Events in Alpine

Listen to some of the best cowboy poets and storytellers around spin tall tales, admire the colorful stones from across the Big Bend region, and take yourself out to an Alpine Cowboys baseball game.

These are a few of the ways you can enjoy all the events in Alpine, a bustling small town located among the mountains of West Texas.

Read on to see many of Alpine’s top festivals so you don’t miss out while you’re here.


Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
A herd of cowboy poets, songwriters, and wordsmiths rounds up in Alpine every year for the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Held on the campus of Sul Ross State University, the more than 30-year-old event kicks off each day with a chuck wagon breakfast at Poet’s Grove in Kokernot Park. Tickets are available at the Gathering headquarters in the University Center.
79830 US-90
Alpine, TX 79380


Alpine Gem & Mineral Show
The Big Bend is a playground for rock hunters who seek out its abundance of agate, jasper, quartz, and other colorful stones. Many of these are on display at the annual Alpine Gem & Mineral Show, a three-day event at the Alpine Civic Center where you can admire the displays and shop for beads, jewelry, and rocks.
100 North 13th Street
Alpine, TX 79830

Cinco de Mayo
Get into a festive mood with Alpine’s own Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring a parade, car show, mariachi performances, ballet folklorico, and lots of food, games, and things to shop for.
Loop Road
Alpine, TX 79830

April - May

Trappings of Texas
Browse and shop a stunning gallery of traditional Western art and custom-made cowboy gear at this event in Alpine. Held for more than a month at the Museum of the Big Bend, it’s the longest-running event of its kind in the country.
400 North Harrison Street
Alpine, TX 79832

May - July

Alpine Cowboys Baseball
Watch independent baseball at its finest when you catch an Alpine Cowboys game played at the historic Kokernot Field. From May through July, the Cowboys compete against the rest of the Pecos League for the championship, which they last won in 2012.  
Loop Road
Alpine, TX 79830

June - July

Theatre of the Big Bend
Take in a show and a spectacular view of the Davis and Glass Mountains during the Theatre of the Big Bend’s summer season. Past shows at the outdoor theater include Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, The Fantasticks, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Loop Road
Alpine, TX 79830


July 4th Celebration
Alpine’s annual Independence Day festivities include a patriotic parade, live music, and a breathtaking fireworks show.
Alpine, TX 79830

Viva Big Bend Music Festival
Much like the Lone Star State, the Viva Big Bend Music Festival is a big deal. Showcasing the talents of dozens of performers from across the country, it’s no wonder this four-day festival is held at venues in Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa, and Marathon. Tickets are available on the event’s website.
Multiple Locations
Alpine, TX 79830


Big Bend Ranch Rodeo
Watch some of the top working cowboys face off in the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo, an event sanctioned by the Working Ranch Cowboy Association. Main events include ranch bronc riding, team sorting, team branding, team doctoring, wild cow milking, and popular children's competitions like mutton bustin' and the boot scramble. A cutting horse, ranch horse, and youth competition at o6 Ranch is also part of the fun.
79830 US-90
Alpine, TX 79380


Independencia de Mexico Celebration
A parade followed by a day-long fiesta with live music, great food, and tons of ballet folklorico is how Alpine celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day.
Alpine, TX 79380


Trans-Pecos Ultra
Some of world’s fittest and most determined athletes take on the ultimate Big Bend challenge: the 163-mile-long Trans-Pecos Ultra. Combining hiking and endurance running, the race meanders through the beautiful Big Bend Ranch State Park on a path that has more than 15,000 feet of elevation gain.
Alpine, TX 79830

Wings Over Alpine
Get up close and personal with the falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, and vultures that call Big Bend home during this two-day event at the Historic Kokernot Lodge.
79830 US-90
Alpine, TX 79380


Alpine’s Artwalk
The largest art festival in town showcases exhibits in many local businesses throughout downtown Alpine. In the late afternoon and evening hours, take in live music performances at locations all over the downtown area.
Multiple Locations
Alpine, TX 79830


Christmas in Alpine
Kick off the holiday season in Alpine with the colorful Parade of Lights that weaves through the downtown area. Enjoy the music, downtown hayrides, starlight shopping at local boutiques and galleries, and don’t miss the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on the Brewster County Courthouse lawn.
Alpine, TX 79830

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