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VolleyKids Fall Volleyball League

  • Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 07/09/20 - 08/24/20
  • Regular Registration: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Monday, August 24, 2020 Program Duration: Monday, September 7, 2020 - Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • $80-Per player ($10 sibling discount)

This is a progressive, practice/play league. The first part of every evening will allow time for a team practice followed by 2 timed games. This progressive approach allows for young players to build their fundamental skills of passing, setting, attacking, serving, 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. Each players will be given a team shirt. Schedule information will be emailed to participants two weeks before league play begins. Volunteer coaches are needed for this league. Please contact Sabrina at sbingham@abileneysa.org if you are interested in coaching your child's team.

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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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Adult Volleyball League

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-2972AYSA
  • 07/30/20 - 09/01/20
  • $200-Per team (Registration deadline Sept. 1)

Thursday Evenings, Sept. 10 - Oct. 29. Coed & Reverse Coed Divisions--Guaranteed 2 matches per night. Matches will start as early as 5:30 p.m. and finish no later than 9 p.m. Schedules will be posted a few days prior to the start of the season.

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Paranormal Cirque '20 Tour

  • Mall of Abilene
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 941-704-8572
  • 08/13/20 - 08/16/20
  • Thurs.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.
    Sun., 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.
  • $10-$50

Paranormal Cirque is an innovative horror themed story for mature audiences featuring exclusive magical fusion of theatrical circus arts, comedy, and cabaret. Prepare to enter into the world of your darkest fantasies. The special concoction will elicit a truly unforgettable mixture of fear, amusement, surprise, and much more! Age restrictions: 13+ ONLY; minors require a chaperone 21+. Adults need photo ID with a date of birth. Purchase tickets at https://paranormalcirque.com/?cid=FBC 

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Fall Back 2 School Kids & Maternity Sale

  • Expo Center's Big Country Hall
  • 1801 E. South 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-716-7356Bonnie Bouher
  • 08/13/20 - 08/16/20
  • Fri., 1 to 9 p.m.
    Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sun., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • For pricing and ticket information, visit www.JBFWestTexas.eventbrite.com

Shoppers will be able to find everything from clothing, toys, shoes, accessories, books, bags, bedding, bath items, baby equipment, electronics, and so much more at 50 to 90% off. 

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Sing and Dance with Joe McDermott

  • Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 08/14/20 - 08/15/20
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., 9 a.m.
  • $5-Per family (Plus ticketing fee)

Sing and dance with Austin singer/songwriter Joe McDermott at this outdoor event hosted by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and Young Audiences of Abilene. Choose from two showtimes, Friday evening or Saturday morning, and register early because this outdoor event has limited capacity. Families stay six 6 feet apart, and masks are required for adults and encouraged for children. Picnic blankets are welcomed, but please no chairs. Each child gets a make-n-take activity. Shows are 45 minutes. No restrooms on site.

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Abilene Food Tour

  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 08/15/20 - 08/15/20
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $55-Per person

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll spend around 2 1/2 hours walking, learning, and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! Partners include Cypress Street Station, The Local, Vagabond Wood-Fired Pizza, McKay's Bakery, Candies by Vletas, and The Hallows Coffee + Cocktails.

 

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Night of Metal in Downtown Abilene

  • 201 Mesquite Event Center
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 325-669-4203201 Mesquite
  • 08/15/20 - 08/15/20
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-18 years of age and older; $5-Cooler charge <20 qt.; $10-Cooler charge > 20qt.

Enjoy live music featuring Murderous Affliction, Crafting the Conspiracy, One Last Attempt and Cinephilia. B.Y.O.B., no glass containers.

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Rock & Roar with Josh Ward

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085Kayli Denson
  • 08/15/20 - 08/15/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5-Members; $10-Non-members

Bring chairs or a blanket and grab a lakeside seat for this open-air event. The Abilene Zoo welcomes Abilenian Kirk House to open for our headliner Josh Ward! Beer, wine and barbecue will be available for purchase and the entire zoo will be open to enjoy. Visit the animals in the cool of the evening!

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Tony Barker & LaLa LadyBugs

  • Play Faire Park
  • 2300 N. 2nd St.Abilene
  • 325-672-2977Play Faire Park
  • 08/15/20 - 08/15/20
  • 8 to 11 p.m.
  • $10-Adults; $5-12 years of age and younger; Free-5 years of age and younger; $5-Cooler charge

Celebrate International Day of the Hippie with some miniature golf and live music featuring Tony Barker and special guests LaLa LadyBugs.

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Parkside

  • Heff's Burgers & Bar
  • Suite 1342
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-232-6715Heff's
  • 08/15/20 - 08/15/20
  • 9 p.m. to Midnight
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy a burger and live music featuring Parkside.

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2020 Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 08/19/20 - 08/19/20
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $5-In advance; $10-At the door; Free-Chamber members
    Booth prices vary.

The Chamber's premiere business to business networking event features exhibitors showcasing their services and products. Call the Chamber of Commerce for display and sponsor opportunities.

Safety measures the Abilene Chamber team will put into action at this event: 

  • Limiting the entrance of the event to just one area so proper temperature checks and hand sanitation can take place before anyone enters the building.
  • To protect your health and the health of others, masks will be required and will be on-hand for those who do not have one. The Chamber knows that not all will feel the comfortable in a mask all day, but in order to get back to some sort of “normalcy” it’s a step the Chamber feels they need to take to help ensure you remain healthy.
  • Thanks the ChemStation, there will be multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.
  • Unsure of if the person you’re wanting to visit with is physically distancing? There will be colored bracelets on-hand to help you communicate to those around you which measures you are practicing. A red will mean no contact, yellow elbows only while still being cautious, blue hi-five and handshakes with frequent sanitizing.
  • The Chamber is also boosting up their signage throughout the building to help remind everyone in attendance of proper public health guidelines.
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Chamber Chairman's Showcase

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-7241
  • 08/19/20 - 08/19/20
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Free

An evening of live music, hors d'oeurvres and networking showcasing all of the Chamber's programs, affiliates and how they work on your behalf. This event is immediately following the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. 

Safety measures the Abilene Chamber team will put into action at this event: 

  • Limiting the entrance of the event to just one area so proper temperature checks and hand sanitation can take place before anyone enters the building.
  • To protect your health and the health of others, masks will be required and will be on-hand for those who do not have one. The Chamber knows that not all will feel the comfortable in a mask all day, but in order to get back to some sort of “normalcy” it’s a step the Chamber feels they need to take to help ensure you remain healthy.
  • Thanks the ChemStation, there will be multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.
  • Unsure of if the person you’re wanting to visit with is physically distancing? There will be colored bracelets on-hand to help you communicate to those around you which measures you are practicing. A red will mean no contact, yellow elbows only while still being cautious, blue hi-five and handshakes with frequent sanitizing.
  • The Chamber is also boosting up their signage throughout the building to help remind everyone in attendance of proper public health guidelines.
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Save the Children Global Walk

  • Everman Park
  • 1101 N. 1st StreetAbilene
  • 325-660-0342Katrina King
  • 08/22/20 - 08/22/20
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free

This apolitical non-profit organization will begin peacefully demonstrating with other global gatherings on this day. All religious/spiritual denominations, political affiliations, races and orientations are welcome. In order to create unity, please remember to set differences aside and focus on the currentl goal during this movement.

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Abilene Food Tour

  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 08/22/20 - 08/22/20
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $55-Per person

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll spend around 2 1/2 hours walking, learning, and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! Partners include Cypress Street Station, The Local, Vagabond Wood-Fired Pizza, McKay's Bakery, Candies by Vletas, and The Hallows Coffee + Cocktails.

 

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The Muppet Movie

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620
  • 08/22/20 - 08/22/20
  • 2 p.m.
  • $2

The Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union & Beltway Park Church Summer Family Film Series is back! Join in the fun for 'The Muppet Movie'.

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Sunset SUP Yoga

  • Sup Abilene Kayak Rentals
  • 9 Cherokee Cir.Abilene
  • 325-721-4937
  • 08/26/20 - 08/26/20
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • $25

A yoga class on a stand up paddleboard. Come and enjoy a West Texas sunset and explore a cooler type of yoga on water. No yoga or paddleboard experience is required. Tickets include your paddle board, paddle, life jacket and yoga. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. (It is very important that they have your email address and cell phone number in your student record as classes may be canceled or rescheduled up to an hour before the session due to changing wind or weather conditions. They need to know how to reach you!) Please arrive 10-15 early so they can get waivers filled out and get set up out on the lake.

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Abilene Food Tour

  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 08/29/20 - 08/29/20
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $55-Per person

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll spend around 2 1/2 hours walking, learning, and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! Partners include Cypress Street Station, The Local, Vagabond Wood-Fired Pizza, McKay's Bakery, Candies by Vletas, and The Hallows Coffee + Cocktails.

 

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Frozen 2

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620
  • 08/29/20 - 08/29/20
  • 2 p.m.
  • $2

The Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union & Beltway Park Church Summer Family Film Series is back! Join us for Frozen 2.

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Brett Patterson

  • Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925Lytle Land & Cattle
  • 08/29/20 - 08/29/20
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase.

Live @ Lytle featuring Brett Patterson on the patio.

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Open Road Concert Series: Bastards of Soul

  • The Grace Museum Rooftop
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3883Megan Dobbs
  • 09/03/20 - 09/03/20
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $40

The Open Road concert series in Downtown Abilene offers music from some of the best in the Americana and roots rock music scenes. The third show of the season features Dallas soul and funk band Bastards of Soul. Proceeds from the concerts benefit the Community Foundation of Abilene — for the purpose of granting money to downtown initiatives — and Future Fund, an endowment fund of the Community Foundation which provides funding to local organizations serving children and youth.

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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
  • 09/03/20 - 09/03/20
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $5.00

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

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Abilene Country Club 500

  • Abilene Country Club South Course
  • 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-692-1855
  • 09/04/20 - 09/06/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Registration fees apply

Abilene Country Club Golf Tournament.

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Texas LULAC Labor Day Softball Tournament

  • Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-370-7522Jack Guzman
  • 09/04/20 - 09/07/20
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission fees & team entry fees apply

The Texas arm of the League of United Latin American Citizens will meet in Grover Nelson Park Labor Day weekend to play its 44th Annual Softball Tournament to raise funds for scholarships, enjoy fellowship and build goodwill. Men's, women's and mixed teams to compete.

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Free Tour of Historic Paramount Theatre

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 09/04/20 - 09/04/20
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Free

FREE tour of the historic Paramount Theatre. Come have a seat in our 1,200 seat theatre and see a short film about the history. Then we’ll pull back the curtains and take you behind the scenes of the theatre and it’s amazing restoration! No ticket or reservation needed. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.

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Rentech Chili Superbowl and Cookoff

  • Old Settlers Grounds
  • Old Settlers GroundsBuffalo Gap
  • 325-669-6200
  • 09/05/20 - 09/05/20
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call for entry and admission details

This is a fundraiser for the Ben Richey Boys Ranch and Family Program. There will be a live auction, dance, kids place, BBQ cook-off (chili, chicken, ribs, kids burger, chef's choice, beans, desserts, and brisket). There will be $6,500 in cash prizes, a people's choice award and several raffle items.

 

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Abilene Food Tour

  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 09/05/20 - 09/05/20
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $55-Per person

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll spend around 2 1/2 hours walking, learning, and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! Partners include Cypress Street Station, The Local, Vagabond Wood-Fired Pizza, McKay's Bakery, Candies by Vletas, and The Hallows Coffee + Cocktails.

 

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Abilene Philharmonic - Kristen Hertzenberg and Her All-star Band

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 09/05/20 - 09/05/20
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $5-$40, See website to select seats and purchase tickets

Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Abilene for one memorable night at the historic Paramount Theater! Best known for her role as Christine in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera, Kristen Hertzenberg has proven her ability to sing anything in her concerts, from opera to Broadway to blues. She will be accompanied by Maestro Itkin on piano and backed by a cast of philharmonic musicians rocking the house with hits from the Eagles, James Taylor, the Doobie Brothers, Paul Simon, Carole King, and many more.

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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
  • 09/10/20 - 09/10/20
  • 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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5th Annual Hearts of Gold Fast Pitch Tournament

  • Kirby Softball Complex
  • Loop 322 S. & Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-660-3132Michelle Burleson
  • 09/11/20 - 09/13/20
  • 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.

McMurry University Warhawk Invitational

  • Hardin Simmons and McMurry University
  • HSU & McMurry UniversityAbilene
  • 325-793-4975Bryan Rainwater
  • 09/11/20 - 09/12/20
  • Call for times and admission

McMurry University Warhawk Invitational Tennis Tournament. Collegiate tennis competition.

Paramount Film Series - 'Young Frankenstein'

  • Historic Paramount Theatre.
  • 352 CypressAbilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 09/11/20 - 09/11/20
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Seniors, students, military, children

Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments, and creates his own monster (Peter Boyle). New complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn). 1974, comedy/horror, 1 hour and 56 minutes (with intermission). Rated PG.

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Schools In Session Basketball Tournament

  • The Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
  • 1042 Loop 322Abilene
  • 325-692-2972AYSA
  • 09/12/20 - 09/13/20
  • $275-Registration cost; $15-Weekend spectator pass; $10-Spectator day pass

Program duration: Sept. 12-13. Registration: June 29 - Sept. 11. Three Game guarantee. Boys & Girls Teams: 9U-18U. Schools in Session 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. 

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The Downtown Abilene Walking Tour

  • Monks Coffee Shop
  • 233 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 512-619-7326
  • 09/12/20 - 09/12/20
  • 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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Abilene Food Tour

  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-725-7702
  • 09/12/20 - 09/12/20
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • $55-Per person

Take a short walk and experience some of the absolute best flavors the big country has to offer. Each tour is a unique culinary adventure that combines food with history, architecture, and culture. You’ll spend around 2 1/2 hours walking, learning, and chatting while filling your belly with some delicious food from some of the top eateries in all of Abilene! Partners include Cypress Street Station, The Local, Vagabond Wood-Fired Pizza, McKay's Bakery, Candies by Vletas, and The Hallows Coffee + Cocktails.

 

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Celebrity Edition Abilene Idol

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464
  • 09/12/20 - 09/12/20
  • 6:30 to 10 p.m.
  • $100

Performances by local celebrities, along with dinner from Joe Allen's Barbeque, benefitting Chorus Abilene.

 

 

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2020 Abilene HeartChella

  • 389 Venue
  • 389 Walnut St.Abilene
  • 325-513-9887
  • 09/12/20 - 09/12/20
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Admission varies.

Since 1924, the American Heart Association has been saving lives in Abilene by working with schools, hospitals, community centers and other local stakeholders. Their Mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Their research and educational programs are critical to helping people live stronger, longer lives and build healthier communities all over the globe. Heart Ball Campaign celebrates our life-saving work and will continue to be a major driving force behind eradicating Heart Disease. Visit AbileneHeartBall.heart.org for tickets and sponsorship information. 

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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 NCCIL Exhibition: Encore - A Look Back

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586
  • 06/11/20 - 09/19/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

The retrospective exhibition Encore: A Look Back will open June 11th from 12 to 4 pm. It will include pieces from all artists featured in CALF from years past starting in 2012 with Dr. Seuss. Relive your favorite pieces from the exhibition and see stunning work you may have missed! Come celebrate the opening of this new exhibition! Art on graphic copyright William Joyce, Peter Brown, David Shannon, Oliver Jeffers, and Mark Teague.

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Art Reception

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389
  • 08/21/20 - 08/21/20
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Free

Join the Center for Contemporary Arts for a reception to see their latest exhibits: Barry Byrd's photography, Kevin Stanford's sculptures, and Manny De Los Santos drawings. Occupancy limited to 50 guests at a time. Masks encouraged. Wine, beer and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.