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George Strait

George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

George Strait is parking his tour bus for good, but not before playing a final blowout in his home state.

At age 62, King George will close out “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” with a June 7 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Born in Poteet and raised in Pearsall, Strait parlayed his Texas roots into a record-setting career that racked up 69 million album sales and 60 No. 1 hits. Strait isn’t ruling out future recordings and the occasional performance, but we bet he reserves plenty of time for roping on his South Texas ranch.

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X Games Austin

X Games Austin

The world of extreme sports will converge on Austin June 5-8 for the X Games, ESPN’s championship competition for skateboarding, BMX, dirt bikes, RallyCross, and off-road trucks. Circuit of the Americas—the 1,500-acre facility built for Formula One—will host the array of wheeled acrobatics, breathtaking stunts, and racing. The accompanying X Music festival will feature Kanye West, Flaming Lips, Bad Religion, and others.

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Bill Pickett Trail Riders Trail Ride, Zydeco Festival and Rodeo

Bill Pickett Trail Riders Trail Ride, Zydeco Festival & Rodeo

Celebrating African-American ranching heritage, the Bill Pickett Trail Riders Trail Ride, Zydeco Festival & Rodeo brings together Creole and cowboy culture June 13-15 at Laday’s Arena in Beaumont. The 10th annual event includes a Racking Horse show, a trail ride through Jefferson County, zydeco concerts, and a full rodeo. Born in 1870 in Travis County, Bill Pickett was a black cowboy who developed the bulldogging technique that became a popular rodeo competition (also known as steer wrestling).

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Matisse: Life in Color

Matisse: Life in Color

Immerse yourself in the colorful works of influential French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) this summer at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Opening June 14–September 7, Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art features nearly 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning Matisse’s career. In conjunction, the museum is also showing The Art Books of Henri Matisse (June 21–September 7), including four of Matisse’s illustrated books.

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Odessa’s Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights is a concert series held from late May to early August in partnership with Main Street Odessa, featuring an eclectic array of musicians playing in Odessa’s beautiful Noel Heritage Plaza Park.


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Home on the Range, Where the Prairie Meets the Plains in Central West Texas

The Grace Museum in Abilene celebrates the art and history of Central West Texas, an often mislabeled 200,000-square-mile area of the Lone Star State. The region’s 22 sparsely populated counties share a 19th and early 20th Century history as an important concourse for indigenous people, ranchers, farmers, and merchants. Home on the Range features artwork by artists who documented early impressions of the area, historic photographs, and oral histories. Also, rare artifacts from private and public collections reveal a cherished historical link to the past that still exists in the area.


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Neches River Rendezvous

The Neches River Rendezvous is a scenic 10-mile canoe trip down the Neches River. This nature tourism event is designed to promote outdoor adventure in East Texas by framing a day of paddling with the panoramic Neches River and surrounding forests.

Photos (from top): Art Streiber/Courtesy Universal Music Group Nashville; © Ted Parker Jr. 2013; Courtesy Bill Pickett Trail Riders; Courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art, © 2014 Succession H. Matisse/Artists rights Society


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