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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.

 

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5th Annual Hearts of Gold Fast Pitch Tournament

  • Kirby Softball Complex
  • Loop 322 S. & Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-660-3132Michelle Burleson
  • 09/18/20 - 09/20/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission applies

USA Softball of Texas sanctioned tournament. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year a local family or charity is chosen to donate a portion of the registration fees to. The beneficiary is always someone affected by childhood cancer. 8-Open, 10-Open, 12-Open, 14-Open. 4GG, 2 Pool, Double elimination.

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.

Celebrity Edition Abilene Idol

  • Virtual Facebook Event
  • Virtual Facebook Event
  • 325-673-7464
  • 09/19/20 - 09/19/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

This virtual concert will be streamed from Abilene Idol's Facebook page. There will be performances by local celebrities all benefitting Chorus Abilene.

 

 

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Open Mic Knight at Play Faire Park

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977
  • 09/20/20 - 09/20/20
  • 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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Texas Belt Sander Races Championship 2020

  • Frontier Texas!
  • 625 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-437-2800
  • 09/22/20 - 09/22/20
  • 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $50-Each and must be purchased at least three-days in advance.

This FUNdraiser for Frontier Texas will take place on the museum’s parade grounds (courtyard area) on a custom-built 76-foot long race track. First prize for the Open-Division will get a trophy and the title 2020 Texas State Belt Sander Races Champion. A full BBQ meal will be provided and beer will be provided.

Race teams provide their own belt sanders (Frontier Texas can help if needed) and are encouraged to decorate and modify their sanders for SPEED and style. The final racers may not exceed 12-inches wide by 24-inches long. Competition will be in two categories: Open-Division for all belt sander types and a Stock-Division using only a Harbor Freight Chicago 6.5 Amp 3”x21” belt sander and the winner receives a trophy and bragging rights (see sponsorships page for pricing).

Betting on winners is encouraged from 6:00-6:45pm with half of the cash going to the winning bets and half going to the museum. So bring some extra cash and you might go home with more.

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Live at Lytle: Garrett Bradford

  • Lytle Land and Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 09/23/20 - 09/23/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy great food and music by Garrett Bradford during the Live @ Lytle Series.

20th Annual West Texas Dove Classic

  • White Rock Lodge
  • 3602 N. ClackAbilene
  • 325-677-6815Holly Holmes
  • 09/24/20 - 09/26/20
  • $750-Early bird hunters fee (Must be received by 8/15)
    $850-Hunters fee (Received after 8/15)

This year will mark the 20th annual West Texas Dove Classic, benefiting the folks at Disability Resources Inc (DRI). Join hunters from all over Texas who come together for two days of exceptional dove hunting on beautiful West Texas ranches. In addition to Dove hunting, this unique event also includes a heptathlon, an auction, clay shoot, and fabulous meals. The 4th annual DRI Heptathlon will be a 2-person team event consisting of 7 hunting, throwing and pitching challenges. Sponsorships and hunter registrations are now being accepted.

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

  • Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities
  • Hardin-Simmons and McMurry UniversitiesAbilene
  • 325-670-1446Shane Williford
  • 09/24/20 - 09/27/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Collegiate men's tennis championships.

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KAO Lounge Sneak Peek

  • KAO Lounge/Oak Street Arbor
  • 137 Oak St.Abilene
  • 325-518-4329
  • 09/24/20 - 09/24/20
  • 5 to 7 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $10

A quick peek at the brand new KAO Lounge ( KAY-OH)! Pick up a to-go cocktail and take a short walk next door down the SoDA Stroll Alleyway to Oak Street Arbor. There will be music and a great space to enjoy your drink! A food truck will be there as well (specific truck to be announced later).
Limited tickets will be sold to keep capacity at Oak Street Arbor to 50%. Tables will be six feet apart and a hand sanitizer station will be at the entrance. There will be two event times on Eventbrite, one from 5-7 p.m. or a separate event from 7-9 p.m. Purchase tickets according to the time that works best for you!

 

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Brett Patterson at Heff's Burgers & Bar

  • Heff's Burgers and Bar
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-232-6715
  • 09/24/20 - 09/24/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy an evening of live music by Brett Patterson at Heff's Burgers and Bar. 

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Music in the Park with Rosemary Beach

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 09/24/20 - 09/24/20
  • 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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Amateur Organization of Karate: Wild Wild West Karate Meet

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-7022Larry Fields
  • 09/25/20 - 09/26/20
  • Fri., doors open at 4 p.m.
    Sat., doors open at 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission and entry fees.

Amateur Organization of Karate rated martial arts competition: Forms, Sparring, Grappling, Demo, WFM Elite Breaking Divisions.

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West Texas Rehab's Hospice of the Big Country Tim Hamilton

  • Abilene Country Club - South Course
  • 34 Fairway Oaks Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3509Daisy Jane
  • 09/25/20 - 09/25/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • $225-Individual player; $850-Team sponsorship

This Hospice of the Big Country fundraiser honors Dev Ohre. Limited to the first 36 - 4 person teams. For team sponsorship information, contact Karla at 325-793-3507.

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Will Banister

  • P.T. Event Center
  • 5126 Brick Rd.Abilene
  • 325-725-0445P.T. Event Center
  • 09/25/20 - 09/25/20
  • 7 p.m. to Midnight
  • $15

Enjoy live music featuring Will Banister.

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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Doublewide, Texas

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 09/25/20 - 09/25/20
  • 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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Eric Logan & AKA The Band

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 09/25/20 - 09/25/20
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $5-12 years of age and younger; Free-5 years of age and younger

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Eric Logan & AKA The Band.

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Final Stop Basketball Tournament

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-2972AYSA
  • 09/26/20 - 09/27/20
  • $275-Registration cost; $15-Weekend spectator pass; $10-Spectator day pass

Prorgam duration: Sept. 26 and 27. Registration: June 29 - Sept. 25. Three game guarantee. Boys & Girls Teams: 9U-18U. Final Stop tournament will be one of the very first chances to play competitive basketball in the brand new facility. The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center has state-of-the-art amenities, and will be a great venue to watch basketball games in a tournament, multi-court setting. All games live streamed on playsight. 

The Grace Museum 29th Annual Pop-Up Grace Gala

  • Virtual Event
  • Virtual Event
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • Text gracegala2020 to 243725 for more information.

This year's 29th Annual Grace Gala is going virtual so get ready to party where you are! There are no tickets to buy and no dress code to follow. Simply register for the event and choose the ways you want to participate! Bid in virtual live and silent auctions, give a donation online, enter prize drawings and contests, host a pop-up gala party, or enjoy a live virtual gala program. All proceeds benefit The Grace Museum.

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Abilene

  • Online, on Your Street and in Your Community!
  • 3125 S. 32nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2907Kristin Bishop
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • See website for more information.

The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: Azheimer's Association's commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. The health and safety of participants is top priority, so this year's event will not be a large in-person gathering. Instead, walk in small teams of friends and family while others in the community do the same. This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail. Schedule of events:

9 a.m. - Watch the Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony Online Broadcast via the Walk Mainstage
9:30 a.m. - Walk in your neighborhood!
8 a.m.-12 p.m. - Experience the view-only, drive-thru planted Promise Garden at Redbud Park

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Sleeping Beauty

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 2 p.m.
  • $2

The Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union & Beltway Park Church Summer Family Film Series is back! Join the Paramount for the original 1959 'Sleeping Beauty'.

 

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Lib-Con 2020

  • Abilene Public Library - All Three Locations
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-677-2474
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 4 p.m.
  • Free

Lib-Con is a free fandom convention hosted by the Abilene Public Library. Celebrating fandoms, cosplay, gaming, and more; this event is a great time to let out your inner geek! Special events and guests all three days, vendors and cosplay contest on Saturday.

 

Celebrity Edition Abilene Idol

  • Virtual Facebook Event
  • Virtual Facebook Event
  • 325-673-7464
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

This virtual concert will be streamed from Abilene Idol's Facebook page. There will be performances by local celebrities all benefitting Chorus Abilene.

 

 

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New Standard Wrestling presents Sunrise

  • Downtown Tattoo
  • 865 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 325-668-6091Vincent Tucker
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $10-General admission; $5-Cooler charge (cans only)

New Standard Wrestling along with Ringside Records and Downtown Tattoo bring you 'Sunrise'. There will be very limited seating and social distancing is encouraged. There will be some seating provided, but it is recommended to bring your own chair.

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Abilene Community Theatre Presents: Doublewide, Texas

  • Abilene Community Theatre
  • 809 Barrow St.Abilene
  • 325-673-6271
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 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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Music in the Park with MerKaba

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 8 to 11 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 MerKaba. Admission includes entrance to the park, a game of golf on each side, and all the fun in between!

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Sunday Fun Day at the Abilene Public Library

  • Mall of Abilene - Dillard's Women's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-7565
  • 09/27/20 - 09/27/20
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Free

The South Branch Library will host Sunday Fun Day inside the Mall of Abilene in the Woman’s Dillard’s Courtyard. There will be a Craft Extravaganza and a variety of come-and-go crafts for you to make. All materials will be provided. The whole family is invited! 

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Music in the Park with Water Grave

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd. St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 09/28/20 - 09/28/20
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • $5-Adult; $6-12 years and younger; Free-5 years and younger

Enjoy miniature golf and live music featuring Water Grave.

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17th Annual Fashions for the Cure

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-0040Ginger
  • 09/29/20 - 09/29/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $40

The 17th Annual Fashions for the Cure Style Show and Auction Fundraiser benefiting Cancer Services Network.

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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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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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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 and The Toasted Traveler. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 06/01/19 - 09/26/20
  • 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

From the Gibson Girl to the Flapper, women's fashion evolution from the early 1900s to the 1920s in the United States was due to new economic and social factors for women. These three decades were a defining time as many women fought for the right to vote, joined the work force during World War I, and changed the traditional social norms for women from the previous century.

 

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Downtown Revitalization Beginnings: Part II

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587
  • 09/27/19 - 09/26/20
  • 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

From the founding of the city through the 1950s, Downtown Abilene was a bustling focal point of the city. However, with the decline of the railroad and growth toward the south, like many cities in the United States, the downtown area saw a decline in business and activity overall despite the municipal presence. By the 1980s, several vacant buildings sat in disrepair and were subject to vandalism and home to vagrants. Founded in 1977, the Abilene Preservation League was one of the groups created to help preserve some of the landmarks around Abilene and downtown.

This exhibition, Downtown Revitalization Beginnings, is the second part of a series of exhibitions highlighting the early efforts of the many groups and community leaders that banded together to jump-start the revitalization of downtown north of the train tracks.

This exhibition is dedicated to the late Jim Stuart, director of the Abilene Preservation League. His help with the research and this exhibition was instrumental. Although his time with the APL was short, he was doing many great things for the organization and for Abilene.

 

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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.

 

The Grace Studio: Watercolor Tropical Floral Illustration

  • Virtual Event
  • Virtual Event
  • 325-673-4587
  • 09/21/20 - 09/21/20
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • $40

Learn the basics to watercolor painting with four weeks of simple instruction and project-based virtual learning. Each Monday in September the new class will be posted and you can complete one or all at your own pace. Start the class at any time throughout the month! Class information, links, resources, and supply list are all included as a digital download once you have completed check-out.

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Art Crush Abilene: Studios & Gallery - Pop-Up Art Show

  • Art Crush Abilene: Studios and Gallery
  • 1969 Industrial Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-280-7937
  • 09/26/20 - 09/26/20
  • 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Call for more information.

This is an Open Air Pop Up Art Show, displaying for one day only! No theme or artistic restrictions for this event. Art will be accepted until the day of the event. Art will be displayed and a socially responsible distance. Refreshments will be available during the show.

The Grace Studio: Watercolor Galaxy Fun

  • Virtual Event
  • Virtual Event
  • 325-673-4587
  • 09/28/20 - 09/28/20
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • $40

Learn the basics to watercolor painting with four weeks of simple instruction and project-based virtual learning. Each Monday in September the new class will be posted and you can complete one or all at your own pace. Start the class at any time throughout the month! Class information, links, resources, and supply list are all included as a digital download once you have completed check-out.