Fall is almost here in East Texas which means it’s time to start getting excited about festival season! Across the area, you’ll find things to eat, drink and enjoy almost every weekend!
Here’s your guide to festivals and other events to mark on your calendar! And don’t forget to check back frequently, we’ll be updating this list all season!
Gregg County Fair
Longview – September 6th – 14th
With roots dating back to 1949, this fair is fun for the entire family with rides, contests, live music, trade days, petting zoos and the Miss Gregg County pageant and more! Check out the fair schedule and admission prices here.
The address is 1123 Jaycee Drive in Longview. Click here for Google Map.
East Texas Taco Fest
Marshall – September 14th
There will be great fun for the whole family with a Kids Zone, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Jalepeno Eating Contest, Chihuahua Race, Salsa Dance Off a Margarita Villa, five great bands and of course tacos. You can get tickets here.
The festival is taking place at the historic Harrison County courthouse square. Click here for Google Map.
Texas State Forest Festival
Lufkin- September 18th – 22nd
The Texas State Forest Festival dates back to 1938, and now brings in crowds of more than 20,000 each year. Some of this years events include wood carvers, live music, the Miss Forest Festival and Little Mr. Timberjack, Southern Hushpuppy championship and more. Check out the event calendar here, and check out admission prices here.
The Festival takes place at the George H. Henderson Expo Center. Click here for a Google Map.
East Texas State Fair
Tyler – September 20th – 29th
The East Texas State Fair offers fun, food, music and more! You can enjoy carnival rides, concerts, livestock shows, carnival food and more. This year, Aaron Watson and Bret Michaels will be headlining. Click here for admission prices.
The East Texas State Fair takes place at the fairgrounds in Tyler. Click here for a Google Map.
Pittsburg’s 47th Annual Pioneer Day Festival
Pittsburg – September 21st
This year’s event a full day of events which include the Tommy Lee Memorial Biker Run, a Classic Car show, a Parade, Live Entertainment all day, all kinds of contests from BBQ to Peach cook-off, to Hot Link Eating and tons of vendors and food. Which by the way…Pittsburg has officially been deemed the Hot Link Capitol of Texas.
The festival takes place in Downtown Pittsburg. Click here for Google Map.
Yesterland Farm’s Fall Festival
Canton – September 21st – November 3rd
Make your way through the pumpkin patch or the 3-acre corn maze, then hop on the carousel, Ferris wheel, and vintage rides for a trip back in time—as well as up and down, and round and round. Feed the farm animals—including goats, pigs, and turkeys—or feed yourself brisket, funnel cakes, and burgers.
The festival takes place at Yesterland Farm, click here for a Google Map.
Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival
Athens – September 28th
Athens is the Official Home of the Hamburger. Uncle Fletch Davis invented the Hamburger and shared his invention at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The Texas Legislature has proclaimed Athens as the Official Home of the Hamburger. Over the years, Athens has hosted an Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival to the delight of folks locally and from around the World.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the square in Athens. Click here for a Google Map.
Iron Horse Heritage Festival
Mineola – September 28-29th
Friday will be the HoboStew and it will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the hobos eat all of the stew. You’ll be able to preorder or just walk up and purchase your meal of stew,cornbread or crackers, dessert and a drink for $10. This will be held at the Farmers Market pavilion west of the Depot. Saturday will be a day full of fun and family with weenie dog races, pie baking contest, watermelon eating contest, food vendors, music, an exotic petting zoo, a bean cook off, bounce houses, arts & craft vendors, a shoot out by the depot, and much more!
The festival is taking place in Downtown Mineola. Click here for Google Map.
Texas Poultry Festival
Center – October 3rd – 5th
There will be food booths, arts & crafts booths, live entertainment, 3‑day carnival, cheer competition, poultry judging & auction, art, photography and quilt show and lots more.
The festival will take place at the Historic Downtown Center Square. Click here for directions.
Old Mill Marketplace Halloween Festival
Canton – October 4th – 5th
Friday will be the Dallas Puppet Theater performing their Halloween HiJinx show every hour from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Saturday will be The Continental Divide Band performing all the Halloween favorites. There will be pony rides and a petting zoo by Hope for All Rescue. A fantastic Escape Room called The Cabin by HE Escapes N Stuff! A MAZE. The Pumpkin Patch is stocked by a local grower! A haunted train ride through the hay field by the Mountain’s very own train. Costume contest and scarecrow contest. Bring your own chairs and come enjoy an old fashioned Halloween Festival at Old Mill Marketplace during First Monday Trade Days.
The festival will take place at the Old Mill Marketplace. Click here a Google Map.
46th Annual Hallsville Western Days
Hallsville – October 4th – 5th
The 40th Annual Hallsville Western Days is scheduled Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th at the City Park. Friday night booths hours are from 7-10 P.M. They will introduce Miss Hallsville Contestants to the community before the street dance. The band, Brad Smallwood, will start playing around 7:30 (no football game is scheduled). Saturday morning booth hours are 8 A.M. – 3 P.M. The Western Days parade will start at 10 A.M. We have several groups performing on the stage starting directly after the parade. The day will conclude with the Miss Hallsville pageant Saturday night
The festival will take place at the Hallsville City Park. Click here a Google Map.
CityFest East Texas
Tyler – October 5th – 6th
CityFest East Texas is a large, multicultural music festival scheduled for October 5-6, 2019, with Andrew Palau as the featured speaker. The festival will include performances by top Christian recording artists Blanca, Marisol Park, Ryan Stevenson, The Newsboys, Pat Barrett, and Lecrae. Additionally, award-winning country artist Josh Turner will perform during the final night of CityFest East Texas.
The festival will take place at the Downtown Tyler square. Click here for directions.
Piney Woods Fair
Nacogdoches – October 9th – 13th
Since 1978, 90 vendors, regional fair with large agricultural participation, commercial exhibits, rides, games, live entertainment and more.
The festival takes place at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center. Click here for directions.
The East Texas Yamboree
Gilmer – October 11th – 19th
The East Texas Yamboree is one of the longest running festivals in Texas with well over one hundred thousand people attending every year. There’s a great carnival, Queen’s Coronation Pageant, Livestock Show and Sale and so much more. It’s always held the 3rd Week in October.
The festival takes place all over Gilmer. Click here for the schedule of events and locations.
Canton – October 11-12th
October 11 & 12, 2019 will be a great 2 day event celebrating the blessings of living in a small town and enjoying a traditional street festival with friends and family! This is the 18th Annual Canton Main Street Autumn Festival. They will have a variety of great food, live music, Miss Main Street Pageant, a sanctioned BBQ contest, great vendors, fun kids events, games and all on our beautiful downtown square.
The festival takes place on the Downtown Canton Square. Click here for a Google Map.
Edom Arts Festival
Edom- October 12th -13th
Edom has been celebrating art, crafts live music and awesome food since 1972! For more than 47 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. The festival is the premier art show in East Texas. 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.
The festival takes place in Edom. Click here for a Google Map.
Carthage – October 12th
Formerly known as the East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, the Potlach Festival has brought back some of your favorite memories from the 80s and 90s! Don’t miss this great community event. Save the date and be sure to bring the entire family for a fun, nostalgic day filled with entertainment, games, food and lots more!
The festival is held at the Carthage Civic Center. 5.
Hawkins Oil Festival
Hawkins – October 12th
The Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce will start the day with their Famous Pancakes, because Hawkins is the “Pancake Capital of Texas”. Pancakes will be served with sausage and a drink for $5.00 per plate, from 7 am to 10:30 am. The Parade start at 11 am with festivities to follow.
The festival is held in Hawkins at the park behind CNB Bank. Click here for a Google Map.
Lindale – October 12th
Stroll through the arts and craft booths, gobble a turkey leg, take a look at the Car Display, enjoy live entertainment, and bid on auction items. Children will spend the day at a variety of activities including: The Texas Bank and Trust climbing wall, Lindale Police Department’s Kids ID Booth, and lots of carnival games provided by the First United Methodist Church.
The festival is happening at Picker’s Pavilion. Click here for a Google Map.
Fire Ant Festival
Marshall – October 13th
The pesky ant that causes trouble will be the center of attention during this Marshall event complete with live music, childrens area with inflatables, fun run and 5k, contests, vendors and more!
As in past years, we will feature the Fidelity Communications Main Stage with Concert and Street Dance, expanded Children’s area with monster inflatables, TourDeFireAnt long distance bike ride, FireAnt 5K, Toddler Trot, Kids K, FireAnt Festival parade, Diaper Derby, Gurning contest, Chicken Chunkin’ contest, Kids Dance Contest, Cupcake Contest, Scavenger Hunt and dozens of vendors to delight the young and old alike.
The festival will take place in Downtown Marshall. Click here for a Google Map.
Mount Vernon – October 13th
Dating back to 1974, this festival has everything you’d expect a festival to have! Artists, live entertainment, games, car show, door prizes and lots of food! It’s always on the second Saturday in October.
The festival happens on the Downtown Mount Vernon Square. Click here for a Google Map.
Tyler Rose Festival
Tyler – October 17th – 20th
Since it’s beginning in 1933, the Tyler Rose Festival has represented the spirit that brings Tyler together as a community. Rich in heritage and tradition, the Festival offers enchanging ceremonial events like the Queen’s Coronation, Ribbon Cutting and Rose Presentation, the Queen’s Tea, and the Rose Parade.
The festival takes place all over Tyler. Click here for a schedule of events and locations.
4th Annual Dogtoberfest
Tyler- October 19th
The SPCA of East Texas is bringing the 4th Annual Dogtoberfest to Downtown Tyler! Join them for a family & pet friendly daylong celebration; featuring adoptable pets from local animal rescues and shelters, craft beer tasting from dozens of breweries, live music all day, shopping with over 30 vendors and dining from a variety of local food trucks. The ultimate goal of the day is finding forever homes for as many homeless pets as possible while enjoying a fun filled day of music, food, craft beer and shopping.
This event takes place on the square in Downtown Tyler. Click here for a Google Map.
Mount Vernon Food & Wine Festival
Mount Vernon – October 19th
Indulge in a leisurely stroll around the plaza to savor artisanal food, sample Texas wines, watch live culinary demos, shop carefully curated vendors, and enjoy live music on the plaza lawn.
This event in Mount Vernon’s Plaza District. Click here for a Google Map.
Butterfly Festival & Fall Fest
Jasper – October 19th
There’s a lot going on in Jasper on October 19th. There’s the Butterfly Festival along with the Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Fest. The Fall Fest will include arts and crafts along with music and food. The library holds a book sale in the Fire Hall and the East Texas Photography Club sponsors a photo contest. For the Butterfly Festival the Outdoor Learning Center next to the Butterfly House hosts a variety of free activities for kids to celebrate the fall migration of the monarch butterflies. The City of Jasper runs a free shuttle service between Fall Fest and Butterfly Festival events and various parking lots.
Lufkin – October 20th
The Heritage Festival honors the diversified cultural background of all Lufkin’s residents. Held indoors at the Lufkin Convention Center, the festival features food, music and children’s activities designed to give the community exposure to different customs and cultures. Arts and crafts and information booths from civic and service organizations add to the festival. Admission to festival is free.
The festival takes place at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. Click here for a Google Map.
Taste of Jefferson
Jefferson – October 20th
Join friends and family for the “29th Annual Taste of Jefferson” as we showcase samples of all our local restaurant’s favorite meals accompanied with live music. New this year will be Artisans at Work. Enjoy learning about the styles and methods of our local skilled artisans. Children’s entertainment will include face painting and small crafts.
The festival takes place in Downtown Jefferson. Click here for a Google Map.
Hopkins County Fall Festival
Sulphur Springs – October 25-26th
The Annual Hopkins County Fall Festival has been working diligently all year to plan events, find attractions, interests and activities that will appeal to people of all ages. Some of the events this year will be a parade, carnival and live music.
The festival will take place across Sulphur Springs. Click here for a schedule of events and their locations.
Golden Sweet Potato Festival
Golden – October 25-27th
This best of small-town festivals offers fun for everyone. Join us to celebrate family, friends, and heritage, and that delectable, orange vegetable that makes Golden THE Sweet Potato Capital of the World! The festival offers non-stop fun: livestock competition, pageants, mutton bustin’, 5K run, parade, horseshoe tournament, baking and photography contests, live and silent auctions, dance, and a special appearance from Miss Texas and Miss Junior Teen Texas.
The festival takes place all over Golden. Click here for a schedule of events and their locations.
Big Sandy Pecan Festival
Big Sandy- October 26th
You can’t help but notice the pecan trees all around Big Sandy. Big Sandy is home to one of Texas’ pecan tree registries’ oldest trees and a well-known orchard just south of town, Pinehurst Farms. The Pecan Festival was originally hosted in the mid 1980’s through the early 1990’s by Annie’s Attic, the famous Quilting and Needlecraft company responsible for the creation of ‘Sunbonnet Sue.’ The festival took place around the picturesque Victorian properties until 1996. In 2018 the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce decided to bring the festival back on the 4th Saturday in October.
Hot Pepper Festival
Palestine – October 26th
With 200 vendors, the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas” has something for everyone throughout the streets of Historic Downtown Palestine!
The Festival takes place in Historic Downtown Palestine. Click here for a Google Map.
San Augustine- October 26th
Family Fun for Everyone! Food/Art Craft Vendors, Live Music, Car Show, Petting Zoo, Walk to End Alzheimers, SAHS Grand Reunion, AND Contests:BBQ, Fudge, Photography, & Costume!
The Festival takes place in Historic Downtown San Augustine. Click here for a Google Map.
Feral Hog Fest
Ben Wheeler – October 26th
The annual 2019 Fall Feral Hog Fest will be complete with parade, arts, food, craft and outdoorsmen vendors, live music and a feral hog cook‑off in downtown Ben Wheeler!
Red, White and Blue Festival
Bullard – November 2
The City of Bullard will once again be painted with patriotism as community members and local businesses recognize and honor the sacrifices and service of veterans and active duty personnel, as well as celebrate American Freedom, at the 20th annual Red, White and Blue Festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival
Winnsboro – November 8 – 9th
The Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival is the premier art and wine event of Winnsboro. Art lovers from all over the state come to unwind and enjoy the little town and local hospitality for a free and family-friendly event.
Heritage Syrup Festival
Henderson – November 9th
Thousands flock to downtown Henderson for this sweet festival that features syrup, food, live entertainment, crafts, carnival rides, car show along with many unique and antique displays. The tradition of ribbon cane syrup making will be commemorated at the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival, always the second Saturday of November from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The highlight of the only folk life festival in East Texas is the syrup making demonstration on the Depot Museum grounds. Experienced syrup makers operate the museum’s antique mule powered equipment to produce old fashioned cane syrup.
The festival takes place starts at Depot Museum and spreads over 6 blocks to Heritage Square. Click here for a Google Map to the museum. Click here for a Google Map to Heritage Square.
*All dates and information are subject to change. Contact us if there are changes in schedule.
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