October

CENTER: Oct. 5-7 East Texas Poultry Festival The 41st annual salute to the poultry industry offers arts and crafts, a three-day carnival, live entertainment, food vendors, photography show, quilt show, creative arts, chicken cooking contest, poultry judging, auction, and more. Downtown Center Square, 100 Court House Square. shelbycountychamber.com 936-598-3682

DE KALB: Oct. 7 Oktoberfest This fantastic little festival celebrates the treasure that is De Kalb. There will be vendors, games for kids, concessions, shows, a parade, and more. Downtown. dekalbtexasoktoberfest.com 903-306-9112

DIBOLL: Oct. 7 Angelina County AirFest This world-class airshow features some of the greatest aerobatic pilots in the country. Rides will be available and there will also be static displays, food, and commercial vendors. 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

GLADEWATER: Oct. 7 Black Rodeo The 14th annual event is one of the largest rodeos of color. Gladewater Round Up Rodeo Arena, US 80. realcowboyassociation.com 903-845-5501

GLADEWATER: Oct. 21 Emergency Services Fallfest Bring the kids and enjoy free food, games, candy, and a cakewalk. Sponsored by Gladewater First Responders. Donations greatly appreciated. Gladewater Rodeo Grounds, US 80 West. 903-845-5501

HENDERSON: Oct. 12-14 Rusk County PRCA Rodeo The 27th annual event. Rusk County Youth Expo Center, 3303 FM 13. visithendersontx.com 866-650-5529

HUNTINGTON: Oct. 7 Catfish Festival A day of live music, a catfish cookoff, free games and train rides for the kids, and more than 100 vendors, plus bounce structures and rock climbing at the fourth annual event—a country-style festival in a friendly country town. Bands from Nashville will join local talents on stage. Food vendors will offer barbecue, seafood, hot dogs, and all the traditional festival favorites. Centennial Park, 600 N. Main St. shophuntingtontexas.com 936-635-3306

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 7 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, 1100 University Ave. thefaironthesquare.com 936-295-8113

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 21 Walker County Butterfly Festival A free, fun, and educational event, including activities and crafts for children. At noon, tag and release monarch butterflies for their migration journey to Mexico. Walker County Master Gardener Association, 102 Tam Road. huntsvilletexas.com 936-435-2426

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 28 Scare on the Square Bring the family to the historic square for a fun day of face painting, carnival games, arts and crafts, a moonwalk, food trucks, a costume contest, and more. Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave. huntsvillemainstreet.com 936-291-5920

HUNTSVILLE: Oct. 14 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

JASPER: Oct. 21 Fall Festival and Butterfly Festival A one-day event featuring arts and crafts, homemade items, activities for children, food, and live entertainment at the historic Courthouse Square. Includes shuttle rides to the Butterfly House and Gardens for a scheduled butterfly release and educational sessions in the Butterfly Capital of Texas. Various locations. jaspercoc.org 409-384-2762

JEFFERSON: Oct. 6-8, 20-21 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

KILGORE: Oct. 14 Oktoberfest This year’s celebration will still focus on family-friendly fun with music, entertainment games, and more, but there will also be beer on tap to accompany the event’s German fare this year. Downtown Kilgore. kilgorechamber.com

KILGORE: Oct. 26 East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cookoff The legendary 25th annual cookoff will showcase some of the best Texas chili. World’s Richest Acre, 101-199 E. Main St. kilgorechamber.com

LIBERTY: Oct. 7, 14, 28 Liberty Opry Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme every Saturday. Gospel, country, ’50s and ’60s old-time rock ’n’ roll, classic oldies, specialty shows, and comedy on every show. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. libertyopry.com 936-336-5830

LUFKIN: Oct. 7 Lufkin’s Bistro Wine and dine under the stars in the streets of historic downtown. 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. 7 Pineywoods Purgatory Fall’s premier cycling event offers four rides ranging from 25 to 100 miles that travel through miles of rolling hills and thickly wooded forests. After the course, head to the Angelina Expo Center for a beer garden, live music, and fajitas. George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr. pineywoodspurgatory.com 936-637-3976

LUFKIN: Oct. 15 Home Free in Concert The five-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. angelinaarts.org 936-633-5454

LUFKIN: Oct. 19 The Company Men in Concert Unlike any other four-man vocal group touring today, this pop vocal group will uniquely interweave today’s Top 40 hits with re-imagined classics of the last six decades by blending songs from the world’s favorite artists, including The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Adele, Billy Joel, and more—a staggering 50-plus songs in just 90 minutes. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. visitlufkin.com 936-633-0359

LUFKIN: Oct. 26 Farm Feast Share a meal and some special time with family and friends while celebrating the abundant bounty of East Texas farmers. Angelina County Farmers Market, 2107 S. Medford Dr. visitlufkin.com 936-633-0359

MOUNT PLEASANT: Oct. 7 Everything Texas Uncorked Food and Wine Festival Sample wines from Texas wineries, enjoy food from local chefs, and shop for one-of-a-kind wares made by Texas artisans. Live music all day. Camp Langston, 50 CR 3227. facebook.com/uncorkedwinefestival 903-572-8567

MOUNT PLEASANT: Oct. 21 Everything Texas Ranch Run Hit the trails on the legendary Priefert Ranch for 5K and 15K races. Trophies will be awarded to the top three runners in each age category. Breakfast will be served to all runners. Live music. Priefert Ranch, US 271 South, Exit 4000. facebook.com/everythingtexasranchrun 903-572-8567

PALESTINE: Through Oct. 31 Art Tracks The latest installation of sculptures wraps up its annual display downtown. Brochures with locations and names are available at the Palestine Visitor’s Center and Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce. The Redlands Historic Inn, 400 N. Queen St. visitpalestine.com 903-729-6066

PALESTINE: Oct. 6-8, 13-15 “The Tin Woman” Complimentary reception will be held before the production, opening night. The play, written by Sean Grennan, is based on the true story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Historic Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St. thetexastheater.com 903-922-1126

PALESTINE: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Pints in the Pines Texas State Railroad never misses out on a good time. Every weekend in October, the crew serves a multitude of craft brews, accompanied by burgers and brats, at the depot and on the train. Texas State Railroad Depot, Park Road 70. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

PALESTINE: Oct. 21 Hot Pepper Festival and Parade It’s unusually hot in Palestine during the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas,” which features a kids zone, arts and crafts, a pepper-eating contest, live music, and more. Historic Downtown Palestine, Main Street. visitpalestine.com 903-723-3014

PALESTINE: Oct. 7 “Let’s Go Shooting” Skeet Shoot Fundraiser The second annual fundraiser, hosted by the Palestine YMCA and the Kiwanis Club of Palestine. Registration includes clays, a shirt, breakfast, and lunch. Bring your own gun and ammo. Palestine Y/Alex Patel Soccer Complex, 2515 Texas 19. palestineymca.org 903-729-3139

RUSK/PALESTINE: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Piney Woods Pumpkin Patch on the Texas State Railroad Young and old alike will enjoy the short trip from Rusk to Maydelle where everyone goes in search of the perfect pumpkin and do a little trick or treating before the return train trip. Each child receives one pumpkin to take home. Texas State Railroad Depot, Park Road 76. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

SAN AUGUSTINE: Oct. 28 Sassafras Festival For almost three decades, the last Saturday in October has been a full day of family fun, great food, and live entertainment. This year’s festival will include an antique and classic car exhibit, a barbecue cookoff, a dog show, an art show, a hospitality/souvenir booth, reunions, a free kids corner, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and a hayride. Courthouse Square, 100 W. Columbia St. sanaugustinetx.com/sassafras-festival 936-275-3610

TEXARKANA: Oct. 7 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. mainstreettexarkana.org 903-792-7191

TEXARKANA: Oct. 13-14 Dinosaurs—Night and Day! Help unveil the museum’s newest exhibit, “Dinosaurs: Fossils Revealed,” by making papier-mâché dinosaur masks and fossil necklaces. Explore the fossil pits with guest speaker Dr. Ben Neuman, Head of Biology at Texas A&M University—Texarkana. Snack on dino footprint cookies and nestle down for the night among the dinosaurs, then wake to a breakfast of toast and “dino” eggs. Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org

TEXARKANA: Oct. 14-Dec. 31 “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed” This new exhibit explores the bones and fossils belonging to the giant creatures that once roamed the earth. Visitors can view and even touch six full dinosaur skeletal molds including a triceratops, tyrannosaurs rex, and velociraptor. There are additional molds of skulls, arms, legs, eggs, footprints, and a 6-foot-1-inch apatosaurus femur. Visitors will also enjoy a dig box where they can use paleontology tools to unearth dinosaur bones. Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TEXARKANA: Oct. 21 Follow the Yellow Brick Road Want to follow the yellow brick road? How about you help make one first. Plan to join “Wizard of Oz”-inspired activities and decorate your very own yellow brick to take home as a doorstop or make your own pair of mini ruby red slippers at this Victorian-era museum. Ace of Clubs House, 420 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TEXARKANA: Oct. 21 String Art! Come for a day of fun making your own string art designs. Design your pattern using foam board and nails—then use yarn to finish off your work of art. Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TYLER: Oct. 1-31 Rose Season Each October, thousands of visitors flock to Tyler for the excitement of rose season. All month, the city celebrates budding beds of roses with horticulture workshops, garden tours, community events, and other festivities culminating in the pinnacle event: the Texas Rose Festival. Various locations, 315 N. Broadway. visittyler.com 903-592-1661

TYLER: Oct. 19-22 Texas Rose Festival The highlight of rose season is this beautiful annual festival, featuring the unbelievable aroma of hundreds of thousands of roses growing in manicured beds in the Rose Garden. Enjoy a tea with the Queen, relive the past in the beautiful Rose Museum, and be enchanted by courtly costumes at the Queen’s Coronation. When your eyes have taken it all in, treat your ears and tap your feet as the bands march by in the Rose Festival Parade. Various locations. texasrosefestival.com 903-592-1661

 

September

BULLARD: Sept. 8 ETX Music Awards The sixth-annual event celebrates all major music genres in Texas, including country, rock, blues, tejano, jazz, and more. Recipients of the ETX Music Award from previous years include Don Henley, Kidd Kraddick, Neal McCoy, and notable regional acts like Kadie Lynn. KE Bushman’s Celebration Center, 1565 FM 2493. etxmusic.com 936-332-4777

CARTHAGE: Sept. 28 Texas Country Music Awards Presented by the Texas Country Music Association, all awards are fan nominated and voted. A special Trailblazer tribute award will be presented to TCMA spokesperson Mark Chesnutt, who will also be performing at the awards ceremony as well as Doug Supernaw, Bri Bagwell, Del Way, and event host Brandon Rhyder. Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams at SW Loop. texascountrymusic.org 903-472-8008

DE KALB: Sept. 30 Saturday in the Park The kickoff to De Kalb’s Oktoberfest celebration, this day in the park will offer games, contests, a Stick Horse Derby, a chili cookoff, an ice cream social, vendors, and plenty of fun to be had by the whole family. City Park. dekalbtexasoktoberfest.com 903-306-9112

GLADEWATER: Sept. 16-17 Arts and Crafts Festival The 44th annual event offers art, woodcrafts, handcrafts, ceramics, dolls, needlework, jewelry, clothing, homemade goodies, and the Lee Library book sale. Broadway School Grounds, 200 E. Broadway. gladewaterartsandcrafts.com 903-845-5501

HENDERSON: Sept. 9-10, 16-17 “Leading Ladies” When Jack and Leo, two English Shakespearean actors, hear an old lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, the actors resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Hilarity ensues when it turns out the relatives are actually nieces. Things get even more complicated when Leo falls madly in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, who’s engaged to the local minister. Henderson Civic Theater, 122 E. Main St. hendersoncivictheatre.org 903-657-2968

HUNTSVILLE: Sept. 16-17 Antique Show Dealers from across the country bring their latest finds, including sterling jewelry, antiques, and collectibles of all kinds. More than 2,000 shoppers return every year. Get first pick from these dealers before they head off to Round Top and Warrenton for the fall shows. Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 Texas 30. huntsvilleantiqueshow.com 936-295-4162

JASPER: Sept. 9 Jasper Remembers 9/11 The annual event pays honor and respect to fallen heroes of 9/11 as well as Texas fallen military heroes who have died since 9/11. In 2016, the city received a piece of steel from Ground Zero in New York City and installed it in a granite 9/11 Memorial located on the west side of the County Courthouse Square. Jasper is one of only three sites in Texas with a piece of Ground Zero steel on display. Jasper County Courthouse Square, Lamar and Main Street. 409-489-4800

JEFFERSON: Sept. 1-2, 15-16 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

LIBERTY: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 Liberty Opry Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme every Saturday. Gospel, country, ‘50s and ‘60s old-time rock ‘n’ roll, classic oldies, specialty shows, and comedy on every show. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. libertyopry.com 936-336-5830

LUFKIN: Sept. 14 Riders in the Sky Be thoroughly entertained by America’s favorite cowboys. For more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. While remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have become modern day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life the “Cowboy Way.” The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepines.visitlufkin.com 936-633-0359

LUFKIN: Sept. 20-24 Texas State Forest Festival Held on and off since 1938, the festival now draws crowds approaching 30,000 and generates a net profit of $60,000 per year—a tremendous accomplishment for a 31-year-old event. It continues to be one of the premier annual events in East Texas. George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr. texasstateforestfestival.com 936-634-6644

LUFKIN: Sept. 21 Chris Botti in Concert The artist’s ongoing association with PBS has led to four No. 1 jazz albums. Performing worldwide as many as 300 days per year and selling more than four million albums, the trumpeter has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. angelinaarts.org 936-633-5454

LUFKIN: Sept. 24 “Moon Mouse—A Space Odyssey” Lightwire Theater is proud to present this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. Join Marvin the Mouse on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril, and views awesome beauty. Temple Theater—Angelina Arts Alliance, 3500 S. First St. angelinaarts.org 936-633-5454

MAGNOLIA: Sept. 23 Stroll thru The Renaissance Free admission to an exclusive Texas Renaissance Festival preview. Visit actors of the festival for photo ops and more. Costume contests for all ages, where the King and Queen award prizes. The Stroll, FM 1488 and FM 1774. cityofmagnolia.com 713-542-4358

MARSHALL: Sept. 2, 9 Market on the Square The Harrison County Farmers Market has been proudly serving the community for 50 years, recently joining forces with the Marshall Main Street Program. Newly relocated to the Courthouse Square, the market will feature special events and entertainment as well as locally crafted goods. 1 Peter Whetstone Sq. 703-702-7777

MARSHALL: Sept. 16 Jeanns ‘n Classics Concert The 12th annual event will have the theme “Shaken Not Stirred…The Music of James Bond.” The Jeans ’n Classics Band will be playing and singing with members of the Marshall Symphony Orchestra. Downtown Marshall, 200 Block of North Washington Street. marshallartscouncil.org 903-935-4484

MONTGOMERY: Sept. 23 Woodforest Craft Fest The second-annual beer festival will allow craft beer lovers to sample a range of locally produced creations while enjoying music by Willow Creek Junction, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. Christine Allen Nature Park, 5831 Woodforest Pkwy. woodforesttx.com 972-415-6002

MOUNT PLEASANT: Sept. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas This family-friendly educational festival re-enacts the time period of Henry the Eighth and his final wife Catherine Parr. Enjoy jousting, music, belly dancing, a kid’s area, and more. 554 CR 3325. canterburytx.com 903-305-9239

PALESTINE: Through Oct. 31 Art Tracks These are the latest installation of sculptures in an annual display throughout downtown Palestine. Brochures with locations and names are available at the Palestine Visitor’s Center and Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce. The Redlands Historic Inn, 400 N. Queen St. visitpalestine.com 903-729-6066

PALESTINE: Sept. 14 Dogwood Jamboree—Autumn Country A Branson-style music show filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music from some of the best artist anywhere. Recall some of the golden hits in country music as they’re performed live on stage. Palestine Civic Center, 1819 W. Spring St. dogwoodjamboree.com 903-729-7080

PALESTINE: Sept. 23 Comino 205 Cyclists of all abilities can enjoy a unique ride of 100k and 25, 105, and 205 miles of gravel and rural paved roads through beautiful countryside. The area offers more cows than cars, forested hills, bucolic vistas, and adventurous routes. Historic Oldtown Palestine, 301 Crawford St. camino205.com 903-723-3014

SILSBEE: Sept. 22-23 Cruise’n Silsbee Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show Thousands of spectators come for family-friendly entertainment at one of the largest nonprofit vehicle shows in the state. On Friday night, enjoy a free live concert with food vendors. The main car show on Saturday features a live DJ as some 150 cars, trucks, and motorcycles show off their skills for door prizes and raffles throughout the day. Enjoy a large assortment of food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and contests; after the awards show, a police-escorted parade of cars will roll through town. Kirby Memorial Stadium, 1005 N. Seventh. cruisensilsbee.com 409-673-0921

TEXARKANA: Sept. 16 Science of Buoyancy and Layering Learn about density, weight, and volume in a fun way. Stack different liquids to learn the science behind weight, mass, and density. Why do some liquids mix and others don’t? What makes these liquids stack and stay separated? Why do certain objects float at different levels? Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TEXARKANA: Sept. 23 Watercolor Galaxies Explore multifaceted earth and space kits in the new science and astrology exhibit area. Create watercolor or acrylic galaxies and moons to take home. Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TRINITY: Sept. 29-30 Trinity Community Fair and Youth Livestock Auction This old-fashioned free fair offers exhibits such as quilting; needlecrafts; canning; fine arts and school arts including metal and building trades; a carnival, livestock judging and auction; a parade, bands, and assorted vendors. Trinity Community Center, 806 S. Robb St. facebook.com/trinitycommunityfair 936-662-5082

TYLER: Sept. 27-30 Downtown Tyler Film Festival A celebration of storytelling through film in East Texas. Short films from all around the world are shown, but there’s a special fondness for local independent works. Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St. tylerfilmfest.com 903-593-6905

WINNSBORO: Sept. 2 Classic Cruise-In Enjoy live ’50s music as classic cars and trucks compete for prizes including Best in Show and Best in Drive. Winnsboro Depot, 100 E. Broadway. winnsboro.com 903-342-3666 or 903-975-4115

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