It’s one of the best times of year to visit East Texas. If you’re reading this in early April, you might be visiting to enjoy the Tyler Azalea Trail. We covered that in depth in our March article, and we expect to see blooms continue through much of this month. That’s not all that’s going on by any means. If you haven’t already, book your stay at Rosevine Inn to stay at the best location to experience April in Tyler.
Easter Egg Hunts
An Easter Egg hunt is always a rush of excitement, no matter what your age. East Texas has hunts for everyone from toddlers to adults. Area churches like Westwood Baptist, St. Francis’ Episcopal and First United Methodist Church all have hunts on April 13. Google has links to most the events in the area, but here are a few of our favorites.
Zyiah’s Blessings Community Easter Egg Hunt
This free Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11 a.m. and is open to everyone. This 10th annual event has bounce houses, a barrel train, face painting, egg dying and snow cones. Coordinators encourage participants to bring their basket and arrive early. Admission is free.
Adult Easter Egg Hunt
Kids aren’t the only ones who like to have fun. Tickets are $10 for this adult easter egg hunt also benefitting Ziyah’s Community Outreach. More than 300 eggs containing treats for grown-ups will be available for the first 150 participants to register. The hunt starts at 5 p.m., with a possible second hunt later in the evening. Find out more through the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.
Access 2 Mobility 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Children
This event is for special needs children of all ages and their families. At The Children’s Park in Tyler, families enjoy face painting, balloon animals, photos with the Easter Bunny, baskets and other activities. It’s happening Saturday, April 13 between 12:30 and 4 p.m. Find more info on their Facebook page.
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
Tyler State Park has an Easter Egg Hunt for scuba divers! Eggs are suspended from the bottom of Lake Tyler so they’re easy to see. Participants should have a 3 mil wet suit or thicker and plan bottom time of about 30 minutes.
Turn your Easter Egg hunt into a half day of fun with Texas State Railroad’s Easter Egg Express. The train runs April 13 and 20 this year. Start at the Palestine train depot at the Easter Egg park with games, activities and an Easter egg hunt. Then, hop on the train for a fun-filled trip to the Maydelle Turntable. Some-bunny special will be in attendance, and lunch items are available for purchase. More info click here! https://texasstaterailroad.net/events/easter-egg-express/
Other Outdoor Activities
Once you’ve filled your Easter basket with goodies, the fun isn’t over. When the flowers are so beautiful everywhere you look, you’re going to want to take some home with you. Learn how with the Smith County Master Gardeners. On April 12 at the Tyler Public Library, attend a free lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to find out how to “Supercharge Your Garden with Texas Superstar Plants.”
April 19 and 20 the Rose City Artisans and Flower market returns to the Goodman Museum. At the open-air market, vendors sell bedding plants, herbs, fresh produce, garden decor, specialty food and more. There’s fantastic live entertainment and the historic Goodman-LeGrand House is open for tour. More info http://www.cityoftyler.org/tabid/1554/ctl/NewsArticle/mid/3011/CategoryID/11/NewsID/34220/Default.aspx
Find a one-of-a-kind treasure at Vintage and Company’s Spring Barn Sale. Scroll through their Facebook page to see the treasures they’ve been collecting, but only if you want to find something you can’t live without. On April 25-27, shop vintage decor and hand-picked items at 10101 FM 2813 in Flint Texas between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Hit the Bricks is always the second weekend of the month. This month, visit downtown Tyler on April 13 for entertainment, shopping, food, music and history. This month, ETX Brewing Co. offers brewery tours, a food truck and live entertainment. Gallery Main Street has an opening reception for art exhibit “Pretty Ugly” and Ricks on the Square features The Good Question Band. You’ll also have a chance to meet some of this year’s Azalea Belle’s from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to stop by Old City Antique Mall for exciting sales and giveaways. https://www.facebook.com/Ye-Olde-City-Antique-Mall-292247052789/
The Diva Du is a one-of-a-kind women’s only duathalon at Kiepersol Winery. Challenge yourself with a sprint or a run-bike-run. https://www.itri365.com/diva-du
Also in April:
- Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – April 27
- March of Dimes March for Babies Community Walk at Southside Park – April 13
- Run for the Woods Color Run at Andy Woods Elementary = April 13
Spring Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss
Blue Moon Gardens Spring Lavender Festival – Spend the day in the gardens at this Spring Open House. Speakers share how to grow and harvest lavender and use lavender flowers and foliage in the kitchen. Take a workshop to make lavender foaming bath salts and exfoliating polish you can take home with you. The gardens are lovely, with plants for sale in the nursery. Refreshments and products for purchase are also available. The event takes place Saturday, April 27.
April in Edom Edom Art and Wine Experience – April 26-27, the tiny town of Edom will steal your heart. A music festival starts the evening of the 26th, then the festival runs from 6-3 on Saturday. Shop fine arts, handmade goods, antiques and pottery.
Red Dirt BBQ and Music Festival on May 4 – This event sells out every year, and this year is no exception. There’s still room at Rosevine Inn not far from this music fest like no other. This year’s lineup includes the Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Mike and the Moonpies, Stoney LaRue and American Aquarium.
East Texas Culture and Arts
If you thought Shakespeare was serious and stuffy, Tyler Civic Theatre has a show that will change your mind forever. April 5-14 view Complete Works of Shakespeare – Abridged to race through all 37 of the bard’s plays in 97 minutes. Your sides will split with laughter and you’ll never see Shakespeare the same again.
Tyler Junior College holds Arts Fest all April, with coffee house recitals, a silent film bash and a distinguished lecture series. On Saturday, April 27 they host a Cultural Arts District Street Fair from 3-9 p.m. on Baxter Street. The event will have art, food, dance and performances.
That same day, Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich performs Tchaikkovsky and Schubert at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. The concert starts at 7:30, and tickets are still available online.
A fun event at Tyler’s First Presbyterian Church on Sunday April 28 from 11am to noon “KIRKIN OF THE TARTANS” featuring the Lyon College Band.
Don’t forget Canton First Monday Trade Days May 2nd through 5th Find your favorite things-Always a good time more info? Click here https://www.cantontxfirstmonday.com/
As you can see, there are so many great options in April and the beginning of May!! The hardest part will be deciding how to fit them all in. One of the best reasons to stay at Rosevine Inn is how close you’ll be to area events. Sleep in comfort, enjoy our legendary breakfast then venture out to explore when you book your stay today.
We will be burning our fires nightly and serving our delicious breakfast daily. make your reservation now! This is your innkeeper signing off until next time!