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EAST TEXAS EVENTS
SPRING 
2017

MARCH

  March 9–11 - Buna
45th ANNUAL REDBUD FESTIVAL...
Anticipated to be the most spectacular Redbud Fest since its inception 45 years ago! Salute springtime at Buna's annual celebration with a parade, arts & crafts booths, musical entertainment, carnival rides & great food. Carnival opens March 9th and runs March 10 & 11. Office hours 9am to noon. (409) 994-5586.

  March 14–19 - Nederland
NEDERLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL...
Celebrate the area's Dutch & Cajun heritage with tournaments, carnival, arts & crafts booths, pageants, Cajun foods & museum tours. Downtown on Boston Avenue. In its 44th year! (409) 724-2269 or www.nederlandhf.org.

  March 17–19, May 12–14, June 16–18 - Livingston
TRADE DAYS... Pedigo Park -
Open year-round on the weekend before the third Monday, except no April event. Two covered pavilions and open-air lots accommodate over 350 vendors: arts, crafts, collectibles, antiques, food. Highway 59 North, mile north of Hwy 190. Free admission. www.VisitLivingstonTexas.com. Email: tradedays@livingston.net. 1-877-824-6653.

  March 23–25 - Palestine
16th ANNUAL DULCIMER & OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL...
Known affectionately as "Old Pal," this festival is old-timey music at its best! Hosted at a circa-1915 high school, the festival offers three days filled with live performances, jamming sessions, concerts and workshops. (903) 723-3014; www.oldpalmusic.com; or margaretwright@yahoo.com.

  March 24–April 9 - Tyler
58th AZALEA & SPRING FLOWER TRAIL...
Enjoy over ten miles of flowering gardens & beautiful historic homes in the Azalea & Brick Street Districts. Other events include historic home tours, art & flower shows, living history tours, ‘Spirits of Oakwood’ tours, Artisans & Flower Market, Arts & Crafts Fair and more! 1-800-235-5712 or www.VisitTyler.com for more information.

  March 24–26, March 31–April 2, April 7–9 - Palestine
79th ANNUAL TEXAS DOGWOOD TRAILS CELEBRATION...
Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the Celebration, including Dogwood Trails Festival, Piney Woods Excursion & Dogwood Brunch Train at the Texas State Railroad, Dulcimer Festival, Main Street Farm & Flower Market, a play at historic Texas Theatre & more. www.texasdogwoodtrails.com. (903) 723-3014.

APRIL

  April 13–15 - Kirbyville
MAGNOLIA FESTIVAL...
Come to beautifully-forested East Texas the third weekend in April to enjoy Kirbyville's hometown parade, carnival, entertainment, pet show, music, auction and arts & crafts at Magnolia Park. (409) 423-6500.

  April 21–23 - Dayton
DAYTON OLE TYME DAYS...
Enjoy a BBQ Cook-off, Junior Chili Cook-off, indoor & outdoor arts/crafts booths, pageant, car show, antique tractor show & more. FREE admission. Events return to Downtown Dayton this year. www.daytonoletymedays.com. (936) 402-2419.

MAY

  May 3–7 - Port Neches
PORT NECHES RIVERFEST...
Enjoy "Thunder on the Neches" Tunnel Boat Races, plus carnival, crafts, talent show, horseshoes, fireworks, food vendors, talent show, 3-on-3 tournament, car show and more. Held at Port Neches Waterfront Park. www.portnecheschamber.com. (409) 722-9154 or (409) 722-9155. Follow us on Facebook - PortNechesRiverFest.

  May 12–14 - Huntsville
30th GENERAL SAM HOUSTON FOLK FESTIVAL...
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum's 15-acre grounds are transformed into a bustling frontier settlement. Watch historical re-enactments & demonstrators, listen to live music, sip homemade root beer, share kettle corn, shop for crafts or stroll Sam's original homestead. Includes 18th Annual Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship. www.GSHFF.com. (936) 294-1832.

JUNE

  June 10 - Nacogdoches
TEXAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL...
The largest producer of blueberries in Texas presents a blueberry pancake breakfast, kid's water park, arts & crafts, farm-fresh blueberries for sale, blueberry farm tours, Repbee Classic Car Show, live musical entertainment with Cookin' Up the Blues, and family fun downtown. Presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln. www.TexasBlueberryFestival.com. (936) 560-5533.

JULY

  July 28–30 - Longview
40th ANNUAL GREAT TEXAS BALLOON RACE...
The largest sanctioned hot air balloon race in Texas features 3 early morning competitions, state championships, 2 evening balloon glows with 70 balloons, nightly concerts, arts, crafts, food and KIDS LAND. Held at the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview, Texas. Visitor’s event information: 903-753-3281. www.GreatTexasBalloonRace.com.  v

 
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