Attractions in San Angelo, TX
Amongst the other various things to do, San Angelo features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make San Angelo and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
In San Angelo, even an old chicken farm is a place where a vibrant artistic community can flourish. The Chicken Farm Art Center was founded in 1971 as a place for artists to live and work. Today, the 3-acre complex is a premier San Angelo attraction that includes 15 artist studios, two art galleries, a bed & breakfast, and a gourmet restaurant. The collective often hosts open houses with live music, kids events and more.
For 60 years, the San Angelo Symphony has been a cultural mainstay of the community, providing a variety of classical concerts, family events and educational programs. From the 2009 season’s opening concert Rachmaninoff Rocks! in October to its exciting conclusion, The Crown Jewels of Mexico, in April, the symphony will provide a wealth of entertainment during this landmark anniversary season.
Forget white pearls. If you really want to turn heads, wear pink, peach or purple ones instead. Concho pearls are found in freshwater mussel shells that live in San Angelo lakes and rivers, and no two pearls are alike. The naturally produced jewels come in radiant colors, and harvesters have been attracted to the gems for at least 400 years. Legend has it that Concho pearls are included in several pieces of the Spanish Crown Jewels.
Painting the town red – and green‚ blue and yellow – continues in San Angelo’s downtown district‚ with two new outdoor art projects unveiled in 2007. A huge display called “Art Opens Doors” is now featured on the exterior of J B Automotive on South Oakes Street. The project involved 17 local artists who painted various images on doors hung on the building. Nearby‚ a painting/sculpture called The Cat Burglars now dresses up a West Beauregard Avenue building‚ between Wells Fargo Bank and Farmers Insurance.
When San Angelo brothers JoJo‚ Ringo and Henry Garza – collectively known as the Texican rock and roll band Los Lonely Boys – won a Grammy Award for their No. 1 single “Heaven” in 2005‚ the world learned something San Angelo residents have known for a long time: This city is ripe with musical talent.
More than a decade ago‚ the Historic Orient/Santa Fe Depot was well on its way to train heaven. Typical of a lot of old depots‚ it was in total disrepair. A bottomless pit of tax money for the railroad‚ it was set to be torn down.
Now playing: Plenty of arts-related events and venues throughout San Angelo. Here are some highlights: San Angelo Academy Broadway Youth Theatre
The rock never seems to stop at The Deadhorse and Fat Boss's Pub, two downtown nightclubs that have become popular hotspots for residents of San Angelo – and beyond.
From its humble beginnings in the 1980s‚ the San Angelo International Waterlily Collection has blossomed into an attraction deserving of the national attention it receives. “It is the only premier waterlily display in North America‚” says Kenneth Landon‚ who created the garden. “We show plants that have never been seen by mankind and bring the world to our city.”
San Angelo businessman Lee Pfluger is a self-proclaimed Christmas fanatic, and proves it in a big way every December.