There are always a wide variety of events and attractions to keep Abilene residents and vacationers occupied.
The West Texas Fair & Rodeo, ten days in mid-Sept., features exhibits and amusements reflecting early days of Abilene, plus modern attractions of West Texas.
The Western Heritage Classic in early May features ranch rodeo, campfire cook-off, sheep dog trails, farrier competition, Cowboy Poets Society, Western art show and many other activities.
The first weekend in April features Celebrate Abilene, an outdoor festival held in the historic downtown area bringing the arts, history, railroad and family entertainment.
On every second Thursday evening of the month, Artwalk is held in downtown Abilene. During Artwalk all the local museums are free, the Paramount theater shows an "Art Film", local musicians and performers busk, and several crafters and artists set up booths and sell their wares.
There are also several special interest conventions, festivals, and shows scattered throughout the year including: The Abilene Gem and Mineral Show, the West Texas Book and Music Festival, The Abilene Gun and Knife Show, The Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale, and The Erinshire Folk Festival.
The Erinshire Folk Festival is an annual event started in 2003 and is held at Erinshire Gardens. The purpose of the festival is to spotlight Abilene area musicians and original music.
For the car enthusiest, the annual "Cruise Night" parade of classic and modern sports cars held each September.
Also the Abilene High vs. Abilene Cooper football game, usually held near Halloween. The two high schools often play each other to a close and exciting game, usually decided by two touchdowns or less. Two of these, the 2001 and 2002 games, were for the district championship and were known as the "Showdown at Shotwell" games, because the game is played at Shotwell Stadium.
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