Play Here's Activity Roundup for Sept. 28 to Oct. 5: 'Mary Poppins,' haunted houses, fundraisers, more
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
It's fall, y'all! But it's still as busy as ever — check out these activities and events to see what you can't miss!
Chow down at the Delicious Wishes Burger Bash for Make-A-Wish North Texas.
- Dinner in the Garden: This fundraiser for Medical Center League House will featue a tenderloin dinner by Delvin Wilson and music by The Prairie Dogs. (5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 7000 W. Amarillo Blvd. $50; sponsorship levels available. 806-358-3759)
- Una Gran Cena: This fiesta dinner fundraiser for Amarillo Wesley Community Center will feature a keynote address from Elsa Diego-Medrano, West Texas A&M University assistant professor of reading and early childhood. (6 p.m. Thursday, Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St. $40. 806-372-7960)
- Delicious Wishes Burger Bash: Restaurants and cook teams will compete to determine who has the best burger in the Panhandle in this fundraiser for Make-A-Wish North Texas. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Cornerstone Ranch Events Center, 1901 Cement Drive. $50; limited quantity available. 806-358-9943)
- Mary Poppins: The Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage season opens with the stage adaptation of the beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers). Kristen Loyd (Anything Goes, Young Frankenstein) stars as the practically perfect nanny, with Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Oct. 8. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
The Amarillo Bulls will play the Lone Star Brahmas on Friday and Saturday.
- Junior League of Amarillo Golf Classic: More golf action tees up, with an after-party featuring music by Velvet Funk, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and a specialty cocktail bar. (Noon Friday, La Paloma course at Tascosa Golf Club, 4302 Fairway Drive. $600 by Sept. 8, $700 following, $25 after-party admission for non-players. 806-374-0802)
- Co-Creating with Alcohol Ink: This new art exhibition by Nina Stein will be on view through Nov. 14. (6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, 2717 Stanley St. 806-576-2480)
- Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Lone Star Brahmas. (7:05 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)
- Mary Poppins: The Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage season opens with the stage adaptation of the beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers). Kristen Loyd (Anything Goes, Young Frankenstein) stars as the practically perfect nanny, with Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. (8 p.m. Friday; continues through Oct. 8. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
The Tri-State Reptile Expo is open Saturday and Sunday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.
- Travel Adventure: The Don Harrington Discovery Center will host this traveling exhibition that's all about — you guessed it — travel (and Legos; see here for more). (Saturday to Jan. 7, Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Admission fee. 806-355-9547)
- Get Fit Mayor's Half Marathon and 5K: Lace up your running shoes for this annual race through Wolflin neighborhood, downtown Amarillo and historic Route 66. The after-party will feature live music, food trucks and refreshments. Proceeds benefit The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center. (7:30 a.m. Saturday, Get Fit, 1911 S. Georgia St. Registration $25 for the 5K and $75 for the half-marathon; fees increase by $5 on packet pick-up day on Friday. 806-350-4262)
- Amarillo Community Market: The downtown farmers and crafters market returns for a second year (which runs through Sunday4). 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.)
- Buddy Walk: The Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild will host its 16th annual walk, themed We Can Do It. (9 a.m. Saturday, Sam Houston Park, 4101 Line Ave. Free; donatoins encouraged. 806-678-4450)
- Great Strides: Your shoes are made for walking at the Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (9 a.m. Saturday, Medical Center Park, 1100 Wallace Blvd. Free; donations encouraged. 214-871-2222)
- Autumn Street Fest: In addition to the weekly Canyon Farmers Market, this festival will feature a pet parade, pumpkin painting and more. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Canyon. Free. 806-656-6833)
- History Day: Living history reenactors, Kwahadi Indian dancers, folk musicians and more will take part in this event. Dress for the weather. Meet at Wolfberry Day Use Area. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)
- Ramble Across the Panhandle: The Amarillo Elks' fifth-annual motorcycle run from Amarillo to Dalhart and Borger and back again will raise funds for the Rainbow Room. Amarillo rock band Hangman will perform at a party at the end of the run. (10 a.m. Saturday, Amarillo Elks Lodge, 932 Clyde St. $25 riders, $15 passengers. 806-206-6754)
- Tri-State Reptile Expo: The annual show will feature common and rare reptiles, amphibians and more, in addition to vendor booths and more. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; continues Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. $12 adults or $7 children for weekend pass.)
- Wonderful Women Brunch: The brunch — which raises funds for Martha's Home — will feature a meal catered by Bud Andersen, a fashion show, vendors and more. (10 a.m. Saturday, The Venue, 7200 Canyon Drive, $30; deadline Friday. 806-443-5577)
- Frames of Love Benefit Dinner: A dinner and concert by the Amarillo High School jazz band will support a service that provides free photos to families with terminally ill children, a child who has recently passed away, and special-needs kids in the Amarillo area. (6 p.m. Saturday at Timeless Events, 11131 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. Tickets $30. 806-654-6191)
- Great Epilepsy Steakout: In this fundraiser for Epilepsy Foundation — West Texas, Smitty Brothers BBQ of Fritch will provide the meal and The Buster Bledsoe Band will perform. (6:30 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $60, music-only tickets $25. 806-352-5426)
- Amarillo Scaregrounds: The haunt — which features five scenarios in one location — gets a kick start on the Halloween season with a preview night to benefit United Way of Amarillo & Canyon. (7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 2736 S.W. 10th Ave., $5, $15 and $20 per haunt; $35 for all; $50 for unlimited access. 806-367-9516)
- 6th Street Massacre: The Route 66 haunt returns. (7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 6; continues Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Tuesday1. 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave. Admission $20. 806-337-0749)
- Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Lone Star Brahmas. (7:05 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)
- Mary Poppins: The Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage season opens with the stage adaptation of the beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers). Kristen Loyd (Anything Goes, Young Frankenstein) stars as the practically perfect nanny, with Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. (8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Oct. 8. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
Hop on your bike and ride in the P3 pub crawl.
- Tri-State Reptile Expo: Learn about and buy common and more rare reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, along with the supplies they need, at this expo. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; begins Saturday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. $10 adult weekend pass, $5 kids' weekend pass.)
- P3 pub crawl: The ninth annual P3: People, Pints and Pedals Pub Crawl begins at 575 Pizzeria, 2803 Civic Circle, and hits Golden Light Cafe, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave., and I Don't Know Sports Bar and Grill, 1301 S.W. Sixth Ave., then back to 575 for an after-party. Donations benefit One Chair at a Time, which buys sports wheelchairs for Amarillo adolescents and young adults. (1 to 7 p.m. Sunday [moved from Sept. 24], various locations, free. 806-322-5575)
- Carnival Night: Families can enjoy face painting and carnival-style games. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Public Library East Branch, 2232 E. 27th Ave. Free. 806-342-1589)
- I Will Stand: Lt. Commander Blake Dremann, an active-duty naval officer and transgender man, will speak. (6:30 p.m. Monday, West Texas A&M University Jack B. Kelley Legacy Hall. Free. 806-651-2816)
- Jazztober: The Martinis will kick off the 6th annual concert series for Amarillo Cultural District. (6 p.m. Tuesday, Historic Bivins Mansion, 1000 S. Polk St., free. 806-372-6744)
- Fashionable Fundraiser: Talbots of Amarillo, 2201 S. Georgia St., will host a shopping fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle. When shoppers say they're supporting the cause on Wednesday, 10 percent of proceeds will go to the organization. BBBS Executive Director Emily Nance will be at the store from 3 to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Talbots of Amarillo, 2201 S. Georgia St. 806-359-9190)
Opportunity School's LIPS fundraiser is Oct. 5.
- Flavors of Amarillo & Mariachi Festival: The heat is on! Several favorite Amarillo restaurants and mariachi band La Coronelas will join forces with Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. (5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5, Rex Baxter Building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. $20 advance, $25 at door; free ages 10 and younger. 806-379-8800)
- Dark Side of the Full Moon: This documentary about postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders will be held by the new Village Birth Education Center. (6 p.m. Oct. 5, Amarillo College Downtown Campus, 1314 S. Polk St. Free; tickets required. 806-881-9600)
- LIPS: The popular fundraiser for Opportunity School features volunteers from businesses and elsewhere doing lip-synch performances of popular songs. (6 p.m. Oct. 5, Embassy Suites Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St., $150 for individuals and up to $6,000 for tables of 10. 806-373-4245)
- First Thursday Art Show: Enjoy Halloween-inspired works at this installment of the monthly feature. Rupert the Duke will spin. (7 p.m. Oct. 51, The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover; donations accepted. 806-322-1806)
- Psychopathia Sexualis: Amarillo College's theater department will open its season with this edgy comedy by John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt). (7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; continues through Oct. 8. AC Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. $8 adults, $6 AC students, faculty and staff. 806-371-5359)
- Mary Poppins: The Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage season opens with the stage adaptation of the beloved Walt Disney musical (based on the books by P.L. Travers). Kristen Loyd (Anything Goes, Young Frankenstein) stars as the practically perfect nanny, with Jason Crespin as the chimney sweep Bert. (7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; continues through Oct. 8. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, $16 children Thursdays and Sundays; $25 adults, $22 students and seniors and $18 children Fridays and Saturdays. 806-355-9991)
- 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 through Oct. 31, then 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 1. 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 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. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
- Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the fall 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, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 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 featuring the America's Horse in Art show and sale through Oct. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). 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., is open 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 Travel Adventures through Jan. 9. 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., 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. Fridays through Sundays after Labor Day, weather permitting. 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.
- Southern Light Gallery: The art gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, features Robert Hirsh's The Architecture of Landscape. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. Call 806-345-5654.
- 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.