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This Weekend in the Panhandle


If you're looking for something to do this weekend, we've got you covered. 

Here's a list of what's going on in our area:

Create! 2018

This year's Create! Party will be held in the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Amarillo on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6:00 p.m to 10 p.m.

Activities include caricature drawings by Kyle Singleton, karaoke with Katie Eddins, painting by Burn Studio, leather crafts by Craft House, rubber stamping by the Amarillo Museum of Art, a photo booth sponsored by Happy State Bank,Palace Coffee and more.

Create! began in 2016 to celebrate the Amarillo Cultural District and raise funds for Center City and the Amarillo Cultural District.

Reserved tables for the VIP Party (at 6:00 PM) are $2,500. 
A reserved table of 10 is $1,000.
Individual tickets are $50.

For more information call 806-372-6744 or visit

Amarillo Community Market 

This summer's Amarillo Community Market will be held every Saturday through October 6 from 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m

Amarillo Community Market is held on the grounds of the Bivins mansion from 10th Ave. and Polk Street to 11th Ave., and from 11th Avenue to Tyler Street.

For more information visit

Golden Spread Farmers Market 

The farmers market will bring fresh produce from area growers to Sunset Center near Western and Plains in Amarillo.

The market offers fresh produce like tomatoes, herbs and melons, as well as fresh baked goods, flowers and more, along with some new additions this year.

The market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until they run out of goods. The market runs into the fall.

World War II and Korean Veteran Ceremony

There will be a ceremony Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. to honor World War II and Korean Veterans.

The event is at the TexasPanhandle War Memorial on 4101 S. Georgia.

Guest speaker will be Michael Kiefer (Director, Thomas A. Creek Veterans Administration Hospital, Retired Colonel US Army). 

A wreath presentation will be by two daughters of PFC James W. Turner who received 5 Bronze Stars in the European Theatre.

For more information call Fred Rangel at (806) 674-0495.

Texas Panhandle Craft Beerfest

Come sample craft beers at the Texas Panhandle Craft Beerfest, with live music from Andy Chase from the Texas Ale Project Stage.

Sponsored by the Market Street Craft Beer Club, benefiting Hands on Amarillo.

General Admission tickets are $35 in advance/$45 day of the event.

General Admission includes a Attorney Dean Boyd souvenir tasting glass while supplies last

Market Street VIP tickets are $100.
VIP tickets include early entry into the event at 3 p.m., entry into the Market Street VIP Food & Flavor Lounge, a catered meal, a pint glass, VIP only craft beers, event lanyard and VIP badge, and a Attorney Dean Boyd souvenir tasting glass.

Saturday, August 18
VIP Admission: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
General Admission: 4 p.m. - 7p.m.

Amarillo Netplex
4101 Hillside Rd.

Kingdom Fest

Kingdom Church is hosting Kingdom Fest, Saturday, August 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a school supplies giveaway, free haircuts, local vendors and a free concert at 6 p.m.

For more information call (806) 477-0360.

Kingdom Church
2650 Dumas Drive
Suite 132

Back to School Bash

The businesses of City View are hosting a Back to School Bash.

The event will be at 6014 Western, Saturday, August 18, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Amarillo State Care will be providing $20 sports physicals.

If you donate towards the Rainbow Room wish list your name will be put in a raffle.

Plus hot dogs, hamburgers, cookies, and drinks.

All proceeds at the event will benefit The Rainbow Room of Amarillo.

For more information call (806) 354-6292.

Vineyards Car Show 

Saturday, August 18
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Food, music, raffles, awards.

The Vineyards of Amarillo
1202 Shiraz Blvd.
½ mile south of Loop 335 on Broadway

For more information call Larry Teague at (806) 353-5276

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon is hosting a bunch of fun events this weekend.

Starting Friday, August 16 at 6 p.m. learn about the history of the men who built the park as you hike the CCC Trail, then at 8:30 p.m. a camping tradition of s'mores and sing-a-longs. Make sure to bring your camp chair.

Activities continue Saturday at 4 p.m. with the Canyon Driving Tour where you get to take a tour of the park in the comfort of the park's van. Then at 7 p.m. enjoy a 3 mile hike.

For more information call (806) 488-2227.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5
Canyon, TX 

Park it at the plaza: New downtown plaza created for area food trucks

Firing up the oven, Liberty Powers has made a business of crafty pizzas to-go.

However, his business Pizza Nomad is also on-the-go, operating right out of a food truck. He says the truck made it possible to break into the food industry.

"I couldn't afford a brick and mortar restaurant so food trucks are a great place for entrepreneurs to be creative and get the kind of food out that they've always dreamed of but can't necessarily start a big business right out of the gate," said Powers.

Hopping around to different businesses and events, the food truck will soon have a new stationary home -- at least for a few days out of the week.

"Hopefully this is a place where you can find us more normally and there will be enough people that will come out and know this is a place to get good food," said Powers.

The Downtown Food Truck Park is launching in Amarillo this week, near SE 10th Avenue and Lincoln.

For property owner Benjamin King, he sees it as an opportunity to not only provide something to locals, but to also help small businesses.

"I figured that the more opportunities to succeed that food truck vendors have, the more vibrant market we'll have here in Amarillo and then the whole town benefits," said King.

Open daily from 6:30 in the morning until midnight, the plaza will have five food trucks in place from a rotating list of vendors, offering a variety of cuisine.

The plaza also has picnic tables and a spot for live music. Eventually, it will also feature a farmers market.

As downtown continues to revitalize, this new plaza can fit right in with the growth.

"I'm just trying to do my part to help that whole downtown, walkable, liveable, model work," said King.

As for Pizza Nomad, the future of the plaza could create a new normal for the downtown area.

"If there's a dedicated property where you know food trucks will be set up, people now think about taco trucks on the boulevard because there's years of tradition there, but this can be a new tradition for Amarillo," said Powers.

In an ever-changing downtown, adding a new tradition might not be a bad idea.

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TEXAS Outdoor Musical 

The TEXAS Outdoor Musical will begin the 53rd Season of performances in the Pioneer Amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon.

This year's show will run Tuesday through Sunday, through August 18.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature live music and performance, an authentic BBQ dinner, games, souvenir gift shop, and nightly fireworks, water and light show with a special patriotic tribute, as well as several special events throughout the season.

Special events include Comanche Summer, the TEXAS 4th of July Celebration, and the TEXAS Inspired art exhibition.

Comanche Summer is a unique celebration and collaboration with the Comanche Nation and will include pre-show historical performance and authentic costume display on the Prairie Dog Stage at 6:30 pm, with Exhibition Dances on the Pioneer Amphitheater Stage at 7:30 pm. This event is included in the price of the TEXAS show tickets for June 23rd. 

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Box Office by calling 806-655-2181 or visiting the office in Canyon, located at 1514 5th Ave. Advance reservations are suggested and discounts for children, seniors, military and groups are available.

Source: TEXAS Outdoor Musical

Pop Culture pops into The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is taking a look at pop culture and its phenomenon by focusing on the 1950s through the 2000s. 

"We'll be doing four separate exhibits here at the PPHM and it's pop culture, and we're talking about pop culture has influenced the world and the world has influenced pop culture over the last sixty years," marketing manager Stephanie Price said. "Particularly pertaining to the Panhandle and Texas."

Price hopes the exhibit brings light to how historical events are continuing to influence pop culture and entertainment in ways some visitors may not realize. 

"We have bedrooms upstairs because as everyone knows our bedroom is our sanctuary. It's where we really able to explore pop culture and ourselves, putting movie posters on the wall, the hamburger phone by the bed. You know, things that will really pop out to people from each decade," said Price. 

Along with the bedroom exhibit you can also find RCA to Apple which is a celebration of technological advances. As well as watch famous movie clips, quotes and unforgettable moments roll across the screen in the PPHM Theater. 

The exhibit will be open through the end of the year.

"In a cultural revolution we'll be talking about the historical impact of pop culture and how pop culture in return impacts history. Learning about things like the Berlin Wall, and the Space Race, and Vietnam, and how that all impacted our culture here in the Panhandle," she said. "This is a complete deviation in exhibits that we've ever done. There's little pieces of each one that I love."

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