Play Here's Activity Roundup for Aug. 31 to Sept. 7

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Band of Heathens will headline the Yellow City Sounds Music Festival.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Labor Day weekend and the days ahead offer plenty of fun activity and event options. Check here for all the fun through Sept. 7!





The first Yellow City Sounds Music Festival will run noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park next to the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College. 

Americana greats Band of Heathens will close out a night full of bands performing soul music, folk music, classic hits and more. They'll take the stage around 8:15 p.m. Other acts include The DustJackets at noon, Maggie Burt at 1 p.m., Insufficient Funds at 2 p.m., The Deltaz at 5 p.m., hONEyhoUSe at 6 p.m. and Zac Wilkerson at 7 p.m. A jam session of in-demand Amarillo solo musicians will be featured at 3:30 p.m., including Andy Chase, Eddie Esler of Eddie & The Eat, Mike Fuller, Tyler Horning (formerly of Strangetowne), Tennessee Tuckness and Ray Wilson.

The festival also will feature food trucks, children's activities and more. Click here for more details.

The event is free. Call 806-371-5479.


  • Amarillo Community Market: The downtown farmers and crafters market returns for a second year (which runs through Oct. 14). Look for live music and activities weekly. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday around the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 S. Polk St. Free.)
  • Boys Ranch Rodeo: The tradition returns for a 73rd year. 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. Rodeo action kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  (10 a.m. Saturday, Boys Ranch, $10 ages 7 and older. 800-687-3722)
  • Crimestoppers Car Show: The ninth annual show, billed as the region's second-largest indoor car show, features hundreds of cars — from classics to the latest innovations — plus door prizes, raffle prizes, food, vendors and activities. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex North and South Exhibit Halls, 401 S. Buchanan St. $5 ages 11 and older. 806-378-6100)
  • Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will preview its season in a special exhibition match against the Odessa Jackalopes. (1 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $5-$10. 806-242-1122)
  • Canyon Driving Tour: Take a ride through Palo Duro Canyon to learn more about its flora, fauna, geology and history. Limited to 14 visitors; no children in carseats or pets. Dress comfortably for the weather, and bring water to drink. Meet at the park gatehouse. (5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. 806-488-2227)
  • Food Truck Rally: Several Amarillo food trucks — including Golden Light, J&L Good Grubs, Papa's Concessions and Purple Flamingo Popsicles — will serve food at this rally at AirU. Admission price also includes a half hour of jumping time. (5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, AirU, 5461 McKenna. $5. 806-355-9777)
  • Goodnight Under the Stars: This fundraiser dinner for Charles Goodnight Historical Center begins with a wine walk at 5:30 p.m. Saturday around the grounds of the historic home of Charles Goodnight. A sit-down steak dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a live auction and a dance featuring Coby Carter and Johnny Nix. Western artists also will display their works. (5:30 p.m. Saturday, Charles Goodnight Historical Center, 4989 County Road 25, approximately 12 miles east of Claude on U.S. Highway 287. Tickets $100. 806-676-8418)
  • Amarillo College Suzuki Program: The educational program will celebrate with a 40th anniversary concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Globe-News Center. Featured artists include Annie Chalex Boyle, Keith Redpath, Hannah Kendle Dowell, Joshua Kendle and Barbara Barber, daughter of AC Suzuki co-founder Helen Gerald. Also performing will be current student groups, featured student and teacher alums, and more. (6 p.m. Saturday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-371-5346)
  • Tribute to the Greatest Generation: Remember the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945, at this dinner and dance at English Field. Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz will perform Big Band songs of the '30s to the '50s in military dress. Dinner will be a world buffet featuring foods representing nations that participated in World War II. A cash bar also will be available. (6 p.m. Saturday, hanger at Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Blvd., near the grounds of the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Tickets $35 to $50. 806-374-2066)
  • Berry Loop Sunset Hike: Watch a glorious sunset at Palo Duro Canyon along one of its most scenic trails, a comfortable 1.5 mile hike. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Meet at the Chinaberry Day Use Area; arrive at least 30 minutes early. (8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. 806-488-2227)
  • Of Gods and Monsters: Amarillo troupe Galatea Burlesk will present breathing works of art based on gods, goddesses and monsters in this new show. Headliner is Mr. Valdez. (10 p.m. Saturday, The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover $10. 806-322-1806)
  • White Party: The 212 Club will host annual Labor Day weekend party, featuring drag performers Roxie Hart, Miss Gay US of A 2017, and Lawanda Jackson, Miss Gay US of A 2012. (11:30 p.m. Saturday, 212 Club, 212 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover $5. 806-372-7997)



  • Labor Day barbecue and concert: Amarillo gospel performer Devlon Jones will host this party, a fundraiser for A Place For Me music school and recording studio. (5 p.m. Sunday, Jones Estate, 1403 N. Hayden St. Wristbands for admission, food and beverage are $10. 806-678-9333)
  • Nitro Circus Live: Thirty top extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and other events will compete in this exhibition. Daredevils and stunt performers also will be featured. (6 p.m. Sunday, Route 66 Motor Speedway, 4101 Texas Loop 335. Tickets $19 to $79, with family packages of four for $124. Other fees are not included. 806-383-7223)
  • White Party: The 212 Club will host annual Labor Day weekend party, featuring drag performers Roxie Hart, Miss Gay US of A 2017, and Lawanda Jackson, Miss Gay US of A 2012. (10:30 p.m. Sunday, 212 Club, 212 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover $5. 806-372-7997)



  • Full Moon Hike: Experience Palo Duro Canyon after dark and learn about nocturnal life in the canyon along this comfortable 1.5 mile hike. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink and a flashlight (red-colored lights work best) for visibility. Reservations are required by Tuesday; email to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. 806-488-2227)



  • Architecture, Nature & Abstraction: This closing reception recognizes the outgoing exhibition of works by Emilio Caballero, the former head of the then-West Texas State College's art department. (6 p.m. Sept. 7, Mary Moody Fine Arts Gallery, free. 806-651-2799)
  • Samplin' Under the Stars: The Amarillo Botanical Gardens will offer light food, spirits, wine, beer and cigas at this new event. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. $25 in advance, $30 at gate. 806-352-6513)
  • Friends of Fogelberg VIII: The annual concert in memory of the late Dan Fogelberg expands to two nights this year. The "Our House" concerts will feature music by Fogelberg (known for such hits as "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne"), as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. A lineup of Amarillo musicians will perform. (7 p.m. Sept. 7, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Reserved seats $16, plus fees. 806-378-3096)



Call ahead to check holiday hours.

  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
  • Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
  • Amarillo Historical Museum: Learn more about the city's past at this museum, 1612 S. Johnson St. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, or by appointment. Call 806-206-3926.
  • Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Amarillo Biennial 600: Architecture is on view through Oct. 1. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
  • Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the summer at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
  • Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
  • Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
  • Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). America's Horse in Art show and sale is on view through Oct. 12. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811. 
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
  • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features Modern West through Sept. 22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Physics @ Play and Cubelets Robot Blocks through Sept. 17. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
  • The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St., has free tours conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
  • Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the summer. Call 806-488-2260.
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
  • River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
  • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
  • Wonderland Park: The park will continue its 66th season. Park hours vary throughout the summer, so check their calendar for the most up-to-date information. Full access passes are $31.95 for Tuesdays through Thursdays, $33.95 for Fridays, and $39.95 for Saturdays and Sundays. Spectator passes are $5. WOW passes are available in any amount. Miniature golf is $5; hours are 5 p.m. to close Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 p.m. to close Saturdays and Sundays. Call 806-383-3344. 


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

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