Sizzling East Texas Fun Events in Tyler and The Surrounding Area

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Smiling Sun

Around the first of August, the vibe in East Texas experiences a subtle change. Parents and students know there aren’t many carefree days of summer left, and they want to make the most of them. The heat is intense, so they start looking for indoor activities for the absolutely blistering days and schedule outdoor ones for the days that are just extremely hot.

Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast is your refuge from the heat with cool, comfortable rooms and a barn style game room for relaxing in the shade. Plus we’re just minutes from everything going on in Tyler and the surrounding communities so you don’t miss a minute of the fun. We will run a wonderful special in September! Read all about it at the end of this blog and next month, too!!

Indoor Activities to Beat the Heat

2019 Book Bash at Harvey Hall  August 3rd

Books of various colors on Shelf


Don’t miss the third annual book bash at Harvey Hall Convention Center in Tyler. Here are a few of the attending authors:

  • David H Millar – Author of the Celtic historical fiction series Conall
  • Erin Bedford – Fantasy romance author of titles like Just Witch It, Rapunzel Unveiled and Wanted.
  • Harper Ray – Adult romance Writer of titles like Behind the Mask, Her Last Hope and Relapse.
  • Jeanne McDonald – This contemporary romance writer also known as JM Dodd has written books like Politically Incorrect, Compass and My Geeky Valentine.
  • Katrina Marie – This Dallas writer has written Welcome to Your Life, Love Will Save Your Soul and Remember That Night.
  • Katherine Brown – Author of Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life and Small One.
  • Kendra Moreno – This author wrote Cruel as a Queen, Mad as a Hatter and Feral as a Cat, all part of the Sons of Wonderland Series.

In all, 31 authors are currently signed up to attend, along with multiple vendors. The book bash gives you a chance to pick up signed copies of books to get you through the end of the year, no matter what the weather.

Family Days at Tyler Museum of Art

Saturday Aug 3rd It’s hard to beat free admission, snacks and fun but that’s what you’ll find at Family Days at Tyler Museum of Art. Between 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 enjoy interactive art projects and a festive atmosphere for all ages.

The Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Starry Sky

Night Sky

The Planetarium at Tyler Junior College may be one of the best-kept secrets in East Texas. Area residents know the Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) is one of the best places to spend a hot afternoon or summer evening.

Step into the cool, dark theater and find a comfortable seat, then sit back and enjoy the show. The 40′ Spitz Nano-Domed theater provides immersive experiences that are as entertaining as they are educational. Watch movies like National Geographic’s Robots 3D, showcasing real robots coming in the not-too-distant future. View also Jean-Michel Costeau’s Secret Ocean for a breathtaking look at the world fathoms below.

After the movie, check out the CESSE museum to see moon rocks and various rotating exhibitions. Right now you can check out Sportsology, a high tech obstacle course where visitors can test their agility, coordination and strength as they learn about their bodies.

East Texas Live Sky and Star Parties

The first Saturday of each month , families can see a live presentation of the night skies in East Texas. Learn what’s currently visible in the night sky, with showings at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Presenters also set up telescopes outside for live viewing if weather permits. Best of all, Live Sky and Star Party events are completely free.

Heirloom Quilt Show at Harvey Hall

Greg Grant, Smith County Horticulturist presents “Stitching An Heirloom Garden…Learning Landscaping From my Grannie’s Old Quilts.” This lecture and heirloom quilt show will feature the first-ever showing of Greg’s extensive heirloom family quilt collection.  The event takes place on August 24 at Harvey Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, with tickets available at the door.

Colorful Quilt


Book signing by Edward Hancock II

If you didn’t get enough to read at the Book Bash, you have another chance on August 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Edward Hancock II is signing and selling copies of his Mendez Series books and the young adult story “Sutter’s Cave.” Only limited quantities are available, so get there early to ensure the best selection.

Wines in the Pines at Texas State Railroad

texas state railroad train ride

Steam Train

Take date night on the rails with a wine-tasting tour on August 9. Under the light of the summer moon, get comfortable in vintage train cars and take an excursion through the night forest of East Texas. You’ll have the chance to sample select vintages complemented by chocolate as the train’s journey from sunset to darkness is mirrored by your transition from white to red wine and milk to dark chocolate.

Outdoor Opportunities You Don’t Want to Miss

Free Stories at the Goodman Museum

Find a seat on the historic grounds of the Goodman LeGrand Museum in downtown Tyler every Tuesday morning for Stories on the Lawn. Children 0-10 years of age enjoy this storytime for free.

Bike Ride at Lake Tyler

Man on A Bike

Man on a Bike

Enjoy magnificent scenery on an easy ride with very little traffic that starts at The Boulders at Lake Tyler. This free event starts on Saturday, August 3 at 9 a.m. and lasts until 11 a.m. Start at 16822 McElroy Road in Whitehouse with your bike, helmet, rear light and water.

Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch Tours

The Fund for Animals


In Murchison, Texas you’ll find a world-renowned animal sanctuary that’s only open to the public a few times a month. Tour more than 1,400 acres that’s home to 800+ animals rescued from near-death situations, roadside zoos or the exotic pet trade. You’ll see everything from bison to antelope to camels, all of which have found permanent sanctuary at the ranch.

Other East Texas Events

Canton Trade Days

World Logo for First Monday Trade Days

First Monday Logo

First Monday Trade Days is August 1-4 and August 30-September 2. When you book your stay at Rosevine Inn, not only can we provide conveniently located lodging and a gourmet breakfast, we’ll also tell you how to get the most out of your Canton shopping trip!

Jazz and Swing Dancing at ETX Brewery

Dance the night away with Let’s Swing! Swing Dancing with Tyler Swing Thing on the second Thursday of each month at ETX Brewing Co. This August 8 take free swing dancing lessons starting at 6:30 p.m., then dance to the jazz until 10.

Beer to Go at Craft Breweries

House Bill 1545 takes effect on September 1, allowing East Texas breweries to legally sell beer to go. That means you can purchase your favorite brew or an assortment of new flavors to try and take it with you to enjoy later at home. Local breweries like True Vine are having celebration events to kick off the change.

Copper kettle

Beer Cooker!

Our September Special                                                                                                                      So in September we will be anticipating the cooler Fall weather. To help our guests celebrate, we suggest you enjoy “The Treehouse” and “Hangout Room” at the Inn. They are cooled by a large attic fan and are so relaxing in the evenings with a nice bottle of wine-or a 6 pack of our Tyler breweries beer. Mention you saw this when you make your reservation and what you would love to have– We will have it waiting for you when you stay with us.

Rosevine Inn with Fence

Rosevine Inn

As you can imagine, with so much going on, rooms and suites are filling up fast. Don’t wait to book yours today.                                                                                                    Our next blog will not come out until September as your innkeepers will be taking a little holiday time in August. So until then. Your innkeeper Becca signing off.                                                                                                    

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