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Bonham ..............6 Canton................7 Carthage ............7 Clarksville............8 Commerce ..........8 Gilmer ................9 Gladewater ........9 Greenville ........10 Henderson ......10 Jacksonville ......11 Jefferson ..........11 Kilgore..............12

Calendar Lindale..............12 Longview ..........13 Marshall ............13 Mineola ............14 Mount Pleasant 14 Nacogdoches ..15 Palestine ..........15 Paris..................16 Pittsburg ..........16 Sulphur Springs 17 Tatum ..............17 Texas Parks ......18 Tyler ................18 Winnsboro........19

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January ................20 February ........20 - 21 March....................22 April ..............22 - 28 May..........28, 42 - 44 June ..............44 - 46 July................47 - 50 August ..........50 - 51 September ....52 - 54 October ........54 - 58 November ....58 - 61 ...29 - 33, 36 - 40 December......61 - 63

See & Do Regional Map ...34 - 35

North East Texas Council membership....65 - 67 Cover photos used by permission from the following partner cities Gladewater, Greenville, Henderson, Jacksonville, Kilgore & 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 Š 2020 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 • Fax: (903)583-9830 info@visitbonham.com • www.visitbonham.com 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 1-877-GO-2-SHOP • (877) 462-7467 Info@VisitCantonTX.com • www.VisitCantonTX.com

CARTHAGE “Country At It’s Best.” We have it all - temperate weather, lots of jobs, a low tax base, good schools and churches, and the world famous Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The rural setting of our community offers plenty of Texas hospitality and is a great place to settle down or just visit for awhile. If you love country music, Carthage is definitely the place for you. Each year hundreds of people come to visit the impressive Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum, which is filled with memorabilia from over 50 artists such as Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves, and Willie Nelson. The Hall of Fame building includes a gift shop, plus provides meeting space for banquets and other activities. In August each year, the new inductees are presented to a packed house. Those attending enjoy a spectacular Nashville-type show with special guests. Another popular country music venue is the Country Music Hayride show held the 2nd and 4th Saturday nights every month at the historic Esquire Theater in downtown Carthage. Panola County is centrally located within a 2-3 hour drive of Dallas and Houston, nestled in the deep East Texas Piney Woods. Spend time fishing on Lake Murvaul; play a relaxing game of golf at Carthage Country Club; enjoy kayaking on the Sabine River Trail; zip line at Billy Bob’s Zipline; see the Old Jail Museum and one of the 5 beautiful bronze statues, lovingly sculpted by artist Bob Harness. It's a place where you can settle in and revive yourself - it's country at its best!

Panola County Chamber of Commerce 300 W. Panola St • Carthage, TX 75633 (903) 693-6634 • cvb@carthagetexas.com • www.CarthageTexas.com Visitor & Events Guide


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 redrivercc@yahoo.com • www.redrivercoc.com

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 info@commerce-chamber.com www.commerce-chamber.com 8

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GILMER The charming & 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 stores with unique gifts, antiques, clothing for adults & children, and decor items. Afterward stop for lunch at one of several wonderful eateries and enjoy some Gilmer hospitality. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy our Wild Hog Hunt in February, the judging alone is fun and exciting for people of all ages. You can also take advantage of nature trails, scenic bike rides, as well as Texas Motorized Trails located on Barnwell Mountain, and dove hunting ranches. Or enjoy fishing at our beautiful Lake Gilmer, a renowned crappie and bass lake tucked away in the Piney Woods. Our famous East Texas Yamboree held every October welcomes over 100,000 guests to celebrate with pageants, parades, carnival rides, music, dancing, and plenty of great food. You'll want to try our unbelievably delicious specialty...yam pie! As December rolls around, you'll want to be in Gilmer for Christmas activities...our Santa Claus Parade, North Pole Art Contest, Breakfast with Santa, Yulefest celebration on the square and of course Old Saint Nick Himself! We welcome you to visit to 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: (903) 843-3759 gilmerareachamber@gmail.com www.gilmerareachamber.com • www.yamboree.com

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 Walker Manor B & B, 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, Art/Wine Stroll, and “Christmas Tyme in Gusherville” activities. Community participation is with partners of the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce & Gladewater Economic Development. Gladewater Chamber of Commerce & Gladewater Economic Development.

Gladewater Chamber of Commerce 215 N. Main • Gladewater, TX 75647 (903) 845-5501 • Fax: (903) 845-6326 info@gladewaterchamber.org www.gladewaterchamber.org Visitor & Events Guide


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 Open Mic Night at one of our Downtown Pubs or try 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 and Contest, 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: cvb@ci.greenville.tx.us www.travelgreenvilletx.com

HENDERSON 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 and the beautiful new pocket park offer shade and restrooms to shoppers while shopping in the National Register Historic Downtown District. History comes alive with the downtown Walking Tour Brochure. Shown is the restored Opera House which now is home to the Henderson Henderson Civic Theatre Civic Theater in the Historic District. Henderson also has a variety of restaurants and shopping on US Highway79/259, the main thoroughfare through the city. Several parks have been renovated to include spray pads, new playground equipment, walking and jogging trails and a Farmer’s Market. Our Lake Forest Park includes an arboretum, as well a fishing from alongside the bank. The Depot Museum is just a few blocks from downtown and is nestled on 5 acres which includes 11 restored structures, the Arnold Outhouse, a Saw Mill and a Cotton Gin. As a designated Go-Texas Retirement Community, Henderson has a lot to be proud of. We are also a Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliate. View our latest video at Officalbestof.com Texas 2018 Best Rural City Season 11.

City of Henderson Tourism Department 1500 Lake Forest Parkway Henderson, TX 75652 1-866-650-5529 • FAX: (903) 657-7327 tourism@hendersontx.us


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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, driving through the Cherokee Trace Safari Park, or braving the Adrenaline Rush Zip Line course, 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 info@explorejacksonvilletx.org www.ExploreJacksonvilleTx.org

JEFFERSON See why BuzzFeed designated Jefferson, Texas as the Number 2 "Best Small Town in America, According to Travelers”. 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 a carriage ride through 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 VisitJeffersonTexas.com or call 903-665-3733.

City of Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau 305 E. Austin St. • Jefferson, TX 75657 (903) 665-3733 tourism@cityhallofjefferson.com www.VisitJeffersonTexas.com Visitor & Events Guide


KILGORE Kilgore, also is known as the “City of Stars”, is conveniently located in the heart of East Texas. Discover the birthplace of one of the greatest oil booms and where the first official dance drill team brought “show business” to the football gridiron. Located in the lush piney woods, Kilgore is still a place where southern hospitality meets Texas energy. From the tall steel oil derrick replicas, to the historic downtown filled with performing arts, unique boutiques, local cuisines, historical landmarks and art-deco architecture -

You’ll GUSH over Kilgore!

Visit Kilgore 815 N. Kilgore St. Kilgore, TX 75662 (903) 218-6896 www.VisitKilgore.com

LINDALE Lindale sits at the crossroads of I20 & HWY 69 in the lush, green rolling hills of East Texas. Its recreational amenities and affordable cost of living make Lindale a praised city in which to work and live. Lindale is also home to country music sensation Miranda Lambert. The vision of the city is to make available a quality of life by providing entertainment and local arts in the newly created Downtown Cannery District. Lindale is becoming a destination city by offering a variety of events, the Piney Woods Wine Festival and The Vintage Market Days of East Texas, to name a few. Recently, Lindale was designated a Texas Music Friendly Community by Governor Greg Abbott’s Office. Lindale recognizes that the sacred treasure of our community is the caring values we have which makes Lindale truly great. Today, we invite you and your family to come for a visit and discover for yourselves why everyone is saying “I love Lindale”!

Visit Lindale 55 Miranda Lambert Way, Suite 3 Lindale, TX 75771 (903) 881-5103 www.visitlindale.com 12

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LONGVIEW It’s easy to understand why Longview offers an authentic East Texas experience. Longview is full of friendly folks who know how to enjoy life and make a guest feel welcome. With many options for hotels, restaurants, and shopping, Longview is the perfect hub 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 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 in the spring and fall. Enjoy a stroll through the new Longview Arboretum and Nature Center near the Cultural Arts District. A world-class art museum in the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, fascinating history at the Gregg County Historical Museum, and hands-on activities for children at the Longview World of Wonders provide a broad spectrum of activities for the visitors and residents of Longview.

Longview Convention & Visitors Bureau 300 W. Cotton Street • Longview, TX 75601 (903) 753-3281 VisitLongviewTexas.com

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 one of many downCaddo Lake town 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 www.VisitMarshallTexas.com Visitor & Events Guide


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 www.mineola.com

“Sidetrack in Mineola, TX.”

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 • info@mtpleasanttx.com www.MtPleasantTX.com 14

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NACOGDOCHES From the dazzling spring Azalea Trail to the spectacle of fall foliage, the Garden Capital of Texas offers fun for every season. Festivals, live music and one-of-a-kind events fill the calendar and showcase the multiple personalities of this historic icon. Whether it’s an old fashioned sugar cane celebration or a downtown wine swirl or wassail fest, you’ll find something spectacular going on year-round in Texas’ oldest town. Voted one of the top 10 tourist destinations in Texas, Nacogdoches boasts numerous historic landmarks and museums that interpret the history of Texas and the nine flags that have flown over the city. You can also experience the charm of this 300-year-old legend by hiking a creekside trail or strolling the treasure trove of unique shops nestled along the brick streets of the historic downtown district. If your tastes run a little more on the festive side, take in a Wine, Whiskey and Brew Tour. Whatever your interests, you’ll run out of time before you run out of fun. After all, Texas starts here.

Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau 200 East Main Street • Nacogdoches, TX 75961 (936) 564-7351 or 888-564-7351 Fax. :(936) 462-7688 Info@VisitNacogdoches.org • VisitNac.com

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 on tap at the local pub. 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 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 www.visitpalestine.com Visitor & Events Guide


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 is flavored with unique 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 that is!!

Paris Visitors and Convention Council 8 West Plaza • Paris, TX 75460 (903) 784-2501• 1-800-PARISTX chamber@paristexas.com www.paristexas.com

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 • www.pittsburgcampcountychamber.com 16

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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 • tourism@sulphurspringstx.org www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org

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 www.tatumtexas.com • www.facebook.com/TatumEDC Visitor & Events Guide


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 www.TexasStateParks.org

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 1-800-235-5712 www.visittyler.com


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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 offer‌and you might even discover it feels like home!�

City of Winnsboro 501 South Main Street Winnsboro, TX 75494 (903) 342.3654 www.cityofwinnsboro.org www.WinnsboroOnlineGuide.com

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January STATEWIDE - TEXAS 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: www.texasstateparks.org/firstdayhikes or 512-389-8900

January - December

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: $5.00 VIP Parking: $10.00 at Main Gate Entrance Where: Canton, TX. On I-20 exits 523, 526, 527 and 528. Admission: Free Contact: (903) 567-6556; info@visitcantontx.com www.firstmondaycanton.com or www.VisitCantonTX.com

January - December River Run ATV Park


What: Offering trails and campsites for everyone, River Run’s visitors enjoy year-round camping, mudding, swimming, horse riding, and much more on over 2,000 private acres. The Neches River offers a place to cool off, and the general store carries most of the emergency essentials you may forget at home. Jacksonville’s gourmet cuisine and hospitality are just a stone’s throw away. Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

February - May Longview 150


What: Longview turns 150 years in 2020 and will celebrate this monumental milestone with several months of events including a banquet, homecoming, transportation show, parade, local history, and many other fun activities! Where: All over Longview Admission: Varies Contact: LongviewTexas.gov/150 or (903) 753-3281

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. 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 • info@gladewaterchamber.org • www.daffodilgarden.com


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February 8 Nacogdoches Wine Swirl


What: The 9th annual Wine Swirl features Texas wines, food trucks, local restaurants and downtown merchants along the old brick streets of Texas’ first city. This fun-filled evening attracts hundreds of guests sipping wine, shopping, and enjoying live music in downtown shops, historic sites and popular venues. Where: Downtown 4pm - 8pm Admission: Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-swirl-2020-tickets81842331617 (they are $40) ( Wine Swirl 2020 ) They are also available at The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center and Red House Winery. Contact: Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-564-7351 VisitNacogdoches.org/event/Wine-Swirl-2020/

February 13 - 15 12th Annual Canton Western Swing Valentine Party


What: BIG Western Valentine Party – Two Huge dance floors. Full camper hook-ups. It’ll be warm in the Canton Civic Center. Where: Canton, Texas in the Canton Civic Center off U.S. Hwy 64 West. Admission: $35.00 Per Day, $60.00 2 Day pass, $75.00 3 Day Pass, $20.00 after 5:00 pm Any Day Contact: Jim Fuller, 903-245-6300, www.honkytonkcanton.com

February 15 ( Saturday ) Annual Kids Fish Day


What: Trout fishing for community children ages 2-12. Drawings for prizes and free hot dogs / drinks provided for participants. Where: Lake Tawakoni State Park, 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169 Admission: Free for participating children and their parents. Contact: Please call the Park HQ at (903) 560-7123. Pre-registration is required to receive fishing time, food & drinks, and a chance for drawn prizes.

February 21 - 23 Mardi Gras 2019 - Krewe of Hebe


February 29 Big Techs Industry Tours


What: Mardi Gras Upriver is one of the most festive events in Jefferson. The activities last an entire weekend and feature parades, bands, food, vendors, carnival, frosty beverages, and, of course, beads. Where: Downtown Jefferson Contact: https://www.mardigrasupriver.com

What: Longview has a long history of inventors, builders, and makers. Explore factory tours to see how the world’s largest front-end loader is built and how other amazing technology is made in Longview. Free tours are provided at industries throughout Longview. Also, don’t miss “Little Big Techs” date to be determined, which is a special day of hands-on STEM activities for kids and families of all ages in Downtown Longview. Where: Throughout Longview Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

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: www.texasstateparks.org/tof or 512-389-8900

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March - November

(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, www.VisitMarshallTexas.com, (903) 702-7777

Mid March - Mid April Nacogdoches Azalea Trail


What: Winding more than 25 miles through beautiful neighborhoods in historic Nacogdoches, the Azalea Trail is one of the most popular in Texas. The trail features the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, the largest in Texas, boasting 7,000 azaleas and one of the most diverse collections in the nation. Where: All trails leave from the Nacogdoches Convention of Visitors Bureau, 200 E. Main Street Admission: Free Contact: Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-564-7351 www.NacogdochesAzaleas.com

March 5 - 8 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 8, 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 4 @ 5:00 PM Contact: Red River Co. Chamber – (903) 427-2645, redrivercc@yahoo.com, www.redrivercoc.com

March 6 - 8 46th Annual Zonta Club Antique Show & Sale


What: Antique and collectible show and sale to benefit local scholarships and non-profit agencies. Antique vendors will be present with various antiques and collectibles. Weekend passes available, free parking, Z Café and dessert bar. Where: Maude Cobb Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd, Longview; Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

March 7 A Stary Night


What: Over one hundred paintings from area artists go into a silent auction during this night of entertainment, food, and friends. Where: Winnsboro Civic Center Admission: $50 Contact: Winnsboro Center for the Arts, www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com

March 20 - 22, March 27 - 29 & April 3 - 5 82nd 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 Trails Arts & Music Festival, People’s Choice Car Show, Gingerbread and Coffee at the Old Pilgrim Church, 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. Where: Palestine (City-wide) Admission: Varies by event Contact: Palestine Visitor Center (903) 723-3014 www.visitpalestine.com/dogwood


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March 20 - April 5 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, 800-235-5712, www.VisitTyler.com/azaleatrail



April Quake on Town Lake


What: Two days of exciting drag boat racing on Town Lake. All proceeds benefit Cypress Basin Hospice. Where: Town Lake, Mount Pleasant Admission: Varies Contact: Cypress Basin Hospice: (903) 577 - 1510. www.Facebook.com/QuakeOnTownLake

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 March, April, 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: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

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April 4 Dalton Days & Wild West Show



What: Wild West shows, reenactments of the famous Dalton Gang bank robbery, children's activities, music, and concessions. It's a free event for the whole family as well as any history enthusiast. Hosted by the Gregg County Historical Museum. Where: Downtown Longview Contact: Gregg County Historical Museum at (903) 753-5840 or VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

April 4 Winefest



What: Enjoy an evening stroll in Paris Historic Downtown District while sampling Texas’s top wines and dining on local restaurants’ savory bites. Shoppers can also find one-of-a-kind gifts at participating retailers while enjoying an evening of entertainment Where: Downtown Paris Shops Contact: Tickets go on sale February: See website for more details. pariswinefest.com, Cheri Bedford 903-784-9293

April 9 - 11 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, www.pittsburgtexas.com

April 10 & 11 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, www.mlota.org

April 11 ( Saturday ) Easter in the Park


What: Easter Egg hunt with over 3,000 eggs! Appearance by the Easter Bunny Where: Atlanta State Park, 927 Park Road 42, Atlanta, TX 75551 Admission: Kids 12 and under Free, Adults $3.00/day, overnight camping fees apply Contact: www.TexasStateParks.org or 903-796-6476

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 www.visithendersontx.com

April 15 - May 31 Tatum Wild flower Trail



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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. Admission: Throughout Rusk County, Tatum, TX Contact: www.tatumtexas.com


April 16 - 19 South Central Area Rover Rally (SCARR)


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 15th annual, SCARR event Where: Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Contact: Texas Rovers at scarr@texasrovers.org, www.texasrovers.org

April 17 - 18 Piney Woods Quilt Festival


April 17 & 18 Longview PRCA Rodeo & Harvest Crawfish Festival


What: Hundreds of handmade, machine stitched, appliquĂŠd quilts on display. Door prizes every hour and a general store featuring handmade items. Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop Admission: $3.00 Contact: Kathryn Schexnayder, (903) 754-3263 For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

What: Top cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Annual Longview PRCA Rodeo on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. 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: Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd. Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281


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April 17, 18 & 25 35th Annual East Texas Gusher Days


What: Enjoy a variety of events revolving around the nostalgia of the oil boom days. On Friday April 17, starting at 1 pm Hip Hop Amusements, Food, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment. On Saturday, Hip Hop Amusements, Chili Cook Off, Car Show, Entertainment, Food, Arts & Crafts and much more. The Gusher Days Big Bass Classic will be held at Lake Gladewater on April 25. Where: Downtown Gladewater, Lake Gladewater Admission: Free Contact: East Texas Gusher Days, (903) 845-5501, www.gusher-days.com

April 17 - 26 Hunt County Fair


What: Vintage Market Days© is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, and a little more. We absolutely love the thought of bringing the Vintage experience to both vendors and customers throughout the country. Where: Picker's Pavilion, 205 E. North Street, Lindale, Texas Admission: Friday & Saturday $10, Sunday $5, Children 12 & Under are free Contact: Visit Lindale, (903) 881-5103, Facebook - Visit Lindale, www.visitlindale.com.

April 20

3rd Monday in April, May, June, Sept, Oct & Nov

Monday Night Live!


What: Monday Night Live! is an eclectic live music venue in the historical downtown district as we close the streets for pedestrians and vendors. You’ll hear everything from jazz, folk, country to classic rock, 50’s/60’s, and zydeco. From 5-8 PM on the 3rd Monday in April, May, June, Sept, Oct, & Nov you’ll find draped string lights, food, vendors, friends and great music. Where: Market Street in Winnsboro Historical Downtown District Admission: Free Contact: 903.335.1410 or visit www.WinnsboroOnlineGuide.com

April 24 & 25 25th Annual Antique Tractor Show


What: Tractor pulls, large exhibit of antique tractors, small engine displays, corn grinding, horse drawn equipment, tractor games, rope making, hay baling, antique tools and tractor parade. Where: Rusk County Expo Center at Rusk County Airpor – 3303 Hwy 13W. Henderson, TX Admission: Family $6.00 – Adults $3.00 – Youth $2.00 – Kids under 12 free. Contact: Don Reynolds – (903) 889-2671 – www.visithendersontx.com

April 24 - 26 PARIS Archery Shooters Association PRO/AM Southwest Shootout

What: Chamber Shoot on Thursday, April 23rd. ASA Southwest Shootout April 24th thru 26th, Paris is one of six tournaments on the PRO/AM Tour. Compete to win Big cash prizes and the Beautiful Paris custom Belt Buckle. Where: Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris Contact: 1-800-727-4789, info@asaarchery.com, www.asaarchery.com




What: The 53rd edition of the Hunt County Fair promises fun, food, and entertainment for the entire family. The fair celebrates youth, agriculture, livestock, and culture indigenous to Hunt County. With an expanded midway, numerous livestock competitions, variety of live entertainment and of course – great fair food, you won’t want to miss this annual event! Where: Hunt County Fairgrounds, 9800 FM 1570, Greenville Admission: Day rates, wrist bands, contact for details Contact: (903) 454-1503 or www.huntcountyfair.net

April 17 - 19 & October 16 - 18 Vintage Market Days of East Texas


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April 25 Bois d’Arc Spring Car Show


April 25 Longview Wine Festival


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, info@commerce-chamber.com

What: Benefitting the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance, the Longview Wine Festival draws thousands to one of Longview’s newest parks: The Green. The event showcases wines from area wineries as well as music, food, and vendors. Where: The Green Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 239-5538

April 25 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, terre143@aol.com • Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, (903) 856-3442, www.pittsburgcampcountychamber.com


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April 25 Tatum Pecan Pie Festival


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: www.facebook.com/TatumPecanPieFestival/ or www.tatumtexas.com

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, www.VisitMarshallTexas.com, (903) 702-7777

May - October 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.marketsquareparistexas.com; www. paristexas.com

May 1 & 2 PRCA Rodeo


May 1 - 3 73rd Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage


What: PRCA Rodeo Where: Panola County Rodeo Grounds in Carthage, TX Contact: City of Carthage, (903) 693-3868 or Chamber of Commerce (903) 693-6634 www.carthagetexas.com • For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

What: The Jessie 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 this weekend can also enjoy Civil War reenactments, 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 Contact: www.JeffersonPilgrimage.com

May 2 14th Bonham Heritage Day - 2020


What: Motor cross jumps, music entertainment, car & truck show, food & craft vendors Where: Bonham Historic Square Admission: Free Contact: Bonham Visitors Center, info@visitbonham.com, (903) 583-9830 www.visitbonham.com


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Mineola Nature Preserve 1Mineola Mineola Nature Preserve along the Sabine River features over 20 miles of walking, bicycling and equestrian trails through the 3,000 acres of pristine hills and lowlands. Kayaking & canoeing on the Big Foot Paddling Trail. Bird watching and wildlife viewing stations, fishing ponds, challenging disk 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 sun set. www.Mineola.com and www.mineolanaturepreserve.com

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). Visitor & Events Guide 29

Capital of Texas 3 Garden Nacogdoches Discover why Nacogdoches has been designated by the Texas Legislature as the Garden Capital of Texas. From the largest azalea garden in the state to fall foliage and flowering trails that appear at almost every turn, Nacogdoches offers year-round beauty to the casual observer and the most serious gardener alike. The Garden Capital of Texas brochure is available at the Charles Bright Visitor Center and offers a complete list of gardens. www.VisitNac.com

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. www.firstmondaycanton.com - (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. depotmuseum.com

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 Amtrak.com. 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. 30

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An Annual Park Pass 7 Buy 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 www.TexasStateParks.org or call 512-389-8900

of Arts - Winnsboro Center for the Arts 8 Heart Winnsboro Discover why our community was one of the first designated Cultural Arts Districts in the state of Texas by visiting our vibrant Winnsboro Center for the Arts. The WCA hosts a wide variety of cultural activities from concerts, theater productions, and art exhibits to classes, workshops, and literary events. Beautiful Gallery Gift Shop located inside. For more information go to www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com or call 903.342.0686.

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 www.cottonmuseum.com or call (903) 450-4502.


Lake Bob Sandlin State Park Mount Pleasant

Just 5 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, the park offers 4.2 miles of hiking and biking trails, lighted fishing pier, fish cleaning station, picnic area, playground, group pavillion, swimming area with diving platform and a double boat ramp. 1(800) 792-1112 www.facebook.com/LakeBobSandlinStatePark/

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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 www.facebook.com/Martin-Creek-Lake-State-Park-Texas-Parks-and-Wildlife-330898450826/


Mid America Flight Museum Mount Pleasant

The historic Aviation Museum located at the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport defferentiates 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 www.MidAmericaFlightMuseum.org

Texas Country Music Hall 13 of Fame Museum Carthage Visit the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Museum honoring native Texans who have made their mark on Country Music. Also, located inside the 16,000 square foot museum are large displays honoring Panola County natives Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves and other Texas Country Music legends. Fans have come from every state as well as numerous foreign countries to see the impressive displays of memorabilia. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am 4:00 pm. Located at 310 W. Panola St, Carthage, Texas. Contact number: (903) 694-9561

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 in our NEW location, 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 netxcm.com. 32

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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 eraly 1800's. Tucked awayin 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


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. splashkingdomwaterpark.com


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 www.visitsamrayburnhouse.com. For more information about the Sam Rayburn Library Museum call (903) 583-2455 or visit www.cah.utexas.edu/museums/rayburn.php


Barber Hills Mountain Bike Trail Paris

These trails have something for almost everyone... Plenty of fast sections, ample technical sections, and amazing views. Great rhythm to the trails with a good mix of fast drops and steady climbs. Beginners start with the Inner Loop. Advanced take the south loop. Very low traffic and open all year. Come try out the best mountain bike trail in Northeast Texas located at Pat Mayse Lake in Powderly, Texas just minutes from Paris. Check out Barber Hills Trail on Facebook, www.facebook.com/barberhillstrail/ Visitor & Events Guide


Places to Go! Bonham Canton Carthage (Panola County)

Clarksville (Red River County)

Commerce Gilmer Gladewater Greenville Henderson Jacksonville Jefferson Kilgore Lindale Longview Marshall

Mineola Mount Pleasant Nacogdoches Palestine Paris Pittsburg

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

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 • www.memorialcityhall.com



Texas Broadcast Museum 20 Kilgore The Texas Broadcast Museum spotlights the people and equipment of broadcasting’s Golden Age, featuring working television and radio studios, a vintage equipment restoration facility, and archives available for research. Home to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, the museum offers an eclectic mix of vintage broadcast memorabilia and equipment, which is sure to delight the young and old alike. www.texasbroadcastmuseum.com

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. www.texasstaterailroad.net • 855-632-7729

Downtown - 100 Acres of Heritage 22 Longview Wander through downtown and you'll find the original 100 acres that today is the cultural hub of Longview with museums, restaurants, and unique shops. Savor an incredible coffee at Silver Grizzly Espresso. Enjoy a handcrafted gluten-free beer at Oil Horse Brewery. Indulge your taste buds at local favorites like the Little Thai House, Roma’s Italian Kitchen, Deb's Downtown Cafe, or Cace's Kitchen. Explore unique shops like Heartisans and State of Mind. Attend a free concert and read about Longview’s history at Heritage Plaza. Just blocks from downtown, explore the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center. 36

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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. www.gladewaterchamber.org

Mill Pond / 24 Old Parrot Park Museum Lindale Old Mill Pond Museum consists of fourteen buildings & pavilions on a beauiful 20+ acre site. As you stroll through the park, you will see displays of historical artfacts that depict early American life circa 1850 to 1950. The Park is great for young and old alike, where our motto is “Saving the Past for the Future.” Visit our new General Store, open to public - Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 2900 S. Main Street (HWY 69). Visit our Facebook page at Old Mill Pond Museum.

for Adventure? 25 Looking Jacksonville Within 10 minutes of downtown Jacksonville one can discover Texas' last "wild" waterway, the Neches River. Its banks join 2,000 acres known as River Run ATV Park, where folks can get down-and-dirty on ATVs or other off-road vehicle. For those who prefer to dodge the mud, River Run offers several miles of dry trails that traverse the wooded Neches River bottom. And, visitors who like a slower pace will find trail areas that are particularly well-suited for horseback riding. For more information, please visit: EXPLOREJACKSONVILLETX.ORG

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, exlectic items, home décor, floral designs, antiques shopping, Madame Alexanders Dolls, Uniques gifts, coffee café with eats. Walking Tour Brochures are available. www. visithendersontx.com. Visit us at www.officialbestof.com, Henderson was selected as Texas 2018 Best Rural City Season 11. Visitor & Events Guide


Sabine Sandbar Paddling Trail 27 Carthage Enjoy quiet pools, small riffles, and great fishing for up to a full day's paddle on your choice of 4, 15, or 19 miles of trail. Observe birds and other wildlife, such as herons, kingfishers, otters, deer, hogs, turkey, and the occasional Bald Eagle, in their natural habitat. Remember to keep a safe distance between you and wildlife. This section of the river supports numerous species of fish with the most common being catfish, alligator gar, and sand bass. https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/ inland/sabine_sandbar/

Community 28 Arts Longview You can find year-round opportunities to enjoy art, theater, and music in Longview’s Cultural Arts District that includes the 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. Plus, LeTourneau University's Belcher Center hosts broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and world-class performers for audiences of all ages. Learn more at ArtsLongview.org

the Bricks” 29 “Hit Tyler Every second Saturday, “Hit the Bricks.” Downtown Tyler will be bursting with entertainment, music, food, craft beer, history, tours, art, and more. Each Event will offer something new and different, but rain or shine, cold or hot, Downtown Tyler will be the place to be on the second Saturday of every month. For a full listing of events go to www.VisitTyler.com/HitTheBricks.

Family Home State Historic Site 30 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 www.facebook.com/visitstarrfamilyhome/ 38

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Airship 31 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 Thursday Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (903) 946-3243

#2 “Best Small Town in America” 32 Jefferson Come see why BuzzFeed designated Jefferson as the Number 2 “Best Small Town in America, According to Travelers.” • Award Winning Inns • Historic Downtown Boutiques & Gift Shops • Outstanding Local Restaurants • Year-Round Events • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides • Boat Tours • Historic Home Tours • Spas • Wineries • Ghost Walks • Canoe & Kayak Rentals VisitJeffersonTexas.com • 903-665-3733

Becknell / Robbinsville Cemetery 33 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 www.williambecknell.com.

of Nacogdoches 34 Trails Nacogdoches Walk, hike, bike or just sit back and take in the natural beauty. Numerous trails offer activities to suit most any enthusiast. Most trails are along the creeks on the east and wets side of downtown or on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center. Note: Some trails were created with the intermediate rider in mind and feature steep climbs, jumps and more challenging, twisting routes. All trails are dog-friendly but your canine friend must be on a leash. www.VisitNac.com Visitor & Events Guide


the Pineywoods in a Cabin 35 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 www.TexasStateParks.org or call 512-389-8900

Famous Glass Bathrooms 36 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!

Heck of a Treck 37 One 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. www.traildeparis.org or www.netexastrail.org


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May 2 May Fiesta



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

May 2 Cinco de Mayo on the Square


What: An all day celebration of Mount Pleasant’s dynamic Hispanic culture and traditions. Food vendors, live music, carnival, soccer tournaments, a 5K race, and much more. Where: Downtown Mount Pleasant Admission: Free to main event Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: (903) 572-8567, www.Facebook.com/CincoDeMayoMP or www.MtPleasantTX.com

May 2 PARIS 34th Annual Uncle Jesse Big Bass Classic Fishing Tournament

What: $5, 000 Prize for biggest bass! Plus, other prizes too! Hosted by Denver Pyles Children’s Charities and All proceeds go to help children in need in Lamar County. Where: Pat Mayse Lake just minutes from Paris Contact: Lisa Walker - (903)715-5213

May 2 Winnsboro Festival of Books


What: A celebration of all things literary! A partnership with DEAR Texas (Drop Everything and Read), the event includes panel discussions, author readings, a children’s performance, and writer’s workshops. Published adult/children authors available for autographs. Where: Winnsboro Center for the Arts Admission: Free Contact: Winnsboro.BookFestival.Network or www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com

May 8 - 9 Piney Woods Wine Festival


What: Featuring wine tastings by the Piney Woods Wine Trail Wineries, gift and artisan vendors, music, food and entertainment. Where: Picker's Pavilion, 205 E. North Street, Lindale, Texas Admission: $10.00, samples $1, wine sold by the glass and bottles Contact: Visit Lindale, (903) 881-5103, Facebook - Visit Lindale, www.visitlindale.com

May 8 & 9 “Eiffel in Love with Quilts 2020 Quilt Show”


What: The Red River Valley Quilt Guild invites you to our second 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 parisquiltshow1@gmail.com or www.parisquiltshow.com

May 9 Cherokee Rose Festival



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What: Celebration of Gilmer’s establishment on the Historic Cherokee Trace. Lots of activities for kids including a turtle race! Also craft vendors food trucks and truck and tractor show. Where: Gilmer, TX Admission: All ages welcome, activities are free Contact: Julie.york@ag.tamu.ed





May 9 16th Annual Apron Strings: Ties to the Past


What: Join the Antique District as they look at the history of the apron…from necessity to accessory…and honor those who wore them. The Antique District will be lined with fabulous vintage aprons that will no doubt bring back memories sure to warm our hearts. Walker Manor B&B will host its annual Mother’s Day Tea. For eservations call (903) 845-7054 Where: Downtown Gladewater • Admission: Free Contact: Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, (903) 845-5501 info@gladewaterchamber.org • www.gladewaterchamber.org

May 14, 15 & 16 JACKSONVILLE 58th 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 16 CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY Annual Chamber of Commerce Barbeque Cook-Off What: 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, redrivercc@yahoo.com, www.redrivercoc.com

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May 23 Audie Murphy Day


What: Hosted by the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, this annual event pays tribute to Texas’ very own Audie Leon Murphy, the most decorated combat soldier of WWII, as well as military veterans and those currently serving our country. Visitors will find a stirring patriotic variety of speakers, displays, and entertainment. Where: Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Moulton Dr., Greenville and Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, 600 Interstate 30 E, Greenville Admission: FREE for activities at Fletcher Warren Civic Center, and $2 - $6 for admission to museum events Contact: (903) 450-4502 or www.cottonmuseum.com

May 24 Memorial Day Brunch Train


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 5 & 6 Annual RRVTA HWY 82/287 Yard Sale


What: Red River Valley Tourism Association Annual Hwy 82/287 Yard Sale June 5th and 6th from New Boston to Seymore and beyond Great weekend fun searching for treasures within the towns on the 425-mile trek! Where: Hwy 82/287 and Beyond! Contact: For more information, www.redrivervalley.info, Becky Semple, Paris Visitor Center with Lamar County Chamber of Commerce 903-784-2501

June 5 - 7 PARIS 6th Annual “Paris Power Boat Grand Prix: 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, 1-800-727-4789, 903-784-2501 www.paristexas.com

June 6 Downtown Longview Wine Swirl


What: Texas wineries, gourmet food and product vendors mix for a delicious blend of food, wine and fun! If you like something you taste, buy a glass to enjoy at the event or take a bottle or two home with you. All proceeds will benefit the Longview Main Street program and the One Hundred Acres of Heritage in their efforts to preserve and revitalize Downtown Longview. Where: Downtown Longview Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281




What: As Americans everywhere take time to remember military members on Memorial Day, Texas State Railroad offers the tradition of a Sunday afternoon barbecue lunch onboard the most American-known mode of transportation…a train! Bring your family and friends out to Texas State Railroad and celebrate with us. Where: Texas State Railroad – Palestine: 789 Park Road 70 Palestine, Texas 75801 Admission: Varies based on class of service Contact: Texas State Railroad 855-632-7729 or www.texasstaterailroad.net

June East Texas Taco Festival


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June 8 - 13 36th Annual Tomato Week Activites


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

June 12 - 14 Hopkins County Dairy Festival & 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, www.HopkinsCountyDairyFestival.com Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, (903) 885-6515, www.HopkinsChamber.org

June 13 Texas Blueberry Festival


What: Founded by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce more than a quarter century ago, The Texas Blueberry Festival just may be the most delicious festival in the Lone Star State. The celebration features everything blueberry including fresh fruit sold on the square and in pies, ice cream and cobbler. Activities include a pie eating contest, a bounce park, food and arts vendors and more. Where: Downtown Nacogdoches • Admission: Free Contact: Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, (936) 560-5533; TBF.Nacogdoches.org

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June 13 PARIS Red River Valley Veterans Annual Texas Classic Car Show & Swap Meet


What: Parade of cars and music on evening of June 12th. On Saturday great fun while admiring over 175 vehicles and visiting with folks from miles around, and also out of the state! Contact: Red River Valley Veterans, (903) 783-0945

“Eiffel ‘n Love” Craft Expo

What: Come and enjoy a day full of Juried Crafts, Clothing and Miscellaneous from 9:00am to 4:00 pm Contact: Love Civic Center on Vendor application or information - (903) 739-9912 or lovecivicenter@paristexas.com Where: Both events in one location - Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris

June 19 - 21 Great Texas Balloon Race


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: East Texas Regional Airport Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

June 20 DETROIT - RED RIVER COUNTY Detroit-Red River Annual Car Show 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 - July 26 Texas Shakespeare Festival


What: Come experience Shakespeare and more with the only professional theatre company in East Texas, the Texas Shakespeare Festival. In June 1986, the Texas Shakespeare Festival opened its inaugural season as Kilgore College’s contribution to the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration with performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Daisy Bradford 3 by Gifford Wingate. The 34th season of the Texas Shakespeare Festival brings two Shakespeare plays, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Romeo & Juliet”. Also coming this summer is “The Book of Will”, “The Bridges of Madison County” and more! Tickets will be available in late May. Where: Van Cliburn Auditorium, Kilgore College Campus Admission: Call for Tickets Contact: (903) 983-8119, www.TexasShakespeare.com

June 27 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, www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org; Sulphur Springs Symphony League, www.SulphurSpringsSymphonyLeague.org Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, (903) 885-6515, www.HopkinsChamber .org



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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, info@commerce-chamber.com

July 3 July 4th Fireworks


What: July 4th Fireworks Show Where: Gilmer Jeff Traylor Stadium Admission: Free Contact: Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, (903) 843-2413, www.gilmerareachamber.com

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, 1-877-462-7467, www.VisitCantonTX.com

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July 4 Parade, Fun in the Park and Fireworks


What: Parade 10:00 a.m – 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: Parade Downtown 100 E. Main – Fun in the Park & Fireworks – Lake Forest Park Hwy 64 W. Admission: Free. Contact: Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529 www.visithendersontx.com

July 4 JACKSONVILLE Lake Jacksonville Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

What: Lake Jacksonville’s annual Independence Day celebrations give every family a favorite destination to kick-back and celebrate America with a radiant firework show. Leading to the show, enjoy crystal-clear water framed by lushly-carpeted slopes painted with majestic pines. The reflection of a signature sunset gives timeless lake activities an elegant backdrop. Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

July 4 “Jefferson Salutes America”


July 4 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration


What: The “Big Show” begins at 5pm downtown at the Otstott Park gazebo. The festivities begin with a children’s trike/bike parade including Uncle Sam himself, followed by kid’s games, face painting, ice cream contest, pie & cake auction, band concert, duck races and, of course, hot dogs. At 9:30 PM the Fireworks Grand Finale begins over the Big Cypress Bayou by the LED lighted historical bridge downtown, behind the Jeffersonian Institute. Bring you friends and family to celebrate a real old fashion 4th of July. Where: Downtown Jefferson Admission: FREE Contact: www.visitjeffersontexas.com • www.jefferson-texas.com

What: The City of Longview hosts this free Independence Day festival featuring the biggest fireworks show in East Texas. Event includes concerts, vendors, car show, amusement rides, and other children’s activities. Where: Maude Cobb Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd. Contact: LongviewTexas.gov/Fireworks at (903) 237-1230 or VisitLongviewTexas.com

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 www.mccrvpark.com

July 4 Freedom Fest


What: Celebrate freedom in the Oldest Town in Texas. Freedom Fest is a family-friendly, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration featuring live musical entertainment, festival food, children’s activities, a washer tournament, a hot dog eating contest, all culminating in a dazzling fireworks display. Where: Festival Park in Downtown Nacogdoches Admission: Free Contact: Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-564-7351 VisitNacogdoches.org/Freedom-Fest/


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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, www.pittsburgcampcountychamber.com

July 10 & 11 9th Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest


July 10 - 11 58th Annual Fireman’s Rodeo


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, amelton@cantontex.com, www.balloonfestcanton.com



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 www.mineola.com/community/page/events

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July 17 & 18 Paris Balloon & Music Festival


What: Early morning Hot Air Balloon lift off ( weather permitting) and two nights of Balloon Glows, vendors, and concerts July 17th and 18th making it a fun filled festival weekend! Where: Early Morning Balloon Lift Off - ( weather permitting) & Balloon Festival and Concerts: Paris/Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 East Center Street Friday and Saturday evenings. Contact: www.parisballoonandmusicfestival.com or parisballoonandmusicfestival@gmail.com

July 18 - 19 36th Annual “Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally” & “Hell of Northeast Texas” Gravel Grind


What: Annual Bonham Quilt Hop Where: Over three hundred quilts on display at 10 different locations. Quilting demonstrations, vendors and Fat Quarter Bingo at the Bonham Civic Center. Admission: Free Contact: Bonham Visitors Center (903) 583-9830, info@visitbonham.com, www.visitbonham.com

July 25 & 26 LONGVIEW Longview Kennel Club AKC Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Trial Fair

What: Purebred dogs attract enthusiasts from across the U. S. as Longview conducts this American Kennel Club show and obedience rally. Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm & Sunday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Where: Maude Cobb Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd. Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

August 1 Neches Wilderness Canoe Race


August 7 John Ritter Tribute Showcase


What: For 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: www.necheswildernessrace.com

What: Talent contest for all ages featuring classic country music. Winner represents Texas Country Music Hall of Fame at special shows throughout the year. Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop Admission: $20 Contact: Chamber of Commerce, (903) 693-6634 - www.carthagetexas.com/showcase for information about entering. For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com




What: Experience a fun filled day of cycling on with 7 routes to choose from with plenty of rest stops and complimentary hamburger and fruit smoothies at finish ! Start time - 8:00am Stay over for the “Hell of North Texas Gravel Grind” on Sunday July19th through County roads in Lamar and Red River Counties as well as sections of the North East Texas Trail known as the NETT. Where: Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris Contact: 1-800-727-4789 • 903-784-2501, www.tourdeparis.com • www.paristexas.com. • Watch for updates on new additons to Tour de Paris Weekend at www.tourdeparis.com to be announced soon! • For Gravel Grind information: Kevin Lee at spinistry@gmail.com

July 24 - 25 Annual Bonham 2020 Quilt Hop


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August 7, 8 & 9 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 8 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Show


What: Honors native Texans who made their mark in the Country Music industry. Each August new members are inducted and perform in a show that will keep you coming back for more. While there visiting, take in the Museum that houses artifacts of Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves and all of the inductees. You don't want to miss this exciting event so plan early because the tickets go quickly. For ticket information, contact (903) 693-6634. Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop Contact: Chamber of Commerce, (903) 693-6634 - www.carthagetexas.com/halloffame For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

August 8 & 9 HENDERSON 165th 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 – Phone (903) 863-5379; rl_vaughn@yahoo.com www.easttexassingings.net; Carole Watts – Phone (903) 657-4118; www.texasfasola.org or Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529 www.visithendersontx.com

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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

September Jeans N’ Classics


September 11 - 19 Gregg County Fair & Expo


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, www.marshallartscouncil.org, (903) 935-4484

What: The Longview Jaycees present a week-long, old-fashioned country fair with carnival rides, games, exhibits and plenty of food. The Exhibit Building will display a large variety of product and service booths from area merchants and organizations. Outside Exhibitors include a large variety of food vendors and novelties of all types. Carnival rides and entertainment nightly. Where: The Gregg County Fairgrounds, 1123 Jaycee Dr. Contact: GreggCountyFair.com or VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

September 12 - 19 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, www.pittsburgcampcountychamber.com

September 18, and 25 & 26 35th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash


What: 28th Annual Golf Tournament ( Sept 18 ) 6-person Florida Scramble, lunch, raffle prizes, putting contest, hole-in-one contest. Where: Sand Hills Country Club What: 35th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash ( Sept 25 & 26, 4th weekend in Sept ) Festival celebrating Commerce’s heritage as Bois d’Arc Capital of Texas. BBQ supper Friday. Carnival Friday & Saturday. Live music Friday night, all day Saturday. Parade, over 100 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, info@commerce-chamber.com

September 19 BONHAM Farming Heritage Day at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site

What: Learn farming activities-how cotton is ginned, spin wool, make corn husk dolls, churn butter, milk cows, see many farm animal and antique farm equipment. Where: Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 W. Hwy 56, Bonham Admission: Free Contact: Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, john.akers@thc.texas.gov, (903) 583-5558


North East Texas

September 19 Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally


What: A day full of biking events awaits the entire family at the 24th 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 at Landon Winery & Bistro. Where: Landon Winery & Bistro, 2506 Lee Street, Greenville Admission: Fees vary, contact for details Contact: (903) 455-9622 or www.cottonpatchchallenge.com

September 19 & 20 47th 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, info@gladewaterchamber.org • www.gladewaterartsandcrafts.com

September 23 - 26 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

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September 25 - 26 Neal McCoy & Friends Benefit Concert


What: Country singer and Longview resident, Neal McCoy and his celebrity friends give this concert to raise money which provides assistance to children with serious illnesses. Where: LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 2100 South Mobberly Ave. Contact: 903-233-3080 or BelcherCenter.com

September 25 - 26 Iron Horse Fest & 5K Run


What: Arts & Crafts, food, car show, live enertainment, contests, beer garden Where: Downtown Historic Mineola • Admission: Free Contact: Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., (903) 569-2087, www.mineolachamber.org

September 25 - October 4 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, www.etstatefair.com

September 26 Autum in Bonham Bike Rally


What: In addition to 6 asphalt routes, we have two gravel routes. Autumn in Bonham features one of the few 100 miles rides in the state. Where: Bonham High School • Admission: $30 Contact: bonhamchamber@cableone.net, (903) 583-4811, www.fannincountytexas.com

September 30 - October 3 Titus County Fair


What: An old fashioned county fair featuring carnival rides, food, photography & talent contests, exhibits and outstanding entertainment. Where: Mount Pleasant Civic Center & Fairgrounds – 1800 N. Jefferson Avenue Admission: Varies Contact: (903) 577-8117, www.TitusCountyFair.com

October Fire Ant Festival


What: Fire Ant Parade, Tour De Fire Ant Bike Ride, Arts & Craft Fair, Entertainment, wild & zany contests, kids area, 5K Run, Diaper Baby Derby Where: Washington District, Downtown Marshall Admission: Free Contact: Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce, www.MarshallTexas.com, (903) 935-7868

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: www.texasstateparks.org/holidays or 512-389-8900


North East Texas


October Weekends The Haunted Landmark


What: Descend down 13 steps into the basement of one of Greenville’s most historic buildings and enter a world of terror! Described as one of the best haunted attractions in North East Texas, The Haunted Landmark features more than a dozen haunted themed rooms that you and your friends can explore if you dare! Open every Friday and Saturday in October and Halloween night from 7:30 – 11:00. Where: The Landmark on Lee, 2920 Lee Street, Greenville • Admission: $13 per person Contact: (214) 684-2888

October 3 CLARKSVILLE - RED RIVER COUNTY 41st Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar, 15th Annual Rotary Duck Race 3rd Annual Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts 2nd Annual Red River County Car Show.

What: 41st Annual Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar, 15th Annual Rotary Duck Race, 3rd Annual Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts and 2nd 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 3 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 N Jackson • Admission: $3 Contact: Hopkins County Historical Society, (903) 885-2387, www.HopkinsCountyMuseum.org Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623, www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org

October 9 - 10 The Mineola League of the Arts Annual Quilt Show


October 10 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, www.mlota.org

What: 19th 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, 1-877-462-7467 or scrossley@cantontex.com, www.CantonMainStreet.org

October 10 Potlatch Festival


What: Free entertainment, children's activities, craft vendors, classic car show, and all new teen area are just a few of the things that happen at the Potlatch Festival. Come enjoy the fall air on the 2nd Saturday in October from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop • Admission: FREE! Contact: City of Carthage, (903) 693-3868 or Chamber of Commerce (903) 693-6634 www.carthagetexas.com • For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

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October 10 Kilgore Oktoberfest


What: Discover a Wunderbar Experience in Kilgore! Join Kilgore Main Street in Historic Downtown Kilgore for Oktoberfest 2020! From the Beer Garden, to the culinary faire and the artisans and vendors! This FREE event is your Oktoberfest destination in East Texas. So come dressed for the occasion in a dirndl or lederhosen and enter the Best Dressed competition or if that's not your style purchase one of our Kilgore Oktoberfest event shirts! Where: Historic Downtown Kilgore Admission: Free Contact: For more info, visit www.KilgoreMainStreet.com

October 10 LINDALE Lindale Chamber Countryfest / Crossroads Classic Car Show

What: Lindale Chamber Countryfest/Crossroads Classic Car Show Where: Picker's Pavilion, 205 E. North Street, Lindale, Texas Admission: Call for pricing, Registration Fee for Cars, Free for Public Contact: Lindale Chamber of Commerce, (903) 882-7181, info@lindalechamber.org or www.lindalechamber.org.

October 10 Everything Texas Ranch Run


What: Join us on the trails of the historic Priefert Ranch. Race in the 15K or 5K trail races, let the kids compete in the 1K Mutton Buster! 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, www.MtPleasantTX.com or www.Facebook.com/EverythingTexasRanchRun

October 14 - 17 83rd East Texas Yamboree Festival


What: Queen's Coronation, carnival, 2 parades, street & barn dance, gospel music, car show, fiddler's contest, exhibits, livestock show and sale, arts/crafts & much more. Where: Gilmer, TX Admission: Fees Vary Contact: East Texas Yamboree Association, (903) 843-2413, www.yamboree.com

October 15 - 18 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards


What: Top International Musicians and Bands from 10+ nations will flock to Jefferson to compete in 3 evenings of Country Music Concerts! Awards will follow on Sunday with performances by all the winners. Also... Line Dancing competition throughout the event. Great Concerts! Fabulous Dancing! An experience you won't forget! Texas Sounds is produced by East Texas Performing Arts . Where: Historic Jefferson, TX Contact: For more info, videos and tickets: https://www.texassounds.org 903-634-7665

October 15 - 18 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. 15 - 18, 2020. 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, 800-235-5712; www.VisitTyler.com/roseseason or www.texasrosefestival.com

North East Texas

October 16 Autumn Trails Trail Ride and Welcome Parade


October 16 - 17 27th Annual Rusk County PRCA Rodeo


October 16 & 17 Winnsboro Cowboy Poetry Gathering


What: Longest running annual event in Winnsboro for over 60 years. Celebration includes trail rides, livestock show, Arts & Crafts, barrel racing, street dance, Model A Tour, Classic Car Parade, and much, much more. Where: Downtown Winnboro Admission: Free Contact: www.WinnsboroAutumnTrails.com or 903.342.1958

What: October 16 & 17, 27th 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 rellis@verabank.com www.visithendersontx.com or City of Henderson 866-650-5529, ext. 303

What: Cowboy lifestyle is exemplified in the entertaining campfire-style verse and music during this gathering. Enjoy stories that will make you laugh, cry, and for a day, you’ll feel like you’re on the open range. Where: Winnsboro Center for the Arts Admission: Ticketed and free sessions. See website for details. Contact: www.winnsborocowboypoetry.com

October 24 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: Camp Langston, 50 CR 3227 Admission: $10 for 21 years and older; $3 for ages 6 - 20 years ; Free under 5 Contact: Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: (903) 572-8567, www.MtPleasantTX.com or www.Facebook.com/UncorkedWineFestival


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October 24 Hot Pepper Festival


What: The "Hottest Little Festival in Texas" has something for everyone throughout the streets of Historic Downtown Palestine! Hundreds of vendors, specialty food, free kids activities and the Chili’s Street Dance! Where: Palestine Main Street District Admission: Free Contact: www.visitpalestine.com/hotpepperfestival

October 24 City of Paris 2oth “Annual Festival of Pumpkins”


What: An area favorite with live music, great food, over 100 vendors, contests for children and adults, haunted theater, pet parade, games for children, and much, much more! Where: Historic Downtown Paris Contact: Cheri Bedford at 903-784-9293 – www.festivalofpumpkins.com

October 24 SULPHUR SPRINGS World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest

What: 51st 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, www.HopkinsChamber.org Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623, www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org

October 24 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: www.WinnsboroAutumnTrails.com or 903.342.1958

November Nacogdoches Fall Foliage Trails


What: Autumn in and around Nacogdoches brings an explosion of color as the changing forest canopy of black gums, sweet gums, hickories, oaks and sugar maples take center stage. The scarlet reds and brilliant golds of these deciduous giants offer a stunning contrast to the surrounding evergreens. This display features some of the most beautiful fall foliage in Texas. Where: Nacogdoches County • Admission: Free Contact: Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-564-7351, VisitNac.com

November - December Christmas Under The Stars


What: Experience the magic of the season with our festive lights and colorful bright stars, events, and shop for that “one-of-kind gift.” The holiday festivities kick off with the annual illumination of the stars on the steel oil derricks in Historic Downtown and continue with Mingle & Jingle, the Kilgore Christmas Parade, Rangerette Christmas Show, Texas Shakespeare Festival: Live Radio Play, Avalon Faire Christmas Market, Christmas Open House at the library, Christmas in Kilgore and more. You can see why Christmas Under The Stars in Kilgore is a favorite for so many! Where: Throughout Kilgore Admission: Call for Pricing Information Contact: (903) 218-6896, www.VisitKilgore.com


North East Texas


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: Some events are free and others require admission Contact: Visit Tyler, 800-235-5712, www.visittyler.com/rosecitychristmas

November 6 - 7 7th Annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest


What: Greenville, Texas’ annual citywide celebration of the state’s famed western-swing king and its music-loving culture. The event features free day and night dances; an all-ages fiddle competition attracting world-class players that honors Wills’ legacy by promoting his craft; and a ticketed concert held at the art-deco Greenville Municipal Auditorium. The festival attracts a range of country, Americana and western-swing acts such as Asleep at the Wheel, the Hot Club of Cowtown, Dale Watson, and more. Where: Throughout Downtown Greenville • Admission: Most activities are FREE Contact: (903) 450-1510 or www.bobwillsfiddlefest.com

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November 13 - 14 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 Avenure 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, www.MtPleasantTX.com

November 13 - 14 Art & Wine Festival


November 14 “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: Facebook.com/WinnsboroArtWine or www.winnsboroonlineguide.com

What: Holiday Open House. Antique District open late November 14. Texas Style Hospitality. Annual Christmas Tree lighting at 6 pm. Small Business Saturday November 28. Christmas Parade December 8. Contact: Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, (903) 845-5501, info@gladewaterchamber.org • www.gladewaterchamber.org

November 14 32nd 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; www.visithendersontx.com, tourism@hendersontx.us • Depot Museum - (903) 657-4303; www.depotmuseum.com Car Show - Trey Segura (512) 569-9858

November 14 & December 27 Christmas in Palestine


What: Want to stay in your PJ's all day? Enjoy The Polar Express Train Ride™, holiday shopping on Main Street, Food & Wine Events, The Grinch’s Lair, and much more. Head to Palestine, Texas - 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 www.visitpalestine.com/christmas


North East Texas


November 19 - 21 REEL East Texas Film Festival


What: The celebrated Reel East Texas Film Festival return’s for its fourth year to Historic Downtown Kilgore. Celebrating independent filmmakers, the REEL East Texas Film Festival brings together film audiences, filmmakers and film industry representatives for a few days of celebration of artistic and independent spirit. The city’s Main Street and Historic District is host to these events including Texas landmarks – the Texan theater, and the Old Post Office – where all festival activities take place. Where: Texan Theater, 201 South Kilgore Street, Kilgore, Texas 75662 & Old Post Office, 224 S. Kilgore St., Kilgore, Texas 75662 Admission: Visit.www.ReelEastTexas.com for schedule and ticket information Contact: www.ReelEastTexas.com

November 21 Christmas in Paris” Craft Expo & Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Live Reindeer


What: “Christmas in Paris” is a day full of craft, food, and fun from 9:00am to 4:00pm followed by the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00pm Where: “Christmas in Paris” is at Love Civic Center at 2025 S. Collegiate, Christmas Tree Lighting at the Plaza in Historic Downtown Paris Contact: Christmas Tree Lighting with Live Reindeer: Cheri Bedford, City of Paris Main Street at 903-784-9293 • www.paristexas.gov. “Christmas in Paris” - Michelle Wall representative for the Boy Scouts Troop 2 christmasinparistx@gmail.com for vendor info or just come and enjoy!

November 25 - December 30 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, www.wonderlandoflights.com, (903) 702-7777

November 28 - December 30 Nine Flags Christmas Season


What: Celebrate the oldest Christmas in Texas in historic downtown Nacogdoches. The Nine Flags Christmas Season features holiday lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in East Texas, the Jingle Bell Run, theatrical productions, live performances of Christmas music, Jingle and Mingle and so much more. The festival gets its name from the nine flags that have flown over Nacogdoches in its rich history. Nine Flags Christmas Season begins on Small Business Saturday (November 28th) with the downtown Wassail Fest. The celebration continues until the New Year. Where: Downtown Nacogdoches • Admission: Free Contact: Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-564-7351 VisitNacogdoches.org/Nine-Flags/

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, www.CantonTexasChamber.com

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December LONGVIEW Downtown Christmas Celebration and Carmela’s Magical Santa Land


What: The Christmas season kicks off with the Downtown tree lighting on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Then, December is filled with the Christmas Parade, Christmas Live concert, Christmas at the Courthouse, ArtWalk, Living History Christmas, Breakfast with Santa and Ms. Claus, and a Model Train exhibit. Plus, Carmela’s Magical Santa Land is an amazing free drive-thru display of Christmas lights on several acres just north of Longview. Where: Downtown Longview Admission: Most activities are free. Some have nominal charges. Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

December Christmas in the Parks


What: Discover a variety of special Christmas 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: www.texasstateparks.org/holidays or 512-389-8900

December 3 The Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade


What: City of Henderson presents, The Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. Feel the spirit of the magic of Christmas, in the beautifully decorated Heritage Square and the breathtaking merchant’s display windows. Where: Downtown Historic District Henderson Contact: Laura Wilkerson, Parade Chairman lwilkerson@hendersontx.us 903-392-8232

December 4 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, www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org; * Activities subject to change. Please call for information.

December 4 - 6 & December 10 - 12 38th Jefferson CandlelightTour of Homes®


December 5 Bois d’Arc Christmas Celebration & Parade


What: Narrated tours of Historic Homes (normally not open to the public) lavishly decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas with live greenery, candlelight, and trees adorned with tinsel, ribbon, & sparkling glass balls. Docents in period costumes will greet you & describe each home's origins & finery. A unique, memorable step back in time! Where: Historic Jefferson, TX Contact: Tickets can be purchased on line https://jeffersoncandlelight.com/ OR at Candlelight Headquarters the weekends of the event. Murphy Building 116 W. Austin St. Jefferson TX, Thursday – 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Friday and Saturday – 1:00 to 7:00pm

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, info@commerce-chamber.com


North East Texas

December 5 Breakfast with Santa, Yulefest Parade & Activities


What: All day event starting with Breakfast with Santa followed by activities for the family, a petting zoo and craft vendors and food trucks. The days ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree, the Santa Parade and a Christmas movie on the square. Where: Gilmer, TX Admission: All ages welcome, Yulefest activities are free, Breakfast with Santa, $4 Contact: Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, (903) 843-2413, www.gilmerareachamber.com

December 5 City of Lindale Christmas Celebration


What: Kick off Christmas in Lindale with the Rotary Evening Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, face painting, local dance studios, hot chocolate, live music & much more! Where: Picker’s Pavilion, 205 E. North Street, Lindale, Texas Admission: Free to public Contact: Visit Lindale, (903) 881-5103, Facebook - Visit Lindale, www.visitlindale.com.

December 5 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, www.Mineola.com

December 7 Carthage Christmas Parade


What: One of the largest parades in East Texas. Featuring Shriners, dignitaries, bands, and floats representing the chosen theme and competing for top prizes. Where: Downtown Carthage Admission: FREE! Contact: Chamber of Commerce (903) 693-6634 - www.carthagetexas.com For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

December 12 Wassail Fest in Downtown


What: Participating Boutiques around Downtown Paris will have their own “brew” of Wassail to taste and then You will be voting for your favorite. The winner will be named “Wassail Master”. Also enjoy shopping in Downtown for all those on your Christmas List!” Fun filled day for family and friends from 1 pm to 6 pm Where: Historic Downtown Paris Contact: Glee Emmitt - Paris Downtown Association 903-249-3082 or Robin Weemes robinweems@yahoo.com

December 12 Jingle Bell Bop & Shop


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

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City of Easton

(903) 643-7819 P.O. Box 8126 Longview, TX 75607 cityofeastontx@gmail.com www.CityofEaston.com

Gilmer Bonham

Bonham Visitor Information Center (903) 583-9830 Fax: (903)583-9830 327 North Main St. Bonham, Texas 75418 info@visitbonham.com www.visitbonham.com



The Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce (903) 427-2645 Fax: (903) 427-5454 101 N. Locust Clarksville, TX 75426 redrivercc@yahoo.com www.redrivercoc.com

Canton Visitors Bureau



(903) 886-3950 Fax: (903) 886-8012 P.O. Box 290 Commerce, TX 75429 info@commerce-chamber.com www.Commerce-Chamber.com

(903) 567-1849 1-877-GO-2-SHOP 119 N. Buffalo Canton, TX 75103 Info@VisitCantonTX.com www.VisitCantonTX.com

Panola County Chamber of Commerce

(903) 693-6634 Fax: (903) 693-8578 300 W. Panola St. Carthage, Texas 75633 cvb@carthagetexas.com www.carthagetexas.com


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

(936) 598-3682 • (800) 854-5328 Fax: (936) 598-8163 100 Courthouse Sq., A-101 Center, TX 75935 info@shelbycountychamber.com www.ShelbyCountyChamber.com

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce


Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce

(903) 544-2359 P.O. Box 307 Crockett, TX 75835 www.CrockettAreaChamber.org


Denison Chamber of Commerce

313 W. Woodard Street Denison, TX 75020 (903) 465-1551 information@denisontexas.us www.denisontexas.us

Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce

(903) 843-2413 Fax: (903) 843-3759 P.O. Box 854 Gilmer, TX 75644 gilmerareachamber@gmail.com www.GilmerAreaChamber.com


Gladewater Chamber of Commerce

(903) 845-5501 Fax: (903) 845-6326 215 N. Main, Gladewater, TX 75647 info@gladewaterchamber.org www.gladewaterchamber.org


Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

(903) 457-2994 Fax: (903) 457-3167 2821 Washington St. P.O. Box 1049 Greenville, TX 75403 cvb@ci.greenville.tx.us www.travelgreenvilletx.com


City of Henderson

(866) 650-5529 1500 Lake Forest Parkway Henderson, TX 75652 tourism@hendersontx.us www.visithendersontx.com

*Out of Region Participating Partner


Mount Pleasant

Mount PleasantTitus County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Council


Gaston Museum

(903) 722-9016 6656 TX-64, Henderson, TX 75652 museumoffice@ gastonmuseum.org www.GastonMuseum.org


Explore Jacksonville

315 S. Ragsdale St. Jacksonville, TX 75766 (903) 339-3320 info@explorejacksonvilletx.org www.ExploreJacksonvilleTX.org


City of Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau


Visit Lindale



(936) 564-7351 • 888-564-7351 Fax: (936) 462-7688 200 East Main Street Nacogdoches, TX 75961 Info@VisitNacogdoches.org VisitNac.com

(903) 881-5103 55 Miranda Lambert Way, Suite 3 Lindale, TX 75771 www.visitlindale.com

Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau (903) 753-3281 Located at Longview City Hall 300 W. Cotton St. Longview, TX 75601 CVB@LongviewTexas.gov VisitLongviewTexas.com


Visit Marshall

(903) 702-7777 211 N. Washington Marshall, TX 75670 www.VisitMarshallTexas.com

(903) 665-3733 Fax: (903) 665-7457 305 E. Austin St. Jefferson, TX 75657 tourism@cityhallofjefferson.com Mineola City of Mineola www.VisitJeffersonTexas.com


Visit Kilgore

(903) 218-6896 815 N. Kilgore Street Kilgore, TX 75662 www.VisitKilgore.com

East Texas Oil Museum

(903) 983-8295 Fax: (903) 983-8659 1301 S. Henderson Blvd. Kilgore, TX 75662 www.easttexasoilmuseum.com 66

(903) 572-8567 Fax: (903) 572-0613 1604 N. Jefferson Mount Pleasant,TX 75455 info@mtpleasanttx.com www.MtPleasantTX.com

Tourism Department

(903) 569-6183 1-800-646-3652 P.O. Box 179, Mineola, TX 75773 lkitchens@mineola.com www.mineola.com

Mineola Civic Center & RV Park

(903) 569-6115 1150 N. Newsom Mineola, TX 75773 nancy@mineolaciviccenter.com www.mineolaciviccenter.com

Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau


Palestine Visitor Center (903) 723-3014 825 W. Spring Street Palestine, TX 75801 www.visitpalestine.com


Paris Visitors and Convention Council

(903) 784-2501• 800.PARIS TX (903) 517-4525 Fax: (903) 784-2158 8 West Plaza Paris, TX 75460 chamber@paristexas.com www.paristexas.com


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

North East Texas


Rusk Chamber of Commerce

(903) 683-4242 184 S. Main Street Rusk, TX 75785 tara@ruskchamber.com www.ruskchamber.com


Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau (972) 563-5703 1314 W. Moore Terrell, TX 75160 www.TerrellTexas.com

Sulphur Springs


(903) 885-5614 1-888-300-6623 1220 Cessna Drive Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 tourism@SulphurSpringsTX.org www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org

(903) 798-3900 220 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75501 http://txkusa.org/ http://ci.texarkana.tx.us/

Department of Tourism




Tatum Economic Development Corporation (903) 947-6403 680 N. Crystal Farms Rd. Tatum, TX 75691 info@EDC.tatumtexas.com www.tatumtexas.com www.facebook.com/TatumEDC

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City of Texarkana


Visit Tyler

(800) 235-5712 Fax: (903) 592-1268 110 N. College, Ste.105 Tyler, TX 75702 stravis@tylertexas.com www.visittyler.com


County Line Magazine

(903) 963-8306 (903) 312-9556 P.O. Box 608 Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 www.countylinemagazine.com

Piney Woods Wine Trail

www.PineyWoods WineTrail.com

Richardson Media & Publishing, LLC

(903) 729-5663 tourism-tools@earthlink.net www.Tourism-Tools.com


City of Winnsboro

(903) 342-3654 501 South Main Street Winnsboro, TX 75494 www.cityofwinnsboro.org www.winnsboro onlineguide.com


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North East Texas Visitor & Events Guide 2020  

A collection of events and things to do in the North East Region of Texas. Includes monthly events, attractions and a feature on 31 attracti...

North East Texas Visitor & Events Guide 2020  

A collection of events and things to do in the North East Region of Texas. Includes monthly events, attractions and a feature on 31 attracti...