We've reached another beautiful weekend in East Texas, and there is plenty to do! Make sure you check our list to help you find some fun things to add to your weekend, and to support local music, food, and business!
to next weekend; make sure to note that some may occur this weekend, so double check the dates listed.
Friday, June 27 - First Baptist Church Tyler presents FREE fireworks festival over the lake on the South Tyler Campus, located at 17002 Hwy 69 South (just south of Loop 49 at FM 2813 and Hwy 69S) This will feature fireworks, live music by The Avid Light and The Magills, activities for children, inflatables and food for purchase. Marine Honor Guard will march in. The event is free, but they do ask that each family bring 3 canned goods to be donated to the Tyler Family Assistance Center. Last year's guests contributed 650 pounds of food to help local families in need.
Friday - Bohemian Anniversary Show at APEX Theatre 20, 719 W. Front St. - Celebrate local art and creativity with beautiful people, free coffee, and Great Music, including Rose City Revival, Evan-Blace Winningham, Pocket Tangerine and more. BYOB, Bring your ID. Doors open at 7:30, show starts around 8.
Friday and Saturday - Pollard Theater Ministry presents Godspell - June 27 at 7:30 p.m. and June 28, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m., at the Founders’ Center on Pollard's campus. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, a small group helps Jesus Christ tell different parables by using awide variety of storytelling techniques and doses of humor. Songs ranging in style frompop to vaudeville are also employed as the story of Jesus's life dances across the stage and His messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.Cost: free admission Phone: (903) 730-1056
Friday - Lauren Alexander at FRESH by Brookshires at 8pm - 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy. -
Friday - Shinyribs at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Que - 525 S. Beckham. Show begins at 8pm - 21 years and up, please.
Friday and Saturday - Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion - 9am-5pm - Celebrated painter, sculptor, musician and engineer Leonardo da Vinci designed creations that never came to fruition. Machines in Motion presents 40 full-scale machines that were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's designs. The craftsmen are a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen in Florence, Italy.
Saturday - Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl - 6-10pm - Sip, Savor, Enjoy the finest Texas wines in the heart of downtown Tyler. 18 wineries will bring samples and food throughout the downtown area. Tickets are $50 per person, no one under 21 allowed. Tickets available at Gallery Main Street at 110 W. Erwin, or online. (click here for online ordering through OuthouseTickets.com)
Saturday at 2pm - 5pm - True Vine Brewing Co. hosting 'Open Taps' event to benefit Meals on Wheels -
. 219 S. Englewood Drive - this event features the brewery’s own beers, live music, food from Rusty Taco and activities for kids. Presale admission is $10 a person and $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the programs and services of Meals on Wheels Ministry.
Saturday - 7-10 p.m.- Meet the Artist event with Layni Davis - Bring a friend! Robin Boogie Butt will be bringing Lights and Sounds for the Dance/Techno/Music. Treats and Door Prizes too! We will also be part of the Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl so get your tickets for that!
Saturday - Cody Riley Band at Lago del Pino - 9pm - 14706 CR 1134.
Saturday - Little Man Zac at Jake's Tyler - 9pm - 111 E. Erwin Street (on the downtown square)
Saturday - The Texas KGB at Half Moon Grill and Saloon - 8pm - 16884 FM 2493 (Old Jacksonville Hwy)
Saturday - 10am-4pm - Funky Junk Roundup - a one day shopping extravaganza featuring a unique blend of handmade arts & crafts, vintage finds & inspiration, one of a kind items, antique décor, rusty-chippy-shabby-reloved & refunked JUNK, bling & glam boutiques, sparkly jewels and FABuLOUS JUNKTIQUES for your creative soul! 2000 W. Front Street at Harvey Convention Center.
Saturday and Sunday- all day- Tyler Writers Convention at Quality Inn Conference Center - 2843 NW Loop 323 -Published writers from all around come together in Tyler Texas on June 28th and 29th for two days of workshops, lectures and Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets go to
. Adults $20 one day, $30 two days. Kids $10 one day, $20 both days. 214-621-6071 for more info.
Kilgore Shakespeare Festival kicks off - Noises Off on Friday, Macbeth Saturday, My Fair Lady Sunday. Full details at www.texasshakespeare.com.
Saturday from Shakespeare in Bloom: Evergreen Garden Club is hosting a party in the Shakespeare Garden on Saturday, June 28, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the shade of a tent with tables decorated by the club and members of the group will provide tours of the garden. 903-812-7242 at the Kilgore College Campus, Brook Drive and Hwy 259.
Saturday at 8pm - The Gladewater Opry - 2 hour country music stage show featuring entertainers from all around the ArkLaTex. $10. 903-845-3600 - www.thegladewateropry.com
Friday at 10pm - Jeremy Peyton at Texas Players, 300 N. Spur 63.
All weekend - Riverside Trade Days - Riverside Trade Days 2nd and 4th weekend of the month. Will run Friday- Saturday 9AM-5PM, and Sunday 9AM-4PM. Located on Hwy 42 North and Harrison RD, Longview. Lots of vendors with quality merchandise. 3711 Hwy 42 N.
Saturday at 10am - 3pm - Adoptable dogs meet and greet with Partnership for Pets of East Texas. at Petco, 405 W. Loop 281.
Saturday - 9am-4pm -On June 28, 2014 we will be celebrating National HIV Testing Day at Broughton Park located at 801 Martin Luther King Blvd., Longview Texas 75602. National HIV Testing Day is critical to the fight against HIV/AIDS because it presents an opportunity for people nationwide to learn their HIV status, and to gain the knowledge they need to take control of their health and their lives. National HIV Testing Day also provides an invaluable opportunity to dispel the myths and stigma associated with HIV testing, and to reach those who have never been tested or who have engaged in high-risk behavior since their last test. Phone: (903) 234-0936
2014 Gospel Explosion - Saturday all day -Gospel concert featuring season 3 Sunday's Best winner LeAndria Johnson, and others. This event will help in raising funds to build a transition house in the Kilgore area for women and children. The concert starts at 7 at 1400 s. Mobberly Ave. Cost: VIP$25, GENERAL ADMISSION $20, $25 AT THE DOOR Phone: (903) 315-9605 - Tickets: www.thelydiaconference.com
Saturday all day - The Lydia Conference and Expo at Maude Cobb - An event that is designed to focus on women in business and ministry. Women will have the opportunity to display their services and business items as vendors. The activities throughout the day will focus on singing, fashion shows, praise dancing, art renderings, inspirational speaking, poetry, food, shopping, children's activities and photos with some favorite television characters. Funds raised will help build a transition house in Kilgore to help the homeless and less fortunate. Hours for Service A are from 10:00am - 5:00pm and Service B is 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Admission is free for Service A and tickets are being sold for Service B. For ticket prices and further information, please contact Kinya Loyd Austin, 903-315-9605, via firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thelydiaconference.com
Saturday at 9pm - Night Sounds program at Purtis Creek State Park. Park staff and volunteers will play the sounds you may hear in the park after dark and then show pictures and discuss the habits and habitats of the different species that produce the sounds. 14225 FM 316.
Western Days Festival - Saturday - 45th Annual Western Days Festival hits historic Elgin June 24-28, 2014. A free dance will be held on Friday night in Memorial Park. The Grand Finale, Saturday the 28th, is filled with events including a Parade, Carnival, Volleyball, Horseshoe, Washer and Softball Tournaments; Art, Crafts and Food Vendors; and live entertainment throughout the day. Free -(512) 285-4515 - Event url:
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The 45th Annual Western Days Festival hits historic Elgin June 24-28, 2014. TA free dance will be held on Friday night in Memorial Park.Saturday the 28th, is filled with events including a Parade, Carnival, Volleyball, Horseshoe, Washer and Softball Tournaments; Art, Crafts and Food Vendors; and live entertainment throughout the day. Come out and be a part of this unique and affordable event in Bastrop County which thousands attend. Free - Phone: (512) 285-4515 Event url: www.elgintxchamber.comThe 45th Annual Western Days Festival hits historic Elgin June 24-28, 2014. A free dance will be held on Friday night in Memorial Park. The Grand Finale, Saturday the 28th, is filled with events including a Parade, Carnival, Volleyball, Horseshoe, Washer and Softball Tournaments; Art, Crafts and Food Vendors; and live entertainment throughout the day. Free -(512) 28
Friday and Saturday from 7pm-10:30 pm - Live Jazz at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards. No cover charge, no reservations needed. 903-855-1769 -
Friday at 7pm and Sat. at 10am - Neely - music at TGIF, 155 N. Jackson Street.
Mount Pleasant -
Saturday from 8am - 11pm - Northeast Texas Biker Church 4th annual rally -
Everyone is welcome to join us for our 4th Annual Rally. Participate in our Silent Auction, compete in a 4 on 4 Volleyball Tournament, visit with our wide array of vendors, and enjoy delicious food provided by Benny's Smokin BBQ. LIVE MUSIC by Crossroads Bound at 2PM and the Tyler Area's very own TEAZUR starts at 6PM promises to be a great time! We will have supervised Water Slides, Bounce Houses & Carnival Games for the kids at affordable prices. Bikers can sign up for the BIKE RUN starting at 8AM ($25 for Single Riders/ $45 for Rider w/ Passenger), & 1st bike out at 10AM. Enter your ride into the Bike Show for just $10, and participate in FREE Bike Games. Please feel free to call Bro. Dom (903)563-0948, Jason (903)569-7222, or Sugs (903)285-9620. 749 E. 16th St.