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Since spring is here so are the activities! It's time to get outside, do something, and be a bit more active. There are plenty of opportunities to do that this weekend in Tyler, Texas, and Palestine, Longview, Canton, Gilmer and so many other towns across East Texas. The weather is even going to cooperate Saturday - after a chance of thunderstorms Friday, Saturday is going to be fabulous - with nothing but sunshine and a comfortable high of 75. For the events that continue on through Sunday, much the same with a few more clouds and a high of 77.

Taking a look around the region, here are the events that you can participate in, have some fun, discover some new things, support local artisans, crafters, and businesses and learn some new things along the way too.

For more details on any specific activity, simply tap (or click) on any highlighted event title.

Here's what's happening around East Texas for the weekend of April 1st and 2nd:

Dogwood Trail

Dogwood Trails - drive or walk
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 feature the dogwoods meandering throughout Palestine and each weekend there are special events planned to feature car shows, wine tasting, rodeo, train excursions and much more. All the information you need to know is online here!

Azalea And Spring Flower Trail

Azalea Trails have different routes that can be driven or walked
Dating back to the 1930s, 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 their owners have perfectly manicured.

Angelina County Fair

Angelina Expo Center
Angelina County youth will be showing off the projects they've built, raised, or baked. There will be many activities for families including a washer tournament, live music, a rodeo, a bbq cookoff, and much more.

80 Acre Market

12229 FM 1650
This month's market includes live music, canvas painting events, and kids' crafts and many unique vendors and food trucks that will be on-site to satisfy your appetite.

Tyler Azalea Run

Bergfeld Park
Celebrating the 40th year of running through Tyler's Azalea district. The 10k gets underway at 8:10 followed by a 5k and 1k kid's race. Registration closes Saturday morning at 8a.

Spring Celebration 15k, 10k, 5k

Mineola Nature Preserve 1860 CR 2724
Run through the beautiful Mineola Nature Preserve on the railbed trail. Registration details can be found on the Spring Celebration site.

Strut Your Mutt

Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center - 303 HG Mosley Parkway
This is a one-mile wag walk with your dog beginning at 10 a.m. There will be live music, vendors, and kids' activities before the walk begins and it is a fundraiser for the animal shelter.

Azalea Arts & Crafts Fair

Bergfeld Park - 1510 S. College
The annual Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair hosted by the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is returning to Tyler’s Bergfeld Park Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Fair will feature more than 90 booths offering handcrafted items for sale. Live entertainment on both days. Admission is free to the public. Food trucks will be available for a fee.

Overton Art Festival

Rusk St.
Artists and creators will have on display and for sale their personalized creations. Choose from homebaked goods to woodworking creations to artwork, crochet and more.

Ark-La-Tex Tattoo & Art Expo

Maude Cobb Convention Center - Longview
Tattoo artists from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas will be on site to give you the ink that you've been looking to add to your canvas. There will also be demonstrations, competitions, giveaways and more.

Brisket Cook-Off

downtown Gilmer
Live music will accompany this sanctioned bbq competition. There will even be a kids division that will be judged. Other activities include a corn hole tournament, axe throwing competition, food trucks and other vendors.

TJC Apache Belles Spring Show

Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center - 1303 Mahon Ave
Don’t miss the culmination of the Apache Belles 75th Anniversary Celebration! Join them on March 23-25th for the 2023 Spring Show entitled “Inspired by: 75.” This full-length show pays tribute to the history, legacy, traditions, and memorable moments that have made this organization the Toast of Tyler.

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