As if 'Hit the Bricks,' which happens every second Saturday in downtown Tyler, wasn't fun enough already, check this out. The June 8 "edition" features the 'Texas Ice Cream Festival." Um, could life be any more perfect than being at an ice cream festival? *Ponders* Nope. I don't think it's possible. ;) Check out the ice cream and sno-cone vendors, not to mention others. And hey, you are more than welcome to bring a lawn or folding chairs, too. and folding chairs are welcome.This special theme is a fun and delicious destination for the whole family so bring everyone! However, you can always just bring yourself and make some new friends.

Typically, the day's activities start around 10 a.m., BUT NOW that the Rose City Farmers' Market is back, AND Cafe 1948 will be there with their delightful offerings, you can start as early as 7 a.m. The RCFM opens at 8 a.m., so come early to get a jump start on all of the locally-made and delicious offerings.  Activities continue throughout the day (and night). Enjoy free parking in the parking garage and on the square itself, of course. No charge on the weekends, yo. If the weather's nice, take a ride on the open-air shuttle sponsored by Tyler Innovation Pipeline. There's a range of activities to check out, restaurants to enjoy, and a live music feast for your ears.

Specifics for this month's gathering? Check out the schedule below, directly sourced from the 'Hit the Bricks' Facebook page.

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Café 1948 will have some specialty drink releases and live music

8 a.m. to 12 noon: Rose City Farmers Market

9 to 11a.m.: Saturday Morning Cars & Tacos at ETX Brewing Co.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hazie Sue Vintage Clothing Truck will be at 903 Handmade

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Craft and Trade Show Summer event at The Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Opening of the exhibit “Expedition Egypt” at The Discovery Science Place. Explore the tomb of an unknown Pharaoh, learn how ancient Egyptians mummified their revered leaders and discover how ancient Egyptian society influences pop culture still today.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Treasure Hunt at Ye Olde City Antique Mall - find gift certificates hidden around the store.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Summer Kick-Off 2019: Texas Ice Cream Festival on the square

12 noon to 4 p.m.: Opening of the newest temporary exhibit at the Smith County Historical Society. The exhibit will feature art from local artist A.C. Gentry Jr. They will serve cookies, sweets, and drinks.

12 noon to 6 p.m.: East Texas Wine Tour: Get on the shuttle bus at ETX Brewing Co. The shuttle leaves at 12 noon sharp and will travel to several wineries and shops in the region. Tours fill up fast, so reserve your spot early.

2 p.m. to 10 p.m.: The Liberal Art & Music Festival hosted by Heart of Tyler, Inc.. Enjoy local art music and food trucks located in the Spring Avenue Plaza, 115 N. Spring Ave.

2 p.m. to 12 midnight: Mission 22 PTSD Charity Event event at ETX Brewing Co. Enjoy a special beer release, food specials, silent auction, live music, and more.

2 to 4 p.m.: Makerspace: Make Nebula a Jar at the Tyler Public Library

4 to 7 p.m.: 110x110 at Gallery Main Street; Celebrate 10 years of this annual fundraiser and take home a unique piece of art.

7 to 10 p.m.: 4 SHOW, opening of a new art exhibit at Martin Walker P.C.; free admission; complimentary refreshments

Held all day, the self-guided walking tour of the Half Mile of History is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, or events in Tyler. A digital brochure for the self-guided tour is at


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