July

GRAPELAND: July 4-6 East Texas Country Music Festival Jam along at this three day music festival with the best of Texas country artists. There is nonstop entertainment and food, and campers can enjoy the campground with more than 400 RV spots. East Texas Country Music Festival, 247 Salmon Lake Road. 214-897-3604; etcmf.com

HENDERSON: July 4 July Fourth Parade, Fun in the Park, and Fireworks The city celebrates with a parade, children’s inflatables, food, musical entertainment, and fireworks. Lake Forest Park, 1500 Lake Forest Parkway. 903-646-5440; visithendersontx.com

HUNTSVILLE: July 4 July Fourth Celebration The Fourth of July celebration is a fun and safe event for the entire family. The fireworks show begins at dark, weather permitting. Kate Barr Ross Park, 486 SH 75. 936-291-9726; huntsvilletexas.com

JACKSONVILLE: July 13 Cherokee Craft and Trade Fair Enjoy free admission to a show featuring a variety of arts and crafts vendors, some new and many returning. Each event assists a local charity. Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St. jacksonvilletexas.com

JEFFERSON: July 4-6 July Fourth Week- end The Historic Jefferson Railway offers a special holiday weekend aboard an antique gas-powered locomotive, where the history of Independence Day unfolds in one of the railway’s narrated historical day tours. View the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. The ride includes a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit for feeding live alligators. Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin St. 866-398-2038; jeffersonrailway.com or diamonddonempire.com

KILGORE: July 4 Fourth of July Extravaganza This popular Independence Day event features a 20-minute explosively entertaining fireworks display. Bring the family for a festival-style atmosphere with food vendors, market stalls, and live music at the amphitheater. Kilgore City Park. 903-988-4117; cityofkilgore.com

KILGORE: July 13 Patriotic Street Party East Texans come together to show their patriotism with a gigantic street party on Main Street. Historic Downtown Kilgore. kilgoremainstreet.com/patriotic- street-party

KILGORE: June 27-July 28 Texas Shakespeare Festival For the 34th summer season, East Texas’ only professional theatre produces “As You Like It,” “Born Yesterday,” “Othello,” “Into The Woods,” and “The Girl Who Cried Throgmonster.” The performances historically sell out fast. Van Cliburn Auditorium, 1000-1198 Brook Drive. 903-983-8119; texasshakespeare.com

LONGVIEW: July 4 Fireworks and Freedom Celebration This festival includes an air-conditioned vendor hall, concessions, free outdoor concerts, carnival rides, a motorcycle procession, a car show, a historic fly-over, and a water foam area. Don’t miss the Patriotic Pup Fashion Show, Family Feud contest, and fireworks show. Ad- mission and parking are free. Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. 903-237-1000; longviewtexas.gov/2394/ Fireworks-and-Freedom-Celebration

LONGVIEW: July 26-28 AKC Dog Show – At the shows, up to 190 AKC-recognized breeds can compete for the dog that most closely matches the standard for each breed exhibited. At the obedience trials, activities range from basic obedience to the more advanced classes that involve retrieving scented objects and performing jumps. Vendors are on site selling pet sup- plies and accessories. Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. 903-237- 1000; longviewkennelclub.org/show

LONGVIEW: July 26-28 Great Texas Balloon Race – Visitors at the race can see balloon flights over the city each day, and balloon glows at night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. There are live concerts on Friday and Saturday nights as well, and Kids Land offers a safe area for children with activities and attractions. Vendors have arts, crafts, and merchandise in booths lined up along an improvised midway. Food vendors are on site, too. Gregg County Regional Airport, 269 Terminal Circle. 903- 237-3281; greattexasballoonrace.com

MAGNOLIA: July 4 Fourth of July in Magnolia This free event celebrates the Fourth of July with music, hot dogs, watermelon, and a fireworks display. Unity Park, 19450 Nichols Sawmill Road. 281-615- 5697; cityofmagnolia.com

MINEOLA: Jan. 7-Dec. 30 Square Dancing Join in on square dancing every Mon- day night with national caller Tim Tyl. American Legion Hall, 2015 US 80 E. 903-312-3713; mineolarailers.com

NAPLES: July 25-27 Watermelon Festival This 80th annual event includes a parade, street dance, an antique car show, music, arts-and-crafts vendors, games, and free ice-cold watermelon. The Melon Patch on Front Street. 903-563-9713

PALESTINE: July 13 Dog Daze of Summer Concert Series Gather in the shade with friends and move to the groove of live music while enjoying expertly paired snack boards and beverages in an environment to escape the dog days of summer. Bands performing are Chris Oliver and Company, The Magills, and The Tuxedo Cats. Oxbow Hollow, 215 E. Crawford St. 903-729-6066; palestinechamber.org/festivals

PALESTINE: July 26 “My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale” The classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden pup- pet is given new life. This musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist, Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” and what it means to be “a real father.” Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St. 903-922-1126; thetexastheater.com

THE WOODLANDS: July 3 Houston Symphony: Star-Spangled Salute The Independence Eve tradition is back. Enjoy patriotic hits from across the decades while remembering our veterans. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-364-3010; woodlandscenter.org

TYLER: July 8-11 Brunson Equestrian Center Summer Camp Session 4 This is a horse-riding camp designed for the beginner to advanced rider. Camp is open to all ages from 6 to 99. These summer camps are a great experience, whether you’re looking for a fun activity for yourself or your horse-crazy child. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: July 13-14 Hunter Jumper Scholarship Circuit and Horse Show This non- profit organization provides competition for horse and rider from cross rails to hunter derbies and jumper classics. This is a fun, outdoor family activity. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882- 8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: July 15-18 Brunson Equestrian Center Summer Camp Session 5 This is a horse-riding camp designed for the beginner to advanced rider. Camp is open to all ages from 6 to 99. These summer camps are a great experience, whether you’re looking for a fun activity for yourself or your horse-crazy child. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: July 22-25 Brunson Equestrian Center Summer Camp Session 6 This is a horse-riding camp designed for the beginner to advanced rider. Camp is open to all ages from 6 to 99. These summer camps are a great experience, whether you’re looking for a fun activity for yourself or your horse-crazy child. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

 

June

GLADEWATER: June 5-8 Round-Up Rodeo This is a nationally sanctioned PRCA Rodeo. Founded in 1937, this rodeo is recognized as one of the top in Texas with events for all ages. Gladewater Rodeo Arena, 1/2 mile west of Gladwater, US 80 West. 903- 845-5126; gladewaterrodeo.com

JACKSONVILLE: June 8 Cherokee Craft and Trade Fair Enjoy free admission to a show featuring a variety of arts and crafts vendors, some new and many re- turning. Each event assists a local charity. The Ten Spot, 201 E. Commerce St. jacksonvilletexas.com

JEFFERSON: June 15 Father’s Day Ex- press Celebrate Father’s Day aboard an antique gas-powered locomotive. The ride includes a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit for feeding live alligators. Fathers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children. Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin St. 866-398-2038; jeffersonrailway .com or diamonddonempire.com

KILGORE: June 8 Stars and Scars Mud Run Compete with other runners in a rugged natural terrain course in the Piney Woods of East Texas that will feature 10-plus obstacles including muddy hillsides, pits and trenches, and man-made obstacles that make the course even more challenging. Rabbit Creek Offroad Park. 903-984-5022

KILGORE: June 21-22 Children’s Art Festival Enjoy an outdoor chalk drawing com- petition along with two days of fun, creativity, and lots of activities for the whole family. Kilgore City Park. 903-988-4117; kilgoremainstreet.com

LONGVIEW: June 1-2 Comic Con This comic convention brings together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups in an affordable, family-friendly environment. Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. 903-237-1230; visitlongviewtexas.com

LONGVIEW: June 1 Movies on the Plaza Catch the full-length feature film “Mary Poppins Returns” in an outdoor setting. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Enjoy food from local food trucks plus free popcorn and soda (courtesy of Made Rite company). The movie starts at dark. Heritage Plaza, 219 E. Methvin St. 903-237-1000; visitlongviewtexas.com

LONGVIEW: June 6-9 Summer Boat Show The annual boat show features boats from Plano Marine of East Texas and Nicholas Marine. Admission is free. Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd. 903-753-3515; visitlongviewtexas.com

LONGVIEW: June 15 Pride Festival In its sixth year, Longview’s Pride Festival features food trucks, shopping, an outdoor bar, and a children’s area. This is East Texas’ largest Pride event. Maude Cobb Ag Pavilion, 100 Grand Blvd. 903-237-1230

LUFKIN: June 12 “Finding Neverland”— National Broadway Tour Winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash is a must see. “Finding Neverland” tells the in- credible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Play- wright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe ad- ventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. Angelina College Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936- 633-5454; angelinaarts.org

MINEOLA: Jan. 7-Dec. 30 Square Dancing Join in on square dancing every Mon- day night with national caller Tim Tyl. American Legion Hall, 2015 US 80 E. 903- 312-3713; mineolarailers.com

NACOGDOCHES: June 8 Texas Blueberry Festival Jump into loads of fun at the 30th annual Texas Blueberry Festival. Find blueberry-sweet treats and fresh blueberries for sale along with a variety of other festival vendor goodies. Enjoy live entertainment, a car show, pet parade, and a kids splash and bounce park. Enter into a 42 tournament, washer pitching contest, blueberry pie eating contest, and the Blue- berry Cupcake Battle. For the first time at the festival, attendees may experience a simulated NASCAR race around the track. Whoever has the fastest lap wins two tickets to Texas Motor Speedway. Historic Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St. 936-560-5533; tbf.nacogdoches.org

PALESTINE: June 8 Wiggy Thump Festival This music festival, presented by Whiskey Myers, features a lineup of Texas country favorites with the Read Southall Band, Chris Colston, and The Steel Woods. No outside food or drink is allowed, but folding chairs are permitted. A portion of proceeds benefit the Anderson County Youth Livestock Association. Anderson County Livestock Pavilion, 750 N. US 287. 903-723-3014; visitpalestine.com

PALESTINE: June 15, July 13, Aug. 10 Dog Daze of Summer Concert Series Gather in the shade with friends and move to the groove of live music while enjoying expertly paired snack boards and beverages in an environment to escape the dog days of sum- mer. Bands performing are Chris Oliver and Company, The Magills, and The Tuxedo Cats. Oxbow Hollow, 215 E. Crawford St. 903-729- 6066; palestinechamber.org/festivals

PALESTINE: June 15 Dogwood Jamboree “Star Spangled Country” This Bran- son-style music show is filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music from some of the best artists any- where. Listen to some of the golden hits in country music performed live on stage. Palestine High School Auditorium, SH 19 S. and Loop 256. 903-729-7080; visitpalestine.com/events

THE WOODLANDS: June 3-9 Wine and Food Week For wine and food lovers, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Celebrating 15 years in the making, Wine and Food Week features wine and culinary taste- makers from across the globe. Raise a glass to master chefs, winemakers, and educators and experience national and international wines at wine tastings, wine dinners, seminars, and casual events. The week ends in an elaborate Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive. 713-557-5732; wineandfoodweek.com

THE WOODLANDS: June 7 Texas Music Festival Orchestra This festival brings the future of classical music to the stage with talented musicians from across the globe. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-364-3010; woodlandscenter.org

TYLER: June 1-2 Dallas Dressage Club Spring Dressage Show Dressage is a high- ly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an “art” sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. As an equestrian sport defined by the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is “the highest expression of horse training” where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.” Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: June 1-2 Equine Trail Sports— Obstacle Challenge This challenge for horse riders includes miles of beautiful trails that very few people get to see, plus two trail challenges and an obstacle course. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: June 8-9 North Texas Hunter Jumper Club Wagon Wheel Summer Show This nonprofit organization provides competition for horse and rider from cross rails to hunter derbies and jumper classics. This is a fun, outdoor family activity. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882- 8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: June 10-13 Brunson Equestrian Center Summer Camp Session 1 This is a horse-riding camp designed for the beginner to advanced rider. Camp is open to all ages from 6 to 99. These summer camps are a great experience, whether you’re looking for a fun activity for yourself or your horse-crazy child. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: June 17-20 Brunson Equestrian Center Summer Camp Session 2 This is a horse-riding camp designed for the beginner to advanced rider. Camp is open to all ages from 6 to 99. These summer camps are a great experience, whether you’re looking for a fun activity for yourself or your horse-crazy child. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: June 24-27 Brunson Equestrian Center Summer Camp Session 3 This is a horse-riding camp designed for the beginner to advanced rider. Camp is open to all ages from 6 to 99. These summer camps are a great experience, whether you’re looking for a fun activity for yourself or your horse-crazy child. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

 

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