What Makes East Texas so Spectacular in July

Five sided star with image of american flag on itIf you’re looking for Tyler things to do, you should know right now summer fun is in full swing! From unique shopping experiences and lively entertainment to patriotic 4th of July celebrations and family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’ll find plenty of events to make your summer memorable. Let’s dive into the spectacular and sometimes even explosive lineup for this month.

Downtown Art 

Snapshots: Prints by Rob Clark

In collaboration with the City of Tyler, Texas’s Gallery Main Street, “Snapshots: Prints by4 black and white drawings a pantry shelf, a person with a mask, 2 children on a sidewalk, ablack man in a chair Wording in upper right hand corner says Snapshots Prints by Rob Clark Rob Clark” opens this Friday. Join other art lovers for an opening reception from 4:30-6:00 p.m., with the exhibition running through July 8. This unique showcase features 12 aluminum-plate lithographs inspired by the artist’s experience during the COVID lockdown in 2020. The exhibition offers a compelling glimpse into a challenging time, captured through the delicate artistry of lithography.

Located at 110 N. College Ave., Tyler, Texas 75702, Gallery Main Street provides the perfect setting to appreciate these thought-provoking works. Visitors can expect a reflective and engaging experience, making it a must-see for art enthusiasts and anyone interested in contemporary reflections on recent history. For more information, visit the the Gallery Mainstreet website.

Live Entertainment

Dance Lessons at VFW 1799

Get ready to learn some new moves at VFW Post 1799 with their beginner-level dance lessons! On July 3rd from 7-9 pm, this fun-filled evening will feature line and country Black and white drawing of Man and woman dancingcouples dancing, perfect for anyone wanting to try something new. No sign-up is required, and the cost is only $5 per person. Held in a non-smoking facility now open to the public, it’s a welcoming environment for all.

Located off Rhones Quarter Road, the VFW Post 1799 provides a great atmosphere to kick up your heels and enjoy a night of dancing. Whether you’re a beginner or just looking to brush up on your skills, these lessons are a fantastic way to meet new people and have a great time. For more information, visit the VFW Post 1799 website.

Live Music at Fresh: Garden Valley Radio

Enjoy a relaxing evening with live music at Fresh by Brookshires. On July 5th from 6-9 pm, the patio will come alive with the sounds of Garden Valley Radio. This local band is known for their engaging performances and eclectic mix of music that will get everyone tapping their feet.

Fresh by Brookshires, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX, offers a fantastic setting for a night out with friends or family. The combination of great music, delicious food, and a vibrant atmosphere makes it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the summer night. For more information, visit the Fresh by Brookshires website.

Swing Dancing with Tyler Swing Thing

Experience the joy of swing dancing with Tyler Swing Thing, which hosts a social dance and beginner lesson every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. On July 5th from 7:30-10 pm, join in the fun at Artistic Dance Concepts, where you can learn a variety of dances from the Swing Era, including Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Balboa, Charleston, andLogo for Tyler Swing Thing A swing dance Community-all this wording in white on a blue background Collegiate Shag.

The evening starts with a beginner East Coast Swing dance lesson at 7:30 pm, followed by open social dancing from 8:30-10 pm. Whether you dress up or down, no partner is necessary, and no experience is needed. Shoes that aren’t too “grippy” work best for dancing. Come out, try something new, and meet great people in a friendly and supportive environment. For more information, visit the Tyler Swing Thing website.

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Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare at the Texas Shakespeare Festival, held at Kilgore College from June 27th to July 28th. This renowned festival brings the Bard’s works to life with a series of professional productions featuring talented actors, directors, and designers. Enjoy classic plays in an intimate setting, making for an handrawn illistration of William Shakespeare from freepikunforgettable theatrical experience.

Located in Kilgore, Texas, the festival offers a unique opportunity to appreciate high-quality performances in a charming town. With a variety of plays scheduled throughout the month, there’s something for everyone, from comedy to tragedy. For more information and tickets, visit the Texas Shakespeare Festival website.

Summer Festival & Car Show at Tyler Berry FarmPoster with information on the tractor and truck show at tyler berry farm on July 13

Head to Tyler Berry Farm on July 13th for a day of family fun at the Summer Festival & Car Show. From 10 am to 4 pm, this event features a classic car show, local vendors, food trucks, live music, and activities for kids. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer Saturday enjoying the beauty of the farm and the excitement of the festival. Bring the whole family and make some memories. For more details, visit the Tyler Berry Farm event.

4th of July

6th Annual Freedom Fighter 5K & Lil’ Firecracker Kids Dash

Kick off your 4th of July celebrations with the 6th Annual Freedom Fighter 5K & Lil’ Firecracker Kids Dash. This patriotic event, starting at 8 am on July 4th at Bergfeld Park, is perfect for runners of all ages and skill levels. Participants can enjoy a scenicLogo in the middle in red white and blue says 5K above it in blue the word Freedom and below in blue the word Fighter in both sides of 5K is 5 stars in blue route through Tyler, and all proceeds support local veterans’ organizations. Register early to secure your spot and receive a commemorative race t-shirt.

The Freedom Fighter 5K creates a festive atmosphere filled with community spirit. After the race, enjoy refreshments, music, and activities for kids. It’s a great way to start the day and honor our nation’s heroes. For registration and details, visit the Freedom Fighter 5K website.

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Celebrate Independence Day at Lindsey Park with a spectacular fireworks show on the evening of July 4th. Gates open at 4 pm, and the event features live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities leading up to the fireworks display. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a comfortable evening under the stars.

Lindsey Park’s annual celebration is a beloved community event, offering a safe and fun environment for families to enjoy. The highlight of the night is the dazzling fireworks show that lights up the sky, creating lasting memories for attendees. Arrive early to secure a good spot and enjoy the pre-show festivities. Click here for more information

Lake Tyler Marina 4th of July Weekend Blowout Party

Join the festivities at the Lake Tyler Marina for their 4th of July Weekend Blowout Party. Starting on July 3rd and continuing through the 4th, this event offers live music, food trucks, water activities, and a breathtaking fireworks display over the lake. It’s the perfect setting for a fun and relaxing holiday weekend. For event details, visit the Lake Tyler Marina FIREWORK information.

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Experience a stunning fireworks display at Lake Palestine Marina on the night of July 4th. The marina’s annual fireworks show is a highlight of the summer, drawing crowds from all around the area. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the show from the shore or on a boat for a unique vantage point.

Lake Palestine Marina’s 4th of July celebration offers a serene setting to watch the fireworks reflect off the water, creating a magical experience. Arrive early to find a good viewing spot and take part in the festive atmosphere. Whether you’re on land or water, the show promises to be a memorable end to your Independence Day celebrations. For more information, visit the Lake Palestine Marina website.

Family-Friendly Activities

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Get ready for a thrilling and educational experience with “Boas vs. Pythons,” presented by HMMM Wildlife on the Move. Taking place at the Lindale Library on July 10th, this interactive show introduces children to the fascinating world of reptiles. Kids will learn about the differences between boas and pythons, their habitats, and their roles in the ecosystem. Mark your calendars and bring the family to enjoy this unique wildlife presentation. Visit the Lindale Library facebook website for more details.

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Join fellow plant enthusiasts at the Summer Plant Swap hosted by the Tyler Public Library on July 20th. This event offers a chance to exchange plants, cuttings, and gardening tips with other local gardeners. It’s a fantastic opportunity to expand your garden and connect with the community.

The Plant Swap is perfect for gardeners of all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting, you’ll find something new to take home. Plus, it’s a great way to learn about different plant varieties and growing techniques. Don’t forget to bring your own plants to trade! 

Outdoor Activities

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Embrace the beauty of nature with the First Saturday Hike at Tyler State Park on July 6th. This guided hike takes you through the park’s scenic trails, offering an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. The hike starts at 9 am, and all ages are welcome. For more details, visit the Tyler State Park website.

TJC Planetarium Summer events

red brick building home of TJC PlanetariumIn 1963, Tyler Junior College (TJC) opened the first planetarium located in East Texas. Originally known as the Hudnall Planetarium, it was reopened in 2011 after a major expansion and renovation of its facilities and renamed The Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

Home to the first 40’ Spitz nano-seam domed theatre in East Texas, the state-of-the-art Planetarium features an immersive, full-dome video experience. The new theater is equipped with Digitarium Aethos, the latest in digital projection technology. Check the TJC Planetarium website for showtimes and ticket information.

Local Flavor

The Isaacs at Liberty Hall

Catch The Isaacs live in concert at Liberty Hall on July 19th. Known for their tight harmonies and inspiring performances, this Grammy-nominated group will deliver an unforgettable show. Doors open at 7 pm, and tickets are available online. Click here   for ticket information and event details.

Grease: Sing Along/Dress Up at Liberty Hall

Join the fun at Liberty Hall’s Grease Sing Along/Dress Up event on July 26th. Fans of the classic musical can sing along to their favorite songs and dress up as their favorite photo of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in character for the movie Grease. Grease is written at the bottom of the photo in red and white letterscharacters. The event starts at 7 pm, and costumes are highly encouraged. For more details, visit the Liberty Hall website.             

 Grease! at The Tyler Civic Theatre

Experience the beloved musical Grease at The Tyler Civic Theatre from July 25th to August 4th. This production brings the classic story of Danny and Sandy to life with vibrant performances and catchy tunes. Showtimes vary, and tickets are available online. For tickets and showtimes, visit the Tyler Civic Theatre website.

Moody Family Wines: Live Music every weekendblack square with wording on it in white Moody Family Wines

Enjoy an evening of live music and fine wine at Moody Family Wines, featuring great acts every Friday and Saturday.. This event offers a relaxed atmosphere with great tunes and delicious local wines. The music starts at 6 pm, and entry is free. Check the Moody Family Wines website for more information.

red brick georgian coloniual with black shutters-white picket fence in forground The Rosevine InnBest Lodging Near Tyler Texas

East Texas is bursting with events and activities this July. Make the most of your visit by staying at the charming Rosevine Inn. Book your stay today and enjoy all the comforts of home while exploring everything the region has to offer!

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