Welcome to Canyon, where the sun always shines, and the fun never stops. As the summer approaches we thought we would recommend some events and places that might be worth your time to check out. Also, take advantage of a 20% discount on all to-go orders at Barrel & Pie, all summer long! Now, without further ado, here is your perfect summer tour guide for Canyon, Tx.
Initial Attractions you simply must visit:
- Journey into the past as you visit Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Discover ancient dinosaurs, explore pioneer town, admire one of Georgia O’Keefe’s finest paintings, and catch the current display of Quanah Parker’s headdress and learn more about Native American Culture. No worries if you find it tough to visit during the week because starting June 14th the Museum will be open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights, and starting on Memorial Day the museum will be open every Sunday as well. Keep an eye out for summer events at the museum, and we hope you’ll enjoy your visit.
- Strike a pose next to our famous statue, Tex Randall. This famous cowboy spends his days waiting for visitors off of Highway 60 and would love to see you stop by.
- Spend a day at Palo Duro Canyon. Hike the Sunflower trail, the Lighthouse trail, or if you’re looking for more of a challenge hike the Rock Garden trail. Make sure to pack lots of food and water, especially as the weather heats up. Don’t miss out on their occasional moonlight hikes, the Palo Duro Zipline, and more importantly don’t miss your chance to see TEXAS Outdoor Musical.
- The TEXAS Outdoor Musical is a musical that opens up June 1st and runs through August 18th. Taking its audience on a historical retelling based on the settlers of the Texas Panhandle, the show is sure to bring, laughs, tears, and joy to you and your family as you take in the amazing music, the beauty of the Pioneer Amphitheater, and the engaging storyline. Don’t miss out, book your tickets now!
- Just outside of Palo Duro Canyon is Palo Duro Creek Ranch jeep tours. If you have a little extra money to spend, book a thrilling ride with the Ranch’s jeep tours. Explore the Canyon in a completely different way, as you go off-roading and visit parts of the park that you might not have been able to get to you on your own. Open all days of the week, there is plenty of time for you to book a jeep tour today!
- Need somewhere to take the kids? Visit Canyon Aqua Park. Laze around in the lazy river, splash in the kiddie pool, or slide down the water slide. Bring your sunblock and get ready to have a blast! The Aqua Park opens May 25th and stays open until August 13th. Admission is only $8, making it the perfect way to cool off in the Texas heat.
- For those who are more interested in nature and wildlife, visit Wildcat Bluff Nature Center. Located 3 miles North of 1-40, Wildcat Bluff offers various trails that are open sunrise to sunset, as well as, multiple educational tours. With the admission to the Center only being $4 for adults and $3 for children it is worth the visit.
Once you fall in love with your initial impression of Canyon, you should take a walk around the square. Full of lots of local businesses and restaurants Canyon’s square gives anyone a unique and special experience. Here are a few places we recommend visiting:
- Looking for something to read in your free time? Burrowing Owl has a wide selection of books for everyone young and old. With affordable prices, and a hometown vibe it’s a bookstore you don’t want to miss.
- Rockin’ Zebra Soda Shoppe has the best ice cream, milkshakes, and candy. Its old-timey décor will transport you back in time as you sip on a perfect milkshake and satisfy your sugar cravings with their crazy selection of candy.
- Make sure to visit America’s best coffee house since 2014, Palace Coffee. The friendly atmosphere and delicious lattes will draw you in and never make you want to leave.
- Looking for a mix of burgers and video games? Recreation might be the place for you. With its unique set up, it brings together three things people love the most; Food, drinks, and video games. At affordable prices Recreation makes for the perfect pitstop for lunch on your summer road trip.
- For those 21 and up, stop by the Imperial Taproom. The Taproom is the craft beer lover’s heaven, as it has a huge selection of craft beers from all over the country.
- For some Asian cuisine, Sayakomarn’s is the perfect place to go for some delicious crab-cheese wontons. With a friendly waiting staff, a peaceful atmosphere, and delicious Asian cuisine it provides one of the best dining experiences in Canyon.
- For fashion and décor lovers, don’t miss your chance to shop around at the various boutiques around the square. From The Rustic Gypsy to 79/Salt, Canyon’s boutiques offer a wide selection of antiques, home décor, and clothing.
Now that we have got you hooked, and you plan on sticking around for the summer, here are a few things that are coming up:
- On May 30th Canyon Mainstreet kicks off June Jams. Every Thursday for the month of June a new band will be performing in the Square. Catch some awesome music every week in June. Here is quick a schedule of the bands coming up this June:
- May 30-Noah Genda
- June 6- Next to Kin
- June 13- Insufficient Funds
- June 20- Eddie Esler
- June 27- Comanche Moon
- On July 4th the Canyon Chamber of Commerce will host the annual 4th of July parade starting at 9 a.m. After the parade there will be the Fair on the Square. You and your family can enjoy eating amazing food, playing some games, and shopping around at your favorite shops. That same night at Connor Park, there will be a show of fireworks to celebrate our Independence Day. On July 3rd, the night before the parade, the Randy Rogers band will be performing in the parking lot of WTAMU’s First United Bank Center. Don’t forget to miss this well-renowned band and the fun-filled festivities the next day!
- On June 7th the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) is hosting a Night at the Museum from 8-11pm where parents can bring their kids to explore the museum in the dark. Make sure your kids have their own flashlights as they will be sent off into the dark museum to find hidden exhibits and meet different characters along the way.
- On June 15th the PPHM will have a Mystery Movie Night on the lawn. Make sure to bring your own blanket, lawn chair, and some cash for the concession stand. The movie is completely free and is great way to get your family out of the house.
- On May 28th the museum will put Teddy Roosevelt’s shotgun on display. Donated by the family of Jason Roselius, the gun will be welcomed at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum with a public media ribbon cutting at 10 am.
- On June 25th -28th they will hold the Boulders, Brands, and Bones Summer Camp, so sign your kids up for four days of learning and fun!
- Those in need of local fresh veggies, have no fear because starting the last Saturday in June the Farmer’s Market will open up every Saturday morning from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (Barrel & Pie will be open for brunch every Saturday of the farmers market) Don’t forget to set your alarm clocks and support your local farmers as you visit the farmer’s market!
- On July 19th the Canyon Mainstreet program will show a family-friendly movie on the Square. Check out the Canyon Mainstreet Facebook page for more information for this event.
- On July 20th the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is hosting the Texas vs Kansas City BBQ Showdown. The teams will compete in cook-off to create the best tasting barbeque. There will be a live DJ, all you can eat barbeque and beverages provided. You won’t want to miss this exciting event and great tasting food!
- On July 27th Palace Coffee will by hosting a Harry Potter Day, event details are still being finalized so be sure to check Facebook and Instagram for updates about this event.
If you have done everything you possibly can in Canyon, we recommend stopping by and visiting our neighboring city Amarillo, Texas. Here are just a few things happening there this summer:
- On June 7th-9th the Cowboy Fast-draw association is hosting the U.S. National Championship in Amarillo, come down and watch contestants compete in an exciting gun-drawing competition.
- On June 14th the well-known comedian Jeff Dunham will be at the Amarillo Civic Center to share some laughs with local residents.
- On July 6th the Koben Puckett Invitational will take place at the Amarillo National Center at 7:30 p.m. The event raises funds for the Press On Foundation that helps those in need attend specialized spinal cord injury recovery therapy in Austin, Tx. So don’t miss out on this PBR sanctioned event as contestants compete in a daring bull riding competition. (A portion of the Barrel & Pie happy hour sales will be donated to the Press On Foundation for the entire month of June)
- And finally, with the Amarillo Sod Poodles 2019 season being well under way don’t miss out on an exciting game of AA baseball.
Clearly there is much to do in our area of the Panhandle, and hopefully there will never be a dull moment for you and your family this summer. After you are finished exploring this fine town, stop in at Barrel & Pie for some pizza and tell us all about your fun adventures. Don’t forget to take advantage of the 20% discount on all to-go orders this summer. Bonus! Take a quick picture of your order, post it to Instagram with #barrelandpietogo, and be entered into a $100 gift card giveaway!