Alpine, Texas Community Guide 2017 - Page 9

ANNUAL events Calendar JANUARY • Chamber of Commerce Banquet - Recognizing citizen & business of the year, www.alpinetexas.com FEBRUARY • Valentine’s in Valentine - www.bigbendbrewing.com/valentines-day MARCH • Spring Break! - Alpine and the Big Bend region are popular Spring Break destinations. FIESTA DEL BARRIO Kick off 4th of July weekend with an all day celebration July 1. Fiesta del Barrio begins with a traditional parade through the streets of east Alpine, and the day ends with a car show, live music and dancing at Medina Park. Find details at https://visitalpinetx.com/events/fiesta-del- barrio/. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION A parade and fireworks bring fun and excitement to the beautiful summer evenings of July. Celebrate Independence Day in Alpine! VIVA BIG BEND MUSIC FESTIVAL Viva Big Bend is the annual music festival held in, you guessed it, the Big Bend region of West Texas. In 2017, the festival hosted concerts in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, and Marathon. Over 50 bands of different sizes and genres hit the stages. If music isn't enough, there's also an art show and kid's activities. The festival was started in 2012, and has been a huge success. Get your tickets early. For information on Viva Big Bend's 2018 schedule and lineup check out vivabigbend.com. APRIL • Texas Glider Rally (Marfa) - Soaring over the Marfa plateau, www.flygliders.com • Hammerfest (Fort Davis) - Bicycle road races in the Davis Mountains, www.peytonsbikes.com MAY • Marfa Film Festival (Marfa) - Screenings of independently produced films, www.marfafilmfestival.org JULY • SRSU Alumni Rodeo www.sulross.edu/page/1963/ anrs-rodeo-exes-association AUGUST • Marfa Poetry Festival (Marfa) - Readings, a book fair, film screenings, exhibitions, conversations, live music, and more. www.MarfaPoetryFestival.org BIG BEND RANCH RODEO Calling all cowboys - or those who wish they were cowboys. Join the action and attend the annual Big Bend Ranch Rodeo August 2018. Working cowboys participate in events celebrating the local ranching heritage and highlight a unique American lifestyle. Learn more at www.BigBendRanchRodeo.com BIG BEND GUN & KNIFE SHOW Labor Day Weekend, the Lions Club of Alpine brings the annual Big Bend Gun & Knife show to the Alpine Civic Center. Learn more at www.visitalpinetx.com • Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration www.FortDavis.com SEPTEMBER • Marfa Lights Festival (Marfa) - Celebrating the mysterious lights of Marfa, www.marfacc.com • West Fest (Marathon) - Cabrito Cookoff and Family Fun, www.marathontexas.com • Marfa Open - A week-long festival celebrating photography. Sept. 22-Oct. 6. www.marfaopen.com OCTOBER • National Intercollegiate Rodeo - Association Rodeo - College rodeo competition, www.collegerodeo.com • M2M (Marathon to Marathon) - Sanctioned runs in Marathon, www.marathon2marathon.net • Chinati Open House (Marfa) - Open house at the world- famous Chinati Foundation, www.chinati.org • Ride for the Trails (Study Butte) - Motorcycle rally benefiting BBNP, www.ridefortrails.com NOVEMBER • CASI International Chili Championship (Terlingua) - The ultimate celebration of Chili, www.chili.org/terlingua.html DECEMBER • Mountain Country Christmas - Arts and Crafts from around the region, www.alpinetexas.com • Fiesta de Noche Bueno (Marathon) - Christmas-themed celebration with food, music, and fun! www.marathontexas.com ALPINE’S GALLERY NIGHT – ARTWALK The 25th anniversary of this unique Alpine event is scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 16-17, 2018. This signature annual art event helps define Alpine as an art destination. Venues at galleries, shops and businesses throughout downtown feature art, music, and special entertainment. New galleries pop up every year. Each year a local artist is selected as the Honored Artist and is featured at special showings throughout the weekend. Vendors provide food and fun at open air markets and a Silent Auction adds more interesting art for sale. More @ www.artwalkalpine.com 2017-18 Community Guide & Chamber of Commerce Directory | alpine TEXAS 9