Late summer festivals, parties are crowding up the calendar

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Texas Panhandle Craft BeerFest is Aug. 18.

By Chip Chandler — Producer

The end of summer is certainly not the end of party season.

Groups around the Panhandle are planning parties, rodeos, music festivals and more through Labor Day Weekend. Here's a convenient roundup of all of the parties (listed chronologically), and check our weekly roundups on Thursdays for more information.


Curry County Fair

Sam Riggs will headline the Curry County Fair on Aug. 18.

The annual fair in Clovis, N.M., will feature carnival rides, fair food, home arts and agricultural exhibits, live music and entertainment daily through Aug. 18. Tejano musicians AJ CastilloYahari, and Los Garcia Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. MDT Aug. 16. Country band StateLine will perform at 10 p.m. MDT Aug. 17. And Texas country acts Shotgun RiderKoe Wetzel and Sam Riggs will perform at 7:30 p.m. MDT Aug. 18. (4 p.m. MDT Aug. 16; continues through Aug. 18. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. in Clovis, N.M. Admission $7 dail or $18 for the week for ages 13 to 55, $5 or $15 for ages 56 and older, $3 or $8 ages 5 to 12; additional tickets required for Monster Truck Thunder. 575-935-7000)


Cowboy Classic Rodeo

The 11th anual Dumas rodeo will feature bronc riding, roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping, plus kids' events, a queen contest, rodeo clowns and more. (7 p.m. Aug. 17; continues through Aug. 18. Moore County Rodeo Arena, 1329 Durrett Ave. in Dumas. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at gate. 806-570-8904)


Create! 2018

The Create! 2018 party is set for Aug. 17.
Photo by Ralph Duke

Center City of Amarillo's annual downtown party will feature music by James Owens, karaoke with Katie Eddins, Burn Studio painting activities, caricatures by Kyle Singleton, an art show and sale, and silent auction and raffle. (7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17; VIP party at 6 p.m. Embassy Suites Amarillo, 550 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $50; $2,500 for VIP tables. 806-372-6744)


Wheatheart of the Nation

Drake Hayes will perform Aug. 18 in Perryton following the Wheatheart Rodeo, part of the Wheatheart of the Nation celebrations.

Perryton will celebrate its 99th birthday with two weekends of activities. Festivities begin with the 20th annual Wheatheart Rodeo, with bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, mutton busting and more. Lubbock country singer Drake Hayes will perform at a dance at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18. (7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18, Ochiltree County Arena, West Texas Highway 15 and Northwestern Street. Tickets $10 ages 12 and older, $5 ages 6 to 11. 806-435-6575)

Festivities will continue with the three-day Wheatheart celebration, beginning with a block party, cook-out, watermelon feed and more on Aug. 23, then the major party on Aug. 25 with a free breakfast, Old Timers Reunion, Wheatheart Car Show, Arts & Crafts Festival in the Park, Museum of the Plains Pioneer Day, barbecue lunch, Wheatheart of the Nation Parade, Wheatheart Demolition Derby and more. (Aug. 23 to 25, various locations in Perryton. Most events free; $2 barbecue lunch and derby tickets $11 ages 12 and older, $5 ages 5 to 10. 806-435-6575)


SuSpence Fest

Sons of Texas will headline the SuSpence Fest in Pampa on Aug. 18.

Rock out at this second annual festival in Pampa. Lineup includes Sons of TexasArandaLocust GroveSuSpenceOddFellasLeddit RideA Special CaseDryvrMudd FluxAlloy and Haggardz Hellraizerz(12:45 p.m. Aug. 18, Norris Pavilion at Top O' Texas Rodeo Arena, 200 N. Ballard St. in Pampa. Tickets $35. 806-440-6874.)


Texas Panhandle Craft BeerFest

The annual Texas Panhandle Craft BeerFest, set for Aug. 18, will move to Amarillo Netplex this year.

The annual Townsquare Media celebration of beer will benefit Hands On Amarillo. The party will include souvenir tasting glasses, music from Andy Chase and more. VIP tickets include a catered meal, pint glass, T-shirt, exclusive beers and more. (4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Amarillo Netplex, 4101 Hillside Road. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 at door; $100 VIP. 806-355-9777)


Birthday Bash

Mount Ivy will perform as part of The 806 and Golden Light Cantina's Birthday Bash on Aug. 18.

Celebrate both Golden Light Cantina and The 806 Coffee + Lounge and raise funds for school supplies and lunches for San Jacinto Elementary School children with this big party. Bands will include DeathbellesMount IvyJason Hodges, Like Red Giants and more. (6 p.m. Aug. 18, Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover. 806-374-9237)


Bomb City Death Fest

A dozen regional death metal bands will join forces for this new festival. Lineup includes Anal SausagesHorrid Demise, Sinworm, Rectoral AmputationOily Anal DischargeBackhanded ComplimentBill Nye Da Nazi SpyAsphyxiation InfectaThornsideAborningNever the Victim and Kill Everything(6 p.m. Aug. 18, Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave. Tickets $10. 806-331-7305)


'50s Night and Car Show

Head down to Sandell Drive-In for this classic car show and screening of the beloved film American Graffiti(6 p.m. Aug. 18, Sandell Drive-In, 12 S. Center Drive in Clarendon. Tickets $8 adults, $6 children, free ages 2 and younger. 806-874-0685)


Backyard Barbecue

The Randy Rogers Band will headline Starlight Ranch's Backyard Barbecue.

The Randy Rogers Band will return with support from Mason Lively and Next to Kin for Starlight Ranch's first backyard barbecue(6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive. Tickets $18, plus fees. 806-678-7002)


National Pinot Noir Day

Amarillo classic rock band Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild will help celebrate the release of Bar Z's 2016 Bayer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir. Coast to Coast food truck will be on site. (7 p.m. Aug. 18, Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. Cover $10. 806-488-2214)


Hogs at the Point

This bike rally will feature a kids' cook off, an IBCA state championship sanctioned cookoff, live music, auctions, fun run, games and more. Proceeds benefit Panhandle Children's Foundation(5 p.m. Aug. 24, Talon Point Retreat, 5145 Farm-to-Market Road 722 in Channing. 806-935-5598)


Back to School Bash

Matt Martindale will perform with Charlie Shafter at Starlight Ranch's Back to School Bash.

Amarillo singer-songwriter Matt Martindale and former Amarillo singer-songwriter Charlie Shafter will team for this end-of-summer show. Plus four acts will compete in a battle of the bands. Proceeds benefit the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society(5:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Starlight Ranch Event Center, 1415 Sunrise Drive. Cover $20 ages 7 and older, $15 students or $25 per pair of students. 806-678-7002)


Jazzin' Up Santa in the Summer, New Orleans Style

Scotty Alexander will perform Aug. 25 for Eveline Rivers Christmas Project's Jazzin' Up Santa in the Summer.

The annual fundraiser for Eveline Rivers Christmas Project will feature Las Vegas-based country singer Scotty Alexander and Esquire Jazz, silent and live auctions and a meal provided by Chef Tim Youngblood. (7 p.m. Aug. 25, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, 314 S. Jefferson St. Tickets $65 singles, $120 couples. 806-372-3985)


FASO Jazz Fiesta

Enjoy a Mexican dinner and music from Polk Street Jazz's Jim Gardner and Doug and Sandy Storey at this fundraiser for Friends of Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1024(5:30 p.m. Aug. 26, 3207 S. Lipscomb St. Tickets $35. 806-376-6316, Ext. 105)


Panhandle PBS Cuts Footloose

Panhandle PBS will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an '80s-themed garden party on Aug. 30.

This '80s-themed summer garden party will celebrate Panhandle PBS's 30th anniversary, featuring drinks and small plates from Chef Rocky Dunnam, music from popular Amarillo party band Noah Jenda, and cool refreshments from Purple Flamingo Popsicles(6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30, Reed Beverage, 3701 S.E. 25th Ave. Tickets $30. 806-371-5477)


Amarillo Civic Center Complex 50th Anniversary Celebration

Downtown Amarillo's performance and convention center will celebrate its golden anniversary with a community celebration featuring facility tours, free ice skating, cake and punch, plus concessions with throwback prices. (4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-378-3096)


Amarillo Crime Stoppers Car Show

The Amarillo Crime Stoppers Car Show is set for Sept. 1.

The 10th annual car show will feature dozens of cars inside the Amarillo Civic Center Complex. Proceeds benefit Amarillo Crime Stoppers and Student Crime Stoppers. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $5 ages 11 and older. 806-374-4400)


Boys Ranch Rodeo and AdventureFest

The Boys Ranch Rodeo and AdventureFest is set for Sept. 1.

The annual rodeo returns for a 74th year, with rodeo action kicking off at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1. The day begins at 10 a.m. with adventureFest, a family festival featuring food, games, hands-on learning and souvenirs. A free barbecue lunch begins at noon. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch northwest of Amarillo. Tickets, which include adventureFest and lunch, $10 for ages 7 and older. 800-687-3722)


Yellow City Sounds Music Festival: Music Made Here

The Groobees will reunite for the Yellow City Sounds Music Festival on Sept. 1.

Three beloved Amarillo bands — including the band that first serenaded audiences with mega-hit “Wide Open Spaces” — will reunite at the second Yellow City Sounds Music Festival: Music Made Here

The festival — featuring The Groobees, among other popular bands from Amarillo’s musical past and some of the brightest stars of its current scene — is a joint venture of Panhandle PBS and Amarillo College’s FM90 and part of the ongoing commemoration of Panhandle PBS’s 30th anniversary. Music kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Other bands include Krakt, Turbine ToolshedMount Ivy and Comanche Moon. A dozen food trucks are expected, including Coast to CoastCowboy Gelato Smokehouse, FreshboxGoldenLight GoJ&L Good Grubs, J&R Family Catering, Mitch E's Frozen Lemonade, PaPa's ConcessionsPizza NomadPurple Flamingo PopsTacos Plaza and Thumper's Grill.

Chick-Fil-A Kids’ Area activities will include Amarillo College Teach ClubAmarillo Fire Department SmokehouseAmarillo Museum of ArtAmarillo ZooDon Harrington Discovery Center, Happy Faces by Sheila HowardHome DepotPanhandle-Plains Historical Museum and more.

Vendor and other booths will include Amarillo CollegeAmaDazzleCoffee Memorial Blood CenterFamily Care FoundationFishlady’s Fashion Bowtique, Free Cheese Prints, Henna House, IV Rejuvenation StationMetroPCSRed Cross, the SanJac Art CollectiveStudio3313 and more. (2 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1, Memorial Park on the Amarillo College Washington Street Campus. Free. 806-371-5224)


Tribute to the Greatest Generation

Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz will perform at the Tribute to the Greatest Generation on Sept. 1.

The fourth annual commemoration of the official end of World War II will feature dinner and dancing to big band music. Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz will perform, and a tribute will be given to those who served in the war. (6 p.m. Sept. 1, Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Drive. Tickets $50 or $35 for military. 806-374-2006) 


La Frontera Block Party

Latin singer Stefani Montiel will headline the 33rd annual block party. Also performing are Zavala, Monica y Adixxion and Amarillo Godfathers. (6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 2, 1401 S. Arthur St. Free. 806-372-4593)




Chip Chandler is a producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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