Star Ballet and various other concerts and
programs throughout the year.
Group tickets are always available,
receptions are frequently held in the main
lobby and the building’s education room
accommodates group dinners.
Groups that take in a performance at the
Kemp Center for the Arts, a designated
landmark and home to the Wichita Falls
Area Arts Council, can arrange for the
performance to coincide with a reception
or business meeting.
According to Lindsay Barker, director of
the Wichita Falls CVB, groups of varying
sizes can use the outdoor sculpture garden
or indoor Great Hall, Northlight Gallery or
In 1908, the Wichita Falls Opera Company was formed to establish a theater in
the city, and today that historic building is
known as the Wichita Theatre, which still
produces full theatrical productions.
The theater has a separate dinner stage
that can accommodate small groups for
meal functions and receptions.
“The theater often hosts meals and cocktail receptions before a live performance,”
Barker said. “The theater also hosts murder
The historic Paramount Theatre, with its
dramatic Spanish-Moorish architecture, is
the gem of Abilene’s revitalized downtown
area, which features several other historic
buildings that have been renovated and
repurposed for the arts, according to Betty
Hukill, the theater’s executive director.
She said the theater is ideal for general
sessions and receptions are held in the
lobby and upstairs mezzanine.
“Meals can also be served on the historic
stage, which can seat 100 people,” she said.
“Enjoy your star moment on the big stage.”
“The Grace hosts year-round events,
classes and programs related to its art and
history exhibitions, many of them free to
the public,” said Lori Thornton, the muse-
um’s marketing director.
She added that the museum facilitates
group tours and also rents its public spaces
to groups for receptions and gatherings.
Venues here include a fully restored
ballroom on the first floor, a glass loggia,
a bricked outdoor courtyard and a grand
lobby restored to its original 1930s decor
and colors, as well as spaces on the second
and third floors.
“The Grace rooftop is a unique space
that offers a panoramic view of downtown
Abilene, and is also available for rental,”
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Nothing about the Lone Star State is small, and that includes its outpouring of craft beers and wines. Groups can look to local options throughout Central and West
Texas for tastings, tours and event space for casual gatherings.
In El Paso, Ode Brewing Co. ( www.odebrewingco.com)
offers popular beers on tap such as La Gringa American Blonde
Ale and Smelter Stout. There is also a kitchen that serves everything from smoked salmon nachos to specialty sandwiches,
including a duck reuben and a black bean burger.
“It’s a comfortable atmosphere with a bar and outdoor patio
seating available,” said Brooke Underwood, convention devel-
opment director for Visit El Paso. “The indoor/outdoor flow is ideal for group functions.”
Located nearby El Paso in Canutillo, Texas, is Zin Valle Vineyards ( www.zinvalle.com), which
pours a variety of wines, including the popular Sweet White Miss ‘B’ Havin’ Table Wine.
The vineyard accommodates private events, which can be held on the patio or in the picnic
area, tasting room or barrel room. On Sundays the vineyard features live music, and visitors
can pack a picnic and purchase wine by the glass or bottle.
Lubbock’s lineup of wineries is impressive with many options for a group wine hop. McPher-son Cellars ( www.mcphersoncellars.com), Llano Estacado Winery ( https://llanowine.com) and
CapRock Winery ( www.caprockwinery.com) all offer tours and tastings, and also have on-site
event venues for private receptions or seated meal functions. La Diosa Cellars ( www.ladiosa
cellars.com) offers a rotating list of wines from all over the world as well as a menu including
seasonally fresh tapas and gourmet desserts.
Among the options in and around Amarillo are Bar Z Winery ( www.barzwines.com), Long
Wooden Spoon Brewing ( www.lwsbrewing.com) and Six Car Pub & Brewery ( www.sixcarpub.
According to Eric W. Miller, director of communications for the Amarillo Convention & Visitor
Council, these purveyors of wine and beer all welcome groups for tastings. Bar Z’s wines include cabernets and pinot noirs; Long Wooden Spoon Brewing’s beers include Bourbon Barrel
Vanilla Porter and the Belgian-inspired Texas Witty Twister. At press time, Six Car was on track
to open this spring in downtown Amarillo.
In Wichita Falls, Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard & Winery (www.horseshoebendcellars.
com) offers tours and private tastings starring its zinfandels, and the facility also accommodates
private group gatherings. Meanwhile, in Abilene, The Winery at Willow Creek ( www.thewinery
atwillowcreek.com) makes reds, whites, ports and various sweet wines. Willow Creek opened
in 2012 and has since become a favorite local spot for hosting events. Receptions utilize the
tasting room and outdoor patio.
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