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.
The Alpine Visitor Center at the corner of Holland Avenue and 3rd Street (106 N. 3rd) prepares a weekly activities calendar for Alpine. Click here to download the calendar for the week of July 16, 2018.
- Check out Live Music most weekends at Railroad Blues, the Ole Crystal Bar and other venues around town.
- The Alpine Farmers Market – Every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on historic Murphy Street (just East of 5th Street). Get fresh veggies all year plus baked goods, crafts and more!
A group exhibit by the Texas Photographic Society on view at the Museum of the Big Bend.
More info: www.museumofthebigbend.com/exhibits/fototexas-2/
Theatre of the Big Bend presents Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings in the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre.
More information: www.sulross.edu/theatre
A tour through the Big Bend region to visit the filming locations of the 1985 movie, Fandango. Actors from the movie will participate throughout the weekend, and two nights of activities in Alpine will include a screening of the movie.
More information: www.ultimatefandango.com
The ANRS & Rodeo Exes Association invite the public to join them in a fun-filled weekend of activities: a sporting clay shoot, horseless goat roping, barrels and roping, Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, Golf Scramble tournament, and a dance featuring the music of Zach Edwards!
More info: www.sulrossexes.com
A celebration of music and Texas. Viva Big Bend’s seventh year will showcase more than 50 bands at venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon. VBB also hosts family friendly activities.
More information: www.vivabigbend.com
Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy Association, the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo provides an opportunity for working cowboys to show real cowboy skills and at the same time celebrate our ranching heritage and create exposure for a unique American lifestyle. Held at the Sul Ross State University S.A.L.E. Arena.
More information: www.bigbendranchrodeo.com
Evening parade celebrating Diez y Seis de Septiembre followed by El Grito and a Gran Mercado on historic Murphy Street with live music, mariachis, ballet folkloric and more.
More information: (432) 294-2370
Opening reception at the Museum of the Big Bend for Erin Hanson: Impressions of Big Bend Country, a show of modern impressionistic oil paintings inspired by explorations and hiking trips in and around Big Bend National Park. Completing the weekend, the Museum’s 5th Annual Heritage Dinner will be held in Marathon.
More info: www.museumofthebigbend.com
A 160-mile ultra marathon through Big Bend Ranch State Park. Runners meet up in Alpine, and celebrate the end of the race at our own Big Bend Brewing Company!
More information: trans-pecosultra.com
This annual event brings to the Sul Ross State University campus historians, archeologists, folklorists and other researchers studying the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico.
More information: cbbs.sulross.edu
A two-day free arts festival that fills Alpine’s galleries and streets with visual surprises and spirited live music.
More information: artwalkalpine.com