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The East Texas Experience ~ A Mom’s Guide to October

October

This month fall is in the air! East Texas is alive with fall activities: football, festivals and pumpkin patches to name a few.  As you are looking for fall fun, make sure to check your local high school’s football schedule!  Also, look to East Texas Moms Blog for help, because our archives are full of posts relating to many topics that can be found with a quick search. 

There is always something going on in East Texas and we want to keep you in the know! Events in this guide are organized by date as well as category to help you find what you are interested in quickly. If you know of any fun family activities, please take a minute to add it to our Community Events Calendar here or let us know in the comments. We will update this guide with new additions as we receive them. Thank you!

October 1:  East Texas State Fair | 2112 West Front Street, Tyler, Texas The East Texas State Fair is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes through the operation of an annual event promoting education, entertainment and the spirit of competition.  See website for last day schedule and prices.

October 1: First Monday Trade Days | “Sun-Up Til Sundown, Rain or Shine” – First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas is the oldest, largest, continually operating flea market in the United States.  This popular flea market is open one weekend a month, attracts upwards of 100,000 shoppers, and provides spaces for 6,000 vendors located on hundreds of acres. It has become known by shoppers from all across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as THE place to buy home decor, furnishings, antiques, clothing, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles. And it is a favorite of vendors, dealers, craftsmen and artists alike as the perfect venue to market their wares.

October 1 – October 22:  State Fair of Texas | Fair Park, Dallas – “The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.” See website for schedule and ticket prices.

October 6-7:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8:00am to 5:00pm  Located at 213 W. Broadway Street, Jefferson, Texas 75657.  The Jefferson Flea Market is evolving into one of the better Flea Markets in East Texas. Since opening over a year ago, the Jefferson Flea Market is growing, with an increase in both the number of visitors and vendors. Open year round on Friday and Saturday the First and Third weekend of every month and occasionally  on Sunday when there is a holiday or special events on the following Monday.  

October 6-7:  Texas Bigfoot Conference | Jefferson, Texas  The Texas Bigfoot Research Center celebrates the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference held on September 15, 2001 with this year’s event to be held the weekend of October 6-7, 2017. 
October 20th, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film. In honor of this momentous occasion, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film at the 2017 Texas Bigfoot Conference.

October 7 : Lindale Farmers Market | 8:00 a.m.  This covered open-air venue provides farmers a place to showcase their seasonal and bountiful crops and allows the citizens of Lindale a place to purchase home-grown local produce, grass-fed beef and poultry, free range eggs, and homemade arts and crafts. Homemade breads, pies, jellies, jams are also sold at the market.

October 7-8: Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch | Rusk, Texas Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose on a Pumpkin Patch full of interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats! Every Saturday and Sunday October 7th through the 29th ride the historic rails from the Rusk, TX train depot to Texas State Railroad’s very own Pumpkin Patch. 
Kick off autumn with special family time to be cherished when riding on a train. These daytime events, with 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. departure options, are fun not frightening, perfect for all ages. Wearing costumes adds to the enthusiasm so passengers are encouraged to come attired in their Halloween best. Children may each select their own future jack-o-lantern to bring home aboard the train. 
The 90-minute layover at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, spooky tunes and seasonal music, and safe, fun trick-or-treating on “Trick or Treat Street.” Tiny boos and ghouls will also enjoy hopping in the bounce house and designing their pumpkins at the “decoration station.” Lunch will be available for purchase at the Pumpkin Patch.

October 7:  Touch a Truck Feed a Family | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Longview, Texas  Touch A Truck is designed for children and adults to see, touch, learn and interact with dozens of fascinating vehicles. It will include ambulances, fire trucks, cranes, dump trucks, school buses, 18 wheelers, radio controlled vehicles, and maybe a helicopter or hot air balloon! An inflatable playground, as well many other children’s activities will be onsite for children of all ages to enjoy. Touch a Truck will also feature entertainment, prizes, community booths, door prize drawings, a silent auction, raffle and lots of good food. Admission to the event is FREE but a jar of peanut butter for LCM’s food pantry or a monetary donation is welcome! Please join us at the Gregg County Fair Grounds for this annual event.

October 7:  Classic Movie in the Park – “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”| 7:30 – 9 p.m. Reagan Park, Palestine, Texas  This months feature is Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde-1941 staring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner. Come and enjoy a free family movie night. Movie begins at dark in Reagan Park. (Park Ave. & Crockett Rd.) Don’t forget your blankets or chairs

October 10: Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting | 6 – 7 p.m. Buckner – Lonvgiew, Texas  Learn more about the process of becoming a foster parent or adopting through Buckner at this free information meeting.  Contact Info: Sherri Tucker, Buckner Children and Family Services, 1014 South High St., Longview, TX 75601.  [email protected]   903-757-9383

October 13: SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series: “Snow White” | 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The 2017-18 SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series opens Friday, Oct. 13, with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” This musical adaptation of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale comes to life with a talented ensemble of actors and wonderful puppets. Follow along as Snow White meets her pint-sized friends, takes the apple from the Evil Queen, receives a kiss from the Prince, and lives happily ever after.This faithful rendition of the fable will inspire young audiences to read the original. The performance is intended for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Curriculum Connections: Folk Tales, Music, Literary Classic, Language Arts, Reading, History.Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in W. M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. To order tickets, please call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at 936.468-6407 or 888.240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for more information.

October 14: CountryFest | Lindale, Texas  The 33rd Annual Lindale Chamber of Commerce CountryFest will host the biggest Country Fest ever in downtown Lindale at Blackberry Square. Since 1984, Lindale’s Country Fest has continued to entertain thousands of visitors and residents, with arts and crafts, games for the kids, great food, live entertainment, and much more! Each and every year added variety is given to the expanding crowds. So get up early and stay late, because you are all invited to Lindale for the day! 
It all starts in downtown Lindale with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church at 7:00 a. m. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. will be the Harvest Hustle 5K presented by Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LISD Education Foundation starting in downtown Lindale at Blackberry Square. The Harvest Hustle will begin in the heart of Lindale on Industrial Street, adjacent to the Lindale “Pickers Pavilion”. Runners will “get their legs under them” on the flat first half mile traveling through a residential area east on North Street, then turn north onto the challenging rural rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road! At the “half way” point, runners will enter the beautiful Trail Creek Farm and will travel into the farm, around the barn, out the gate and back onto Iron Mountain Road. The back stretch for runners will again be the rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road, to the west turn onto North Street for the half mile dash to the finish! Stay after the race for all of the activities of “Countryfest” in Lindale! 
Following the Harvest Hustle 5K you can stroll through the arts and craft booths, gobble a turkey leg, take a look at the Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge Car Display, and bid on auction items. Children will spend the day at a variety of activities including: The Texas Bank and Trust climbing wall, Lindale Police Department’s Kid’s ID Booth, and lots of carnival games provided by the First United Methodist Church.
Live Entertainment will kick off at 10:15 am and will conclude at 3:30 pm. 
The Kiwanis will host a Silent Auction from 10:00-12:00
Then, Kiwanis will begin a live auction, with numerous items being auctioned off from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Past auction items have included: restaurant gift cards, merchant gift cards, jewelry, autographed memorabilia, and trips. 
This year the Crossroads Classic Car Show to benefit the Lillie Russell Memorial Library will be held in conjunction with Countryfest. There will be Vintage, Street Rods, Rat Rods, Vettes, Mustanges, Modern, Classics, Mopars, and more to see.
For more information on all the events of the day contact the Chamber Office at 903.882.7181 or log on www.lindalechamber.org

October 14-15:  Festival of the Arts | Edom, Texas  Visitors relish the ambiance and flavor of the Edom Art Festival, in the meadow behind the artists’ studios located in the center of this tiny hamlet. The relaxed atmosphere lends itself to great conversations with exhibiting artists, which is impossible in a large city event. Here you will find jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture, baskets, woodworking, glass, and original garden art. Shop for one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, paintings, hand made journals and mixed media creations made from recycled materials. Watch a blacksmith demonstrate his skill at the forge, and perhaps a potter at the wheel. 
In addition, we will be sharing the music of some great acoustical singer/songwriter musicians filtering throughout the festival.
Delicious food is available from local vendors with culinary treats such as Cajun gumbo, homemade sorbet and gourmet ice cream, to frothy root beer and corn dogs, fish and chips, and pork sandwiches. 
The festival provides fun for all, with a kid’s area to express themselves with art. They can take their masterpieces home with them, or donate them to become part of the festival gallery. Painting and murals from previous years adorn the grounds and entry. 
Free parking is provided behind the festival, and paid parking at the Methodist Church as a fundraiser. Handicap parking is available just west of the entrance at the corner of FM 279 and FM 314.  For questions: [email protected] Beth Brown at Potters Brown: 903-852-6473

October 14:  FireAnt Festival | Marshall, Texas  The 35th Annual FireAnt Festival in beautiful Marshall, Texas! This anniversary celebration features:
~ 5K Fun Run
~ Toddler Trot/Kids K
~ TourDeFireAnt Bike Ride
~ FireAnt Festival Parade
~ Crazy Contest (Chickin’ Chunkin’ Contest, Anyone?)
~ Delicious Food Booths
~ Vendor Craft Booths
~ Local Entertainment
~ Evening Street Dance and Performance by Heather Linn & The Deacons

October 14:  Fly In/Drive In | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tyler Pounds Regional Airport  Fly In /Drive In featuring WW2 trainer planes, Albatross flying boat, Mig 17 and others. Military vehicles and classic cars/trucks.We already have 15 attractive static display warbirds from Korean thru Vietnam Wars. Vehicle participants will receive a lunch voucher from Skyline Cafe housed in old terminal building next to Historic Air Memorial Museum. Public invited for Museum entry fee of $6 or less.

October 14:  Prowl-O-Ween | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge 17552 FM 14, Tyler, Texas  Join Pepe and his pride as they are on the prowl for a fun filled day at the refuge. Expect to trick or treat thoughout the grounds , participate in activities, and visit with special guests. Pepe hopes to see you in your best costumes! 

Available Activities:
Bounce house
Pumpkin painting (bring your own pumpkin)
Sandbox
Preservation Stations
Snow cones
Cake walk
Kick boxing
Costume contest

Admission: 
Promotional Price Available October 14th ONLY – Donate a pumpkin to the big cats to recieve half off regular admission (limit one per person).
Regular Admission:
Adult (ages 18-64) – $18 per person
Senior (65 +) – $16 per person
Active Military/First Responder – $15 with ID
Children (4-12) -$14
3 and under are free

October 14-15: Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch | Rusk, Texas Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose on a Pumpkin Patch full of interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats! Every Saturday and Sunday October 7th through the 29th ride the historic rails from the Rusk, TX train depot to Texas State Railroad’s very own Pumpkin Patch. 
Kick off autumn with special family time to be cherished when riding on a train. These daytime events, with 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. departure options, are fun not frightening, perfect for all ages. Wearing costumes adds to the enthusiasm so passengers are encouraged to come attired in their Halloween best. Children may each select their own future jack-o-lantern to bring home aboard the train. 
The 90-minute layover at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, spooky tunes and seasonal music, and safe, fun trick-or-treating on “Trick or Treat Street.” Tiny boos and ghouls will also enjoy hopping in the bounce house and designing their pumpkins at the “decoration station.” Lunch will be available for purchase at the Pumpkin Patch.

October 14-18:  Scarecrow Trail | Jacksonville, Texas  The Cherokee County Master Gardeners’ 8th Annual Scarecrow Trail, held at the Ruth Nichols Arboretum, 1015 South East Loop 456, Jacksonville TX 75766 on behalf of the H.O.P.E. Manna Food Pantry. Grand Opening October 14, 2017. Fun, Food and Scarecrows. Admission: Donate a non-perishable food item or $1. Hours: Saturdays 9 AM – 4 PM; Weekdays 9 AM – 3 PM; Closed Sundays

October 18-21:  East Texas Yamboree | Gilmer, Texas  The 80 East Texas Yamboree will start Wednesday, October 18th. The official kickoff will be held on Thursday, October 19th with cutting of the ribbon on the band stand by Madison Dean the 80th East Texas Yamboree Queen. 
Come out and enjoy one of the longest running festivals in all of Texas.

October 20-21:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8:00am to 5:00pm  Located at 213 W. Broadway Street, Jefferson, Texas 75657.  The Jefferson Flea Market is evolving into one of the better Flea Markets in East Texas. Since opening over a year ago, the Jefferson Flea Market is growing, with an increase in both the number of visitors and vendors. Open year round on Friday and Saturday the First and Third weekend of every month and occasionally  on Sunday when there is a holiday or special events on the following Monday.  

October 21:  Hot Pepper Festival | Palestine, Texas  This event is FREE to attend with FREE interactive entertainment for the young & young at heart!
The following will all FREE for the public to enjoy: Laser Tag, Zip Lining, Rock Wall, Mechanical Bull, Zorb Ball Racing, Shooting Gallery, Human Foosball, Log Slammer, Live Musi and MORE!
A HUGE variety of Food and Arts & Crafts vendors will take care of all your hunger and shopping needs!
Mark your calendar for this year’s Hot Pepper Festival to experience the hottest thing in Palestine! For more information, please call 903.731.8437.

October 21: Texas Rose Festival Parade | 9 a.m. Tyler, Texas 

October 21-22: Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch | Rusk, Texas Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose on a Pumpkin Patch full of interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats! Every Saturday and Sunday October 7th through the 29th ride the historic rails from the Rusk, TX train depot to Texas State Railroad’s very own Pumpkin Patch. 
Kick off autumn with special family time to be cherished when riding on a train. These daytime events, with 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. departure options, are fun not frightening, perfect for all ages. Wearing costumes adds to the enthusiasm so passengers are encouraged to come attired in their Halloween best. Children may each select their own future jack-o-lantern to bring home aboard the train. 
The 90-minute layover at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, spooky tunes and seasonal music, and safe, fun trick-or-treating on “Trick or Treat Street.” Tiny boos and ghouls will also enjoy hopping in the bounce house and designing their pumpkins at the “decoration station.” Lunch will be available for purchase at the Pumpkin Patch.

October 22:  Taste of Jefferson | Noon – 3 p.m. Jefferson, Texas  The “27th Annual Taste of Jefferson” as we showcase samples of our participating local restaurant’s favorite meals accompanied with live music.  Shortly after the Taste, the 6th Annual Waiter’s Race begins at 2:30 pm. Be sure to hang around to cheer on your favorites. Tickets Available for purchase the day of the event are: $15 Adults – $10 Children under 10

October 27:  Mini-Pumpkin Art Party | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Nacogdoches Public Library  Registration: Free. Please register by the day before the event. Grab the gang and come paint/decorate/alter a mini-pumpkin in our second annual art event. Families, groups and couples or singles of all ages are welcome. Just be sure to let us know how many are in your party so we’ll have enough supplies for this party. Contact Info:  Nacogdoches Public Library [email protected]   936-559-2970

October 27-28:  Kaufman Scarecrow Festival | Kaufman, Texas  Kaufman’s Annual Scarecrow Festival with food, music, vendors, and plenty for the kids.

October 28:  Festival of Pumpkins | Paris, Texas  In it’s 17th year, the festival of pumpkins continues to be voted Paris Best Community Event. This event draws 5000 people into downtown Paris for a day of shopping, crafts, music, fun, games, pumpkins and more. Interested vendors should visit the website www.festivalofpumpkins.com for more information.

October 28:  Veterans and First Responders “Thank You” Festival | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tyler, Texas  Veterans and First Responders continually place their lives on the line for our freedom, safety and way of life. There isn’t a price tag that we can pay for the services they provide. Gratitude is also owed to their families as they support their men and women in uniform while they are away.  To thank Veterans and First Responders for their courage and sacrifice, Empowerment CDC and Festival Committee have set aside a day for a community-wide event in their honor. Join us on October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the T.B. Butler Square in Downtown Tyler, Texas for a day of entertainment, family fun activities, vendors and food. Sponsorship and donations are being accepted to help make this event a great success!

October 28-29: Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch | Rusk, Texas Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose on a Pumpkin Patch full of interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats! Every Saturday and Sunday October 7th through the 29th ride the historic rails from the Rusk, TX train depot to Texas State Railroad’s very own Pumpkin Patch. 
Kick off autumn with special family time to be cherished when riding on a train. These daytime events, with 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. departure options, are fun not frightening, perfect for all ages. Wearing costumes adds to the enthusiasm so passengers are encouraged to come attired in their Halloween best. Children may each select their own future jack-o-lantern to bring home aboard the train. 
The 90-minute layover at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides, spooky tunes and seasonal music, and safe, fun trick-or-treating on “Trick or Treat Street.” Tiny boos and ghouls will also enjoy hopping in the bounce house and designing their pumpkins at the “decoration station.” Lunch will be available for purchase at the Pumpkin Patch.

October 30:  Makerspace – Halloween Creatue Workshop | 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Nacogdoches Public Library Ages: 10 years & up. Registration: Free. Please register prior to the event.  Just in time for Halloween, come practice making costumes, creating makeup designs, and cool glow-in-the-dark decorations.

October 30:  Trunk-or-Treat | 5 – 7 p.m. Downtown Jacksonville, Texas Downtown Merchants and local businesses decorate, dress in costume and hand out candy to Trick or Treaters in a safe controlled environment.  Location: owntown Jacksonville – Commerce and MainFees/Admission: Admission is (1) canned good or $1.00 per family, benefiting H.O.P.E and Crisis Center.

October 31:  Trunk-or-Treat | 6 – 8 p.m. Downtown Lindale, Texas Join us this halloween night for family trick or treating. Some of our fabulous downtown Lindale businesses will be set up giving out candy, the whole family is welcome!

 

October 1:  East Texas State Fair | 2112 West Front Street, Tyler, Texas The East Texas State Fair is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes through the operation of an annual event promoting education, entertainment and the spirit of competition.  See website for last day schedule and prices.

October 1 – October 22:  State Fair of Texas | Fair Park, Dallas – “The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.” See website for schedule and ticket prices.

October 14: CountryFest | Lindale, TX  The 33rd Annual Lindale Chamber of Commerce CountryFest will host the biggest Country Fest ever in downtown Lindale at Blackberry Square. Since 1984, Lindale’s Country Fest has continued to entertain thousands of visitors and residents, with arts and crafts, games for the kids, great food, live entertainment, and much more! Each and every year added variety is given to the expanding crowds. So get up early and stay late, because you are all invited to Lindale for the day! 
It all starts in downtown Lindale with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church at 7:00 a. m. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. will be the Harvest Hustle 5K presented by Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LISD Education Foundation starting in downtown Lindale at Blackberry Square. The Harvest Hustle will begin in the heart of Lindale on Industrial Street, adjacent to the Lindale “Pickers Pavilion”. Runners will “get their legs under them” on the flat first half mile traveling through a residential area east on North Street, then turn north onto the challenging rural rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road! At the “half way” point, runners will enter the beautiful Trail Creek Farm and will travel into the farm, around the barn, out the gate and back onto Iron Mountain Road. The back stretch for runners will again be the rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road, to the west turn onto North Street for the half mile dash to the finish! Stay after the race for all of the activities of “Countryfest” in Lindale! 
Following the Harvest Hustle 5K you can stroll through the arts and craft booths, gobble a turkey leg, take a look at the Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge Car Display, and bid on auction items. Children will spend the day at a variety of activities including: The Texas Bank and Trust climbing wall, Lindale Police Department’s Kid’s ID Booth, and lots of carnival games provided by the First United Methodist Church.
Live Entertainment will kick off at 10:15 am and will conclude at 3:30 pm. 
The Kiwanis will host a Silent Auction from 10:00-12:00
Then, Kiwanis will begin a live auction, with numerous items being auctioned off from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Past auction items have included: restaurant gift cards, merchant gift cards, jewelry, autographed memorabilia, and trips. 
This year the Crossroads Classic Car Show to benefit the Lillie Russell Memorial Library will be held in conjunction with Countryfest. There will be Vintage, Street Rods, Rat Rods, Vettes, Mustanges, Modern, Classics, Mopars, and more to see.
For more information on all the events of the day contact the Chamber Office at 903.882.7181 or log on www.lindalechamber.org

October 14-15:  Festival of the Arts | Edom, Texas  Visitors relish the ambiance and flavor of the Edom Art Festival, in the meadow behind the artists’ studios located in the center of this tiny hamlet. The relaxed atmosphere lends itself to great conversations with exhibiting artists, which is impossible in a large city event. Here you will find jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture, baskets, woodworking, glass, and original garden art. Shop for one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, paintings, hand made journals and mixed media creations made from recycled materials. Watch a blacksmith demonstrate his skill at the forge, and perhaps a potter at the wheel. 
In addition, we will be sharing the music of some great acoustical singer/songwriter musicians filtering throughout the festival.
Delicious food is available from local vendors with culinary treats such as Cajun gumbo, homemade sorbet and gourmet ice cream, to frothy root beer and corn dogs, fish and chips, and pork sandwiches. 
The festival provides fun for all, with a kid’s area to express themselves with art. They can take their masterpieces home with them, or donate them to become part of the festival gallery. Painting and murals from previous years adorn the grounds and entry. 
Free parking is provided behind the festival, and paid parking at the Methodist Church as a fundraiser. Handicap parking is available just west of the entrance at the corner of FM 279 and FM 314.  For questions: [email protected] Beth Brown at Potters Brown: 903-852-6473

October 14:  FireAnt Festival | Marshall, TX  The 35th Annual FireAnt Festival in beautiful Marshall, Texas! This anniversary celebration features:
~ 5K Fun Run
~ Toddler Trot/Kids K
~ TourDeFireAnt Bike Ride
~ FireAnt Festival Parade
~ Crazy Contest (Chickin’ Chunkin’ Contest, Anyone?)
~ Delicious Food Booths
~ Vendor Craft Booths
~ Local Entertainment
~ Evening Street Dance and Performance by Heather Linn & The Deacons

October 18-21:  East Texas Yamboree | Gilmer, Texas  The 80 East Texas Yamboree will start Wednesday, October 18th. The official kickoff will be held on Thursday, October 19th with cutting of the ribbon on the band stand by Madison Dean the 80th East Texas Yamboree Queen. 
Come out and enjoy one of the longest running festivals in all of Texas.

October 21:  Hot Pepper Festival | Palestine, Texas  This event is FREE to attend with FREE interactive entertainment for the young & young at heart!
The following will all FREE for the public to enjoy: Laser Tag, Zip Lining, Rock Wall, Mechanical Bull, Zorb Ball Racing, Shooting Gallery, Human Foosball, Log Slammer, Live Musi and MORE!
A HUGE variety of Food and Arts & Crafts vendors will take care of all your hunger and shopping needs!
Mark your calendar for this year’s Hot Pepper Festival to experience the hottest thing in Palestine! For more information, please call 903.731.8437.

October 27-28:  Kaufman Scarecrow Festival | Kaufman, Texas  Kaufman’s Annual Scarecrow Festival with food, music, vendors, and plenty for the kids.

October 28:  Festival of Pumpkins | Paris, Texas  In it’s 17th year, the festival of pumpkins continues to be voted Paris Best Community Event. This event draws 5000 people into downtown Paris for a day of shopping, crafts, music, fun, games, pumpkins and more. Interested vendors should visit the website www.festivalofpumpkins.com for more information.

October 28:  Veterans and First Responders “Thank You” Festival | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tyler, Texas  Veterans and First Responders continually place their lives on the line for our freedom, safety and way of life. There isn’t a price tag that we can pay for the services they provide. Gratitude is also owed to their families as they support their men and women in uniform while they are away.  To thank Veterans and First Responders for their courage and sacrifice, Empowerment CDC and Festival Committee have set aside a day for a community-wide event in their honor. Join us on October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the T.B. Butler Square in Downtown Tyler, Texas for a day of entertainment, family fun activities, vendors and food. Sponsorship and donations are being accepted to help make this event a great success!

Calie’s Acre | Gilmer, Texas

Lanes Chapel UMC | Tyler, Texas

Plants and Produce of Longview | Longview, Texas (By Shivers, who will have fall flavors available!)

St. Matthew’s Pumpkin Patch | Henderson, Texas

Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch | Rusk, Texas 

Yesterland Farm | Canton, Texas 

 

Bullard Community Library | 211 W Main St, Bullard, TX

Story Time – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Lillie Russell Memorial Library Lindale | 200 East Hubbard St., Lindale, TX

Story Time – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Longview Public Library| 222 W. Cotton Street, Longview, TX

Babygarten Story Time – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Children ages 0-2. Infant story time! We welcome parents to come with their babies and listen to songs, nursery rhymes, and stories geared toward their age. The children may not yet be of speaking or walking age, but physical interaction is extremely important in the early stages of child development. The infant story time also allows for parents to start off their child’s habits right by coming to the Library each week. Due to young attention spans, this story time will last about 15 minutes.

Tutoring Tuesdays – Tuesday from 3 – 5 p.m.
If your child, 5-13 years old, is struggling with their homework or understanding what they are doing in class, simply register them for Tutoring Tuesdays, and our qualified librarians will help!
Space is limited, so children must pre-register at the Children’s Desk prior to the tutoring session.
Due to time constraints, we will only be able to assist up to 10 students each Tuesday.
Please bring your child’s homework, along with any detailed instructions from their teacher(s).
We love our young patrons, and are very excited about this opportunity to assist in their learning and education! Sign up today!
If you would like to volunteer to help with Tutoring Tuesdays, please call Taylor Harding at (903) 237-1349 or e-mail her at [email protected]
If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for tutoring, please call the Children’s Desk at (903) 237-1345.

Early Learning Journeys Story Time – Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Suggested for children ages 3-5. Young children will enjoy singing along and interacting with Library staff while building their educational foundation! Story time opens with a time of singing beloved childhood songs and nursery rhymes, followed by a newly-published book being read aloud. Children will then enjoy activities and crafts geared towards helping them to imagine, create, and grow! This story time lasts about 30 minutes.

Discovery Kids Story Time – Wednesday at 4 p.m.
After a long day at school, Discovery Kids is a time for children of all ages at the Broughton Recreation Center to gather around and hear a newly-published, popular chapter book read aloud while enjoying a small after-school snack. Afterward, time is set aside for the children to share their various thoughts and ideas regarding the book. The time frame for the this story time is about 40 minutes.

LEGOs @ The Library – Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A children’s book is read aloud, then children build their creations with a new theme each time while a movie is being played. Children of all ages are welcome to build! Larger Duplo bricks are provided for toddlers. At the end of each session, everyone’s creations are put in the Children’s Department’s display case until the next LEGOs @ the Library. Feel free to bring your friends and family by to show them what you built! This come-and-go event requires no registration, and you don’t even have to bring your own bricks. We have plenty to share, so just show up in the Children’s Department on Saturday morning! 

Mineola Memorial Library | 310 N. Pacific St., Mineola, TX

Playing to Grow – Monday 5-6 p.m. Ages Birth to 3 years.  Join Mrs. Pam for this time to play and discover how play helps with learning and reading readiness. Children birth to age 3 with their parent (s).

Playing to Grow – Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Ages Birth to 3 years.  Join Mrs. Pam for this time to play and discover how play helps with learning and reading readiness. Children birth to age 3 with their parent (s).

After School Programs – Tuesday 4 – 4:30 p.m. Two programs for children.  One program is for those children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.  The other program is for children in Middle and High School (6th grade and up). Both programs have different activities weekly. Parents must remain on premises or make arrangements for their child’s supervision.  When the programs are over, an adult must be available to pick up the child; or, if there is a problem in the program, an adult must be available to help address the issue.

Toddler Story Time – Wednesday 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Ages 18 months to 3 years.

Preschool Story Time – Wednesday 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Nacogdoches Public Library | 1112 North St., Nacogdoches, TX

Story Time – Wednesday 10 a.m. Ages: 12 years and younger. Introduce your child to the richness of literature through stories, songs, crafts and activities. Story time helps instill a lifelong love of reading, and it is informative and engaging for parents as well.
Reading Buddies – Wednesday 4 – 5 p.m. Children in grades 1-12. Volunteers and library staff are available to help your children practice their reading aloud skills. Buddies sit with the parent/caregiver and the child to help the child with pronunciation and comprehension. 

STEAM 4 Kids: Lights! Camera! Action! – Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. STEAM 4 Kids will be devoted to the art of filmmaking. We will investigate types of cameras, types of videos, enhancing videos through lighting and sound, and how to edit and share our videos. Each program will have a different lesson so children can participate as they are able. Registration: Free. Please register by the day before the event.

Rusk County Library System Central Library | 106 East Main St., Henderson, TX

Story Time – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Tyler Public Library | 201 South College Avenue, Tyler, TX.  

Lap & Play Time – Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. For babies up to 18 months.

Toddlers Explore – Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  For toddlers ages 18 to 36 months.

Read Aloud Crowd – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 3 to 6.

Upshur County Library | 702 W. Tyler St., Gilmer, TX

Story Time – Thursdays 10 a.m and 4:15 p.m.

Whitehouse Community Library | 107 Bascom Rd., Whitehouse, TX

Story Time – Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

 

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