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 106 N. 3rd Street prepares a weekly activities calendar for Alpine. Click here to download the calendar for the week of November 13, 2017.
- Check out Live Music most weekends at Railroad Blues, Come & Take It BBQ, 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 two-day free arts festival that fills Alpine’s galleries and streets with visual surprises and spirited live music.
More information: artwalkalpine.com
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 32 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 more Opening Weekend events. The exhibit continues through May.
More information: www.museumofthebigbend.com/trappings-of-texas/
The 29th Annual Alpine Gem and Mineral Show at the Alpine Civic Center features Big Bend Agates plus specimens from around the world. Free Admission, Door Prizes, Demonstrations.
More information: Paul Graybeal, (432) 729-4526 or www.facebook.com/events/735892159911716
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’s July 4th festivities include the annual parade, fireworks display, a car show, live music and community celebration.
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