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Events from 10/17/2019 to 10/24/2019

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Abilene Christian University Homecoming

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2622Alumni Office
  • 10/17/19 - 10/20/19
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.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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Art in the Dark - Art Show and Reception

  • Mike Lanier's Studio 13
  • 909 N. 13th St.Abilene
  • 505-205-6820Amy Mowins
  • 10/17/19 - 10/17/19
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

The artists of Mike Lanier's Studio 13 presents an art event like no other with art by 32 local artists all under one roof and under the lights in Mikes patio area on the east side of the building. Enjoy light refreshments to celebrate the upcoming 2019-2020 Art Show Season.

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Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming 2019

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1317Allison Goodwin
  • 10/17/19 - 10/20/19
  • Call for specific event times; 1:30 p.m.-Football game
  • Free; Football game ticket prices vary

 Over 70 events for alumni, students, family and friends. Highlights include the homecoming luncheon, All-School SING, reunion gatherings, alumni awards, activities for children and youth, and athletics events ... all culminating in the annual alumni-led worship service on Sunday morning.

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Whole Milk and Friends

  • The Mill Wine Bar & Event Center
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 10/17/19 - 10/17/19
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

Join us for drinks and music featuring: Whole Milk (Denver), Surf Jazz Lake Dads (Amarillo) and Chillwave Jurassic Netz (Denver).

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Abilene Speedway Southern Challenge

  • Abilene Speedway
  • 6825 U.S. Hwy 80 W.Abilene
  • 325-725-3849Robert Poor
  • 10/18/19 - 10/19/19
  • Call for times
  • $12-Adults; $5- Children ages 6 to 12; Free- 5 and younger

Head out to the speedway for a weekend of thrilling car racing.

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ASC Crossover Volleyball Tournament

  • McMurry University
  • 1400 Sayles Blvd.Abilene
  • 325-793-4635Cammie Petree
  • 10/18/19 - 10/19/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for times and admission

Watch players compete in this collegitate tournament.

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Disney's, Beauty & Beast

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-674-2787Donna Hester
  • 10/18/19 - 10/20/19
  • 8 to 10 p.m.
  • $7-$38

Join th ACU Theatre as the 'tale as old as time' returns in a beautiful , enchanting score. Directed by Dawne Swearingen Meeks and choreography by Lily Balogh.

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Fall Pumpkin Patch & More at Denton Valley Farms

  • Denton Valley Farms
  • 8750 CR 224Clyde
  • 10/18/19 - 10/20/19
  • Fri., 4 to 10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free-Admission; Prices vary on activities and items for purchase

Largest pumpkin patch in the big country with a cornmaze, hayrides in the haunted woods, barrel train rides, giant slide, sling shot, magic pumpking experience, pumpkin painting yard games, farm animals, facepainting, ice cream and food trucks. 

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MerKaBa Trio

  • Sharon's BBQ South
  • 2050 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-672-3330Sharon's BBQ
  • 10/18/19 - 10/18/19
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Come listen to MerKaba blues, covers and originals. Also, enjoy the featured MerKaba drink.

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Murder Mystery Dinner at The Mill Winery

  • The Mill Winery and Event Venue
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360Heather Lindsay
  • 10/18/19 - 10/19/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • $75; Tickets available online

An evening filled with fun and suspense you won't soon forget. Enjoy dinner and drinks as you get to know the stories behind our guest actors. Secrets will be revealed, motives exposed and your sleuthing skills will be put to the test as you are left to solve the crime. Prizes will be awarded to the top detectives and crime solvers.

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Spook-tacular Marketplace Shopping

  • WareHouse 14 Marketplace
  • 1502 S. TreadawayAbilene
  • 325-829-0855Ronda
  • 10/18/19 - 10/20/19
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free-Admission

Shop with more than 45 local merchants for farmhouse furniture and decor, fashion, shoes and jewelry, kitchenware and gifts, sweet eats, body soaps, lotions and more. 

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Abilene Jr. Academy Fall Festival

  • Abilene Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • 2542 E. Overland TrailAbilene
  • 325-603-5000Xylia Capote
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Admission is 2 non-perishable items; Love donations welcome

Family fun festival with activities, games, hay ride, bounce house, baked goods, and more! Bring your non perishables for the canned goods food drive.

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Abilene Walk for Freedom

  • Everman Park
  • 1101 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-338-2461Stephanie Andrade-Rocha
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Free; Shirts may be purchased online

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150 billion every year, second to drug trafficking which is the most profitable form of transnational crime. Go on the 1 mile walk to support an end to this industry. 

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Carvin Jones Band

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Paramount Theatre
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 8 to 10 p.m.
  • $25-$75

The ultimate guitar experience of the year. Carvin was voted one of the 50 Greatest Blues Guitarists of all time by Guitartist Magazine.

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Fall Mayor's Hike

  • Cedar Creek Waterway
  • 100 Block of E.S. 11th StreetAbilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Free

This 3 mile hike along Cedar Creek a family friendly event that is open to the public, and leashed dogs are welcome to join as well. 

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Fall Sweep: Kirby Lake Park Fall Clean-Up

  • Kirby Lake Park
  • 5650 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-734-3301Katherine Beeman
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Free

Meet at the Kirby Lake Park Pavilion to sign-in and help gussy up our park and lake front as the weather cools down and people can get out and enjoy the park before winter sets in. Food, cleaning supplies and t-shirts will be provided. Bring heavy gloves if you have them.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 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.

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Military Appreciation Day

  • Taylor County History Center
  • 133 N. William St.Buffalo Gap
  • 13255723365Taylor County History Center
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

All current and former military personnel and their families receive free admission to the Taylor County History Center.

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SecondHand Prophets with Danny Jaymes

  • Firehouse Bar and Grill
  • 2074 Butternut St.Abilene
  • 325-260-0869Brenda Kay
  • 10/19/19 - 10/19/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.

Danny Jaymes opens for Abilene's own SecondHand Prophets - a band that serves up Texas Roadhouse country and rock with a side of hard hitting originals.

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Texas Gun & Knife Show

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 830-285-0575TGKS
  • 10/19/19 - 10/20/19
  • 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.

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Abilene Community Band Fall Concert

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-695-2422Joe Stephens
  • 10/22/19 - 10/22/19
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Mark your calendars for the Fall Concert. Donations will be collected for the Joe Stephens Community Band Endowment Fund.  

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Celebrate the Arts in Abilene Luncheon

  • Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center
  • 1949 ACU Dr.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 10/23/19 - 10/23/19
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $30; $240-Table of 8

Featuring Abilene Art Award winners who volunteered and supports an arts organization and celebrating arts organizations that received grants from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. The decor each year is based on the upcoming summer NCCIL artist being celebrated at the Children's Art & Literacy Festival, which involves most of our downtown arts groups.

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Live at Lytle Featuring Jim Sadler

  • Lytle Land and Cattle Company
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925Lytle Land and Cattle Company
  • 10/23/19 - 10/23/19
  • 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Come hear Jim Sadler play live on the patio.

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Lee Orthodontics Fall Fest

  • Lee Orthodontics
  • 3002 S. Clack St.Abilene
  • 325-695-2040Luci-Beth Harris
  • 10/24/19 - 10/24/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free

Food trucks, candy, trunk or treat, tumble bus, bounce houses and more.

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McMurry University Homecoming

  • McMurry University
  • Sayles Blvd. & S 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-793-4609Alumni
  • 10/24/19 - 10/26/19
  • 8 a.m.

Thursday Evening: Tipi Village - Distinguished Alumni Dinner; Friday: Social Club Receptions - Luncheon - Chanters Performance - Reunion Dinners; Saturday: Family Tailgate before the 2 p.m. football game.

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Noah Project 40th Anniversary Dinner

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-7107Jan Morrison
  • 10/24/19 - 10/24/19
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $75-Individual; See website for sponsorships and VIP ticket prices

To observe 40 years of providing care services to victims of family violence and sexual assault, Noah Project will host a celebration featuring Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong sharing her story of surviving domestic violence.

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UIL Region 1 4A & 6A Team Tennis Tournament

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 10/24/19 - 10/25/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

Atheles compete in this team tennis regional championships.

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Western Horseman Stock Horse World Championships

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 855-846-7468Jill Dunkel
  • 10/24/19 - 10/27/19
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Free-Admission

This show is open to any exhibitor – you do not need to qualify! There will be 2 complete shows with placings and awards for each day. Points earned on both days of competition are added together to determine the Stock Horse World Champions.

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Fall Pumpkin Patch & More at Denton Valley Farms

  • Denton Valley Farms
  • 8750 CR 224Clyde
  • 10/25/19 - 10/27/19
  • Fri., 4 to 10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free-Admission; Prices vary on activities and items for purchase

Largest pumpkin patch in the big country with a cornmaze, hayrides in the haunted woods, barrel train rides, giant slide, sling shot, magic pumpking experience, pumpkin painting yard games, farm animals, facepainting, ice cream and food trucks. 

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Haunted Abilene

  • The Swenson House
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8454
  • 10/25/19 - 10/26/19
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • TBA

Family friendly, haunted house, haunted graveyard, scary movies, children’s area and scary maze garden. Food, popcorn and more will be available for purchase. 

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2nd Annual Abilene Good Neighbor .5K

  • Sockdolager Brewing Co.
  • 720 China St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8241Terry Cagle
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $35-Adults; $15-Children ages 5-12; Free-Children ages 5 and younger

Once again the site will be out on China Street as we reverse engineer the course by starting at Sockdolager Brewing Co. and finishing half a K down the street at Pappy Slokum Brewery. This is for all comers because we can all manage to stroll 1,638 feet. This second of a kind event benefits Connecting Caring Communities, the folks who are all about loving your neighbors and loving your neighborhoods. Pooches with their owners on a leash are welcome. Costumes are encouraged. 

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6th Annual Craft Show & Ministries Fair

  • First Church of the Nazarene
  • 2849 Beltway S.Abilene, TX
  • 325-668-6589Carol Hehn
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free-Admission; $25-10x10 vendor space; Free-non-profits vendor space

Silent auction, handmade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more. Proceeds to benefit local church ministries and area non-profits.

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Abilene Philharmonic - Visions of America

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $5-$40-See website to select seats and purchase tickets

The Abilene Philharmonic’s second performance of the season features symphonic photochoreography provided by Westwater Arts. During the performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Rodeo Suite, photos will be projected on multiple digital displays above the orchestra creating a full multimedia concert experience. Narrating the powerful Lincoln Portrait is Abilene’s own Mayor Anthony Williams. Also on the program is a suite from the comedic opera by Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis.

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Fall Festival

  • GV Daniels Recreation Center
  • 541 N. 8th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5302Alyssa Hartley
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 3 p.m., Car show
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Come in your Halloween costumes for a car show, trunk or treat, fun and games and a haunted house. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 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.

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The Mayor's Cup Disc Golf Tournament

  • Will Hair Park
  • 101 E. Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-829-6579Jerry Kingston
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $80-$100-Per team

Annual disc golf tournament held by The Rotary Club of Abilene and The Abilene Disc Golf Association. Funds raised go to the design, equipment, and development of a new course at Lake Abilene in progress.

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Mulligans Outdoor Bash

  • Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill
  • 1166 Ben Richey Dr.Abilene
  • 325-691-0909Mulligans
  • 10/26/19 - 10/26/19
  • 5 p.m. to Midnight
  • $20-Advance; $30-At the gate

Featuring Casey Donahew with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Opening acts are Brandon Rhyder, Morgan Reatherford, Ken Walker and Adam Florez.

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Blood Suckers Blood Drive

  • Mall of Abilene, Men's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-670-2799Kelsey Caprio
  • 10/29/19 - 10/29/19
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Hosted by Hendrick Regional Blood Center.

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Mall-O-Ween & Costume Contest

  • Mall of Abilene, Women's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 10/29/19 - 10/29/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
    6 to 7 p.m., Costume contest registration
    7 p.m., Contest begins
  • Free

Dress in your best costume and trick-or-treat and enter to win the contest. Games, prizes and candy provided by community organizations and trick-or-treating available at participating retailers. Sponsored by Coca-Cola.

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Live at Lytle Featuring Johnny Cooper

  • Lytle Land and Cattle Company
  • 1150 E.S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1925Lytle Land and Cattle Company
  • 10/30/19 - 10/30/19
  • 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Come hear Johnny Cooper play live on the patio.

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Paramount Film Series - 'The Changeling'

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 10/31/19 - 11/01/19
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors (60+), military and children

The Paramount Film Series presents the 1980 horror film about a grief-stricken composer who leaves his home in New York City for a giant, secluded house near Seattle and soon starts to feel the presence of a ghost, a boy who drowned in the bathtub there. Starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. Rated R.

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Swenson Boo Bash

  • Historic Swenson House
  • 1726 Swenson St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8454Swenson House
  • 10/31/19 - 10/31/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • $55-Society members; $60-Two or more tickets; $65-Individual ticket

The Swenson House Historical Society has a new Halloween party for people 21 and older. Enjoy a DJ, snacks, beverages and compete in 1 of 8 costume categories in the costume contest. Benefitting the Swenson House.

AISD Halloween Classic Girls Golf Invitational

  • Diamondback Golf Club and Maxwell Golf Course
  • Diamondback Golf Club and Maxwell Golf CourseAbilene
  • 325-691-1000Bryan Bruning
  • 11/01/19 - 11/02/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Annual high school girls golf invitational tournament.

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Art Adventure - November 2019

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/01/19 - 11/01/19
  • 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.

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Big Country Soccer Association Abilene Extreme

  • Abilene National Soccer Complex
  • 3025 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-370-2436Mike Brooks
  • 11/01/19 - 11/03/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

A NTSSA sanctioned youth soccer tournament - unrestricted. 3 game minimum per team.

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Fall Pumpkin Patch & More at Denton Valley Farms

  • Denton Valley Farms
  • 8750 CR 224Clyde
  • 11/01/19 - 11/03/19
  • Fri., 4 to 10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free-Admission; Prices vary on activities and items for purchase

Largest pumpkin patch in the big country with a cornmaze, hayrides in the haunted woods, barrel train rides, giant slide, sling shot, magic pumpking experience, pumpkin painting yard games, farm animals, facepainting, ice cream and food trucks. 

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Junior League Christmas Carousel

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1879Christin Etter
  • 11/01/19 - 11/03/19
  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • $5-General; $3-military, seniors 60+, first responders and teachers; Free-Ages 12 and younger

Don't miss out on your one stop shop for holiday shopping. Bring your list and waltz through our Enchanted Forest full of merchants who are ready to make your Christmas wondrous. 

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Abilene Heart Walk

  • Grover Nelson Park
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-513-9887Frann Smith
  • 11/02/19 - 11/02/19
  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Free; Walkers are encouraged to raise money to support the cause

Teams participate and raise money for the American Heart Association.

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ASC Cross Country Championship

  • Abilene Christian University
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 11/02/19 - 11/02/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Free-Spectators

Support college athletes as they compete for the championship.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/02/19 - 11/02/19
  • 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.

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Jeff Boyer's Big Bubble Bonanza

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Hollye Jaklewicz
  • 11/03/19 - 11/03/19
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m.
  • $10-Person; $9-Military

Guinness Book of World Records-holder and master bubble wrangler Jeff Boyer blows bubbles like no one else, creating big bubble effects such as bubble rainbows with people inside and gigantic bubbles that blow their own bubbles. Mixing comedy, music and millions of bubbles, Jeff engages and delights audiences of all ages.

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TWA Hunting Film Tour - Big Country

  • Paramount Theater
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 210-826-2904David Brimager
  • 11/05/19 - 11/05/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • $20

Enjoy conservation minded, fair chase hunting films filled with awesome stories and breathtaking cinematography. All funds raised are being generated for Texas wildlife conservation. Tickets are are limited.

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Community Foundation of Abilene Annual Luncheon

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3883Kelly Jones
  • 11/07/19 - 11/07/19
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $35-Person; $280-Table of 8

Enjoy a delicious meal and learn about the impact CFA and their donors had on the community over the past year. This event typically sells out; get your tickets while you can.

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7th Annual Hittin' for Hunger

  • Lake Kirby Softball Complex
  • Loop 322 S. & Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-660-3132Michelle Burleson
  • 11/08/19 - 11/10/19
  • Pool play may begin Friday night if necessary
  • Gate fee will also include one non-perishable food item per guest.

Girl's softball tournament. 4 games guaranteed - 2 pool games and double elimination. All players and coaches must bring a non-perishable item to donate to West Texas Food Bank.

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ABWA Christmas In November

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 11/08/19 - 11/10/19
  • Fri., 5 - 9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Sun., Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Free

Arts, crafts, gifts, and prizes.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/09/19 - 11/09/19
  • 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.

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Tree of Mercy Benefit Dinner

  • Hillcrest Church of Christ
  • 650 E. Ambler Ave.Abilene
  • 325-677-0115James Estes
  • 11/09/19 - 11/09/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Free; Prices vary for gift shop and items in silent auction

Celebrating 25 years of the Zambia Medical Mission. Hear about people who have been a part of the medical mission, the role they played and a short video of past missions.

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USTA Super Champs Major Zone

  • Rose Park Tennis Center
  • 810 Portland Ave.Abilene
  • 325-676-6292Chris Redman
  • 11/09/19 - 11/11/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission

USTA sanctioned tennis tournament. Boys and girls ages 12-18 compete.

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Veterans Day Parade

  • Historic Downtown Abilene
  • 325-674-1235
  • 11/09/19 - 11/09/19
  • 11 a.m.
  • Free

Join us in celebrating and honoring veterans, America's heroes. Thank you to The City of Abilene, Abilene Police Department, Dyess AFB, The Chamber of Commerce and TMI for their support. 

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Paramount Film Series -'Singin' in the Rain'

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 11/15/19 - 11/16/19
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors (60+), military and children

The classic 1952 Hollywood musical about film star from the silent era who has a difficult time making the transition to 'talking pictures.' Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor. Rated G.

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Storybook Ball

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 326-673-4586Trish Dressen
  • 11/15/19 - 11/15/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • TBA

A celebration of the Storybook Capital of America, and the characters that come alive here. 

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UIL Region 1-4A Volleyball Tournament

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1685Carrie Bradrick
  • 11/15/19 - 11/16/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies

Hosted by Hardin-Simmons University.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/16/19 - 11/16/19
  • 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.

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West Texas Drone Workshop

  • Abilene Public Library, Downtown Branch
  • 202 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-203-7926Matthew Hinman
  • 11/16/19 - 11/17/19
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pre-registration is required. Walk-in registration is not permitted.

Come network with other drone professionals in this Texas-based workshop. Rub elbows with the best of the best among commercial drone operators. VIP Option day - limiting seating for a day of hands on instruction. See website for details.

Museums & Galleries

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Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 06/01/19 - 07/04/20
  • 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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Bill Wright Projects: Past, Present & Future

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 220 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-677-8389Trudy Six
  • 09/04/19 - 11/16/19
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Photography exhibit by Bill Wright at The Center for Contemporary Arts.

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Hung Liu: The Long Way Home

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/22/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Senior citizens, students and non-active duty military; Free-Ages 3 and younger, Active duty military and their families

A solo exhibition of the recent work of Chinese-born American contemporary artist, Hung Liu in a variety of media including mixed media, resin, tapestry, oil and works on paper. She is best known for masterful recreations of historical Chinese photographs.

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Igor Melnikov: Dreamwatcher

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/01/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 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

Russia American artist, Igor Melnivok, challenges traditional associations with portraiture through his haunting paintings of emotionally ambiguous children isolated on a dark background. Although he often bases his paintings on children he knows, he also relies old photographs as well as memories and dreams for details. He states that his main objective is not to record a likeness but rather to suggest the childlike innocence and vulnerability we once possessed.

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Paul Black: Carol

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/01/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and under, museum members and active duty military and families with ID

Photographer Paul James Black presents an intimate group of Polaroids and black and white photographs of only one person; his wife Carol. The photographs in the exhibition, Paul Black: Carol, were taken in the first two decades of their marriage and offer an intimate record into their private world in the 1960s and 70s. Carol is the only subject in this chronicle.

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Sarah Ball: An Unlikely Likeness

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/22/20
  • 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

Using 19th and 20th century photographic archives of mug shots, Sarah Ball creates a series of intimate portraits of anonymous protagonists. Her meticulously-rendered paintings in this solo exhibition feature expressionless faces taken out of context and reflect on contemporary issues of bias in an increasingly judgmental culture.

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Up Close and Personal

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 01/18/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 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

Up Close and Personal: Portraits from the Reaves Collection of Texas Art.

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Nobody's Fool - New Exhibition

  • Old Jail Art Center
  • 201 S. 2nd St.Albany
  • 325-762-2269Susan Montgomery
  • 09/17/19 - 02/01/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Artists have been creating paintings that produce the illusion of real objects for centuries. Trompe l’oeil—from the French phrase 'deceives the eye'—is the art term that describes the effect of their visual deception. Contemporary artists often create an additional level of content by adding visual references relevant to contemporary events, situations, and observations. Nobody’s Fool highlights the work of contemporary artists Kirk Hayes and Michael Bane.