Alpine, Texas Community Guide 2019/2020 | Page 9

Visitor & 09 Relocation Guide CALENDAR sePtemBer • Run to the River - A gathering of Dodge/SRT Viper autos to run the River Road between Presidio and Big Bend National • Five Centuries of Mexican Maps - Opening weekend of an exhibit of 15th-20th Century Mexican Maps at the Museum of the Big Bend. Exhibit runs through December 15. See page 13.. • High Tea at the historic Holland Hotel - Enjoy a classic High Tea with a selection of British specialties at an historic West Texas railroad hotel. • Octoberfest at the historic Holland Hotel - Ring in the Fall with a melting pot of German tradition and Lousiana swamp boogie in an historic West Texas railroad hotel! Featuring live music from Dr. Zog. 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 2018, 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 2020 schedule and lineup check out 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 7- 8, 2020. Working cowboys participate in events celebrating the local ranching heritage and highlight a unique American lifestyle. Learn more at 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 aLPine’s gaLLery night – artwaLk The 26th anniversary of this unique Alpine event is scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 22-23, 2019. 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 @ octoBer • Big Bend Comic Con -A celebration of comics, heroes and popular culture at Sul Ross State University. • Wild West Bird Fest - Birding weekend featuring the Wings Over Alpine birds of prey demonstration. • Big Bend Octane-Fest - Performance car rally featuring cruises along the Big Bend's scenic routes, show-n-shine events and more. • Big Bend Birthday Bash - Join Big Bend National Park and its area partners to celebrate the park's 75th birthday. Enjoy live music, birthday cake, activities and giveaways. • NCOM - America's Premier 1,000-mile, 383-mile and 208-mile ultra bicycle road race. home • Harry Potter Halloween Dinner - We Solemnly Swear That We Are Up To No Good! Come dressed for a delectable evening featuring a dinner with some of the famous treats from Harry Potter. Guests will be sorted into houses upon arrival. TWO SEATINGS: 1 for Families with Children and 1 for Adults Only. • Zombie Pub Crawl - A macabre fun time before Halloween as local and visiting zombies shamble from stop to stop through downtown Alpine. novemBer • Dia de los Quesos - The 5th annual installment of Alpine's premier Queso Cookoff features Live Music and a LOT of cheese. • Trans-Pecos Ultra - A 160-mile ultra marathon through Big Bend Ranch State Park. Runners, volun- teers, and supporters meet up in Alpine before and after the race. • Center for Big Bend Studies Annual Conference - Historians, archeologists, folklorists and other researchers present their work on the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico. • Thanksgiving Buffet at the historic Holland Hotel - Let us host your family holiday with a classic Thanksgiving Feast at an historic West Texas railroad hotel. decemBer • Christmas in Alpine - Parade of Lights, Mountain Country Christmas, Community Christmas Party, Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink & Children's Events. January • Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners - Members of the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners exhibit, see page 13. feBruary • Cowboy Poetry Dance aPriL • Crawfish Springfest - Crawfish Boil with Live Music • Wild West Night - Street Party with food, music, dancing and more. • 34th Annual Trappings of Texas - The Museum of the Big Bend exhibits some of the very best custom cowboy gear and fine Western Art in the longest- running event of its kind in the country. may • Cinco de Mayo - Alpine's Cinco de Mayo celebration is a local tradition featuring a parade, music, dancing, a car show and the popular Gran Mercado on Murphy Street. • Alpine Cowboys Homerun 5K - 5K Fun Run followed by an exhibition baseball game with the Alpine Cowboys. June • Theatre of the Big Bend - Live theatre under the stars at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre. • Fiesta 1888 - A celebration of Alpine History, June 6th • Alpine Photo Weekend - A full weekend of photography talks, demos, guided hikes and a Graciela Iturbide photo exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend. • Graciela Iturbide Photographs - See page 14. JuLy • 50th Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration • 44th Annual Sul Ross Weekend - A series of events celebrating SRSU & its rodeo program, inculding roping, a clay shoot, Texas Hold 'Em and golf tournaments and more. • Viva Big Bend - Viva Big Bend's 9th year will feature 60+ live shows in a wide range of music genres at more than 15 venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon. august • Big Bend Ranch Rodeo - Rodeo performances by real working cowboys, a chuckwagon cook-off and evening dances. Sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy Association. • Big Bend Shooting Foundation Banquet for more information go to