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For a lot of East Texans, this week was a long one because there wasn't a holiday at the beginning of the week like there has been the past two weeks to give us a four-day work week. We're tired!  We miss that four-day workweek schedule! At least we've survived it and now we can relax some because the weekend is here.

With the arrival of the weekend comes a variety of events that we all can participate in and be a part of while supporting our communities and our local businesses at the same time. Downtown Tyler is hosting their monthly Hit The Bricks events, there are a couple of trail runs happening in Longview along with parades marking the MLK Day holiday on Monday.

This weekend's weather is going pretty typical with average to chilly temperatures so enjoy the sunshine, the breeze, and the 50s while you can because Monday is going to be a different animal once the Arctic front passes through late Sunday evening.

Here's a look at this weekend's events in East Texas.

For more information on any of these events, click or tap on the event name to be redirected to their official event page or website.

Hit The Bricks

downtown Tyler

On the second Saturday of every month, Downtown Tyler hosts Hit the Bricks, which encompasses any and all events, activities, and shows happening in Downtown Tyler. Activities for this Saturday's events include:

Gallery Main Street - Arcadia Art Show
Goodman-LeGrand Museum tours
Rose City Farmer's Market @ ETX Brewing Co.
Rose City Comedy show
Tyler Public Library escape room event from 12n-5p
Many downtown businesses, restaurants, and entertainment spots will be open


Scrambled Legs: Run Edition

Saturday @ 7a
Mobberly Baptist Church Mountain Bike Trails - Longview

Instead of riding the trails, you'll be running the trails this time. You can take a lap around Williams Lake once or more if you want. It's about a half-mile around the lake. This is a free event.


Longview Trail Runs - Winter

Saturday @ 8a
Maude Cobb Convention Center - Longview

This is the winter installment of the run that takes place four times a year. This is a 5k, 10, 15, and 20k event. There is a registration fee for this event.


Texas African American Museum Martin Luther King Jr Parade

Saturday @ 10a
Glenwood Ave. - Tyler

The Texas African American Museum's Inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place in the North Tyler Historical Cultural area. The parade will begin on Glenwood Ave. and head towards Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., concluding with a program at the Texas African American Museum.


A Taste Of The Past: Sourdough Bread Demonstration

Saturday 10a-2p
Starr Family Home State Historic Site - Marshall

Explore 19th-century living during this monthly open house with a demonstration on bread making. This open house will feature sourdough bread making based on 19th-century recipes and it'll be baked using a 19th-century wood-burning stove.


Rainbow Market

Saturday 10a-3p
Bergfeld Park - Tyler

Local artisans, unique crafts, delicacies and more will be available to purchase at this open-air market at Bergfeld Park.


MLK Celebration - Parade and Community Festival

Saturday 10a-3p
Broughton Recreation Center - Longview

The annual Longview Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration includes a full weekend of activities celebrating the life, message, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday, the parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Pittman Street to Foster Middle School. Following the parade will be a Community Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Broughton Recreation Center and a Humanitarian Award Celebration at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 15, the community is invited to participate in a march from Broughton Park to Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m., which will be immediately followed by an Interfaith Service.


East Texas Psychic Fair

Saturday 11a-5p
Courtyard By Marriott - Tyler

It will be a day of intrigue and mystery at the psychic fair. There will be an assortment of vendors and psychics at this fair.


Bluegrass-Country-Gospel Open Music Jam

Saturday 4p-8:30p
Kilgore Mercantile & Music - Kilgore

Open jam for Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel music. Sing, bring your instrument, or just sit back and listen. All are welcome. Guitars, Banjos, Fiddles, Mandolins, Basses, and more. It's always fun!

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