foyer is where the tour begins, leading you upstairs and downstairs through the historic home. The decorations are elaborate and fun. This event is family friendly and they do not 'jump scare'. The volunteers want you to have a good time! As you exit the house, there is a pumpkin patch for selfies that is a free feature. The haunted house also features a 'Haunted Trolley' that begins and ends on Swenson St. in front of the house. It will be narrated by docents and lasts about 20 minutes.

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Paramount Film Series - 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 10/23/20 - 10/24/20
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors, students, military, children

Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart) is on vacation with his wife (Doris Day) and son in Morocco when a stranger, killed in front of the family in the marketplace, reveals an assassination plot to the Americans. The couple's son is abducted in order to ensure the plot is kept secret, and suddenly the mother and father, with no help from the police, must figure out a way to get their child back. 1956, drama/mystery, 2 hours and 10 minutes (with intermission). Rated PG.

Strut Your Mutt

  • Virtual Event
  • Virtual Event
  • 10/24/20 - 10/24/20
  • All Day
  • Visit website for details on how to raise funds.

Strut Your Mutt Day is an exciting opportunity to save animals on your schedule, in your community, and at your own pace! You decide when and where to strut (whether a park, trail, or path in your neighborhood). Leash up your own pup or a dog from your local shelter (on your own, with a pal or in a group). Be sure to download the ResQwalk app to track your miles and raise additional funds.

Best Friends will be hosting a variety of fun, optional virtual events for you to choose from. No matter how you participate, rest assured that at some point during the day, everyone will be out strutting to show support for rescue groups and shelters across the country! Then later on, feel free to celebrate fundraising success and connect with other animal welfare organizations and members of the community who want to get more involved in local lifesaving.

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Kiwanis Club of Abilene's 72nd Annual Pancake Day

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-673-1341
  • 10/24/20 - 10/24/20
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • $6-In advance; $7-At the door

The Kiwanis Club of Abilene presents its annual Pancake Day fundraiser including all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and drinks! There will be a silent auction, raffle items, and live entertainment all day. All proceeds will go back to the Abilene community to support organizations that help kids! Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanian or online at www.abilenekiwanis.org.

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AirPower History Tour

  • Abilene Regional Airport
  • 2850 Airport Rd.Abilene
  • 972-977-4245Jacques Robitaille
  • 10/24/20 - 10/24/20
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visit the website for details.

The iconic B-29 Superfortress 'FIFI' is coming to Abilene, TX for a ONE-DAY ONLY event! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to ride one of only two flying B-29 Superfortresses in the world. Joining 'FIFI' will be a T-6 Texan, a PT-13 Stearman, a P-51D Mustang and special guest the L-26B Aero Commander that served as 'Ike’s Bird'. Only individuals who pre-book a ride flight will be permitted on the ramp. Walkup bookings are welcome. No ground tours will be provided. Get more information and book your ride today at https://www.airpowersquadron.org/abilene-texas

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North Texas Airstrip Attack

  • Abilene Regional Airport
  • 2933 Airport BlvdAbilene
  • 10/24/20 - 10/25/20
  • Admission varies

This is the first time this event has taken place in Abilene and it wil be hosted on an incredibly wide and long runway. Top speeds are anticipated at this venue. Just outside of Dallas, come see some of the fastest street cars in the country come and test their limit in Abilene.

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7th Annual Sonflower Women's Ministry Craft Show

  • First Church of the Nazarene
  • 2849 Beltway S.Abilene
  • 325-668-6589Carol Hehn
  • 10/24/20 - 10/24/20
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free-Admission; $30-Vendors (for a 10' x 10' space)

Enjoy this craft show, bake sale and ministry fair featuring over 60 local vendors. There is something for everyone including handmade soaps, embroidery, jewelry, home-baked goodies, wood crafts, unique gifts, and much more. There will be a silent acution to benefit FCN music ministry. Be sure to get there early and pay online using Venmo! 

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Scarecrow Festival

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365
  • 10/24/20 - 11/07/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Scarecrows inspired by Superheros and created by local students will be installed on the grounds of the Taylor County History Center this October! The opening event is on Saturday, October 24th from 1 to 5 pm is free and open to the public and will include a variety of family friendly fall activities, games, and May Farm Petting Zoo! Scarecrows will be on view throughout the grounds of the Taylor County History Center until Saturday, November 7th. This exhibition of Scarecrows is free and open to the public. For more information visit taylorcountyhistorycenter.org/scarecrow-festival.

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Open Mic Knight at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 10/25/20 - 10/25/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Local media personality and musician, Terri 'The Queen' Knight, will be hosting Open Mic Night on Sunday evenings at the Park! Head over and share your songs, or just hang out and listen.

 

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Stock Horse of Texas - Western Horseman World Championship

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1801 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 940-631-4658Jill Dunkel
  • 10/27/20 - 11/01/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX) is the oldest versatile stock horse association in the country – a true original that continues to innovate. Shows offer competitions in the four basic stock horse disciplines: Reining, Working Cow Horse, Stock Horse Pleasure and Stock Horse Trail.

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Live at Lytle: Brandon Ryder

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 10/28/20 - 10/28/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy great food and music by Brandon Ryder during the Live @ Lytle Series. There will also be a customer costume contest! 

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Music in the Park with Rosemary Beach

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 10/29/20 - 10/29/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Adult; $5-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger; $5 (minimum)-Cooler charge

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Rosemary Beach. Admission includes entrance to the park, a game of golf on each side and all the fun in between! 

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Nightmare on Elm Creek

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 10/29/20 - 10/31/20
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Admission varies.

Ready for a chilling night of fun and fright? The Abilene Zoo transforms its natural Elm Creek habitat into Freddy’s worst nightmares! It’s the Scariest Haunted House in West Texas. A tantalizing night of spooks, ghouls, music and adult beverages provided by Taylor County Taphouse!

Abilene ISD Halloween Classic Girls Golf Tournament

  • Diamondback and Maxwell Golf Courses
  • Diamondback and Maxwell Golf CoursesAbilene
  • 325-677-1731Wayne Williams
  • 10/30/20 - 10/31/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for times and admission

High school girls golf competition. Held at Diamondback and Maxwell Golf Courses.

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Swenson BOO BASH- 2nd Annual 21 & Over Party

  • Swenson House Museum
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8454Melanie
  • 10/30/20 - 10/30/20
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • $75-Individual tickets; $70-Each for 2 or more tickets

The party will feature the DJ Wildman Show, snacks & beverages, and a Costume Contest with many categories! Bring an ID as this is a 21 and over event- IDs will be checked at the door. Start planning your costume now to win bragging rights and an award in one of many categories. Have a blast at Abilene's most elaborate Halloween venue. Mix & mingle, see & be seen, and know that your ticket purchase will help preserve & maintain the Swenson House. Mask covering nose & mouth required at entry. Ticket sales are limited due to social distancing measures.

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Paramount Film Series - 'Hocus Pocus'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 10/30/20 - 10/31/20
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $7

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. 1993, comedy/horror, 1 hour and 46 minutes (with intermission). Rated PG.

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The Grace Museum Exhibition - David McManaway: Cult of the Commonplace

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 03/07/20 - 01/09/21
  • Tues.-Fri., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

David McManaway’s Studio Revisited is designed to recreate the experience of visiting the studio that is now gone but certainly not forgotten by those who were privileged see firsthand McManaway’s world. An artist’s studio is typically described as a creative laboratory where all the required tools and materials await the master’s creative transformation into fine art. But, David McManaway’s studio was not typical. McManaway moved to Munger Place in Dallas from Chicago in the 1959. He soon abandoned painting in favor of assemblage; a medium that required a completely different set of tools. Over the following decades McManaway covered his studio walls, ceilings and table tops with carefully selected, reclaimed, cultural castoffs that became his primary medium. After McManaway’s death in 2010, his longtime studio assistant, Robin Ragin undertook the daunting task of documenting and saving the contents of the studio. Ragin’s efforts inspired the concept and provided the contents necessary to replicate the studio at the Grace Museum. Lenders to the exhibition and many individuals who worked with McManaway enthusiastically supported this effort to recreate this one last visit to the legendary studio.

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The Grace Museum Exhibition - David H. Gibson: The McManaway Studio Project

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 04/02/20 - 02/06/21
  • Tues.-Fri., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Photographer David H. Gibson met David McManaway in 1964. A long friendship followed and in 1993 Gibson began documenting McManaway’s extraordinary studio. A visit to McManaway’s studio was akin to stepping into one of McManaway’s works of art; walls, ceilings and table tops covered with carefully selected cultural castoffs silently awaiting a second chance as fine art. Gibson’s photographs of the studio, dismantled after McManaway’s death in 2010, are as close as we can get to walking into McManaway’s unique, (Mojo) Jomo themed amusement park.

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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Et Al: Found Object Features from the Permanent Collection

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 04/21/20 - 04/06/21
  • Tues.-Fri., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

The fine art of found objects defied the status quo to become a major art movement in the last decades of the 20th century. Inspired by Picasso and Braque’s 1912 experiments with paper and print and Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades”, Dada and Surrealism made anything and everything a medium for serious art making. Appropriation of images from popular culture took the form in realistic paintings of objects, collage work and printmaking. Subsequently, the appropriation of found objects into two and three-dimensional mixed media assemblage work became the bedrock of 21st century, interactive, art installations. This exhibition presents a selection of art work based on appropriated found objects in a variety of media selected from The Grace Museum permanent collection by Kirk Hayes, Robert Rauschenberg, Vernon Fisher, Linda Ridgway, Martin Delabano, William Farr, and Clint Hamilton.

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The Center for Contemporary Arts - Centra Devolved by Kevin Stanford

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 08/20/20 - 10/10/20
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday for Artwalk
  • Free

Stanford is a primarily self-taught blacksmith with a passion that lies in exploring non-traditional shapes in forged steel while using traditional blacksmith techniques and incorporating found objects in his sculptures. Influenced by tribal art, science fiction notions, and the elusive remnants of dreams, Stanford’s art explores the familiar while offering sub rosa glimpses of what could be commonplace in another world. Stanford states of his art, 'my work glorifies the aesthetic of the found… forging, assemblage arc welding and patination are the processes that dominate my practice.'

The Center for Contemporary Arts - It Figures by Manny Do Los Santos

  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 08/20/20 - 10/10/20
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday for Artwalk
  • Free

This collection of renderings allowed De Los Santos to refine his drawing skills while perfecting the rendering of raw movement in a gesture drawing. These drawings focus on the process of capturing the image rather than the outcome.

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The Center for Contemporary Arts - A Sense of Place: Texas Landscape Art Quilts

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 09/10/20 - 11/07/20
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday for Artwalk
  • Free

Artists have long been inspired by the vast Texas landscape with its diversity, grandeur and mystery that unrolls from the Gulf to Staked Plains, to the Borderlands and the Hill Country. 'A Sense of Place: Texas Landscape Art Quilts' is a juried exhibition of works by 30 artists that is scheduled to tour throughout Texas from 2020 to 2022.

The 30 artists whose work is included in the exhibition explored the Texas landscape to create art quilts in styles ranging from representational to abstract styles. Their artwork examines our human attachment to specific places, and what makes those places meaningful and unique. Many of the artists exhibit their work widely and frequently, and several are highly regarded instructors as well.