Keep up with all events and activities in and around Abilene and the Big Country. Know where to go to find some fun events, activities, and all sorts of entertainment around Abilene and throughout West Texas.

Check back often as this will be updated with all the changes and or additions to the events and activities calendar.

COMING TO POTOSI LIVE JULY 21ST - JULY 24TH
Get ready to hear some awesome live entertainment while enjoying some great meals at Potosi Live (located at 897 FM 1750 south of Abilene). Wednesday, July 21st it's Dusty Moats, Thursday, July 22nd it's Chad Miller, Friday, July 23rd it's Chad Prather at the Chuckle Shack, and Saturday, July 24th it's Chad Prather again however, that show is sold out. While most shows are free, some are not, check-in by calling Potosi Live at 325-529-3111.

GARAGEBAND WOODSTOCK 11 IS SATURDAY JULY 24TH
Get ready to step back in time with Garageband Woodstock. The event that takes you back in time to the '60s and '70s with live music, will benefit the nonprofit  New Horizons. Tickets are just $25 in advance and $30 at the door you can buy them online at GaragebandWoodstock.com.

THE ANNUAL TOUR DE GAP BENEFIT BICYCLE RACES JULY 24TH & 25TH
The 38th annual Tour de Gap bicycle race that benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Country is finally back. The race is Saturday & Sunday, July 24th & 25th through the community Buffalo Gap community. The best part is, this is a family event.

GENE WATSON IS COMING TO THE  PARAMOUNT LIVE ON JULY 30TH
Get ready to hear all your Gene Watson favorites when he appears live at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, July 3oth at 7 PM. Gene's been performing for the last 50 years so don't miss your chance to see Watson live at the Paramount Theatre at 352 Cypress Street. For tickets contact the Paramount Theatre.

PARAMOUNT PRESENTS "CABARET UNDER THE STARS" AUGUST 5TH - 8TH
The Paramount Theatre is proud to present the great music of Berlin, Gershwin and Porter performed by our very own Abilene and Big Country talent. Enjoy Hors-d'oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine. All seating is cabaret style and tickets are available online from the Paramount or call 325-676-9620.

SECOND CHANCE COWBOY CHURCH HOSTS SUMMER PLAYDAY August 14TH
Get ready for some summer riding fun and competition at the Second Chance Cowboy Church in Clyde, America. The church is hosting a Summer Playday on Saturday, August 14th in Clyde. The events will include Poles, Barrels, and Flags. The cost is $5 per event as this is a Church fundraiser.

THE TEXAS GUN & KNIFE SHOW COMES TO ABILENE ON AUGUST 14TH & 15TH
Get the ammo you've been looking for at the Texas Gun and Knife Show at the Abilene Convention Center Saturday show hours are from 9 am until 5 pm and, Sunday show hours are 10 AM until 4 PM. Plus with deer season right around the corner, find that perfect deer rifle and scope. The cost to get in just $8 and kids under 12 get in free.

FOOD MANAGERS CERTIFICATION TRAINING IS AUGUST 16TH & 17TH
Learn about the major causes of foodborne illness and how to prevent them, increase your food safety knowledge, foodborne illnesses and how they are caused, food safety hazards, and sanitation regulations. Then take the certification exam, and become a state 'Certified Food Manager' from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extention Services in Abilene.

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

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