April

CONROE: March 29-April 7 Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo This 10-day event features two Texas country concerts, an amazing CPRA rodeo, and carnival, plus fair food. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9201 Airport Road. 936-760-3631; mcfa.org

CROCKETT: April 6 Lee Ann Womack in Concert East Texas native Lee Ann Womack is a country music singer and songwriter, upholding the classic Nashville standards of earlier generations. Her 2000 single, “I Hope You Dance” was a major crossover hit, reaching No. 1 on the Bill-board Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song. Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Drive. 936-544-4276; pwfaa.org

GLADEWATER: April 19-20 East Texas Gusher Days Enjoy a variety of events inspired by the nostalgia of the Oil boom in Gladewater—car show, carnival rides, live music, arts and crafts, food, big Bass Classic, and much more. Antique District, Downtown Gladewater. 903-845-5501; gusher-days.com

JEFFERSON: April 10-14 Diamond Don’s National Vintage Motocross Event includes Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, Cross Country and Trials on Friday, and Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday. The weekend will be full of motocross legends, including the 100/200cc Battle on the Bayou. Come out and see Brad Lackey, Steve Wise, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, Guy Cooper, and event legend Gary Chap-lin. Diamond Don RV Park, 1602 SH 49. 866-398-2038; diamonddon.com

KILGORE: March 30-April 28 Avalon Faire Experience medieval renaissance in the Piney Woods. From jousting knights and artisans to food and drink, this spring event is perfect for the whole family. Avalon Faire Renaissance Park, 1076 FM 1252 W. 903-985-0165; avalonfaire.com

KILGORE: April 5 Fridays After 5 A Kilgore highlight that takes place the first Friday of April, May, June, August, and September, this event is a free live music concert that takes place under the stars on the World’s Richest Acre—once the greatest concentration of oil wells in the world, producing more than 2.5 million barrels of oil. The family-friendly concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair or your dancing shoes, and enjoy the festive atmosphere under the derricks. World’s Richest Acre Park, 100 N. Commerce St. 903-988-4117; kilgoremainstreet.com

KILGORE: April 10-13 Kilgore College Rangerette Revels Revels is the Ranger-ettes’ annual spring show and the culmina-tion of their performing season. The show includes a wide variety of dance genres including the Rangerettes’ signature “high kick” production for the finale. The show runs for four nights with five performances that take place before a sold-out crowd. Dodson Auditorium, 817 Nolen St. 903-983-8180; rangerette.com

KILGORE: April 20 Easter Egg Helicopter Drop Join in the fun with bounce houses, face painting, Kilgore fire trucks, and the egg-citing helicopter drop. There are thousands of eggs for kids of all ages to find. Harris Street Park, 300 Harris St. 903-988-4117

LINDEN: April 25-27 Wildflower Trails of Texas Festival The 49th annual tri-city festival celebrates the re-emergence of breathtaking varieties of Northeast Texas wildflowers. The “Wildflower Trail” is made up of the triangle of highways connecting Avinger, Hughes Springs, and Linden to each other. Parades, arts and craft vendors, live music, country cookin’, and dazzling fields of flowers are on full display for locals and visitors every year during the last full weekend in April. Various locations. 903-756-7502; lindenwildflowertrails.net

LUFKIN: April 9 Pilobolus Performing “Shadowland: The New Experience” Performing for sold-out crowds around the globe, Pilobolus performs their unique take on modern dance and shadow-theater combined with animation and video. Angelina College Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: April 20 SpringFest Arts, crafts, and food vendors line the streets with a variety of children’s activities and all-day entertainment making for a fun event for the entire family. Activities include the largest car and truck show in Texas, train rides, a fashion show, petting zoo, and bounce houses. Downtown Lufkin. 936-633-0359; visitlufkin.com

LUFKIN: April 24-27 Angelina Benefit Rodeo Held the last full weekend in April, this is one of the finest rodeos in Texas. This rodeo is an official stop on the PRCA circuit and attracts more than 20,000 people each year. George H. Henderson, Jr. Expo Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Drive. 936-632-7445; angelinabenefitrodeo.com

MINEOLA: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Square Dancing Join in square dancing every Monday night with national caller Tim Tyl. American Legion Hall, 2015 US 80 E. 903-312-3713; mineolarailers.com

NACOGDOCHES: March 15-April 15 Azalea Trail Travel to Nacogdoches, the Garden Capital of Texas, to view the largest azalea garden in the state. With more than 7,000 azaleas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University boasts spring color like nowhere else. While here, take time to drive the scenic Azalea Trail that stretches throughout gorgeous parts of the city. Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, 2107 University Drive. 936-564-7351; visitnacogdoches.org

NACOGDOCHES: April 6 SFA Gardens Spring Plant Sale Shop for Texas-tough perennials, ornamental grasses, natives, colorful tropicals, and outstanding annuals. Plants raised by Stephen F. Austin State University students and volunteers. Proceeds go to student projects and educational programs. SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. 936-468-1832; sfagardens.sfasu.edu

PALESTINE: March 22-April 7 Dogwood Trails Celebration Held for more than 80 years, this celebration allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park. Activities are planned each weekend, including a festival the first weekend. Other activities include a historic tour, car show, live theater show, chuckwagon race, and a farm and flower market. Historic Main Street, 825 W. Spring St. 903-723-3014; texasdogwoodtrails.com

PALESTINE: March 24-April 7 Dogwood Brunch A special brunch is served all three Sundays of the Dogwood Celebration. Sabor a Pasion is set among the dogwoods, and cabins are also available for those who would like to plan a Dogwood getaway. Sabor A Pasion, 110 Anderson County Road 406. 903-729-9500; saborapasion.com

PALESTINE: March 29-31, April 5-7 “Gilligan’s Island The Musical” This family-friendly stage musical version of the iconic ’60s TV comedy show follows seven castaways shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island. Historic Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford. 903-922-1126; thetexastheater.com

PALESTINE: April 13-20 Easter Egg Express This train ride features family entertainment. Meet the Easter Bunny as he takes a little break prior to his Easter duties. There is also an Easter egg hunt, hayride, games, and food vendors. Texas State Railroad, 789 Park Road 70. 855-632-7729; texasstaterailroad.net

PALESTINE: April 26-28 1836 Chuck-wagon Races at the Diamond B Ranch The race takes place every year during the celebration of Texas’s Independence. Come early, bring your horses, mules, and wagons and enjoy the many activities, or just sit back and watch. Camping is available. The Diamond B Ranch, 11589 FM 321. 903-721-9111; 1836chuckwagonrace.com

TYLER: March 22-April 7 Azalea and Spring Flower Trail Enjoy the vivid colors and sweet scents that only an East Texas spring can provide. Make plans to take in the special Azalea and Spring Flower Trail events. Travel through 10 miles of residential gardens and historic homes sites, and stop to visit with the Azalea Belles, the official greeters of the Azalea Trail. Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. 903-592-1661; visittyler.com/azaleatrail

TYLER: April 9 “Finding Neverland” Based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Play-wright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspira-tion until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spell-bound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergo-ers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: April 13 Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday Downtown businesses and attractions (around the square and off the square) will be bursting with activities the second Saturday of every month. Tyler Downtown Square, Tyler City Square. 903-592-1661; visittyler.com/secondsaturday

WOODVILLE: March 22-April 6 Tyler County Dogwood Festival This festival is the oldest outdoor historical pageant in the south and calls attention to the beauty of the area. The festival features live blue-grass, gospel, and country music; village tour; demonstrations; exhibits; trail rides, parade; rodeo; 5K fun run; car and motor-cycle exhibit; arts and crafts; food; coronation ceremony; historical play; and fire-works. Various locations. 409-283-2632; tylercountydogwoodfestival.org

WOODVILLE: April 6 Tyler County Dogwood Queen’s Weekend This Saturday is filled with Dogwood Festival activities. There are lots of booths with arts and crafts and food. Many antique vehicles including trucks, motorcycles, and autos participate. Of course, the weekend has its queen and royalty with a coronation ceremony and a parade. Downtown Woodville, 100 W. Bluff St. 409-429-3464; tylercountydogwoodfestival.org

March

CONROE: March 7-9 Young Texas Artists Young Texas Artists is dedicated to encouraging excellence in young Texas musicians, inspiring their audiences and enriching the community’s cultural life. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St. 936-756-7017; ytamc.com

CONROE: March 9-16 Rising Stars and Legends of Texas The event kicks off its third year with a weeklong celebration of the arts and culture. It brings the community a smorgasbord of fine art offerings, from painting, sculpture, and poetry, to theater and music, culminating with a performance by a Texas legend on March 16. Downtown Conroe, 234 N. Main St. 936-539-8879; greaterconroeartsalliance.com

CONROE: March 16 Sound of Texas Music Series featuring Pam Tillis Pam Tillis performs her great country hits. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St. 936-539-6009; friendsofconroe.com

CONROE: March 19-20 Big Top Circus An experience for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the live action. Lone Star Convention & Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road. 936- 538-8000; carsonbarnescircus.com

CONROE: March 29-April 7 Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo This 10-day event features two Texas country concerts, an amazing CPRA rodeo, and carnival, plus fair food. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9201 Airport Road. 936-760-3631; mcfa.org

CROCKETT: March 9 Blood, Sweat, and Tears in Concert A 21st-century version of one of the music world’s most popular bands; Blood, Sweat & Tears is the next chapter in a musical tale that stretches from the creativity and turbulence of the late ’60s to the swiftly changing world of the 21st century. Hit singles include “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel,” and “When I Die.” Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Drive. 936-544-427; pwfaa.org

HUNTSVILLE: March 2 Texas Independence Day and Sam Houston’s Birthday Celebration A special ceremony honors General Sam Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery and the gravesite ceremony includes a “Baptized Texan Ceremony.” Immediately following is a luncheon. The day culminates at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center with a “Toast to Texas,” birthday cake, and a special commemorative award. Various locations throughout Huntsville. 936-291 9726; huntsvilletexas.com

HUNTSVILLE: March 9-10 Rusty, Chippy, Vintage, Hippy, and Garden Show Brings an antique, vintage, and repurpose wonderland to this little corner of East Texas. Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 SH 30. 936-291-8763; huntsvilleantiqueshow.com

HUNTSVILLE: March 21-30 Walker County Fair & Rodeo This event showcases a wide range of agricultural and livestock products and services, craft items, rides, food and beverages, free music, free attractions, and family oriented games. Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 SH 30. 936-291-8763; walkercountyfair.com

HUNTSVILLE: March 30 Herb Festival Sponsored by the Texas Thyme Unit of The Herb Society of America, the Herb Festival has a large selection of locally grown herb plants, perennials, and pollinator plants for sale. There is also music, vendors, herb talks, artists, and children’s activities to round out the day. Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 11th Street. 936-891-5024; texasthymeunit.org

JEFFERSON: March 29-31 Charles Garrett Memorial Metal Detecting Hunt – Come out for a great weekend of metal detecting honoring the late Charles Garrett, featuring six different hunts: Best Finds Hunt, Lights Out Hunt, Free Range Hunt, and Kids Hunt (for those 12 and younger), with an Optional Silver Hunt and Relic Hunt. Prize tokens are hidden in each hunt area. Find one for a chance to win Garrett detectors, Pro-Pointers, and more. Each hunt package includes free tent camping in the park. Diamond Don RV Park, 1602 SH 49. 866-398-2038; garrett.com

KILGORE: March 29-31 KilGogh Arts Festival – In its seventh year, Kilgore’s annual arts festival has expanded to a three-day event that provides more time for people to view, experience, and immerse themselves in the art showcased by artists from East Texas and beyond. This year’s theme of “Gogh Big or Go Home” is sure to produce thoughtprovoking artwork to the annual artist and student artwork competitions. Historic Downtown Kilgore, Kilgore and Main Street. 903-984-2593; kilgogh.com

KILGORE: March 30-April 28 Avalon Faire Experience medieval renaissance in the Piney Woods. From jousting knights and artisans to food and drink, this spring event is perfect for the whole family. Avalon Faire Renaissance Park, 1076 FM 1252 W. 903-985-0165; avalonfaire.com

KILGORE: March 30 Lone Star Lugnuts Car Show The famous car show is back again. Between 150 and 200 vehicles are expected for this year’s annual show, including a variety of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Kilgore City Park, East North Street. 903-235-0167

LIBERTY: March 22-23 Liberty Jubilee This festival features arts and crafts, food, music and entertainment, a barbecue cookoff, photo contest, kids area, carnival, and book and bake sales. Downtown Liberty. 936-336-3684; cityofliberty.org

LUFKIN: March 10 Celtic Nights: “Oceans of Hope” An epic story told through song, music, and dance, this memorable journey takes the audience through stories and songs passed down from generations of Irish ancestors and culture, through heartbreak and triumph. Angelina College Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: March 17Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—King for a Day” Based on the No. 1 PBS KIDS TV series, this delightful musical is for all the little tigers and their moms and dads. Not only is this performance filled with sweetness, charm, and songs to sing along with, it teaches valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Angelina College Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: March 21 Black Violin in Concert With their signature blend of classical and hip-hop, these inspirational young musicians with a worldwide following return to Lufkin for another exuberant performance. Lufkin Middle School Auditorium, 900 E. Denman Ave. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: March 28 The Doo Wop Project in Concert The Pines Theater presents an evening filled with harmonies and classic ’60s hits. Former stars of Broadway’s hits “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical,” The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock ‘n’ roll history. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. 936-633- 0359; thepines.visitlufkin.com

MARSHALL: March 29-30 East Texas Square and Round Dance Hoedown Square dancing is a clean, family-oriented, fun activity for all ages from early teens to nonagenarians. Guests have the opportunity to meet the officers from the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers, plus many other officers and dancers from all over Texas. There is free admission for non-square dancers. Marshall Civic Center, 2501 East End Blvd. S. 903-790-4565; etsrda.com

MINEOLA: March 5, 12, 19, 26 Square Dancing Join in on square dancing every Monday night with national caller Tim Tyl. American Legion Hall, 2015 US 80 E. 903-312-3713; mineolarailers.com

NACOGDOCHES: March 15-April 15 Azalea Trail Travel to Nacogdoches, the Garden Capital of Texas, to view the largest azalea garden in the state. With more than 7,000 azaleas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University boasts spring color like nowhere else. While here, take time to drive the scenic Azalea Trail that stretches throughout gorgeous parts of the city. Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, 2107 University Drive. 936-564-7351; visitnacogdoches.org

PALESTINE: March 22-April 7 Dogwood Trails Celebration Held for more than 80 years, this celebration allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park. Activities are planned each weekend, including a festival the first weekend. Other activities include a historic tour, car show, brunch, live theater show, chuckwagon race, and a farm and flower market. Historic Main Street, 825 W. Spring St. 903-723-3014; texasdogwoodtrails.com

PALESTINE: March 24-April 7 Dogwood Brunch A special brunch is served all three Sundays of the Dogwood Celebration. Sabor a Pasion is set among the dogwoods, and cabins are also available for those who would like to plan a Dogwood getaway. Sabor A Pasion, 110 Anderson County Road 406. 903-729-9500; saborapasion.com

PALESTINE: March 24 Dogwood Brunch Train Ride Enjoy the blooms of spring from the comfort of Texas State Railroad. Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show in east Texas and visitors are able to have a special brunch train ride to make the viewing a truly memorable occasion. The Texas State Railroad, 789 Park Road 70. 855-632-7729; texasstaterailroad.net

PALESTINE: March 29-April 7Gilligan’s Island The Musical” Shows are 7-10 p.m. March 29-30 and April 5-7, plus 2-5 p.m. March 31 and April 7. Historic Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford. 903-922-1126; thetexastheater.com

PALESTINE: March 29-31 Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival The 18th annual festival features workshops, concerts, jam sessions, and more. The Museum for East Texas Culture, 400 Micheaux Ave. 903-723-3014

TYLER: Through March 17Lagniappe: The Art of Letitia Huckaby” This solo exhibition spotlights the family narratives and African American history themes prevalent in the work of acclaimed photographer and multimedia artist Letitia Huckaby. Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903-595-1001; tylermuseum.org

TYLER: March 2 FRESH 15 The 15K race focuses on the runner experience, offering the best swag, a safe and spectator-filled course, and an awesome post-race party. All race revenue is donated to nonprofit organizations within the community. FRESH by Brookshire’s, 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway. 903-534-3081; bgcracing.com

TYLER: March 9 Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday Downtown businesses and attractions (around the square and off the square) burst with activities the second Saturday of every month. Tyler Downtown Square. 903-592-1661; visittyler.com/secondsaturday

TYLER: March 16 The Chieftains in Concert As the band most recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale, six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains have been making music together for more than 50 years. The opening act for this concert is Switchback, who play Americana and Celtic tunes. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: March 19 Distinguished Lecture Series: Dan Rather With more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: March 22-April 7 Azalea and Spring Flower Trail Make plans to take in the special Azalea and Spring Flower Trail events. Travel through 10 miles of residential gardens and historic homes sites, and stop to visit with the Azalea Belles, the official greeters of the Azalea Trail. Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. 903-592 1661; Broadway Ave. visittyler.com/azaleatrail

TYLER: March 22-23 Quilt Show Presented by the Quilter’s Guild of East Texas, this judged show displays more than 200 quilts, have demonstrations in quilting, member lectures, a featured artist, vendors, and more. This year’s theme is “Delectable Dresdens!” Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. 903-581-6676; qgetx.org

TYLER: March 23 Spirits of Oakwood Take a guided walking tour through Tyler’s Texas Historic Cemetery. Historians dressed in period clothing stand at the grave site and portray notable Tyler and Smith County citizens buried in this beautiful old cemetery. Oakwood Cemetery, 714 W. Oakwood. 903-316-2201; oakwoodcemeterytyler.com

TYLER: March 30 New York Philharmonic in Concert The acclaimed ensemble is playing pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7141; cowancenter.org

WOODVILLE: March 2 Toast to Texas Independance Join Texans and honorary Texans around the world in saluting Texas= Independence Day. The celebration includes a toast with pure East Texas spring water. Heritage Village Stage, 157 PR 409-283-2272; heritage-village.org

WOODVILLE: March 22-April 6 Tyler County Dogwood Festival This festival is the oldest outdoor historical pageant in the south and calls attention to the beauty of the area. The festival features live bluegrass, gospel, and country music; village tour; demonstrations; exhibits; trail rides, parade; rodeo; 5K fun run; car and motorcycle exhibit; arts and crafts; food; coronation ceremony; historical play; and works. Various locations. 409-283-2632; tylercountydogwoodfestival.org

WOODVILLE: March 23 Festival of the Arts Featured in the festival are heirloom quilts as well as new creations. This special display is a delight to see as quilts of all ages fill the many buildings in the village. Heritage Village, 157 PR 6000. 409-283-2632; heritage-village.org

WOODVILLE: March 24 Dinner on the Grounds Join in for an old-fashioned dinner on the grounds with great food, great entertainment, and great fellowship. Heritage Village, 157 PR 6000. 409-283-2272; heritage-village.org

WOODVILLE: March 29-30 Tyler County Western Weekend Rodeo and Parade More than 2,000 trail riders travel by horseback and wagon to the county seat of Woodville during Western Weekend in an effort to preserve the heritage of the East Texas cowboy and enjoy the region’s beauty. A not-to-miss weekend of trail rides, a rodeo, parade, and a western dance. Tyler County Fairgrounds and Downtown Woodville, 405 CR 2025. 409-283-2561; tylercountydogwoodfestival.org

 

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