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Things To Do In East Texas This Weekend: October 11 – 14

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 October 4th – 7th. This Weekend Preview is brought to you by the Texas State Railroad.

Thursday, 10/11


2018 Piney Woods Fair

The 40th Annual Piney Woods Fair is happening NOW in Nacogdoches. There’s food, rides and all things carnival! The carnival midday opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and opens at noon on Saturday. It’s fun for the whole family.

Hudson Gets Healthy

  • When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hudson Gym, Lufkin
  • Cost: Free

Hudson Gets Healthy is a Community Health and Wellness fair. This year will mark their 7th Annual Health Night. All of the community is invited. It is a FREE event with over $1500 in door prizes to be given out through out the night. It’s an event fun for all ages! Flu season is approaching so you can get your flu shot at the Health Fair! Vendors from the community will be set up and ready to go over what they have available to help the entire family.

The Wizard of Oz

Broadway’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz is a spectacular celebration of the classic film we all know and love. It’s a new and refreshed rendition of the beloved classic. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. (We hear there’s a GREAT twister effect) And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story. Click here for a full performance list from the Belcher Center.

Friday, 10/12


Historic Highway 11 Treasure Trails

  • When: All day – Saturday
  • Where: Highway 11
  • Cost: Free

The Historic Highway 11 Treasure Trails is a 3 day, 80 mile yard sale/flea market centered around six historic Texas towns – Sulphur Springs, Winnsboro, Pittsburg, Daingerfield, Hughes Springs and Linden. Each town is unique as are the treasures waiting to be found!! More information is available on Facebook, at Historic Highway 11 Treasure Trails! Interested in setting up a sale along the route? A bright yellow yard sign is available to designate your home, church or business as a sale site! You will also receive a listing featuring your sale on the Facebook event page!

Junior League of Lufkin Rummage Sale

The Rummage Sale is both a fundraiser to raise money to benefit the missions of the Junior League of Lufkin and act as a community outreach to provide consignment quality items at a reasonable price. They will have items available to buy at consignment sale prices such as furniture, clothing (adult and children), toys, holiday decor, electronics, books, and many one of a kind items! $2 Admission.

Fall Festival at Yesterland Farm

Fall Festival at Yesterland Farm is here! For 7 weekends (Sept. 29 – Nov. 10) you and the family can head to Canton to  step back in time on the farm, and experience old-fashioned fun on their brand new vintage carousel, and enjoy other roller coasters. Plus, you can walk around the farm zoo, take a wagon train ride through the woods, test your luck in their corn maze and even spend some time checking out the variety of classic cars around the property. There is also a wide variety of tasty food including burgers, pork rinds, candy, hand-dipped corndogs, pizza, funnel cakes and much more. Don’t forget to check out the Fright Farm happening after dark. 

Dial M For Murder

  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tyler Civic Theatre, Tyler
  • Cost: $15 for Students, $18 for Adults. Get tickets here. 

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice has decided to murder his wife, Margot Wendice, for her money and for an affair she had a year prior. He blackmails an old college associate to commit the crime, but when things go awry he sees a way to turn events to his advantage.Read our exclusive look behind-the-scenes of this murder mystery. Dial M for Murder also has a 7:30 p.m. showing on Saturday and a 2:30 p.m. show on Sunday.

Swingin’ Axes and Aces

The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University have “Something For Everyone” in store when the jazz bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. In the bands’ first concert of the fall semester, Axes Director Dr. Deb Scott and Aces Director Dr. J.D. Salas have planned a varied program that ranges from traditional swing to Latin tunes to old jazz standards and guarantees the concert theme: “Something For Everyone.” Concert tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth.

The Malpass Brothers 

Retro traditional country artists with magnetic personalities, Christopher and Taylor give new life to classic country music. Their smooth vocal blend, skillful musicianship, and off-the-cuff quips are reminiscent of the country music legends they pay tribute to. Performing hits by Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and others, they have been Merle Haggard;s Opening Act for 7 years. This show is presented as part of the Greenville Entertainment Series.

Saturday, 10/13


2nd Annual Back the Blue Golf Tournament 

The Back the Blue four man scramble golf tournament will be held October 13,2018 at the Woodland Hills golf course. Proceeds will benefit the Nacogdoches police wives association which supports Nacogdoches police officers and their families.

36th Annual FireAnt Festival 

  • When: 7 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Marshall
  • Cost: Free

Mark your calendars now as the 36th Annual FireAnt Festival is coming to beautiful Downtown Marshall on Saturday, October 13, 2018. As in past years, we will feature the Fidelity Communications Main Stage with a FREE Concert and Street Dance with Avinger’s Sarah Hobbs, Marshall’s The John Carter Band Reunion with Nate Bach, cameo by Keaton Bradbury, expanded Children’s area with a FREE monster petting zoo, huge inflatables, 30th Annual TourDeFireAnt long distance bike ride, FireAnt 5K, Toddler Trot, Kid’s K, 10:00a.m. FireAnt Festival parade, Diaper Derby, Kids Dance off, FireAnt Calling contest, Gurning contest, Chicken Chunkin’ contest, and dozens of vendors to delight the young and old alike. Click here for more on the festival.

44th Annual CountryFest

  • When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Mount Vernon
  • Cost: Free

There will be vendor booths, a car show, entertainment, children’s play areas, a pancake breakfast and a stew cookoff.

Sunday, 10/14


Pumpkin Patch Express

Short 30-minute train ride, every Saturday and Sunday, October 6th through the 28th, where kids of all ages can ride the historic rails from the Rusk, TX train depot to Texas State Railroad’s very own Pumpkin Patch. Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose on a Pumpkin Patch full of interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats!

“Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge”

The Tyler Museum of Art  presents the first large-scale museum exhibition of an emerging East Texas talent with “Apertures of the Mind: Works by Abhidnya Ghuge.”  Admission is free. Born in India, Ghuge is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Tyler. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Tyler. Inspired by a blend of Indian henna designs and imagery from her previous medical profession, Ghuge’s work explores themes of community, time and value. “Apertures of the Mind” features hand-carved woodblocks, ink and gouache drawings, and mixed media wall pieces. The exhibition also will include a site-responsive installation constructed out of woodblock-printed paper plates.

Marriage Preparation Seminars

  • When: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Where: Green Acres Baptist Church Choir Room, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Green Acres Baptist Church is excited to announce their FREE Marriage Prep Seminars for engaged couples OR couples married less than two years. There’s the Nearly Newlywed Seminar for First Time Marriages. And there’s the Happily Even After for remarried couples.

Fall Festival at Yesterland Farm

Fall Festival at Yesterland Farm is here! For 7 weekends (Sept. 29 – Nov. 10) you and the family can head to Canton to  step back in time on the farm, and experience old-fashioned fun on their brand new vintage carousel, and enjoy other roller coasters. Plus, you can walk around the farm zoo, take a wagon train ride through the woods, test your luck in their corn maze and even spend some time checking out the variety of classic cars around the property. There is also a wide variety of tasty food including burgers, pork rinds, candy, hand-dipped corndogs, pizza, funnel cakes and much more. Don’t forget to check out the Fright Farm happening after dark. 

 

*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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You should also check out:

Schedule of Events at the Belcher Center in Longview

Murder at the Civic Theatre

It’s time for the Fall Festival at Yesterland Farm

What is Fright Farm?