October

It’s here! Don’t miss The Texas Country Reporter Festival on Oct. 27!

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 27 “Texas Country Reporter Festival” –  Meet Bob & Kelli, hosts of Texas Country Reporter, for one of the biggest and bets street fairs in the state. This 23rd annual event features artists, craftsmen, music, and food from all over the Lone Star State—much of it featured on the TV show over the years. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

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BROOKELAND: Oct. 20-21 “Big Bass Splash“ A weekend of fishing and fun on Lake Sam Rayburn, which offers 600 miles of shoreline for year-round outdoor adventure. Cash and prizes are given out to top anglers in this fishing tournament. Lake Sam Rayburn, Recreational Road 255. sealyoutdoors.com 888-698-2591

DIBOLL: Oct. 6 “Angelina County AirFest“ A world-class airshow featuring some of the greatest aerobatic pilots in the country. The event is a production of the Lufkin Marine Corps League and is a benefit for the Marine Toys for Tots campaigns in Angelina and Trinity counties in East Texas to purchase toys for less fortunate children at Christmas. Angelina County Airport, 800 Airport Blvd. visitlufkin.com 936-633-0359

EDOM: “EDOM ART FESTIVAL“ October 13 & 14. EDOM, TX –For more than 46 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists presenting their talents to an appreciative audience of gifters and collectors.  High quality art, fine crafts, live music and great food & wine fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town, Farm to Market road 279. Go to visitedom.com for a detailed schedule of events, local lodging and a map. 10 AM – 5 PM VISITEDOM.COM/EDOM-ART-FESTIVAL 903-258-5192

HENDERSON: Oct. 18-20 “Rusk County PRCA Rodeo“ This 25th annual event includes bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback racing, steer wrestling, barrel racing, a calf scramble, a sheep chase, pony rides, a petting zoo, and shopping vendors. Rusk County Youth Expo Center, 3303 FM 13 W. visithendersontx.com 903-658-4404

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 6 Fair on the Square“ Many unique items, some handcrafted, will help shoppers get ready for the Christmas and fall holidays. Jewelry, home decor, apparel, and many more treasures can be found by both vendors and the merchants on the downtown square and in the Midway Plaza. Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave. thefaironthesquare.com. 936-295-8113

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 20 “Citywide Praise Fest“ This outdoor community event features local artists, choirs, soloists, local musicians, and local bands in one place, performing their talents and abilities. Free to the public—bring a lawn chair. Eastham/Thomason Park, 1500 Seventh St. 936-661-6458

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 20 “Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, and 5K“ The course takes runners down State Highway 30 and the rural roads alongside it, which should be decorated with fall foliage. Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 SH 30. 7 hills.us 936-291-9726

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 27 “Scare on the Square“ Bring the family to the historic square for a fun day of pumpkin painting, carnival games, arts and crafts, free food, a costume contest, and more. Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave. huntsvillemainstreet.com 936-291-5920

JASPER: “Champion Oaks Ranch 3rd Annual Boots & BBQ Festival“ October 13. The Champion Oaks Ranch 3rd Annual Boots & BBQ Festival takes place Saturday, October 13th in downtown Jasper.  The festival features an IBCA sanctioned BBQ cook-off, live music, vendor booths, concessions, raffles, live auction, kids activities, contests, and much more.  Festival entry is FREE and everyone is welcome. For event information, including sponsor, vendor and volunteer opportunities, or info regarding entry into the BBQ cook-off, please contact Champion Oaks Ranch.  Festival proceeds benefit the Champion Oaks Ranch Children’s Home, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Christian ministry that provides a stable, loving home for at-risk youth, where they receive therapeutic care, counseling, and education, and develop hands-on life skills to instill self-confidence, responsibility and accountability so they are prepared for restoration and reunification with their family and the next phase of their life.  Champion Oaks Ranch, Rebuilding Families…One Child at a Time. 10 a.m. www.championoaksranch.org 409-384-6000

JASPER: Oct. 20 “Butterfly Festival“ Jasper is the official Butterly Capital of Texas, and the Butterfly Festival features arts and crafts booths, games for the kids, food vendors, and live entertainment on the court- house square in downtown Jasper. Jasper County Courthouse Square, 121 N. Austin St. jaspercoc.org 409-384-2762

JASPER: Oct. 20 “SNIPS Dachshund Race Fundraiser“ The Spay Neuter Initiative Pet Society is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and coordinating spay/neuter surgeries for area pets. SNIPS is celebrating their 10th year with their 10th annual fundraiser at the Jasper Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce Fall Butterfly Festival, weather permitting. snipsjasperorg.org
409-384-8251

JEFFERSON: Oct. 4-7 “Lake O’ Pines Norton Owners Association Rallye and Bike Show“ The rally draws more than 300 people displaying more than 150 of the finest vintage motorcycles. Participate in Friday’s field events, display your bike in Saturday’s bike show, and ride in the Rolling Concours. Diamonds Don’s Motorsport & RV Park, 1602 SH 49. ntnoa.org 214-402-1436

JEFFERSON: Oct. 5-7, 19-20 “Jefferson Flea Market“ Shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, garage-sale items, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies, and more. Jefferson Flea Market, 213 W. Broadway St. jeffersonfleamarket.net 903-431-0043

JEFFERSON: Oct. 12-14 “Jefferson Texas Burn Rally Run Benefit“ Features bikes,
bands, and beer all weekend. Centers on the Historic Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club. Historic Downtown Jefferson, 107 W. Austin St.

JEFFERSON: Oct. 19 “Jefferson Cruise Night“ Classic cars enthusiasts and spectators
join every third Friday night through November for dinning, dancing, and music. Historic Downtown Jefferson. visitjeffersontexas.com

JEFFERSON: “Jefferson Flea Market“ October 19-20. Come shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, furniture, fixtures, books, tools, dishes, collectible items and much more! BUY – SELL – TRADE – BROWSE 8am – 5pm http://www.jeffersonfleamarket.net 903-431-0043

JEFFERSON: Oct. 19-20 “Texas Bigfoot Conference“ This original annual event was established in 2001 by the Texas Bigfoot Research Center. Oct. 20th marks the 51st anniversary of the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film. Jefferson Tourism and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St. facebook.com/texasbigfootresearch

JEFFERSON: Oct. 21 “Taste of Jefferson“ Join the 28th annual event as it showcases samples of local restaurants’ favorite meals accompanied with live music. Shortly after the Taste, the Annual Waiter’s Race begins at 2 p.m. Historic Downtown Jefferson, 305 E. Austin St. jefferson-texas.com

KILGORE: Oct. 13 “Oktoberfest“ An authentic German experience in East Texas. Historic Downtown Kilgore, 103 N. Kilgore St. kilgoremainstreet.com 903-988-4117

KILGORE: Oct. 24 “East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cookoff“ This legendary cookoff features dozens of teams dishing out bowls of chili, each vying for the winning title. Companies and workers from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma flock to Kilgore for this annual event. World’s Richest Acre, 100 N. Commerce. easttexastreatmentcenter.org 903-984-5571

LINDEN: Oct. 20 “T-Bone Walker Day“ Fundraising concert/dinner show with T-bone dinners and a proclamation declaring T-Bone Walker Day in Linden, where he was born. Music City Texas Theater, 108 Legion St. facebook.com/lindenecondevcorps 903-756-7774

LIVINGSTON: “Country Market Days“ October 6-8. Come shop till you drop at Country Market Days!  Located on the grounds surrounding the historic Thomas Mercantile.  Enjoy the great outdoors strolling the grounds as you seek out the colorful vendor tents all nestled among the trees.  Over 80 vendors come from all over Texas.  Everything from soup to nuts!  Artisans & crafters.  Vintage finds, jewelry, yard art, plants, gourmet food, boutique clothing, candles, everything you can imagine!  A must come and shop place to be! 9am – 5pm Facebook: Thomas Mercantile 936-967-5333

LONGVIEW: Oct. 12-13 “903 Music Fest“ A family-friendly concert festival includes 10 bands playing over two days. The festival is headlined by Clint Black and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and features bands from various music genres. 219 E. Methvin St. 903musicfest.com 903-232-7206

LONGVIEW: Oct. 27 “Think or Treat“ Get some clues without any tricks. Your favorite characters will be here to greet, so wear your costume and attend Think or Treat. Enjoy a Halloween scavenger hunt throughout the museum (kids will get something special upon completion), a Halloween Lego challenge, “Make a Monster” in the Invention Garage, and Tin Can BOOwling. Longview World of Wonders, 112 E. Tyler St. longviewwow.org 903-212-4969

LUFKIN: Oct. 6 “Lufkin’s Bistro Wine and dine under the stars“ in the streets of historic downtown. This tasting event is elegant, filling, entertaining, and fun. Lufkin’s finest chefs will showcase their tastiest cuisine paired with delicious wines and beers. Downtown Lufkin, 113 S. First St. visitlufkin.com 936-633-0359

LUFKIN: Oct. 22 “The Pines Presents: Midtown Men“ Following the development of “Jersey Boys” and a historic three-season run on Broadway, The Midtown Men are lifting audiences to their feet as they perform the greatest hits of the ’60s in venues across the continent. The Midtown Men is the next chapter for these accomplished entertainers, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepineslufkin.com 936-633-0359

LUFKIN: Oct. 25 “Fall Farm Feast“ This farm-to-table event features a five-course meal in an outdoor setting. Angelina County Farmer’s Market, 2107 S. Medford Drive. visitlufkin.com
936-633-0359

LUMBERTON: Oct. 25-27 “Village Creek Festival“ Family fun event features rides, food vendors, craft vendors, Saturday Trade Days, wiener dog contest, kids costume contest, pet costume contest, and entertainment. New this year is “Lumberton on Review” showcasing Lumberton businesses and students. Lumberton City Park, 1300 FM 421. lumbertoncoc.com 409-755-0554

MOUNT PLEASANT: Oct. 6 “Uncorked Food & Wine Festival“ Sample wines from Texas wineries, enjoy food from local chefs, and shop for one-of-a-kind wares made by Texas artisans. Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and s’mores making at the fire pit are all available for the kids. Camp Langston, 50 CR 3227. facebook.com/uncorkedwinefestival 903-572-8567

MOUNT PLEASANT: Oct. 20 “Everything Texas Ranch Run“ Enjoy the beauty of Northeast Texas and the trails of the legendary Priefert Ranch. Run in the 5K or 15K individual trail races, compete in the 5K or 15K corporate challenge, or brave the 5K Pumpkin Race. Let the kids run in the 1K Mutton Buster Foot Race. Enjoy a full Texas ranch breakfast inflatables for the kids, running demos, music, and fun on the ranch for the entire family. Priefert Ranch, Highway 271 at Exit 4000. facebook.com/everythingtexasranchrun 903-657-2856

PALESTINE: Oct. 5-14 “Elvis Has Left the Building” A live performance of the musical. Historic Texas Theatre in Downtown Palestine, 213 W. Crawford. 903-922-1126

PALESTINE: Oct. 19-31 “Fright Night“ The haunted house is open to all, but children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a donation of two canned goods and receive half-price admission. All donations go to the local food bank. Located in the old garment factory, 3600 W. Oak St. facebook.com/palestinefrightnight 903-723-3014

PALESTINE: Oct. 20 “Dogwood Jamboree: Country Music Matters“ This Branson-style country music show is filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music. Recall some of the golden hits in country music as they are performed live on stage, while comedians provide comic relief. Palestine High School Auditorium, 1600 S. Loop 256. dogwoodjamboree.com
 903-723-6291

PALESTINE: Oct. 26-27 “Hot Pepper Festival and Parade“ It’s unusually hot in Palestine during the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas.” Downtown and Old Town Palestine host this festival, which features a kids zone, arts and crafts, a pepper-eating contest, live music, and more. Historic Downtown Palestine, Main Street and Oak Street. visitpalestine.com 903-731-8437

TEXARKANA: Sept. 15-Nov. 30 “Death and Dying: Customs and Curiosities“ This special exhibit explores the customs and rituals peculiar to mourning and burial in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. This exhibit will feature mourning costumes, memorial cards, tools, and materials used in preparing for burial, and other memento mori. Ace of Clubs House & Ahern Home, 420 Pine St.
texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TEXARKANA: Oct. 6 “Dine on the Line“ A toast to the two cities on the state line of Texas and Arkansas with dinner served in two states. Highlights local foods from downtown restaurants, a celebrity toast, a live band, and the State Line Shuffle line dance. Enjoy kids activities and a family atmosphere. State Line Post Office/Courthouse, 500 N. State Line Ave. mainstreet
texarkana.org 903-792-7191

TEXARKANA: Oct. 20 “Ace After Hours: Are You Alone?” Special after-hours tours led by TMS curators for a unique view of downtown Texarkana’s crown jewel, the Ace of Clubs House. These evening tours will feature little-known stories about the Ace of Clubs and includes the “Death and Dying: Customs and Curiosities” exhibit. Ace of Clubs House, 420 Pine St. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TYLER: Oct. 4 “Dennis Miller“ The award- winning comedian, talk show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality performs. R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd, FAC 1120. cowancenter.org 903-566-7424

TYLER: Oct. 5-7, 11-14, 27-28 “Hunter/ Jumper Horse Shows“ These horse shows consist of show jumpers, working hunters, and hunt seat equitation. Show jumpers compete in jumper classes where it counts to be “faultless” and fast. Working hunters are judged for manner and pace; a smooth comfortable ride. Hunt seat equitation emphasizes the rider’s form, sitting still, and quiet handling. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 940-240-1207 or 903-882-8696

TYLER: Oct 13  “From Bulbs to Blooms Fall Conference and Sale” Smith County Master Gardeners host a conference and bulb sale annually. Key note speakers Greg Grant and Keith Kridler will present programs on bulbs for the Southern Garden. Bulb and plant sale to follow. 8:00 AM https://txmg.org/smith/ 903-590-2980

TYLER: Oct. 27 “The Selena Experience“ In this concert honoring the pop culture icon, Los Chicos del 512 featuring Evelyn Molina helps audiences relive all of the songs (“Dreaming of You,” “I Could Fall In Love,” “Baila Esta Cumbia”) that keep Selena’s star shining bright today. R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd, FAC 1120. cowancenter.org
903-566-7424

WOODVILLE: Oct. 3-6 “Tyler County Fair“ This annual event includes a carnival, stock show, exhibits, and arts and crafts. Clinton R. Currie 4-H and FFA Rodeo Arena, Highway 190 West, 405 CR 2025. tylercountyfair.us 409-429-4385

WOODVILLE: Oct. 19-20 “Harvest Festival“ This is the largest fall folk-life festival in East Texas. The annual event features pioneer crafts and demonstrations, people in unique period costume, outstanding shows of both music and dance, and lots of interesting food to enjoy the season. Heritage Village, 157 PR 6000. heritage-village.org
409-283-2272

November

HENDERSON: Nov. 10 Heritage Syrup Festival The 30th annual event includes mule-powered old-time syrup making and folk artists, antique tractors, and music. Hayride shuttles will be available to Historic Downtown where you can enjoy more than 250 shopping vendors, bands, antique and classic cars, cloggers and square dancers, a children’s section, pony rides, and a melodrama. Depot Museum and Historic Downtown, 514 N. High St. and 100 E. Main St. visithendersontx.com 866-650-5529

JASPER: Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Christmas in the Park This annual event offers food, arts and crafts, live music, and fireworks on opening day. Train rides offered through the park Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 15. Bring the whole family for a beautiful park experience. Sandy Creek Park, Marvin Hancock Drive. christmasinjaspertx.com 409-384-4651

JEFFERSON: Nov. 1-4 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards International musicians flock to Jefferson in the hopes of winning a Texas Sounds Award. Texas Sounds is produced by, and is the major fundraising event for, East Texas Performing Arts. Historic Downtown Jefferson. texassounds.org

JEFFERSON: Nov. 2-3, 16-17, 30 Jefferson Flea Market Shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, garage-sale items, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies and more. Jefferson Flea Market, 213 W. Broadway St. jeffersonfleamarket.net 903-431-0043

JEFFERSON: Nov. 16 Jefferson Cruise Night Classic cars enthusiasts and spectators join every third Friday night through November for dinning, dancing, and music. Historic Downtown Jefferson. visitjeffersontexas.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 24 Christmas Parade The parade begins downtown and travels through Jefferson, ending at the Lions Club Park. visitjeffersontexas.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 24 Christmas Tree Lighting Come and be inspired as 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, sponsored by various businesses and individuals in Jefferson, light up and ring in the Holidays. Gather with family and friends for Christmas carol singing, entertainment and the tree lighting. Children may visit with Santa after he arrives with the parade atop the fire engine. Lions Club Park. jefferson-texas.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 29-Dec. 8 Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes Tour historic homes normally not open to the public. Various locations. jeffersoncandlelight.com

KILGORE: Nov. 11-15 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Featuring Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs designed and tonally finished by Roy Perry in the East Texas area. The eighth annual festival recitalists include Graham Barber, Jacob Benda, Ken Cowan, Katelyn Emerson, Ann Frohbieter, Christopher Marks, Jonathan Ryan, Jane Parker, Smith, Johann Vexo, Henry Webb, Peter Yardley, Jones, and others. First Presbyterian Church, 815 E. Main St. easttexaspipeorganfestival.com 903-984-5022

KILGORE: Nov. 15 A Very Derrick Christmas This annual event celebrates the official lighting of the steel oil derricks in historic downtown Kilgore and is free to the public. There will be a wide array of family-friendly entertainment and activities. World’s Richest Acre, 100 N. Commerce St. khpf.com 903-984-5022

KILGORE: Nov. 15-17 Reel East Texas Film Festival A festival hosted by filmmakers for filmmakers, RETFF loves great films and brings together audience, filmmaker, and film industry representatives in celebration of artistic and independent spirit. Texan Theater, 224 S. Kilgore St. reeleastexas.com 903-984-5022

KILGORE: Nov. 24 Mingle and Jingle Come dine and shop under the stars of historic downtown Kilgore this holiday season. It will be an evening of shopping, eating, and bliss. Historic Downtown Kilgore, 101 N. Kilgore St. kilgoremainstreet.com 903-988-4117

LUFKIN: Nov. 8 Jim Brickman in Concert With his distinctive piano style and captivating live performances, Brickman has revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning 21 number one albums and 32 top 20 radio singles along with two Grammy nominations and numerous other awards. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepineslufkin.com 936-633-0359

MILAM: Nov. 16-17 Settlers Days
This annual celebration focuses on early Texas. The event includes a quilt show, historical re-enactments, an 1800s log home, vendors, petting zoo, chili cookoff, and entertainment. El Camino Park, Intersection of SH 21 and SH 87. milamsettlersday.org 409-625-4876

MINEOLA: Nov. 3 Pedal for Paws Annual metric century group bicycle tour features rural low traffic roads with great views and rolling hills. Distances of 20, 30, 40, 55 and 65 miles are offered with frequent rest stops and full SAG support. Mineola Nature Preserve, 1860 CR 2724. mineolapedalforpaws.com

PALESTINE: Nov. 17-Dec. 22 Grinch’s Lair You’ll be greeted by a Who’s Who of Whoville before being sent up into the lair, where you’ll get a tour with Mr. Grinch through his Texas Jail House dwelling. You never know what ridiculous- ness he’ll be up to. Texas Jail House, 704 Avenue A. texasjailhouse.com 903-373-8158

PALESTINE: Nov. 17-Dec. 27 Polar Ex- press Train Ride Read along with the story as the historic steam train makes its magical round- trip journey from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, treats, and gifts. Texas State Railroad Depot, Park Road 70. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

TEXARKANA: Sept. 15-Nov. 30 “Death and Dying: Customs and Curiosities” This special exhibit explores the customs and rituals peculiar to mourning and burial in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. This exhibit will feature mourning costumes, memorial cards, tools, materials used in preparing for burial, and other memento mori. Ace of Clubs House & Ahern Home, 420 Pine St. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TYLER: Nov. 3-4 DHJSC—Hunter/Jumper Horse Show The Dallas Hunter Jumper Scholarship Circuit is an exciting event for the whole family, and free to spectators. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

TYLER: Nov. 10-11 TRHP Fall Horse Trials—USEA Cross Country Event An equestrian sport that could be termed an “equestrian triathlon,” this event involves working with a horse both on the flat and over fences. The three phases are: dressage, endurance (or cross country), and show jumping. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

TYLER: Nov. 17-18 NTHJC Hunter/Jumper Horse Show A horse show consisting of show jumpers, working hunters, and hunt seat equitation. Show jumpers compete in jumper classes where it counts to be “fault- less” and fast. Working hunters are judged for manner and pace; a smooth comfortable ride. Hunt seat equitation emphasizes the rider’s form, sitting still, and quiet handling. Great outdoor activity for the entire family. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

TYLER: Nov. 29-Dec. 2 Texas Rose Horse Breed Show An all-breed horse show with Andalusian, Lusitano, Welsh, and Frieisan breeds, to name a few. There will be in-hand classes, carriage driving, and jumping. A great outdoor activity for the entire family. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

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