Fun Events Happening this Month: Blocktoberfest, Scottish Festival, and Hog Festival

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Ongoing Events

Second Saturday of each month (October 14th, 12 noon-10pm) – Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday Downtown Tyler – Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses offer fun all day long. Free parking. Rain or shine, Downtown will be the place to be every second Saturday! In October, Hit the Bricks teams up with Turn Tyler Pink for a day of fun while also raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. For more info and a full list of events go to or search for Hit the Bricks on Facebook.

October 8th (Second Sunday of each month, 9-11am) – Enjoy Coffee and Cars at the heart of Downtown Tyler. Grab a cup of coffee from Moocho Burrito as you view the cars and meet and greet everyone. Coffee and Cars Tyler is a monthly gathering of automotive enthusiasts who meet and share their passion for cars at the beautiful and historic Downtown Tyler. For more info go to

Canton First Monday Trade Days Market is held Thursday-Sundays. What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques, and collectibles that can be found anywhere. For more info call (903)567-6556 or go to Dates are: September 28th-October 1st, November 2nd-5th, and November 30th-December 3rd.

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September 30th (5pm-12 midnight) – Blocktoberfest – Join the fun at Off Square Downtown Tyler in the 200 block of S. Broadway. This Octoberfest/German themed block party will feature German beer, German food, and live music. This is a family friendly event with free admission with a nonperishable food donation to benefit the East Texas Food Bank. This Blocktoberfest is brought to you by ETX Brewing Co., El Guapo Records, Moon Rivers Naturals, 903 Handmade, Lightbox Collective, Moss-“Where Flowers are Fair, ”Café 1948, and Ted Kamel Foods.

September 30th (8am-12 noon) – St. Mary Magdalene Car Show – The Knights of Columbus and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church will hold their 5th Annual Car, Truck, and Bike Show with registration beginning at 8am on the grounds of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint with free coffee and donuts provided to entrants. Entry fees for first vehicle entered is $25 and $15 for each additional vehicle entered. Lunch will be provided for each participant and a guest. The general public is welcome. Admission is free. Contact Ron Groman at (903)253-3212 for more info.

Through October 1st – East Texas State Fair – The annual East Texas State Fair takes place on the fairgrounds at 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. The fair features food, carnival rides, concerts, horticulture show, art show, livestock competition, photography competition, Senior Day, and much more. A schedule and admission tickets are available at

October 2nd and 9th (6-8pm) – “So You Want to Learn Adobe After Effects” – Learn Adobe After Effects from the ground up. This is a Creative Crash Course at Tyler Innovation Pipeline. This is the first class in a series of five sessions led by MikeInMotion that will take you from an absolute beginner to knowing the ins and outs of video production in Adobe After Effects. Don’t miss your chance to learn this valuable skill set and achieve your goals. Each session is only $50, meaning that you can take the entire course for as little as $250. This will be held at Tyler Innovation Pipeline, 217 E. Oakwood, Downtown Tyler. To register go to

October 3rd (12 noon-1pm) – 1st Tuesday in the Garden: “From Bulbs to Blooms” – Smith County Master Gardeners gives gardeners a sneak preview of the October 14th Plant Sale (8:30am-1:30pm) with Anne Pattullo hosting. November 7th, “All About Trees with Henry Burch” will be the topic. These are 30-minute programs with Q&A following. This is held at the IDEA Garden in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. For more info go to For the October 14th Plant Sale, registration will be at 8:30am with the program at 9-11am. Keynote speaker Greg Grant will present “We Aren’t in Kansas Anymore – Bulbs for the South.” The bulb sale will feature hardy, heirloom, and hard-to-find bulbs for Texas and the South. The sale will take place at Harvey Hall, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. For more info call (903)590-2980.

October 3rd (6-9pm) – Sight Night: The Joy of Sight – This fun night Downtown will feature local art, love music, and lots of food. It will feature art by local artists in an art silent auction. Tickets are a $5 minimum donation. This will be a fun night where you get to see beautiful local art while supporting a good cause. All proceeds give sight to the blind in Togo, Africa. This will take place at Callynth Photography, 117 E. Erwin St, Downtown Tyler. Tickets are available at

October 5th – Brookshire’s Scott’s Firefighter Combat Challenge Nationals – Watch Tyler’s local firefighters and others run the toughest two minutes in sports. This family friendly event is free to the public to watch. This is held at the Broadway Square Mall parking lot, 4601 S. Broadway, Tyler, behind Sears. For more info, go to

October 5th and 12th (6-8pm) – “All About Audition” – Learn Adobe Audition from the ground up. This is a Creative Crash Course at Tyler Innovation Pipeline. This is the first class in a series of 5 sessions led by MikeInMotion that will take you from an absolute beginner to knowing the ins and outs of audio production in Adobe Audition. Don’t miss your chance to learn this valuable skill set and achieve your goals. Each session is only $50, meaning that you can take the entire course for as little as $250. This will be held at Tyler Innovation Pipeline, 217 E. Oakwood, Downtown Tyler. To register go to

October 7th (11am-6pm) – Dogtoberfest will again be held. “This year, we plan to make Dogtoberfest even bigger and better!” Dogtoberfest is the culmination of adoptable pets from local animal rescue groups, pet related vendors, local live bands, craft breweries, restaurants, and food trucks. The ultimate goal of the day is finding forever homes for as many of the homeless pets in our community as possible.” Dogtoberfest will take place on Market Square Boulevard behind Gander Mountain, 151 Market Square Blvd., Tyler. For more info call (903)596-7722 or go to

October 7th (10am-6pm) – 9th Annual Breast Cancer and Blind Awareness Day (Great Texas Shootout In Beep Baseball) – Hear some dynamic speakers and special presentations made by the NBBA president and the Tyler Tigers. Enjoy a day of food, fun and healthy competition. The event is free to the public. They will have a memorial to honor those who fought the battle against breast cancer. For more info contact (903)714-2697 or (903)596-9302. This will be held at Moore Magnet Middle School, Tyler.

October 7th (2-5pm) – Make Your Own Pumpkin Patch – Daily Grace Effect will host a Pumpkin making workshop. The kits make three pumpkins with real stems and include a basket ready for very own Pumpkin Patch. Refreshments will be provided. The class is $30 and are limited to 10 individuals. Daily Grace Effects is located at 3320 E. Fifth, Tyler, (903)570-5143.

October 7th (8am-1pm) – Senior Center Senior Sale – The sale will be held at the Glass Recreation Center, located at 501 W. 32nd St. This sale is for gently used items and handmade crafts only (no baked items). Admission will be free to the public. Those 50 and better who would like to sell items may rent space for $20. For an additional fee of $5, one table and two chairs will be provided to the vendor. This is a great way to earn extra money and promote extra cleaning while providing a safe space for seniors to sell their items. On the day of the event, vendors may start setting up at 6am. There will be concessions available for guests. Donations will also be accepted with all proceeds benefiting the Tyler Senior Center. For more info call (903)597-0781.


October 7th (9am-3pm) – Metroflex Gym Tyler presents Muscles For Miracles Strength Competition, benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Proceeds will help children facing fights few of us could ever imagine. The public is invited to participate or attend the show and show your support. Lift heavy so their burdens may be lightened. Entry fees are $50 per lifter and includes both bench and deadlift; $30 bench only; $30 deadlift only. Teen and open divisions with multiple weight classes are available. Tickets to watch are $5 per spectator. Children under 5 are free. This will be held at Metroflex Gym Tyler, 3320 Troup Hwy., Tyler.

October 9th (7-9:30pm) – Brook Hill’s Founder’s Day Dinner & Keynote Address with Lee Strobel – The public is invited to this 20th Celebration at Brook Hill School. Events are 6-6:45pm, there will be a book signing with Lee Strobel at the American Freedom Museum. At 7pm, the Dinner & Keynote Address will take place in The Brook Hill School Quad. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance at Brook Hill School is located at 1051 N. Houston St., Bullard.

October 10th (10:30am-1pm) – 44th Anniversary Banquet benefitting Meals on Wheels – Help support the work of Meals on Wheels Ministry by enjoying a fabulous silent auction and luncheon. This year’s event will feature live music from the TJC Jazz Band, an incredible silent auction, delicious food, and much more. Reservation are $35 per person, or $25 per current MOWM volunteer. Please contact Zoe Lawhorn at (903)525-0906 or for more info. Tickets are available at

October 13th (9am-9:30am) – White Cane Day Walk – Walk to celebrate the independence of blind Americans! The President of the United States annually recognizes White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15th to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and to promote equal opportunities as any other American. The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind and visually impaired. Find the event on Facebook for more info. This will take place at Horizon Industries, 500 N. Bois d’Arc, Tyler.

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October 14th (1-1:30pm) – Tyler Innovation Pipeline Tour – Take a tour of Tyler Innovation Pipeline and learn how this awesome space can help you bring your dream to life. Want to make a podcast, learn how to use a 3D printer, or laser cutter? They have all the tools you need and much more! Tyler Innovation Pipeline is located at 217 E Oakwood St., Downtown Tyler, (903)201-6247.

October 14th (9am-4pm) – Tyler Scottish Festival & Highland Games – All ages are welcome, and admission is free. Celebrate the rich culture of the Celtic heritage and enjoy music, vendors, Highland athletics, and kilts of all colors. This will be held at South Spring Baptist Church, 17002 Hwy. 69 S., Tyler. For more info call (903)839-0111 or go to

October 14th (9am-3pm) – Lindale Countryfest will be held at the Downtown Lindale Picker’s Pavilion, 205 E. North St., Lindale. For more info go to Also, the Harvest Hustle 5K Lindale will take place, presented by Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge with a portion of proceeds benefitting the LISD Education Foundation. Admission fees are $25-$35. Register at

October 14th – Chandler Pow Wow will be held at Winchester Park, 601 Broad St., Chandler. This free fall festival will feature live entertainment, parade, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, and great food. For more info go to

October 14th-15th (10am-5pm) – Edom Art Festival – For more than 45 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists presenting their talents to an appreciative audience of gifters and collectors. High quality art, fine crafts, live music, and great food fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town, Farm to Market Road 279. Admission is free. Go to for a detailed schedule of events, local lodging, and a map.

October 14th (11am-9pm) – Kilgore Oktoberfest will be presented by Kilgore Main Street and City of Kilgore, Texas. Check for details.

October 14th (10am) – Fall Classic Skateboard Contest will be held at Noble E. Young Park, 3119 Seaton St., Tyler. Come out and help build a bigger better park! This event is sponsored by Save Noble Skatepark.

October 14th (6:30-10pm) – Therapet Totally Unleashed – This is not gonna be one of those stuffy galas – this is a Texas-sized party with music by Texas Rebellion, food by 1836 Texas Kitchen, live and silent auctions, casino games, drinks, and of course, Therapets! Western or Country Club casual attire preferred. Tickets are $125. Sponsorships are still available. This will be held at KE Bushman, 1565 FM 2493, Bullard. For more info or tickets, visit or call (903)535-2125!

October 19th-22nd – The 84th Texas Rose Festival will be held with “Celestial Wonders” as its theme. Emily Kaye Evans will reign as the the 2017 Texas Rose Festival Queen. The 2017 Duchess of the Texas Rose Festival will be Caroline McGinley Bertram. The Texas Rose Festival activities include the queen’s coronation at the Cowan Center and the Rose Parade on Saturday. A Men’s Luncheon and a Women’s Luncheon will be held October 20th. Also, the Queen’s Tea and Coronation of Queen ceremony will be held. For more info go to

October 20th (a9am-12 noon) – Family Fun Fishing Day will be held at Tyler’s Woldert Park. The whole family can take part in fishing at Woldert Park Pond, 501 W. 32nd St., Tyler. Texas Wildlife and Fisheries volunteers will give a free clinic before fishing begins. The cost is $10 for up to six. For info contact Glass Recreation Center, (903)595-7271.

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October 20th-22nd – 2017 Piney Woods Open presented by Dynamic Discs and RCDC – This is a three-day PDGA A-tier event with tee times. Lindsey Park will play host again for up to 432 players on its three championship caliber courses. The Cedar Course plays on red banded DisCatcher baskets and holds the signature pyramid hole 9. It will require players to manage a lot of OB, some significant distance, and avoiding bogeys is a must in order to keep up with the competition. The Hickory Course plays on blue banded DisCatcher baskets and boasts the most elevation in the park. Players will need to score as many birdies as they can in order to stay in the hunt on this course. The dreaded Dogwood Course plays on gold banded DisCatcher baskets and winds its way through the woods behind the Cedar Course. Players will have to commit to their shot and execute, along with maintaining a strong mental game in order to navigate the Dogwood’s nerve wracking fairways successfully. For more info go to This will take place at Lindsey Park, Tyler. Tickets are available at

October 21st (2-6pm) – Vine Day – Join the Mariachi in the vineyard as they put the vines to sleep for the season. This will take place in the Kiepersol Winery Tasting Room at Kiepersol, 3933 FM 344 E., Tyler. For reservations, call (903)894-3300.

October 26th (4-7pm) – Fall Family Fun Festival will be held at the Glass Center, 501 W. 32nd St., Tyler. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to the free festival, and they can receive candy and play games.

October 26th (5-7pm) – Women’s Symphony Fundraiser at FRESH – Support this great fundraising event. Live music will be Loose Thread. FRESH is located at 991 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. For more info find the event on Facebook.

October 27th-29th (Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm) – East Texas Rose Comic Con – This fun event just keeps getting better and better! This science fiction, fantasy, horror-based convention brings in stars of stage, screen, comics, and more. There will be three days of geeky fun you will not want to miss (Friday is Ultra VIP only). Gaming! Amazing vendors! Celebrities! Authors! Artists! Demonstrations! Cosplay! Performances! Ghost hunts! And so much more! Check out for tickets. This will be held at Early College High School Campus, 2800 W. Shaw, Tyler. There will also be around-the-clock gaming and an amazing cosplay contest. Keep up-to-date with who is coming and what is happening at as more cool folks and activities are added. Tickets range from $10-$110. Friday 5-8pm is “sneak peek” night for VIP ticket holders only.

October 28th-29th (Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm) – Lone Star Gun Show will be held at the Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door.

October 28th (10am-5pm) – McCasland Allstate Annual Veterans & First Responders – Join the fun to celebrate and honor Veterans and First Responders! This is a community-wide family friendly event with tons of activities including a horse petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, hula hoop performances and lessons, balloon artist, bean bag toss, chili cook off, vendor booths, food truck row, photo booth, Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins watch party starting at 3:25pm. Admission is $10 and children under 12 are free. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, Tyler.


October 28th (3pm) – Steps4Vets featuring Stoney Larue – Come out for a night of music by headliner Stoney Larue! Also performing will be Cheyenne & The Generation Gap, Chris Colston, and many more. Proceeds will benefit Spirit of St. Louis Therapeutic Riding Center in Tyler. Spirit Therapeutic Equestrian Programs provide Veterans with a variety of equine therapies and modalities to assist recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, incorporating the use of horses to reach the inner core of each veteran. Therapeutic Riding (TR) improves balance and central core systems vital for walking and certainly improves general well being. The STEP4VETS program allows Vets a place to commune with horses and have a little fun in Horseplay(EAL). Tickets are available at

October 28th (10am-2:30pm) – 15th Annual Day of Remembrance – Anyone who has been touched by the loss of a child is welcome to attend this event, held at The Children’s Park, 110 E. Dobbs St., Tyler. The ceremony remembers and celebrates children no longer with us. To receive an angel with your child’s name, order t-shirts that include all children’s names and/or order additional butterflies (each family is guaranteed one butterfly per child registered), please pre-register your child at or by calling (903)939-1597. Admission is free. Because of how the event has grown through the years, this year will be divided into two times. 10am is for children with last names A-L, and 2pm is for children with last names M-Z. Check-in begins at 9am and 1pm, respectively. If you have questions about the event you can also email me at

October 27th-28th (10am-6pm) – Fall Feral Hog Festival – Ten years of Hog Festivals have passed! Can you believe it? If you’re a vendor, a cooker, a parade participant, an outdoorsman, a music lover, have an amazing talent or just a lover of piggies – COME TO BEN WHEELER on October 27th and stick around! Events are October 27th (7pm) at Moore’s Store, the Fall Feral Hog Queen Pageant will take place followed by Texas Rebellion. October 28th at 10am – “Ben Ten” Fall Feral Hog Festival Parade will begin, followed by live music all day. Cook off starts on Friday and goes all night with judging at 12 noon on Saturday, October 28th and winners will be announced at 1pm. For more info go to

November 10th (6-8:30pm) – World Without Orphans Gala – Join this evening with Steven Curtis Chapman as they celebrate the work being done by Serving Orphans Worldwide to support orphan care and promote adoption. There are an estimated 160 million children without a home or adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. The mission of Serving Orphans Worldwide is to meet the needs of these children where they are. Their current global footprint is 27 countries, and they believe that it is possible to make a serious dent in the number of orphans in this lifetime. Attend this event to hear some amazing stories and learn about this unique approach to orphan care. In addition to the tickets listed on Eventbrite, sponsorships are also available. Contact or go to for more info. This will be held at Green Acres Crosswalk Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler.

November 11th (9am-2pm) – Bash Out Epilepsy Festival – Raising Funds and Awareness for Epilepsy, this event will feature a Bake Sale, vendors selling various products, face painting, bounce houses, seizure first aid demonstrations, basic dog training demonstrations, and much more. It is free to attend. There will be live music from Heather Harper 10am-12 noon. This is a free event. For more info go to

November 11th (10am-4pm) – ETVA Veterans Charity Shoot – This 2nd annual fundraiser archery 3D shoot will benefit local veterans. This will be held at Tyler Archery Club, 10180 Adam Henry Rd., Tyler. To sign up call (903)385-3455 or find Tyler Archery Club on Facebook. All ages welcome, open to the public. This is a fundraising tournament held on behalf of East Texas Veterans Alliance, The fee is $20 per shooter, veterans are $15. Food will be presented by Bass Catering, the best ribs and BBQ in East Texas

November 14th (11am-1pm) – Power of the Purse Luncheon – The tenth annual Power of the Purse luncheon is a celebration of giving and of the women who’ve given more than $1 million to help women and children across Smith County over the last decade. This luncheon, silent auction, and fellowship will feature a dynamic keynote speaker, Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder of The Akola Project, who will share a message of hope, love, and empowerment. This will be held at Green Acres Crosswalk Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler. Tickets are $40 and are available at

December 9th-10th (Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm) – Lone Star Gun Show will be held at the Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door.