Odessa is the place to be if you are looking for entertainment. Several facilities and annual festivals offer something for everyone. Let the good times begin!
SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo - First week in January. This annual January schedule makes this event one of the first rodeos on the PRCA circuit. Cowboys & cowgirls compete for top prizes. The only stock show strictly dedicated to the Hereford breed. Other activities include: Quarter horse show, rodeo, dances and a Tex-Mex barrel race to round out the week long event. Held at the Ector County Coliseum.
Midessa Boat, RV Sport & Gun Show - Boats, 5th wheels, travel trailers, motor homes, water crafts, ATVS, guns, resorts, fishing and hunting guides, jewelry, miscellaneous exhibitors, live fishing demonstrations and much more!
Odessa College NIRA Rodeo - This annual event features around 400 college students from 14 colleges from all over the region competing in several rodeo events for top honors. The event takes place at the Ector County Coliseum Arena. Admission is charged.
UIL Academic and Sports Competition
Fiesta West Texas - A three-day event is held at the Ector County Coliseum and provides fun for all ages. Enjoy a carnival, live entertainment, authentic food booths and the experience of traditional Mexican customs.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration - First weekend of May. Mexico's Independence from France became official on "Cinco de Mayo!" Odessa celebrates "Cinco de Mayo" with a variety of festivals. Begin the holiday with a parade and an all day fiesta hosted by LULAC and the Basin Barrio Lions Clubs. Another exciting event to experience during the holiday is "Fiesta West Texas". This three-day event is held at the Ector County Coliseum and provides fun for all ages. Enjoy a carnival, live entertainment, authentic food booths and the experience of traditional Mexican customs.
Juneteenth Celebration - Second weekend of June or the weekend closest to June 19th. A celebration of historic excellence, this event is designed to provide an opportunity for people to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to the American culture.
Woodson Park is the site for many Juneteenth activities such as the Heritage Banquet, Scholarship presentation, Little Miss Beauty Pageant and Basketball Tournament. The celebrations start with a Juneteenth Parade.
Hot Summer Nights - A project of Downtown Odessa, Inc. and the Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities, Hot Summer Nights with Cool Music is held every summer at Noel Heritage Park, 5th and Lincoln. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a relaxing evening under the stars. Concerts are from 8-10pm. Food & drinks are available for purchase.
Firecracker Fandango - Firecracker Fandango is Odessa’s longest-running patriotic street festival! Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with an Odessa tradition, the Jaycees Independence Day Parade. Later at 6 p.m., the gates for Firecracker Fandango will open. This family-friendly street festival will feature live bands and entertainment, children’s activities, food booths and much more.
Rock the Desert - Contemporary Christian Music Festival during the first weekend of August.
Meet the Falcons - The official kick off party for UT Permian Basin football. This event is free to attend, with door prizes, raffles, and free Falcon gear. Season tickets are also available for purchase at the event.
Permian Basin Fair and Exposition - Beginning the Friday after Labor Day each year. The Permian Basin's largest annual event; Nine fun-filled days, featuring live entertainment, livestock show, great food, petting zoo, carnival, arts and crafts and much more!
An American Tribute - The community comes together to remember the events of September 11, 2001 and honor the fallen, as well as first responders. After a ceremony of honor, 3,000 flags are placed around the Odessa duck pond.
CAF High Sky Wing Air Sho - The Commemorative Air Force headquarters hosts its exciting Airsho. Focus of the annual show is the "Ghost Squadron's" awesome re-enactment of World War II's battle scenes, The American Airpower Heritage Museum is internationally recognized for its collection of authentic World War II artifacts and memorabilia. Contact the CAF Museum for more information.
Diez y Seis de Septiembre - Hispanic Heritage Moth! A month long fiesta.
Permian Basin International Oil Show - Every even-numbered year, the Permian Basin International Oil Show, Inc. brings together people from every phase of the petroleum industry. Leaders come to Odessa, Texas from every corner of the world to learn about the latest technology, the newest equipment, to transact business and renew friendships.
Fall Festival - Annual Fall Festival is an annual event, brought to you by Chevron and the City of Odessa Parks & Recreation Department, which brings families together from across the Permian Basin and beyond. Carnival, face painting, food and drinks, pumpkin carving, hot air balloon rides, zip line ride, arts and craft and much more!
Tap Into Downtown Odessa - Downtown Odessa, Inc. and the City of Odessa present the annual event, Tap Into Downtown Odessa, a premier wine and craft beer tasting event. The event features the best wines and craft beers to taste, food trucks, and live jazz and acoustic music.
Basin BBQ Blowout - Hundreds of businessmen and women come together to enjoy barbecue and fellowship. Competitors bring their own equipment, ranging from modest smokers to full mobile kitchens and set up side-by-side for the best in 'cue.
Merry Marketplace - The Junior League of Odessa's, JLO, Merry Marketplace is the premier holiday shopping extravaganza held in Odessa. Every holiday season, the JLO welcomes over thousands of shoppers during Merry Marketplace who purchase and enjoy a variety of merchandise in a festive holiday setting. This event serves as the major fund-raising effort for community projects of the Junior League of Odessa.
Tejano Super Car Show - See World Championship Custom Cars! 6 buildings packed with all types of cars , trucks ,motorcycles, model cars and lowrider custom bicycles, 3 Big Stages feat. all types of entertainment, food booths and Commercial Vendors selling aftermarket custom parts like t- shirts,caps,toys and many other items. its an indoor- outdoors event.
Annual Tree Lighting, Parade and Starbright Village - Join us at McKinney Park, during the month of December as the City of Odessa invite you to Starbright Village, the largest display of lights in the Permian Basin. Over 270,000 lights and Holiday themed displays bring the Holiday season to life. Whether you’re walking or driving through, this event will bring out your holiday spirit as the lights shine bright and the holiday music plays over the radio.