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Polk Key City Invitational Girls Basketball Classic

  • HSU, AHS & CHS
  • HSU, AHS & CHSAbilene
  • 325-670-1272Dr. Ronald Rainwater
  • 11/18/21 - 11/20/21
  • Admission applies

HSU began hosting this high school girls basketball tournament in 1952 and in 1975 AISD initiated the Key City Invitational. Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene ISD have since joined forces to host this long-standing Girls Basketball Classic tradition.

 
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My Sister's House Pop-Up Consignment Sale

  • 201 Mesquite Event Center
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 325-669-3529Kate Stover
  • 11/18/21 - 11/21/21
  • Visit website for details

Don't miss this pop-up consignment event that has over 15,000 square feet of upscale consignment items up to 90% off retail. 

 
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Abilene Tattoo Expo

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211
  • 11/19/21 - 11/21/21
  • Fri., 1 to 11 p.m.
    Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • $20-Per Day; $35-3-Day Weekend Pass

This is a small and semi-intimate tattoo expo bringing 60 award-winning tattoo artists all to one location for your tattoo needs. All different styles from realism, traditional, black and grey, to color tattoos. Hosted by Ink Masters Tattoo Show. Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the showroom.

 
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Charcuterie Workshop with Love & Boards

  • SunnHaus Brewing
  • 344 Clark Rd.Abilene
  • 405-397-4092
  • 11/19/21 - 11/19/21
  • 6 p.m.
  • $30

Love & Boards is bringing you a fall-themed charcuterie workshop at SunnHaus Brewing. The workshop includes everything needed to make your own fall-themed board as well as expert instruction. There will also be live music in the brewery from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 

 
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Southwest Hoops Big Country Shootout

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene, TX
  • 806-201-2777Cory Lusk
  • 11/20/21 - 11/21/21
  • Call for times & admission

Youth boys and girls basketball tournament with players competing in the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. 

 
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Military Appreciation Day

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365
  • 11/20/21 - 11/20/21
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Regular admission applies for non-military members.

Military Appreciation Day at the Taylor County History Center in Buffalo Gap with free admission for current and former military members and their families.

 
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Ethnos 2021: The Escape, ACU Culture Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-201-6201Veronica Summers
  • 11/20/21 - 11/20/21
  • 5 p.m.
  • $8-Child/Student
    $10-ACU Alumni, Faculty or Staff
    $12-General Admission

Ethnos is a student production organized by the International Students Association of ACU that showcases various forms of artistic cultural performances by ACU's international students and other cultural groups from the Abilene community.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 11/22/21 - 11/22/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 11/23/21 - 11/23/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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Abilene Turkey Trot

  • Shotwell Stadium
  • 1525 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-788-7383Abilene Runners Club
  • 11/25/21 - 11/25/21
  • 7 a.m.
  • $15-$25

Abilene Turkey Trot winds through the Lytle neighborhood in Abilene, Texas. It is a great race for a fun time with family and friends. Proceeds benefit the West Texas Rehab Center and the Abilene Runners Club. 

 
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The Big Country Raceway 8th Thanksgiving Throwdown

  • The Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. Stamford Rd.Abilene
  • 325-721-2021Sterling Robertson
  • 11/25/21 - 11/27/21
  • $15-Pit gate fee; $2 Off-Military & student with valid ID

Summit ET Bracket Racing SERIE/SUMMIT Jr. Drag Racing at Big Country Raceway. 

 
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A Very Merry SoDA Christmas

  • SoDA District
  • 834 S. 3rd St.Abilene
  • 325-518-4329
  • 11/27/21 - 11/27/21
  • Free

Mark your calendars for this exciting Christmas event in the SoDA District. The event will include:

  • Outdoor Christmas Market
  • Food & Drinks
  • Crafts & Activities for Kids
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Viewing of Elf
  • Santa
 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 11/29/21 - 11/29/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Ross Medical Education Info Session

  • Ross Medical Education Center
  • 1934 S 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-671-2135Stephanie Metz
  • 11/30/21 - 11/30/21
  • Noo to 3 p.m.
  • Free

Chat with an advisor and get all the information you need to jump-start your new career. Enroll now to begin an exciting new career in medical or dental assistant, nursing, veterinary technician, and many more. Many degree options are available fully online. Masks and social distancing will be observed.

 
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Tie-Dye Tuesday at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 11/30/21 - 11/30/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person (includes mini golf)

Bring something to dye or purchase something white from the shop. Whatever you bring, make sure it's natural (cotton, rayon, hemp, etc). Extra charges for multiple and oversized items.

 
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33rd Annual FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade

  • FOX West Texas
  • 325-212-3891
  • 11/30/21 - 11/30/21
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

You’ll feel at home for the holidays when you discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene in the 33rd Annual Christmas Lights Parade. This year's Christmas Lights Parade is about Memories: to appreciate what is, what was, and what will be. Merchants, museums, and galleries will open their decorated doors for an evening of holiday cheer, fun activities, and shopping. Highlights include a parade of lights, musical performances, and free goodies. Organized through the dynamic teamwork of the Abilene Downtown Association and parade with Fox West Texas.

 

 

Raising Cane's Key City Classic

  • Abilene High School & Cooper High School
  • 325-677-1731Justin Reese
  • 12/02/21 - 12/04/21
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • $5-Adults
    $3-Students

The Key City Classic is back after a cancellation in 2020 due to Covid. This will be one of top high school boys basketball tournaments in the state of Texas. The 2019 tournament was a huge success for the community. There were 16 teams from around the state that came and participated in the tournament for three days.

 
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Abilene Comic Con

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 12/04/21 - 12/05/21
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $20-Saturday Pass
    $15-Sunday Pass
    $30-Weekend Pass
    $85-VIP Pass

Abilene Comic Con brings you all the pop culture fun of comic conventions to the great Key City. Attendees can expect a range of guests from actors and voice actors from their favorite shows, movies and anime. Guests will be at the show throughout the weekend to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos. Celebrity guests will also be hosting panels where attendees will also be able to ask questions.
Fans of the popular anime Jujustu Kaisen will have the chance to meet Kaiji Tang, the voice of Satoru Gojo as well as Anne Yatco, the voice of Nobara Kugisaki.

In addition to meeting celebrities, attendees will have access to dozens of artist and exhibitor booths to shop for all their 'nerdy' needs. Fans of the Dragonball Universe will rejoice that Universe 7 props will be bringing their life-sized Saiyan Pod and Frieza Hover Pod for attendees to see and take photos in.

All attendees are encouraged to break out their best cosplays and enter the cosplay contest to win great prizes as well as bragging rights!

 
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Southwest Hoops Santa Shootout

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene, TX
  • 806-201-2777Cory Lusk
  • 12/04/21 - 12/05/21
  • Call for times & admission

Youth boys and girls basketball tournament with players competing in the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. 

 
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Silver Spur Gun & Knife Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1100 Expo Dr.Abilene
  • 806-253-1322Kim Sansom
  • 12/04/21 - 12/05/21
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $10-2 Day Pass; $6-Adults; $1 Off for Active Duty Military or NRA with ID (only 1 discount may be used at a time); Free-12 and Younger

Buy, sell, trade, or browse a full show! 

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Pops I: Christmas Movie Magic

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 12/04/21 - 12/04/21
  • 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

All aboard! Take a ride with the Abilene Philharmonic featuring the soundtracks from your favorite Christmas movies: The Polar Express, Home Alone, Elf, Frozen, and much more! Pajamas optional. Philharmonic musicians take the stage. Featuring Paul Rowe, vocalist, and Abilene Chamber Singers. 

 
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Paramount Film Series: 'Home Alone'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Tré McLeod
  • 12/04/21 - 12/04/21
  • 7:30 pm
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors (60+), students, military, children

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 12/06/21 - 12/06/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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ZZ Top 50th Anniversary Tour

  • Taylor County Coliseum
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376
  • 12/07/21 - 12/07/21
  • Doors Open, 6:30 p.m.
    Show Begins, 8 p.m.
  • $42.50-$72.50

Head to the Taylor County Coliseum and watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, ZZ Top, perform live for their 50th Anniversary Tour! 

 
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The Berty Boy Relapse Tour featuring Bert Kreischer

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 325-677-4376
  • 12/09/21 - 12/09/21
  • 7 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Coming off of his hugely successful outdoor run, the Hot Summer Nights Tour 2020, as the first-ever stand-up comedian to embark on a drive-in comedy tour, renowned comedian, podcast host, and author Bert Kreischer announces The Berty Boy Relapse Tour.

 
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Paramount Film Series: 'White Christmas'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Tré McLeod
  • 12/10/21 - 12/11/21
  • Fri. & Sat.: 7:30 pm
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors (60+), students, military, children

Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

 
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The Downtown Abilene Walking Tour

  • Vera Minter Park
  • 233 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 512-619-7326
  • 12/11/21 - 12/11/21
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • $15-Per Person; $13.50-Military (with ID) & Seniors (65+); 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.

 
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Fa La La in the Forest

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204Abilene State Park
  • 12/11/21 - 12/11/21
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Entrance fees will be waived during the event. Donations to the Friends of Abilene State Park are appreciated ($5/car suggested).

Campers will adorn their campsites, screened shelters, and yurts with lights and decorations. The public is invited to take a drive-through tour of the park. This year the park will return to serving as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots and we'll be accepting donations to the Abilene Food Bank on the night of the event. 

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 12/13/21 - 12/13/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Abilene Zoo Christmas Celebration

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085
  • 12/17/21 - 12/23/21
  • Visit website for details.

The zoo is Celebrating Christmas! Enjoy Christmas lights and festivities such as real reindeer, hot toddies, Santa, s’more stations with real fire pits, cookie decorating, and Christmas memories that will last a lifetime. Bring the whole family to enjoy the most magical time of the year at the Abilene Zoo!

 
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Military Appreciation Day

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 325-572-3365
  • 12/18/21 - 12/18/21
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Regular admission applies for non-military members.

Military Appreciation Day at the Taylor County History Center in Buffalo Gap with free admission for current and former military members and their families.

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 12/20/21 - 12/20/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Eula High School Holiday Classic

  • Eula High School
  • 6040 FM 603Clyde
  • 325-529-3605Josh Fostel
  • 12/27/21 - 12/29/21
  • Fees Apply

High school invitational basketball tournament. 

 
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Long Monday with Jim & Evan at the Ice House

  • The Ice House at LSDG
  • 173 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 214-457-3503Brent Terry
  • 12/27/21 - 12/27/21
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

A John Prine infused set starring Jim Sadler and Evan Christian.

 
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Paramount NYE Film: 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Tré McLeod
  • 12/31/21 - 12/31/21
  • 7:30 pm
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors (60+), students, military, children

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Masterworks I: Canadian Brass

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 01/15/22 - 01/15/22
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

The world’s most famous Brass group comes to Abilene!

 
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Southwest Hoops Winter Hoopfest

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene, TX
  • 806-201-2777Cory Lusk
  • 01/22/22 - 01/22/22
  • Call for times & admission

Youth boys and girls basketball tournament with players competing in the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. 

 
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West Texas Rehabilitation 52nd Telethon and Live Auction

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-793-3508
  • 01/22/22 - 01/22/22
  • Visit website for details.

This event raises more than one million dollars making it possible for the West Texas Rehab Center to serve more than 530 patients each day regardless of their financial circumstance. 

 
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Artrageous

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Melissa Harrell
  • 01/23/22 - 01/23/22
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission
    $9-Military

Watch as incredible artists paint giant works of art right before your eyes. This one-of-a-kind, interactive experience is accompanied by live musical performances, powerful vocals and high-energy choreography. 'Artrageous' takes you on a visual journey of inspiration, creativity, and engagement that will leave audiences of all ages singing, dancing, and clapping along.

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Pops II: The Wonderfully Wicked Music of Oz

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 02/05/22 - 02/05/22
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Relive all the wonderful music of Oz in one magical concert event. Hear your favorite melodies from the Wizard of Oz, Wicked, the Wiz, and Return to Oz. Join Abilene Philharmonic as they follow the yellow brick road.

 
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Southwest Hoops - For the Love of the Game

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene, TX
  • 806-201-2777Cory Lusk
  • 02/12/22 - 02/13/22
  • Call for times & admission

Youth boys and girls basketball tournament with players competing in the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. 

 
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Texas Farm Ranch and Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1100 Expo Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241
  • 02/23/22 - 02/24/22
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free Admission; Call the Chamber for booth prices

Premier annual regional venue providing an opportunity to showcase many aspects of Agri-business and wildlife management. More than 120 Exhibitors, CEU's, Demonstrations, Ag Scholarship Luncheon and Women's Fair.

 
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Pete the Cat

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Melissa Harrell
  • 02/27/22 - 02/27/22
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
  • $10-General Admission
    $9-Military

When cool, smooth 'Pete the Cat' moves in with the perfectly normal Biddle family, he rocks their world with his strumming and strutting. Everybody loves Pete, except for Jimmy, the world's most organized 2nd grader. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class, Pete takes him on the inspirational road trip of a lifetime! The whole family will love Pete's hilarious jazzy antics in this toe-tapping musical.

 
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Southwest Hoops - Big Country Shootout & Small Town Shootout

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene, TX
  • 806-201-2777Cory Lusk
  • 03/05/22 - 03/06/22
  • Call for times & admission

Youth boys and girls basketball tournament with players competing in the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. 

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Masterworks II: The Planets

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 03/05/22 - 03/05/22
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Enjoy Holst’s Planets like never before with choreographed visuals presented by visual artist Adrian Wyard.

 

 
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An Officer and a Gentleman Broadway Musical

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451
  • 03/17/22 - 03/17/22
  • Visit website for details.

Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, is a breathtaking production that celebrates triumph over adversity and includes one of the most iconic and romantic endings ever portrayed on screen. Featuring the Grammy Award winning, #1 hit single ‘Up Where We Belong’, and a score based on the 1980’s catalogue of music that gave voice to a generation, the live stage production is a new adaptation by multiple Tony Awards nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), based on the original screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart. The musical is directed by Scanlan with choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin).

Zack Mayo’s got smarts and a body built for US Navy pilot boot camp, but he also has too much swagger… until he meets a drill sergeant who’s determined to drill his arrogance out of him. Zack finds comfort in the arms of a local factory girl. But it isn’t until tragedy befalls a fellow candidate that Zack learns the importance of love and friendship, and finds the courage to be his best self and win the heart of the woman he loves.

 
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The Big Country Raceway Swap Meet

  • The Big Country Raceway
  • 5601 W. Stamford Rd.Abilene
  • 512-944-6201Randy Young
  • 03/25/22 - 03/26/22
  • Visit website for details.

The finest swap meet in West Central Texas! 

 
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THSPA State Powerlifting Championship

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 979-255-0883George Taylor
  • 03/25/22 - 03/26/22
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for Admission

Watch the best lifters in the state compete at the Texas High School Powerlifting State Championships.

 
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Women's Leadership Luncheon

  • McMurry University, Garrison Campus Center
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4853Emily Jacques
  • 03/31/22 - 03/31/22
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Sponsorships and individual tickets available.

McMurry University hosts its annual Women's Leadership luncheon where two female students are awarded the Dr. Sandra S. Harper's Women Leadership Scholarship. This year's speaker will be Vianei Braun.

 
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Storybook Brunch

  • Ben Richey Boys Ranch
  • 2070 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-660-1613Rachael Morales
  • 04/02/22 - 04/02/22
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • $5-Per Person
    Free-Children 2 & Younger

Join Junior League of Abilene for a morning of reading, crafts and snacks!

 
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Dog Man, The Musical

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161
  • 04/03/22 - 04/03/22
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $10-Person; $9-Military
Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Kid comic book writers George and Harold set out to write a musical based on their character, Dog Man, who loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture.
 
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South Pacific Broadway Musical

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451
  • 04/07/22 - 04/07/22
  • Visit website for details.

Love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping Pulitzer Prize-winning tale centered around two unlikely love affairs. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed woven into an inspiring story cherished the world over. Winner of ten Tony Awards®, the beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’  Like a Dame” amidst big, Broadway performances and a chorus of American sailors and Navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha’i.

 
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Southwest Hoops Key City Classic

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene, TX
  • 806-201-2777Cory Lusk
  • 04/09/22 - 04/10/22
  • Call for times & admission

Youth boys and girls basketball tournament with players competing in the Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. 

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Masterworks III: Mystical Nights

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 04/09/22 - 04/09/22
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

ACU, HSU, and McMurry Choirs. Jeffrey Snider, baritone.

 

 
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Wine, Women, & Shoes 2022

  • 201 Mesquite Event Center
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilen
  • 325-677-5321
  • 04/21/22 - 04/21/22
  • 6 p.m.
  • Visit website for details

Wine, Women, & Shoes is the best mix of a Girls Night Out and one of your favorite charities! Wine tasting, savory bites, silent auction, live auction, Key to the Closet raffle, handsome Sole Men, and more...it is the most fun you will have all year! You don't want to miss it!

 
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Abilene Philharmonic: Vino with the Maestro

  • The Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 04/28/22 - 04/28/22
  • This event is free for Mozart Level donors and up or single tickets $50 per person. Must be 21+.

Enjoy an evening of arias, hors d’oeuvres, and specially curated wines, hosted by Maestro Itkin, all under the stars of the Paramount Theatre.

 
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Panto Company USA's The Little Mermaid

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Melissa Harrell
  • 05/01/22 - 05/01/22
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $10-Per Person
    $9-Military

Featuring attractive staging and a humorous script, 'The Little Mermaid' will take audience members to an undersea world of mermaids, colorful sea creatures and comical villains. The award-winning production follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is a better life for her out of the water. Of course, there is a handsome prince, an evil baddie and load of laughs along the way. With stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes, original songs and lots of audience participation, this show makes for a thoroughly entertaining family day out. 

 
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Abilene Philharmonic Masterworks IV: 1812 Overture

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 05/07/22 - 05/07/22
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Visit website for details.

Faith Fang, violin. 2018 Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition Bronze Medalist.

Chausson Poeme
Ravel Tzigane
Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Museums & Galleries

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Creating a Community: The State Epileptic Colony in Abilene

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 01/16/21 - 07/16/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 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

This exhibition will highlight the early history of the State Epileptic Colony in Abilene through over 50 photographs from The Grace’s permanent history collection. 

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - From This Day Forward: Wedding Dresses, 1870s-1950s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 03/06/21 - 06/25/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 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

This exhibition highlights what we now call “traditional” wedding dresses belonging to various individuals in Abilene and the surrounding areas from the late 1890s to the 1930s, most of which are in the permanent collection at The Grace Museum. 

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Downtown Abilene: At the Crossroads of Rugged and Refined

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 05/04/21 - 11/13/21
  • Tues.-Fri., 10 am to 5 pm + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 pm
    Sat., 10 am to 5 pm
  • $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

'Where glittering barrooms graced the night, Amid the songs of dance-hall queens; Where rugged men with boots and beards, Watched the swiftly moving scene, They bought their joy and paid in gold, When they came to Abilene.' The words of this 1936 poem by Walt Cousins still ring true, with urban development continuing to make its way into nearly every corner of Abilene. As the historic keystone of West Texas, this town has featured hundreds of unique businesses, has been home to entrepreneurs for all of its rich history, and has always welcomed many travelers to enjoy all that it has to offer.

This exhibit features a selection of early Abilene businesses that were prominent members of downtown commerce from 1900-1940. It also highlights the overall advancement, growth, and modernization of Abilene through objects and photographs from the permanent collection of The Grace Museum as well as photographs from other Texas institutions and publications.

This exhibition was curated by students Maia Bell, Kelci Campbell, and Kendyll Jacobs from Dr. Amanda Biles’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course at Abilene Christian University.

 
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The Center for Contemporary Arts: 'Women of the World' Exhibit

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/02/21 - 10/30/21
  • Call or visit the website to schedule a visit.
  • Free

See Eleanor (Ellie) Hamby's new exhibit, 'Women of the World,' in the Wright Photography Gallery. 

 

Dirty Drawers

  • Facebook Live
  • Facebook Live
  • 09/27/21 - 12/20/21
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Join the Center for Contemporary Arts on Facebook Live for Dirty Drawers, their weekly figure/gesture drawing session with their new Teaching Artist, Sergio Hernandez.

 
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CCAN 2021 Exhibition

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/30/21 - 11/27/21
  • Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday for ArtWalk
  • Free

This national competition had over 350 entries submitted from over 30 states. 150 works were selected for exhibition in the Center’s Breed Gallery. Dallas- based artist, Liz Trosper served as juror for this year’s competition and is exhibiting her art in the Center’s Gallery 4 in correlation with the CCAN exhibition. Trosper’s exhibition is titled The Soft Machine.

CCAN 2021 Awards:

Acrylic: Ron Crouch, Men drinking wine (cold room)

Digital: Lauren Dana Smith, Burn This

Fiber: Jacob Wan, Secrettes

Mixed Media: Claire Kennedy, Painting in ceramic 1

Oil: Kristine Schneider, Covenants in the Wilderness

Pastel: T Smith, In the Year 2020

Photography: Lake Newton, The Lives of Others (01)

Watercolor: Hollan Holmes, Near Rhone Bailey Mesa

3-Dimensional: Alex Krajkowski, Untitled from knots

Best of Show: Kes Efstathiou, Laptop Cyanotype

Juror’s Award: Thomas Frontini, The Witch Gate, Sorceress Painter

Merit Award: Benjamine Lester, Reading

 
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The NCCIL Exhibition - Golden Legacy: 80 Years of Original Art from Golden Books

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Meredith Mathiews
  • 10/14/21 - 11/30/21
  • Free

Golden Books

 In 1942, the first full years of American involvement in World War II, a groundbreaking line of children’s picture books arrived on store shelves to cheer and comfort a nation and revolutionize the business of juvenile publishing forever. Fueled by the bold application of mass-market sales and distribution techniques to a sleepy backwater industry, Golden Books retailed for a fraction of the cost of traditional children’s books and could be found almost anywhere that young parents shopped: at five-and-dimes, drugstores, and supermarkets.

Easily as appealing as the affordable price tag was the books’ bright, unfussy signature design and the extraordinary art they featured—the works of some of twentieth-century America’s leading illustrators. Three of the most prolific Golden artists—Garth Williams, Tibor Gergely, and Feodor Rojankovsky- were wartime refugees who had fled to New York as the conflict in Europe began. Several more—Gustaf Tenggren, J.P. Miller, Aurelius Battanglia, Martin Provenses, and Mary Blair- were Disney Studio alumni who played key roles in the making of Snow White, Pinocchio, and other animation classics before opting for the picture-book artist’s life of greater creative freedom. Richard Scarry launched his remarkable worldwide illustration career as a Golden artist. Eloise Wilkin achieved enduring cult status as one.

Today, innovative illustrators like Dan Yaccarino and Bob Staake are creating new books for the imprint that first inspired them as children to love books and make art. -Leonard Marcus

 
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The Grace Museum Exhibition - Kate Breakey: Journey

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 10/30/21 - 11/12/22
  • Tues.-Fri., 1 to 5 p.m. + Free Thurs., 5 to 8 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

For this exhibition, ‘Journey’, Kate Breakey draws from several bodies of work made over a several decades of image making. Breakey has always altered her photographic images. Over her 40 year career, her techniques include hand coloring – laying the surface with pencil, oil paint or pastel, gilding images on glass (orotones) encaustic wax, and embroidering on silk, which she attributes too her early art school training in printmaking and painting.

 
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Virtual ArtWalk: Día de los Muertos

  • Center for Contemporary Arts / Facebook Event Page
  • 220 Cypress StreetAbilene
  • 325-677-8389Andreelynn Stephens
  • 11/02/21 - 11/02/21
  • Thursday, Oct. 28 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. go inside the Center for Contemporary Arts & get a free fine art kit
    Tuesday, Nov. 2 - Join the Facebook Event Page to see demos and videos
  • Free

The Center for Contemporary Arts is celebrating Día De Los Muertos with virtual content and free fine art kits with activities all ages can enjoy to celebrate Día de los Muertos from home. Supplies limited, first come, first served.

 
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November ArtWalk

  • Historic Downtown Abilene
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 11/11/21 - 11/11/21
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

ArtWalk is a monthly mini arts festival downtown hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you! Adult beverages available for purchase thanks to The Local. Special thanks to Lone Star Dry Goods for sponsoring live music.

 
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Art Brunch + Paint-Off

  • Nora Hall
  • 202 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 11/20/21 - 11/20/21
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • $35-Members
    $40-Non-Members
    $300-Table reserved for 6 with prime seating

Brunch with the Center of Contemporary Arts and watch an artist paint-off. They'll have brunch food, beer from Sockdolager, bottomless mimosas, and the paint-off. The Center galleries will be open throughout the event to view the CCAN exhibit as well. The galleries will be filled with art by more than 100 artists from across the nation. 

 
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CCAN Public Reception

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 11/20/21 - 11/20/21
  • 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Celebrate the more than 100 artists from Abilene and across the United States whose work is on view for CCAN 2021 before it's gone! Also, on-view will be the special exhibition by CCAN 2021 juror, Liz Trosper. Meet some of the artists from the exhibition and hear juror comments at 4 pm.

 
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December ArtWalk

  • Historic Downtown Abilene
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 12/09/21 - 12/09/21
  • 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

ArtWalk is a monthly mini arts festival downtown hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you! Adult beverages available for purchase thanks to The Local. Special thanks to Lone Star Dry Goods for sponsoring live music.