When spring arrives in East Texas, so do the festivals! East Texas will celebrate just about everything this spring - flowers, trees, vegetables, food, animals, music - there's a festival for nearly everything and we wouldn't have it any other way! Here are some of the biggest festivals that you've got to be a part of this spring!

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    ATV Mud Nationals

    March 22 - March 26

    Mud Creek Off Road Park - Jacksonville, TX

    An ATV and UTV owners dream who loves to show off what their vehicle can do in the mud! The multi-day event has several 4x4 mud competitions and races during the event along with music, camping and more. Get more details here.

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    Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trail

    March 16 - April 01

    Tyler's Azalea District - Tyler, TX

    Dating back to the 1930's, the Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trail has a deep history within the city. Each year millions of azalea blooms burst with vibrant color along nearly 10 miles of trails that meander through Tyler's Azalea District. Accessible by vehicle or foot, visitors from around the city, county, state and nation will be treated to these colorful blooms along with other spring flowers that have been perfectly manicured by their owners. You can check in on the progress of the blooms on the website and get more details there too!

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    Dogwood Trails Celebration

    March 23 - April 8

    Palestine, Texas

    Celebrating the beautiful blooms on the dogwood trees each week, the Palestine area will be bursting with beauty and visitors for a three week period! The driving trails featuring the dogwoods meander throughout Palestine and each weekend there are special events planned featuring car shows, wine tasting, rodeo, train excursions and much more. All the information you need to know is online here!

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    April In Edom

    April 21 & 22

    Downtown Edom - Edom, Texas

    Art comes to life in Edom each spring with April In Edom. More that 125 vendors will be on hand showcasing their handmade crafts, vintage items and more. The festival also features folk music from three different stages, a 5k run, children's play area, pet parade and some great food too! The best thing about this festival is that it's FREE! Get to know everything there is to do at April In Edom through their website.

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    Red Dirt BBQ + Music Festival

    May 5

    Downtown Tyler - Tyler, Texas

    This festival is all about barbecue and music! Celebrating its fifth year in downtown Tyler, the Red Dirt BBQ + Music Festival will feature smoked meats from twenty five of the best BBQ joints from around the great state of Texas! Once the sun starts to set on downtown Tyler the live music kicks in from some of the biggest names in Red Dirt country music on the brick streets of downtown Tyler. This is a ticketed event, with tickets going on sale February 1st and selling out quickly! For more information on the Red Dirt BBQ + Music Festival be sure to check out the site.

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    Tomato Fest

    June 9

    Downtown Jacksonville - Jacksonville, Texas

    Celebrating the fruit that is most commonly used as a vegetable, the tomato is front and center in Jacksonville on June 9th! The festival features a homemade salsa contest, tomato peeling contest, packing contest, and so many more tomato themed contests! There's a 5k, street dance, farmers market, vendor booths and so much more happening in downtown. Holding the record now for nearly eight years, Jacksonville is the world record holder for the World's Largest Bowl of Salsa, set back in 2010! Get all the specifics on Tomato Fest on their website.