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Upcoming Events in Piney Woods


Gospel Bluegrass Festival

May 23-26

Salmon Lake Park Texas, 247 Salmon Lake Road

The 27th annual Memorial Day Gospel Bluegrass Festival at Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland includes performances by The Gospel Plowboys, The Cox Family, The Marksmen, High Fidelity, and several others. RVs are welcome.


Tomato Festival

May 31-June 8

Various locations

For several days, Jacksonville becomes “Tomatoville.” The festival, marking its 40th anniversary this year, features tomato-eating, salsa, and bloody mary contests; fishing and dodgeball tournaments; a street dance, and many other tomato-centric events. tomato-fest


Saturday on Main Street

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3

Various locations

This family-friendly event is held on the first Saturday of each month and features fun things to see and do in the 44 blocks of the Main Street District in downtown Palestine. Visit new businesses that have opened, enjoy the exquisite model train display at the Railroad Heritage Center, and spend some time browsing crafts, antique, and vintage shops.


Big Cypress Corvette Weekend 

June 1


Bring your special Corvette or just come and gaze at the lineup of cars. Fun events take place on Friday, followed by the Show and Shine on Saturday, and then awards are given out.


Round-Up Rodeo

June 5-8

Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo Arena, US 80 West

Since 1937, Gladewater has featured one of the best known, nationally sanctioned PRCA rodeos in the country. Experience four days of Old West-style fun with bronc riding, bull riding, and all your favorite rodeo events.

The Woodlands

Wine and Food Week

June 5-8

Various locations

Celebrating its 20th year, Wine and Food Week is a multifaceted event that brings world-class chefs, wine pairings, and sommelier-driven tastings to The Woodlands each June.


Texas Blueberry Festival

June 8

Downtown, 200 E. Main St.

One of the most delicious festivals in the Lone Star State, the Texas Blueberry Festival marks its 34th year with a daylong celebration of the blueberry harvest. As the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas, this annual event attracts more than 19,000 people to downtown Nacogdoches on the second Saturday in June. Stay for the week or weekend and fill your calendar with a smorgasbord of activities such as live music, blueberry picking, auto exhibits, shopping, and restaurant specials.


Father’s Day Slow Meat Feast

June 15

The Regan Ranch, 8698 Couty Road 239, Oakwood

Celebrate the father in your life with an evening Argentine-style grilling event. Ranch-raised meats and Argentine specialties are served in an outdoor quincho at a working ranch in East Texas. The meal is eaten over a number of hours as each cut of meat becomes ready. Bring your own wine or beer for the meal, which concludes with a typical Argentine campesino dessert.


“Come From Away”

June 27

UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3240 Old Glory Parkway

Winning Best Musical at the Tony Awards, this critically acclaimed musical takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. The musical was written by Tony nominees Irene Sanko and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director Christopher Ashley.


“The Sound of Music”

June 27-July 7

Lamp-Lite Theatre, 4210 Lamplite Lane

In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power.


Texas Shakespeare Festival

June 27-July 28

TSF Performance Venue, 1200 Henderson Blvd.

East Texas’ only professional theater company performs each summer in rep two Shakespeare plays, a non-Shakespearean classic, a musical, and a production for children. The main stage productions are produced in rotating repertory Thursday through Sunday, with an afternoon matinee and an evening performance each day. This summer’s list of plays are “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Julius Caesar,” “Sweeney Todd,” and the children’s play “Tinker Bell.”

The Woodlands

Star-Spangled Salute

July 3

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive

On the eve of Independence Day, this event, a tradition at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for over 30 seasons, features the Houston Symphony performing a selection of patriotic favorites.

Red, Hot, and Blue Festival

July 4

Various locations

Enjoy a variety of activities at Town Green Park, Northshore Park, Rob Fleming Park, Hughes Landing, and Waterway Square. All sites feature live music in the evening with bands playing until the Fireworks Extravaganza. Some locations offer concessions and kids’ activities like face painting and balloon art.


Jefferson Salutes America

July 4

Various locations

Come to Jefferson to partake in an old-fashioned celebration of the country’s birthday. Activities at Ostott Park include a kids’ parade, a homemade ice cream contest, a cake and pie auction, games, and live music. At night, the grand finale fireworks show goes off over the Big Cypress Bayou by the LED-lighted historical bridge.


Watermelon Festival and Rodeo

July 26-28

Naples Melon Patch and Rodeo Grounds, Front and Floyd streets

One of the biggest events in the area, the 86th annual Watermelon Festival and Rodeo, held every year on the last full weekend of July, features sweet East Texas melons, a parade, arts and craft booths, largest watermelon contest, a rodeo with PRCA-sanctioned and local events, an antique car show, and other festivities.


Civil War Symposium

Aug. 3

Jefferson Convention and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St.

Calling all history buffs! Enjoy a whole day of presentations, speakers, exhibits, and vendors at this conference that focuses on the part that Jefferson and the surrounding area played in the Civil War.

Texas UFO Con

Aug. 17

Jefferson Convention and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St.

This all-day convention covers Texas-based UFO sightings, alien encounters, and UFO crash sites. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite extraterrestrial.

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