Things to do in East Texas this weekend: May 19-22

If you’re looking for fun things to do in East Texas this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our rundown of some fun things happening around the area!

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THURSDAY, 5/19

LIVE MUSIC: Ben Theiring

  • When: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Where: The Square in Downtown Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Local History Celebration

  • When: 5:30 PM
  • Where: East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore
  • Cost: Free

Please join us as Kilgore College History students celebrate local history with presentations on the interviews they did during Spring 2022 with East Texas History makers.

5:30: Light Refreshments | 6:00: Opening Remarks | 6:15: Presentations | 7:15: Closing Remarks

We hope you will join us to celebrate those making history every day within our community

LIVE MUSIC: Andrew Duncalfe Music

  • When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Where: Scotties Bistro, Longview
  • Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC: Jenn Ford, Kirk Harper, and Jared Steele

  • When: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: The Forge Bar & Grill, Ben Wheeler
  • Cost: Free

Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again?

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Green Room Theatre, Lufkin
  • Cost: $10

A self-aware tragicomedy, Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again? is the latest in an ancient cycle of retellings; the same chorus as always once again weaves the tale of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as she defies her uncle Creon, the new King of Thebes.

FRIDAY, 5/20

Master Gardeners at the Library

  • When: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Where: Tyler Public Library
  • Cost: Free

Smith County Master Gardener, Elizabeth Waldrup will talk about “Night Gardens: The Magic Mix of Plants and Moonlight.” Learn about the plants that look their best after the sun goes down and how you don’t need daylight to enjoy your garden. This talk is free and open to the public.

LIVE MUSIC: Kendall Phillips & Charles Praytor

  • When: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Fresh by Brookshire’s, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC: Ariana Ortiz & Mark LaFon

  • When: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: The Forge Bar and Grill, Ben Wheeler
  • Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC: The Jazz Connection

  • When: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: True Vine Brewing Company, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Decision Height

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: Henderson Civic Theatre
  • Cost: $12-$15

“Decision Height is a story about friendship and the complex though essential role of women in wartime. Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part to help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes. As the war rages over there, the women form a sisterhood that cannot be broken, and Virginia must make a decision that will change her life forever. With a cast of nine vibrant female characters, Decision Height offers a look into an underrecognized subset of American heroes and revises history into herstory.”

This show is rated PG-13.

Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again?

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Green Room Theatre, Lufkin
  • Cost: $10

A self-aware tragicomedy, Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again? is the latest in an ancient cycle of retellings; the same chorus as always once again weaves the tale of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as she defies her uncle Creon, the new King of Thebes.

LIVE MUSIC: Patrick James

  • When: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Where: Dakota’s Chop House, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC: Josh Mandreger

  • When: 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Where: ETX Brewing Co., Tyler
  • Cost: Free

SATURDAY, 5/21

Tractors, Trucks, & Fun

  • When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Where: Historic Downtown Kilgore
  • Cost: Free

Come to Historic Downtown Kilgore May 21 For The Third Annual Free Family Friendly Event, Tractors, Trucks & Fun! FREE TRACTOR REGISTRATION begins at 8am.

* Tractor Show and Awards * Tractor Games * Tractor Parade * Farm Wagon Rides all day * Live Music * Kid Tractor Pull

* Chainsaw Carving Demonstration * Open Restaurants & Stores * Cotton Candy, Donuts, & Asian Food * Sno Cones

Art on the Bricks

  • When: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Where: Downtown Gilmer
  • Cost: Free

Join the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce on May 21, from 1:00-5:00pm, for our 2nd Art on the Bricks! Family Fun is in the works!

FREE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS | FREE SNOWCONES | FREE ICE CREAM

45 artists in 20 businesses! Artists will have their work for sale!

STEAM Saturday: Egg Drop Challenge

  • When: 2:00 PM
  • Where: Tyler Public Library
  • Cost: Free

STEAM Saturday this month will be May 21st at 2 p.m.! Kids, K-12, can join us to take on the Egg Drop Challenge.

Crochet Class

  • When: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Where: Whitehouse Community Library
  • Cost: Free

All interest levels are welcome. Basic supplies are provided.

LIVE MUSIC: The Fox

  • When: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Where: Doc’s Cellar, Chandler
  • Cost: Free

ARTrageous Dance Concert & Benefit

  • When: 7:00 PM
  • Where: Bergfeld Park, Tyler
  • Cost: Donation

Although our dance concert has always been free to attend, throughout the years it has been a benefit event for “the least of these.” From starving children in Kenya, to those needing hope across Tyler, to children in the slums of India. This year we have chosen Rapha Ministry in Lonavala, India and the local ministry of SHINE. We encourage each individual attending the dance concert to donate at least $1 to each of these ministries.

Decision Height

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: Henderson Civic Theatre
  • Cost: $12-$15

“Decision Height is a story about friendship and the complex though essential role of women in wartime. Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part to help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes. As the war rages over there, the women form a sisterhood that cannot be broken, and Virginia must make a decision that will change her life forever. With a cast of nine vibrant female characters, Decision Height offers a look into an underrecognized subset of American heroes and revises history into herstory.”

This show is rated PG-13.

Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again?

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Green Room Theatre, Lufkin
  • Cost: $10

A self-aware tragicomedy, Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again? is the latest in an ancient cycle of retellings; the same chorus as always once again weaves the tale of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as she defies her uncle Creon, the new King of Thebes.

LIVE MUSIC: Reed Turchi

  • When: 8:00 PM
  • Where: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q
  • Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC: Hojames Band

  • When: 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Where: ETX Brewing Co., Tyler
  • Cost: Free

SUNDAY, 5/22

Island Hike

  • When: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Where: Martin Creek Lake State Park, Tatum
  • Cost: Free

Join us on a hike around the island. This 1.2 mile hike is family-friendly and open to everyone. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water. Meet at the Trail Sign just across the bridge at 11AM.

All About Perennials

  • When: 10:30 AM
  • Where: Dreams of Green Garden Center, Flint
  • Cost: $10

Dreams of Green May 22 at 10:30am we will be hosting an educational class “All About Perennials”. Price is only $10 and you will go home with a free perennial of your choice.

Also Included : SWAP PLANTS and ENJOY FREE SNACKS. Please let us know you’re coming and we will reserve a spot for you!!!

LIVE MUSIC: The Bellamy Brothers

  • When: 1:00 PM
  • Where: Sabine River Authority Headquarters, Quitman
  • Cost: Free

Decision Height

  • When: 2:30 PM
  • Where: Henderson Civic Theatre
  • Cost: $12-$15

“Decision Height is a story about friendship and the complex though essential role of women in wartime. Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part to help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes. As the war rages over there, the women form a sisterhood that cannot be broken, and Virginia must make a decision that will change her life forever. With a cast of nine vibrant female characters, Decision Height offers a look into an underrecognized subset of American heroes and revises history into herstory.”

This show is rated PG-13.

Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again?

  • When: 2:30 PM
  • Where: The Green Room Theatre, Lufkin
  • Cost: $15

A self-aware tragicomedy, Why Are We Doing Antigone, Again? is the latest in an ancient cycle of retellings; the same chorus as always once again weaves the tale of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as she defies her uncle Creon, the new King of Thebes.

LIVE MUSIC: Shaw Revolver

  • When: 9:00 PM - Midnight
  • Where: South Tyler Speakeasy

*All dates and information are subject to change. Contact us if there are changes to the schedule or if we left anything out

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.