September

Palestine Sept. 2-4: Piney Woods Express Steam

Texas State Railroad, Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. A historic steam locomotive is the muscle that pulls the cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class and Open-Air Coach. texasstaterailroad.net

 

Palestine Sept. 2-4: ArtWalk

Downtown , 400 N. Queen St.

Starting at historic Redlands Hotel, this event lets you explore historic downtown Palestine while admiring local artistic creations. Meet artists of various mediums and peruse through downtown shops and boutiques. facebook.com/dogwoodartscouncil

 

Jefferson Sept. 3: Special Labor Day Train

Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin St.

Celebrate Labor Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway. The train ride includes a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding. Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free. jeffersonrailway.com

 

Atlanta Sept. 4: Moonlight Madness

Downtown Atlanta, 101 N. East St.

The annual Moonlight Madness sale is an evening of shopping, specials, and activity in the streets of downtown Atlanta. Businesses stay open late, there’s a local fashion show, plus live music and vendors.

 

Jefferson Sept. 7-11: AHRMA International Vintage Motocross

Diamond Don’s Rv Park and Events Center, 1602 SH 49 East

Diamond Don’s annual motocross event is a nonstop weekend full of motocross adventure and legends. There’s a charity golf outing on Wednesday, followed by a dual sport adventure ride on Thursday. Friday events include the cross country and vintage trials. Then the big races on Saturday and Sunday with motocross legends like Brad Lackey, Steve Wise, and Kevin Windham. Diamonddonempire.com

 

Palestine Sept. 9-30: Piney Woods Express Diesel

Texas State Railroad, Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. A diesel locomotive is the muscle that pulls the cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class and Open-Air Coach. texasstaterailroad.net

 

Palestine Sept. 9-10: The Historic Bower Mansion Ghost Hunt

Historic Bower’s Mansion, 301 S. Magnolia St.

Until recently, no other paranormal group has been able to investigate this Texas Historic Landmark, and somewhat of a local legend. hauntedrooms.com/texas/ghost-hunts/historic-bowers-mansion-palestine-tx

 

Palestine Sept. 9: Wines in the Pines

Texas State Railroad, Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

The train departs the Palestine Railroad Depot, and passengers go on a journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas while sampling the fine wines of Red 55 Winery, located in Lindale. Wine samplings are paired with appetizers that complement each wine. The train makes its way to Rusk Railroad Depot, guided by the moonlight, where it stops and guests have dinner. texasstaterailroad.net

 

Lufkin Sept. 15-18: Texas State Forest Festival

George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Drive

Presented by Brookshire Brothers, the 38th annual Texas State Forest Festival is back and better than ever. The festival is an East Texas tradition that attracts over 14,000 people to Lufkin and Angelina County with thrilling competitions, yummy festival food, fun carnival rides, and exciting shows. texasforestfestival.com

 

Nacogdoches Sept. 16-17: Old Town Rig Down

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

The inaugural big-rig truck show of downtown Nacogdoches is full of tricked-out trucks for your viewing pleasure. All proceeds from the event go to finish the restoration of the Old Nacogdoches University Building and the local Boys and Girls Club. There are live performances by Joey Greer, Tony Justice, and J-Webb. oldtownrigdown.com

 

Huntsville Sept. 17-18: Antique Show

Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 SH 30 W.

More than 75 dealers from across the U.S. offer a wide array of antiques to suit every budget and taste. Finds include antiques, collectibles, vintage items, furniture, turquoise silver, and jewelry. huntsvilleantiqueshow.com

 

Gladewater Sept. 17-18: Arts and Crafts Festival

Broadway Elementary Front Lawn, 200 Broadway Ave.

Shop arts and crafts, ceramics, dolls, needlework, jewelry, clothing, homemade goodies, and handcrafted items at the 49th annual festival. facebook.com/gladewatercrafts

 

Jefferson Sept. 17: Antique Tractor Show

Downtown Jefferson

The main streets in Jefferson are closed to traffic to accommodate antique tractors, antique trucks, working and stationary antique engines, and swap meet vendors. The day includes a tractor parade, slow tractor race, swap meet, and awards.  facebook.com/jeffersonantiquetractorshow

 

Palestine Sept. 23-25: El Camino Gravel Challenge

The challenge features loops of three distances: 35, 70, and 105 miles. All routes provide varied terrain. There are narrow primitive bridges, pot holes, animals, loose gravel, and other hazards. Check in is at Old Town Palestine. visitpalestine.com

 

Tyler Sept. 24-25: Piney Woods Ultra

Tyler State Park , 789 Park Road 16

Diverse, single-track trails take you on an adventure through dense forests of 100-foot-tall pines in Tyler State Park. Be sure to watch your footing as you travel through rolling hills and across snaking tree roots with dense pine needle coverage. This race is an extremely underestimated challenge with the humidity, elevation, and technicality of the trails. Post race, you’re rewarded with a 64-acre, spring-fed lake that you can take a refreshing swim in while you rest and recover. Distance options are 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K, and 100K. ultraexpeditions.com/piney-woods-ultra

 

Nacogdoches Sept. 24: ArtFest

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

Support local makers from the East Texas area while shopping from a selection of handmade goods and listening to live music. facebook.com/artfestnacogdoches

 

Tyler Sept. 24-Oct. 31: Lanes Chapel Pumpkin Patch

Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church, 8720 Old Jacksonville Hwy.

Come see one of the largest pumpkin patches in East Texas. The eighth annual pumpkin patch showcases thousands of pumpkins and gourds. While shopping for pumpkins, enjoy free family activities including games, face painting, train rides, and family photos. All proceeds benefit Lanes Chapel ministries. Laneschapel.com

 

Atlanta Sept. 24: Trail Grinder

Caffe’ Crema, 101 Sportsplex Drive

Caffe’ Crema is holding its inaugural benefit run to support research for superficial siderosis (SS). SS is an ultra-rare neurodegenerative disorder that is usually misdiagnosed. Race distances are 5K, 10K, and an 18-mile trail race. facebook.com/events/659408345114332

 

Jefferson Sept. 30: Land O’ Pines Norton Owners Association Rallye and Bike Show

Diamond Don’s Rv Park and Events Center, 1602 SH 49 East

See more than 300 people displaying over 150 of the finest vintage motorcycles anywhere in the country. Participate in field events, display your bike in the show, and ride in the Rolling Concours. ntnoa.org

October

Sept. 24-Oct. 31 Tyler: Lanes Chapel Pumpkin Patch

Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church, 8720 Old Jacksonville Hwy.

Come see one of the largest pumpkin patches in East Texas. The eighth annual pumpkin patch showcases thousands of pumpkins and gourds. While shopping for pumpkins, enjoy free family activities including games, face painting, train rides, and family photos. All proceeds benefit Lanes Chapel ministries. Laneschapel.com

 

Oct. 1-2 Jefferson: Land O’ Pines Norton Owners Association Rallye and Bike Show

Diamond Don’s Rv Park and Events Center, 1602 SH 49 East

See more than 300 people displaying over 150 of the finest vintage motorcycles anywhere in the country. Participate in field events, display your bike in the show, and ride in the Rolling Concours. ntnoa.org

 

Oct. 1 Huntington: Catfish Festival

Centennial Park, 700 N. Main

Bring your loved ones for a family-friendly day of live music, vendors, a petting zoo, pony rides, good food, and bounce houses. shophuntingtontexas.com

 

Oct. 1 Dekalb: Oktoberfest

Runnels Street

Vendors, games for kids, concessions, shows, and a parade showcase the fun you can have in small town De Kalb. dekalbtexasoktoberfest.org

 

Oct. 1 Huntsville: Fair on the Square

Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave.

For over 40 years on the first Saturday in October, the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce has hosted the annual tradition of Fair on the Square, featuring 400 booths of arts, crafts, food, and entertainment. Faironthesquare.com

 

Oct. 1 Palestine: ArtWalk

Downtown , 400 N. Queen St.

Starting at the historic Redlands Hotel, this event lets you explore historic downtown Palestine while admiring local artistic creations. Meet artists of various mediums and peruse through downtown shops and boutiques. facebook.com/dogwoodartscouncil

 

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jefferson: Halloween Express Train

Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin St.

Every Saturday in October, bring the family for these narrated day and night family-friendly train rides. The Halloween Express includes vignettes along the railroad track featuring “The Twisted Woods.” You may see a ghostly spirit or monster emerge from the swamplands of East Texas. While there may be a startle or two, this is not a scary train ride. jeffersonrailway.com

 

Oct. 7-9, 14-16 Palestine: “The Play That Goes Wrong”

The Historic Texas Theatre , 213 W. Crawford St.

This play by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Companym was a global phenomenon when it debuted in 2012, leaving audiences aching with laughter. thetexastheater.com

 

Oct. 7-11 Jefferson: East Texas Burn Run

Downtown Jefferson

Come for bikes, bands, and beer all weekend long. Centering around historic Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club, this event has bike games, a live auction, live music, a bike show, and a raffle for a brand new 2021 motorcycle. Sponsored by the Phoenix Organization of Jefferson and Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club, the event benefits Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation and Camp I’m Still Me. easttexasburnrun.com

 

Oct. 8 The Woodlands: 10 for Texas

Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive

The 10 for Texas is a 10-mile USA Track and Field sanctioned event held annually in The Woodlands each September. In conjunction with the 10-mile course are a 3.1 Armadillo Run 5K and a One 4 Texas Kids’ Fun Run. visitthewoodlands.com/10fortexas

 

Oct. 8 Conroe: Boutique Pop Up

Grand Central Park: Lake House, 1039 Lake House Drive

A wide selection of exhibitors bring the very best in boutique clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor, furniture, gourmet food, dips, sauces, art, yard decorations, and holiday items. The market is half handmade items and half manufactured items. All exhibitors are small business owners. Free admission and free parking. bigtop.show/conroegrandcentral

 

Oct. 8 Atlanta: Atlanta Local: A Maker’s Market

Woods Park, 210 E. Hiram St.

Atlanta Local is a vibrant quarterly market where shoppers and creators can connect. A celebration of local talent, vendors are encouraged to showcase their homemade, handmade, and homegrown items right in the heart of the community. Crafts, furniture, food, produce, art, trinkets, and gifts are just some of the offerings.

 

Oct. 13-15 Tyler: Texas Rose Festival

Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive

Since its beginning in 1933, the Texas Rose Festival has represented the spirit that brings Tyler together as a community. Rich in heritage and tradition, the festival offers enchanting ceremonial events such as the Queen’s Coronation, Ribbon Cutting and Rose Presentation, the Queen’s Tea, and the Rose Parade, all amidst a backdrop of brilliant roses as vibrant and colorful as the community they represent. visittyler.com/texas-rose-festival

 

Oct. 14-15 Henderson: Rusk County PRCA Rodeo

Rusk County Expo Center, 3303 FM 13 W.

The Rusk County Rodeo Association presents the 28th annual PRCA Rodeo. Top cowboys and cowgirls perform in the enclosed arena. Festivities include mutton bustin’, rodeo clowns, a sheep chase, and a calf scramble. In the covered pavilion, find mechanical bull rides, a petting zoo, shopping vendors, and food.

 

Oct. 15-Feb. 11, 2023 Longview: “Towards a 21st Century Abstraction”

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler St.

Curated by Los Angeles art critic Peter Frank, this exhibition presents seven masterful painters from across the country pushing the boundaries of abstraction. lmfa.org

 

Oct. 16 Jefferson: Taste of Jefferson

Downtown Jefferson

The streets of downtown are closed off so Jefferson can showcase samples of local restaurants’ favorite meals, accompanied by live music. marioncountychamber.org

 

Nacogdoches Oct. 21-22: Full Moon Concert

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

Join along for a weekend of ’90s nostalgia featuring cover bands playing music from the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Green Day. Food truck fare and adult beverages are available for purchase. Bring your own blankets and chairs. visitnacogdoches.org/things-to-do/concerts-and-nightlife/full-moon-concerts

 

Oct. 22 Palestine: Dogwood Jamboree: That’s What I Call Country

Palestine High School Auditorium, 1600 Texas 256 Loop

This Branson-style music show is filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music from talented artists. Listen to some of the golden hits in country music performed live onstage. dogwoodjamboree.com

 

Oct. 22 Palestine: Cars of Palestine People’s Choice Awards 

Pre-register online $20 until October 17.2022= After that is $25. Awards and Trophies. 50/50 Raffle. DJ on site. Food Vendors. (No spectator fee) For more information : Call 903-539-9665 or email at megeorge66@yahoo.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cars-of-Palestine, 10:00am -2:00pm https://www.carsofpalestine.com/

 

Oct. 22 Palestine: Hot Pepper Festival

Main Street District

The 2022 Hot Pepper Festival features a wide variety of vendors, food and drinks, music and other live entertainment, and, of course, the Hot Pepper Eating Contest. The event is held at the Main Street District, which is comprised of 44 blocks that extend from the courthouse square to the Depot Visitor Center. visitpalestine.com

 

Oct. 23 Atlanta: Glow Run

Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce, 210 E. Hiram St.

It’s time to glow up with the annual 5K Glow Run and the Monster Mile kids’ costume fun run. atlantatexaschamber.com

 

Oct. 29 Huntsville: Scare on the Square

Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave.

This spooky festival offers games, activities, giveaways, crafts, and trick-or-treating for all ages. Get in the spirit and dress in your best Halloween costume to be entered into the costume contest. huntsvillemainstreet.com

 

Oct. 28-29 Palestine: The Historic Bower Mansion Ghost Hunt

Historic Bower’s Mansion, 301 S. Magnolia St.

Until recently, no other paranormal group has been able to investigate this Texas Historic Landmark, and somewhat of a local legend. hauntedrooms.com/texas/ghost-hunts/historic-bowers-mansion-palestine-tx

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