5 Ways to Enjoy Summer in Big Spring
Put on your cowboy hat and join the crowds at an authentically Texan rodeo. Let the rousing sounds of a professional orchestra lead you into a majestic fireworks display. Find a break from the heat in an inviting swimming pool Welcome to summer in Big Spring, where you’ll find some of the best of West Texas. Located just 40 miles northwest of Midland, “The Spring City” is easy to reach, yet it feels like it couldn’t be farther away from the big city hustle and bustle. Discover some of the best ways you can enjoy the season here below.
Cowboy Up at a Traditional Texas Rodeo
June 17-19, 2021
It’s not summer without a rowdy rodeo, and Big Spring’s big hoedown is one you’ve got to catch. A nearly 90-year tradition, the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo brings some of the finest cowboys and cowgirls around to compete in all sorts of rodeo events. Along with all the bronc riding and cattle roping, the rodeo includes two nights of live music and plenty of fun for the whole family. Big Springs’ biggest party of the year kicks off with a dance on Friday night, followed by a parade on Saturday morning.
Enjoy Two Days of Live Music & Family-Friendly Fun
July 16-17, 2021
Live music, mouth-watering eats, and more make up Funtastic Fourth, a lively festival held at the Comanche Trail Park Amphitheater in July. Tap your toes to the tunes of talented country and rock bands as they perform on an outdoor stage. Then treat yourself to something delicious from the abundance of food vendors, browse the handmade crafts stalls, and let your kids run wild in the play area just for them. Get here early so you don’t miss a thing.
Celebrate Independence Day in Style
July 3, 2021
When you want to mark the Fourth of July like a true Texan, find yourself at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater in Comanche Trail Park for Pops in the Park. The event features a full evening’s worth of world-class music with a performance by the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra. Find something tasty from local food vendors during the show, but make sure you’re back in your seats for the start of an incredible fireworks show choreographed by one of the nation’s leaders in pyrotechnics. With free admission, Pops in the Park is a spectacular way to celebrate our nation’s independence.
Cool Off at the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center
June 1 – August 7, 2021
Nothing cures the summer sweats quite like diving into the cool water of a sprawling swimming pool. Big Spring’s Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center takes that idea to the next level. Located within Comanche Trail Park, the waterpark has it all. Get your feet wet in the zero-depth-entry pool, float along the lazy river, and feel a rush of adrenaline as you soar down two water slides. If you have your kids with you, let them explore the climbable play structure complete with its own small-scale slides. When you’re taking a break from the water, get a drink or a snack from the on-site concession area. The aquatic center has everything you need for a relaxing day in the sun in Big Spring, so make sure to pack your swim suit.
Beat the Heat in Big Spring’s Unique Museums
With average daytime temperatures topping out at 96 degrees, there’s no doubt that summers in Big Spring bring the heat. When the afternoon reaches its hottest, find a respite from the summer sizzle at the town’s two fascinating museums. Step inside a fully restored World War II-era hangar to visit the Hangar 25 Air Museum, which preserves the history of the Big Spring Army Air Force Bombardier School and Webb Air Force Base. Climb into the briefing room and look inside the nose of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber as you make your way into the main hangar, where you’ll see five training aircraft, including an AT-11 and a T-38A. Make your way to the outdoor display area to get a close-up look at a vintage Kaiser M725 ambulance truck, as well as three other aircraft.
For a deep dive into local history, find your way to the Heritage Museum of Big Spring. Admire totem poles carved in town as soon as you walk in the front door, then check out the works of local artist Harvey Caylor, a prominent frontier painter known as one of the early 20th century’s greatest artists. Explore the rest of the museum and you’ll encounter a vast collection of longhorns, vintage medical equipment, and exhibits that detail the town’s history with the railroad. Learning a thing or two about Big Spring as you beat the summer heat is a win-win in our books.
No matter what draws you to Big Spring this summer, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the season while you’re here. Discover what this West Texas town has to offer and plan your trip here.