Annual Events in Midland TX
There’s always something fun happening in Midland! The list below is a sampling of some of our community’s most popular annual events for visitors and residents alike.
To see a more complete selection of events, including competitive and fun runs and arts activities, visit www.VisitMidlandTexas.com or www.MidlandTXChamber.com
All event dates and locations are subject to change. If your organization hosts an annual event* that you would like to have included in future publications, call the Chamber at (432) 683-3381.
* Must have successfully completed at least two years and serve as a draw for visitors and residents. Competitive and/or “fun” runs, year-round and/or seasonal attractions are not eligible. Due to space limitations and other considerations, the Midland Chamber reserves the right to determine whether or not an event will be included.
Basin Bridal & Event Expo
Horseshoe Arena Complex
Not just for brides-to-be, this annual event features a wide assortment of goods and services for any social occasion.
Improv at the Yucca
Every second Thursday
Yucca Theatre: 208 N. Colorado St.
Hosted by the Midland Community Theatre, this laughter-filled annual show features talented comedians performing adult improvisational comedy.
Midland Downtown Farmers Market
Year-round; see website for dates
1705 W. Missouri
(Museum of the Southwest)
Featuring local goods, including sustainably grown produce, honey, meats, baked treats, pickled and canned products, fair-trade organic coffee, handmade jewelry and body care products, the farmers market brings the community together on Saturdays in Midland.
West Texas Drillers Football
The Drillers will kick off their 11th season at Grande Stadium.
Permian Basin Home & Garden Show
Sponsored by the Permian Basin Home Builders Association, this two-day home and garden show is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. Featuring the region’s top homebuilders, remodelers, landscaping professionals and related industries all under one roof, the show includes seminars, door prizes and a silent auction.
Silver Spur Gun & Blade Show
February, April, August and October; check website for schedule
Midland County Horseshoe Arena
This two-day show features acres of guns, knives, holsters, military collectibles and other related items from nearly 200 vendors. The event is a buy, sell and trade show providing great opportunities for collectors.
Wang Dang Doodle
February, April and October
This Saturday night soirée feature a mixture of favorite performances from Tall City Blues Fest and new (to Midland) performers. The name is from a Willie Dixon blues song that says, “we gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long!” – meaning, we’re going to have a great time!
West Texas Kennel Club – AKC Dog Show
This annual AKC-Approved dog show features competition for all AKC-Recognized Breeds. Event also includes Jr. Showmanship and beginner puppy competitions.
West Texas Pride Football
The West Texas Pride is a member of the Minor Professional Football league. Season begins in February.
Annual Scottish-Irish Faire
Midland County Horseshoe Arena
Held the second weekend in March, this annual festival is the largest Irish/Scottish, Welsh/Celtic music and cultural event in the Permian Basin. Featuring vendors selling Irish linen, jewelry, asmusical instruments, family crests, Celtic figurines and more. The event includes a variety of food and beverage booths, fun activities and live music.
Permian Basin Comic Con
Experience the comic book universe with vendors and artists from all over Texas and beyond. The event also features a cosplay contest.
Permian Basin Spring Stampede
Midland County Horseshoe Arena
This annual professional rodeo features bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping, and much more. The event is sanctioned by CPRA and UPRA
Annual Haley Library Art Show and Sale
This annual fundraiser for the Haley Library offers the chance to view and purchase the highest-quality art, bronzes and paintings from some of the most notable names in the world.
Midland RockHounds Texas
The RockHounds’ season opener is played in mid-to-late April, and the regular season continues through August. Join us in 2018 to see the Texas League Champions take a swing at continuing their four-year winning streak.
The Peddler Show
April and November
This popular trade show offers home décor, handcrafted jewelry, fashionable apparel, gourmet treats, creative gifts and more.
Celebration of the Arts
Held each spring, this weekend tribute to the visual and performing arts is designed to benefit the entire community and raise funds for the arts council’s operating budget. The Celebration includes a Friday evening preview party (ticketed event), and a variety of free festival activities on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can explore dozens of artists’ booths, discover the children’s area with many hands-on activities, see a variety of art demonstrations and displays and experience great live performances featuring music, dance and more.
Cinco de Mayo Cultural Celebration
Produced by the Hispanic Cultural Center of Midland, the city’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration commemorates the Mexican holiday with Folklorico dance, mariachi music and fun activities for all ages.
Sockers FC Season
Soccer fans can take in a game of the world’s most watched sport and cheer on Midland’s own professional soccer team. The season continues through July.
National Travel & Tourism Week
This week-long event celebrates the hotels, attractions, restaurants and other tourism partners that contribute nearly $500 million each year and approximately 4,000 jobs to our local economy.
Great Outdoors Expo
Midland County Horseshoe Arena Complex
This annual outdoor expo features hunting and fishing accessories; outdoor gear and apparel; boat, RV and ATV exhibits; and demonstrations.
Midland celebrates Emancipation Day each year with food, music, historic displays and gospel songs at Washington Park.
Mariachi Workshop and Concert
This annual three-day workshop is organized by the Hispanic Cultural Center of Midland, and it features music instruction, a competition showcase and a concert.
Mex-Tex Family Fiesta
Sponsored by the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Bill Williams Sports Complex, this celebration of Hispanic culture showcases the unique art, dance, music and food of Mexico and the Southwest. The two-day event features Tejano and mariachi music and draws more than 15,000 attendees annually.
Summer Lawn Concert Series
Museum of the Southwest
Enjoy Sunday evening concerts on the lush Museum of the Southwest grounds. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for an hour of entertainment by the best local jazz, pop, country and folk music groups. June through August. No admission charge.
Catch a production chock-full of mayhem and hilarity performed at the historic Yucca Theatre in downtown Midland. Melodrama is a unique theatrical experience, invented in America, and no one does it quite like the Summer Mummers, the oldest existing theatrical organization of its kind in the country. Bring your friends, bash the villain with popcorn and enjoy side-splitting laughter during the olio. Runs June through Labor Day.
Children’s Sidewalk Parade
Featuring costumed kids on decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers, this patriotic Independence Day parade in Midland has been a tradition for more than 52 years.
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Tall City Blues Fest
This multi-day event, is an indoor/outdoor music festival featuring more than 20 performers on four stages. Offering educational workshops, great food and activities for all ages, the event concludes with a Sunday gospel brunch and Blues jam.
West Texas Blowout
This two-music festival features country and Tejano performances, along with free kids’ activities.
Midland County Fair
The Midland County Fair features fun for all ages with carnival rides, creative arts exhibits, live entertainment, a petting zoo, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and much, much more.
Rock the Desert
Attracting more than 50,000 Christian music fans annually, this three-day festival features praise and worship, inspirational rock and roll, family speakers, youth leader training, and a prayer tent. Family-friendly fun includes extreme games, children’s activities, sports tents and skateboarding.
Diez y Seis de Septiembre/Sabor
Celebrating Mexico’s National Independence Day (Sept. 16, 1825), this annual event at Scharbauer Sports Complex features live entertainment, food and fun activities for all ages.
High Sky Wing Commemorative
Air Force AIRSHO
This premier aviation event has been delighting crowds for more than 50 years. AIRSHO has been billed as “the greatest warbird show in America.” Featuring re-enactments of historic battles, and with World War II and modern military aircraft taking to the skies, the event includes pyrotechnic displays, food, drink, shopping and family entertainment.
Museum of the Southwest
Held the first weekend after Labor Day, this annual juried arts and crafts festival at the Museum of the Southwest showcases the works of regional artists. Activities include live entertainment, festival foods, games and a kids’ area.
St. Ann’s Family Fair
St. Ann’s School
This church fair and fundraiser for St Ann’s Catholic School features carnival rides, over 50 food and game booths, plus other family-friendly activities.
Trio of Gardens
Explore a variety of landscape methods and designs as you view some of the best-manicured lawns in Midland.
Fall Gathering and Ranch Storytelling
An annual reunion for admirers of the West, this event at the Haley Library features two hours of ranch stories told by the men and women who lived life on the ranges of the Southwest.
Midland Arts Association Fall
Juried Art Show
This juried art exhibition showcases works of regional artists. Exhibits include paintings, photography, glass, sculpture, drawings, ceramics and mixed media.
Midland Southwest Impressionists
Art Show and Sale
For 25 years, the Haley Library has honored accomplished impressionistic painters who live and work in Midland. The show includes an opening reception in late October, and the sale runs through November.
Parade of Homes
Experience a variety of architecture and interior design as Midlanders open their homes for inspiration.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
It’s time to “Time Warp Again!” This cult-classic comes to life at the Yucca Theatre, complete with audience participation (house-provided props only).
Artist Community Market
1506 W. Illinois
The Arts Council of Midland gives local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work – providing a venue for demonstrating, displaying and selling their artwork. In addition, the Artist Community Market gives visitors the opportunity to speak to the artist one-on-one about their work, their motivation and how and why they make what they make.
Feast of Sharing
Visitors and residents are invited to share a meal at the advent of the holiday season. These events are hosted by H-E-B across the state to promote unity and community spirit.
Show of Support Banquet
This reception is held to show support to the men and women of our military forces. Each year, U.S. servicemen and women from all branches of our armed forces are honored for their service to America. The banquet is held prior to their departure to participate in an all-expense-paid whitetail-deer hunt.
Very Merry Midland
Find the reason for the season at Very Merry Midland in Downtown Midland.
Each year features a new theme and family-friendly activities. Attendees can experience ice skating (synthetic ice rink) and lots of fun games! Plus, you can even capture the moment in a holiday photo from inside the giant inflatable snow globe!
Midland Storytelling Festival
Featuring nationally recognized storytellers for all ages, this yearly festival is over two decades old and includes concerts and storytelling performances and workshops.
Christmas at the Mansion
Museum of the Southwest
Every December since 1997, the Turner Mansion has become a wonderland adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations. Guests enjoy model-train exhibits, visits with Santa and holiday carolers. A first-ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Run was launched in 2013 with a warm-up with Santa and his Elves, awards for “Ugliest Sweater” and “Ugliest Family/Team,” Make-Your-Own-S’mores kit for finishers, hot-chocolate pit stops, Milk and Cookie Aid Stations, Dash through Snow and Rudolph’s Red Nose Face Paint.
City of Midland Christmas Festivities
City of Midland
The Tall City gets everyone into the holiday spirit with the annual tree lighting, holiday pops concert, a spectacularly lit Christmas parade and the arrival of Santa Claus in downtown Midland.
This annual fundraiser and art show at Midland College offers food and beverages with holiday music performed by students.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
This enchanting holiday classic, performed by the Midland Festival Ballet, the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale and guest artists, is a must-see event.
MIDLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SIGNATURE EVENTS
The Midland Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of events throughout the year, providing valuable networking opportunities and information for the business community. Dates may vary due to speaker and facility availability – please visit the Chamber website for scheduling.
- State of Oil & GasThe Midland Chamber of Commerce hosts this luncheon to inform the business community about current trends and projections within our largest industry. As the saying goes – Everyone in Midland is in the Oil & Gas industry! It is vital to understand how this key economic driver affects every facet of our community.
- State of EducationThe Midland Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual luncheon to engage and inform the public about the challenges and opportunities facing our public and private schools as well as our colleges and universities.
- Star-Spangled SaluteThe Star-Spangled Salute is a celebration of community and patriotism. Each Fourth of July, patrons can enjoy food vendors and FREE activities from morning to night. The day begins with the children’s sidewalk parade. Evening activities include the popular family fun zone, a beer garden for adults, and a family friendly variety concert in the park. The evening culminates in the grand finale – patrons watch as the sky lights up with one the largest fireworks displays in West Texas.
- Midland Chamber of Commerce Annual MeetingThis grand annual event offers local businesses and community leaders a chance to celebrate the Midland Chamber’s accomplishments of the past year, honor volunteers and set goals for the future.
- State of the EconomyThe Midland Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual luncheon to engage and inform the public about its current economic status — plus challenges, opportunities, and projections for the future of our economy.