Things to do in East Texas this weekend: February 13th-16th

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 from  February 13th-16th.

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Thursday, 2/13


Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop Grand Opening Celebration

Don’t miss this Texas-sized celebration done up Stitchin’ Heaven style! The time has come to kick up our heels and celebrate the beginning of a new era at Stitchin’ Heaven. We have come a long way and it is time for a party! Guaranteed to be the shindig of the year, they have three days of quilting fun planned. Thursday’s festivities begin at 11:00 and include visits from our fabric company executives and our government officials. A Buffet lunch will be served at noon with informational sessions scheduled throughout the afternoon.  They’ll have VIPs from Moda Fabrics, Bernina, Island Batik, Timeless Fabrics and more! RSVP here.

Inflatable Solar System Orbit Expo

Students journey into space to create and experience the cycles, systems and relationships between the earth, moon and sun using our huge, inflatable Earth model and scale-sized moon. While interacting with the inflatable representations in a darkened gymnasium with a light to represent the sun, students manipulate the models to experience eclipses, seasonal/lunar cycles, creation of winds, day/night cycles, tides, rotation vs revolution, physical characteristics of the earth, moon and sun, gravity, order of the planets, seasons and more!

Daddy Daughter Date Night

  • When: 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where: Chick-fil-A Lufkin Mall, Lufkin
  • Cost: Free kids meal with an adult meal purchase.

Dads, you and your Daughters are invited to a special Mother Son Date Night event. Enjoy an evening out with your little girl. With an adult meal purchase receive a free kids meal, max 3 kids meals per family, per reservation. Please make reservation your perfect time slot on the Facebook event page.

Galentines Day

Calling all GALS! Galentines Day at Joe Pine will be one for the books. Plans include: sweet pop-ups by Margin Social AND Hazie Sue Vintage, bouquets with the East Texas Flower Truck, pressed flowers and plants by ETXWildbydesign, and Among the Pines with her books highlighting our lovely region! Returning faves: tattoos, coffee and a photo booth. Who’s in?!

Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Workshop

  • When: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Cookie Decorating Studio, Whitehouse
  • Cost: $36 for adults (13+), $34 for seniors (55+), $33 for children (7-12) and $29 for young children (5&6) Sign up here.

Join us at The Cookie Decorating Studio located in Whitehouse, Texas for a fun evening of decorating half a dozen of our delicious gourmet cookies! Children must be at least 5 years old and an Adult or Senior must purchase a ticket to sit with them.  You will receive 1/2 DOZEN COOKIES TO DECORATE! You will be instructed on how to decorate cookies using our special blend of royal-glaze icing. These cookies will be a soft & delicious White Almond, Vanilla Brown Sugar & Chocolate Fudge cookies that you can take home to enjoy! Sign up for the event here.

Murder Mystery- Til Death Do We Part

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner plans? On February 14th Piney Woods Country Club is hosting a “‘Til Death Do We Part” Murder Mystery Dinner Party that will be sure to set the evening off right! Any and all couples 21+ are invited. Each ticket provides the attendee with an evening consisting of Murder Mystery fun, a 3 course meal, chocolate, and (of course) wine! This is a fully interactive evening where you act out your pre-assigned character. (They’ll email you all the info ahead of time) The event is $60 a couple and starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, 2/14


United Methodist Church of Frankston Blood Drive

Carter BloodCare will be onsite with a Blood Drive from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop Grand Opening Celebration

Don’t miss this Texas-sized celebration done up Stitchin’ Heaven style! The time has come to kick up our heels and celebrate the beginning of a new era at Stitchin’ Heaven. We have come a long way and it is time for a party! Guaranteed to be the shindig of the year, they have three days of quilting fun planned. On Friday, demos will be scheduled throughout the shop all day. It will be a wonderful day of learning where we find out about the hottest products in quilting from the experts, themselves. Creative Grids will be in the house with demos on their top rulers along with Phillip with Laurastar Ironing Systems and Joallyn from Martelli to tell us all about their line of quilting products. RSVP here.

Valentine’s Makeup Masterclass with Melody Calhoun

Who doesn’t like makeup and getting pretty for a special day?! Melody is a seasoned professional makeup artist who can help! You’ll learn day to night makeup, walk thru skincare and what’s right for you along with application techniques: what to use & how? Bring a $10 donation or $10 worth of art supplies to donate & receive a FREE full-size name-brand cosmetic product! Register here.

Love Is In the Air

Fun, challenging evening of low and high elements for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Lock into love with fun, cooperative activities focusing on teamwork and communication. Register here.

East Texas Auto & Cycle Show

The 2020 East Texas Auto & Cycle Show benefiting the East Texas Crisis Center will be celebrating the 30th year. The show will open at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on Friday, February 14th at 4:00 p.m. and run through Sunday, February 16th. The show brings in vehicles of all makes, from every decade, some very rare, some from car enthusiasts who own vast collections and some from those who have the one dream car or motorcycle from their youth. Entry fee is $10 for adults, kids 10 & under are free. Learn more about the event here.

Wine and Dine Your Valentine

Join Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards for dinner, wine and live music on Valentine’s Day. Their menu will feature two Chef’s Specials – NY Strip and Shrimp Brochette – along with many of your favorite regular items. Enjoy live music by the Dallas-based folk, pop and soul duo, TBA Music.

Parents Night Out

Little Land Gym, Tyler

    • When: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Where: Little Land Play Gym, Tyler
    • Cost: $35 for first child, $20 per additional child

Bring the kiddos to Little Land for fun and games! From 5-9 we will close the gym to the public for only our PNO kiddos. We will serve pizza and juice for dinner and they will have fun playing in the gym! Spaces are limited so go online or call the store to get signed up. Cost is $35 for the first child and $20 for each additional sibling. We welcome ages 2 years and up!

FITT Life, Lufkin

    • When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Where: FITT Life, Lufkin
    • Cost: $20 per kid

Drop your kids ages 6 and up off at Fitt Life and take your love on a kid free date!! We will be Nerf fighting and American Ninja Warrioring!! Pizza and drinks will be provided! Your kid gets to shoot nerf guns, you get to go on a date, everyone wins!!!

The Cookie Decorating Studio, Whitehouse

Allow The Cookie Decorating Studio to provide a fun and safe environment for the kids! They will have a blast decorating Valentine’s themed cookies and more! This Parents Night Out will take place on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th FROM 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Register here.

Holly Brook Baptist Church, Hawkins

Drop the kids off at Holly Brook for a free evening of fun, food, and fellowship! Take the time to go on a date or simply stay at home! Drop off and pick up is any time between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Have a night to yourselves…you deserve it! Please reserve a spot via this Facebook event or call the church office, so we know how many to prepare for. Unfortunately, they will only be accepting pre-registered children…no last minute drop-offs. Visit the Facebook page to register your child.

Browne’s Sports Center LLC

Parent’s Night Out! Valentine Friday Night Fun for the kids! $20 per child! Coach Stan and Mitzi – feed the kids pizza and play fun games all night!

Texas East Gymnastics, Tyler

It’s Valentine’s Day and we think you guys deserve a special night out…leave the kids with us! It’s time again for FRIDAY FUN NIGHT! Register early and save $$$! If you wait until Friday, the cost will be $20. Friday Fun Night is a night of fantastic fun on the gymnastics equipment in the gym! Obstacle courses and tumbling on the floor, swing on the bars, swing off the rope into the pit, jump on the trampoline, run and jump on the tumble trak, and games to keep your child running and active for 3 hours! We will also give the kids a snack break and we provide the snack!

3 P’s in a Vine wine & chocolate pairing

  • When: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: 3 P’s in a Vine, Athens

Love wine? Can’t resist chocolate? Then, this night is for you! Bring your Valentine (or yourself!) to 3 P’s in a Vine for a wine and chocolate pairing. No reservations are needed but come while supplies last!

Red House Winery Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day? Bring your loved one or your gal pal and join us at our tasting room for a Chocolate & Wine Pairing! Ticket will include your flight of 4 wines, with delicious chocolates paired to compliment them! There are two time slots: 6:15 and 7:00. Click here to register for the 6:15, and click here to register for the 7

Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga adds a fun twist on traditional yoga! Each partner pair enjoys working together to build teamwork, communication, and laughter. Come try out our one night only workshop and add something new to your 2020 memories! Visit the Facebook event to register.

Billie Jo at Salt Lickers

  • When: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Where: Salt Lickers, Grand Saline
  • Cost: $40

Come out and hear Billie Jo from 7-9pm! Salt Lickers will be having a Valentines Special as well! 2#Crawfish, 1#Shrimp, Crab Legs with 2 corn, 4 potatoes, garlic butter and 4 chocolate covered strawberries all for just $40!

Senior Center Valentine’s Dance

A Valentine’s Dance for those 55 and better! Join the Tyler Senior Center on Friday, Feb. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and dancing to the Caddo Creek Band. $5 per person.

Valentine’s Brew and Cheese Pairing Dinner

Oil Horse Brewing Company is partnering again with Haute Goat Creamery for their annual Valentine’s Day Beer and Cheese pairing. They are providing a flight of 4 beers and a full pour of 1 beer, while Haute Goat is catering in dinner as well as several cheese they feel pair perfectly with the craft beer. We look forward to seeing you there. Get tickets here.

Valentines Supper Club at The Fredonia Hotel

Looking for something to do with your significant other this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. The Fredonia Hotel’s Valentine’s Supper Club will be an evening of entertainment and dining. Plan to join us for a romantic evening with your loved ones on Friday, February 14, 2020. This romantic evening will feature unique dishes from our culinary team that will allow you to treat your special someone to something they deserve. Entertainment will be provided by Ruby Alexander. Tickets are $100 per person which includes entry, two drinks, and a four course meal. Tickets available by calling 936-564-1234.

Valentine’s Day at The Forge 

  • When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: The Forge, Ben Wheeler

Jenn Ford is coming back to Ben Wheeler and bringing Chris and Warren along for another awesome night of live music. Bring your Valentine, and get ready for a night of amazing music. Call for reservations.

Free Movie Night at the Texan

  • When: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Texan Theater, Kilgore
  • Cost: Free

Bring your sweetheart or grab a group of your fav Galentines to the Texan Theater Feb. 14 for a special night out in the glow of our silver screen courtesy of Reel East Texas Film Festival. The movie’s on us, donations gladly appreciated and all proceeds benefiting ongoing projects in the venue. The FREE show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

Tyler Swing Thing’s Weekly Friday Social Dance

  • When: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Where: Mangos Dance Studio, Tyler
  • Cost: $8 admission (includes newcomer class and social)

Clean safe fun with amazing people. If you have been dancing for years or have never danced a day in your life, they would love for you to join them on Fridays. No partner needed. No experience required. Casual dress code. Only $8 admission (Newcomer class + social) Here’s the schedule: 6:30pm Beginner Lindy Hop Lesson ($8 extra) 7:30pm Newcomer class 8:30pm Social Dance 9:30pm Quick Shim Sham lesson 10:30pm meet at Whataburger for socializing fun.

The Valentines Day Newlyweds Game

It’s time to know ya boo. It’s the newlyweds game, but in a brewery! Join True Vine for a night of Valentine’s Day fun as True Vine hosts Jared Elizabeth and Ellie Elizabeth help us find which couple in Tyler knows each other best! The games will start at 8 PM inside the True Vine brewery. Each game will consist of three couples going against each other over three rounds for the top prize. But who is competing? You! They currently have sign-ups open for couples to submit an application to be considered as contestants for the True Vine Newlyweds Game. They are looking for at least 9 fun couples who are ready to prove they know each other better than any other couple who dares challenge them. They will be awarding prizes for all winning couples! Apply to be a contestant here.

Card 53 Comedy: Valentine’s Day Show

Hire a babysitter and make plans for something totally different this year to celebrate Valentine’s/ Galentine’s/ Singles Awareness with a night of improv comedy at Liberty Hall in Downtown Tyler on Friday February 14th at 8 pm. Disclaimer: Card 53 strives each show to be “clean-ish” however due to the unpredictable nature of improv they risk embarrassing their wives, girlfriends, dogs, employers, and total strangers with their unique style of improv makem-ups, viewer discretion is advised. FREE BEER and WINE!!! Tickets $15 online; $20 at the door. Get tickets here.

Saturday, 2/15


Bobaloompia’s Grand Opening Celebration

  • When: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Where: Bobaloompia, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Bobaloompia’s Grand Opening Celebration! A special one hour event featuring local Filipino artists! Our special musical line up will be announced soon! Special give aways for the first 100 who attend and sign up for our Bobafamily email newsletter where you will receive special discounts.

How To Create Your Own Landscape

Join Plants of Texas this Valentine’s Day weekend for a class that includes all you ever wanted to know about basic landscape terminology, landscape goals, & the ability to create small or large areas. Take a deep dive and learn all about the 5 landscape design goals for homeowners: 1. Low-maintenance landscape design. 2. User-friendly landscape design. 3. Eco-friendly landscape design. 4. Increase curb appeal through landscape design. 5. Create harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces. Let them help your creative juices to get flowing and help plan a landscape design perfect for your space! Class cost $20. Paper for sketching and notes will be provided. Laughter and new friends provided at no cost! Can’t wait to see you all!

Fly Fishing Class

Master fly-fisher Bob Cappallo of Corsicana will teach fly-fishing for beginners 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. The classes are open to adults and youths accompanied with an adult. No fly-fishing experience is required. Equipment will be provided, but students may bring their own. The $50 fee for the class includes entrance to TFFC for the day of the class, lunch and a season pass to TFFC so students can return for more fishing as often as they like. Learn more about the event by visiting the event’s Facebook page.

Ignite Your Legacy 2020 Girls Conference

“Ignite Your Legacy Girls Conference” is a conference for girls in 6th – 12th grade. The event is to remind all young ladies to recognize their value, as special individuals who are created to have a unique and divine purpose. We want young ladies to leave this conference motivated to leave a legacy that IGNITES & INSPIRES others to be a follower of Jesus and to help ‘change the world!’ This conference is designed to speak LIFE and TRUTH into the hearts of the young ladies so that they embrace their purpose with confidence and courage. Learn more here.

East Texas Auto & Cycle Show

The 2020 East Texas Auto & Cycle Show benefiting the East Texas Crisis Center will be celebrating the 30th year. The show will open at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on Friday, February 14th at 4:00 p.m. and run through Sunday, February 16th. The show brings in vehicles of all makes, from every decade, some very rare, some from car enthusiasts who own vast collections and some from those who have the one dream car or motorcycle from their youth. Entry fee is $10 for adults, kids 10 & under are free. Learn more about the event here.

Darwin Day 2020

Celebrate biology with our annual family-oriented Darwin Day event- live animals, cool hands-on science, and educational games (all included with normal museum admission). You can see other Darwin Day events in Tyler here.

Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop Grand Opening Celebration

Don’t miss this Texas-sized celebration done up Stitchin’ Heaven style! The time has come to kick up our heels and celebrate the beginning of a new era at Stitchin’ Heaven. We have come a long way and it is time for a party! Guaranteed to be the shindig of the year, they have three days of quilting fun planned. Saturday will be a blast! Our generous friends in the quilting industry have donated some really wonderful items for this day. Everyone gets a ticket when they come in the door. Earn extra tickets and chances to win with every $25 purchase you make that day also. Enter to win the prizes you want and we will draw and announce the winners that evening at 4pm. You do not have to be present to win. RSVP here.

Family Movie Matinee

On the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m., families and children can enjoy a movie matinee in the library auditorium. Carpet-friendly snacks, blankets, and pillows, are allowed.

Lego Club

The library has thousands of Lego® pieces you can use to build whatever you can imagine. It’s fun for the whole family! Ages 5-17 years. Free. No registration. Lego® Club meets the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Mardi Gras on Main Street 

Mardi Gras on Main Street is a great event that will showcase Palestine’s local flavors. Festivities include free food demonstrations and samples as you stroll down Palestine Main Street and enjoy the shops with decorations and special “Mardi Gras” deals.

The Office Trivia at ETX Brewing Co.

The Office Trivia at ETX Brewing Co. with Dr. Factenstein’s Trivia – East Texas Saturday, February 15th 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

True Vine On The Square Grand Opening

  • When: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Where: Plaza Tower, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

It’s finally, really happening. True Vine On The Square will be officially open for business starting Saturday, February 15th at 5 PM! They are excited to be bringing their love of craft beer and community to the downtown area and can’t wait for you to see their new digs! But they’re not stopping with just beer – in addition to having all of their beers on tap downtown, True Vine On The Square will also carry an extensive selection of red and white wines sourced nationally and globally. They will also be periodically carrying exclusive True Vine On The Square-only beers at this location.

Annual Chili & Stew Supper Fundraiser

Starrville Community Center’s Annual Chili & Stew Supper will be held on Saturday, February 15th! Bring friends & neighbors, this is their annual fundraiser.

Kitchen’s Prom 2020

Finally, a prom you can have beer at! Any prom era is welcome at Kitchen’s Prom 2020! There will be a prom photo booth will be located in the back and tickets for unlimited Prom pics  will be $20 per person.

Valentine’s Paint Party

Paint with a friend, paint with a loved one, paint because you love to paint! An open Paint Nite on a Saturday that rarely happens . . . everything included for painting and you can bring your own beverage or foodies that will make it a fun weekend!

The Notebook

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the heartfelt romantic classic, The Notebook. FREE DRINKS and amazing film! In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over. Get tickets here.

One Night in Memphis

One Night in Memphis® created and directed by John Mueller is the number one booked and critically acclaimed tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley performed live and starring former cast members of the Broadway smash, “Million Dollar Quartet.” Over 90 minutes of authentic rockabilly, country, gospel and 1950’s rock and roll. The show has an ever growing list of sold out performances, outstanding reviews and a great social media presence and fan base. Be a witness to and experience rock and roll royalty with the music and talent that has stood the test of time. True American music featuring acclaimed national talent guaranteed to get you rocking and rolling. There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on! Get tickets here.

Stefan Cotter at TXM Tyler

Stefan Cotter was born in 1986 in Morgantown, WV. He has been playing music since 1995 when his father handed him a trumpet and taught him to read music. Stefan received his first guitar in 1998 and has been playing in bands since 2000. He studied Classical/Jazz Guitar Performance at West Virginia University for 6 years before moving to Tyler, TX in 2010.

Valentine’s Weekend On The Porch

Dagnabbit returns to The Back Porch Stage on Broadway for our only show there on the 2020 schedule at this point so come on out, bring your sweetheart, or just treat yourself to good food, good company, and a Dagnabbit good time. This might be the only time you see us there until 2021!

Sunday, 2/16


East Texas Auto & Cycle Show

The 2020 East Texas Auto & Cycle Show benefiting the East Texas Crisis Center will be celebrating the 30th year. The show will open at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on Friday, February 14th at 4:00 p.m. and run through Sunday, February 16th. The show brings in vehicles of all makes, from every decade, some very rare, some from car enthusiasts who own vast collections and some from those who have the one dream car or motorcycle from their youth. Entry fee is $10 for adults, kids 10 & under are free. Learn more about the event here.

Dreamgirls 

A sweeping and inspirational journey through 20th century American popular music, DREAMGIRLS chronicles one Motown group’s rise from obscurity to superstardom. Get tickets here.

*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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