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 April 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!
This SRSU production of the 1964 musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh is directed by Dona W. Roman.
Marshall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays & 2:00 p.m. Sundays.
Information and tickets: www.sulross.edu/theatre
Alpine’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is a local tradition featuring a themed parade, music, dancing, car show and the popular Gran Mercado on historic Murphy Street.
More information: (432) 294-2370
Alpine’s tradition of small-town professional baseball began in the 1940s and continues today at beautiful, historic Kokernot Field, the “best little ballpark in Texas”. The o6 Alpine Cowboys compete in the Pecos League against teams from New Mexico and Colorado.
More information & game schedule: alpine.pecosleague.com/
Theatre of the Big Bend presents Bleacher Bums Friday, Saturday amd Sunday evenings in the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre.
Written by Joe Mantegna – In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game.
Mare information: www.sulross.edu/theatre
Alpine Cowboys baseball, outdoor theatre, and a block party over the weekend lead up to the annual parade, car show, live music and fireworks on Wednesday, July 4th.
More information: Rhonda Cole, (432) 837-5539
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
The acclaimed Marfa Film Festival returns!
More information: www.marfafilmfestival.com
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
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
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