North East Texas Visitor & Events Guide 2022

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Bonham ..............6 Canton ................7 Clarksville ............7 Commerce ..........8 Gilmer..................8 Gladewater..........9 Greenville ............9 Henderson ........10 Jacksonville ......10 Jefferson ..........11 Lindale ..............11 Longview ..........12 Lufkin ................12


Marshall ............13 Mineola..............13 Mount Pleasant ..14 Palestine ............14 Paris ..................15 Pittsburg ............15 Rusk ..................16 Sulphur Springs 16 Tatum ................17 Texas Parks ........17 Tyler ..................18 Winnsboro ........18

See & Do ...27-31, 34-37 Regional Map ...32-33

Calendar of events & festivals

Jan. - Dec. ............19 January ................20 February ..............20 March..............20-22 April..........22-26, 38 May ..........38, 39-40 June................41-43 July ................45-46 August ............46-47 September .... 48-50 October..........51-55 November ......55-58 December ......58-60

North East Texas Council membership....61-63 Cover & Editorial photos used by permission from the following partner cities Gladewater, Henderson, Jacksonville, Lindale, Paris & Winnsboro. This book has been prepared from the most reliable information available from state and local sources. Any errors or omissions brought to our attention will be appreciated and will be corrected in subsequent editions. Copyright © 2022 by Richardson Advertising and Publishing, LLC Reproduction without permission of the publisher is a violation of federal law.


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BONHAM Stepping back into the mists of time, Bonham offers much from notorious gunslinger, John Wesley Hardin, to statesman and Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn, or jazz guitar great, Charlie Christian. An easy hour drive from the Dallas Metroplex up Hwy. 121, you can shop for delightful antiques, visit charming boutiques and have a unique dining experience. Discover fossils along the Sulphur River or up-close at the Fannin County Museum of History, located at the beautifully restored Texas and Pacific Depot. View the tribute to the fighting men of WWII who trained at Jones Field in Bonham, the centerpiece being a restored Fairchild Airplane. Experience pioneer living at Fort Inglish Village where frontier life of 1836 can be felt in this replica of Bonham’s early settlement. Next-door is the Sam Rayburn Library with its marvelous recreation of the U.S. Speaker of the House’s Office. On down Hwy. 56 the Sam Rayburn House is a moment frozen in time depicting the simple home life of the notable “Mr. Sam.” Drive our scenic Lake Trail or visit our five area lakes and sample some of Homestead Winery’s finest. Art enthusiast will enjoy the Creative Arts Center, with changing exhibits of art, photography, pottery, or jewelry. Golf with us at Legacy Ridge Golf Course & Country Club. Enjoy the walking trails and children's playground at the new Powder Creek Park on Main Street across from the Fannin County Museum of History.

Bonham Visitor Information Center 327 North Main St. • Bonham, TX 75418 903-583-9830 • 6

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CANTON 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 first 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 find it in Canton, they just don’t make it. Come shop until you drop! Canton has a lot to offer 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 fishing, Canton has plenty to offer the active lifestyle. We are the Walking Capital of Texas after all.

Canton Visitors Bureau & First Monday Trade Days 119 N. Buffalo, Canton, TX • office: 903-567-1849 •

CLARKSVILLE Clarksville and Red River County are older than the State of Texas. Red River County once encompassed all or part of 39 different 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 first 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 • Visitor & Events Guide


COMMERCE Commerce, Texas offers visitors a great place to spend a weekend or a lifetime. With the benefits 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 first 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, 5K run, carnival, games and activities for children of all ages. The Bash offers 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 • Fax: 903-886-8012

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 find 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 fishing 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 find the tastiest yam specialty in the town during our 85th 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, December 3. Our activities, including; Breakfast with Santa, a Children’s carnival, free activities on Candy Cane Lane, food trucks, arts/crafts vendors, our parade, and so much more. Old Saint Nick, himself, 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 Buffalo St. • Gilmer, TX 75644 903-843-2413 • Fax: 1-888-371-5969 • 8

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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 an old-fashioned Opry House. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy playing on the newly improved Tempest Golf Course. For the RVers, Gladewater has two RV Parks to choose from. The traveler can enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming or picnicking at Lake Gladewater; tour the Gladewater Museum, see Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil 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. 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 • Fax: 903-845-6326

GREENVILLE You’ll be surprised by the variety of activities you’ll find 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 first hand 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, 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 903-457-2994 • Fax: 903-457-3167 email: Visitor & Events Guide


HENDERSON You are invited to visit Henderson, Texas....A Texas and National Main Street City, named after the first Governor of the State of Texas James Pinckney Henderson. You will find 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 offers a diverse shopping experience. The beautiful new Main Street Alley offers rest to shoppers while shopping Henderson Civic Theatre 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 offers the finest 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 fishing 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 Affiliate award winner. Each Spring our Annual East Texas Self Driving Wildflower 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 •

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, offers something for everyone! Explore Jacksonville and find a plethora of pleasurable outings for all ages! Our luscious landscape and abundant sunshine produce natural beauty and magnificent smiles. Each part of our year brings new and exciting activities where visitors are welcomed and entertained! Enjoy Love’s Lookout scenic views, or fishing 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 find 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 10

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JEFFERSON History, It’s Still Made Here. Hosting Getaways since the 1830’s. Imagine a historic town, hidden in the East Texas Piney Woods. A town with fine dining, award-winning inns, historic downtown shops, and boutiques, and museums filled 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 Jefferson as one of the oldest towns in Texas, with four museums and a Carnegie Library. Learn about some of Jefferson's history on a historic ghost walk tour. Enjoy the charm of the picturesque town with excellent entertainment for events year-round. Jefferson offers 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. • Jefferson, TX 75657 903-665-3733

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. Guests come from all around to experience the downhome, country feel that is Miranda. But Lindale’s musicality doesn’t stop there. The city has also been named an Official Texas Music Friendly Community by the Governor’s Office 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 Phone: 903-881-5103 Visitor & Events Guide


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 Phone: 903-753-3281

LUFKIN 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 find here! The East Texas area is known for its national forests that stretch for miles. Lufkin offers 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 offers fishing, 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, five 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.

Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau 300 E Shepherd Ave Lufkin, TX 75901 Phone: 936-633-0262 12

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MARSHALL Marshall is nestled in the heart 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 Caddo Lake 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 903-702-7777

MINEOLA The charming National Register Historic Downtown offers unique antique, craft, gift, clothing shops, fine dining restaurants, coffee 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 offers movies, live productions and concerts. Basketball, golf, fishing, tennis, Civic Center RV pads, Amtrak passenger trains and airports are here for you in Mineola.

City of Mineola Tourism 300 Greenville Hwy. • Mineola, TX 75773 903-569-6183 1-800-646-3652

“Sidetrack in Mineola, TX.” Visitor & Events Guide


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 offers 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 offering 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 find 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 fishing, 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. Jefferson, • Mount Pleasant, TX 75455 903 572-8567 •

PALESTINE 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 offers a true Southern experience. Taste what lies behind the pine curtain and enjoy the local flavor of Palestine. Experience fine 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 fired pizza, brunch trains and not to mention fruitcake from the oldest bakery in Texas, Palestine’s eateries will keep you full and satisfied 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 flavor – 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 14

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PARIS “The Second Largest Paris in the World” is located 110 miles northeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, making an ideal day or weekend getaway! Historic Downtown has architecture dating back to 1916-1918, along with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants, live theater performances six times a year and specialty shopping opportunities surrounding an Italian Marble fountain. Other attractions include guided tours of the Sam Bell Maxey State Historical House Tuesday thru Sunday, and the Lamar County Historical Society Museum and Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center opened Friday and Saturdays, 10:00 to 4:00. Come visit our “Texanized Eiffel Tower” complete with a red cowboy hat that is illuminated with colored LED lights at night and the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial representing five Counties both located at our Love Civic Center 2025 S. Collegiate. We would love to host your meeting, event or convention at our beautiful Love Civic Center with 11,000 square feet in the Main Hall plus Conference rooms. We have great lodging properties waiting for your reservation for a fun-filled experience in Paris! Paris, Texas...It’s Always a Good Idea!

Paris Visitors and Convention Council 8 West Plaza • Paris, TX 75460 903-784-2501• 1-800-PARISTX

PITTSBURG Pittsburg, recently 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, offering convenient driving routes to or from Longview, Tyler, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texarkana, and Shreveport. Pittsburg is home to the Ezekiel Airship (which flew a year before the Wright Brothers plane), the original Cavender’s Boot City, and Pilgrim’s (at one time one of the largest poultry companies in the United States). While it’s the fourth smallest county in the state of Texas, Camp County is also the second largest peach producer in the state and features several large roadside fruit stands, including the well-known Efurd Orchards. Downtown Pittsburg is comprised of 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 in our historic downtown which features a mix of antique shops, restaurants and boutiques. Pittsburg is proud to be a designated Main Street Community since 1987. If you are looking for a peaceful setting for a picnic lunch, 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 flowers, a gurgling fountain and a life-size bronze statue of Jesus washing the disciple Peter’s feet. Pittsburg is a certified film friendly community. With five lakes located just a short drive from town, visitors to the Pittsburg-Camp County area can enjoy water skiing, boating, camping, and fishing. Fishing is serious business here in East Texas with anglers vying for trophy bass, catfish and crappie at Lake Bob Sandlin, Cypress Lake, Monticello Lake, Welsh Lake and Lake of the Pines.

Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce 202 Jefferson Street, Pittsburg, TX 75686 Phone: 903-856-3442 Visitor & Events Guide


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 off the Square in downtown you can find 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 offers 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 offers 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 selfie 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 offers a relaxing get-a-way experience far removed from the grind of the big city. If you’re seeking fun family activities, historical education, fishing, 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 offer 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-filled 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-Off in the Spring, the Independence Celebration, including a live symphony concert and fireworks 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 • 16

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Tatum The little town of Tatum has a long and interesting history. Today it is a thriving East Texas town encircled by five 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 903-947-6403 •

TEXAS STATE PARKS 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, fishing, 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, Daingerfield 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 512-389-8900 Visitor & Events Guide


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!

Visit Tyler 110 N. College, Ste.105 Tyler, Texas 75702 903-593-6905

Winnsboro “Winnsboro is where the pines meet the oaks filled 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 first 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 first state designated Cultural Arts Districts and a Nationally Accredited Main Street Town, we offer 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 offer…and you might even discover it feels like home!”

City of Winnsboro 501 S Main Street Winnsboro, TX 75494 903-342-3654 18

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January - December 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 first 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 Fannin County Barn Quilt Trail


January - December


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 fields, 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 Thursday-Sunday before the First Monday of every month

First Monday Trade Days

What: Largest flea 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 North East Texan’s for over 80 years! And in 2022, we will host The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mickey Gilley, The Russian Ballet Theatre, Moe Bandy 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,

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January - March January 15 Annual Chamber Member Banquet


What: Annual Rusk Chamber of Commerce Member Banquet. 6:00 pm Where: Rusk, Texas Admission: Contact the Rusk Area Chamber Contact: Rusk Area Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •

January First Day Hikes


What: Recover from the holidays by joining a nationwide initiative and 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

Mid - February to Early - March Helen Lee Estate Daffodil Gardens


What: The Birth of Spring is beautifully displayed each year when the daffodils are in bloom. Open to the public 7 days a week weather permitting. 10 am to 4:00 pm. Where: 6 miles south of Gladewater, 6 miles north of I-20 off County Road 3104. Admission: Donations accepted Contact: Helen Lee Foundation, 903-845-5780 or Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, 903-845-5501 • •

February 23 & 24 The Pines Presents: Rob Schneider


What: Rob Schneider is an accomplished actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the award-winning NBC sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live,” Schneider has gone on to a successful career in films and television. In 2010 he released his first comedy album, “Registered Offender,” and he has continued to tour nationally and internationally ever since. 7 pm. Seating Prices: $45, $50, $55 Where: The Pines Theater, 113 S. First Street Contact: • 936-633-5454

February 25 - 27 Mardi Gras 2022 - Krewe of Hebe


March - November


What: Mardi Gras is one of the most festive events in Jefferson. Activities parades, bands, food, vendors, carnival, frosty beverages, and beads. Where: Downtown Jefferson, Texas Contact: or Second Saturday in every following month through November.

Second Saturday & Twilight Tunes Concert Series

What: Arts & Crafts Show, Car Show, & Live Music. Where: Downtown Marshall on North Washington Street. Admission: Free Contact: Marshall Main Street,, 903-702-7777


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March March 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

March 3 - 6 CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY 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 6, between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 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 2 @ 5:00 PM Contact: Red River Co. Chamber – 903-427-2645,,

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March - April March 18 - 20, March 25 - 27 & April 1 - 3 84th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration


What: This long time celebration takes place the last two weekends in March and the first 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. The first weekend offers the Dogwood Arts & Music Festival, People’s Choice Car Show, and the Dogwood Brunch Train aboard the Texas State Railroad. The second weekend features the Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival and a live production of 9-5: The Musical at the Historic Texas Theatre. The first weekend in April will be for our outdoor lovers offering up kayak paddling clinics, fairy garden walks and picnics in Davey Dogwood Park, to name a few events. Where: Palestine (City-wide) Admission: Varies by event Contact: Palestine Visitor Center 903-723-3014 or 800-659-3484

March 25 - April 10 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 flowers is a site to behold. Tyler is a Certified 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,

April, May, September, October Downtown Live Music Series


What: Downtown Longview’s Heritage Plaza is filled 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

April State Park “Save the Day”


What: Planning on visiting a park this spring? They fill 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

Mid - April South Central Area Rover Rally (SCARR)



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What: SCARR is an off-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 off-road skills. Join us as we celebrate our annual, SCARR event Where: Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Contact: Texas Rovers at,

April April 2 Everything Texas Ranch Run


April 2 Renaissance Under the Stars


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! Inflatables, climbing wall, ranch breakfast, all with the breathtaking scenery of northeast Texas. Where: Priefert Ranch, Exit FM 4000 from Highway 271 South Admission: Race registration varies Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903-572-8567, or

What: An outdoor Renaissance Market will beckon guests with its marketplace, ale/wine garden, and live entertainment on the grounds. Join us indoors for dinner and live auction with featured entertainment by Emmy and Grammy-nominated Celtic fiddler, Máiréad Nesbit. Where: Winnsboro Civic Center Admission: $25-$100 with additional event opportunities for sponsors. See website for details. Contact:

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April April 2 Farmers’ Market Opening Day


What: Shop our Farmers’ Market, ranking 2nd in state of Texas and 2nd in whole Southwest region in the American Farmland Trust’s 13th Annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration, a national event recognizing top markets in five regions nationwide. Shop onsite every Saturday 8 AM to 12 PM 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 and Walnut Street Admission: FREE Contact:

April 7, July 7, Oct. 6, & Dec 8 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

April 7 - 9 & October 6 - 8 PITTSBURG - CAMP COUNTY Historic Highway 11 Treasure Trails / Art and Wine Festival

What: An 80-mile flea market and yard sale from Linden to Sulphur Springs (Historic Highway 11 Treasure Trails is also held the 2nd weekend of October) plus an art and wine festival featuring Texas wineries and upscale artisans. Where: Downtown Pittsburg, Texas Admission: Free. Prices vary for individual activities. Contact: City of Pittsburg, 903-856-3621,

April 8 & 9 The Mineola League of the Arts Annual Art Show


What: Annual Art Show Where: MLOTA 200 West Blair Admission: Free Contact: Mineola League of the Arts, 903-569-8877,

April 9 & 10 Longview PRCA Rodeo & Harvest Crawfish Festival


What: Top cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Annual Longview PRCA Rodeo on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10. On Saturday only, enjoy all you can eat and drink at the Harvest Festival Crawfish 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 15, 16 & 23 37th Annual East Texas Gusher Days


What: Enjoy a variety of events revolving around the nostalgia of the oil boom days. On Friday, April 16, Food, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment. The band Noonday will end the evening. On Saturday, Chili Cook Off, Car Show, Entertainment, Food, Arts & Crafts, ending with the Darren Morris Band and much more. The Gusher Days Big Bass Classic will be held at Lake Gladewater on April 23. Where: Downtown Gladewater, Lake Gladewater Admission: Free Contact: East Texas Gusher Days, 903-845-5501,


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April April 15 - May 31 East Texas Wildflower Trails


What: Enjoy four itineraries within a 100 mile radius of breathtaking East Texas Wildflowers. The self driving tour includes: museums, shopping and history along the way. Where: Along the road sides of Rusk County. Admission: Free – Self Driving Contact: Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529

April 15 - May 31 Tatum Wild flower Trail


What: Come travel on East Texas Historical Rusk County roads. Where you will find yourself on Chicken Feather road going back in time when you stop at C.E. Rogers & Son General Store opened in 1889. This General Store is one of the oldest and last General stores left in East Texas. Continue to smell the wild flowers 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 Contact:


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April April 22 - 24 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 race, 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 23 SpringFest


April 23 Tatum Pecan Pie Festival


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 and entertainment, a car and truck show, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and local food trucks and vendors. 10 am to 4 pm. Where: Downtown Lufkin Contact:

What: The Tatum Pecan Pie Festival is 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. This festival was founded in 2012 to bring free or low cost mammograms to those that might not otherwise afford this life saving tool. So, come enjoy the fun, the last Saturday of April. Where: 600 Crystal Farms Road, Tatum, Texas 75691 Contact: or

April 28 - May 1 JEFFERSON 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 first weekend of May each year. Four of Jefferson’s finest homes and featured gardens will open for tour by docents dressed in period attire. Visitors to Jefferson 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 Jefferson, Texas Contact: or

April 30 Bois d’Arc Spring Car Show


What: Classic car, truck, and motorcycle show. Held on the last Saturday in April. Where: On the square in downtown Commerce Admission: Charge (TBD) for entrants, free for spectators Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,


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Mineola Nature Preserve

Mineola 1Mineola 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, fishing 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? Just 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 reflection of an orange glow of an East Texas signature sunset – making it twice as nice as a sunset over terra firma! That same sky takes on an entirely new persona during the Annual Fourth of July fireworks presentation on Lake Jacksonville, when neon plumes burst and fill the darkened canvas overhead. Lake Jacksonville has a long history as a favored go-to among area anglers. Fishermen flock to Lake Jacksonville for its offerings of largemouth bass (one record bass weighing in at 15-pounds-plus), spotted bass, “slab” crappie, sun perch and catfish. The City’s Parks Department offer outstanding waterfront campsites for visitors. Amenities include 10 screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity, 10 R.V. pads with water and electricity (for those who prefer “glamping” over camping) and panoramic views of the lake. Dedicated restroom facilities provide full showers (with heated water) for the campers. A public boat ramp adjacent to the campsites offer easy launch access (in addition to two other public boat ramps conveniently located around the lake).

It’s Still Made Here. 3 History, Hosting Getaways Since the 1830’s Jefferson • Award Winning Inns • Historic Downtown Boutiques & Gift Shops • Outstanding Local Restaurants • Year-Round Events • Boat Tours • Historic Home Tours • Spas • Wineries • Ghost Walks • Canoe & Kayak Rentals • 903-665-3733 Visitor & Events Guide


First Monday Trade Days 4 Canton First Monday, Canton began more than a century ago and has grown to become the largest outdoor vendor and flea market in the world. This epic event takes place each month on the 4 days preceding the first 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 offer a full range of festival foods, entertainment, as well as several R.V. campgrounds. - 903-567-6556


Depot Museum / Cotton Gin Henderson

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 Pacific caboose, syrup mill, the famous Arnold Outhouse, and home of the Heritage Syrup Festival. Located at 514 N. High St. 903-657-4303, www.

Train Depot / 6 Amtrak Mineola Historical Museum Mineola Grab the train this year for a weekend getaway or family vacation! Planning a fun trip has never been more affordable & 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.


Buy An Annual Park Pass Texas State Parks

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 benefits like discounts on camping, equipment rentals, and park store purchases. For reservations or more information visit or call 512-389-8900


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Street Pedestrian Mall 8 Market Winnsboro "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 fills a weekend get-a-way with activities for all ages. For more information go to

Murphy American 9 Audie Cotton Museum 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 fields in the 1800's to the battlefields 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 Exhibit, and Hunt County Gallery featuring a turn of the century Main Street. For more information, visit or call 903-450-4502.


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.,

Creek Lake State Park 11 Martin 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 fishing; 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 Visitor & Events Guide



Mid America Flight Museum Mount Pleasant

The historic Aviation Museum located at the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport differentiates itself from many other museums in that the great majority of the airplanes in the museum fly on a regular basis, & ongoing project are being restored to fly! 501 Mike Hall Parkway 903-573-2888


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 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, several 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 AM – 4:00 PM - Free Admission

Texas Children’s Museum 14 Northeast 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 confidence in children. Named the Official 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


Lake Gilmer & Kelsey Creek Sanctuary Gilmer

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 catfish. 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 Sanctuary will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts along with scenic bike rides and the Texas Motorized Trails at Barnwell Mountain also located in the Gilmer area 30

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Splash Kingdom Canton

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


Sam Rayburn Country Bonham

Offering a more intimate glimpse into the life of Speaker Sam Rayburn are the Sam Rayburn House Museum and the Sam Rayburn Library Museum. For more information about the Sam Rayburn House Museum call 903-583-5558 or visit For more information about the Sam Rayburn Library Museum call 903-583-2455 or visit


Paris Pump Track Paris

Pump Track Paris, Texas is a World Class asphalt bicycle pump track designed by Velosolutions, the premiere pump track designer in the world! This pump track is open to the public during daylight hours and is free of charge. Located at 2005 S. Collegiate Drive. or Facebook; Pump Track Paris Texas

City Hall Performance Center 19 Memorial Marshall Memorial City Hall Performance Center was first 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 Performance Center is a state of the art auditorium and performing arts center and home to the Harrison County Service & Sacrifice Museum. 110 E Houston St., 903-934-7992 •

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Places to Go! Bonham Canton Clarksville (Red River County)

Commerce Gilmer Gladewater Greenville Henderson Jacksonville Jefferson

Lindale Longview Lufkin Marshall Mineola Mount Pleasant Palestine

Paris Pittsburg Rusk Sulphur Springs Tatum Tyler Winnsboro

Area Lakes Caddo Lake Cedar Creek Reservoir 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 Marvaul Lake Mill Creek Lake Pat Mayse Lake Sam Rayburn Reservoir Toledo Bend Lake Wright Patman Lake

the Pineywoods in a Cabin 20 Experience Texas State Parks Relax after a day of exploring Northeast Texas by spending the night in a cabin. You’ll find cabins at Caddo Lake, Cooper Lake, Daingerfield, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Tyler State Parks. While offering 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

State Railroad 21 Texas 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. Celebrated steam or vintage diesel locomotives are the muscle that pulls the consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel … and our horsepower won’t give you saddle sores. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago. • 855-632-7729

Downtown and Cultural Arts District 22 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

Capital of East Texas 23 Antique 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.


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Want to Feel Like You Are in a Hallmark Movie? 24 Rusk Add the annual Hometown Christmas Experience scheduled for November 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 •

Tyler Visitor Center 25 Visit Tyler Visit the Visit Tyler Visitor Center located in the heart of Downtown Tyler, 110 N. College Ave. Grab some information on Tyler attractions, shop one-of-a-kind Tyler gifts, or get some delicious treats from our neighbors in the building: Andy’s Frozen Custard, True Vine Brewing, and Café 1948. Photo opportunities are also available with our fun murals designed by local artists. Or shop the store online at

Street 26 Main 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, floral designs, antiques shopping, Madame Alexanders Dolls, Unique gifts, and boutiques. Walking Tour Brochures are available. www. Visit us at, Henderson was selected Texas Best Rural City, Season 11 TX/OK length 12:55.

Family Home State Historic Site 27 Starr 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 Visitor & Events Guide


Arboretum & Nature Center 28 Longview 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

Becknell / Robbinsville Cemetery 29 William 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

Famous Glass Bathrooms 30 World Sulphur Springs Sulphur Springs is home to World Famous Glass Bathrooms that are the first 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!


One Heck of a Trek Paris

The NorthEast Texas Trail (NETT) is a 130-mile recreational trial rolling over the picturesque countryside of rural north east Texas. It is a partially complete rail-trail conversion, stretching across 7 counties and 19 Texas towns, from Farmersville (East of Dallas) to New Boston (West of Texarkana). The trail is open to cyclists, runners, walkers, hikers, and some sections are open to equestrians. Trail conditions vary. When completed, the NorthEast Texas Trail will be the longest hike/bike and equestrian trail in Texas and the 5th longest in the U.S.A. or 36

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Trout Zoo 32 Ellen Lufkin Acclaimed as one of the finest 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

Airship 33 Ezekiel Pittsburg Baptist minister & inventor Burrell Cannon (1848-1922) 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 briefly airborne late in 1902, a year before the Wright Brothers first flight. 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 ThursdaySaturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 903-946-3243

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April - May April 30 Texas Hot Link Festival


What: 2nd annual all-day festival, showcasing THE HOT LINK CAPITAL OF TEXAS. Featuring cooking competitions in: hot links, sausages, international cuisine and desserts. Professional judges and people’s choice awards. Additional 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,

May - Mid - September 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 filled with thrilling water slides, a Wave Pool, Lazy River, Children’s area, and more. Its 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 - September Market on the Square


Every Saturday from May through September 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 different $1 Children's Craft. Where: Downtown Marshall Admission: Free Contact: Marshall Main Street,, 903-702-7777

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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, coffees, breads, candy, grass fed beef and pork, and more! Where: 400 SW 1st Street, Downtown Paris Contact:; www.

May 7 Cherokee Rose Festival



North East Texas

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. Contact:

May May 7 May Fiesta


What: Street festival with a Latin flavor. Live music, vendors, food, beer garden, entertainment Where: Downtown Admission: Free Contact: Mineola Chamber of Commerce, 903-569-2087, www.

May 7 Cinco de Mayo on the Square


May 7 Winnsboro Festival of Books


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: Downtown Mount Pleasant Admission: Free to main event Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: 903 572-8567, or

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 Contact:

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May May 12, 13 & 14 JACKSONVILLE 60th Annual Tops in Texas PRCA Rodeo & 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 13 - 14 & October 14 - 15 Piney Woods Wine Festival


What: Wine Garden and tastings offered 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 13 & 14 “Eiffel in Love with Quilts” 2022 Quilt Show


What: The Red River Valley Quilt Guild invites you to our 2nd 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 21 CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY Annual Chamber of Commerce Barbeque Cook-Off

What: Annual Chamber of Commerce Barbeque Cook-Off – May 21, 2022. Competing teams cook brisket and/or ribs and/or pulled pork Musical entertainment all day Where: Langford Lake Park Admission: Team entry fee is $50.00 Contact: Red River Co. Chamber – 903-427-2645,,

May 28 Audie Murphy Day


May 28 Fair on the Square


What: Celebrate World War II’s most decorated war hero turned movie star – Audie Leon Murphy. Featuring Audie’s films, memorabilia, special speakers from historians to Audie’s co-stars, special meals, and activities for both adults and families, this is always a fun event and special day in Greenville. Activities in both Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum and Fletcher Warren Civic Center. Where: 600 I-30 East, Greenville TX 75401 Admission: Multiple options contact the museum for details. Contact: 903-450-4502,

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 •


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June June 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

June 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 7 - 11 38th Annual Tomato Week Activities


What: First 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 and continues strong. Events for everyone are held all weeklong leading to the Saturday Tomato Fest culmination. Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

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June June 8 - 11 85th 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. Extreme Bulls will be on Wednesday, June 8. Where: Gladewater Round Up Rodeo Arena Admission: For reservations (after Memorial Day) call 903-845-5126 Contact: Gladewater Rodeo Association

June 9 “Beautiful - the Carol King Musical”


What: This Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical features a stunning array of beloved songs, including I Feel the Earth Move, One Fine Day, Natural Woman, and the title song Beautiful. Carole King fought her way into the record business as a teenager, but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. 7:30 pm. Seating Prices: $60, $55, $50, $45 Where: The Temple Theater, 3500 S. First Street Contact: • 936-633-5454

June 10 - 12 & November 11- 13 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. 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

June 10 & 11 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, Free Parking! Dash plaques available to first 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 next to Love Civic Center Contact: Red River Valley Veterans Office: 903-783-0945 or Travis Skidmore at Download registration form:

June 10 - 18 SULPHUR SPRINGS Hopkins County Dairy Festival & Balloon Fest Texas State Champion Ice Cream Freeze Off What: Hot Air balloon festival, parade, homemade ice cream freeze off, 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,


North East Texas

June June 17 -19 Great Texas Balloon Race


June 18 Detroit - Annual Car Show


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

What: Car show. Car enthusiasts will enjoy viewing antique, modified 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

June 25 Happy Birthday USA


What: Freedom Celebration featuring live entertainment, fireworks, 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,

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July July

Bonham Quilt Hop & Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo


What: Enjoy a weekend in Bonham, TX. Start your day by Taking a tour throughout Fannin county seeing over 300 hundred quilts on display at 10 or more different locations including historic sites & museums. Enjoy free quilting demonstrations, vendors and fat quarter bingo from 9am-4pm. The Kueckelhan Rodeo is one of the most entertaining and exciting events that you don't want to miss, Show starts at 8pm Bull riding, Steer Wrestling, Barrel racing, bareback, saddle bronc, ranch bronc and much more. Where: Bonham Texas, Fannin County Admission: Free Contact: Bonham Visitors Center,, 903-583-9830

July 2 Independence Festival


What: Old-fashioned family celebration of our Nation’s birthday. Music and fun with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Veteran’s March and a giant fireworks display. Bring your lawn chairs and 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 3 Bois d’Arc 4th of July Celebration


What: Best fireworks show in northeast Texas! Live music, kids activities, food, and fireworks. Where: Centennial Park/Eddie Moore Sports Complex, Commerce Admission: Free Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

July 3 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 off Hwy 64 and FM 859 Admission: Free Contact: Canton Visitors Bureau, 903-567-1849,


North East Texas

July July 4 Parade, Fun in the Park and Fireworks


What: Fun in the Park 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Fireworks 9:15 p.m. Fun in the Park 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Inflatables (no charge) fun food to purchase and musical entertainment. Where: Fun in the Park & Fireworks – Lake Forest Park Hwy 64 W. Admission: Free. Contact: Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529

July 4 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration


What: The City of Longview hosts this free Independence Day festival featuring the biggest fireworks 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 - Nancy Murphy 903-569-6115 •

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July - August July 4 PITTSBURG - CAMP COUNTY Tri-County Independence Day Blast

What: Food, entertainment, children’s parade, carnival and children’s activities, fireman’s waterworks splash pad, parachute bingo and of course a spectacular fireworks show. Where: Broach Park, Loop 179 Admission: Free. Prices vary for individual activities Contact: Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, 903-856-3442,

July 7 - 9 Annual Fireman’s Rodeo


July 8 & 9 11th Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest


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

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 off 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,,

July 15, 16, & 17 Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally Weekend


What: Experience a fun filled weekend of cycling on Friday, July 15th, Pump Track Race for Kids. July 16th, Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally, with 7 routes to choose from with plenty of Rest Stops and complimentary hamburger and fruit smoothies at the Finish at Tour de Paris. Stay over for the “Hell of North Texas” Gravel Grind on Sunday, July 17th riding on County roads in Lamar and Red River Counties and sections of the North East Teas Trail known as the NETT. Where: Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris Contact: Tour de Paris & Paris Pump Track- 903-784-2501, 1-800-727-4789, or; For Gravel Grind information: Kevin Lee at

Mid - August Cherokee Ranch Golf Club’s Luau Tournament


What: Built in 1936, Cherokee Ranch is an 18-hole, par 71 Championship course which offers 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 6 Neches Wilderness Canoe Race


What: For over 30 years, water enthusiasts from across the nation and the world gather in Palestine, the first 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 Contact:


North East Texas

August August 13 & 14 HENDERSON 168th 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;; or Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529;

August 13 & 14 PARIS 8th 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 off HWY 271 North Contact: Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, 903-784-2501 or


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September September 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 benefitting 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 3 & 4 TMBRA – Barber Hills “ Hard Labor Mountain Bike Race” at Pat Mayse Lake


September 9 & 10 Paris Balloon and Music Festival


What: TMBRA (Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association) will hold the 2nd Annual Race of the 2022 Fall 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, September 3rd. The main races will be held on Sunday the 4th. There are multiple classes for riders of all ages and abilities. Where: Pat Mayse Lake, Approximately 14 miles North of Paris Contact:

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! September 9th and 10th making it a fun filled Festival weekend! Where: Paris/Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 East Center Street- Paris, Texas Contact: or

September 11-18 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-off, 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 15 - 18 Texas State Forest Festival



North East Texas

What: Held the fourth week in September, this festival features several events, including the Southern Hushpuppy Championships, 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. Contact:

September September 16, and 23 & 24 36th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash


What: 30th Annual Golf Tournament ( Sept 16 ) 4-person teams, lunch, raffle prizes, putting contest, hole-in-one contest. Where: Sand Hills Country Club What: 36th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash ( Sept 23 & 24, 4th weekend in Sept ) Festival celebrating Commerce’s heritage as Bois d’Arc Capital of Texas. Carnival Friday & Saturday. Live music Friday night, all day Saturday. Parade, over 100 craft & food vendors, and pancake breakfast. Where: On the square in downtown Commerce Admission: Entry Fees for Golf Tournament, & Carnival. No entrance fee for Bash. Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

September 17 & 18 49th 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, •

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September September 17 Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally


What: A day full of biking events awaits the entire family at the 26th 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 for details Contact: 903-455-9622 or

September 21 - 24 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 23 - October 2 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 24 Farming Heritage Day at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site


September 24 Iron Horse Fest & 5K Run


What: Learn farming activities - How cotton is ginned, spin wool, make corn husk dolls, churn butter, milk cows, see farm animals and antique farm equipment. Where: Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 W. Hwy 56, Bonham, Texas 75418 Admission: Free Contact: Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 903-583-5558,

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

Late - September Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding


What: With a Pre-Party to kickoff festivities, Jacksonville Rodeo Arena takes center stage on the Tuff 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


North East Texas

October October 150 Year Sesquicentennial Celebration


What: A week long celebration of Jacksonville Texas Sesquicentennial. There will be events for everyone all week long, be sure to look for more events details, as this week approaches. Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

October Fire Ant Festival


October Celebrating Spooky Season


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

What: Engage your inner spook and enjoy creepy carriage rides, cemetery walking tours, a haunted jailhouse, Fright Night 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

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October October 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 filled 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 Rose Season featuring Texas Rose Festival


What: Each October thousands of visitors flock to Tyler for the excitement and pageantry of the Texas Rose Festival, which will be held Oct. 13 - 15, 2022. 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 offer during this special season. Where: Citywide Admission: Paid admission required to some events Contact: Visit Tyler, 903-593-6905, or

October 1 CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY 42nd Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar, 16th Annual Rotary Duck Race 4th Annual Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts 3rd Annual Red River County Car Show.

What: 42nd Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar, 16th Annual Rotary Duck Race, 4th Annual Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts and 3rd Annual Red River County Car Show. Musical entertainment all day. Where: On the grounds of Historic County Courthouse, Clarksville, TX. Admission: Free Contact: Jim Clark – 903-427-2266

October 1 Lufkin’s Bistro


What: This annual tasting event offers an elegant, entertaining evening on the downtown streets as Lufkin’s finest 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 pm. Where: Downtown Lufkin Contact:

October 1 SULPHUR SPRINGS 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,


North East Texas

October October 7 - 8 The Mineola League of the Arts Annual Quilt Show


October 8 Canton Main Street Fall Festival


What: Annual Quilt Show Where: MLOTA 200 West Blair Admission: Adults: $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Students $1.00 children under 6 free. Contact: Mineola League of the Arts, Sharon Robertson, 903-569-8877,

What: 21st Annual Fall Festival, Live Music, Street Vendors & Food, Arts/Crafts, Children’s Game Area, Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sales, Prize Drawings, Raffles, Silent Auction and Downtown Window Decorating Contest Where: Canton, Texas Downtown N. Buffalo Street off U.S. Hwy 64 Admission: Free Contact: Stacy Crossley, 903-567-1849 or,


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October October 8 LINDALE Lindale Chamber Countryfest / Crossroads Classic Car Show

What: Local festival hosted by Lindale Chamber of Commerce. Stroll through arts and 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 13 - 16 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards


What: Top international musicians and bands from all over the world will flock to Jefferson to competes in three evenings of country music concerts. Awards will follow with performances by all the winners. Texas Sounds is produced by East Texas Performing Arts. . Where: Historic Jefferson, Texas Contact:

October 14 - 15 28th Annual Rusk County PRCA Rodeo


October 14 Autumn Trails Trail Ride and Welcome Parade


What: October 14 & 15, 28th Annual Rusk County PRCA Rodeo Where: Rusk Co. Expo Center, 3303 FM 13W. Henderson, TX Admission: Advance tickets can be purchased at the Boot Barn located at 2311 Hwy 79 South Henderson Shopping Center. Adults advance tickets $12.00; at the gate $14.00; Children 6-12 $7.00; children 5 and under free. Contact: Rodeo Hotline – Boot Barn 903 657-3699 or or City of Henderson 866-650-5529

What: Longest running annual event in Winnsboro for over 62 years. Celebration throughout the month includes trail rides, livestock show, Arts & Crafts, barrel racing, Jeeptober, Beard & Mustache Contest, Model A Tour, Classic Car Parade, and much, much more. See website for dates and times. Where: Downtown Winnsboro Admission: Free Contact: or 903-342-1958

October 15 Longview Wine Festival


What: Benefitting 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


North East Texas

October - November October 15 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: Downtown Mount Pleasant, 100 W. 1st Street, Mt Pleasant, TX 75455 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 19 - 22 85th East Texas Yamboree Festival


What: Queen’s Coronation, carnival, 2 parades, live music and barn dance, gospel music show, car show, fiddler’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 22 City of Paris 22nd “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

October 22 SULPHUR SPRINGS World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest

What: 52nd 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 fires. 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 22 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

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November November & December 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,

November 4 & 5 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. Where: Throughout Downtown Greenville Admission: Most events are FREE, the Saturday night concert will be ticketed Contact: 903-455-1197

November 11 - 12 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 Jefferson 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 11-12 Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival


November 12 “Christmas Tyme in Gusherville”


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

What: Holiday Open House. Antique District open late November 12. Texas Style Hospitality. Annual Christmas Tree lighting at 6 pm. Small Business Saturday November 26. Christmas Parade December 13, 6 pm. Contact: Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, 903-845-5501, •


North East Texas

November - December November 12 33rd 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 find 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;, • Depot Museum - 903-657-4303; Car Show - Trey Segura 512-569-9858

November 18 & December 26 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 26 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 26 & December 3 Christmas in Heritage Park


What: Christmas in the Park, offers strolling carolers, a spectacle of lights, live nativity scene and Santa Clause. You can enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, 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,

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December December 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 floats, 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 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

December 1 - 3 & December 8 - 10 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 finery. Where: Historic Jefferson, Texas Contact: or

December 2 SULPHUR SPRINGS 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 3 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 first Saturday in December. Where: On the square in downtown Commerce Admission: Free Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce 903-886-3950,

December 3 Yulefest



North East Texas

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 December 3 Christmas in Lindale


What: "Kick off Christmas in Lindale with the Rotary Christmas Parade, followed by free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Picker's Pavilion at Blackberry Square! Every year this historic Lindale landmark transforms into The Most Wonderful PHOTO-OP of the Year! Bring the whole family and capture those beautiful, Instagrammable pics you just can't get enough of, then meander through the displays as holiday music fills the air. The Pavilion is open to the public Dec. 4 through Jan. 1, 9:00 am until 9:00 pm." 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 3 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 pm. Where: Downtown Lufkin Contact:

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December December 3 Magically Mineola All Day & Night Events


What: League of the Arts Bazaar, Free Carriage/Wagon Rides Downtown, Free Mini Train Rides, and Annual Chamber Parade at 5:30 pm, and visit with Santa at the Gazebo Where: Downtown & All Around Mineola Admission: Free for carriage rides and Santa at the Gazebo Contact: Mineola Main Street, 903-569-6183,

December 6 Annual Christmas Parade


What: Join us as we officially kick off Christmas with the arrival of Santa Claus during our annual Christmas Parade. 6:00 pm Where: Downtown Rusk Admission: Free Contact: Rusk Chamber at 903-683-4242 or •

December 10 Jingle Bell Bop & Shop



North East Texas

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


Canton Visitors Bureau 903-567-1849 119 N. Buffalo Canton, TX 75103


Panola County Chamber of Commerce

903-693-6634 Fax: 903-693-8578 300 W. Panola St. Carthage, Texas 75633


The Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce 903-427-2645 Fax: 903-427-5454 101 N. Locust Clarksville, TX 75426


Commerce Chamber of Commerce


Gladewater Chamber of Commerce

903-845-5501 Fax: 903-845-6326 215 N. Main, Gladewater, TX 75647


Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

903-886-3950 Fax: 903-886-8012 1114 Main St. Commerce, TX 75428

903-457-2994 Fax: 903-457-3167 2821 Washington St. P.O. Box 1049 Greenville, TX 75403



Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Henderson

866-650-5529 1500 Lake Forest Parkway 903-843-2413 Henderson, TX 75652 Fax: 1-888-371-5969 106 Buffalo St. Gilmer, TX 75644 Center Shelby County Gaston Museum Chamber of Commerce 903-722-9016 936-598-3682 • 800-854-5328 6656 TX-64, Fax: 936-598-8163 Henderson, TX 75652 100 Courthouse Sq., A-101 museumoffice@ Center, TX 75935 Visitor & Events Guide


Mount Pleasant Longview Jacksonville

Explore Jacksonville

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

Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau

903-753-3281 Located in Downtown Longview 109 W. Tyler, St. Longview, TX 75601

Lufkin Jefferson

City of Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau 936-633-0262 300 E Shepherd Ave Lufkin, TX 75901

903-665-3733 Fax: 903-665-7457 305 E. Austin St. Jefferson, TX 75657 Marshall Visit Marshall 903-702-7777 211 N. Washington Kilgore Marshall, TX 75670 Visit Kilgore 903-218-6896 815 N. Kilgore Street Kilgore, TX 75662

East Texas Oil Museum

903-983-8295 Fax: 903-983-8659 1301 S. Henderson Blvd. Kilgore, TX 75662


Visit Lindale


City of Mineola Tourism Department

903-569-6183 1-800-646-3652 P.O. Box 179, Mineola, TX 75773

Mineola Civic Center & RV Park

903-569-6115 1150 N. Newsom Mineola, TX 75773 903-881-5103 55 Miranda Lambert Way, Suite 3 nancy@ Lindale, TX 75771


Mount PleasantTitus County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Council 903-572-8567 Fax: 903-572-0613 1604 N. Jefferson Mount Pleasant,TX 75455


Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau 936-564-7351 • 888-564-7351 Fax: 936-462-7688 200 East Main Street Nacogdoches, TX 75961


Palestine Visitor Center 903-723-3014 825 W. Spring Street Palestine, TX 75801


Paris Visitors and Convention Council

903-784-2501• 800.PARIS TX 903-517-4525 Fax: 903-784-2158 8 West Plaza Paris, TX 75460

North East Texas


Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce 903-856-3442 202 Jefferson Street Pittsburg, TX 75686 info@pittsburgcamp www.pittsburgcampcounty


Rusk Chamber of Commerce

903-683-4242 184 N. Main Street / P.O. Box 67 Rusk, TX 75785

Sulphur Springs

Department of Tourism

903-885-5614 1-888-300-6623 1220 Cessna Drive Sulphur Springs, TX 75482


Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau 972-563-5703 1314 W. Moore Terrell, TX 75160


City of Texarkana

903-798-3900 220 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75501


Visit Tyler

903-593-6905 110 N. College, Ste.105 Tyler, TX 75702


County Line Magazine

903-963-8306 903-312-9556 P.O. Box 608 Ben Wheeler, TX 75754

Piney Woods Wine Trail


Richardson Media & Publishing, LLC



City of Winnsboro

903-342-3654 501 S Main Street Winnsboro, TX 75494


Tatum Economic Development Corporation 903-947-6403 680 N. Crystal Farms Rd. Tatum, TX 75691