Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations

MYETX has compiled a list of festivals, fairs and celebrations held in the Pineywoods. If you would like to add an event to our 2012 calendar please email our team at myetx.team@gmail.com.


Mardi Gras Upriver

February 8-10


Celebrate Mardi Gras at this festival that recalls the days when steamboats came up the river to Port Jefferson from New Orleans. Includes parades and live entertainment. Downtown.


Mardi Gras! 

February 1-12


Mardi Gras! Galveston will kick off on the Gulf Coast this Friday, February 1, 2013. Mardi Gras Galveston is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, attracting more than 300,000 attendees annually. The two-week celebration is best known for its lavish parades held on the streets of the city’s historic downtown and beachfront. The 2013 event is scheduled to be the biggest Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration yet with 38 concerts, 24 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls.



Azalea Trail 

March 1 – 30

Flower festival includes 25 miles of self-guided driving routes, floral-design exhibit, little princess garden party, azalea symposium, tour of homes, Running of the Blooms and other special events. Visitor  Center, 200 E. Main, and various locations.
General Sam Houston’s Birthday Celebration

March 2


Graveside ceremonies, lunch, birthday cake and a toast to Texas to honor General Sam Houston. Various venues.


Republic of Texas Celebration

March 9


Features pioneer-life demonstrations and clothing, re-enactments, muzzle loaders, blacksmithing, cooking, gun making, Indian leather goods, primitive knitting, live entertainment food and a flag retirement ceremony. Center Downtown Historic Square, 115 Shelbyville St.


Young Texas Artists Music Competition 

March 7 – 9

Rising young classical music stars perform world-renowned works and compete. Preliminary rounds begin Thursday, and the finalists’ concert is Saturday. Four divisions are offered: Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar. Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St. www.crightontheatre.org 


Herb Festival

March 16 

Browse plants and garden-related items. Wynne Home Art Center, 1428 11th St.
Phone: (936)291-5424


Azalea Festival

March 16


Arts &Crafts festival featuring children’s activities, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, farmers market, master gardeners and food. Jasper County Courthouse Square.


75th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration

March 15-17, 22-24, & 29-31


Join the City of Palestine on Saturday, March 16th for the 75th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration from 9-4pm. Parade at 10am. Arts and crafts, kids zone, food galore, live entertainment. Gate Charge $1. Children 12 & under free. Proceeds to local Non-Profits. Vendors can download an application by clicking on forms at the top of this page. Parade theme: “Diamonds & Dogwoods: A Dynamic Duo.” www.palestinechamber.org


Magnolia Showdown BBQ Cook-Off

March 22-24


IBCA-sanctioned event featuring multiple judged events categories, activities, vendors, and evening dancing. www.magnoliatexas.org


Festival of the Arts 

March 23 – 24

Enjoy village tours, a quilt show, and live music. Also see live demonstrations of spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and other skilled crafts. Heritage Village Museum, 157 Park Road 6000.

March Madness 

March 30


Spring festival features art-and-crafts vendors. Courthouse square.


Art Walk 

April 4

Tour local merchants exhibiting and selling art. Downtown. Phone: (903)236-4686


Spring Heritage Day 

April 13

Tour the Halfway Inn, which was built around 1840 and served as a stagecoach stop. Includes live demonstrations, children’s activities, live acoustic music by the Davy Crockett Dulcimer Society and more. Lunch available for purchase. On Texas 21 East. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. E-mail: chirenohalfwayinn@yahoo.com.

Texas Legacy Festival 

April 12 – 13


This event marks the 200th anniversary of the First Republic of Texas, 1813, also known as the Green Flag Republic or Magee-Gutierrez Expedition. The multicultural legacy of the people who fought to create republic is celebrated in a wide array of dance, music, food and stories with African, Hispanic, Native American and European origins. Flag Park and Heritage Place Park. Phone: (936)577-9626


Walker County Fair, Rodeo and Barbecue Cook-Off 

April 5 – 13

Includes professional rodeo events, youth livestock projects, a carnival, barbecue cook-off and dance. Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 Texas 30. Phone: (936)291-8763

Taste, Trade and Music Fest

April 16


Sample cuisine from some of Kilgore’s finest restaurants and enjoy live music and shopping. Hours are 5-7p.m. Downtown. Phone-(903)984-5022


Diamond Don’s National Vintage Motocross 

April 18 – 21

Includes cross country and trial events Friday, vintage motocross on Saturday and post-vintage motocross on Sunday. Jim Gibson will be the weekend Legend. Come out and see International Racing Greats from the past: Gary Bailey, Marty Tripes, Brad Lackey, Chuck Sun, Steve Wise and Trampas Parker. Diamond Don RV Park, 1602 Texas 49 E. Phone: (866)398-2038

East Texas Gusher Days

April 19-20

Includes children’s games and activities, karaoke, arts and crafts, chili cook-off, contests and a street dance. Downtown. E-mail: gladewatercoc@suddenlinkmail.com Phone: (903)845-5501, (800)627-0315

Pioneer Day 

April 27

Tour the oldest log cabin in Texas and enjoy entertainment and vendors. Gaines-Oliphant House, on Texas 21 before the Pendleton Bridge. Phone: (409)787-2732


Dogwood Festival 

April 6

Includes the Dogwood Dash 5K Run, grand parade, queen’s coronation, historical outdoor play, antique auto exhibit, arts and crafts, and fireworks. Downtown, 100 W. Bluff St.  Phone: (409)283-2632  www.tylercountydogwoodfestival.org 


Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage 

May 2 – 5

Tour four of Jefferson’s most beautiful and historic homes Friday and Saturday. Also enjoy the pilgrimage parade and town skirmish at 10 a.m. Saturday, a craft fair, heirloom plant sale, a luncheon at the Excelsior House Grand Ballroom/Courtyard, five performances of the “Diamond Bessie Murder Trial” play, tours of Jay Gould’s private rail car, twilight garden strolls, Battle for Port Jefferson Re-enactments and other living-history events. Various locations. Phone: (903)665-3733   www.jefferson-texas.com 

The Great Locomotive Chase: The Andrews Raid

May 3-5


Ride an authentic 1870s replica steam train and experience the story of The Andrews Raid, the Civil War;s most gripping railroad story. Includes living-history camps along the river, as well as soldiers from the North and South re-enacting the “Great Locomotive Chase.” Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin. Phone: (866)398-2038  www.jeffersonrailway.com


General Sam Houston Folk Festival

May 3-5


Celebration of the life of General Sam Houston. Features life0skill demonstrations, authentic 19th century dress, entertainment, children’s area and hands-on activities. Sam Houston Memorial Museum, 1402 19th St. Phone: (936)294-1832  www.samhoustonfolkfestival.org

Derrick Market 

May 4, 11, 18, 25

Browse fresh fruits and vegetables as well as homemade arts and crafts. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon. World’s Richest Acre. Phone: (903)988-4117  www.cityofkilgore.com 

Western Days 

May 3 – 4

Includes rodeo events. Parade is on Saturday. Phone: (409)787-2732

Airing of the Quilts

May 4 

Quilts are on display around courthouse square. Downtown. Phone: (936)291-3045


May 10 – 12

Includes fine arts and crafts, live music, children’s activities, the Alley Run 5K and 10K, and vendors. Downtown. E-mail: downtown@longviewtx.com Phone: (903)237-4000


Apron Strings: Ties to the Past 

May 11

This event, which features fabulous vintage aprons on display in the Antique District, honors the history of the apron and those who wore them. Downtown. E-mail: gladewatercoc@suddenlinkmail.com  Phone: (903)845-5501, (800)627-0315

Spring Festival 

May 11 – 12

Includes arts and crafts, food, music, Old West re-enactments, balloon release and children’s activities. Historic downtown, 115 E. Elm.  Phone: (903)342-1300

Jefferson’s National Train Day

May 18-19


Jefferson celebrates National Train Day aboard an antique narrow-gauge train. Experience four Jefferson train venues with one boarding pass.  Phone: (866)398-2038  www.jeffersonrailway.com


AIA Sand Castle Competition

June 1, 2012

Galveston, Texas

Galveston is celebrating 27 years of sand castle competition on the island. The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fund-raising event for the AIA Houston Office, Grants, and the ARCH Foundation it is also one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. See how the sands of Galveston magically transform into imaginative sculptures. For more information log on to http://www.aiasandcastle.com/index.html.


23rd Annual Texas Blueberry Festival 

June 8, 2012

Nacogdoches, Texas

Visit Historic Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas for the only state sanctioned blueberry festival in the Lone Star State, making it unique and extremely popular.

The Texas Blueberry Festivals packs as much fun as possible into one fun-filled Saturday. From the Running of the Blueberries 5K Run/Walk to a Blueberry pancake breakfast, and much, much more! There is something for everyone at the Texas Blueberry Festival. Children’s activities all day, live entertainment, vendors, food and shuttle rides to pick your own blueberries. For more information visit www.texasblueberryfestival.com.

Tomato Festival 

June 8

Includes motorcycle, tractor and antique car shows; sports and fishing tournaments; arts and crafts; food; farmers’ market; tomato shed tour; salsa competition; tomato shooting, peeling, mashing and eating contests; live entertainment; and children’s activities. Downtown, 526 E. Commerce St. Phone: (903)586-2217 www.jacksonvilletexas.com 


Yamboree Fireworks Show


Gilmer, Texas

Gilmer Football Stadium, Buffalo Street at North Bradford Street. For more information call (903)843-2413 or visit  www.gilmerareachamber.com .


Fourth of July Celebration


Hunstville, Texas

Kate Barr Ross Park, 486 Texas 75 N. For more information call (936)294-5723 or visit  www.huntsvilletx.gov .


The Great Texas Balloon Race

July 22-28, 2012

Longview, Texas

The Balloon Federation of America’s Hot Air Competition Division is pleased to announce the selection of Longview, Texas and the Great Texas Balloon Race to host the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2014. It’s a world class event attracting the very best competitive pilots from across the United States and the world. If you’ve never seen these colorful, graceful giants in the sky, watch out! The beauty and elegance will have you hooked for life.

Watermelon Festival

Photo by Noah Reams

July TBA

Naples, Texas

The Texas Watermelon Festival is held annually on the last weekend in July. The event draws people from far and wide. The Watermelon Festival has one of the major parades in North East Texas, many craft booths, special entertainment, a street dance, and a fully sanctioned PRCA rodeo during the week of events.


Texas Bluebonnet Wine Harvest Trail 


Conroe, Texas

Experience the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle by visiting the 10 Southeast Texas wineries on this wine trail to enjoy special wine-and-food pairings. For more information visit www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com .


42 Annual New Boston Pioneer Days and Rodeo


New Boston, Texas

The New Boston Pioneer Days and Rodeo is often considered to be the hottest festival of the year. The festival includes a carnival, food and crafts vendors, art show, car show, bounce park for children, food and quilt show, fiddlers’ contest, a 42 tournament, competitions, games, a parade and live entertainment.


36th Annual Bluegrass Festival

August 29-September 1, 2012


Step back in time at Salmon Lake park for one of the oldest Bluegrass Festivals in East Texas. Every year some of the biggest names in Bluegrass music play at Salmon Lake Park and Main Street is transformed into a garage sale avenue. So whether you are looking for some bluegrass music this Labor Day weekend or a chance to haul off some treasures, Grapeland is where the pickers will be. For more information visit http://www.salmonlakepark.com/.


Texas Gatorfest

July TBA

Anahuac, Texas

Come to Texas GATORFEST 2011 where a weekend of family fun, food and entertainment awaits one and all at historic Fort Anahuac Park. Texas GATORFEST is truly the most unique festival in the state, combining the alligator and family fun for a good old Texas two-stepping good time! Witness the Great Texas Alligator Roundup, take and airboat ride or a river boat tour, enjoy four stages of entertainment, Texas Artisans, merchants and the scenic waterfront beer garden. Take a whirl on the adult carnival rides and treat the kids to the kiddie rides, pony rides and petting zoo. On Saturday and Sunday, witness the Great Texas Alligator Roundup and visit the Alligator Education Tent to get an up close and personal view of live gators, which outnumber Chambers County citizens by almost 3 to 1. Visit www.texasgatorfest.com to learn more.



Pittsburgh, Texas

The third Saturday in September is a time for celebrating our the heritage of Pittsburgh, Texas - a homecoming time for East Texans. Downtown is alive with booths, games, street dancing, and good food. For more information about Chickfest call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-856-3442 or visit their website at www.pittsburgchamber.com.

East Texas State Fair

September 20-29, 2013

Tyler, Texas
In its 97th year, this fair features a fair, livestock and agricultural shows and judging, live entertainment, food and more. East Texas State Fairgrounds, 2112 W. Front St. For more information call  (903)597-2501 or visit www.etstatefair.com. 


Wild Texas Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

September 27-29, 2013

Galveston, Texas

Boats, Gumbo, Music, Friends and Fun! The return and expansion of the Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival kicks-off Friday, September 21-23. Last year the festival held a shrimp gumbo cook-off, 5K run, Lil’ Shrimps Procession, kids area, merchant walk-about, live music boat parade, boat show and blessing of the fleet. For more information visit http://www.yagaspresents.com/shrimpfestival/index.html.


Pineywoods Fair

October TBA

Nacogdoches, Texas

For more information visit http://nacexpo.net/pineywoodsfair.htm.


Fair on the Square

Huntsville, Texas
Arts and crafts show with more than 300 vendors also includes entertainment throughout the day. Downtown Square.  For more information call (936)295-8113 or visit www.chamber.huntsville.tx.us 

68th Annual Peanut Festival

October 10-12, 2013

Grapeland, Texas

Celebrate the culture and heritage of East Texas at the 68th Annual Peanut Festival in the “Queen City of the Sand Flats.” What started out as a possum walk/BBQ has evolved into one of the biggest celebrations in East Texas. The Peanut Festival kicks off Thursday with a carnival, followed by the Fighting Sandies homecoming football game, a street dance, food, vendors, a parade, music, and much, much more! For more information visit http://www.peanutfest.com/. READ MORE

Wild West Festival 

October 10-12, 2013

Grapeland, Texas

Features Texas Top Guns Gunfighters, antique saddles, spurs, western art and other cowboy memorabilia. Salmon Lake Park. For more information call (903)549-2134 or (936)687-2594.


Texas Rose Festival

October TBA


Discover why people keep coming back, year after year, to be part of Texas’ most beautiful event. You’ll be overwhelmed by the unbelievable aroma of hundreds of thousands of roses displayed in artful arrangements at the Rose Show, growing in manicured beds in the Rose Garden and covering hundreds of acres in the rose fields. For more information abot the Texas Rose Festival email info@texasrosefestival.com or visit http://www.visittyler.com/.

Texas Mushroom Festival

October TBA

Madisonville, Texas

From humble beginnings in 2002, this festival has grown and evolved. New events have been added each year, and the numbers of attendees have increased to approximately 15,000 in 2010. The festival provides a unique cultural and educational experience and promotes agricultural, culinary, and fine arts in East Texas. Madisonville, the Mushroom Capital of Texas, is located on I-45, at the intersection of State Highway 21, about half- way between Houston and Dallas. For more information visit http://madisonvilletexas.org/.

November  Heritage Syrup Festival

November 9, 2012

Henderson, Texas

A sweet East Texas tradition continues each year at the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival the second Saturday of November. East Texans will gather in Henderson, Texas to commemorate the tradition of making ribbon cane syrup, the highlight of the only folk life festival in East Texas! Every year approximately 25,000 people from Texas and neighboring states attend the festival each year. Make plans to visit Henderson this November for folk art, folk music and East Texas soul food.

Nine Flags / Wassail Fest

November-December TBA

Nacogdoches, Texas

For more information visit http://nineflags.visitnacogdoches.org/schedule.php.


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Kay Boothe
Kay Boothe

I want to go Gatorfest. Have you ever been?

John Beasley
John Beasley

I am the president of the Bullard Area Chamber of COmmerce. We have a Red, White, and Blue Festival the first Saturday in November (Nov 3rd) We would love to get listed on your website. Please let me know what we need to do. John

the MYETX team
the MYETX team

Hi John, We are happy to list your events. Please email us your events, dates and info to myetx.team@gmail.com and we will put them on this page as well as or ETX Event Calendar.