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Center City of Amarillo

Center City of Amarillo, Inc., began in 1991, when a group of concerned citizens joined together to preserve and revitalize Amarillo’s historic downtown area. Center City is a nonprofit organization and is recognized as a Texas and National Main Street City.

Center City is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our headquarters is at 1000 S. Polk St. in the historic Bivins Building.

Our Vision: Amarillo’s Downtown will be a destination neighborhood that bridges the past and the future in Center City.

Our Mission: Center City of Amarillo, Inc., brings people to downtown Amarillo through organization, events, promotion, design and facilitation of economic restructuring.




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    What's happening downtown?

    Please check out our calendar of events to find all of the great activities going on in Downtown Amarillo!

    Calendar of events

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    Center City’s special events bring thousands of people downtown.

    High Noon on the Square is a free concert every Wednesday at noon in June, July, and the first two weeks in August on the lawn of the Potter County Courthouse at Fifth Avenue and Taylor Street.

    Create! is a new family art festival that will be taking place on the third Saturday in August.  This event will be indoor/outdoor at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, the Amarillo Public Library, and the parking lots and block of 4th ave. between the buildings. Stay tuned for more information on our newest event!

    Jazztober is a free jazz concert on Tuesdays in October at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn of the historic Bivins Home at 1000 S. Polk St. in Center City. Concerts for 2016 are:

    • Oct. 4 -- Patrick Swindell & Pizzazz
    • Oct. 11 -- Antonio Charles and the Fwoops
    • Oct. 18 -- The Martinis
    • Oct. 25  -- Amarillo College Jazz

    Electric Light Parade welcomes the holidays on the First Friday night in December. This year is December 2, 2016. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. on Polk Street and continues to the Amarillo Civic Center for the lighting of the city's Christmas Tree. Theme is "Songs of the Season." Title sponsor is Xcel Energy. Golden Spread Electric Cooperative will sponsor cash prizes for winning floats. For an application, call Center City at 372-6744 or e-mail 


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    Center City Programs

    Center City’s mission is to make downtown a better place to live, work, play, learn and worship.  Programs include:
    Façade Grants – Center City makes matching façade grants to businesses in the downtown area. 
             Boundaries for the program are:
             o   East   – the railroad tracks
             o   North   – the railroad tracks
             o   West   – Washington/Adams Street
             o   South   –Interstate 40
    Historic Tours – Center City organizes historical tours of the downtown area for school and civic groups.
    Partnerships – Center City is partners with other organizations in the downtown area with programs including the street banner program, streetscape initiatives and other special events. 

Save the Date for

The Electric Light Parade

Friday, December 2, 2016