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It was a short work week for many East Texans this week and now another fantastic East Texas weekend is approaching and it's filled with a lot of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

In addition to it being a great weekend, it looks as if the weekend weather is going to cooperate with us and give us a chance to get out of the house and actually enjoy some of these weekend events without profusely sweating so much!

Here's a list of 10 big things that are going on this weekend around East Texas.

For more information on any of these events, simply click on their name and you'll be redirected to their official events page for more details.

Gregg County Fair

Friday 7th - Saturday 16th
Gregg County Fairgrounds - Longview

The Gregg County Fair is kicking off the 'fair season' this weekend! Craving fair foods like cotton candy, smoked turkey legs, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, and other favorites? Get them this weekend in Longview! Plus ride all the carnival rides you want with an armband. Check out local vendor booths, shows, live entertainment, the Miss Gregg County pageant, and more.


Paris Balloon Music Festival

Friday and Saturday
Lamar County Fairgrounds - Paris

This hot air balloon and music festival features something for the entire family. Live music on both Friday and Saturday evenings along with balloon glows, helicopter and monster truck rides, tethered balloon rides, and much more. There will also be food trucks on-site and local vendors, a corn hole tournament, a kids zone, and more.


Music At The Alley

Friday @ 6:30
downtown Pittsburg

Bring your chairs and blankets to the alley in downtown and enjoy the free music. Support local restaurants by ordering from area eateries and they'll deliver it right to ya!


East Texas Psychic Fair

Saturday @ 10a
Courtyard by Marriott - Tyler

They're psychic, they know you're coming! Psychic vendors will be on-site and welcome you to the psychic fair.


Reklaw Trade Days

Saturday @ 9a
The Shacks on Main - Reklaw

Reklaw Trade Days is the 2nd Saturday of each month. More than 50 vendors will be open at this open-air flea market offering finds you won't find anywhere else. Repurposed and refurbished furniture, tools, outdoor equipment, handmade crafts, woodwork, jewelry and much more. Food trucks will be on site as well as other family entertainment.


Downtown Tyler Art Festival

Saturday 10a - 6p
downtown Tyler

The Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition invites you to this free community event in downtown that is designed to increase local artists' visibility and welcome more people to downtown and experience downtown life.


Mac N Cheese Fest

Saturday12n - 4p
Front Porch Distillery - Nacogdoches

Mac N Cheese lovers, this is the festival for you! This event will showcase the best cheesy creations from local food trucks. Bring your appetite and prepare to taste a variety of cheesy goodness. There will also be live entertainment, vendor booths, artisan craft spirits and more. Bring your appetite with you!

Kilgore ArtWalk: Back-To-School & Fall Edition

Saturday 3p - 7p
downtown Kilgore

Although sweaters and sweatshirts remain in the back of the closet, you can still get out and check out some autumnal activities and take a peek at spooky season art and decor and a look at some early holiday stuff too! There will also be live demonstrations, performances, and activities for the kids, artisans and more.


Tyler Film Festival

Friday - Sunday
Liberty Hall - Tyler

Tyler Film Festival is a 3-day event that celebrates storytelling through film in East Texas. The festival accepts projects from around the world but appreciates local independent works. Tickets are available for this three-night event.


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The Understudy - Tyler
Rose City Comedy - Tyler

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