Things to do in East Texas this weekend: August 4-7

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, 8/4

Bilingual Story Time

  • When: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Where: Kilgore Public Library
  • Cost: Free

Join us for stories in English and Spanish!

Pints & Pups

  • When: 6:00 PM
  • Where: ETX Brewing Co., Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Grab the pups for some OUTDOORS fun and food on the patio at ETX Brewery for our Pints & Pups! Come out and support a great cause! 10% of all proceeds go to the SPCA of East Texas. Donations Welcomed! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

The Northeast Public Health District requires that all attending dogs be current on vaccinations and wear a current rabies tag.

2022 Wood County Old Settlers Reunion

  • When: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Gov. Jim Hogg City Park, Quitman
  • Cost: Free

Join us for carnival rides, other great local vendors, Kiwanis Club Bingo, a Chamber of Commerce Cornhole Tournament and entertainment under the pavilion every night!

LIVE MUSIC: Tiffani Watkins

  • When: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Where: The Back Porch Stage on Broadway, Kilgore

The SpongeBob Musical

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: Tyler Civic Theatre Center
  • Cost: $30

Join us at TCTC for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL -based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg!

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

FRIDAY, 8/5

Back to School Nerf War at ProComp

  • When: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Where: 202 Buffalo St., Gilmer
  • Cost: $35

Get ready! We are back with another awesome NERF WAR!!! This time we are changing the game completely with new challenges and games! Parents, enjoy your night off and know your kids will be having a blast while you go enjoy dinner! Bring YOUR OWN NERF GUN SND EYE PROTECTION, we will provide the ammo, pizza, and FUN at our DOWNTOWN GILMER LOCATION!!!

2022 Wood County Old Settlers Reunion

  • When: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Gov. Jim Hogg City Park, Quitman
  • Cost: Free

Join us for carnival rides, other great local vendors, Kiwanis Club Bingo, a Chamber of Commerce Cornhole Tournament and entertainment under the pavilion every night!

LIVE MUSIC: Señor Gringo

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

Back to School Splash Bash

  • When: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: Stamper Park, Longview
  • Cost: Free

Longview Parks and Recreation is hosting a Back to School SPLASH BASH! Slide over to Stamper Park to enjoy the fun activities we have planned for you! Popcorn, Movie, Splash Pad, Food Vendors and more!! Don’t miss out in our FREE Splash Bash!

The SpongeBob Musical

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: Tyler Civic Theatre Center
  • Cost: $30

Join us at TCTC for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL -based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg!

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

LIVE MUSIC: Vandoliers

  • When: 8:00 PM
  • Where: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q
  • Cost: $12-$20

LIVE MUSIC: Huser Brother Band with Jay Statham

  • When: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Where: Brisket Love Barbecue & Icehouse, Lindale
  • Cost: $12-$15

LIVE MUSIC: Sweet Pain Rocks

  • When: 8:00 PM - Midnight
  • Where: The Back Porch Stage on Broadway, Kilgore

SATURDAY, 8/6

Postmasters Indoor Market

  • When: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Where: Postmasters Coffee Co., Jacksonville
  • Cost: Free

Meander through this collection of upscale pop-up shops within an historic icon, the 1933 Landmark Post Office in Jacksonville, Texas. All vendors are independent East Texan merchants, artisans, and crafters.

Skins & Skulls at the Trammel Trace Pavilion

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

Come learn about the wildlife that lives in East Texas and have a hands on experience touching the skulls and skins of those animals. Meet at the Trammel Trace Pavilion.

Back to School Bash - Tyler

  • When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: Broadway Square Mall, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

The Back to School Bash will be Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 10am- 3pm. From 10am- 1pm Shriner’s and Smith County Sheriff’s Department will be offering free children IDs. From 1pm- 3pm there will be face painting by Jujubilee and balloon twisting by KornPop the Clown.

Enjoy selfie stations and balloon displays from Tyler Balloon Bar.

Palestine ArtWalk

  • When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: Downtown Palestine
  • Cost: Free

Meet artists of various mediums as you tour through downtown shops and boutiques. Start at the Redlands Hotel for map.

Back to School Bash - Longview

  • When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Where: Highland Pines Nursing & Rehab, Longview
  • Cost: Free

Highland Pines is hosting a Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 6th from 11 to 2. Bring the kiddos and enjoy hotdogs, chips, and drinks! Did we mention there will be a giant water slide?!

2nd Annual Rib Cook-Off

  • When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: Lumberjack Harley-Davidson, Nacogdoches
  • Cost: Free

Join us at Lumberjack Harley-Davidson for our 2nd Annual Rib Cook-Off from 11am-3pm on Saturday August 6th in Nacogdoches, Texas! LIVE Music by Selah Rose!! Complimentary Adult Beverages for those 21 and up Sponsored by R&K Distributors. Complimentary RIBs cooked on site at Lumberjack H-D (First Come, First Serve).

Back to School Nerf War at ProComp

  • When: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Where: 3520 McCann Rd., Longview
  • Cost: $35

Get ready! We are back with another awesome NERF WAR!!! This time we are changing the game completely with new challenges and games! Parents, enjoy your night off and know your kids will be having a blast while you go enjoy dinner! Bring YOUR OWN NERF GUN AND EYE PROTECTION, we will provide the ammo, pizza, and FUN at our LONGVIEW MALL LOCATION!!!

2022 Wood County Old Settlers Reunion

  • When: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Gov. Jim Hogg City Park, Quitman
  • Cost: Free

Join us for carnival rides, other great local vendors, Kiwanis Club Bingo, a Chamber of Commerce Cornhole Tournament and entertainment under the pavilion every night!

LIVE MUSIC: Cole Allen

  • When: 6:30 PM
  • Where: Rowdy Creek Ranch, Gilmer
  • Cost: Free

The SpongeBob Musical

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: Tyler Civic Theatre Center
  • Cost: $30

Join us at TCTC for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL -based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg!

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

LIVE MUSIC: Jazz Connection

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

Community Outdoor Movie Night

  • When: 8:45 PM
  • Where: 201 E. Marshall St., Gilmer
  • Cost: Free

Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a free family event. Enjoy Sing 2 under the stars. There will concessions available for purchase.

SUNDAY, 8/7

LIVE MUSIC: Jazz Brunch with Low D

  • When: Noon - 2:00 PM
  • Where: Texas Music City Grill & Smokehouse, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Free Dog Day at the Pool

  • When: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Where: Kilgore City Pool
  • Cost: Free

Bring your furry friends to Dog Day at the Kilgore City Pool, August 7, 1:00 - 5:00 PM! FREE ADMISSION. Dog waste bags will be provided.

The SpongeBob Musical

  • When: 2:30 PM
  • Where: Tyler Civic Theatre Center
  • Cost: $30

Join us at TCTC for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL -based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg!

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!


*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.