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2018 Azalea & Spring Flower Trails March 16th-April 1st

We welcome you to the 59th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, featuring mile after mile of blooming azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. 

This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise.  

Enjoy springtime in Tyler…stroll the beautiful gardens, join one of the many community events, and visit our offering of fine and performing arts.

Historic Homes Tours

The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House

Azalea Trail Tour Hours: March 23rd-24th and March 30th-31st (10am-4pm)

Tours of the historic McClendon house built in 1878 include information about the house and family. Admission is $7 per person. The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House is located at 806 W. Houston St. For more info call (903)592-3533 or go to

Historic Tyler on Tour 2018

Friday, March 23rd: Candlelight Party (7–9pm) — Home Tours: Saturday, March 24th (10am-5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (1-5pm)

Stroll through these elegant neighborhoods and grand lawns, soaking up the beauty of East Texas in bloom, as you tour private residences in Tyler’s Historic Districts listed in the National Historic Register. Candlelight Party tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Home Tours tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more info call (903)595-1960, or go to

Roseland Plantation Historic Tour & Afternoon Tea

Monday, March 26th, Wednesday, March 28th, and Friday, March 30th (2pm each day)

This is a four-course Afternoon Tea and Historic Plantation Tour. Tea and Tour are $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Tours only are $10 per person. Reservations are required for both. Roseland Plantation is located at 2591 State Hwy. 64 W., 6 miles west of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. For more info call (903)849-0205 or go to

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Gallery Main Street Juried Art Exhibit: “Elephant in the Room”

March 10th-April 14th (Open Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12 noon-4pm)

Gallery Main Street features juried art exhibits of original art created in a variety of media by regional artists. Admission is free. Gallery Main Street is located at 110 W. Erwin St. For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to

Tours of Tyler

Fridays and Saturdays, March 23rd-24th and March 30th-31st

Come experience the beauty of the Azalea Trails from the comfort of an air-conditioned touring van. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (214)621-6071 or go to

McC Rider’s Shuttle Service

Fridays-Sundays, March 23rd-25th and March 30th-April 1st (10am-5pm)

Let someone else do the driving through the Azalea Trails in an open-air touring shuttle. Tours will depart from Broadway and Dobbs St. Tickets are $10 per person, children 5 and under are free. The shuttle leaves every hour. For more info call (903)330-8262.

“Playhouses on the Plaza”

March 16th-22nd (7am-11pm daily) – Preview of the Playhouses — Thursday, March 22nd (6pm) – Dinner and Live Auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse

T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza will become a magical mini-community with up to eight life-sized custom playhouses – promising hours of imaginative playing –  displayed on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in Downtown Tyler and features an online auction. The display is open to public viewing at no charge. The event will culminate in a ticketed dinner and live auction at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse, 102 N. College Ave. All proceeds benefit Smith County Habitat for Humanity. This is sponsored by Invest In Tyler & Strada Caffe. Smith County Habitat’s mission is to build and repair houses for people in need of decent, affordable housing. For more info call Habitat for Humanity of Smith County at (903)595-6630 or go to

“Spring Through the Eyes of a Child”

Through March 23rd (Daily 9am-6pm and Sunday 2-4:30pm)

Walk through a wonderful “garden” of children’s hand-made art provided by Stepping Stone Preschool and Tyler Classical Academy. You can also tour through lovely arts and crafts created by Prestige’s residents such as quilts, paintings, crochet, Christmas items, doll collections and more. You can also retreat to the “Secret Garden” and sip tropical tea while enjoying azaleas and spring flowers. This is open to the public. Admission is free. This will be held at Prestige Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, 6928 Paluxy Dr. For more info call (903)561-6102 or go to

Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour 

Daily Through April 1st (8am to sunset each day)

Take a self-guided vehicle tour or enjoy one of the many trails at Tyler State Park to see beautiful blooming Dogwoods and other Spring Flowers. Saturdays, you can also enjoy fun Ranger Programs. Admission is $6 per person 13 and older, 12 and under are free. Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Rd. 16. For more info call (903)597-5338.

13th Annual Life in Tyler Photography Contest

Daily through March 31st (Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm)

This fun contest features photos depicting life in Tyler including youth, adult, and professional categories. It is open to anyone – information and registration online at Cost is $3 per entry. Admission is free. Entries will be on exhibit at Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr. Call (903)531- 1214 or go to


Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour

Saturday, March 24th (8am)

More than 500 cyclists will journey “Behind the Pine Curtain” to enjoy the beauty of East Texas while conquering the final climb up “The Beast.” Registration fee is $35. For more info go to

2018 Apache Belle Spring Show

Thursday-Friday, March 22nd-23rd (7:30pm) and Saturday, March 24th (2pm and 7:30pm)

This annual production is an evening of fun and entertainment featuring the internationally Famous Apache Belles celebrating their 70th Anniversary with the show title of “Lone Star State of Mind.” The Apache Belles will perform this customized show, which will include all styles and genres of dance and center around a theme that will capture the imagination of all audience members. Admission is $8 for Thursday night or Saturday matinee and $13 for Friday or Saturday night performances. Tickets may be purchased online at Group rates available for 20 or more. This will be held at Wise Auditorium on the Tyler Jr. College campus, 1400 E. Fifth St. For more info call (903)920-3773 or go to

East Texas Embroiderers Guild 23rd Biennial Needleart Show

Friday, March 23rd (10am-5pm) and Saturday, March 24th (10am-4pm)

This is a display of different types of hand embroidery products including needlepoint, goldwork, stumpwork, needle painting, crewel, hardanger, silk ribbon, beading, and more. Boutique items will be available for sale. Admission is $3 at the door. This will be held at Tyler Rose Garden Center in the Camelia Room, 420 Rose Park Dr. For more info call (903)952-0488.

Tyler Quilt Show

Friday-Saturday, March 23rd-24th (10am–5pm)

This annual Quilt Show features local and national quilt artists and hundreds of beautiful quilts on display as well as many vendors. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for children 6-12 and seniors 65 and older, 5 years and younger are free. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more info call (903)279-3484 or go to

Bergfeld Spring Fling “Azaleas Bloom in Bergfeld”

Friday, March 23rd (10am-7pm) and Saturday, March 24th (10am-4pm)

This historic art and wine event is where shops will be open throughout the shopping center with many great discounts available. Bergfeld Center is located on South Broadway at 8th St. For more info call (903)312-8707 or go to

Tyler Azalea 5k & 10k

Saturday, March 24th (8am)

Join the fun at this annual running event to benefit The Children’s Village. Race entry fee is $20-$50. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. For more info find them on Facebook.

Smith Co. Art & History Show and Sale

Saturday, March 24th (12 noon-4pm)

View local artists displaying their Tyler and Smith County related work with the historical context for each piece. Some art will be available for sale. Admission is free, donations appreciated. This will be held at the Payne Auditorium at the Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave. For more info call (903)592-5993 or go to

“The Spirits of Oakwood”

Saturday, March 24th (Gates open 1pm and tours are every 10 minutes with the last tour at 4:30pm)

This is a guided walking tour through Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Historians are dressed in period clothing that portrays notable Tyler and Smith County citizens that are buried in the historic cemetery. They will be telling their individual stories. Cost is $10 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult. The Oakwood Cemetery is located on the corner of Palace and Oakwood St. For more info call (903)316-2201 or go to

Azalea Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, March 24th (9am-5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (11am-5pm)

There will be more than 80 vendors with handmade art, jewelry, wood crafts, metal, sewing, and much more. Entertainment will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. There will be a Kids Zone and concessions for a fee. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. For more info call (903)531-1214 or go to

Northern Texas PGA Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic

Saturday-Sunday, March 24th-25th (8am-6pm both days)

The Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic plays host to some of the most talented junior golfers in Northern Texas. This event is nationally ranked and offers exemptions to other prestigious tournaments throughout the region. Admission is free for spectators. Registration fee is $215 to participate. Contact the NTPGA for registration. This will be held at Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Dr. For more info call (214)420-7421 or go to

ETSO Concert: “Time for Three”

Saturday, March 24th (7:30pm)

The Dynamic trio “Time for Three” returns to perform with Richard Lee and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. These multi-talented musicians perform everything from classical favorites to Katy Perry and Charlie Daniels, creating their own unique mashups and improvisations along the way. Admission is $16-$62. This will be held at UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd. on the UTTyler campus. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to

Seniors Celebrating Life

Wednesday, March 28th (8:30am-2pm)

his features a variety of educational classes geared toward seniors, such as health and wellness, scams against seniors, hobbies, and much more. Admission is free and there will be door prizes. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more info call (903)592-1661 or go to

Tyler Obedience Training Club Dog Agility Show

Friday-Sunday, March 30th-April 1st (8am-5pm)

Dog Agility is a competitive sport that tests a person’s skills in training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs to jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw, and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration designed to challenge a handler’s competitive and training skills. Admission is free. This is hosted in the large Indoor Arena at Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 State Hwy. 110 N. For more info call (903)882-8696 or go to

Mini Easter Egg Hunt at the Goodman

Friday, March 30th (11am and 1pm)

This year on Good Friday, the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures and there will be two Mini-Easter Egg Hunts. The first hunt will be at 11am and the second hunt will be at 1pm. Baskets will be provided for the first 50 children at each Egg Hunt. Admission is free. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to

Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman

Friday-Saturday, March 30th-31st (10am-4pm)

This exciting annual open-air market is sure to inspire and entertain the entire family. Purchase an original oil on canvas, a wooden toy, or a beautiful ceramic vase. Plan out your flower garden for the year with roses, daylilies, and orchids, as well as purchase a sculpture or two. There will be live entertainment and concessions available during this two-day event. Tours of the Goodman Museum will be available. Admission is free. The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to

Camp Ford Living History

Saturday, March 31st (9am-4pm)

Camp Ford features historical presentation of living history of the 1800’s. There will be a demonstration firing of a cannon, rifle shooting, presentation of flags during that period, actors in period dress, and a display of toys children played with at that time. Admission is free, donations accepted. Camp Ford is located at 6540 US Hwy. 271 N., 1/2 mile north of Loop 323. For more info call (903)522-1904.

Texas Rose Horse Park Spring Horse Trails-Cross Country Event

Saturday, March 31st (8am-5pm) and Sunday, April 1st (8am-3pm)

This is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This is free for spectators. Texas Rose Horse Park is located at 14078 State Hwy. 110 N. For more info call (903)882-8696 or go to

Easter Eggstravaganza

Sunday, April 1st (9:30-11am)

All are welcome to fellowship and celebrate Easter with a church-wide brunch on the lawn. Admission is free. This will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to


March 30th-31st: Rose City Artisans & Flower Market

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Vendor Applications Being Accepted for Rose City Artisans & Flower Market

Vendor applications are now available for the Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman. This upscale, open-air market is slated for March 30th-31st coinciding with the Azalea and Spring Flower Trails.

Artisans and vendors can sell everything from fine art, garden décor, hand-made items and specialty food items, to bedding plants, herbs, produce, wine and more.  Several artists will be demonstrating their artistic talents on site.  There will be live entertainment, as well as tours of the historic 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum.

There will be two mini Easter egg hunts on Friday, March 30th. The first at 11am and the second at 1pm. Volunteers and Azalea Belles will be there for photos with the Easter bunny. Free baskets will be available for the first 50 children to each hunt.

Vendor forms are available for download by visiting the Goodman-LeGrand Museum website at and clicking Rose City Artisans & Flower Market from the menu selection.

The Rose City Artisans & Flower Market at the Goodman will be held from 10am to 4pm Friday and Saturday at the Goodman-LeGrand Museum located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

For more information, please contact Mary Foster, museum curator at(903)531-1286, or by email at

See you at the market!

About the Goodman LeGrand Museum

The Goodman LeGrand home was originally built in 1859 as a one-story, four-room house, and it was established on a nine-acre wooded parcel of 1940, Sallie Goodman donated the home to the City of Tyler, with instructions to maintain it as a museum. A Texas Historic Landmark since 1964, the well-manicured grounds cover almost an entire city block. It was the first property in Smith County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2010, it was designated a Historic Site by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  To learn more, visit the Goodman LeGrand webpage at

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2018 Updated Festival Guide


2018 Festival Go-Getters Guide

East Texas is a great place for all kinds of festivals – from family fun to wine festivals, rodeos and food specialties. Plan now for these future festivals.

  • March 3rd – Texas Coffee Festival
  • March 16th-18th, March 23rd-25th, and March 30th-April 1st – Azalea & Spring Flower Festival, Tyler
  • March 21st-25th – ATV Mud Nationals, Jacksonville
  • March 23rd-25th – Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine
  • March 23rd-24th – 37th Annual Tyler Quilt Show, Tyler
  • April 14th – Praise Fest, Downtown Tyler
  • April 21st-22nd – April in Edom, Edom
  • April 21st-22nd – East Texas Gusher Days, Gladewater
  • May 5th – Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, Downtown Tyler
  • May 17th-19th – Tops in Texas Rodeo, Jacksonville
  • May 11th-12th – Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival, Lindale
  • May 11th-12th – Porch Fest, Kilgore
  • May 19th-19th – Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest, Canton
  • June – Big Pines Blues Festival, Longview
  • June – Roundup Rodeo, Gladewater
  • June – Texas Blueberry Festival, Nacogdoches
  • June 8th-9th – Tomato Fest, Jacksonville
  • June 9th – Black History Month Music Fest
  • July 27th-29th – Great Texas Balloon Race, Longview
  • September – Art of Peace Festival, Tyler
  • September – Downtown Tyler Film Festival, Downtown Tyler
  • September – Big Texas Fest, Lindale
  • September 21st-30th – East Texas State Fair, Tyler
  • October – Lindale CountryFest & Harvest Hustle 5K, Lindale
  • October – Dogtoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Animal Adoption Event, Tyler
  • October 18th-21st – Texas Rose Festival, Tyler
  • October – Hoptoberfest at True Vine Brewing Company, Tyler
  • October – Feral Hog Festival, Ben Wheeler
  • October – East Texas Rose Comic Con, Tyler
  • October 27th – Fall Ferel Hog Festival, Ben Wheeler
  • November-December – Rose City Christmas, Tyler
  • November – Red, White & Blue Festival, Bullard
  • November – 3rd Annual Caring for Kids Benefit Festival, Tyler
  • November – Mistletoe & Magic, Tyler
  • November – Heritage Syrup Festival, Henderson
  • November – Reel East Texas Film Festival, Kilgore
  • December 8th – Blue Santa Pub Crawl, Downtown Tyler
  • January 2019 – B2B Expo, Tyler

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2018 Azalea Belle Application Deadline Approaching

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High School Girls can Apply to be an Azalea & Spring Flower Trail Representative

The application deadline to apply to be an Azalea Belle at the 59th Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail is quickly approaching. Applications are due by 5pm January 23, 2018 and can be found online at, at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, or at local high school counselor’s offices.

This year’s Azalea & Spring Flower Trail will take place in the Downtown Azalea district, March 16th–April 1st.

Azalea Belles are the ambassadors of the Trail, who wear antebellum dresses throughout this three-weekend event, and are needed to promote Tyler, greet tourists, and pose for photographs.

The opportunity is open to freshman and sophomore high school girls residing in Smith County who will be available for the event times and enjoy working with people. The girls must be academically eligible and are required to attend certain events and trainings.

Visit Tyler will provide the dresses. A typical schedule involves working 3 ½ hours on Saturday mornings or afternoons as well as Sunday afternoons, and there will be at least two Belles at each location.

Throughout the three weekends of the Trail, the Belles will be outside of houses, wearing beautiful antebellum gowns. They are always happy to welcome and visit with guests, showing the hospitality of Tyler.

The Belles have been a part of the Trail since 1964, when the Chamber decided guests needed to be welcomed in true southern style. Since then, the Belles have been a much loved and anticipated tradition of the Trail.

If you or someone you know would like to be part of this long standing Tyler tradition, applications can be returned to:

Azalea Trail Committee/Azalea Belles

Tyler Chamber of Commerce

315 N. Broadway

Tyler, TX  75702

Attn: Susan Travis

For more info, contact Susan Travis at or call (903)592-6978.


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