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Every East Texas 2017 Festival and Fair We Can Find and Their Dates

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Come spring and summertime, Texas becomes incredibly vibrant with music and food festivals, beautiful scenery courtesy of our landscape and oh… did we mention food!?

A couple weeks back I realized I missed the Tatum Pecan Pie Festival and I had to go buy a few from Brookshire’s to make myself feel better. Well, that’s not going to happen again because I found a list of all the East Texas festivals and fairs this year from and have put those days on my calendar. We have a few coming up in June so make sure you take note.

It looks like there are 29 festivals/fairs in East Texas left in 2017. If we missed one, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Maybe even save this post for the rest of the year’s festivals to come. This list is in chronological order. Click the event for more information.

June Bug Festival (Ben Wheeler) – June 17-18

Watermelon Festival and Rodeo (Naples) – Last weekend of July

No matter how you slice it… #lovewatermelon

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Great Texas Balloon Race (Longview) – July 28-30

Balloon Enthusiasts Attend Annual Wisconsin Festival
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This year marks the 40th of the Great Texas Balloon Race. In 2013, Gregg County was proclaimed “The Balloon Race Capital of the World”, so you know this festival will not let you down (get it!?). Live concerts, the Balloon Glow, Kids Land and tons of vendors are just part of what this big event has to offer.

Gregg County Fair and Exposition (Longview) – September 8-16

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KNUE, Mix 93.1 and Hot 1073 Jamz all sponsor a day at the Gregg County Fair. Check out the full schedule of live music and what the unique perk is for that day on their website!

Four States Fair and Rodeo (Texarkana) – September 8-17

Avinger Wine Festival (Avinger) – September 16

Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival (Athens) – Mid-September

Arts and Crafts Festival (Gladewater) – 3rd weekend of September

Texas State Forest Festival (Lufkin) – September 20-24

East Texas Poultry Festival (Center) – First weekend of October

Hallsville Western Days – First Saturday of October

East Texas State Fair (Tyler) – September 22-October 1

East Texas Fair
East Texas Fair

Hawkins Oil Festival (Hawkins) – Early October

Hopkins County Fall Festival (Sulphur Springs) – Early October

Van Oil Pageant and Festival (Van) – October

Edom Festival of the Arts (Edom) – October 14-15

Fire Ant Festival (Marshall) – Mid-October

Chandler Pow Wow (Chandler) – Mid-October

Country Fest (Lindale) – October 14

East Texas Oil & Gas Blast (Carthage) – Mid-October

Piney Woods Fair (Nacogdoches) – Mid-October

Autumn Stroll Festival (Canton) – Mid-October

Heritage Festival (Lufkin) – October 21

Taste of Jefferson (Jefferson) – October 22

Texas Rose Festival (Tyler) – October 19-22

Hot Pepper Festival (Palestine) – October 21

East Texas Yamboree (Gilmer) – 3rd weekend of October

Feral Hog Festival (Ben Wheeler) – Late-October

Sweet Potato Festival (Golden) – 4th Saturday of October

Winnsboro Autumn Trails – All October!

Red, White and Blue Festival (Bullard) – 1st Saturday of November

Heritage Syrup Festival (Henderson) – 2nd Saturday in November

Wonderland of Lights (Marshall) – November 22 – December 31

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Big Pines Blues Festival (Longview) – June 2-3

Free admission GA admission for both days but you will have to pay for tickets for certain music acts and workshops. Check out the all-star lineup here and see if you or your kids want to take some of the music shops being offered at the Longview music event.

Texas Blueberry Festival (Nacogdoches) – June 10

Texas Blueberry Festival

This one’s coming up quick! Music acts and blueberries in the oldest town in Texas.

Tomato Fest (Jacksonville) – June 10

The 33rd annual Tomato Fest will be held in Downtown Jacksonville. Fun fact: on Monday, June 5, Mayor Dick Stone will declare Jacksonville, ‘Tomatoville’ for a week. Over 200 vendors and tons of tomato contests. Oh, and the world’s largest bowl of salsa!

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