Memorial Day Weekend roundup: Bad Magik Musik Fest and more
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Maggie Burt will headline Bad Magik Musik Fest on Saturday.
Photo by Chip Chandler

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

A family friendly outdoor music festival is the highlight of Memorial Day festivities in the Amarillo area.

Bad Magik Musik Festival returns for a second year from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday in Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street.

"Last year was such a success in bringing everybody together, especially at the last minute, that we knew we had to come back and do it again," said organizer Courtney Brown. "It's a welcome-to-the-summer party in the park."

The festival celebrates the San Jacinto — or SanJac — neighborhood, featuring vendor booths from several Sixth Avenue stores and an array of musical acts who frequently play the historic Route 66 area's bars.

"We have most of the live music in town right here on the street, so this is a good way to get everybody together and celebrate our local music scene," said Jason Barrett, owner of The 806 Coffee + Lounge, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.

Bands include:

DJ Rupert the Duke also will spin throughout the day.

"They're all super awesome and need the platform — not just to play the bars at night, but for the Sixth Street community," Brown said.

Food will be sold by Shi-Lee's Soul Food and FireSlice Pizzeria.

Booths will be on hand from Radical Ice, Actual Size, Free Cheese Prints, Amie's Face/Body Painting, Orcgore Illustrations, Font & Fiddle, ACTS Community Center, Fish Lady's Fashion Bowtique, Gamequest and Amarillo College

Wristbands will be on sale for $5 at the Bad Magik booth for discounts at participating venues along Sixth after the festival wraps for the day.

"I think SanJac, over the years, has gotten a bad rap as a dangerous neighborhood," Brown said. "But there are a lot of good hearts in Amarillo that want to give back to the community, to create events and connect with people. That's something SanJac has more than anything."

The holiday weekend will be packed with other entertainment options, as well. In addition to the live bands and regular music options I'll list in my weekly roundup post Friday, check out these options:

  • Wonderland Park: The amusement park, now in its 66th season, expands its hours for the first time this season. Special Memorial Day weekend hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Monday. Admission is $16.95 for 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, $18.95 for 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, and $24.95 for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 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. 
  • Memorial Day Celebration: The Ranch House Club, 7117 River Road, will host a party at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with pool, drinks, horseshoes and music by RC. No cover. Call 806-381-1213.
  • Agility Trials: Members of the Amarillo Obedience Training Club will show off their dogs skills in agility trials at 8 a.m. Saturday through Monday in the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Admission is free, and noncompeting dogs are not allowed. 
  • Mulkey Block Party: This free festival helps celebrate ongoing renovations to the historic Mulkey Theatre in downtown Clarendon. Insufficient Funds will perform, and the party also will feature food, movies, games and a classic car show, as well as an appearance and new short film from Two for the Road stars Dusty and Nikki Green. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at and around the theater, 110 S. Kearney St. in Clarendon. Admission is free. Call 806-874-2421. Also in Clarendon, the Sandell Drive-In Theatre, 12 S. Center St., will host a John Wayne Western Weekend, screening The Cowboys and Rio Bravo at 5:30 p.m. Friday and McLintock and The Sons of Katie Elder at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free with a pass (click links for details). Call 806-874-0685.
  • Old Time Spring Fling Dance: Palo Duro Canyon State Park will host an old-school outdoor dance at 6 p.m.Saturday at its El Coronado Lodge Visitor Center. Admission is free with park entry fees of $5 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Movies at the Lake: The blockbuster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will screen at 9 p.m. Saturday at Fritch Fortress Amphitheater at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
  • Classically Yours: Burlesque legend Judith Stein, who still performs in her late 60s, will headline this traditional show at 10 p.m. Saturday at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. The show also will feature performers from Amarillo troupes Galatea Burlesk and Bomb City Pretties. Cover is $10. 
  • Bar Z Winery: Singer-songwriter Paul Lee Kupfer will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at a special event at the winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. Cover $10; Back Roads Grill food truck also will sell food. Call 806-488-2214.
  • Memorial Weekend BBQ: Cowgirl singer Kristyn Harris will headline a 7 p.m. Sunday barbecue dinner at Cowboy Gelato Smokehouse, 6103 S. Coulter St., Suite 200. Tickets are $45. Call 806-376-5286.




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