What's going on in East Texas this weekend? October 11-13 | Arts & Culture
It's almost easier this weekend to ask which East Texas town is NOT having a festival of some kind! If you're in the mood for a little road tripping, you can head to Lindale for Country Fest, Canton for Autumn Stroll, Van for Oil Festival, Winnsboro for Autumn Trails, Mineola for Bigfoot Meets Naturefest...and the list goes on. Check out our list and have some fun this beautiful fall weekend!
Autumn Trails: The annual autumn trails features events throughout October. It's a favorite with local residents, as well as folks from the city who enjoy driving to the country in the cooler fall air. Saturday will offfer the coronation of the queen of the trails at Winnsboro HIgh School Auditorium at 7pm, Arts and crafts in the city park during the day, antique tractor show and pull in the park Friday from 6pm and Saturday starting at 9am, BBQ cook off in the park, and even a welcome parade on Friday night. There is so much more you'd better click HERE to get the full details from the Winnsboro website!
Bigfoot Meets Naturefest (inside the Mineola Nature Preserve): Friday night "Bigfoot Bash" with classic rock band DAZED. (Friday night adults only, 21 and up) BBQ brisket dinner, 7-ft. sculpture of cupcakes by Food Network's Cupcake Wars winner "The Luscious Crumb," Bigfoot Lookalike contest, dancing with Bigfoot, and more. Tickets for Friday night are $25 or two for $40. Saturday's events include a 5K called Chasing Bigfoot, and after that, all events are free: kids fishing, geocaching 101, creature teacher, Bigfoot calling contest, free concert by Rafael Espinoza, storytellers, and more! Details on flyer below, or click here. 1860 CR 2724, just off Hwy 69 and Loop 564.
Quilt Show at Mineola League of the Arts - 10am-5pm Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday.
200 West Blair Street Mineola, Texas 75773 903-569-8877 email@example.com
Country Fest- Bull Fest - Pinktober Fest: Fun activities will feature some familiar favorites, including a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at Lindale’s First United Methodist Church and the parade, which steps off at 9 a.m. After the parade, over on Eagle Spirit Drive will be carnival rides, food, arts and crafts, booths and live entertainment. Lindale Idol contest, grand opening of the Miranda Lambert store (Pink Pistol Texas, from noon-9pm Saturday, 1pm-5pm Sunday) and Bullfest. See flyiers, below, or call the Lindale Chamber of Commerce for more information at 903-882-7181.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Bird and Nature Walk: Explore the TFFC interpretive trail and other areas of the hatchery.These outings are perfect for both beginning and advanced birdwatchers. Birdlife changes with the seasons and each outing should see a variety of species. Expect to see 25 or more different species on each outing. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, although it is not required, and prepare to learn about the birdlife of the Athens area.The monthly Bird & Nature Walks are free with regular paid admission and no reservation is needed.TFFC Admission: $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors 65 and older, $3.50 for children ages 4 through 12.
East Texas Arboretum Fall Festival: Enjoy arts and crafts, vendors, a dog show, art show, entertainment, games for the kiddos, and face painting. It's fun for the whole family! Don't miss special appearances by Elmo, Batman and Superman from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.TVCC Theatre Department will present Pinocchio; click here to read the press release about this year's show. More information at athenstx.org.
Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Open House is a rare opportunity to go inside the ranch to meet and learn about more than 1,000 formerly abused, abandoned and neglected animals cared for at this sanctuary in ETX. Oct. 12 and 19. Details here.
Death of a Salesman: Onstage at Henderson Co. Performing Arts Center, 400 gibson Road, Athens. 903-675-3908 for more information, or click here for the website. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for child/student.
Blue Moon Gardens Fall Festival: Saturday at the nursery. Festive day filled with informative speakers, refreshments, an abundants of plants, a lavish scarecrow display and contest, and more (great photo ops here) Details here, or call 903-852-3897.
Moore's Store live music: 10/11 Billy Joe Shaver , The Original Honky Tonk Hero • 9:30 p.m. • $20 advance tickets outhousetickets.com or $25 door and on 10/12 Wesley Pruitt (Blues/Americana/Soul) • 8 p.m. • $10 cover.
The Forge Bistro live music: Friday 10/11 Steve Carpenter, and Saturday 10/12 Jimmy Wallace and Jerry Don Branch
Festival on the Square: Saturday- 26th Annual Festival on the Square Texas Music concert in Downtown Tyler. Four bands will play throughout the evening at the concert, which is a fundraiser for the City of Tyler Main Street Department. Gates will open at 5 p.m. An acoustic set by Rich O’Toole will begin at approximately 6 p.m., followed by Fred Andrews and Honeybrowne at 7 p.m. Sons of Fathers will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The headliner, Cody Canada and The Departed are scheduled to perform at 10:15 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 each and are available at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., or online at www.FestivalontheSquare.com. Tickets at the gate on Saturday will be $25 each
The 12th Annual East Texas Buddy Walk, benefiting the East Texas Down Syndrome Group is Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:30 am in Teague Park (Longview). The East Texas Down Syndrome Group provides support and resources for families in the East Texas area. The Buddy Walk is also to celebrate that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
13th Annual Autumn Stroll: Live Music, Lone Star BBQ Society Sanctioned Cook-Off, Arts/Crafts, Children's Area, Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sales, Silent Auction, Drawings, Downtown Window Decorating Contest. Canton Downtown N. Buffalo St off Hwy 64. Admission: Free! For more information contact: Lynn Kitchens, 903-567-1849, 877-462-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Movie -- Old Yeller Autumn Stroll Downtown Canton at the Plaza Theater Outdoors on the Street 119 N. Buffalo. Bring your lawn chairs. Concession stand open for popcorn and drinks. For more information call 903-567-1849.
Mayor's Walk at Cherry Creek Park 1200 Cherry in Canton. Everyone is invited to attend this event as city of Canton, which is known as the Walking Capital of Texas, works to promote good health. Walkers and their canine companions are encouraged to attend this event.
Come to Yesterland Farm for a nostalgic step back in time -- it's old-fashioned fun on the farm with a new twist! From Fall festivities to a holiday wonderland of Christmas trees and Santa, it's all farmtastic family entertainment in Canton, Texas, weekend this Fall! And we're just one mile from the famous Canton First Monday! Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Yesterland Amazement Park, Dixie Mercantile, Hog Wild Grill, Wagon Train rides, and more! Located at: 15410 Interstate 20 Canton, Texas 903-567-2255 www.yesterlandfarm.com
Paris Antique Fair: Fun, food and fabulous antiques! Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm. Featuring hand-picked vendors, antique appraisals for $5, delicious food, free parking, indoor restrooms, and much more. Details on the website.
Rose Festival: Each October thousands of visitors flock to Tyler for the excitement and pageantry of the Texas Rose Festival. For the entire month of October, Tyler celebrates the Rose Season with a plethora of activities that range from family fun to educational and cultural events. We welcome you to come and enjoy all Tyler has to offer during this special season. Tyler Rose Season Information here.
Van Oil Festival - The Annual Van Oil Festival will be held downtown Van beginning with the Parade at 10 AM. The theme is 'Let Freedom Ring'. Dunking booth, penny scramble for kids, food, 50 vendors on the street, door prizes, entertainment, parade, tractor show at the Farmhouse Restaurant, Car show, pie contest, veterans tent, and much more! Check out the event page on Facebook by clicking here. Also, the Van Oil Museum has reopened and will be open to the public from 9am-3pm.
Pumpkin Patch Express: Take a train ride aboard Texas State Railroad's Pumpkin Patch, where kids can pick out their own pumpkin, visit Trick or Treat Street, play games, relax on a hayride, and sing and dance with a live children's entertainer. At the Rusk station. Oct. 5-27 at 11am. Call 903-683-3451 for details. $65 and must call ahead to reserve to ensure there are seats for everyone.
Fire Ant Festival Friday and Saturday - 5K, children's activities, vendor booths, car cruise, live music, dancing, and much more. Full details at marshall-chamber.com.
The Boo Benefit has raised $1,774,000 for burn survivors and their families over the last 15 years. Please come out to our 16th annual Boo Benefit on October 11, 12 &13 in Jefferson, Texas. Thanks to our committee members, Boo Crew, vendors, sponsors and participants. 100 % of all proceeds go to help burn survivors - there are no paid staff - only volunteers. Please come out and join us for our Farewell Ride! Full details at boobenefit.org.