Fall in East Texas means football, cooler weather, outdoor activities and lots of fairs, festivals and events that celebrate just about anything and everything East Texas!
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Fun activities and events seem to be on the calendar for nearly every weekend from now up to Thanksgiving! When it comes to festival event information, we've got you covered. Here's a look at what's to come this fall. For more information on any festival or event, just click or tap on the festival name and you'll be taken to the official site for all the specifics.
Friday, September 9th - Saturday, September 16thGregg County Fairgrounds
This fair got its start in 1949 by the Longview Jaycees. The Gregg County Fair also hosts the annual Miss Gregg County pageant and will feature pig races, a petting zoo, live entertainment nightly, and lots of family entertainment.
Saturday, September 9th - Saturday, September 16th
The Little Miss Peach Queen Ball kicks off the event on the 9th with the carnival beginning Thursday followed by more activities and will conclude on the 16th with the parade that morning and more activities fun and games for the whole family.
Thursday, September 14th - Sunday, September 17thGeorge Henderson Exposition Center
Competitions are abundant at the Texas State Forest Festival along with the carnival rides and live shows featuring birds of prey and ax throwing, there's a 5k run, wood carving display, and so much more.
Saturday, September 16thdowntown Gladewater
Vendors of all kinds will be set up along Broadway Ave. in downtown Gladewater celebrating the 50th year of the arts and crafts festival while selling and showing off their arts and crafts, homemade goods, jewelry, unique handmade works, food, toys and more.
Friday, September 22nd - Sunday, October 1stEast Texas State Fairgrounds - Tyler
The mission of this East Texas tradition is to promote agriculture and education, create commerce and celebrate heritage. The East Texas State Fair also offers scholarships to East Texas students. This fair is packed with entertainment. This year the fair features a water stunt show, sea lion splash, hypnotist and many other shows in addition to live music, exhibits, a marketplace, rides, and carnival-style food and livestock shows.
Wednesday, September 27th - Saturday, September 30thTitus County Civic Center - Mt. Pleasant
This fair features a livestock show, numerous contests, commercial exhibits, youth academic contests, carnival rides, food and musical entertainment.
Wednesday, October 11th - Sunday, October 15thNacogdoches County Exposition & Civic Center - Nacogdoches
The Pineywoods Fair wraps up fair season in East Texas with an agricultural and livestock show featuring competitions highlighting swine, goats, lambs, rabbits, heifer and more. There are educational exhibits and competitions and topped off with carnival rides and lots of fair food. It's your last opportunity of the season to get all that fried goodness!
Saturday, October 14thdowntown Marshall
The pesky ant that causes trouble will be the center of attention during this Marshall event complete with live music, children's area with inflatables, a bike ride, a fun run and 5k, contests, vendors, and more!
Saturday, October 14thdowntown Tyler
This multi-cultural food and music event will be on the red bricks of downtown Tyler. It will feature more that 15 East Texas restaurants sampling some of their best food and then the concerts kick in featuring performances from Whiskey Myers, Ludacris, Matt Koziol and DJ Shane Payne.
Saturday, October 14thPicker's Pavilion in downtown Lindale
Celebrate the harvest season at CountryFest in Lindale. There will be arts and crafts booths, children's activities, live performances and music, car-truck-Jeep show, auction, a petting zoo, carnival games, art projects, and more.
Saturday, October 14thdowntown Mt. Vernon
Celebrate small-town living at Country Fest in Mt. Vernon. Start the day off with a pancake breakfast, a 5k run/walk, a chili cook-off, an antique car show, a petting zoo, a children's area, and more than 70 craft and food vendors.
Saturday, October 14thdowntown Edom
Edom has been celebrating the arts for more than 50 years now and the Edom Arts Festival gives artists the opportunity to share their talent. It's a two-day event that showcases art, food, and music.
Wednesday, October 18th - Saturday, October 21stvenues throughout Gilmer
The festivities begin on Wednesday, October 18th with the Queen's Coronation at 7:30. There are many competitions during the Yamboree, including a quilt show, livestock show, and more. The carnival will be in downtown Gilmer and open Wednesday through Saturday with rides, games and food, and street dances each night.
Thursday, October 19th - Sunday, October 22ndvenues throughout Tyler
Tyler is known as the rose capital, so why not have a festival to celebrate and honor this distinction? The Texas Rose Festival features the queen's coronation, Rose Parade, arts, and crafts and quilting fair, and many other socialite activities.
Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nddowntown Ben Wheeler
Definitely one of the most unique festivals in the state as Ben Wheeler celebrates the hog. Originally known as the Feral Hog Festival, it was changed to Hogfest and now it's Hogtoberfest! This festival will feature a hog parade, a pageant, a parade, a hog cook-off and many other unique contests and events.
Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28thHopkins County Fair Grounds and Civic Center - Sulphur Springs
The Hopkins County Fall Festival will have it all - a parade, craft show, kids zone, carnival rides, games and food, loads of exhibits and a hay baling contest.
Saturday, October 28thMain St.- Palestine
Can you handle the heat? If you love peppers, this is the festival for you. There will be an atomic wing eating contest, a jalapeno pepper eating contest and more things to do and see all centered around the hot pepper!
Saturday, November 11thdowntown Henderson
More than 15 blocks of downtown Henderson will be covered with arts & crafts vendors, exhibitors, food booths, antique cars, musical entertainment, children's activities and demonstrations as Henderson celebrates syrup!