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Well, we all know it's been a pretty hot and brutal summer here in East Texas.  There are a lot of us looking forward to it ending and anticipating the arrival of cooler fall temperatures. Well, this weekend summer unofficially comes to an end thanks to Memorial Day on Monday, but that doesn't mean it's going to instantly cool off for us, we know September can still be plenty hot. However, before summer ends there are a lot of fun activities left for us to enjoy on this unofficial last weekend of summer.

East Texas lakes are going to be full, barbecue grills will be fired up, friends and families will be gathering for some fun, and many will be trying to complete that 'honey do' list or project they've been working on all summer during this three-day holiday weekend.

Take a break - you've worked for it and deserve it. Have some fun this Labor Day weekend at any one or all of these East Texas events.

For more information on any specific event, simply click/tap on the event name for more complete details.

47th annual Bluegrass Festival

Thursday - Friday - Saturday
247 Salmon Lake Rd - Grapeland

Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass? This long-running festival is perfect for you. There will be 15 live bands playing throughout the festival each day from noon to 11 p.m. This family-friendly event will play host to several food trucks and special vendors too. One-day and weekend passes are available.


Canton First Monday Trade Days

Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday
First Monday Trade Days grounds - Canton

Shop til you drop at the world's largest flea market. Home decor, arts and crafts, clothing, food, automobiles, pets, music, antiques, and many things you didn't think you could find! Bring an appetite too because there are plenty of food options that will satisfy any craving.


Jordan World Circus

Friday - Saturday - Sunday - Monday
Longview Rodeo Arena - Longview - Friday
Oil Palace - Tyler - Saturday - Monday
Anderson County Youth Pavilion - Palestine - Monday, September 11th

This family circus features aerialists, clowns, jugglers, tight-wire walkers, motorcycles in a 'death globe', and many other family-friendly acts that will keep the entire family entertained.


9th Annual Hatch Chile Fest

Saturday - 8a - 1p

The aroma of hatch chiles from New Mexico will permeate the Farmers and Artisan Market in Paris this Saturday. There will be live music, local vendors, and some great food prepared with hatch chiles. Last year's event featured over 2,500 pounds of chiles straight out of New Mexico!


Labor Day Classic Car Show

Saturday @ 8a

It's more than a car show. This show will feature trucks and motorcycles too along with the classic cars you'd expect at a car show.


Saturdays On Main

Saturday @ 9a
Downtown Palestine - Palestine

There is a lot to see, fun things to experience, and lots of shopping and eating while strolling the 44 blocks of the Palestine Main Street District. The event is held on the first Saturday of the month and there are plenty of places to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite and to swipe your credit card to get that special something that caught your eye!


Fall Book Sale

Saturday - 11a - 3p
Whitehouse Community Library - Whitehouse

The Fall Book Sale is full of books that will complete your home library. Get a bag of books for just $4. Children's books, audiobooks, and more.


Sabine Stomp '23

Saturday @ 3:30p
Mineola Nature Preserve - Mineola

Celebrating Mineola's Sesquicentennial - bring your lawn chair and blankets for live music featuring Cory Morrow, Josh Ward, Chris Colston, and more. There will be activities for the family and kids along with vendors and food options from food trucks.


End Of Summer Luau

Saturday @ 7p
Lake Tyler Marina - Lake Tyler

Celebrate the end of summer with a Hawaiian luau. Dress for the occasion and fun!


Symphony In The Park

Saturday @ 7p
Bergfeld Park - Tyler

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra will play its 3rd annual Symphony In The Park show on the amphitheater stage at Bergfeld Park. This is a free event for the community.

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