Downtown Tyler will be bursting with family fun for Hit The Bricks this weekend

Hit The Bricks will take place on November 9th!

On the second Saturday of every month, people from all over converge on Downtown Tyler for Hit the Bricks. Downtown Tyler will be bursting with family fun, entertainment, music, food, history tours, art, and of course, the chance to check out a great locally-owned restaurant, bar, or retail establishment.

Here’s some of the things going on around Downtown Tyler: 

8 a.m. -12 p.m.- Rose City Farmer’s Market
8 a.m. -12 p.m.- ETX Brewing Co. Cart Derby – Race your homemade cart down Broadway! To sign up or see the rules click here.
9 a.m. -11 a.m.- Saturday Morning Cars & Tacos at ETX Brewing
10 a.m.- Coffee Class at Tyler Public Library sponsored by Cafe 1948 – Join in the library’s 3rd-floor Makerspace for a coffee class with Cafe 1948. Cafe 1948 will be teaching patrons about various coffee brewing methods. Coffee is provided. This is free to attend and you must RSVP here.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.- “Hand Turkeys” plus a Family Scavenger Hunt at the Goodman Museum
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.- Treasure Hunt at Ye Olde City Antique Mall – Find gift certificates hidden around the store.
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.- East Texas Sip and Shop; tickets are $95 and sell out fast
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.- “Robotics Makerspace” at Tyler Public Library – Come to learn the basics of Computer Science by programming a variety of robots. Sign up here.
7 p.m.- “Out of the Loop: True Stories” will be held at Liberty Hall. The Tyler Loop presents live storytelling about life in Tyler and East Texas. Presented by everyday Tylerites and East Texans in their own words—with the help of local musicians—they will bring you stories that are silly and serious, fun and fearless, and reveal something real about life in our region. Inspired by wildly popular national live storytelling events like The Moth, StoryCorps, and Pop-Up Magazine, The Loop is bringing the life-giving, community-building power of stories on stage to Tyler and East Texas. Tickets are available at the door.

Live entertainment:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.- Live music at the Rose City Farmers Market. No cover and all ages are welcome.
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.- Live music by 6 Miles to Mixon at ETX Brewing Co. No cover and all ages are welcome.
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.- Live music at The Garage Bar. No one under 21 after 8pm. There is a cover charge at the door.
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.- Rick’s on the Square – Satellite 9pm-1am. 21 and older only after 9pm. There is a cover charge.

Shopping fun:

While you’re in Downtown enjoying one of these special events, be sure to check out some of the Downtown businesses. These stores offer unique items that can only be found in Downtown Tyler.

903 Handmade, located at 253 S. Broadway, has unique handmade collections from quality artisans – locals, artists from around Texas, and craftspeople from around the country.
Artfix Cultured Studios offers a place to view and purchase items from a variety of local artists as well as take art classes.
Backbone Hair + Beauty, located at 235 S. Broadway, is open 9am-5pm. Get a stylish new hairdo along with experiencing a downtown jibe in this hip new hair salon. They also sell a line of cool t-shirts and hair products.
Moss: Where Flowers are Fair features local and fairly traded fresh flowers, plantings, locally-made apothecaries, and vintage finds.
Ridiculously Good Branding and Thread Co. offers a design studio and retail store specializing in branding, print materials, and social media. Their shirts are printed in-house using eco-friendly inks on fair trade shirts with a lot of love.
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, located at 723 N. Broadway, offers the bargain hunter tons of gently used stuff plus a load of bargains. They feature everything from furniture to clothing and kitchen gadgets to electronics.
Ye Olde City Antique Mall, 302 E. Locust St., offers great treasures, antiques, and a world of memories.

Eat your heart out: 

Sink your teeth into one of the local Downtown eateries. These are open on Saturdays:

Culture ETX, located at 118 W. Erwin St., Tyler, is open 11am-10pm.
Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 113 E. Erwin St., is open 12 noon-10pm.
Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, located at 102 N. College Ave., is open 5-10pm.
Cafe 1948, located at 110 N. College (in the lobby of the Plaza Tower), is open 7am-5pm.
Black Pearl, located at 106 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm-12 midnight.
The Foundry Coffee House, located at 202 S. Broadway, is open at 7am-11pm.
Garage Bar, located at 418 E. Erwin St., is open 4pm-1am.
The Porch at ETX Brewery, located at 221 S. Broadway, is open 7:30am-12 midnight.
It is pet-friendly outside on the patio.
Rhea’s Hot Links, located at 204 S. Fannin Ave., is open Saturdays 9am-5:30pm.
Rick’s on the Square, located at 104 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm-1am.
SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., is open at 3pm-1am.
Strada Caffè, located at 302 E. Front St., is open 8am-10pm.
Taqueria El Lugar, located at 111 W. Ferguson, is open 10am-8pm.

There are usually a few food trucks hanging around Downtown as well so there’s no excuse to leave hungry with all of the dining options because in Downtown you can have your cake and eat it too.

Hit the Bricks is held rain or shine, cold or hot- there is always something to do Downtown on the second Saturday of every month.

Click here more information on Hit The Bricks, or click here to be taken to the event’s Facebook page.