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U.S.NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Experience the Pineywoods of East Texas. Visit our Arts!Longview Cultural District, One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Main Street, locally owned restaurants, antique shops, museums, event venues, and much more. Longview also offers a variety of convention meeting spaces to meet your organizations needs. Allow us to enhance your experience. (!] I 903.753.3281 =-·-,-=--,... 109 W. Tyler St., LONGVIEW,TEXAS75601 [!] ..~·--'-- ..
Places to go! Bonham ............... 6, 57 Mineola ............. 14, BC Mount Canton ................ 7, IFC Carthage ............. 7, 49 Clarksville ............ 8, 51 Commerce ........... 8, 57 Gilmer .................. 9, 45 Gladewater ......... 9, 37 Greenville .......... 10, 39 Henderson ........ 10, 64 Jacksonville ....... 11, 43 Jeferson ............ 11, 19 Lindale ............... 12, 55 Longview............. 12, 1 Lufkin................... 13, 5 Marshall............. 13, 65 Pleasant .......... 14, 41 Palestine ............ 15, 23 Paris ................... 15, 47 Pittsburg ........... 16, 59 Rusk ................... 16, 21 Sulphur Springs ............ 17, 53 Tatum................. 17, 59 TPWD ................. 18, 61 Tyler ................... 18, 55 Winnsboro......... 19, 25 Please Confirm Event Dates, Times & Locations with the listed Contact. Events & Festivals! Year Around ............ 20 January ............... 20-22 February .................. 22 March .................. 22-24 April ..............24-26, 38 May ..................... 39-42 June .................... 42-44 July ...................... 44-47 August ................ 47-48 September ......... 48-50 October .............. 50-55 November .......... 55-58 December ........... 58-60 Cover & Editorial photos used by permission from the following partner cities Gladewater, Lindale, Tyler, & Winnsboro. Kissing Giraffe Photo By Caldwell Zoo. See & Do! Visit Us ................ 27-37 Regional Map! Find Us ............... 32, 33 North East Texas! Contact Us ......... 62, 63 This book has been prepared from the information available from state & local sources. Any errors or omissions brought to our attention is appreciated and will be corrected in subsequent editions. Copyright © 2023 by Richardson Advertising & Publishing, LLC Reproduction without permission of the publisher is a violation of federal law. NORTH EAST TEXAS 2


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BONHAM , Welcomes You! Whether you enjoy history, shopping, outdoor fun, or local food, music, and wine. You will fall in love with this quaint city flled with history and personality.

Settled in 1836, Bonham ofers much for the history buf and showcases people who made their mark here. From notorious gunslinger, John Wesley Hardin to statesman and Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn, to jazz guitar great, Charlie Christian, Bonham has it all! We ofer a variety of museums including the Sam Rayburn House and Library, the Texas and Pacifc Depot, and the Fannin County Museum of History. Experience pioneer living at the Fort Inglish Village, a replica of Bonham’s early settlement, visit a tribute to the fghting men of WWII who trained at Jones Field, and see a restored Fairchild airplane!

The centerpiece of our nostalgic downtown square is the beautifully restored courthouse. Nearby are unique antique shops, charming boutiques, restaurants, live music venues, Neighbors Place Winery, and the Creative Arts Center and Gift Shop, featuring locally crafted art, jewelry, and gifts.

Explore the natural beauty of the great outdoors, where the pecan trees meet the Bois D’Arc trees. Visit Bonham State Park, Lake Bonham Park, and Powder Creek Park for walking trails, fshing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and boating. Discover fossils along the Sulphur River and travel the longest quilt barn square trail in Texas. Bonham is also home to the North Texas Safari Park and Legacy Ridge Golf Course and Country Club.

Located just 60 miles north of the DFW Metroplex. Bonham has hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and fun! Bonham has it all.

Bonham Visitor Information Center

327 North Main St. • Bonham, TX 75418 • 903-583-9830 •


CANTON is a charming town that sits an hour east of Dallas on I-20. Its vibrant downtown is the heart of the city, which is home to some of the best shopping and dining opportunities in all of East Texas. As a National Main Street City, Canton is proud of its rich heritage, and active volunteers work tirelessly to preserve it.

Canton is world-renowned for its First Monday Trade Days. Once a month, Thursday through Sunday before the frst Monday of every month, Canton turns into a shopper’s paradise. Between 200,000 and 400,000 tourists, visitors, and vendors roll into town and get together to create a shopping experience as big as Texas. With over 450 acres of shopping, 4 miles of covered shopping, and great festival food, there is sure to be something for everyone - rain or shine. It has been said that if you can’t fnd it in Canton, they just don’t make it. Come shop until you drop!

Canton has a lot to ofer besides First Monday as well, with year-round events including two Western Swings, the Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest, The Autumn Stroll Festival, and one-of-a-kind July 4th and Christmas activities. There are also great attractions in and around Canton including, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, YesterLand Farm, Mill Creek Ranch Resort, the East Texas Gator Farm, and more. With great lakes and trails, two world class golf courses, disc golf and outstanding fshing, Canton has plenty to ofer the active lifestyle. We are the Walking Capital of Texas after all.

Canton Visitors Bureau & First Monday Trade Days

290 E. Tyler St., Canton, TX



CARTHAGE , ““The Best Small Town in Texas.” Visit Carthage! We have it all, from great shopping on the downtown Carthage Square to one-of-a-kind attractions. Local shops ofer a variety of specialty gifts. Attractions include the world-famous Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. There are also a number of unique statues, such as Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves, and the very special “Footprints in the Sand”. You can also go back in history with a visit to the Old Jail Museum. The nearby Veterans Memorial honors residents who served our country. Panola College ofers both academic and technical programs, and has nationally recognized basketball, baseball and rodeo programs.

Our area enjoys great weather, a low tax rate, and good schools. The rural setting ofers Texas hospitality and a great place to live or just visit.

Kids visiting would enjoy our Davis Park splash pad and College View all abilities park.

If you love country music, Carthage is the place for you. The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum is flled with memorabilia from over 50 artists, such as Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves, and Willie Nelson. In August each year, new inductees are presented at a spectacular Nashville-type show.

In addition to city attractions, the County also ofers other opportunities, such as:

• a top bass fshing sport at Lake Murvaul

• a paddling trail on the Sabine River

• a zip line experience

• local produce from Panola Orchards and Merket Farms

• numerous historical markers

Panola County Chamber of Commerce 300 W. Panola St. • Carthage, TX 75633 • 903-693-6634 • VISITORS & EVENTS GUIDE 7

CLARKSVILLE and Red River County are older than the State of Texas. Red River County once encompassed all or part of 39 diferent counties in present Northeast Texas. James Clark founded Clarksville in 1833. Red River County was established in 1837 and in 1838, Clarksville became the county seat. Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie all entered Texas through Red River County, thus our claim as the “Gateway To Texas”.

Our recently restored historic Red River County Courthouse was built in 1884-85, with records dating back to the days of the Republic of Texas. The First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, formed in 1833, is the oldest Protestant congregation in Texas. Clarksville is a Texas Main Street City and a Preserve America Community. Our historic downtown square beckons you to visit our antique shops, museums of history and restaurants. Visit the Texas Historic Cemetery, where William Becknell, “The Father of the Santa Fe Trail” is buried. Tour the home of Charles DeMorse, known as “The Father of Texas Journalism”, Miss Belle’s House, the Old Jail Museum, the Lennox House, the First Presbyterian Church and the Clarksville Cemetery with the frst burial dating back to 1838.

Come visit us soon. You’ll like our Hospitality…We Guarantee It!

The Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce

101 N. Locust • Clarksville, TX 75426 • 903-427-2645 •

COMMERCE, Texas ofers visitors a great place to spend a weekend or a lifetime. With the benefts of a small-town feel, and the big-city advantages of a major university along with corporate opportunities, Commerce is a great place to start a business, raise a family, or simply visit. Only a 60-minute drive from Dallas, Commerce is close enough to be convenient, yet far enough to enjoy the country life. Come visit and see why so many people proudly call this area home!

Each year visitors travel to Commerce for the annual Bois D’Arc Bash, held on the 4th weekend in September, which celebrates Commerce’s heritage as the Bois D’Arc Capital of Texas. The frst Bash was held in 1986, and it has continued to be one of the premier festivals in northeast Texas. The festival includes a parade, over 100 food, arts & crafts, game, and information vendors, golf tournament, carnival, games and activities for children of all ages. The Bash ofers great music on the Ben E. Keith stage on Friday night and Saturday all day into the evening. The Bash is known throughout northeast Texas as a very organized and well-attended event.

Other attractions in Commerce include the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, Texas A&M University-Commerce, a state-of-the-art planetarium, the Lt. General Claire Chennault memorial markers, and several beautiful parks.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce

1114 Main St. • Commerce, TX 75428 • 903-886-3950


GILMER, the charming and historic downtown square beckons you to come and spend the day. Gilmer is the county seat of Upshur county and our historic courthouse sits in the center of our red brick streets on the square. Begin your day at one of our 35 historic markers or the historic Upshur Museum and work your way around where you will fnd locally owned and operated stores with woodworking, unique gifts, antiques, clothing for adults and children, and décor items. Afterward stop for lunch at one of the wonderful eateries and enjoy our Gilmer hospitality.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy our nature trails, scenic bike rides, as well as Texas Motorized Trails located on Barnwell Mountain, dove hunting ranches, and outdoor wineries. Enjoy fshing at our beautiful Lake Gilmer, a renowned crappie and bass lake tucked away in the Piney Woods.

Our famous East Texas Yamboree, a 4-day event, held annually, the 3rd Thursday in October, welcomes over 100,000 guests to celebrate with pageants, parades, carnival rides, music, dancing, and great food. You will want to fnd the tastiest yam specialty in the town during our 86th Festival.

In November our Christmas decorations go up on the courthouse lawn and the square, the tree is lighted and Santa visits early during our bi-annual ARTWALK, Art on the Bricks. Our annual North Pole Coloring Contest presents its winners on this night.

As December rolls around, you’ll want to be in Gilmer for the Annual Yulefest, held downtown Gilmer on Saturday, Dec. 2. Activities, including; Breakfast with Santa, a Children’s carnival, free activities on Candy Cane Lane, food trucks, arts/crafts vendors, parade, and more. Old Saint Nick, will greet your family.

We welcome you to visit Gilmer and get to know the friendliest people in East Texas.

Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce

106 Bufalo St. • Gilmer, TX 75644 • 903-843-2413 •

GLADEWATER, enjoy the nostalgia of the Antique Capital of East Texas by revisiting a bit of the past while browsing through the quaint old buildings. Once a bustling boomtown of the 30’s, Gladewater is the perfect place to get away for the weekend for those who seek a slower pace from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of B & B’s, restaurants, bakeries, shopping, year round Christmas Store and Jackson’ s Theater, with live productions throughout the year. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy playing on the Tempest Golf Course and having lunch at the Neptune Bar & Grill.

For the RVers, Gladewater has three RV Parks to choose from: Antique Capital RV Park, Shallow Creek RV Park, and the new Stillwater RV Resort. The traveler can enjoy fshing, boating, water skiing, swimming or picnicking at Lake Gladewater; tour the Gladewater Museum, see Mrs. Lee’s Dafodil Garden during blooming season, and for the not faint of heart skydive at the only skydiving facility in East Texas located at Gladewater Municipal Airport.

Gladewater can now host your Baseball/Softball tournaments with their new 7 Field Complex. Local events include: East Texas Gusher Days, PRCA Rodeo, Arts & Crafts Festival, and “Christmas Tyme in Gusherville” activities. 2023 marks our 150th Anniversary Celebration, with an event each month and some of the above events spotlighting this exciting time. Community participation is with partners of

the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce & Gladewater Economic Development Corporation.

Gladewater Chamber of Commerce

215 N. Main • Gladewater, TX 75647 • 903-845-5501 •


GREENVILLE, you’ll be surprised by the variety of activities you’ll fnd when you visit Greenville. From an ever-expanding public art program, an award-winning winery, variety of entertainment venues, and growing number of attractions, our visitors are “wowed” and keep coming back!

See headliner entertainment at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium or enjoy a more intimate VIP experience at the lavishly restored Texan Theater. For the more adventurous, try horsemanship clinics at The Longhorn Arena and Event Center or the Barrel Room Tour at Landon Winery. If you are looking for outdoor fun, bring your swimsuit and head to Splash Kingdom Air Patrol. Passionate about history? Experience it frsthand at the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum. Even our festivals and events are one of kind with The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival, The Cotton Patch Bicycle Rally, Hunt County Festival of the Arts, and Bras for the Cause.

Round things out with the Annual Hunt County Fair, events at our ever-expanding Sports Park, and our vibrant retail and dining district along I-30, and you’ll see why - Greenville is ready to surprise you!

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

2821 Washington St • P.O. Box 1049 • Greenville, TX 75403 903-457-3126 •

HENDERSON , you are invited to visit Henderson, Texas....A Texas and National Main Street City, named after the frst Governor of the State of Texas James Pinckney Henderson. You will fnd Henderson to be full of southern charm. Start your visit in our National Register Historic District that is one of the most picturesque downtowns in the East Texas Area. Colorful awnings. Our historic district ofers a diverse shopping experience. The beautiful new Main Street Alley ofers rest to shoppers while shopping in the National Register Historic Downtown District. History comes alive with the downtown Walking Tour Brochure. Shown, is the restored Opera House which now is home to the Henderson Civic Theater which ofers the fnest community theatre to suit all taste.

Be sure to visit one of our lovely parks. Fair Park includes: spray pads, new playground equipment, walking and jogging trails and Paws Dog Park. Lake Forest Park includes: an arboretum, beautiful picnic pavilions, an entertainment plaza, a gazebo and fshing alongside the bank. The Depot Museum is just a few blocks from downtown and is nestled on 5 acres which includes 11 restored structures, including the Arnold Outhouse, sawmill and a cotton gin.

Henderson also has a variety of restaurants and shopping along US Highway79/259, the main thoroughfare through the city. Henderson is a designated Go-Texan Retirement Community and a Keep Texas Beautiful Afliate award winner. Each Spring our Annual East Texas Self Driving Wildfower Tour amazes our visitors with beautiful scenic views. Our special event is the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival second Saturday in November.

City of Henderson Tourism Department

1500 Lake Forest Parkway Henderson, TX 75652

866-650-5529 •

Henderson Civic Theatre

JACKSONVILLE, beneath the shady canopies of the East Texas Pines lies a world of adventure. Whether you prefer your fun on the water, over the rails, in the sky or in the wild, Jacksonville, Texas, ofers something for everyone! Explore Jacksonville and fnd a plethora of pleasurable outings for all ages!

Our luscious landscape and abundant sunshine produce natural beauty and magnifcent smiles. Each part of our year brings new and exciting activities where visitors are welcomed & entertained! Enjoy Love’s Lookout scenic views, or fshing and outdoor recreation on beautiful Lake Jacksonville. Hikers and bikers will love the miles of trails at the Neches River National Wildlife Reserve.

Our Basket Factory store, and specialty, home décor, antique and clothing boutiques make shopping Jacksonville unique and charming.

History abounds here. Visitors will fnd historical markers, landmarks and sites throughout Cherokee County. From the iconic Tomato Bowl and the outstanding Vanishing Texana Museum to the Killough Monument, there’s a history lesson around every corner.

Whether mudding at the River Run ATV Park, or driving through the Cherokee Trace Safari Park there’s always excitement in our neck of the woods. Whether seeking romance, rest, relaxation or recreation, we invite you to Explore Jacksonville... Our Woods... Our Waters... Our WOW!

Explore Jacksonville

315 S. Ragsdale St. • Jacksonville, TX 75766 903-339-3320

JEFFERSON, imagine a historic town, hidden in the East Texas Piney Woods. A town with fne dining, award-winning inns, historic downtown shops, and boutiques, and museums flled with history.

Explore the bayou on a guided boat tour, a kayak, or canoe. Take tour in historic neighborhoods and tour beautiful antebellum homes.

History is synonymous with Jeferson as one of the oldest towns in Texas, with four museums and a Carnegie Library. Learn about some of Jeferson’s history on a historic ghost walk tour.

Enjoy the charm of the picturesque town with excellent entertainment for events year-round. Jeferson ofers hours of exploring and fascinating stories, some ghostly.

For more information go to or call 903-665-3733.

City of Jefferson

Convention and Visitors Bureau

305 E. Austin St. • Jeferson, TX 75657 903-665-3733

“History, It’s Still Made Here. Hosting Getaways Since The 1830’s.”

LINDALE, Looking for entertainment? Then make your way to Lindale, the Entertainment Capital of East Texas!

Founded in 1871, Lindale is one of the fastest growing communities in East Texas. Long known as the Blackberry Capital of the World, Lindale welcomes folks with its’ sweet, small-town charm and lively musical atmosphere.

Most notably, Lindale is the Hometown of Country Music Superstar, Miranda Lambert. Visitors come from around the world to experience the downhome, country feel that is Miranda. But Lindale’s musicality doesn’t stop there. The city has also been named an Ofcial Texas Music Friendly Community by the Governor’s Ofce for its dedication to Texas music and musicians.

With great hotels, unique shopping opportunities, and tasty places to eat Lindale is the perfect place for a getaway no matter what time of year. Visit Lindale and let us entertain you!

Visit Lindale

55 Miranda Lambert Way, Suite 3

Lindale, TX 75771 903-881-5103

LONGVIEW, come check out the new Visit Longview Marketplace conveniently located on Tyler St. in Downtown. You’ll love shopping for souvenirs and apparel in our rustic storefront near Silver Grizzly Espresso and Oil Horse Brewing Co. While you’re here, enjoy a stroll through the Pelaia Plaza and J.T. Smith Sculpture Garden in the Cultural Arts District. We have a world-class art collection at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, the fascinating Gregg County Historical Museum, and the hands-on discovery museum Longview World of Wonders.

With many options for hotels, restaurants, and shopping, Longview is the perfect place for viewing all of East Texas. Hungry? Whether you are craving a local favorite or popular chains, Longview can satisfy your hunger with more than 100 dining choices! Longview is also the region’s busiest destination for shopping, with major shopping centers and local specialty shops. Known for the Great Texas Balloon Race in the summer, Longview is also home to many other fantastic events throughout the year including a full season of performances at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center, the 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration, and Downtown Live concerts every spring and fall.

Visit Longview

109 W. Tyler • Longview, TX 75601 903-753-3281


LUFKIN , is the heart of the Piney Woods, one of the most beautiful regions of Texas! Our city’s warm, friendly people and genuine hospitality are second only to the fun, exciting adventures you’ll fnd here!

The East Texas area is known for its national forests that stretch for miles. Lufkin ofers an array of 15 beautiful parks, recreational activities and much more! If more adventure is what you desire, the greater Lufkin area boasts some of the best recreation areas in the state. Lake Sam Rayburn ofers fshing, boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature viewing. If golf is your game, we are home to Crown Colony Country Club. In addition, Lufkin has a thriving arts community, fve public murals and a state-of-the-art performing arts theater.

We are a family-friendly community as well, with a zoo, historical museum, forestry museum, art museum and dinosaur museum.

Visit Lufkin

600 N 2nd Street

Lufkin, TX 75901


MARSHALL, is nestled in the hear t of the Piney Woods with easy access to Caddo Lake, a maze of bayous and bald cypress trees, and the only natural lake in Texas. Nature lovers will also adore nearby Lake O’ the Pines and Martin Creek Lake State Park. Marshall is home to the famous Bear Creek Smokehouse and General Store, the perfect place to sit a spell and take in the views.

As the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie, music lovers can catch a live show at one of many downtown hangouts including Memorial City Hall Performance Center or Telegraph Park. Historic downtown is home to restaurants, antiques, art galleries, boutiques and not to mention our beautifully restored J. Riely Gordon 1901 Harrison County Courthouse! For history and art visit the Historic Ginocchio District or one of our many museums including the Starr Family Home, T&P Depot Museum, Michelson Museum of Art, or the Harrison County Historical Museum. Our crown jewel is the annual Wonderland of Lights Festival featuring millions of lights, special events and activities.

Visit Marshall

211 N. Washington • Marshall, Texas 75670


Caddo Lake

MINEOLA, the charming National Register Historic Downtown ofers unique antique, craft, gift, clothing shops, fne dining restaurants, cofee shops, bed and breakfast inns, museums and a restored Depot.

The Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River is open to the public 7 days a week with 20 miles of equestrian and bike trails. (contact 903-569-6183) Open 7:30 am - sunset

While you are in Mineola, tour the Mineola Historical Museum. Exhibits full of historical memorabilia documenting the town of Mineola.

This National Main Street City is home to the Select Theater, the oldest continuous operating theater in Texas which ofers movies, live productions and concerts.

Basketball, golf, fshing, tennis, Civic Center RV pads, Amtrak passenger trains and airports are here for you in Mineola.

“Sidetrack in Mineola, TX.”

City of Mineola Tourism

300 Greenville Hwy.

Mineola, TX 75773



MOUNT PLEASANT, named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America”, Mount Pleasant is located just two hours east of Dallas on I-30 and ofers a little bit of everything that this great state is known for.

Experience the charm of our historic downtown Main Street district and the abundance of boutiques and specialty gift shops. Dine at locally owned restaurants ofering Texas BBQ, authentic Mexican cuisine, Thai curry dishes or the very best Chorizo Burger you’ll ever eat.

Known to some as the Sweetest Town in Texas, Mount Pleasant is home to Sweet Shop USA, Laura’s Cheesecake, Pearl’s Kitchen and Heav’nly Foods - creators of some of the most delicious goodies you can fnd anywhere in the country. In fact, sweets are shipped from Mount Pleasant to cities all over the United States.

Outdoor lovers will enjoy the opportunity to kick back and enjoy the natural beauty of the area with more than 17,000 acres of trophy fshing, swimming and skiing on Lakes Bob Sandlin, Monticello and Welsh. Discover the nesting grounds of a wide variety birds, and enjoy fantastic scenery on hikes through Bob Sandlin State Park.

A weekend in Mount Pleasant is the perfect way to relax, unwind and soak up the beauty of northeast Texas. Life is sweeter here.

Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce

1604 N. Jeferson, • Mount Pleasant, TX 75455 903 572-8567 •


PALESTINE, is a charming East Texas town that boasts more than 1,800 historic sites. Home to the Texas State Railroad and the Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine is graced with stately homes, gorgeous scenic drives and a Texas friendly welcome that ofers a true Southern experience.

Taste what lies behind the pine curtain and enjoy the local favor of Palestine. Experience fne dining at its best in a historic hotel or sample Pavlova from a chef, born and raised in New Zealand. In the mood for a 3-Little Piggy? Don’t worry, you can wash it down with a hand-crafted beer or pop over to the distillery for a tasting. From lemon icebox pie to wood fred pizza, brunch trains and not to mention fruitcake from the oldest bakery in Texas, Palestine’s eateries will keep you full and satisfed from dawn to well past dusk.

The Palestine Community Forest features scenic drives through more than 700 acres of hardwood trees and Davey Dogwood Park is especially popular during the annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration from late March to early April… (and don’t miss the fall foliage in November).

We invite you to visit Palestine and experience the beautiful architecture, attractions, exciting events, unique shopping and local favor – named one of the top Travel Destinations in Texas by Texas Highways Magazine.

Palestine Visitor Center

825 W. Spring Street • Palestine, TX 75801 Phone: 903-723-3014

PARIS, “The 2nd Largest Paris in the World” is located 110 miles northeast of the Dallas/Ft worth Metroplex making an ideal day or weekend getaway! Historic Downtown includes two Art Galleries, Antique Shops, Local Restaurants, Boutiques, Specialty Shops, and a Community Theater with six performances throughout the year. Our Beautiful Culbertson Fountain and Plaza is surrounded by trees that light up in the evenings to give a “magical glow” over Downtown! Other attractions include tours through the Sam Bell Maxey State Historical House

Tuesday thru Sunday, the Lamar County Historical Museum, opened on Saturday 10 to 4 and Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center opened Friday and Saturday, 10 to 4. Visit our famous “Texanized Eifel Tower” complete with a Red Cowboy hat, all lights up at night! The Red River Valley Veterans Memorial representing fve Counties are both located at our Love Civic Center complex at 2025 S. Collegiate! Bring your Bicycle, and enjoy the ride on our Pump Track Paris right next to the Trail de Paris Entrance also located next to Love Civic Center!

Love Civic Center is a great place to have your next meeting, convention or family gathering completely remodeled in 2022! Spend the night in Paris! Several Lodging Partners to choose from!

PARIS…It’s Always a Good Idea!

Paris Visitors and Convention Council

8 West Plaza • Paris, TX 75460

903-784-2501• 1-800-PARISTX • •


PITTSBURG, named the Hot Link Capitol of Texas, is on US Hwy. 271 and State Hwy. 11, 10 miles south of 1-30 and 45 miles north of 1-20, ofering convenient driving routes to or from Longview, Tyler, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texarkana, and Shreveport.

Pittsburg is home to the Ezekiel Airship (which few a year before the Wright Brothers plane), the original Cavender’s Boot City, and Pilgrim’s. Camp County is the fourth smallest county and the second largest peach producer in the state of Texas, featuring several large roadside fruit stands, including the well-known Efurd Orchards.

Historic Downtown Pittsburg has many historic homes and businesses including Rick’s Antique Safari, which features the oldest rope driven elevator in Texas. Pittsburg Hot Links also originated here in 1897. Enjoy an afternoon stroll, which features antique shops, restaurants and boutiques. Pittsburg is proud to be a designated Main Street Community since 1987.

For a peaceful setting, visit our Prayer Tower which features a chapel with stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus and a 75-foot tower with four Paccard bells from France. The bells chime and play hymns on the hour. Witness Park is beautifully landscaped with fowers, a fountain and a life-size bronze statue of Jesus washing the disciple Peter’s feet. Pittsburg is a certifed flm friendly community.

With fve lakes located just a short drive from town, visitors can enjoy water skiing, boating, camping, and fshing. Fishing is serious business here in East Texas with anglers vying for trophy bass, catfsh and crappie at Lake Bob Sandlin, Cypress Lake, Monticello Lake, Welsh Lake and Lake of the Pines.

Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce

202 Jeferson Street, Pittsburg, TX 75686 903-856-3442

RUSK, welcome to Rusk, Texas where we put the “Home” in Hometown. There are so many wonderful things to see and do while visiting our area.

Located just of the Square in downtown you can fnd the historic Footbridge Garden Park, the Heritage Center of Cherokee County Museum, the Cherokee Civic Theatre and several original murals. Said to be the nation’s longest footbridge at 546 feet, the iconic bridge was built in 1861 for crossing the valley during rainy season and the park ofers a great location for a picnic or relaxing on a blanket. The Heritage Center provides an in-depth look into the history of Rusk and the surrounding area. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore. The Cherokee Civic Theatre is the only community theater in Cherokee County and ofers four main stage productions each year along with various concerts, comedy shows and a summer camp for young thespians.

While exploring downtown, be sure to take a selfe at one of the many original murals painted along the side of the buildings. For more information on what to see and do in Rusk, contact the Rusk Chamber of Commerce at 903-683-4242 or email

Rusk Chamber of Commerce

184 N. Main Street • Rusk, TX 75785

903-683-4242 •


SULPHUR SPRINGS, nestled in beautiful, rolling farm country only 85 miles from the heart of Dallas, Sulphur Springs ofers a relaxing get-a-way experience far removed from the grind of the big city. If you’re seeking fun family activities, historical education, fshing, hunting, shopping, or just some quiet time away from everyday stress, you’re going to love this place!

The beautifully restored Court House and the recently redesigned downtown plaza are edged with the stunning Veterans Memorial, treasure laden antique shops, and specialty stores that ofer everything from artwork to clothing. Other attractions include multiple city parks, historic Heritage Park where you can visit a collection of restored buildings and a museum, and the Southwest Dairy Museum and Learning Center where the history of milk production is presented in dioramas, static displays, and hands-on exhibits. You can take a walk down music-flled Main Street, enjoy a meal in the Celebration Dining District, or engage in a friendly game of chess or checkers on the plaza. Live music and local vendors are featured at the award-winning downtown market every Saturday night from March to November!

A variety of special events are held annually in Sulphur Springs: The Dairy Festival and Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Of in the Spring, the Independence Celebration, including a live symphony concert and freworks show in the Summer; the Hopkins County World Champion Stew Contest and the Fall Festival in the Fall; and a Christmas Extravaganza to round out the year. So, whether it’s on our beautiful downtown plaza, at one of our many annual events, or at one of our family friendly

parks, Sulphur Springs is the destination of choice for people celebrating the best things in life.

Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism

1-888-300-6623 •

TATUM, our little town has a long and interesting history. Today it is a thriving East Texas town encircled by fve large towns. These larger commercial centers that are approximately twenty miles away, allow space for forests, farms, and country roads to dominate the area.

Tatum is not your ordinary small town with the daily hustle and bustle. We are a simple wholesome community with a down- home way of life. Tatum is known for our excellent 3A Public Schools, the Tatum EAGLE’S football team, Martin Creek Lake State Park, the interesting history that started Tatum, and the sea of tranquil tall pines and oak trees that grow along the red clay hills of East Texas.

So, welcome home to a comfortable county live style that is conveniently located to big city amenities and nearby recreational opportunities. Tatum has a great sense of pride for our community. The opportunities for growing families, new businesses, and economic growth are abundant. If you are passing through or looking to relocate, we hope that you will make Tatum your next Hometown Stop!

Tatum Economic Development Corporation

680 N. Crystal Farms Rd • Tatum, TX 75691




Established in 1923, the Texas State Park system boasts over 80 sites from every corner of the state, including State Parks, State Historic Sites, and State Natural Areas. Spend your days hiking, swimming, biking, fshing, or picnicking the most beautiful places in Texas. Afterwards, you’re invited to stay the night; whether you prefer to camp in a tent, park your RV, or spend the night in a cabin, state parks has the perfect option for you.

There are 10 state parks in the Northeast Texas region: Atlanta State Park, Bonham State Park, Caddo Lake State Park, Cooper Lake State Park, Daingerfeld State Park, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Martin Creek Lake State Park, Purtis Creek State Park, and Tyler State Park. Many of these parks date back to the early days of the State Park system and feature facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Your adventure begins here!

Texas State Parks


TYLER , stroll along Tyler’s charming brick streets to an array of unique specialty shops and historic attractions.

Venture out into Tyler for family attractions for all ages, lakes for boating and swimming, a beautiful zoo, and restaurants that will tempt your taste buds. Lodging, scenic campgrounds, and exciting entertainment await you in East Texas.

Special events throughout the year include the Texas Rose Festival held each October in the beautiful Municipal Rose Garden, East Texas State Fair at the end of September, and Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, voted one of the Top 100 Events in North America, is held each March-April. Escape to Tyler for a day or a lifetime! For a full list of events, download the free “ Visit Tyler TX” app.

Visit Tyler

110 N. College, Ste.105 Tyler, Texas 75702



WINNSBORO, is where the pines meet the oaks flled with beautiful lakes and the amazing colors of spring and fall. Winnsboro’s rich and varied history extends from the days of the Caddo Indians to the French settlements and from the wild logging era to the rather calm visits of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

The land on which the town is located was frst surveyed by Gray B. King in 1835, and carved from the State of Caohuila and Texas, then a state under the Mexican government. The town sits astride the historic boundary between the Louisiana Territory and Old Mexico and is currently equidistant from Dallas, Shreveport, and Texarkana.

As one of the frst state designated Cultural Arts Districts and a Nationally Accredited Main Street Town, we ofer not only art, music, and literature but unique annual events, award winning restaurants and specialty shops in a welcoming community. So, come enjoy all that Winnsboro has to ofer…and you might even discover it feels like home!

City of Winnsboro

501 South Main Street • Winnsboro, TX 75494 903-342-3654


Year AroundJanuary

Please Confrm Event Dates, Times & Locations with the listed Contact.

January - December BONHAM

Bonham Trades Days

What: Shop antiques, Collectibles and much more. Enjoy one of the longest running trades days in North Texas. Held the weekend after the frst Monday of every month, Thursday through Sunday Rain or shine.

Where: Bonham TX, located on the corner of HWY 121 & HWY 56 next to Fort Inglish Museum.

Admission: Free

Contact: Bonham Visitors Center,, 903-583-9830 •

January - December BONHAM

Fannin County Barn Quilt Trail

What: Drive the longest Barn Quilt Trail in Texas. Barns all along the rolling country side are displaying colorful quilt patterns painted usually on 4’ X 4’ wood or metal squares and displayed on their barns. Come visit our area from your car at your own pace and see the felds, cattle, and crops of North Texas. Maps of the trails are available at the Bonham Visitor Center, and a GPS map is available on the A link is also available on the web site.

Where: Throughout Fannin County, including Bonham Admission: Free

Contact: Bonham Visitors Center,, 903-583-9830 • or

January - December CANTON

Thursday-Sunday before the First Monday of every month

First Monday Trade Days

What: Largest fea market in the USA – an Adventure as Big as Texas rain or shine. Over 4,000 dealer spaces, 450 acres, indoor Antiques & Collectibles, over 4 miles of covered pavilions, clean restrooms, RV hookups. Parking: $10.00 VIP Parking: $20.00 at Main Gate Entrance

Where: Canton, TX. On I-20 exits 523, 526, 527 and 528. Admission: Free

Contact: 903-567-6556; or

January - December ( Year-Round )

Greenville Municipal Auditorium


What: This 1400 seat performance venue has been entertaining Northeast Texans for over 80 years! And in 2023, we will host The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills, multiple concerts sponsored by Greenville Entertainment Series, plays & musicals from Greenville Theatre Works and Greenville Family Theatre, and more! State of the art sound system, comfortable seats, and great acoustics all add to a memorable night of entertainment

. Where: 2821 Washington, Greenville TX 75401

Admission: All shows are ticketed, and prices vary by performance.

Contact: 903-457-3179,

January - December PARIS

One Heck of a Trek

What: The NorthEast Texas Trail ( NETT ) is a 130-mile recreational trial rolling over the picturesque countryside of rural northeast Texas. It is a partially complete rail-trail conversion, stretching across 7 counties and 19 Texas towns, from Farmersville to New Boston. The trail is open to cyclists, runners, walkers, hikers, and some sections are open to equestrians. Trail conditions vary. When completed, the NETT will be the longest hike/bike and equestrian trail in Texas and the 5th longest in the U.S.A.

Contact: or


January RUSK

Annual Chamber Member Banquet

What: Annual Rusk Chamber of Commerce Member Banquet. 6:00 p.m.

Where: Rusk, Texas Admission: Contact the Rusk Area Chamber

Contact: Rusk Area Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •


First Day Hikes

What: Recover from the holidays by joining a nationwide initiative & taking a hike on New Years Day. Most state parks across Texas will host special hikes, walks, runs or paddles for all skill levels.

Where: At state parks throughout Northeast Texas and around the state

Admission: Varies by location

Contact: or 512-389-8900

January 14 LUFKIN

The Pines Presents: William Lee Martin

What: William Lee Martin is a story-telling stand-up comedian who just wants to make you laugh after along day. He’s a regular at the Grand Ole Opry and the MGM in Las Vegas. During the 2020 pandemic, his following on social media exploded with his positive and upbeat “4 o’clock Daily Talk” on Facebook & other platforms. The Texas Original. sells out clubs & theaters around the country. His comedy special which aired on CMT, & others currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and the Comedy Dynamics Network. Relatively clean but disarmingly clever. ( Although it may not be suitable for younger audiences ). Family & friends afectionately call him by his nickname, “Cowboy Bill.”

Where: The Pines Theater, 113 S. First Street Contact: • 936-633-5454


February 4 & 5 PARIS

TMBRA – Barber Hills “Hard Labor Mountain Bike Race” at Pat Mayse Lake

What: TMBRA ( Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association ) will hold the 3rd Annual Race of the 2023 Spring season at Barber Hills Trail at Pat Mayse Lake North of Paris. Pre-Riding the trails and the Kids Cup Clinic and Races will be held on Saturday, February 4th. The Main Races will be held on Sunday the 5th. There are multiple classes for riders of all ages and abilities.

Where: Pat Mayse Lake, Approximately 14 miles North of Paris


February 17 & 18


Arts Walk of Fame Induction ( 17 ) • Mainstreet Short Film Festival ( 18 )

What: Please join us for a very special evening as we celebrate the second class of inductees to the Carthage Main Street Arts Walk of Fame, Friday, Feb. 17, 2022. 6:00 p.m. Champagne Reception followed by 7:00 p.m. Ceremony.

Finalist flms will be screen in two categories, Youth ( 18- ) and Independent ( 19+ ) the night of the festival, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2022 beginning at 7 p.m. Doors to the Esquire will open at 6 p.m. with red carpet interview with the flmmakers.

Where: The Esquire Theater, 114 W. Sabine Street, Downtown Carthage, TX


February 17 - 19

Mardi Gras 2023 - Krewe of Hebe


What: Mardi Gras is one of the most festive events in Jeferson. Activities parades, bands, food, vendors, carnival, frosty beverages, and beads.

Where: Downtown Jeferson, Texas

Contact: or

Mid - February to Early - March

Helen Lee Estate Daffodil Gardens


What: The Birth of Spring is beautifully displayed each year when the dafodils are in bloom. Open to the public 7 days a week weather permitting. 10 am to 4:00 p.m..

Where: 6 miles south of Gladewater, 6 miles north of I-20 of County Road 3104.

Admission: Donations accepted

Contact: Helen Lee Foundation, 903-845-5780 or Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, 903-845-5501 • •

March - November MARSHALL

Second Saturdays in every following month through November.

Second Saturdays

What: Arts & Crafts Show, Car Show, & Live Music.

Where: Downtown Marshall on North Washington Street. Admission: Free

Contact: Marshall Main Street,, 903-702-7777


Texas Outdoor Families

What: No experience necessary! We’ll teach you and your family the basics of camping and provide all the gear you’ll need. Workshops held around the state and throughout the year. Where: At state parks throughout Northeast Texas and around the state

Admission: $75, one night workshop includes entrance fees, campsite, and gear

Contact: or 512-389-8900



Wade T. Witmer Memorial Wild Hog Hunt

What: Wade T. Witmer Memorial Wild Hog Hunt

Where: Out of county hunting permitted. Weigh-In on March 5, between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Fairgrounds at American Legion Park on US 82 Bus. East. 1st place - $1,000.00 - 2nd place - $500.00 each category

Admission: $200.00 entry fee per team due by March 1 @ 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Red River Co. Chamber – 903-427-2645,,

March 17 - 19 & November 10 - 12

Vintage Market Days of East Texas


What: Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures and more. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square, 205 E. North St., Lindale

Admission: Friday & Saturday - $15; Sunday - $10; Children 12 & Under – Free

Contact: Visit Lindale 903-881-5103,, Facebook @VisitLindale

March 17 - 19, March 24 - 26 & March 31 - April 2

85th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration


What: This long time celebration takes place the last two weekends in March and the frst weekend in April. Enjoy the blossoms of the dogwood tree in Davey Dogwood Park and the surrounding area. Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the celebration including the Dogwood Festival featuring Arts & Music, stained glass tours of historic churches, People’s Choice Car Show, the Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival, and a live production of Clue: The Musical at the Historic Texas Theatre. Don’t miss the Dogwood Lunch Train excursions aboard the Texas State Railroad, the Fairy Garden Trails hidden in Davey Dogwood Park & so much more.

Where: Palestine ( City-wide ) Admission: Varies by event

Contact: Palestine Visitor Center 903-723-3014 or 800-659-3484

March 2 - 5

March 23

The Temple Theater Presents: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucy Thunder

What: Backed by his bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder, country music legend Ricky Skaggs will grace the Temple Theater stage with songs from his long and illustrious career, including “Sis Draper,”“Return to Sender” and “Road to Spencer.” Skaggs has made a name for himself as a string virtuoso with a taste for stripped-down, traditional bluegrass and honky-tonk sounds, earning him 15 Grammy® Awards, multiple Hall of Fame memberships, & a host of adoring fans! Don’t miss this rousing performance by a master of the mandolin & his star-studded band!

Where: Temple Theater 3500 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901 Contact: 936-633-5454

March 24 - April 9

Azalea and Spring Flower Trail


What: Voted as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, two times, this celebration of blooming azaleas, dogwood trees and spring fowers is a site to behold. Tyler is a Certifed Azalea City with the Azalea Society of America.

Where: Citywide Admission: Trail is free. Paid admission required to some events.

Contact: Visit Tyler, 903-593-6905,

March 25



Notte: A Black and White Affair to Remember


What: Winnsboro Center for the Arts’ annual gala, La Bella Notte: A Black and White Afair to Remember will take place on March 25, 2023. This elegant cocktail party will feature a delectable array of appetizers and desserts, a silent art auction, rafes and jazz.

Where: Winnsboro Civic Center Admission: See website for details


April / May / September / October

Downtown Live Music Series


What: Downtown Longview’s Heritage Plaza is flled with music, beverages, and food trucks on Friday nights in April, May, September, and October. This free music series is a family friendly event featuring some of the best regional bands from various musical genres.

Where: Heritage Plaza, 219 E. Methvin St.Contact: or 903-753-3281

March 25

Everything Texas Ranch Run


What: Join us on the trails of the historic Priefert Ranch. Race in the 15K or 5K trail races, let the kids compete in the 1K Mutton Buster! Infatables, climbing wall, ranch breakfast, all with the breathtaking scenery of northeast Texas.

Where: Priefert Ranch, Exit FM 4000 from Hwy 271 South Admission: Race registration varies

Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903-572-8567, or

April / July / October / December

ArtWalk Longview


What: ArtWalk Longview is a free, self-guided tour of business venues exhibiting and selling art. It has grown to include live music, food trucks, and vendors.

Where: Downtown Longview. Contact: or 903-753-3281


State Park “Save the Day”

What: Planning on visiting a park this spring? They fll up fast! Reserve your day-use spot online and guarantee your entry at even the most popular parks.

Where: Reserve your day-use ticket online at

Admission: Varies by location Contact: or 512-389-8900

LUFKIN MarchApril

South Central Area Rover Rally ( SCARR )

What: SCARR is an of-road event for any and all Land Rover enthusiasts. Our event attracts people from all parts of the country to learn, practice, and improve their of-road skills. Join us as we celebrate our annual, SCARR event

Where: Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area

Contact: Texas Rovers at,


Farmers’ Market Opening Day

What: Shop our celebrated Farmers’ Market every Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from April to October. Look for the mosaic tractor! Shop winter online market at, with pick up at the pavilions every Thursday from November to March.

Where: Pavilions on Carnegie Street between Main Street & Walnut Street

Admission: FREE


April 7 & 8 PARIS

Paris Steak Wars

What: Paris Steak Wars benefts the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley Sample steaks from over 40 teams!

Where: South Main Iron, 225 1st St. S.W. Downtown Paris

Contact: For Information and Tickets: Visit PSW’s webpage at Or by contacting South Main Iron at 903-905-4993

Mid - April

April 14 & 15

Piney Woods Quilt Festival


What: Hundreds of handmade, machine stitched, appliqued quilts on display. Door prizes every hour, and a general store featuring handmade items.

Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop

Contact: Rhonda Heard, 903-692-9048 or Patsy Smith, 903-692-3383. For a complete list of events visit:

April 14, 15 & 22

38th Annual East Texas Gusher Days

What: Enjoy a variety of events revolving around the nostalgia of the oil boom days. On Friday, April 14, Food, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment. The Live Music will end the evening. Saturday, April 15, Chili Cook Of, Car Show, Entertainment, Food, Arts & Crafts, ending with the Live Music and much more. Saturday, April 22 - The Gusher Days Big Bass Classic will be held at Lake Gladewater.

Where: Downtown Gladewater, Lake Gladewater Admission: Free

Contact: East Texas Gusher Days, 903-845-5501,

April 15 - May 31 HENDERSON

East Texas Wildflower Trails

What: Brochures available with four itineraries within a 100 mile radius of breathtaking East Texas Wildfowers. The self driving tour includes: museums, shopping and history along the way

Where: Scenic County Roads throughout Rusk County

Admission: Free – Self Guided

Contact: Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529,

April 15


What: Enjoy an evening stroll in Beautiful Paris Historic Downtown while sampling Texas’s top wines and dining on local restaurants’ savor bites. Shoppers can also fnd one-of-a kind gifts at participating retailers while enjoying an evening of entertainment

Where: Downtown Paris Shops

Contact: Tickets go on sale February: see website for more details. ( If Applicable ) who to contact: or Cheri Bedford -

April 15 - May 31

Tatum Wild flower Trail

What: Come travel on East Texas Historical Rusk County roads. Continue to smell the wild fowers into Tatum where you can stop for home cooking, something traditional ( burger & fries ), sandwiches, bar-b-que or a juicy steak. Enjoy our small town charm.

Where: Throughout Rusk County, Tatum, TX


April 21 - 22

28th Annual East Texas Tractor & Engine Show


What: Enjoy tractor pulls, a large exhibit of antique tractors, small engine displays, corn grinding, horse drawn equipment, tractor games, rope making, hay baling, antique tools, and a tractor parade.

Where: Rusk County Expo Center – 3303 HWY 13 W. Henderson, TX Admission: Free

Contact: Event Planners- 903-315-0456 or 903-646-3769


Mineola Nature Preserve 1 Mineola

Mineola Nature Preserve along the Sabine River features over 20 miles of walking, bicycling and equestrian trails through the 3,000 acres of pristine hills and lowlands. Kayaking & canoeing on the Big Foot Paddling Trail. Bird watching and wildlife viewing stations, fshing ponds, challenging disc golf course, playground, archery range, wildscape garden. Amphitheater and pavilion for event rental. Dry camping sites and RV full hook-ups along with horse pens for small fee and reservation through City of Mineola at 903-569-6183. Open every day from 7:30 am to sunset. and

Calling all Watersport Enthusiasts & Fisherman 2 Jacksonville

Who doesn’t love a liquid landscape? Minutes from downtown, Lake Jacksonville boasts crystal clear water framed by lushly-carpeted slopes painted with majestic pines. It is cloaked most evenings in the refection of an orange glow of an East Texas signature sunset – making it twice as nice as a sunset over terra frma! That same sky takes on an entirely new persona during the Annual Fourth of July freworks presentation on Lake Jacksonville, when neon plumes burst and fll the darkened canvas overhead.

Lake Jacksonville has a long history as a favored go-to among area anglers. Fishermen fock to Lake Jacksonville for its oferings of largemouth bass (one record bass weighing in at 15-pounds-plus), spotted bass, “slab” crappie, sun perch and catfsh.

The City’s Parks Department ofer outstanding waterfront campsites for visitors. Amenities include 10 screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity, 10 R.V. pads with water & electricity (for those who prefer “glamping” over camping) and panoramic views of the lake. Restroom facilities provide full showers (with heated water) for the campers. A public boat ramp adjacent to the campsites ofer easy launch access (2 other public boat ramps around the lake).

History, It’s Still Made Here.

• Award Winning Inns

• Historic Downtown Boutiques & Gift Shops

• Outstanding Local Restaurants

• Boat Tours

Historic Home Tours

Year-Round Events

• Spas


Ghost Walks

Canoe & Kayak Rentals


3 Hosting Getaways Since the 1830’s Jefferson

4 Canton

First Monday Trade Days

First Monday, Canton began more than a century ago and has grown to become the largest outdoor vendor and fea market in the world. This epic event takes place each month on the 4 day s preceding the frst Monday of the month. Spread across over 450 acres, the event is home to makers, pickers, creators, and thrifters who come together to sell items ranging from antiques, fashion, home furnishings, and more. It’s often been said, if you can’t buy it or sell it at First Monday, Canton, it can’t be bought or sold. ”Millions of visitors enjoy the shopping adventure of a lifetime during this one of a kind market. The festival grounds are adjacent to Historic Downtown Canton, Texas and ofer a full range of festival foods, entertainment, as well as several R.V. campgrounds. - 903-567-6556

5 Henderson

Depot Museum / Cotton Gin

A stop in Henderson at the Depot Museum is a must on your visit in East Texas. The Depot Museum is clustered on 5 acres with 10 historical markers and 12 restored structures from Rusk County’s past. Some of the structures include: cotton gin (shown), oil derrick, carousel, Missouri Pacifc caboose, syrup mill, the famous Arnold Outhouse, and home of the Heritage Syrup Festival. Located at 514 N. High St. 903-657-4303, www.

6 Mineola

Amtrak Train Depot / Mineola Historical Museum

Grab the train this year for a weekend getaway or family vacation! Planning a fun trip has never been more afordable & fun. There is no need to worry about high gas prices and vehicle upkeep for this vacation. Book your ride today by going to

Mineola hosts one of the most impressive museums in East Texas. After ten years of hard work, the Mineola Historical Museum is open for the public Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It has approximately 35 historical displays, the most popular being the replication of the Historic Select Theater. There is also a railroad museum and model train rolling through a replication of 1930s Mineola. Call 903-569-6183 or follow us on Facebook.

7 Texas State Parks

Buy An Annual Park Pass

A Park Pass is the best way to experience Texas. You and your vehicle of guests will get unlimited entry to all 80+ State Parks for a year. Your pass also includes other benefts like discounts on camping, equipment rentals, and park store purchases. For reservations or more information visit or call 512-389-8900


8 Winnsboro

Market Street Pedestrian Mall

The Bowery Market Street Pedestrian Mall is a walkable space in the heart of downtown Winnsboro. Flanked on all sides by vibrant shops, restaurants, day spa, and cultural activities from concerts, theater productions, and art exhibits to classes, workshops, and literary events, this space easily flls a weekend get-a-way with activities for all ages. For more information go to

Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum 9 Greenville

Nestled among ten acres of land in the heart of Hunt County, Texas, the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum has explored the rich and fascinating history of this region for over 20 years. Join us on a journey of discovery that will take you through the heyday of the cotton felds in the 1800’s to the battlefelds of the 20th Century. Major exhibits include the Ende-Gillard House (built from 1857 – 1859), The Hunt County War Memorial, The Hall of Heroes, History of Cotton information, visit or call 903-457-3126.


Naranjo Museum of Natural History Lufkin

The Naranjo Museum of Natural History documents the history of life on Earth. Its goal is to cultivate the curiosity of children and families in an intellectual environment through hands-on and minds-on activities.

Children 3 and under are free.

5104 S. First St.,


Martin Creek Lake State Park Tatum

Martin Creek Lake State Park, which consists of 286.9 acres, is located in Rusk County, southeast of Longview. Park activities include excellent, year-round fshing; camping; wildlife observation and photography; picnicking; boating (canoe rentals are available); water skiing; lake swimming (unsupervised); backpacking; hiking; and interpretive programs. The park has cabins and screened shelters available for overnight use, and a 75-person capacity Group Picnic Pavilion. The park is located on the 5,000 acre

Martin Creek Lake at 9515 County Road 2181D, Tatum, TX 75691-3425

Exhibit, and Hunt County Gallery featuring a turn of the century Main Street. For more


Mid America Flight Museum Mount Pleasant

The historic Aviation Museum located at the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport diferentiates itself from many other museums in that the great majority of the airplanes in the museum fy on a regular basis, & ongoing project are being restored to fy!

501 Mike Hall Parkway • 903-573-2888

13 Old Mill Pond Museum Lindale

Welcome to Old Mill Pond Museum! Located on beautifully wooded 20+ acres, OMP features historical treasures and artifacts depicting early American life circa 1850 to 1950. Founder Bill Parrott created this place and gifted the museum to the City of Lindale. Guests are invited for an up-close look at various antiques and exhibits, or to enjoy a relaxing picnic by the pond. You’ll spot interesting projects, like a restored Model T, tractors that date all the way back to the era of Eli Whitney, a replica gas station, a large working water mill, and much more. With free admission, plenty of parking and picnic tables to boot, Old Mill Pond is a great spot to stop, or make it a destination and shoot the breeze with some of the friendly folks who run the place. Open Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Free Admission

14 Northeast Texas Childern’s Museum Commerce

The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum is a great place for kids to learn while playing. Since opening its doors in 2002, the Children’s Museum has served numerous children from the state and beyond, providing a creative and enriching learning experience. The Children’s Museum provides opportunities for a playful and creative learning experience with its hands-on exhibits. Exhibits and programs are ideal for children ages 2 to 10, but children of all ages are welcome. Come see us and experience fun at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum! Our mission is to inspire imagination, enhance creativity and build confdence in children. Named the Ofcial Best Creative Children’s Experience in Texas! Come visit us, 100 Maple St, Commerce, TX. Commerce is located about 65 miles northeast of the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex. For more information, call 903-886-6055 or visit

15 Lake Glimer & Kelsey Creek Sanctuary Glimer

Lake Gilmer and Kelsey Creek Sanctuary are located on the historic Cherokee Trace blazed by the Cherokee Indians in the early 1800’s. Tucked away in the piney woods, Lake Gilmer is stocked with Florida large mouth bass, black crappie, and channel catfsh. The scenic picnic area boasts covered cook-out spaces, picnic tables, a pier and children’s play area. Nature trails located in the Kelsey Creek Santuary will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts along with scenic bike rides and the Texas Motorized Trails at Barnwell Mountain also located in the Gilmer area



Splash Kingdom Canton

Come to Canton for shopping, then go cool of at Splash Kingdom, the family-friendly water park. It’s just down I-20, a stone’s throw away. A wave pool, lazy river, and water slides. It’s fun entertainment in a safe environment. Call for more info. at 903-567-0044.


Lake Bonham Bonham

Lake Bonham was created in 1969 by the City of Bonham and is 1,020-Acre Recreation Destination located in the Prairies and Lakes region of Northern Texas, just south of the Texas - Oklahoma border in Fannin County, Texas. Park activities include excellent year-round fshing, boating, ramp for all boat types, waterfront campsites, camping, screened shelters, enclosed heated & cooled events center, wildlife observation, picnicking, public swimming beach area, volleyball courts, fshing dock, biking / hiking trails, and playground. For more information visit


Sabine Sandbar Paddling Trail Carthage

Enjoy quiet pools, small rifes, and great fshing for up to a full day’s paddle on your choice of 4, 15, or 19 miles of trail. Observe birds and other wildlife, such as herons, kingfshers, otters, deer, hogs, turkey, and the occasional Bald Eagle, in their natural habitat. Remember to keep a safe distance between you and wildlife. This section of the river supports numerous species of fsh with the most common being catfsh, alligator gar, and sand bass. paddlingtrails/inland/sabine_sandbar/


Memorial City Hall Performance Center Marshall

Memorial City Hall Performance Center was frst constructed in 1907 as Marshall City Hall, and later renamed Memorial City Hall to honor Harrison County Veterans of WWI. Now historically restored, Memorial City Hall Peformance Center is a state of the art auditorium and performing arts center and home to the Harrison County Service & Sacrifce Museum.

110 E Houston St., 903-934-7992


Places to Go!

















Mount Pleasant Palestine




Sulphur Springs





Area Lakes

Cado Lake

Cedar Creek


Cooper Lake

Lake Athens

Lake Bob Sandlin

Lake Bonham

Lake Crook

Lake Jacksonville

Lake Nacogdoches

Lake Striker

Lake Cherokee

Lake Cypress Springs

Lake Fork

Lake Gilmer

Lake Gladewater

Lake Hawkins

Lake Holbrook

Lake Palestine

Lake O’ the Pines

Lake Quitman

Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tyler

Lake Tyler East

Lake Winnsboro

Martin Creek Lake

Lake Murval

Mill Creek Lake Pat



Reservoir Toledo

Bend Lake Wright

Patman Lake


Experience the Pineywoods in a Cabin Texas State Parks

Relax after a day of exploring Northeast Texas by spending the night in a cabin. You’ll fnd cabins at Caddo Lake, Cooper Lake, Daingerfeld, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Tyler State Parks. While ofering modern amenities many parks have cabins that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. For reservations or more information visit or call 512-389-8900

21 Texas State Railroad Palestine

Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. This historic trip includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This train adventure, with a layover at the Rusk depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Vintage steam and diesel locomotives pull a consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel … and this horsepower won’t give you saddle sores. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey aforded by travelers a century ago. • 855-632-7729

22 Downtown and Cultural Arts District Longview

Enjoy year-round art, theater, and music in Longview’s Cultural Arts District at ArtsView Children’s Theatre, East Texas Symphonic Band, Gregg County Historical Museum, Longview Ballet Theatre, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview Symphony Orchestra, Longview World of Wonders, and Theatre Longview. World class LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center hosts musicals, concerts, comedians, and world-class performers for audiences of all ages. Learn more at

23 Antique Capital of East Texas Gladewater

Gladewater, The Antique Capital of East Texas, continues to be a favorite tourist spot as visitors enjoy revisiting a bit of the past while browsing through the quaint old buildings. Dealers and artisans display their wares in various booths or stores located in antique malls and individual shops in the Antiques District.



Want to Feel Like You Are in a Hallmark Move? Rusk

Add the annual Hometown Christmas Experience scheduled for Nov. 26 in Rusk to your calendar. This event, which made its inaugural debut in 2020, is sure to have something for everyone in the family from shopping to a car show. All events are held downtown on the Square with the day ending at dusk when the 26 foot tall Christmas tree is lit up, marking the beginning of the Christmas season. For more information contact the Rusk Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •

25 Caldwell Zoo Tyler

“The Caldwell Zoo is spread over 85 beautiful acres and is conveniently located just north of downtown Tyler. Recognized as one of the “Best Small Zoos of America”, the Caldwell Zoo is home to over 3,000 endangered and amazing animals. Experience nature at its fnest and enjoy the best dining patio in all of East Texas. Coming soon is “Amazon River’s Edge” that will include an amazon habitat, overhead trails, new animal habitats, and much more”.

26 Main Street Henderson

Come & enjoy Henderson, a Texas & National Main Street City. Experience the sights & shopping in the downtown National Register Historic District. Enjoy our family owned businesses which feature: Upscale clothing & accessories, eclectic items, home décor, foral designs, antiques shopping, Madame Alexanders Dolls, Unique gifts, and boutiques. Walking Tour Brochures are available.

www. Visit us at, Henderson

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27 Starr Family Home State Historical Site Marshall

Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums & cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas. Period furnishings, clothing, & antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family. 407 West Travis Street



Longview Arboretum & Nature Center Longview

The Longview Arboretum and Nature Center is a park developed to showcase trees, native plants, wildlife, and water resources with formal gardens right in the heart of Longview. Just a few blocks from Downtown, the Arboretum is a beautiful gathering space for friends seeking a peaceful place to be reminded of the beauty found in nature, as well as larger groups needing an intentional location to disconnect from technology and stress. Learn more at


William Becknell / Robbinsville Cemetery Clarksville

The William Becknell Cemetery is also known as Robbinsville Cemetery after the community that once thrived in this area. The cemetery is located in Red River County six miles west of Clarksville, Texas on US Highway 82. On August 3, 2011, The Texas Historical Commission (THC) designated the site as a Historic Texas Cemetery, worthy of preservation. William Becknell was born in Virginia in 1787 or 1788 and is credited for establishing the Santa Fe Trail in 1821, which opened the west for trade and expansion. He is known as the “Father of the Santa Fe Trail.” For more information related to William Becknell & the Santa Fe Trail, visit


World Famous Glass Bathrooms Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs is home to World Famous Glass

Bathrooms that are the frst of their kind in the United States. They were modeled after Italian artist, Monica Bonivicini’s art piece – “Don’t Miss a Sec” from 2004. By mirroring all the sides of the bathroom, the structures seem to “disappear.” Inside, you can see out in 3 directions, but you cannot be seen because of an illusion caused by lighting. The bathrooms have been featured on The Learning Channel’s Insane Bathrooms and were nominated to be America’s Best Restroom. They are an experience unlike any you’ve had!.

31 Eclipse Watching! Paris

Paris is on the route for a Partial Eclipse on Saturday, October 14th 2023 when ¾ of the sun will be covered by the moon. This is a great chance to explore Paris and fnd the Best Place to experience 4 Minutes of Totality in PARIS on Monday, April 8th, 2024! More information to come about ALL the Fun Festivities and Watch Parties for TOTAL ECLIPSE, 2024 in PARIS! Contact,, Visit Paris Facebook


32 Ellen Trout Zoo Lufkin

Acclaimed as one of the fnest small city zoos in the nation, Ellen Trout Zoo provides homes to nearly 800 wild and exotic creatures from around the world. At the park, you can ride a miniature pre-Civil War train replica around the lake. 402 Zoo Circle, North Loop 287

33 Ezekiel Airship Pittsburg

Baptist minister & inventor Burrell Cannon (18481922) led some Pittsburg investors to establish the Ezekiel Airship Co. and build a craft described in the Biblical book of Ezekiel. The ship had large, fabric-covered wings, powered by an engine that turned four sets of paddles. It was built in a nearby machine shop and was briefy airborne late in 1902, a year before the Wright Brothers frst fight. On its way to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, a storm destroyed the airship. In 1913, a second model crashed, and Rev. Cannon gave up the project. The airship on display is a life-sized replica. Located at 200 W. Marshall Street, the Depot Museum is open Thursday- Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 903-946-3243


April 21 & 22 LONGVIEW

Longview PRCA Rodeo & Harvest Crawfish Festival

What: Top cowboys & cowgirls compete in the Annual Longview PRCA Rodeo on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. On Saturday only, enjoy all you can eat and drink at the Harvest Festival Crawfsh Boil while enjoying music from a Cajun band. Two events, one awesome weekend.

Where: Longview Convention Complex, 100 Grand Blvd.

Contact: or 903-753-3281

April 21 - 23 PALESTINE

The 1836: Chuckwagon Races

What: The 1836 takes place as a celebration of Texas’s Independence every year. There are multiple divisions of wagon races, a cowboy style match race, pasture roping, barrel racing, and a mounted shooting competition. This is truly a unique Western event you don’t want to miss! The gates are open to camping the Monday prior to the races. Activities include trail rides, dutch oven cook’n classes, herd dog demonstrations, hoof care clinics, horse auction, barn dances and karaoke, live music, cowboy church and much more!

Where: Diamond B Ranch 11589 FM 321 Palestine, TX 75803

Admission: Day Pass $15 per person per day, $5 per day ages 5-12

Contact: Diamond B Ranch 903-721-9111

April 22 LUFKIN SpringFest

What: Join us for a day of family fun in downtown Lufkin. SpringFest is free and features activities for the whole family, including live music, entertainment, arts and craft, local food trucks and vendors. 10:00 a. m.

Where: Downtown Lufkin Contact:

April 29 TATUM

Tatum Pecan Pie Festival

What: Not your everyday street fair. Behind every corndog, funnel cake, handmade bow, cool antique car- show and bounce house there is a bigger reason to come check out the Tatum Pecan Pie Festival. Founded in 2012 to bring free or low cost mammograms to those that might not otherwise aford this life saving tool. So, come enjoy the fun, the last Saturday of April.

Where: 600 Crystal Farms Road, Tatum, Texas 75691

Contact: or


Bois D’Arc Spring Car Show

What: Classic car, truck, and motorcycle show. Held on the last Sat. in April. 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: On the square in downtown Commerce

Admission: Charge ( TBD ) for entrants, free for spectators

Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

April 29

Texas Hot Link Festival


What: 3rd annual all-day festival, showcasing THE HOT LINK CAPITAL OF TEXAS. Featuring cooking competitions in: hot links, sausages, international cuisine and desserts. Professional judges & people’s choice awards. Features include: live entertainment, auction, farmer’s market, food truck-yard, children’s “Mini Link Zone”, artisans, Hot Link Heritage Experience, interactive experiences, and much more!

Where: Downtown Pittsburg, Texas

Admission: Free. Tickets available for Cooking Competition Tastings • Presale & Day of Event

Contact: Terre Wallis, Event Coordinator, • Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, 903-856-3442,

April - May

Splash Kingdom Water Park

What: Spend a hot Texas day at Splash Kingdom Air Patrol water park! Themed to Greenville’s aviation history, this fun outdoor adventure is flled with thrilling water slides, a Wave Pool, Lazy River, Children’s area, and more. It’s the perfect place for families and groups to enjoy some outdoor fun in the sun!

Where: 6501 Interstate 30, Greenville TX 75402

Admission: Multiple options are available, contact the park for details.

Contact: 903-455-4040,

May - Sept.

Every Saturday from May through September Market

on the Square


What: Flowers, plants, seasonal fruits and vegetables, rotating special events, concerts and live music. Craft vendors are also on site with products ranging from peyote hand stitched beads, to goats milk soaps and bath bombs, and even local authors. Each month of the Market features a diferent $1 Children’s Craft.

Where: Downtown Marshall Admission: Free

Contact: Marshall Main Street,, 903-702-7777

May - October PARIS

November - April; Mini Market: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Paris Farmers and Artisan Market

What: Every Saturday May - October, Paris Farmers & Artisan Market 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Freshest fruits and vegetables in season, locally grown, and other artisan items include natural soaps, lotions, cofees, breads, candy, grass fed beef and pork, and more!

Where: 400 SW 1st Street, Downtown Paris

Contact:; www.

May - Mid - September GREENVILLE


Fair on the Square

What: Join us on the Square in downtown Rusk as we celebrate local arts and crafts vendors. Where: On the Square, Downtown Rusk

Admission: Free, For Vendor booth reservations contact

Contact: Rusk Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •

May 4 - 7


Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage & Historical Home Tours

What: The Jesse Allen Wise Garden Club proudly presents the annual Pilgrimage and historical home and garden tours the frst weekend of May each year. Four of Jeferson’s fnest homes and featured gardens will open for tour by docents dressed in period attire. Visitors to Jeferson can also enjoy a Craft Fair, Heirloom Plant Sale, and Quilt show. The weekend would not be complete without enjoying a performance of the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial play.

Where: Downtown Jeferson, Texas

Contact: or

May 4, 11, 18, & 25

Every Thursday in May

Music in May


What: Local & regional songwriters & musicians perform outside in downtown on Thursday nights

Where: Downtown at the Gazebo Admission: Free

Contact: City of Mineola Marketing Department 903-569-6183

May 5 & 6

Slade Baker Memorial Crawfish Cookoff


What: Great Food! Great Fun! Great Cause! The Slade Baker Memorial Crawfsh Cook-Of is in memory of former Fierman Slade Baker who lost his life in 2019. This event features live music, crawfsh, a cornhole tournament and kids’ corner

Where: South Main Iron at 225 1st St. S.W. in Downtown Paris

Admission: For tickets go to Crawfsh Cook-Of,

Contact: Contact for more information: Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Paris Visitor Center: 903-784-2501 or or Visit Paris Facebook

May 6

Cherokee Rose Festival


What: Celebration of Gilmer’s establishment on the historic Cherokee Trace. Family activities for the day, including; turtle race, Best Animal contest, live entertainment, and Children’s Carnival. Food trucks, craft vendors, and car show.

Where: Downtown Gilmer Square Admission: All ages welcome. Some activities are free.


May 6

Hunt County Festival of the Arts


What: Experience the incredible talent of Hunt County and regional artists. Spend the day in Downtown Greenville exploring your artistic side with games, vendors, food, and music. This year marks the second annual Arts Festival and promises to be one of the events you’ll want to attend each year here in Greenville.

Where: Downtown Greenville on Lee Street Admission: Free to the public.

Contact: 903-457-3126,

May 6

May Fiesta


What: Street festival with a Latin favor. Live music, vendors, food, beer garden, entertainment

Where: Downtown Admission: Free

Contact: Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 903-569-2087,


Cinco de Mayo on the Square

What: An all day celebration of Mount Pleasant’s dynamic Hispanic culture and traditions. Food vendors, live music, carnival, soccer tournaments, a 5K race, and much more.

Where: Mt. Pleasant Fairgrounds - 1800 N Jeferson Ave. Admission: Free to main event

Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903 572-8567, or

May 6

37th Annual Uncle Jesse Big Bass Fishing Tournament


What: : Hosted by Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities- ALL proceeds go to help Children in Lamar County. $5,000.00 Prize for the “Biggest Bass” Plus other great prizes!

Where: Pat Mayse Lake at Sanders Cove just minutes North of Paris!

Contact: or

May 6

Winnsboro Festival of Books


What: A celebration of all things literary! Event includes panel discussions, author readings, a children’s performance, and writer’s workshops. Published adult and children authors available for autographs.

Where: Winnsboro Center for the Arts Admission: Free


May 12 & 13

PRCA Rodeo

Where: Panola County Rodeo Grounds in Carthage, TX

Admission: Tickets Available at Panola County Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Terry Holland, 903-754-2619. For a complete list of events



May 6

May 11, 12 & 13


61st Annual Tops in Texas PRCA Rodeo and Western Week

What: Put on your jeans and boots and join us! This PRCA sanctioned Rodeo is a nearly 60-year East Texas tradition featuring your favorite Rodeo events. Some of the greatest talents in Country music have performed here. Purchasing a ticket gets you the whole seat but you’re only going to need the edge.

Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

May 12 - 13 & October 20 - 21 LINDALE

Piney Woods Wine Festival

What: Wine Garden and tastings ofered by wineries of the Piney Woods Wine Trail, gift and artisan vendors, food trucks and live music.

Where: Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square, 205 E. North St., Lindale

Admission: $15.00 Wine Garden Entry; $1 Samples; Wine sold by the glass or bottle

Contact: Visit Lindale 903-881-5103,, Facebook @VisitLindale

May 12 & 13

“Eiffel in Love with Quilts” 2023 Quilt Show

What: The Red River Valley Quilt Guild invites you to our 3rd Paris Quilt Show! Enter a quilt or be a vendor, or just come and enjoy the beautiful quilts!

Where: Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris

Contact: For more information: or

May 20


Annual Chamber of Commerce Barbeque Cook-Off

What: Annual Chamber of Commerce Barbeque Cook-Of – May 20, 2023. Competing teams cook brisket and/or ribs and/or pulled pork and/or chicken. Musical entertainment all day

Where: Langford Lake Park Admission: Team entry fee is $50.00

Contact: Red River Co. Chamber – 903-427-2645,,


East Texas Taco Festival

What: An all day Taco Truck festival featuring live music, a margarita tent and beer garden, food and merchandise vendors, Lucha Libre Wrestling, a kids zone and so much more!

Where: Downtown Marshall, Texas

Admission: Ticket package prices vary, $14 - $40

Contact: Marshall News Messenger 903-927-5984


A Summer of Fun!

What: Have fun and save money this summer! Pick up a Texas State Park pass - you and everyone in your vehicle get access to every state park in the state without ever paying an entry fee!

Where: Available at every Texas State Park and online

Contact: or 512-389-8900

June 2 - 4 PARIS

Jettribe Watercross Championship

What: Jet Ski Racing

Where: Lake Crook in Paris

Contact: For more Information: or

May - June

June 3 - 10

39th Annual Tomato Fest


What: Created during the Great Depression to celebrate Jacksonville’s agricultural heritage as the “Tomato Capitol of the World”, Tomato Week was revived in the 1980s & continues strong. Events for everyone are held all week long leading to the Sat., June 10th celebration in downtown Jacksonville on Commerce St.. Car Show, Tomato Eating Contest, Farmer’s Market, Street Dance, Entertainment, Salsa Contest, Tomato Peeling Contest, Soccer/Tennis Tournaments & much more!

Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please contact Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 903-586-2217, or visit

June 8 - 11

86th Annual Gladewater Round Up Rodeo


What: Since 1937, Gladewater has featured one of the best known, nationally sanctioned PRCA rodeos in America - 4 days of ole-west style, bronco-busting rodeo. Rodeo events 8:15 p.m. nightly.

Where: Gladewater Round Up Rodeo Arena

Admission: For reservations ( after Memorial Day ) call 903-845-5126

Contact: Gladewater Rodeo Association

June 9 & 10 PARIS

Red River Valley Veterans Northeast Texas Classic Car Show

What: Friday night cruise leaving from Pavilion next to Love Civic Center at 6:00p.m. Saturday. Register in several classes for Saturday’s Show - Door Prizes, Food Trucks, Family Fun, Free Admission & Parking! Dash plaques available to frst 200 registrants! Free T-Shirt to First 50 Registrants! All cars on Pavement! Outside Judges in All Classes! 2 Trophies per classes plus Special Trophies and Special Awards!

Where: Love Civic Center Parking Lot , and Pavilion - 2025 S. Collegiate Driver

Contact: : Red River Valley Veterans Ofce: 903-783-0945 or Travis Skidmore at Download registration form:


June 9 - 18

Hopkins County Dairy Festival & Balloon Fest

Texas State Champion Ice Cream Freeze Off


What: Hot Air balloon festival, parade, homemade ice cream freeze of, carnival, street dance, museum and learning center and variety of dairy related events.

Where: City wide Admission: Varies per event

Contact: Hopkins County Civic Center, 903-885-8071,; Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, 903-885-6515,

June 12 - 18


Great Texas Balloon Race & U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship

What: The Great Texas Balloon Race is the largest sanctioned hot air balloon race in Texas. This three day world-class competition with 80 Sport and Special Shape balloons competing for prizes and cash is a great family event. The festival includes concerts, amusement rides, vendors, and the always popular balloon glow.

Where: Longview Convention Complex, 100 Grand Blvd.

Contact: or 903-753-3281

June 17

Detroit - Annual Car Show


What: Car show. Car enthusiasts will enjoy viewing antique, modifed and stock cars. Contestants from the Four States Area participate in the show.

Where: Downtown Detroit, TX Admission: Free to spectators

Contact: Kasey Wolf - 903-491-9686



Quilt Hop & Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo

What: Enjoy a weekend in Bonham, Texas. Start your day taking a tour throughout Fannin County seeing over 300 quilts on display at 10 or more locations including historic sites and museums. Enjoy free quilting demonstrations, vendors and fat quarter bingo from 10 a.m.4 p.m. The Kuecklhan Rodeo is one of the most entertaining and exciting events that you don’t want to miss, Show starts at 8 p.m. Bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback, saddle bronc, ranch bronc and much more.

Where: Bonham Texas, Fannin County

Contact: Bonham Visitor Center 903-583-9830, •

July 1




What: Old-fashioned family celebration of our Nation’s birthday. Music & fun with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Veteran’s March & a giant freworks display. Bring your lawn chairs & enjoy!

Where: On the Square, Downtown Sulphur Springs Admission: Free

Contact: Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623,; Sulphur Springs Symphony League,; Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, 903-885-6515, www.HopkinsChamber .org

July 1

Happy Birthday USA


What: Freedom Celebration featuring live entertainment, freworks, food and craft vendors, patriotic tributes, family games and rides.

Where: Fair Park, 180 Edwards, Mt Pleasant, TX 75455 Admission: Free

Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903-572-8567,

June - July

Bois D’Arc 4th of July Celebration

What: Best freworks show in northeast Texas! Live music, kids activities, food, and freworks. 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Where: Centennial Park/Eddie Moore Sports Complex, Commerce Admission: Free

Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

July 2

East Texas Yamboree July 4th Fireworks

What: July 4th Fireworks Show


Where: Yamboree Event Center, 181 Bob Glaze Drive, Gilmer, TX 75644 Admission: FREE

Contact: East Texas Yamboree, 903-843-3759,

July 4

July 4th Parade and Fireworks

What: Parade Fireworks Extravaganza



Where: Parade on Downtown Square, Fireworks West Side of First Monday Grounds of Hwy 64 and FM 859 Admission: Free

Contact: Canton Visitors Bureau, 903-567-1849,

Annual Freedom Festival


What: Family fun in the park, including infatables ( no charge ), food trucks, activities, live music, and frework display.

Where: Lake Forest Park - 1500 Lake Forest Parkway Admission: Free.

Contact: Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529,


July 4

Lake Jacksonville Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

What: Lake Jacksonville’s annual Independence Day celebrations give every family a favorite destination to kick-back and celebrate America with a radiant frework show. Leading to the show, enjoy crystal-clear water framed by lushly-carpeted slopes painted with majestic pines. The refection of a signature sunset gives timeless lake activities an elegant backdrop.

Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

July 4

Jefferson Salutes America


What: The Jeferson Salutes America Fourth of July Celebration activities include live music, cake and pie auction, children’s parade, children’s games, homemade ice cream contest, local music acts, and the Shreveport Municipal Concert Band.

Where: Historic Jeferson, Texas Admission: Free


July 4

4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration

What: The City of Longview hosts this free Independence Day festival featuring the biggest freworks show in East Texas.

Where: Longview Convention Complex, 100 Grand Blvd.

Contact: at 903-237-1230 or

July 4

Annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

What: Food, Events, Music, and Community Fireworks

Where: Mineola Civic Center Admission: Free

Contact: Mineola Civic Center - Lisa Bright 903-569-6115 •

July 4

Tri-County Independence Day Blast



What: Food, entertainment, children’s parade, carnival and children’s activities, freman’s waterworks splash pad, parachute bingo and of course a spectacular freworks show.

Where: Broach Park, Loop 179 Admission: Free. Prices vary for individual activities

Contact: Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, 903-856-3442,

July 6 - 8

60th Annual Fireman’s Rodeo

What: All rodeo and related activities

Where: Rodeo Arena - 724 Greenville Hwy ( on Highway 69 North ), Mineola, TX

Admission: To Be Determined

Contact: Mineola Volunteer Fire Department, David Madsen 903-569-6183

July 7 & 8

12th Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest



What: Huge festival with great activities such as a balloon glow, car show, live entertainment, 5k glow run, kids zone, food and merchandise vendors and much more. Where: West side of First Monday Trade Days Ground of FM 859 on Hwy. 64

Admission: $10 per car load; $20 per van ( 8 - 15 passenger ); $50 for buses

Contact: Austin Melton, 903-567-1849,,


39th Annual Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally

What: Cycling at it’s best on Saturday, July 15th with 7 routes to choose from with plenty of Rest Stops and Happy faces to welcome YOU! Complimentary Hamburgers with all the trimmings and the Special Paris Fuit Smoothie at the Finish in the Air Conditioned Love Civic Center! There are two of the 7 routes on our of road Trails, part of the NETT, North East Texas Trail!

Where: Start is at 8:00a.m.- Love Civic Center, 2025 C. Collegiate

Contact: Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Paris Visitor Center at 903-784-2501 or, Visit Paris Facebook

August 5

Neches Wilderness Canoe Race


What: For over 30 years, water enthusiasts from across the nation and the world gather in Palestine, the frst weekend in August, to participate in “The Toughest Little Race in Texas.” The canoe/kayak race covers 22 miles of the scenic, largely uninhabited Neches River.

Where: Starts in Frankston and the course follows the Neches River South 22 miles

Admission: $30-$50


August 11

John Ritter Tribute Showcase


What: Talent contest for all ages featuring classic country music. Winner represents The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame at special shows throughout the year.

Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop

Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Contact: Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, 903-694-9561. For a complete list of events visit:

July 15 PARIS

August 11, 12 & 13

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Show


What: Honors native Texans who have made their mark in the Country Music Industry. Each August new members are inducted and perform in a show that will keep you coming back for more. While there visit, take in the Museum that houses artifacts of Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves and all of the inductees. You don’t want to mis this exciting event so plan early because the tickets go quickly.

Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop

Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Contact: Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, 903-694-9561. For a complete list of events visit:

August 11 - 13

Cherokee Ranch Golf Club’s Luau Tournament


What: Built in 1936, Cherokee Ranch is an 18-hole, par 71 Championship course which ofers golfer’s a unique challenge of rolling landscape and strategically placed hazards. The Luau is an annual four-man scramble in which teams compete for top prizes.

Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

August 12 & 13

169th Annual Sacred Harp Singing National Convention


What: Historic form of Folk Christian music – acappella and four part harmony.

Where: Henderson Civic Center, 1500 Lake Forest Parkway Henderson, Texas

Admission: Donations accepted – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday 9:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Robert Vaughn – 903 863-5379;,;

August 19 & 20

9th Annual “Paris Power Boat Grand Prix: SDBA Southern Drag Boat Association Boat Race”


What: Sanctioned Drag Boat Race with over 100 boats racing for “Big Money and Prizes”

Where: Lake Crook of HWY 271 North

Contact: Lamar Couty Chamber of Commerce, Paris Visitor Center, 903-784-2501, VistiParis Facebook, or


Jeans N’ Classics


What: The Annual Marshall Symphony Downtown Concert is a symphonic celebration performance with a new twist each year. The week is full of themed parties, starting with DixieLand on the Square, a quartet lunch time concert with sack lunches beneftting the Marshall Symphony League. Friday night features the free dress rehearsal. Saturday evening features the can’t miss concert of the year. Grab some food from one of the many downtown restaurants, a drink to go, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Where: Downtown Marshall Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate

Contact: Marshall Regional Arts Council,, 903-935-4484

September 8 & 9

Paris Balloon and Music Festival


What: Two nights of Hot Air Balloon Glows at dusk, vendors, Kid’s Fun Zone, Food Trucks, and Live Music Concert, and Tethered Balloon Rides making it a fun flled Festival weekend!

Where: Paris/Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 East Center Street- Paris, Texas

Contact: or



Pittsburg Pioneer Days

What: Peach Queen Coronation, senior health expo, parade, food, carnival, entertainment, vendors, street dance, car show, motorcycle run, leadership luncheon, Little Miss Peach Queen Ball, homemade ice cream freeze-of, and much more

Where: Downtown Pittsburg, Texas Admission: Free. Prices vary for individual activities

Contact: Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, 903-856-3442,

September 14 - 17 LUFKIN

Texas State Forest Festival

What: Held the fourth week in September, this festival features several events, including the Big Axe BBQ Competition, the East Texas ‘ Cheerleading Championships, the East Texas Pom-Pon /Dance Team Competition, the Miss Forest Festival and Little Mr. Timberjack Pageant, the Pineywoods Car Show, a petting zoo, giant carnival, lumberjack show, concerts, local entertainment, specialty acts, and more!

Where: George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr.


September 15, and 22 & 23

37th Annual Bois D’Arc Bash


What: 31st Annual Golf Tournament ( Sept 15 ) 4-person teams, lunch, rafe prizes, putting contest, hole-in-one contest. 37th Annual Bois D’Arc Bash ( Sept 22 & 23, 4th weekend in Sept ) Festival celebrating Commerce’s heritage as Bois D’Arc Capital of Texas. Carnival Fri. & Sat. Live music Fri. night, all day Sat. Parade, over 100 craft & food vendors, and pancake breakfast.

Where: Sand Hills Country Club ( Golf Tournament )

On the square in downtown Commerce ( Bois D’Arc Bash )

Admission: Entry Fees for Golf Tournament, & Carnival. No entrance fee for Bash.

Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

September 9 - 16

September 16 & 17

50th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival


What: Outdoor arts & crafts event in East Texas. Artwork in all media, woodcraft, ceramics, dolls, needlework and jewelry.

Where: Broadway Administration campus, 200 E. Broadway Admission: Free

Contact: Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, 903-845-5501, •

September 16 GREENVILLE

Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally

What: A day full of biking events awaits the entire family at the 27th Annual Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally! Bike routes range from 12 – 75 miles with plenty of rest stops, scenic views, and free samples from participating sponsors. All Routes start and end in beautiful historic Downtown Greenville on the Courthouse Square

Where: Landon Winery, 2506 Lee Street, Greenville TX 75401 Admission: Fees vary

Contact: 903-455-9622 or

September 20 - 23

Red River County Fair


What: Annual county fair featuring live entertainment, local food booths, displays of local crafters, produce exhibits, livestock and a midway with carnival rides.

Where: Fairgrounds at American Legion Park on US 82 Bus. East Admission: Fair is free. Contact: County Extension Agent – 903-427-3867

September 22 - 23

Iron Horse Heritage Festival

What: Arts & Crafts, food, car show, live entertainment, contests, beer garden

Where: Downtown Historic Mineola Admission: Free


Contact: Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 903-569-2087,

September 22 - October 1 TYLER

East Texas State Fair

What: The fairgrounds explode with midway games, carnival rides, livestock exposition, consumer show, great food and much more for the whole family.

Where: East Texas State Fair Grounds Admission: Admission Fee/Fee for parking

Contact: East Texas State Fair, 903-597-2501,

September 23 PARIS

Blaze Trails “Paris Pair Marathon”

What: Enjoy the beauty of the North East Texas Trail ( NETT ). The Paris Pair includes races in both the morning and the evening, with 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra distances. Start and fnish your races next to the iconic Paris, Texas Eifel Tower and run the NETT east of Paris. Run in the morning, night or both--Run Paris, Y’all!

Where: Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris

Contact: For more information, visit

Early - October

Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding


What: With a Pre-Party to kickof festivities, Jacksonville Rodeo Arena takes center stage on the Tuf Hedeman Bull Riding Circuit. This display of dirt-slinging ( and rider-slinging ), rugged and raw cowboy athletics is all for the good cause of providing scholarships to 4H youth. Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org



Black Gold Stampede Rodeo

What: Black Gold Stampede Rodeo

Where: Rusk Co. Expo Center, 3303 FM 13W. Henderson, TX

Contact: Rodeo Hotline – Boot Barn 903-657-3699 or Ryan Ellis or visit


Fire Ant Festival

What: Fire Ant Parade, Tour De Fire Ant Bike Ride, Arts & Craft Fair, Entertainment, wild & zany contests, kids area, 5K Run, Diaper Baby Derby

Where: Washington District, Downtown Marshall Admission: Free

Contact: Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce,, 903- 935-7868


Celebrating Spooky Season

What: Engage your inner spook and enjoy creepy carriage rides, cemetery walking tours, haunted jailhouse, Locked In Fear Haunted House, goat yoga and a ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express in October in Palestine. Don’t forget the annual Hot Pepper Festival happens this month. It’s the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas” and it has something for everyone throughout the streets of Historic Downtown Palestine.

Where: City-wide Admission: Varies

Contact: Palestine Visitor Center 903-723-3014 or 800-659-3484,



Fall for Parks

What: Fall is a great time to visit a Texas State Park. In addition to the best camping weather of the year, parks are flled with special events celebrating fall and harvest.

Where: At state parks throughout Northeast Texas and around the state

Admission: Varies by location

Contact: or 512-389-8900

October TYLER

Rose Season featuring Texas Rose Festival

What: Each October thousands of visitors fock to Tyler for the excitement and pageantry of the Texas Rose Festival, which will be held Oct. 19 - 22, 2023. Tyler also celebrates Rose Season for the entire month, with a variety of activities that range from family fun to educational and cultural events. We welcome you to enjoy all Tyler has to ofer during this special season.

Where: Citywide Admission: Paid admission required to some events

Contact: Visit Tyler, 903-593-6905, or

October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 20, 28 JEFFERSON

The Shady Ladies Witches of Jefferson

What: The Annual Shady Ladies Witches Dance benefSng Shriners Children’s Hospital Shreveport. Every Friday and Saturday evening in October at 6:30p.m. and 7:00p.m..

Where: Made in the Shade, 118 E Henderson St., Jeferson, Texas. 903-665-8966.

Admission: Free; Donations welcome.

Contact: The Shady Ladies Witches of Jeferson Facebook page.

October 6 - 7

The Mineola League of the Arts Annual Quilt Show

What: Annual Quilt Show Where: MLOTA 200 West Blair

Admission: Adults: $3, Seniors $2, Students $1, Children under 6 free.

Contact: Mineola League of the Arts, 903-569-8877,

October 7

7th Autumn in Bonham Bike Rally



What: The annual Autumn in Bonham Bike Rally is a community bicycle ride that was established in 1986. Riders come to Bonham from across Texas and surrounding states to participate in one of Texas’s three 100-mile events. Included are routes distances of 25 to 100 mile and two gravel routs.

Where: Historic Downtown Bonham Texas Located at the Fannin County Courthouse.


Contact: Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce 903-583-7708,

October 7


43rd Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar, 17th Annual Rotary Duck Race

5th Annual Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts

What: 43rd Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar, 17th Annual Rotary Duck Race, and 5th Annual Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts. Musical entertainment all day.

Where: On the grounds of Historic County Courthouse, Clarksville, TX. Admission: Free

Contact: Jim Clark – 903-427-2266


Lufkin’s Bistro

What: This annual tasting event ofers an elegant, entertaining evening on the downtown streets as Lufkin’s fnest chefs showcase their tastiest cuisine paired with an incredible selection of wines and craft beers from across the globe. Dance the night away to live music and get in some late-night shopping with our downtown merchants. You can purchase individual tickets or reserve a table of eight. 7 to 10 p.m..

Where: Downtown Lufkin


October 7

Indian Summer Festival and Dutch-Oven Cook-Off


What: Native American Dancers, Civil War Enactors, Musical groups, candle making, quilt show, butter churning, soap making, blacksmithing and gristmill operation. Also enjoy a Dutch oven cooking contest and share in all the good food by purchasing a set up.

Where: Heritage Park, 416 North Jackson Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482 Admission: $3

Contact: Hopkins County Historical Society, 903-885-2387,

Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623,

October 8

Longview Wine Festival


What: Beneftting the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance, the Longview Wine Festival draws thousands to the impressive Longview Arboretum & Nature Center. The event showcases wines from area wineries as well as music, food, and vendors.

Where: Longview Arboretum & Nature Center, 706 W. Cotton St.

Contact: or 903-753-3281

October 7 LUFKIN

October 14

Canton Main Street Fall Festival


What: 22nd Annual Fall Festival, Live Music, Street Vendors & Food, Arts/Crafts, Children’s Game Area, Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sales, Prize Drawings, Rafes, Silent Auction and Downtown Window Decorating Contest

Where: Canton, Texas Downtown N. Bufalo Street of U.S. Hwy 64 Admission: Free

Contact: Megan Mitchell, 903-567-1849 or,

October 14

Lindale Chamber Countryfest / Crossroads Classic Car Show


What: Local festival hosted by Lindale Chamber of Commerce. Stroll through arts & crafts booths, gobble a turkey leg, take a look at the Car Show, enjoy live entertainment, and bid on auction items all in one place. Children will also have a variety of activities to keep them busy!

Where: Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square, 205 E. North St., Lindale

Admission: Free to Public; Call for Vendor or Car Registration

Contact: Lindale Chamber of Commerce 903-882-7181,

October 18 - 21

86th East Texas Yamboree Festival


What: Queen’s Coronation, carnival, 2 parades, live music and barn dance, gospel music show, car show, fddler’s contest, exhibits, livestock show and sale, arts/crafts and much more.

Where: Gilmer, TX: downtown square, Yamboree Grounds, and other locations.

Admission: Fees vary

Contact: East Texas Yamboree Association, 903-843-3759,

October 20

Autumn Trails Trail Ride and Welcome Parade


What: Longest running annual event in Winnsboro for over 63 years. Celebration throughout the month includes trail rides, livestock show, Arts & Crafts, barrel racing, Jeeptober, Beard & Mustache Contest, Model A Tour, Classic Car Parade, & much, more. See website for dates & times.

Where: Downtown Winnsboro Admission: Free Contact: or 903-342-1958

October 21

Uncorked Food & Wine Festival


What: Sample wines from around the state, feast on culinary delights from local chefs, enjoy boutique and artisan shopping along with live music and family fun.

Where: Caldwell Park

Admission: $10 for 21 years and older; $3 for ages 6 - 20 years; Free under 5

Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903-572-8567, or

October 28

City of Paris 23rd “Annual Festival of Pumpkins”


What: An area favorite with live music, great food, over 100 vendors, contest for children and adults, pet parade, games for children, and much, much more!

Where: Historic Downtown Paris

Contact: Cheri Bedford, Main Street Director at 903-784-9293 or


World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest

What: 53rd Annual World Champion Stew Contest hosts over 150 cooking teams stirring up hearty chicken or beef stew in huge cast iron pots over open wood fres.

Where: Buford Park

Admission: Free to attend, $5 for an all-you-can-eat-till-it’s-all-gone bowl

Contact: Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, 903-885-6515,

Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623,

October 28

Classic Car Show and Antique Car Parade


What: More Model A and Model T Fords in one place than any other location in Texas. Enjoy the display as they parade through town and then line up so you can get your picture made next to your favorite.

Where: Line up is 2.5 miles west of downtown on Hwy 11 with destination downtown Hwy 37 and Hwy 11. Admission: Free

Contact: or 903-342-1958

November - December

Wonderland of Lights


What: Ten million lights to see, outdoor ice skating under the stars, entertainment in Telegraph Park, horse drawn carriage rides, carousel and train rides, and Santa’s Village. Special events each Saturday including Wassail Walk, 5K Jingle Bell Run, Lighted Christmas Parade, Outdoor Christmas Market, and Wonderland of Sites; art, history, and steeple tour.

Where: Downtown Marshall Admission: Free admission, activity prices vary $3 - $12.50

Contact: Marshall Main Street,, 903-702-7777


November RUSK

Hometown Christmas Experience

What: Come to downtown Rusk to celebrate Small Business Saturday and our annual tree lighting ceremony

Where: Downtown Rusk Admission: Free

Contact: Rusk Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •

November & December TYLER

Rose City Christmas

What: Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with lots to see and do during November and December, in and around Tyler. During this time, experience one of Tyler’s most popular areas, the Azalea District, all dressed up for the holidays. The “Azalea District Trail of Lights” is quickly becoming a visitor favorite.

Where: Citywide

Admission: Trail of lights and some events are free and others require admission

Contact: Visit Tyler, 903-593-6905,

Late October / Early November GREENVILLE

Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest

What: Celebrate the legacy of the King of Western Swing at the annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest in Downtown Greenville. Featuring FREE concerts by some of the biggest names in Western Swing, a Fiddle Contest that draws participants from around the world and much more. The weekend always ends with a huge, ticketed concert at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. Be sure to check out the website for exact dates/times.

Where: Throughout Downtown Greenville

Admission: Most events are FREE, the Saturday night concert will be ticketed

Contact: 903-455-1197

November 10 - 11

Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival


What: Art and wine lover’s Mecca from traditional to abstract, painting to pottery, glass to silk - a feast for the eyes!

Where: Market Street, Downtown Winnsboro Admission: Free

Contact: or

November 11, 25 & December 12


What: Holiday Open House. Antique District open late November 11. Texas Style Hospitality. Annual Christmas Tree lighting at 6 p.m.. Small Business

Saturday November 25. Christmas Parade December 12, 6 p.m..

Contact: Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, 903-845-5501, •

“Christmas Tyme in Gusherville”

34th Annual Heritage Syrup Festival

What: Mule powered old time syrup making with folk artists, food, bands, antique tractors on Depot Museum grounds. Hayride shuttle to Downtown Historic District where you will fnd arts & crafts booths, retail vendor booths, food, antique and classic car exhibits, musical entertainment, cloggers & square dancers, children’s activities, Henderson Civic Theatre

Melodrama and the Howard Dickinson House.

Where: Depot Museum Grounds 5 acres - 514 N. High Street and 10 Blocks

Downtown Historic District 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Syrup Making Adults: $3.00, Children: $1.00, Shuttle Ride $2.00, Veterans Free

NO Admission to the 10 blocks downtown

Contact: Department of Tourism, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529 or; Depot Museum – 903-657-4303 or; Car Show Contact –Ricky Runnels 903-738-3054

November 17 - 18

Deck the Halls Holiday Bazaar


What: Find something for everyone on your Christmas list at this holiday shopping event. Shop with nearly 40 vendors, enjoy live entertainment, fabulous food, and door prizes!

Where: Mount Pleasant Civic Center - 1800 North Jeferson Avenue

Admission: $7 for 12 and older; $5 for seniors/military; $3 for 5 - 11 years; Free under 5

Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903-572-8567,


November 17 & December 27

Christmas in Palestine


What: Want to stay in your PJ’s all day? Enjoy the POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE™, The Grinch’s Lair, Pancakes with Mrs. Claus, Old Town Carriage Rides, Photos with Santa, Walk of Lights, Food & Wine Events, and holiday shopping. Head to Palestine - one of “Texas’Top Travel Destinations,” where hot chocolate is served and PJ’s are welcome!

Where: City-wide Admission: Varies

Contact: Palestine Visitor Center 903-723-3014 or 800-659-3484,

November 25 & December 2

Christmas in Heritage Park


What: Christmas in the Park, ofers strolling carolers, a spectacle of lights, live nativity scene and Santa Clause. You can enjoy free hot cocoa, cofee, punch, cookies and other goodies while you walk around and see all the historic buildings decorated for Christmas.

Where: Heritage Park, 416 North Jackson Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482

Admission: $3.00 - admission ticket

Contact: Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park, 903-885-2387,; Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, 903-885-6515,; Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623,

December CANTON

Canton Christmas Parade

What: Canton’s Christmas Celebrations begin with the Festival of Trees which brings people from all over to donate, and bid on a tree that is decorated. The Christmas Parade will begin at about 6:30 p.m. With beautiful lights atop all downtown buildings and the Courthouse, the Square is a sight to see. The parade is always full of beautiful foats, cars and trucks. Stop by the Plaza Museum afterwards to visit with Santa!

Where: Downtown, Canton, Texas Admission: Free Contact: Chamber of Commerce, 903-567-2991,

December RUSK

Annual Christmas Parade

What: Join us as we ofcially kick of Christmas with the arrival of Santa Claus during our annual Christmas Parade. 6:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Rusk Admission: Free

Contact: Rusk Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •


Christmas in the Parks


What: Discover a variety of special holiday events around the state, including decorated campsites and historic homes, reenactments, and holiday themed hikes.

Where: At state parks throughout Northeast Texas and around the state

Admission: Varies by location

Contact: or 512-389-8900

November 30 - December 2 & December 7 - 9

Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes®


What: Tours of historic homes lavishly decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas with beautiful greenery, candlelight, and gorgeous Christmas trees. Docents in period costume will greet you and describe each homes origins and fnery.

Where: Historic Jeferson, Texas

Contact: or



Downtown Christmas & Lion’s Club Christmas Light Parade

What: Christmas on the Plaza, Petting Zoo*, Snow Slide*, Pony Rides*, White Tiger exhibit*, Lighting of the Christmas Tree, and an after dark Parade of Lights.

Where: Downtown on the Plaza Admission: Free to attend, varies per exhibit

Contact: Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623,; * Activities subject to change. Please call for information

December 2

Bois D’Arc Christmas Celebration & Parade


What: Afternoon festival with music, craft vendors, food, movie, pictures with Santa ( bring your own camera ). Followed by lighted nighttime parade at 6 p.m. with annual theme. Held on the frst Saturday in December.

Where: On the square in downtown Commerce Admission: Free

Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

December 2



What: Activities-Breakfast with Santa, Candy Cane Lane, Parade, Santa on the Square, and Children’s Carnival. Food trucks, arts/crafts vendors, family games, and petting zoo.

Where: Gilmer, TX, Various locations Admission: Fees vary

Contact: Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, 903-843-2413,

December 1

December 2

Christmas in Lindale


What: Kick of Christmas in Lindale with the evening Rotary Christmas Parade, followed by the opening of Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square. This 105+ year old building is completely transformed into a winter wonderland! Load up your loved ones, grab your camera, and take advantage of the beautiful Christmas vignettes and fun photo ops provided by the City of Lindale. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through January 1st.

Where: Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square, 205 E. North St., Lindale Admission: Free to Public

Contact: Visit Lindale 903-881-5103,, Facebook @VisitLindale

December 2

Christmas in the Pines


What: A day of special holiday events and shopping culminates in the celebration of a Lufkin tradition, The Lighting of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit! Vendors line the streets of Downtown Lufkin for a Christmas shopping extravaganza while your favorite local food trucks serve up something delicious. Enjoy live music and performances and get your photo taken with Santa Claus! 2 to 8 p.m..

Where: Downtown Lufkin Contact:

December 2

Christmas Parade - Home for the Holidays


What: Christmas Parade - Home for the Holidays Celebration. Part of our Pittsburg’s Countdown to Christmas Celebration, which included Santa’s Mailbox ( Nov 20 - Dec 18 ), Shop Local Saturday ( Nov 25 ) & Chamber Christmas Open House - ( Dec 14 )

Where: Downtown Pittsburg, Texas

Contact: Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, 903-856-3442,

December 1 - 2

Magically Mineola Christmas


What: League of the Arts Bazaar, Free Carriage/Wagon Rides Downtown, Free Mini Train Rides, and Annual Chamber Parade at 5:30 p.m., and visit with Santa at the Gazebo

Where: Downtown & All Around Mineola Admission: Free for carriage rides & Santa at the Gazebo Contact: Mineola Main Street, 903-569-6183,

December 9

Wassail Fest in Downtown Paris, Christmas at the Museums


What: Wassailfest: Participating Boutiques around Downtown Paris will have their own “Brew” of Wassail to taste! Vote on your Favorite! Winner will be named “Wassail Mister”! Also enjoy shopping for all those on your Christmas list! 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Paris

What: Christmas at the Museums: Step back in time as you enjoy Museums of Lamar County with refreshments and wonderful exhibits! 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Heritage Park at 1125 Bonham St. in Paris

December 9

Jingle Bell Bop & Shop

What: Tatum Jingle Bell Bop & Shop was founded 2015 to help raise money for Blue Santa. We invite you to come the 2nd Saturday of December to experience some Christmas family fun. You can shop the vendors for unique gifts, indulge in food vendors from East Texas, enjoy live entertainment, and have your picture made with Santa.

Where: Tatum, TX Contact:



Bonham Visitor Information Center

327 North Main St. Bonham, Texas 75418



Canton Visitors Bureau

290 E. Tyler St.

Canton, TX 75103



Panola County

Chamber of Commerce

300 W. Panola St. Carthage, Texas 75633


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The Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce

101 N. Locust

Clarksville, TX 75426


Commerce Commerce Chamber of Commerce

1114 Main St. Commerce, TX 75428


Gilmer Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce

106 Bufalo St. Gilmer, TX 75644



Gladewater Gladewater Chamber of Commerce

215 N. Main, Gladewater, TX 75647 903-845-5501

Circle M Crawfsh

Circle M The Venue 14449 TX-155

Big Sandy, TX 75755

903-636-9199 - Crawfsh

903-270-9060 -The Venue

Greenville Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

2821 Washington St. P.O. Box 1049

Greenville, TX 75403


Henderson City of Henderson

1500 Lake Forest Parkway

Henderson, TX 75652


Gaston Musum

6656 TX-64, Henderson, TX 75652




Explore Jacksonville 315 S. Ragsdale St. Jacksonville, TX 75766



Jefferson City of Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau

305 E. Austin St. Jeferson, TX 75657




Visit Kilgore

815 N. Kilgore Street

Kilgore, TX 75662


East Texas Oil Museum

1301 S. Henderson Blvd. Kilgore, TX 75662





Visit Lindale

55 Miranda Lambert Way, Suite 3

Lindale, TX 75771



Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau

Downtown Longview

109 W. Tyler, St. Longview, TX 75601



Visit Lufkin

601 N 2nd Street

Lufkin, TX 75901


Marshall Visit Marshall

211 N. Washington Marshall, TX 75670



City of Mineola Tourism Department

P.O. Box 179, Mineola, TX 75773



Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant-Titus County

Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Council

116 East 3rd St.

Mount Pleasant,TX 75455



Palestine Visitor Center

825 W. Spring Street

Palestine, TX 75801



Paris Visitors and Convention Council

8 West Plaza Paris, TX 75460

903-784-2501• 800.PARIS TX 903-517-4525

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Pittsburg-Camp County

Chamber of Commerce

202 Jeferson Street Pittsburg, TX 75686




Rusk Rusk Chamber of Commerce

184 N. Main Street / P.O. Box 67 Rusk, TX 75785


Sulphur Springs

Department of Tourism

1220 Cessna Drive

Sulphur Springs, TX 75482




Tatum Economic Development Corporation

680 N. Crystal Farms Rd.

Tatum, TX 75691

903-947-6403 TatumEDC


Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau

1314 W. Moore

Terrell, TX 75160


Tyler Visit Tyler

110 N. College, Ste.105

Tyler, TX 75702



Piney Woods Wine Trail

Richardson Media & Publishing, LLC



City of Winnsboro

501 South Main Street

Winnsboro, TX 75494


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