If October were a music album, it would be made of one hit after another, and it would become a perennial favorite. There are so many things to love about this month, especially in East Texas. The first hint of fall foliage, the pumpkin patches, the absolutely perfect fall weather and fall festivals mean there’s something to discover with each day, around each corner. There’s too much going on in the area to mention it all, but here are some of our top picks.
Two First Monday Opportunities!
Canton First Monday Trade Days occur year-round on the Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of the month. That means in October, Trade Days is open September 30 through October 3, then again on October 28 through October 31.
This might be the very best time of year to visit Canton because the weather is sublime, fall decor is available for purchase and vendors are starting to put out their picks for the 2021 holiday season. Book your Rosevine Inn stay early, because we fill up quickly on First Monday weekends.
2021 Edom Art Festival
October 9-10, 2021
A celebration of Art and Life!
Always a great time and wonderful artists and food.
More info click here https://visitedom.com/edom-art-fest-blank/edom-art-festival-2/
Are you the type who loves scary movies and haunted hayrides? Or do you prefer a more family-friendly pumpkin patch? Experience both this October near Tyler.
For super creepy fun, visit Corpse Grove Hunted Trail’s 1/2 Mile of Terror running October 2 through November 1. You’ll find the haunted house at 15972 State Highway 64.
In Cherokee County, climb aboard the pumpkin patch express at the Texas State Railroad Corn maze. Trick or treat and pick your pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, then ride through the Piney Woods on a vintage steam engine.
If you’re on your way to Canton, stop at Yesterland Farms for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, fireworks, rides and Spooktacular Nights. Grab a burger or a funnel cake from one of their festival foods vendors, then relax by the pond with live music performances from Texas country artists.
Or stop by Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church in Tyler for games, rides and trivia. Pumpkins are for sale, but all the other fun is free.
Saturday, October 2, support local military Veterans at Camp V’s fourth annual Vino for Vets. The event takes place at Hollytree Country Club and proceeds go to providesupport and resources for Veterans.
The event starts with a wine tasting competition, with six different wines paired with heavy appetizers. Then attendees participate in a silent, live auction involving raffle prizes like a signed Drew Pearson football in case, multiple pieces of fine jewelry and trips to Belize, Iceland and Hawaii to name a few.
Or, make plans to join Britt of Britt’s Wine and Dine on October 26 for a three-course sit down wine pairing at the Hampton Inn in Tyler. Britt specializes in providing a relaxed atmosphere and expert guidance so guests at his events can expand their wine knowledge while having a great time. Click here to get your Tuesday Tyler tasting tickets.
Movies You Don’t Want to Miss
If you loved the 2014 Christian drama “God’s Not Dead,” you’ll want to see the story’s next chapter available in theaters only October 4-6. “God’s Not Dead: We the People” tells the story of Reverend Dave who must defend himself and his group of homeschooling families from a local official who opposes their way of life. In Tyler, the Pure Flix movie is playing at Times Square Grand Slam on October 4, with tickets available at https://tylermovies.com/movie-2/tickets/
If you think fall evenings are too beautiful to spend indoors, grab your lawn chair and head to Bergfeld Park for Movies in the Park. On October 1, Mulan (2020, rated PG 13) plays at dusk and on October 16, Suspicion (1941) is a date night classic.
East Texas Festivals
Texas Rose Festival
Tyler is the rose capital of America, and every year locals celebrate that fact with the Texas Rose Festival. This year’s event takes place October 14-17 and has the theme, “Secrets of the Garden.” Here are just a few of the highlights:
- October 14 at 10 a.m. – Ribbon cutting and morning prayer at the Tyler Rose Garden Center
- October 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Coronation of the Rose Queen at Cowan Center at UT Tyler
- October 16 at 9 a.m. – Tyler Rose Festival Parade
- October 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – The Queen’s Tea at Tyler Rose Garden
- October 17 – Rose Festival Arts and Crafts Fair and Plant Sale at Bergfeld Park and the Texas Rose Festival Rose Show Display at Rose Garden Center
PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS
Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose for loads of fun at the RUSK, TX Railroad Depot. Kids of all ages will love the 30-MINUTE ROUND TRIP Train Ride departing from the Rusk depot at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm.
Stay as long as you like for the Pumpkin Patch Express event, which includes a Pumpkin Patch, hayrides, interactive games, prizes, spooky tunes and other activities. Tiny boos and ghouls also enjoy hopping in the bounce house and trick-or-treating on our very own “Trick or Treat Street.”
Every child can pick out his or her own pumpkin to take home for jack-o-lantern creating.
All passengers, young and old, are encouraged to come attired in their Halloween finest.
Concessions will be available for delicious treats.
2021 Tyler Comic Con
For super hero fans and comic book collectors, Tyler Comic Con is the local experience of the year. This year’s event takes place on October 9 and 10 at the Cascades Country Club in Tyler. Guests include Bill Necessary, Kyle Phillips, Sam de la Rosa, Aaron Roberts, Amber Lee Connors and Morgan Berry.
Oktoberfest Tyler on the Downtown Square
Tyler’s monthly Hit the Bricks event gets even bigger and better when it involves fall weather, local craft beer, live music and more than 50 vendors and food trucks. Buy early bird tickets to get an Oktoberfest T-shirt, mug, can of beer, entry into giveaways and prizes and more. Even without the VIP ticket package, visitors are invited to shop, visit the local beer and wine garden, listen to music and experience the event.
On October 22 and 23, visit the Turkey Creek Country Resort for the 2021 Fall Feral Hog Festival. Friday night the fun starts with the Hog Queen Pageant, followed by music from Fire Dancer and Meredith Crawford and The Mean Streak.
Then on Saturday, taste the wild feral hog for which the festival is named along with chili and beans at the cookoff. Visit the knife show, enjoy the live music, shop local vendors or participate in the pepper eating contest.
South Spring Baptist Church has one of the most beautiful church campuses in the state, maybe even in the nation. Some say the rolling green hills and glistening blue water make them think of Scotland’s lush lowlands and green glens. That makes it the perfect place for entertainment by Scottish performers and feats of strength and endurance that would make highlanders proud.
TylerScotFest attendees can shop Celtic treasures and handmade gifts, buy foods from local vendors, learn about clan history or participate in traditional Highland Games. Admission and parking are free.
Join Us In October
We’re with Barry Manilow – it doesn’t matter much how old we grow, we hate to see October go. It’s one of the best times to visit East Texas, and when you’re here, Rosevine Inn is your home away from home. Click here to book your stay now.
Come stay with us and enjoy relaxing in our courtyard. The fire will be going or hang out in the barn game room or the treehouse. So much fun See you soon-your innkeeper signing off