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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 Longview ..........12 Marshall ............12


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

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

Calendar of events & festivals Jan. - Dec. ......18-19 January ................20 February ..............20 March..............21-22 April................22-26 May ..........26, 38-40 June................41-44 July ................44-48 August ................48 September .... 49-52 October..........52-58 November ......56-58 December ......59-60

North East Texas Council membership....61-63 Cover photos used by permission from the following partner cities Greenville, Henderson, Mineola, Tyler and 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 2021 by Richardson Advertising and Publishing, LLC Reproduction without permission of the publisher is a violation of federal law.


North East Texas

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 B & B’s, restaurants, bakeries, shopping, year round Christmas Store and an old-fashioned Opry House. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy playing on the newly improved Tempest Golf Course. For the RVers, Gladewater has two RV Parks to choose from. The traveler can enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming or picnicking at Lake Gladewater; tour the Gladewater Museum, see Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden during blooming season, and for the not faint of heart skydive at the only skydiving facility in East Texas located at Gladewater Municipal Airport. Gladewater can now host your Baseball/Softball tournaments with their new 7 Field Complex. Local events include: East Texas Gusher Days, PRCA Rodeo, Arts & Crafts Festival, and “Christmas Tyme in Gusherville” activities. Community participation is with partners of the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce & Gladewater Economic Development Corporation.

Gladewater Chamber of Commerce 215 N. Main • Gladewater, TX 75647 (903) 845-5501 • Fax: (903) 845-6326 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 Main Street Alley 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 Hen- Henderson Civic Theatre derson 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, Henderson was selected Texas Best Rural City, Season 11 TX/OK length 12:55.

City of Henderson Tourism Department 1500 Lake Forest Parkway Henderson, TX 75652 1-866-650-5529 tourism@hendersontx.us www.visithendersontx.com 10

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

Explore Jacksonville 315 S. Ragsdale St. Jacksonville, TX 75766 (903) 339-3320 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 yearround. 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


LONGVIEW It’s easy to understand why Longview offers an authentic East Texas experience. Longview is full of friendly folks who know how toˆenjoy 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 the year including a full season of performances at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center, the 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration, and Downtown Live concerts in the spring and fall. Enjoy a stroll through the new Pelaia Plaza and J.T. Smith Sculpture Garden in the Cultural Arts District. A world-class art collection 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.

Visit Longview 300 W. Cotton Street • Longview, TX 75601 Phone: (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 Caddo Lake many downtown hangouts including Memorial City Hall Performance Center or Telegraph Park. Historic downtown is home to restaurants, antiques, art galleries, boutiques and not to mention our beautifully restored J. Riely Gordon 1901 Harrison County Courthouse! For history and art visit the Historic Ginocchio District or one of our many museums including the Starr Family Home, T&P Depot Museum, Michelson Museum of Art, or the Harrison County Historical Museum. Our crown jewel is the annual Wonderland of Lights Festival featuring millions of lights, special events and activities.

Visit Marshall 211 N. Washington • Marshall, Texas 75670 (903) 702-7777 www.VisitMarshallTexas.com 12

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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 Visitor & Events Guide


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 well past dusk. The Palestine Community Forest features scenic drives through more than 700 acres of hardwood trees and Davey Dogwood Park is especially popular during the annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration from late March to early April… (and don’t miss the fall foliage in November). We invite you to visit Palestine and experience the beautiful architecture, attractions, exciting events, unique shopping and local flavor – named one of the top Travel Destinations in Texas by Texas Highways Magazine.

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

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 14

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RUSK Welcome to Rusk, Texas where we put the “Home” in Hometown. There are so many wonderful things to see and do while visiting our area. Located just off the Square in downtown you can find the historic Footbridge Garden Park, the Heritage Center of Cherokee County Museum, the Cherokee Civic Theatre and several original murals. Said to be the nation's longest footbridge at 546 feet, the iconic bridge was built in 1861 for crossing the valley during rainy season and the park offers a great location for a picnic or relaxing on a blanket. The Heritage Center provides an in-depth look into the history of Rusk and the surrounding area. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore. The Cherokee Civic Theatre is the only community theater in Cherokee County and offers four main stage productions each year along with various concerts, comedy shows and a summer camp for young thespians. While exploring downtown, be sure to take a selfie at one of the many original murals painted along the side of the buildings. For more information on what to see and do in Rusk, contact the Rusk Chamber of Commerce at 903.683.4242 or email info@ruskchamber.com

Rusk Chamber of Commerce 184 N. Main Street • Rusk, TX 75785 (903) 683-4242 info@ruskchamber.com www.RuskChamber.com

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 Visitor & Events Guide


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 lifestyle 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

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 16

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TYLER Stroll along Tyler’s charming brick streets to an array of unique specialty shops and historic attractions. Venture out into Tyler for family attractions for all ages, lakes for boating and swimming, a beautiful zoo, and restaurants that will tempt your taste buds. Lodging, scenic campgrounds, and exciting entertainment await you in East Texas. Special events throughout the year include the Texas Rose Festival held each October in the beautiful Municipal Rose Garden, East Texas State Fair at the end of September, and Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, voted one of the Top 100 Events in North America, is held each March-April. Escape to Tyler for a day or a lifetime!

Visit Tyler 110 N. College, Ste.105 Tyler, Texas 75702 (903) 593-6905 www.visittyler.com

Winnsboro Winnsboro is where the pines meet the oaks filled with beautiful lakes and the amazing colors of spring and fall. Winnsboro's rich and varied history extends from the days of the Caddo Indians to the French settlements and from the wild logging era to the rather calm visits of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The land on which the town is located was first surveyed by Gray B. King in 1835, and carved from the State of Caohuila and Texas, then a state under the Mexican government. The town sits astride the historic boundary between the Louisiana Territory and Old Mexico and is currently equidistant from Dallas, Shreveport, and Texarkana. As one of the first state designated Cultural Arts Districts and a Nationally Accredited Main Street Town, we offer not only art, music, and literature but unique annual events, award winning restaurants and specialty shops in a welcoming community. So, come enjoy all that Winnsboro has to offer…and you might even discover it feels like home!”

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



January - December Fannin County Barn Quilt Trail


January - December


What: Drive the longest Barn Quilt Trail in Texas. Barns all along the rolling country side are displaying colorful quilt patterns painted usually on 4’ X 4’ wood or metal squares and displayed on their barns. Come visit our area from your car at your own pace and see the fields, cattle, and crops of North Texas. Maps of the trails are available at the Bonham Visitor Center, and a GPS map is available on the https://fannincountyquiltbarntrail.com/ A link is also available on the www.visitbonham.com web site. Where: Throughout Fannin County, including Bonham Admission: Free Contact: Bonham Visitors Center, info@visitbonham.com, (903) 583-9830 www.visitbonham.com or https://fannincountyquiltbarntrail.com/ 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 ( Year-Round ) Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum


What: Covering 10 acres of land along I-30, you’ll find lots to do at The Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum. Here, you will learn about WWII’s most decorated soldier – Audie Leon Murphy – as well as other Hunt County war heroes. You will also lean about the role cotton played in Hunt County’s rich history as well as a recreated Downtown Greenville street at the turn of the century. Other buildings include the Ende-Gillard House, The Hunt County War Memorial, and much more. Where: 600 I-30 East, Greenville TX 75401 Admission: Varies by age, FREE - $6 Contact: (903) 450-4502, www.cottonmuseum.com


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January - December ( Year-Round ) Downtown Art Walk


January - December ( Year-Round ) Downtown Historical Walking Tour


What: If you love art, then head over to Greenville and explore the Downtown Art Walk. Greenville is home to a growing number of murals, sculptures, and art installations. Downtown features works by local artists as well as nationally known artists. Greenville’s best “selfie” spot is a playful interactive sculpture known as “be seen”. Note the art is best viewed during the daytime, so plan your visit accordingly. Just visit website to learn more about the fun are that awaits you in Greenville. Where: Throughout Downtown Greenville Admission: FREE Contact: (903) 457-3126, www.TravelGreenvilleTX.com/Tours

What: Discover Greenville’s very colorful past with a copy of the Downtown Historical Walking Tour. This self-guided tour allows you to visit 5 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, walk down part of the historic Bankhead Highway, learn about Greenville’s cotton heyday. You can even visit the site where the Greenville Majors beat the New York Yankees in a game folks here still talk about! Just download the map explore our past. Where: Throughout Downtown Greenville Admission: FREE Contact: (903) 457-3126, www.TravelGreenvilleTX.com/Tours

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January First Day Hikes


What: Recover from the holidays by joining a nationwide initiative and taking a hike on New Years Day. Most state parks across Texas will host special hikes, walks, runs or paddles for all skill levels. Where: At state parks throughout Northeast Texas and around the state Admission: Varies by location Contact: www.texasstateparks.org/firstdayhikes or 512-389-8900

January 23 Annual Chamber Member Banquet


What: Annual Rusk Chamber of Commerce Member Banquet. 6:00 pm Where: Rusk, Texas Admission: Contact the Rusk Area Chamber Contact: Rusk Area Chamber at (903) 683-4242 or info@ruskchamber.com • www.RuskChamber.com

February TBD Mainstreet Short Film Festival


February 5 - 7 Mardi Gras 2021 - Krewe of Hebe


What: A short film festival. Where: The Esquire Theater, Downtown Carthage Admission: Check at www.TheCountryMusicHayride.com Contact: Cindy Deloney, Main Street Manager, (903) 736-2273 For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

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: www.mardigrasupriver.com

Mid - February to early March Helen Lee Estate Daffodil Gardens


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

March - November

Second Saturday & Twilight Tunes Concert Series


(Second Saturday in every following month through November)

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


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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

March 4 - 7 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 7, 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 3 @ 5:00 PM Contact: Red River Co. Chamber – (903) 427-2645, redrivercc@yahoo.com, www.redrivercoc.com

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March 19 - 21, March 26 - 28 & April 2 - 4 83rd Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration


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

March 19 - April 4 Azalea and Spring Flower Trail


What: Voted as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, two times, this celebration of blooming azaleas, dogwood trees and spring flowers is a site to behold. Tyler is a Certified Azalea City with the Azalea Society of America. Where: Citywide Admission: Trail is free. Paid admission required to some events. Contact: Visit Tyler, (903) 593-6905, www.VisitTyler.com/azaleatrail

April, May, September, October Downtown Live Music Series


What: Downtown Longview’s Heritage Plaza is filled with music, beverages, and food trucks on Friday nights in April, May, September, and October. This free music series is a family friendly event featuring some of the best regional bands from various musical genres. Where: Heritage Plaza, 219 E. Methvin St. Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

April State Park “ Save the Day”


What: Planning on visiting a park this spring? They fill up fast! Reserve your day-use spot online and guarantee your entry at even the most popular parks. Where: Reserve your day-use ticket online at www.texasstateparks.org Admission: Varies by location Contact: www.texasstateparks.org/reservations or 512-389-8900

Mid - April South Central Area Rover Rally (SCARR)



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What: SCARR is an off-road event for any and all Land Rover enthusiasts. Our event attracts people from all parts of the country to learn, practice, and improve their off-road skills. Join us as we celebrate our annual, SCARR event Where: Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Contact: Texas Rovers at scarr@texasrovers.org, www.texasrovers.org

April 9 & 10 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 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

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April 15 - May 31 Tatum Wild flower Trail


What: Come travel on East Texas Historical Rusk County roads. Where you will find yourself on Chicken Feather road going back in time when you stop at C.E. Rogers & Son General Store opened in 1889. This General Store is one of the oldest and last General stores left in East Texas. Continue to smell the wild flowers into Tatum where you can stop for home cooking, something traditional (burger & fries), sandwiches, bar-b-que or a juicy steak. Enjoy our small town charm. Admission: Throughout Rusk County, Tatum, TX Contact: www.tatumtexas.com

April 16, 17 & 24 36th Annual East Texas Gusher Days


What: Enjoy a variety of events revolving around the nostalgia of the oil boom days. On Friday April 16, 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 24. Where: Downtown Gladewater, Lake Gladewater Admission: Free Contact: East Texas Gusher Days, (903) 845-5501, www.gusher-days.com

April 16 & 17 Longview PRCA Rodeo & Harvest Crawfish Festival


What: Top cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Annual Longview PRCA Rodeo on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. 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

April 17 Renaissance Under the Stars


What: A gala, with featured guest Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, in a fun-filled evening celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the WCA’s founding Where: Various host locations. Please see website for details. Admission: Please see website for details. Contact: www.WinnsboroCenterForTheArts.com

April 22 - 25 PARIS Archery Shooters Association PRO/AM Southwest Shootout

What: Chamber Shoot on Thursday, April 22nd, ASA Southwest Shootout April 23rd thru 25th, Paris is one of 6 tournaments on the PRO/AM Tour. Compete to win Big cash prizes and the Coveted 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


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April 23 & 24 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 Airport – 3303 Hwy 13W. Henderson, TX Admission: Free Contact: Don Reynolds – (903) 889-2671; Harry Hamilton - (903) 341-0456 www.visithendersontx.com

April 23-25 The 1836: Chuckwagon Races


What: The 1836 takes place as a celebration of Texas’s Independence every year. There are multiple divisions of wagon races, a cowboy style match race, pasture roping, barrel race, and a mounted shooting competition. This is truly a unique Western event you don’t want to miss! The gates are open to camping the Monday prior to the races. Activities include trail rides, dutch oven cook’n classes, herd dog demonstrations, hoof care clinics, horse auction, barn dances and karaoke, live music, cowboy church and much more! Where: Diamond B Ranch 11589 FM 321 Palestine, TX 75803 Admission: Day Pass $15 per person per day, $5 per day ages 5-12 Contact: Diamond B Ranch (903) 721-9111

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April 24 Bois d’Arc Spring Car Show


April 24 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 outdoor venues, Longview Arboretum & Nature Center. The event showcases wines from area wineries as well as music, food, and vendors. Where: Longview Arboretum & Nature Center Contact: VisitLongviewTexas.com or (903) 753-3281

April 24 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

April 29 - May 2 74th Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage


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 TBD CARTHAGE Panola County Cattlemen’s Association PRCA Rodeo What: Professional Rodeo. Where: Cattlemen’s Arena, Hwy. 79 N Admission: Advance Tickets - Chamber of Commerce Contact: Terry Holland, (903) 754-2619 For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.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 disc golf course, playground, archery range, wildscape garden. Amphitheater and pavilion for event rental. Dry camping sites and RV full hook-ups along with horse pens for small fee and reservation through City of Mineola at (903) 569-6183. Open every day from 7:30 am to 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 27

#2 “Best Small Town in America” 3 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

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. 28

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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 8 Heart Winnsboro Center for the Arts 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. Thousands of people of visit each year! Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Located at 310 W. Panola St, Carthage, Texas. (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. 30

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


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. www.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


Paris Pump Track Paris

Pump Track Paris, Texas is a World Class asphalt bicycle pump track designed by Velosolutions, the premiere pump track designer in the world! This pump track is open to the public during daylight hours and is free of charge. Pump Track Paris, will host one of Three Red Bull National Qualifier Races Memorial Day weekend, 2021! Located at 2005 S. Collegiate. www.paristexas.com/pump-track-paris/ Visitor & Events Guide


Places to Go! Bonham Canton Carthage

Greenville Henderson (Panola County) Jacksonville Clarksville Jefferson (Red River County) Longview Commerce Marshall Gilmer Mineola Gladewater Mount Pleasant

Palestine Paris Rusk Sulphur Springs Tatum Tyler Winnsboro

Area Lakes Caddo Lake Cedar Creek Reservoir Cooper Lake Lake Athens Lake Bob Sandlin Lake Bonham Lake Crook Lake Jacksonville Lake Nacogdoches Lake Striker Lake Cherokee Lake Cypress Springs Lake Fork Lake Gilmer Lake Gladewater

Lake Hawkins Lake Holbrook Lake Palestine Lake O’ the Pines Lake Quitman Lake Tawakoni Lake Tyler Lake Tyler East Lake Winnsboro Martin Creek Lake Marvaul Lake Mill Creek Lake Pat Mayse Lake Sam Rayburn Reservoir Toledo Bend Lake Wright Patman Lake

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

the Pineywoods in a Cabin 20 Experience Texas State Parks Relax after a day of exploring Northeast Texas by spending the night in a cabin. You’ll find cabins at Caddo Lake, Cooper Lake, Daingerfield, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Tyler State Parks. While offering modern amenities many parks have cabins that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. For reservations or more information visit www.TexasStateParks.org or call 512-389-8900

State Railroad 21 Texas Palestine Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. This historic trip includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This train adventure, with a layover at the Rusk depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Celebrated steam or vintage diesel locomotives are the muscle that pulls the consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel … and our horsepower won’t give you saddle sores. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago. www.texasstaterailroad.net • 855-632-7729

Downtown and Cultural Arts District 22 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 musicals, concerts, comedians, and world-class performers for audiences of all ages. Learn more at ArtsLongview.org. 34

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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

to Feel Like You Are in a 24 Want Hallmark Movie? Rusk Add the annual Hometown Christmas Experience scheduled for November 27 in Rusk to your calendar. This event, which made its inaugural debut in 2020, is sure to have something for everyone in the family from shopping to a car show. All events are held downtown on the Square with the day ending at dusk when the 26 foot tall Christmas tree is lit up, marking the beginning of the Christmas season. For more infromation contact the Rusk Chamber at (903) 683-4242 or info@ruskchamber.com • www.RuskChamber.com

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

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, and boutiques. Walking Tour Brochures are available. www. visithendersontx.com. Visit us at www.officialbestof.com, Henderson was selected Texas Best Rural City, Season 11 TX/OK length 12:55. Visitor & Events Guide


Arboretum & Nature Center 27 Longview Longview The Longview Arboretum and Nature Center is a park developed to showcase trees, native plants, wildlife, and water resources with formal gardens right in the heart of Longview. Just a few blocks from Downtown, the Arboretum is a beautiful gathering space for friends seeking a peaceful place to be reminded of the beauty found in nature, as well as larger groups needing an intentional location to disconnect from technology and stress. Learn more at LongviewArboretum.org.

Family Home State Historic Site 28 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/

Becknell / Robbinsville Cemetery 29 William Clarksville The William Becknell Cemetery is also known as Robbinsville Cemetery after the community that once thrived in this area. The cemetery is located in Red River County six miles west of Clarksville, Texas on US Highway 82. On August 3, 2011, The Texas Historical Commission (THC) designated the site as a Historic Texas Cemetery, worthy of preservation. William Becknell was born in Virginia in 1787 or 1788 and is credited for establishing the Santa Fe Trail in 1821, which opened the west for trade and expansion. He is known as the “Father of the Santa Fe Trail.” For more information related to William Becknell & the Santa Fe Trail, visit www.williambecknell.com.



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Famous Glass Bathrooms 30 World Sulphur Springs Sulphur Springs is home to World Famous Glass Bathrooms that are the first of their kind in the United States. They were modeled after Italian artist, Monica Bonivicini’s art piece – “Don’t Miss a Sec” from 2004. By mirroring all the sides of the bathroom, the structures seem to “disappear.” Inside, you can see out in 3 directions, but you cannot be seen because of an illusion caused by lighting. The bathrooms have been featured on The Learning Channel’s Insane Bathrooms and were nominated to be America’s Best Restroom. They are an experience unlike any you’ve had!


One Heck of a Treck 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 - Mid September Splash Kingdom Water Park


What: Spend a hot Texas day at Splash Kingdom Air Patrol water park! Themed to Greenville’s aviation history, this fun outdoor adventure is filled with thrilling water slides, a Wave Pool, Lazy River, Children’s area, and more. Its the perfect place for families and groups to enjoy some outdoor fun in the sun! Where: 6501 Interstate 30, Greenville TX 75402 Admission: Multiple options are available, contact the park for details. Contact: (903) 455-4040, www.SplashKingdomWaterpark.com/Greenville

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 15th Bonham Heritage Day - 2021


May 1 May Fiesta


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

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


North East Texas

May 1 Winnsboro Festival of Books


What: A celebration of all things literary! Event includes panel discussions, author readings, a children’s performance, and writer’s workshops. Published adult and children authors available for autographs. Where: Winnsboro Center for the Arts Admission: Free Contact: www.WinnsboroCenterForTheArts.com

May 7 & 8 “Eiffel in Love with Quilts” 2021 Quilt Show


What: The Red River Valley Quilt Guild invites you to our 2nd Paris Quilt Show! Enter a quilt or be a vendor, or just come and enjoy the beautiful quilts! Where: Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate in Paris Contact: For more information: parisquiltshow1@gmail.com or wwww.parisquiltshow.com

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May 8 Cherokee Rose Festival


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 8 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 13, 14 & 15 JACKSONVILLE 59th 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 15 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

May 29 PARIS Red Bull National Qualifier Race at the Brand New Paris Pump Track

What: Red Bull National Qualifier Race at the Brand New Paris Pump Track - May 29th, 2021 Practice Day, May 28th, 2021! Where: Paris Pump Track, 2005 S. Collegiate St. in Paris Contact: Paris Visitors Center – (903) 784-2501

May 29 Fair on the Square


What: Join us on the Square in downtown Rusk as we celebrate local arts and crafts vendors. Where: On the Square, Downtown Rusk Admission: Free, For Vendor booth reservations contact info@ruskchamber.com Contact: Rusk Chamber at (903) 683-4242 or info@ruskchamber.com • www.RuskChamber.com


North East Texas

June East Texas Taco Festival


What: An all day Taco Truck festival featuring live music, a margarita tent and beer garden, food and merchandise vendors, Lucha Libre Wrestling, a kids zone and so much more! Where: Downtown Marshall, Texas Admission: Ticket package prices vary, $14 - $40 Contact: Marshall News Messenger (903) 927-5984

June A Summer of Fun!


What: Have fun and save money this summer! Pick up a Texas State Park pass - you and everyone in your vehicle get access to every state park in the state without ever paying an entry fee! Where: Available at every Texas State Park and online Admission: $70, subject to change. Contact: www.texasstateparks.org/passes or 512-389-8900

Visitor & Events Guide


June 4 & 5 Annual RRVTA HWY 82/287 Yard Sale


What: Red River Valley Tourism Association Annual HWY 82/287 Yard Sale Friday, June 4th and Saturday, June 5th from New Boston to Seymore, and beyond! Great Weekend of fun searching for treasures within the towns on the 400 plus mile trek! Where: In the Towns along the route Contact: For more information, www.redrivervalley.info. Becky Semple, Paris Visitor Center with Lamar County Chamber of Commerce (903) 784-2501 or becky@paristexas.com

June 5 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

June 5 & 6 PARIS 7th 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, (903) 784-2501 or chamber@paristexas.com

June 7 - 12 37th Annual Tomato Week Activities


What: First created during the Great Depression to celebrate Jacksonville’s agricultural heritage as the “Tomato Capitol of the World”, Tomato Week was revived in the 1980s and continues strong. Events for everyone are held all weeklong leading to the Saturday Tomato Fest culmination. Contact: For event locations, websites, contact, and admissions information please visit: ExploreJacksonvilleTX.Org

June 9 - 12 84th Annual Gladewater Round Up Rodeo


What: Since 1937, Gladewater has featured one of the best known, nationally sanctioned PRCA rodeos in America - 4 days of ole-west style, bronco-busting rodeo. Extreme Bulls will be on Wednesday, June 9. Where: Gladewater Round Up Rodeo Arena Admission: For reservations ( after Memorial Day ) call (903) 845-5126 Contact: Gladewater Rodeo Association www.gladewaterrodeo.com


North East Texas

June 11 - 19 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 18 - 20 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

Visitor & Events Guide


June 19 Detroit - 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 26 Happy Birthday USA


What: Freedom Celebration featuring live entertainment, fireworks, food and craft vendors, patriotic tributes, family games and rides. Where: Camp Langston RV Resort, 50 Co Rd 3227, Mt Pleasant, TX 75455 Admission: Free Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: (903) 572-8567, www.MtPleasantTX.com/Happy-Birthday-USA/


Annual Fireman’s Rodeo


What: All rodeo and related activities Where: Rodeo Arena - 724 Greenville Hwy ( on Highway 69 North ), Mineola, TX Admission: To Be Determined Contact: Mineola Volunteer Fire Department, David Madsen (903) 569-6183 www.mineola.com/community/page/events

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 East Texas Yamboree July 4th Fireworks



North East Texas

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

July 3 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

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

Visitor & Events Guide


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. 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. Past events included 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


North East Texas

July 9 & 10 10th Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest


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

July 17 - 18 Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally & “Hell of Northeast Texas� Gravel Grind


What: Experience a fun filled day of cycling on Saturday July 17th with six routes to choose from with plenty of rest stops and complimentary hamburger and fruit smoothies at finish at Tour de Paris, then stay over for the Gravel Grind on Sunday July 18th 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: Tour de Paris: (903) 784-2501, 1-800-727-4789, www.tourdeparis.com or www.paristexas.com; For Gravel Grind information: Kevin Lee at spinistry@gmail.com

Visitor & Events Guide


July 30 - 31 Annual Bonham 2021 Quilt Hop


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

August 7 & 8 HENDERSON 166th Annual Sacred Harp Singing National Convention

What: Historic form of Folk Christian music – acappella and four part harmony. Where: Henderson Civic Center, 1500 Lake Forest Parkway Henderson, Texas Admission: Donations accepted – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday 9:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Contact: Robert Vaughn – (903) 863-5379; rl_vaughn@yahoo.com www.easttexassingings.net; Dave Rousseau - (903) 889-3344; www.texasfasola.org or Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529; www.visithendersontx.com

August 7 Neches Wilderness Canoe Race


What: For over 30 years, water enthusiasts from across the nation and the world gather in Palestine, the first weekend in August, to participate in “The Toughest Little Race in Texas.” The canoe/kayak race covers 22 miles of the scenic, largely uninhabited Neches River. Where: Starts in Frankston and the course follows the Neches River South 22 miles Admission: $30-$50 Contact: www.necheswildernessrace.com

August 13 & 14 John Ritter Tribute Showcase Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Show


What: John Ritter Tribute Showcase - talent contest for all ages featuring classic country music. Winner represents Texas Country Music Hall of Fame at special shows throughout the year. TCHOF Show - Honors native Texans who made their mark in the Country Music industry. 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. Where: Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop Admission: Call for information Contact: Chamber of Commerce, (903) 693-6634 - www.carthagetexas.com For a complete list of events visit www.carthagetexas.com

August 13, 14 & 15 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


North East Texas

September TBD Potlatch Festival


September Jeans N’ Classics


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 in September 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

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.marshallartcouncil.org, (903) 935-4484

Visitor & Events Guide


September - Late 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 3 - 5 TMBRA – Barber Hills “ Hard Labor Mountain Bike Race” at Pat Mayse Lake


September 10 & 11 Paris Balloon and Music Festival


What: TMBRA (Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association) will hold the first race of the 2021 fall season at Barber Hills Trail at Pat Mayse lake north of Paris. Pre riding the trails and the Kids Cup clinic and races will be held on Saturday, September 4th. The main races will be held on Sunday the 5th. There are 40 different classes for riders of all ages and abilities. Where: Pat Mayse Lake, Approximately 14 miles North of Paris Contact: bryan@hargiselectric.com

What: Hot Air Balloon lift off (weather permitting) early mornings of September 11th and 12th and two nights of Hot Air Balloon Glows at dusk, vendors, Kid’s Fun Zone, food trucks, and live music concerts September 10th and 11th making it a fun filled festival weekend! Where: Paris/Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 East Center Street Paris, Texas Contact: www.parisballoonandmusicfestival.com or parisballoonandmusicfestival@gmail.com or Chamber at www.paristexas.com

September 17, and 24 & 25 36th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash


What: 29th Annual Golf Tournament ( Sept 17 ) 4-person teams, lunch, raffle prizes, putting contest, hole-in-one contest. Where: Sand Hills Country Club What: 36th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash ( Sept 24 & 25, 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 18 & 19 48th 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


North East Texas

September 18 Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally


What: A day full of biking events awaits the entire family at the 25th Annual Cotton Patch Challenge Bicycle Rally! Bike routes range from 12 – 75 miles with plenty of rest stops, scenic views, and free samples from participating sponsors. All routes start and end in beautiful historic Downtown Greenville on the Courthouse Square Where: Landon Winery, 2506 Lee Street, Greenville TX 75401 Admission: Fees vary, contact for details Contact: (903) 455-9622 or www.cottonpatchchallenge.com

September 22 - 25 Red River County Fair


What: Annual county fair featuring live entertainment, local food booths, displays of local crafters, produce exhibits, livestock and a midway with carnival rides. Where: Fairgrounds at American Legion Park on US 82 Bus. East Admission: Fair is free. Contact: County Extension Agent – (903) 427-3867

September 24 - 25 Iron Horse Fest & 5K Run


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

September 24 - October 3 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

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September 25 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

September 29 - October 2 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


October Celebrating Spooky Season


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

What: Engage your inner spook and enjoy creepy carriage rides, cemetery walking tours, ghost trolley tours, Fright Night Haunted House, goat yoga and a ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express during the month of October in Palestine. Don’t forget the annual Hot Pepper Festival happens this month. It’s the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas” and it has something for everyone throughout the streets of Historic Downtown Palestine. Where: City-wide Admission: Varies Contact: Palestine Visitor Center (903) 723-3014 or 800-659-3484 www.visitpalestine.com

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 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. 14 - 17, 2021. Tyler also celebrates Rose Season for the entire month, with a variety of activities that range from family fun to educational and cultural events. We welcome you to enjoy all Tyler has to offer during this special season. Where: Citywide Admission: Paid admission required to some events Contact: Visit Tyler, (903) 593-6905; www.VisitTyler.com/roses or www.texasrosefestival.com

October 2 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 2 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 8 - 9 The Mineola League of the Arts Annual Quilt Show


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

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October 9 Canton Main Street Fall Festival


What: 20th 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.com

October 14 - 17 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards


What: Top International Musicians and Bands from 10 plus nations will flock to Jefferson to compete in three evenings of Country Music Concerts. Awards will follow on Sunday with performances by all the winners. Texas Sounds is produced by East Texas Performing Arts . Where: Historic Jefferson, TX Contact: www.texassounds.org (903) 634-7665

October 15 - 16 27th Annual Rusk County PRCA Rodeo


October 15 Autumn Trails Trail Ride and Welcome Parade


What: October 15 & 16, 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

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 Winnsboro Admission: Free Contact: www.WinnsboroAutumnTrails.com or 903.342.1958

October 16 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 RV Resort, 50 Co Rd 3227, Mt Pleasant, TX 75455 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


North East Texas

October 20 - 23 84th 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 23 City of Paris 21st “Annual Festival of Pumpkins”


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

October 23 SULPHUR SPRINGS World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest

What: 52nd Annual World Champion Stew Contest hosts over 150 cooking teams stirring up hearty chicken or beef stew in huge cast iron pots over open wood fires. Where: Buford Park Admission: Free to attend, $5 for an all-you-can-eat-till-it’s-all-gone bowl Contact: Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, (903) 885-6515, www.HopkinsChamber.org Sulphur Springs Department of Tourism, 888-300-6623, www.VisitSulphurSpringsTX.org

October 23 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

October 29 Scare on the Square


What: Join us for a spook-tacular trick-or-treating event in downtown Rusk. 4:00 pm Where: Downtown Rusk Admission: Free Contact: Rusk Chamber at (903) 683-4242 or info@ruskchamber.com • www.RuskChamber.com

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October 30 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

November & December Rose City Christmas


What: Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with lots to see and do during November and December, in and around Tyler. During this time, experience one of Tyler’s most popular areas, the Azalea District, all dressed up for the holidays. The “Azalea District Trail of Lights” is quickly becoming a visitor favorite. Where: Citywide Admission: Trail of lights and some events are free and others require admission Contact: Visit Tyler, (903) 593-6905, www.visittyler.com/rosecitychristmas

November 5 - 7 HENDERSON The Magic of Christmas on Main Street/Hallmark Movie Style

What: Historic Downtown Henderson’s Christmas Open House. Enjoy and old-fashioned celebration of Christmas as you stroll between the diverse boutiques on Henderson’s four Main streets. Specialty Clothing, Antiques, Extraordinary Home Décor, Unique Kitchen Elements, Religious Gifts, Pamper Baskets and Incredible Christmas Decorations will enchant you and inspire your gift giving this year. Our annual open house will be the perfect time to get you in the Christmas Spirit! Our Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on November 5, please call 866-650-5529 to confirm the date and time. Where: Downtown Historic District Henderson Contact: Tourism Department, City of Henderson – 866-650-5529 www.visithendersontx.com

November 12 - 13 Deck the Halls Holiday Bazaar


What: Find something for everyone on your Christmas list at this holiday shopping event. Shop with nearly 40 vendors, enjoy live entertainment, fabulous food, and door prizes! Where: Mount Pleasant Civic Center - 1800 North Jefferson Avenue Admission: $7 for 12 and older; $5 for seniors/military; $3 for 5 - 11 years; Free under 5 Contact: Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce: (903) 572-8567, www.MtPleasantTX.com


North East Texas

November 12 - 13 Art & Wine Festival


November 13 “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: www.WinnsboroCenterForTheArts.com or www.WinnsboroOnlineGuide.com

What: Holiday Open House. Antique District open late November 13. Texas Style Hospitality. Annual Christmas Tree lighting at 6 pm. Small Business Saturday November 27. Christmas Parade December 14, 6 pm. Contact: Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, (903) 845-5501, info@gladewaterchamber.org • www.gladewaterchamber.org

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November 13 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 19 & December 26 Christmas in Palestine


November 24 - December 30 Wonderland of Lights


What: Want to stay in your PJ's all day? Enjoy the POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE™, The Grinch’s Lair, Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Old Town Carriage Rides, Photos with Santa, Walk of Lights, Food & Wine Events, and holiday shopping. Head to Palestine - one of "Texas' Top Travel Destinations," where hot chocolate is served and PJ’s are welcome! Where: City-wide Admission: Varies Contact: Palestine Visitor Center (903) 723-3014 or 800-659-3484 www.visitpalestine.com/christmas

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 27 Hometown Christmas Experience


What: Come to downtown Rusk to celebrate Small Business Saturday and our annual tree lighting ceremony Where: Downtown Rusk Admission: Free Contact: Rusk Chamber at (903) 683-4242 or info@ruskchamber.com • www.RuskChamber.com


North East Texas

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 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 Bois d’Arc Christmas Celebration & Parade


What: Afternoon festival with music, craft vendors, food, movie, pictures with Santa (bring your own camera). Followed by lighted nighttime parade at 6 p.m. with annual theme. Held on the first Saturday in December. Where: On the square in downtown Commerce Admission: Free Contact: Commerce Chamber of Commerce (903) 886-3950, info@commerce-chamber.com

December 4 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: Fees vary Contact: Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, (903) 843-2413, www.yulefestgilmer.com

December 4 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

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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

December 2 Christmas Parade


What: City of Henderson presents, The Annual 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 2 - 4 & December 9 - 11 39th Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes®


What: 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, and sparkling glass balls. Docents in period costume will greet you and describe each home’s origins and finery. Where: Historic Jefferson, TX Contact: www.JeffersonCandlelight.com

December 7 Annual Christmas Parade


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

December 11 Jingle Bell Bop & Shop



North East Texas

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


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


Bonham Visitor Information Center



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

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




(903) 427-2645 Fax: (903) 427-5454 101 N. Locust Clarksville, TX 75426 redrivercc@yahoo.com www.redrivercoc.com

(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



Canton Visitors Bureau (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

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The Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce

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

Gladewater Chamber of Commerce

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

City of Henderson

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



Visit Marshall

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

Mineola Henderson


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

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

Gaston Museum


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

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


Visit Kilgore

East Texas Oil Museum

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


Visit Lindale

City of Mineola 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

Mount Pleasant

(903) 881-5103 55 Miranda Lambert Way, Suite 3 Mount PleasantTitus County Lindale, TX 75771 www.visitlindale.com Chamber of Commerce


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

and Visitors Council

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

North East Texas



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

(903) 683-4242 184 S. Main Street / P.O. Box 67 Rusk, TX 75785 Info@ruskchamber.com www.RuskChamber.com

Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rusk Chamber of Commerce


Sulphur Springs

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

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

Palestine Visitor Center


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

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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


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


City of Texarkana

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


Visit Tyler

((903) 593-6905 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 63

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North East Texas Visitor & Events Guide 2021  

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 2021  

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...

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