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Coffeeoutside Tyler: Brewing Community, One Cup At A Time


Coffee. The magical elixir. The beautiful bean juice. College students and professionals alike consume copious amounts of it. Since its origins around Sufi campfires in Yemen during the 15th century, it has been consumed by royalty and commoners alike. It has been at the center of countless numbers of meetings, treaties, business deals, Saturday morning breakfasts, Sunday brunches, and early morning meditations. Renowned martial artist and actor, Jackie Chan, once aptly said, “Coffee is a language in itself.”  

One local Tyler resident, Carlos Barron, has recently decided to take that language and use it to build bridges around the city by getting people to sit down together and enjoy a free cup of coffee and all the conversation you can stand as they get to know their neighbors at local events called Coffeeoutside Tyler (COT).

Carlos Barron’s story begins like thousands of others here in East Texas. Born in Tyler in 1984, Carlos attended school locally, eventually graduating from Robert E. Lee and like so many before, started his college career at Tyler Junior College. After a couple of years there, Barron decided to finish his degree at the University of Texas, San Antonio and graduated with a bachelor of science in biology in 2009.  

After a couple of moves between Tyler and San Antonio, during which he developed a love for cycling, Carlos settled in Austin around 2012 where he worked in a local cycling shop with the goal of becoming a certified cycling mechanic. During his time in Austin, life happens as it often does, and after marriage and the birth of their first child, the Barron family decided to move back to Tyler in 2015 to be closer to their respective families and begin the whole parenting thing with a support system in place. During this transition time back to Tyler, Carlos supported himself by helping out at a ranch owned by family friends as well as working part time at Elite Cycles and Natural Grocers.  

At this point in Carlos’ story, a vision started to form of combining his love of cycling with getting the community of cyclers together for coffee in order to hang out and get to know each other better. The initial Coffeeoutside started as an event held in Bergfeld Park, about 15 months ago, for people to pack some camp stoves and coffee on their bikes, ride to the park, brew coffee, and just hang out.

“I really didn’t have this big plan at that time,” Barron remembers about that first event. “It really was a mess. My logistics were off, and it was just us hanging out at the park with our bikes and our coffee. It was drizzling, cold, and soggy, but at some point I stepped back and saw that as people were sharing their coffee with each other, trying new brands, new brew techniques, and having fun, something was happening beyond what my expectations were.”

What was happening at that first event was, unexpectedly, the beginnings of what would come to be known as Coffeeoutside Tyler. Barron recalls, “I had this realization that we weren’t just brewing community, we were making connections; we were making friendships; we were just having a great time, and that’s where the meaning of COT came from.”

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From that first humble beginning, Carlos had this crazy idea that if you give people a venue, a reason, and an opportunity to “engage with others through communications and actions,” then good things are going to happen. Building on a relationship started from his time at Natural Grocers. Carlos tapped Porch Culture Coffee to supply coffee for these events and the idea grew to include not just the bike community, but the entire Tyler community. According to Carlos, “John and Shelly over at Porch Culture are really great people and we use their coffee exclusively out of a desire to promote local connections and networks.”

Also from that time period, Barron met Claudia Carmago and Gaby Kingry who have been instrumental in helping with social media as well as photography. Carlos states, “They have been instrumental in capturing and helping share COT’s message. I am not a photographer so having them being part of the team has been a blessing.”

Carlos will typically pair with a local business about once a month to host a COT event, and it typically coincides with an event or promotion the local venue is sponsoring. Barron will bring COT to the venue, set up his coffee, and then watch as connections happen right before his eyes.

“Each local business has their own community, their own followers, and regular people they serve. Every local business gives something to that community whether we realize it or not,” Carlos muses. “If I’m lucky, I can bring enough of my regular attendees to interact with each individual venue’s community and special things can happen. Even if it is just one new person I meet and connect with, then the day has been a success.”

Although COT events are hosted at local businesses, Barron doesn’t rely on those businesses to offset the cost of the logistics for Coffeeoutside. Carlos sees this not as a way to make a quick buck, but rather a marathon of building experiences for people and providing an intrinsic value that will make them want to come back. Part of the focus for COT is to bring people’s attention back to what’s happening in the community here in Tyler, and Barron’s hope is that by helping to highlight these local businesses and their communities, locals will start to become more engaged in what’s happening around them.  

“Boy’s and Girl’s clubs, homeless shelters, and other local charities need people who are willing to engage with their community,” says Barron. “More so than just giving money to make yourself feel better, giving of your time allows that connection to be personal and in doing so, you give the people you are helping value that goes beyond just a dollar amount.”

While Carlos hopes that in the future he can combine the Coffeeoutside concept with his original love of cycling into a bike shop/coffee shop experience, for now he’s just focusing on continuing to brew his community, one cup at a time.  

The next scheduled event will be on June 10th at Moss Flower Shop, 2210 3 Lakes Pkwy., Ste. 160 in Tyler, off Old Jacksonville Hwy. near FRESH by Brookshire’s, 9-11am. There will be music provided by Ian Powers, a photobooth provided by Inkredible Sounds, fresh Porch Culture coffee and, as always, the chance to step outside your own box and brew your own community.

For more info find Coffee Outside Tyler on Facebook and Instagram.

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“Playhouses on the Plaza” Downtown Tyler Through March 22nd

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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., Downtown Tyler March 22nd.

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

ONLINE auction begins March 31st! 
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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.


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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“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

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

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.

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

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.

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March 30th: Deana Carter in Concert at Liberty Hall

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We are ready for spring! Here are whats coming to Liberty Hall.

On Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m., we grab our bottle of strawberry wine and welcome the multi-platinum international artists, Deana Carter. She took the industry and fans by storm with her wildly successful debut “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” She then showed her own blend of country and retro-rock with the hit “Strawberry Wine.” For interviews with Deana Carter, contact Jules Wortman (615) 260-9985.

The month of April is full of Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll! We kick off on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. with the legendary Johnny Rodriguez. Another Texas Country Music Hall of Famer, Johnny Rodriguez, has had fifteen top-ten singles and 6 number-one hits since 1973. Some of his classic hits include: “Pass Me By”, “You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)”, and “Riding My Thumb to Mexico.”

Then, on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m., we welcome one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the business! Al Joslin has won first place at the 2016 Ultimate Orlando, finished in the top 5 in the world at the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis and recently won first place at the Elvis Fantasy Festival in Portage, IN. Come see the Ultimate Elvis Country, Gospel, and #1 Hits! For interviews, contact Sheryl Jackson (214) 336-1104.

Next, on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.mBill Anderson, pays Liberty Hall a special visit. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1961, visits us Bill is one of the most popular, most enduring entertainers of our time. He is known, in fact as “Whispering Bill,” a nickname hung on him years ago as a result of his breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to singing a country song.

The very next day, Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m., after more than 50 years together, we welcome Mouse & the Traps come back to the Liberty Hall stage! They continue to be one of the best examples of “Texas Rock & Roll”! This acclaimed group was formed right here in Tyler, Texas and they serve up a good helpin’ of original material and Classic Rock favorites. For interviews, contact Ken Nardo (903) 714-2284.

On Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m., we have the honor to hear the music of the grandchildren of Twitty Conway & Loretta Lynn in concert. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty are remarkable young talents that would make their famous grandparents proud!

June 27th (7pm) – Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith – In 1964, Connie Smith recorded the Bill Anderson-written “Once a Day.” Issued as her first single, it spent eight weeks at #1. She also cut darkly personal songs, including “Ribbon of Darkness” and “The Last Letter.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $40.

July 20th (7pm) – “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute” is a show based out of Nashville, TN, that focuses on performing songs by America’s Band, The Beach Boys, to sheer perfection. The show includes over 30 well-known hits. Members of Sail On have performed with Brian Wilson’s band, The Zombies, Earth Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, Mark Lindsay. Tickets are $20.

August 11th (8pm) – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will visit Liberty once again! They are a modern bluegrass band that plays and sings the songs of The Beatles. Performing some of the very best music composed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, beloved songs are presented with instruments you normally wouldn’t expect to hear. Tickets are $20.

August 16th (7pm) – The Bellamy Brothers – Best-known for the easy rolling, ‘70s Southern soft rock classic “Let Your Love Flow,” the Bellamy Brothers are the most successful duo in country music history, consistently climbing into the upper reaches of the Billboard country charts during the ‘80s, including “Redneck Girl,” “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” ‘“You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” and “Dancin’ Cowboys.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $40.

To top it all off, we will host student movie nights every first Thursday of each month. Students get a $2 discount off their ticket price with a valid student I.D. Be sure to visit for more information and tickets and “Like” Liberty Hall on Facebook for daily updates.

Liberty Hall is a department of the City of Tyler and is located on the historic Downtown Tyler Square. The mission of Liberty Hall is to create exciting art and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown’s social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment, through film, theater, comedy, and music.

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