Calendar

Events from 02/20/2019 to 02/27/2019

Events Calendar

Map

10th Annual Intercollegiate Student Art Competition

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 01/23/19 - 02/23/19
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

The competition is open to students of Abilene Christian University, Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, and Texas State Technical College. Entries may be submitted in any medium as long as the finished piece meets the size and weight restrictions of the category. Cash prize awards available.

Map

Texas Farm Ranch & Wildlife Expo

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 TX-36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/19/19 - 02/20/19
  • Tues., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free

Annual agribusiness event, in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Taylor County. Continuing Education Unit’s (CEU), seminars, equipment demonstrations and agribusiness related product showcase.

Map

Ag Scholarship Luncheon with Dr. Temple Grandin

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 TX-36Abilene
  • 325-677-7241Kim Bosher
  • 02/20/19 - 02/20/19
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $400-Per table

Presented by Capital Farm Credit featuring Professor, Livestock Animal Behavior Consultant and Autism Spokesperson Dr. Temple Grandin. Meet the Agriculture Family of the Year.

Map

Little Women, Musical

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Van-Ellis Theatre
  • 2410 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 02/20/19 - 02/24/19
  • 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-23; 2 p.m., Feb. 24
  • $15-General admission; $10-Military, seniors, and outside students; $5-HSU Faculty, Staff, and Students; $3-Alumni

Follow the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March in this performance based on Louisa May Alcott's life.

AISD Ice Breaker Fast-pitch Tournament

  • Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Red Bud Park
  • Abileneabilene
  • 325-677-1444Stacey Herring
  • 02/21/19 - 02/23/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

High school fast-pitch softball tournament.

Map

Ballroom Dancing

  • Sears Recreation Center
  • 2250 Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 02/22/19 - 02/22/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $5

A grand evening of ballroom dancing featuring a mix of dances, such as the foxtrot, waltz, tango, and more.

Map

Broadway in Abilene: Something Rotten!

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Randy Cole
  • 02/22/19 - 02/22/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $35-$65

Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

Map

Group Exhibit Reception

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 02/22/19 - 02/22/19
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Free

Exhibit Reception for 3 exhibits at The Center for Contemporary Arts: Kathie Walker Millar: Full Tilt Tea Party; T.M.Gand: Wonders of the World; and Len Testa: Bathed in Color. 

Map

UIL Region 2-1A Girls' Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Colosseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 02/22/19 - 02/23/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

Athletes compete in basketball regional championships.

Map

Air It Out Elite Quarterback Camp

  • Action Zone
  • 1609 Cottonwood St.Abilene
  • 325-665-8942Alan Wartes
  • 02/23/19 - 02/23/19
  • 7:45 a.m.
  • See website for pricing

The Air It Out Elite Quarterback Camp is a winter, spring, and summer training program that trains young men in the fundamentals of throwing and catching the football and more. Open to high school ages only. 

Map

Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 02/23/19 - 02/23/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Map

Exhibit Reception: TOWB by Shirley Cunningham

  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 02/28/19 - 02/28/19
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Free

TOWB is a fiber show featuring an ancient story retold in imaginary tapestry.

Map

Stacy Horton Sanchez Scholarship Art Auction

  • Community Foundation of Abilene
  • 850 N. 1stAbilene
  • 325-676-3883Megan Dobbs
  • 02/28/19 - 02/28/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $30-Person

This art auction will feature work from highly talented regional artists. Ticket includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres, so even if you don't buy art, come to have a good time for a worthy cause. 

AISD Cooper Invitational Tennis Tournament

  • AHS, CHS, Rose Park Tennis Center
  • AHS, CHS, Rose Park Tennis CenterAbilene
  • 325-691-1000Trance Rosenquist
  • 03/01/19 - 03/02/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

Watch as high school tennis players compete.

Map

Art Adventure - March 2019

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/01/19 - 03/01/19
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Free (Reservations Requested)

This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery.

Map

UIL Region 2-1A Boys Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-4820Michael Rasor
  • 03/01/19 - 03/02/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

Boys compete for regional basketball championships.

Map

Abilene Philharmonic Guild Golden Charm Coffee

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-668-0044Jan McCaslin
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • $35-Person; $300-Table of 8

Honoring Golden Charm Mary Pritchett, an avid patron of the Abilene Philharmonic and exemplary supporter of the Guild. Each table will have a unique table scape with treasured china decorated by Guild and community members. Coffee will offer a sneak peak to the evening's Ball. Eight senior Belles and Beau will be honored and three scholarships will be presented.

Map

Abilene Philharmonic Guild's Gold Medallion Ball

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-665-4160Mary Cooksey
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 7:30 p.m. to Midnight
  • $175-Individual; $200-Patron Individual

The exclusive Patron Cocktail Reception for sponsors and patrons begins the evening’s events with champagne and cocktails and music by a quartet. Later in the evening enjoy music by dance band Trey and the Tritones and dinner provided by Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Sponsorships are still available. Grande Dame, Molly C. Cline and Noble Gold, Lee Caldwell are this year's honorees.

Bent Wheel Bash

  • Buck Creek Trails
  • FM 2833 (East Lake Road)Abilene
  • 325-677-2453Kelly MacDonald
  • 03/02/19 - 03/03/19
  • Practice runs are on Saturday. Race begins on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.
  • Observers: $10-Car Parking Fee - Good for both days

Bikers from around the state compete in this USA Cycling-TMBRA Texas XC  Mountain Bike State Championships.

Map

Dramatic Reading - How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Trish Dressen
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Free

Part of the Dr. Seuss Day - Listen to a dramatic reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and enter your name into a drawing for free Grinch books.

Map

DREAM! Spotlight 2019

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-673-7464Gwynn Haseltine
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $35-Adults; $20-Ages 12 and younger

The evening features a full dinner and music from Lalaland, The Greatest Showman, Pinocchio, and Mary Poppins. Presented by the three youth choirs of Chorus Abilene.

Map

Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Map

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storybook Saturday

  • Everman Park
  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 10 a.m. to Noon
  • $5-Per family; $1-Additional cost for train ride

Bring your family to the Storybook Capital of America for a fun, Seuss-filled day in downtown Abilene. Register (space limited) to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America! Create Seuss-themed art from a variety of books, meet costumed characters, have your face painted, play with bubbles and ride the train (extra fee). Seuss-themed Little Free Library dedication at 11 a.m..

Hurricane's Youth Football West Texas Tournament

  • 03/02/19 - 03/03/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies.

Youth football tournament featuring teams from 3rd grade to 8th grade. 

Map

Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade

  • Nelson Park, Camp Barkley Dog Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5306Jeff White
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Free

Calling all fur-loving fanatics for a parade of pups and their owners all decked out in feathers, beads, and Mardi Gras costumes. Dress your dogs in their best and join for family fun with your four legged friends.

Tea with the Grinch

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586Trish Dressen
  • 03/02/19 - 03/02/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Stop by the NCCIL for a come-and-go tea with the Grinch and light refreshments. Enjoy an art activity in the studio. Tour the David Ezra Stein art exhibition in the gallery and shop for books and gifts in the NCCIL bookstore.

Map

Book Luncheon with Bill Wright

  • McMurry University, Radford Auditorium
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4667Nancy Smith
  • 03/05/19 - 03/05/19
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $30-Person

To launch Women’s History Month in March, McMurry is pleased to host a unique event—a dialogue between McMurry honor students and Bill Wright about his recent biography 'The Whole Damn Cheese,' about a remarkable frontier woman named Maggie Smith who has become an indelible figure in the history of Texas.

Map

NJCAA Region V Division 1 Basketball Tournament

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Colesium
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 03/06/19 - 03/09/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies.

Men's and women's basketball tournament.

FrontierFest-Volleyball-Tournament

  • CHS, AHS, Madison Middle School
  • 325-673-6216Regina Sanders
  • 03/08/19 - 03/09/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for times and admission.

North Texas Region 2 day pool and playoffs.

Map

Paramount Film Series - Beauty and the Beast

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 03/08/19 - 03/09/19
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors (60+), military and children

The Paramount Film Series presents the original 1991 animated Disney musical about a spirited village girl who encounters a magic castle, lorded over by a terrible beast who is actually a prince living under a magic spell. Featuring the voices of Robbie Benson, Paige O'Hara, and Angela Lansbury. Rated G.

Map

Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/09/19 - 03/09/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Map

Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 03/09/19 - 03/10/19
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call for admission.

Providing a safe environment for the public to come shop for guns, knives and ammo.

Map

USTA - March Challenger

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 03/09/19 - 03/10/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Challenger boys' and girls' singles: 78' Yellow Ball, ages 12-18.

Map

Broadway in Abilene: Evita

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 800-869-1451Randy Cole
  • 03/10/19 - 03/10/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $35-$86

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical returns. Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

Map

13th Annual Steppin' Out for Memories

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-627-2907Kristin Bishop
  • 03/16/19 - 03/16/19
  • 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Featuring a beachside fiesta-themed shore excursion filled with the vivid colors and zesty cuisine of the Mexican Riviera. Enjoy a festive, casual evening of delicious food, complimentary beer/wine, dancing to live music by Free Ride Band, casino style gaming, and live and silent auctions.

Map

26th Annual Steam-N-Wheels Bike Race

  • Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo LaneAbilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 03/16/19 - 03/16/19
  • Day of registration, 8 to 9:30 a.m.; Packet pickup, 8 a.m.
    Race, 10 a.m.
  • $35-Person; $45-Day of

Riders can choose from three course routes: 12, 32, and 48 miles. The first 150 riders that register will receive a complimentary long sleeve event t-shirt.

Map

Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 03/16/19 - 03/16/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Museums & Galleries

Map

A Visual Epilogue: Linda Ridgway & Harry Geffert

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 09/16/18 - 02/23/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

The first and last, two person exhibition of drawings and sculpture by two contemporary artists who worked together in life and in the studio for decades. The original concept for the exhibition has been transformed by the November 2017 tragic, sudden death of Harry Geffert.  A selection of Geffert’s recent sculpture and new drawings by Ridgway will be a celebration of their life and work. 

Map

Skyline Maker: The Architecture of David S. Castle

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587The Grace Museum
  • 11/08/18 - 07/18/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

This exhibition will highlight the career of Abilene architect David S. Castle. As one of the most significant and prominent architects in Abilene and the Big Country in the early to mid-1900s, David S. Castle designed and built hundreds of schools, residential buildings, hotels, medical buildings, municipal buildings, churches, recreational buildings, and courthouses. The exhibition will discuss Castle’s role in the history of architecture in Abilene and the surrounding areas, concentrating on Castle’s contributions to the evolution and growth of Abilene. The buildings he designed are a reflection of the development of Abilene as a trade route and important hub in the oil industry throughout the early twentieth century.