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Upcoming Events in Palestine


Piney Woods Express Steam Train

Sept. 6-8

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

Ride behind a steam locomotive of yesteryear on one of Texas State Railroad’s most popular excursions. This ride, powered by No. 30, a 1917 Baldwin Locomotive Works engine, takes passengers on a journey through the Piney Woods and 135 years of history.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tours

Sept. 7-Nov. 30

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 503 N. Queen St.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church was dedicated on June 18, 1893. The 675,000 bricks for the church were molded by hand and baked on-site from mud brought by wagon from the Trinity River. Other interesting elements include stained-glass windows from Italy and France and a mural of “The Transfiguration of Christ” from the 1920s. Tours of the church are offered on Saturdays.

Farmers Market

Sept. 7-Nov. 30

Farmers Market Pavilion, 815 W. Spring St.

On Saturdays, a variety of local farmers, ranchers, food producers, and artisans gather and sell merchandise at the pavilion in the Palestine Historic Main Street district.

Art Walk

Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2

The Dogwood Arts Council organizes this monthly art walk that features over 30 local and area artists. Come see original art, meet the artists, and shop to support the small businesses that host each artist. Maps with the artists’ locations are available the day of the art walk, which begins at Redlands Hotel.

Trade Days

Sept. 7-Nov. 2

Trade Days Grounds, 4214 W. Oak St.

Held the first Saturday of each month, Trade Days is a unique shopping experience with vendors selling everything from crafts to plants to lemonade. The grounds have a kids zone and food trucks.

Dogwood Jamboree

Sept. 7

Palestine High School Auditorium, 1600 SH Loop 256

The Dogwood Jamboree is a Branson-style country music show filled with family fun, laughter, and classic country music.


Sept. 7

Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

Texas Jailhouse is the host of this year’s Parapalooza, a night of paranormal adventure that includes vendors, food, and special guest speakers including Paradocs, Paranormal-Chicks, Haunted Heifer, Darkseid, The Witch Project, Parapeculiar, and Becky Vickers.

Piney Woods Express Diesel Train

Sept. 13-Oct. 26

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920s car, 135 years of history come alive. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor, and responsive car attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago.

El Camino Gravel Challenge

Sept. 20-22

Oxbow Bakery, 215 E. Crawford St.

The toughest gravel challenge in the state of Texas returns for its 10th year. The race starts and finishes in Old Town Palestine and goes through the Davy Crockett National Forest. Riders have their choice of route length: 25, 65, 105, and 205 miles.

Wine in the Pines Train Ride

Sept. 27

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

This adults-only train ride takes passengers on a four-hour round-trip journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas and includes wines from Red 55 Winery, located in Lindale. Appetizers are paired with each wine. The journey goes to Rusk Railroad Depot, where the train stops and passengers have dinner under the stars.

“Locked in Fear Haunted House”

Oct. 1-31

Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

Is there anything scarier than a haunted house during Halloween? How about trying to escape an abandoned jailhouse? Get lost in the historic 11,000-square-foot jail that includes a labyrinth of jails, dark halls, and isolation tanks.

“The 39 Steps”

Oct. 11-20

Historic Texas Theater, 213 W Crawford St

The stage adaptation of John Buchan’s whodunit that was adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock takes audiences on a thrilling ride that’s part spy novel, part slapstick comedy set in Scotland.

Fall Harvest Lunch Train

Oct. 19, 26

Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

Savor the flavors and sights of East Texas on this four-hour round-trip train ride that features complimentary appetizers and champagne or cider followed by a catered lunch served on the grounds of the Rusk Rail Depot.

Hot Pepper Festival

Oct. 26

More than 10,000 visitors come to this festival to enjoy spicy food, music, games, vendors, the annual parade (starting at the Anderson County Courthouse), arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a kids zone, beer gardens, and live music all day long.

Soap Box Derby

Oct. 26

Historic Old Town and Downtown , Main Street District

Dogwood Youth Sports presents a soap box derby for boys and girls. Teams consist of 12 members ages 8 to 13, and cars are custom made. The championship race occurs at the annual Hot Pepper Festival.

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