Viva Big Bend by J. Griffis Smith
Please don’t let the slow pace of West Texas fool you, there’s plenty of activity in this desert. A variety of events in Alpine and the West Texas area are always popping up, from weekly farmer’s markets to the grand and glamorous Artwalk in November. Mark your calendars, book your rooms and plan to take in the happenings about town.
- Check out Live Music most weekends at Alpine’s beloved Railroad Blues, our very own “world famous beer & wine tourist trap”.
- The Alpine Farmers Market – Alpine’s two Farmers Markets are held every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the courtyard of the Hotel Ritchey (corner of 5th St. and Murphy St.) and at the Big Bend Thrift Store (corner of 5th St. and Ave. A). Get fresh veggies all year plus baked goods, crafts and more. Our little market has been getting bigger and better every week!
February 25-March 7, 2016: The Miser
A five-act comedy by Moliére originally performed in 1668 and published in 1669. Directed by Gregory Schwab, in the Sul Ross State University’s Studio Theatre, 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays & 2:00 p.m. Sundays.
The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a two-day event celebrating the oral tradition of the working cowboy in poetry, stories, and music. Enjoy more than 50 performers in the classrooms and on the stages of Sul Ross State University.
More information: www.texascowboypoetry.com
Custom Gear / Western Art Exhibit & Sale. For the past 30 years, the Museum of the Big Bend has exhibited some of the very best cowboy gear and fine Western Art in the longest running event of its kind in the country. Featuring a Preview Party on Thursday, Grand Opening Exhibit and Sale on Friday, and a “Trappings Ranch Roundup” at the Meriwether Ranch on Saturday. The exhibit continues through May.
More information: www.museumofthebigbend.com/trappings-of-texas/
“Big Agates”: the 27th Annual Alpine Gem and Mineral Show, at the Alpine Civic Center. Featuring Big Bend Agates, plus specimens from around the world. Free Admission, Door Prizes, Demonstrations.
More information: Paul Graybeal, (432) 729-4526 or www.moonlightgemstones.com/Gemshow.html
This SRSU production of the Tony Award-winning rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater is directed by Dona W. Roman in the Sul Ross Studio Theatre, 8:15 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays & 2:00 p.m. Sundays.
Alpine’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is a local tradition featuring an enchilada dinner, themed parade, music, dancing, car show and the popular Grand Mercado at Kokernot Park.
More information: (432) 386-3774
Drive Big Bend is an auto festival featuring antique, classic and performance automobiles. Enjoy the best driving roads – unmatched in the state – and three days filled with cars, tours, music and happy hours. There will also be a car show at historic Kokernot Field in Alpine.
More information: drivebigbend.com