By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Hot air balloons, a major concert event and plenty of outdoor fun — these activities and more are waiting for you through Sept. 14.
- 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. $25 in advance, $30 at gate. 806-352-6513)
- First Thursday Art Show: See the latest from artist Topher Petsch with music by Matt Culpepper. (7 p.m. Thursday, The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. free. 806-322-1806)
- Friends of Fogelberg VIII: The annual concert that honors the memory of the late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg and raises prostate awareness is now a two-night event. 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 — all performed by a lineup of Amarillo musicians. Proceeds benefit Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation and Olivia's Angels. (7 p.m. Thursday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $16, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
- Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Rally: Hot air balloons will inflate and (weather permitting) launch at several Amarillo schools in the kickoff for the three-day rally. (7 a.m. Friday, various locations, free. 806-622-9473)
- Friends of Fogelberg VIII: The annual concert that honors the memory of the late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg and raises prostate awareness is now a two-night event. 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 — all performed by a lineup of Amarillo musicians. Proceeds benefit Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation and Olivia's Angels. (7 p.m. Friday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $16, plus fees. 806-378-3096)
- Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Rally: Hot air balloons will launch (weather permitting) in morning activities featuring breakfast vendors, coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast burritos, then an afternoon family festival will feature live music, food and merchandise vendors, bounce houses and more. Donations will benefit the Family Care Foundation, which assists those in financial need during a one-time medical emergency. (7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, John Stiff Memorial Park, 4800 S. Bell St. Free. 806-622-9473)
- Dianne Bosch Memorial Softball Tournament: The second annual tournament — held in memory of the late police officer, Amarillo city commissioner and justice of the peace — will feature 24 teams, a homerun derby, children's activities, a prize drawing and more. Amarillo rock band Karma will perform. Proceeds from team entry fees and more will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. (8 a.m. Saturday, Southeast Ballpark, 4301 S. Osage St. Free. 806-420-3550)
- 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.)
- Friends of the Amarillo Public Library Book Sale: Stock up your library. (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. $7.50 per bag, three bags for $20. 806-378-3054)
- Ruffles & Rust Expo: The traveling vintage show returns with more than 80 vendors. (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. $5. 806-231-9822)
- Canyon Driving Tour: Take a ride through Palo Duro Canyon to learn more about the flora, fauna and geology that comprise it. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Children out of booster seats are welcome. Sign-in is required, and space is limited to 14. Meet at the park headquarters. (1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)
- Teddy Bear Clinic: Children ages 12 and younger get free admission (with paid adult) when they bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the Amarilo Zoo's Teddy Bear Clinic. Volunteers will perform minor repairs. Perioso, the zoo's resident black bear, will take part in special enrichment activities, too. (1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail inside Thompson Park. $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. 806-381-7911)
- Atlatl in the Afternoon: Learn about the atlatl, the main hunting weapon for prehistoric tribes, at this special event at Palo Duro Canyon. Dress comfortably for the weather, wear good walking shoes or boots, and bring water to drink. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Meet at the park headquarters. (3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227)
- Beethoven Cycle: The cycle of all 10 of Beethoven's violin sonatas will conclude with a special performance by Chamber Music Amarillo's David Palmer and Rossitza Jekova-Goza. (8 p.m. Saturday, Fibonacci Space, 3306 S.W. Sixth Ave. $35 adults, $10 students. 806-236-3545)
- Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Rally: The rally concludes with another balloon glow and launch. (7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday, John Stiff Memorial Park, 4800 S. Bell St. Free. 806-622-9473)
- Friends of the Amarillo Public Library Book Sale: Stock up your library at Bargain Day. (2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo Public Library downtown branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. $5 per bag. 806-378-3054)
- Hector Olivera: The Friends of Aeolian Skinner, Opus 1024 concert series opens with a performance by this internationally acclaimed Argentinian organist whose performance will feature Maurice Durufle's Prelude & Fugue. (7:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St. $30 adults, $10 students. 806-376-6316, ext. 105)
West Texas Chefs' Table collaborative wine dinner: Some of the area's best chefs will work together on a limited-seating dinner, which raises funds to culinary endeavors at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. Check here for the full menu. Only 75 tickets will be sold. (7 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Country Club, 4800 Bushland Blvd. $100. 806-333-8042)
- Architecture Film Series: The special 10 Buildings That Changed America will screen as part of this series, a partnership between Amarillo Museum of Art and Panhandle PBS. It's in association with the museum's Amarillo Biennial 600: Architecture. (Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, AMoA, free. 806-371-5050)
- Perspectives on Vietnam: Get a sneak peek at PBS's The Vietnam War documentary event by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick at this screening and roundtable discussion. (5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Hazlewood Lecture Hall, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Free. 806-651-2244)
- Young Artist Piano Series: Amarillo College assistant professor Diego Caetano will kick off a new concert series at Amarillo College featuring an international slate of visiting pianists and AC students. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, AC Concert Hall Theatre on Washington Street campus, free. 806-371-5340)
- Fiesta Celebration: Canyon-based Mexican restaurant El Patio will celebrate its 18th anniversary with a party featuring music from Danny Ruiz, free beer and a new menu. (5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, El Patio Mexican Restaurant, 1410 Highway 60. 806-655-4300)
- Panhandle Kennel Club Dog Show: The Amarillo-based club will host its annual AKC-sanctioned event, featuring all-breed conformation, obedience and rally events. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14; continues through Sept. 17. Amarillo Civic Center Complex North and South Exhibit Halls, 401 S. Buchanan St. Free. 806-679-1260)
- Amarillo Summer Showcase Dance and Jam: The Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest will host its annual showcase event. (10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 14; continues through Sept. 16. Fifth Season Inn Amarillo, 6801 W. Interstate 40. No cover. 713-208-4793)
- Amarillo Chamber Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cookoff: The 22nd annual event will take over downtown. (5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce grounds, 1000 S. Polk St.; entrances at 10th Avenue and Polk Street, 10th and Tyler Street and 11th Avenue and Tyler. $30 advance, $40 at gate. 806-373-7800)
- Ladd Lecture: Architect Lawrence Speck will discuss how art and architecture work together in a special lecture for Amarillo Museum of Art — "Architecture That Makes Lives Better," a free lecture in conjunction with AMoA's ongoing Amarillo Biennial 600: Architecture exhibition. He also will appear at a cocktail buffet reception at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St. (6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture; admission $40 for reception, free for lecture. 806-371-5050)
- Luna Gale: The West Texas A&M University Theatre department opens its season with Luna Gale, a contemporary drama about a social worker's attempts to find a secure home for the title character, a 6-month-old girl whose teenage parents are fighting for custody against the teen girl's mother. (7:30 p.m. Sept. 14; continues through Sept. 24. Happy State Bank Studio Theatre in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students. 806-651-2804)
- 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. 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 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 featuring 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., 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 Lonesome Dove, 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.