May Magic in East Texas: Activities and Events in Tyler and Beyond

Welcome to East Texas in May! If you’re looking for things to do during your Rosevine clip art drawing with the word May in yellow surrounded by different color flowers and butterfliesInn visit, you’re in luck. Our region has a wealth of events and activities happening throughout the month, from cultural experiences to outdoor adventures.

Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or with family, there’s something for everyone. Plus, if you’re looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay, the Rosevine Inn might just be your perfect match. Our 1930’s vintage home offers beautiful, spacious grounds, comfortable rooms and easy access to many city attractions. We even offer extended stay rooms and suites, so you can truly make yourself at home during your East Texas visit. So let’s dive into all the exciting events happening in the region this May!

April27-30:  First Monday Trade Days Canton because The 1st is Monday May 1!!

If you happen to be in East Texas at the start of May, be sure to check out First Monday Trade Days. This monthly flea market is held in Canton, Texas and has been a beloved tradition for decades. The market is actually held on the Thursday through Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month, so the May event falls on April 27-April 30.clip art of round blue globe woth countries colored yellow texas is white outlined in red and the words First Monday Trade Days in red lettering are on a White banner surrounding the globe in the middle

Purported to be the largest and oldest continually operated flea market in the United States, it’s no wonder this event draws large crowds from all over the country. With so many unique vendors and treasures to discover, it’s a shopping experience you won’t soon forget!

May 4: First Saturday Hike at Tyler State Park

hiking trail at Tyler Sate ParkJoin others for the  “First Saturday Hike” at Tyler State Park. We’ll meet at 9:00 a.m. in the lot adjacent to the Camp Store.
This is a group led hike and not organized by a specific person. As a group, we’ll decide which trail(s) to hike.�Use the comments section to discuss the hike with other members of the group.
�As a reminder, there is a $6.00 park entry fee, unless you have a state park annual pass. We suggest arriving at the park no later than 8:45 to allow time to go through the gates, register and pay.�As usual, please make sure you bring plenty of water, bug repellent and sunscreen. 

May 5: open taps.jpg Black background with True vine logo in the middle in blue green and writing on left side in white True Vine then Open in larger writing, on the right in Large writing is Taps and under that in smaller writing is on the square

Looking for a fun way to kick off your East Texas weekend? Look no further than Open Taps at True Vine Brewing on the Square! This craft beer brewing company is known for not only their delicious brews but also their involvement in the community. And now, they’re bringing back their popular Open Taps event.

Happening on the last Friday of the month from now through September, this event takes place on the Square downtown. For just $15 at the door, you’ll receive a glass and two beers to enjoy. But that’s not all – you can also explore True Vine’s taproom, mingle with other attendees on the Square, and listen to live music. And if you get hungry, a local food truck will be on hand with some yummy cuisine. Don’t forget to show some love to other local downtown businesses while you’re there!

May 4-7: “A Flower of the Field” Play at Tyler Civic TheatreBlack background green rectangle with green writing in cursive says Flower of the Field below is a Red rose with a skull in the middle. At the bottom of the flower it says New Play in white. To the right og the triangle are the audition dates March 20-21 and show dates May 4-7

If you’re in the mood for some live theater during your East Texas visit, head on over to Tyler Civic Theatre for their production of “A Flower of the Field.” This play will be running from May 4th to May 7th, so you have several chances to catch it.

This drama, set in the 1800s, tells the story of a young girl struggling to survive and find her place in the world. With talented local actors and a beautiful set, this production is guaranteed to be a hit with theater lovers of all ages. Plus, the Tyler Civic Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Tyler, so you can easily grab a bite to eat or explore the area before or after the show. Don’t miss out on this cultural experience during your East Texas stay!

May 6: Red Dirt– BBQ & Music in Downtown Tylerlogo for Red Dirt Festival-Beige and black buildings downtown Tyler and the wording Red Dirt Festival Tyler Texas

Are you a fan of live music and delicious BBQ? If so, you’ve probably already heard of the Red Dirt– BBQ & Music Festival taking place in downtown Tyler on May 6th. This annual event brings together some of the best local and regional bands, as well as mouth-watering BBQ from some of the area’s top pitmasters.

With a lively, family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of food and drinks to go around, it’s sure to be a fun-filled day for all. Plus, the festival takes place in the heart of downtown Tyler, so you can easily explore the area and check out some of the local shops and restaurants. Bring your appetite and your dancing shoes, and get ready for a day of fun and flavor at Red Dirt– BBQ & Music! While VIP tickets are long gone, some concert tickets remain.

May 6: Tyler Civic Chorale Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man”

Logo for Tyler Civic Choral with white background and Black writing. A single red rose is to the left of the wording.Choral music lovers will enjoy Tyler Civic Chorale’s performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man on May 6th and 7th. This powerful work was commissioned by the Royal Armouries in Great Britain and is dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.

With soaring melodies and haunting harmonies, The Armed Man leaves a lasting impression on all who hear it. Tickets are available for purchase on the Tyler Civic Chorale website or through their Facebook page. Don’t miss this incredible performance!

May 12: The Art Experience at Hinds Art Gallery

Attend a one of a kind art sale at the Hinds Art Gallery on May 12th! The Art Experience brings together local artists from various disciplines, including painters, potters, and jewelry makers, for a two-day indoor art sale. You can even see some living art as you support local artists while adding beautiful pieces to your collection.

May 12-13: Piney Woods Wine Festivalpicture of The Pickers Pavillion in Lindale-it is a red style barn building with wording at the bottom that says May 12-13 Friday 1-8 and Saturday 11-7 word at the top are white on purple background that says Piney Woods Wine Festival

Wine lovers, mark your calendars for May 12th and 13th for the Piney Woods Wine Festival! This annual event is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine.

With dozens of wineries from across Texas on hand to pour their best vintages, you’ll have the chance to sample and purchase a wide variety of wines. Plus, the festival features live music, delicious food, and beautiful surroundings, making it a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon or evening. Don’t forget to bring a designated driver, or take advantage of the festival’s shuttle service, so everyone can enjoy the fun and stay safe.

May 13: Culinary Experience at the Goodman LeGrand Museum

Black wording that says Culinary Experience at the Goodman May 13, 2023 6-8pm $100 per person-under that are pictures of avacado half, celery, aspargus and limes. also a logo for the City of TylerSavor history through your taste buds at the Culinary Experience at the Goodman-LeGrand Museum on May 13th. This unique event features live cooking demonstrations, tastings of historic recipes, and a chance to explore the beautifully restored 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum. With plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of food and cooking in Texas, this is an event that foodies and history buffs won’t want to miss.

May 18-20: LACC Lindale Championship Rodeo

Grab your hat and your boots, then step into the wild west in the heart of East TexasPicture of a cowboy on a running horse on the left and a cowboy on a bucking horse at the top is the wording May 18-20, 2023 in the middle between th cowboys is a brown cowboy hat with steer horns and the word Rodeo-at the bottoms os the wording Cross Brand Cowboy Church with the upcoming Lindale Championship Rodeo presented by The Edwards Team Realtors at Century 21st Group. Taking place from Thursday May 18, 2023 to Saturday May 20, 2023 at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church Arena, this highly anticipated event promises a thrilling display of rodeo skills and horsemanship.

The best part? Admission is completely FREE, thanks to the generous support of event sponsors. For more information, visit the Lindale Championship Rodeo Facebook event page or head over to the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce website.

May 20: Home Garden Tour presented by Smith County Master Gardener Association

garden with various plants under shade and a path to the leftDo you have a green thumb or simply enjoy admiring beautiful gardens? Then you’ll want to check out the Home Garden Tour presented by the Smith County Master Gardener Association on May 20th. This self-guided tour features some of the most beautiful and innovative gardens in the area, showcasing a wide variety of styles and plant types. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with the gardeners Sheila Preddy, Victor & Shirley Long, Cathy Swindell, Dana Anderson, Cynthia Siegel, and Susan Buntz. learn more about their techniques, as well as pick up some inspiration for your own garden. So get ready to be inspired and amazed at the Home Garden Tour!

May 20: ETX Outdoor Expo

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, mark your calendars for the inaugural ETX OutdoorPiney woods looking up with a blue sky Expo happening soon! Hosted by M Roberts Media and ETX View Magazine, the event is set to showcase the best of hunting, fishing, water sports, camping, hiking, and more.

The expo is perfect for those who love the great outdoors and want to learn more about the latest gear and equipment available. Tickets are available here.

May 20: Brickstreet Festival Downtown Tyler

red bricks in a herringbone patternThe Brickstreet Festival is a pop-up market that takes place in Downtown Tyler from 11 am to 4 pm. It is a monthly event where local vendors come together to showcase their handmade artisan goods, fashion, art, baked goods, and other creative products.

The festival is perfect for shopping, mingling, and enjoying some live music. You can scavenge for unique and original gifts, discover new artists, and support local businesses while having fun. Don’t miss out on the next Brickstreet Festival and come join in the excitement!

May 25 – The Best of Motown and More Embed Video

On May 25th, Liberty Hall in Downtown Tyler hosts The Best of Motown and More, a tribute show to the R&B and soul greats that have defined modern American music. The performers, with their stunning choreography and eye-catching costumes, will take you on a journey through the timeless hits of artists like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Stylistics, The O’Jays, and many more.

May 27 – Cross Brand Car and Bike Show

poster anouncing May 27 9 to 2 Crioss Brand car and Bike Show $30 entry fee-Various kinds of cars pictued on the posterThe Cross Brand Car & Bike Show will take place on May 27th, featuring various classifications for participants and free coffee and donuts for early birds. If it rains, event planners will move the show to the arena, so you’re guaranteed a good time no matter the weather.

Other Days to Know

May is shaping up to be an exciting month in East Texas, with plenty of events and activities for all ages and interests. Don’t forget that Memorial Day weekend is from May 26 through 29, officially kicking off the summer season. Additionally, Mother’s Day is in May, and a gift certificate for a stay at the Rosevine Inn is a perfect gift idea for any mom who deserves a relaxing getaway. Click her to buy one!  Graduations are approaching-Don’t you need a comfortable and relaxing place to stay when you come to Tyler to see and congratulate your graduate?  Whether you’re a local or just passing through, be sure to check out these events and enjoy all that East Texas has to offer this May. Contact us to learn more about booking a stay at the Rosevine Inn!

Don’t forget that we offer so much for you to see and do at our beautiful Bed and Breakfast! We have a wonderful courtyard and a fantastic barn syle game room-both with fireplaces. We serve a delicious breakfast daily. Can’t wait to see you!  Sooooooo until next time Your Innkeeper is signing Off.

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