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The Piney Woods Wine Trail: Explore, Dine and Have Fun


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By Gini Rainey

With Texas being one of the oldest wine growing states in the United States, it should come as no surprise that our northeast Texas region boasts 20 recognized vineyards/wineries. Beginning as early as the 1650’s near modern day El Paso, Franciscan priests planted Mission vines in order to produce the sacramental wine that was used in the Eucharist. With the advent of Prohibition in the US, the Texas’ wine industry was virtually eliminated and didn’t experience a revival until the 1970’s, beginning with the founding of Llano Estacado and Pheasant Ridge wineries near Lubbock and the La Buena Vida winery in Springtown. There are now more than 200 wineries in Texas, producing around 4,100 tons of wine per year, making it the fourth-largest wine producing state in the nation.

That being said, here’s a great way to spend some quality weekend time roaming around east Texas. Plan on touring the Piney Woods Wine Trail and discover the great vineyards/wineries that are within a 50-mile radius of Tyler. You might want to divide the Trail into three or more manageable day trips so you can maximize your time spent at each stop. Click the image on the right to download a map.

caneycreek-bottlesFor your first venture out, I would suggest starting out in, nowhere else but Grapeland. Although the tasting room at Caney Creek Winery won’t be open until later in 2016 (they are remodeling), this winery located at 7495 CR 2120 was the first winery in Houston County, the oldest county in Texas. They pride themselves on making world-class fine wines from their estate grown grapes from Italy, Spain, and also from French-Hybrid grapes. You can order their wines by calling (936)545-3920, online, or on-site when the Tasting Room re-opens. Visit them at and learn more about Caney Creek Winery.

When you leave Grapeland, take Highway 287 to Palestine, where you will find Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus located at 2442 ACR 2133. Owned and operated by Rafael Hernandez, this winery/smokehouse is the culmination of a dream and offers not only great food and wine but also tours of the winery 12 noon-7pm, Wednesday-Sunday. Rafael loves educating his customers about wine and food and looks forward to greeting everyone who stops by. For more information about Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus or to schedule a tour, call (903)538-2950 or visit

maydelle-country-wines-51c31a8a7f3d772c3e007291Leaving Palestine, and traveling east on Highway 84, it’s just a short jaunt over to Rusk where you can take a tour of Maydelle Country Wines. Located at 175 CR 2109, this small winery was founded by Steven Harper who is the owner, vintner, chief picker of fruits, fearless elderberry hunter, maintenance man, and good friend to all. Visit the winery and ask him how he got started. It’s an interesting story. To read more about the Maydelle Country Winery, visit

Head back up Highway 69 and make your next stop at Dixie Wine Company in Mount Selman. Located at 47549 Highway 69 N and is owned by Jerry Collins and features wines made from fruit and grapes grown on Jerry’s land. Some of the fruit wines include peach, strawberry, kiwi, raspberry, and watermelon. Located in a rustic metal building, the tasting bar features samples of all of the wines available for purchase. Hours are 11am-7pm Thursday-Saturday. For more information, either call Jerry at (903)894-4129 or visit

winery from belowContinuing on towards Tyler, your next stop will be Kiepersol Estates Vineyards & Winery, located outside of Bullard at 4120 FM 344 E. This food, wine and spirits destination in East Texas was started in the Old World style in 1998 by the Peter de Wet family and has grown into a multi-faceted, one stop destination. Not only is there a winery/tasting room and distillery, but Kiepersol also has a world-class restaurant, B & B, concert venue, recording studio, party barn, and a wine pairing/competition kitchen. For more information about Kiepersol Estates and KE Cellars, call (903)894-8995 or visit

One last stop before the end of this day trip, continue on CR 344 E to FM 2180 where you will find Briar Creek Vineyards. Owned by Don and Donna Freeman, this boutique vineyard/winery is located on their acreage outside of Whitehouse. Their tasting room is open every Saturday from 2-6pm and features the three wines that they have carefully blended and bottled. For more information call (903)530-0286 or visit them at

The next route that would make for another great day of tasting starts out in Athens at the Tara Vineyard & Winery located at 8603 RD 3914. With both a winery and a restaurant, Tara also has a B&B in the historic Murchison home that was constructed in the 1880’s. The tasting room is open daily, except for Mondays and some holidays. For hours of operation or for more information call (903)675-7023 or visit

SavannahLeaving Tara, travel on Hwy. 19 towards Canton to 574 East Dallas Street where you will find Savannah Winery & Bistro. Located in the heart of the First Monday District, this wine cellar/bar offers tastes of wines from around Texas, as well as some mighty fine cheese and fruit plates. Open from 12-9pm Wednesday-Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday, you can contact them for additional information at (903)714-4097 or visit

Hop onto Interstate 20 and travel east to the Lindale exit and take Highway 69 N to Mineola where you will turn onto Highway 80 E to Hawkins and then turn on CR 2869 to Fairhaven Vineyards. Established in 2004, Fairhaven boasts 11 acres of established vines that have produced wines that win in world competitions. Dedicated to bringing the best that the world has to offer to their visitors, Fairhaven offers tastings in any combination from singles to full flights, along with cheese and fruit plates and live entertainment, Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-4pm and Friday-Saturday 12-9pm. For more information call (903)769-4616 or visit

Red 55 Winery lindale tyler txRetrace your steps and travel to 100 E. Hubbard Street in Lindale, where you will find Red 55 Winery/The Miranda Lambert Store. The winery opened in 2006 and is owned by Miranda’s parents, Rick and Beverly Lambert. Made from grapes from a small vineyard in Sulphur Springs and the rest from around the state, the labels have some really interesting names, i.e. White Liar, Kerosene, Electric Pink, etc. For more information, visit, or call (903)882-9305.

Of course, while you are in Lindale, stop by KE Cellars at I-20 (13387 Highway 69 N). This is located in the historic Milburn-Gary House and is just south of I-20 close to Cracker Barrel. This is a perfect place for private events, either indoors or out. Of course, this is also a place where you can purchase Kiepersol wines, as well as other fine labels. Their phone number is (903)881-2100 and website is

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Interstate, and close to Highway 64 W at 18655 CR 418, you’ll find Pelle Legna Vineyards. This vineyard situated on 20 acres of land and established in 2007, grows and nurtures 14 varieties of vines that are the culmination of owner Dawn Leatherwood’s blood, sweat, tears, and passion. Producing wine from grapes that are 100% estate grown, Dawn invites everyone to come out and experience Pelle Legna Vineyards as her guest. For more information call (903)521-6266 or visit

crump-revisit-outsideFor the third leg of your wine trail adventure, I would suggest driving on Interstate 20 W to the Highway 19 exit for Sulphur Springs where you will find the Crump Valley Vineyards at 127 Crump Lane. Although they don’t have a website yet, a review in TripAdvisor says that “this is one of the best up and coming wineries.” Not only is there a vineyard and winery, but there is also a moderately priced restaurant that has a great sounding menu. For more information call (903)439-2800 or visit

Take Highway 11 E out of Sulphur Springs to Winnsboro and the Bella Stella Winery is located at 879 CR 4440. Started in 2008 by Peter and Rebecca Thieme with 210 Muscadine roots, and after a lot of sweat equity and some needed good luck and weather, the vineyard thrived. The winery was established in 2013, and they now offer four hand-crafted Muscadine wines, along with their premium Blueberry Wine and a variety of other fine Texas wines. Along with Opa’s Restaurant, they offer wine sales, tastings, and tapas Thursdays-Saturdays 4-9pm and Sundays, 12 noon-3pm. For more information call (903)975-0020 or visit

From Winnsboro continue on Highway 11 E to Highway 271 S and turn onto CR 1334. At 658 CR 1334 you’ll find Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, where they make the best wines, but never lose sight of having fun. With a restaurant, tasting room, and outdoor tasting deck, you can relax with a good meal and an excellent bottle of wine while listening to cool jazz every Friday and Saturday nights. For more information call (903)855-1769 or visit

NVbottleHero3Travel back to the north on Highway 11 to CR 4110 and follow it to St. Rose Vineyard & Winery, home of the Foxy Wines. Dr. Manuel Guerra and his wife Rosemary planted a muscadine vineyard in 1994. Initially they produced juice from which jellies, syrups, and wine were made, but once the yield became so immense it just made sense to begin a country winery. Tastings are available Mondays-Fridays and Sundays with no specified hours, and on Saturdays, 12 noon-5pm. For more information call (469)744-1661 or (903)856-2067 or visit

Continuing on Highway 11 to Highway 259 N, and turning east on Highway 67 to Naples, you can find Red Road Vineyards and Winery located at 105 W. Front Street. With several options for wine tasting available, you can enjoy their tasting room Thursdays-Fridays, 2-6pm and Saturdays, 12 noon-6pm. For more information call (903)897-9353 or visit

As long as you are this far to the east, from Naples, take Highway 8 to Douglassville, traveling south on Highway 8 to FM 995. There you will find the O’Farrell Country Vineyards, where you not only can sample their wine, but also pick your own muscadines. The first acre of muscadines was planted in 2006 and they now boast 14 varieties to choose from. The winery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon-7pm. For more information call (903)846-2054 or visit online at

home2__smallTraveling south from Naples on Highway 259 to Highway 154 outside of Harleton and about as deep as you can get into the Piney Woods of East Texas, you’ll find Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery. Founded by Altus Koegelenberg and Jon Kral, the vineyards sit on 90 acres of beautiful rolling hills. An event destination, Enoch’s will provide gourmet picnic lunches for you enjoy while you look out over the vineyards. Since its inception, Enoch’s Stomp has accumulated over 110 medals and you can enjoy sampling the wines Thursdays and Sundays, 12 noon-5pm; Fridays-Saturdays, 12 noon-10pm. For more info call (903)736-9494 or (903)777-3249 or visit

All in all, you should enjoy exploring all that our area has to offer as you take your self-guided tours through this beautiful area of East Texas. From country stars to down home bars and from rustic farms to elegant charm, you can visit them all right here in the Piney Woods of East Texas.

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It’s Time for Ice Cream: Move Over Summer Heat


Summer is a wonderful thing. When the weather warms up, people head outdoors. Days are long and hot and it’s perfect conditions for swimming, canoeing, biking, and picnics.

And best of all, a sweaty brow is a great excuse to gather your friends and go out for a drippy cone of ice cream. It’s cold. It’s sweet. It’s creamy. And that burst of fruit-filled, nutty, or chocolate-chunky flavor can be incredibly refreshing when the steamy heat of summer starts to weigh you down.

As far as we’re concerned, ice cream is summer’s most delightful treat. Here are a few of our favorite sweet treats – from ice cream and froyo to shakes and custards.

Grub Burger Bar

Grub Burger Bar (6421 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, features some simply wonderful shakes in traditional flavors: strawberry, vanilla bean, and chocolate, plus Nutella, salted caramel, Root Beer float, and a monthly special.

Several hand spun specialities of the house are the “Kitchen Sink,” featuring pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and potato chips (yes, potato chips). It is unique and heavenly and has a wonderful salty-sweet combo with a slight surprise crunch. Another favorite, the Worms & Dirt shake, has a ton of crushed Oreos and gummy worms.

If you are a chocolate lover, these two are for you. The ET Shake is like getting the entire candy aisle all in one glass with Reeses pieces, peanut butter, chocolate, and a peanut butter cookie. The Mint Chocolate Chip will hit the spot too with homemade crushed brownies, Andes mints, and a ton of chocolate.

For adults, Grub Burger Bar offers spiked shakes too. They have Bourbon & Caramel, Boozy Mint Chocolate Chip (vodka, crème de cacao, creme de mènthe, and Andes mints), the Tipsy Worms & Dirt (chocolate vodka, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms), and the ET Drunk Dial (chocolate vodka, Reeses pieces, peanut butter, chocolate, and a peanut butter cookie). Our favorite is the Spiked Dirty Kitchen Sink (chocolate vodka, pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and Grub’s signature topping – potato chips).

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Andy’s Frozen Custard (6106 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, has always been fanatical about custard and has served it with pride since March 19, 1986. For more than three decades, only the freshest ingredients have been used for a frozen custard experience you can’t get anywhere else.

The difference? Ice cream is made from milk, cream, or a combination of the two. Andy’s Frozen Custard is made from milk, cream, and egg yolks. Also, while the machine used to make ice cream churns air into it to make it light, frozen custard is produced in a machine that barely incorporates air into it at all, which means it comes out way more dense.

Andy’s Frozen Custard has mastered custard and they offer a lot of creations that will cool you off this hot summer. A few of our favorites are Andy’s Ozark Turtle (custard covered with hot fudge, crème caramel, roasted pecans, and topped with a cherry), The Original Straw-Ana (frozen custard covered with delicious strawberries and sliced bananas – think banana split ala custard), and Butter Pecan Concrete which is Andy’s frozen custard blended with butterscotch and roasted pecans.

For chocolate lovers, you will think you have found heaven with Andy’s Triple Chocolate Concrete (chocolate frozen custard blended with chocolate chip cookie dough and melted chocolate chips).

The Snowmonster Concrete has frozen custard blended with strawberries and melted chocolate chip. And the customer favorite, Andy’s Turtle Split has custard, a whole banana covered with hot fudge, crème caramel, roasted pecans, and topped with a cherry…Andy’s own version of a banana split.

Andy’s has a convenient drive-thru and picnic tables out front that can accommodate a large group.

Mercado’s Cafe & Posado’s Cafe

In the mood for something a little different? How about ice cream in a fried tortilla! Mercado’s (2214 WSW Loop 323, Tyler) and their sister company Posado’s Cafe (2500 E. Fifth St., Tyler) has a unique menu item – the Bunuelo – a large golden-fried tortilla dusted with cinnamon and sugar and filled with big scoops of vanilla ice cream. It is served with your choice of syrup topping, whipped cream, and their specially-made praline pecans. This is a great treat after any meal and certainly a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day.

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt

SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt (2467 Crow Rd., Tyler, is new to the fro-yo scene in Tyler but they are certainly not new to creating a great product. They feature a “create your own” bar where you can combo delicious, soft-serve premium frozen yogurt and a ton of toppings. The combinations are endless! You can create everything from a light snack, a decadent dessert, and everything in between. You pick the flavors, then add the toppings, and you can make it any way you want!

From SweetFrog’s lovable mascots, Scoop and Cookie, to the meaning of the store’s name of F.R.O.G. in SweetFrog which stands for ‘Fully Rely On God,’ SweetFrog is a great place to quench your fro-yo cravings.

Pokey O’s Tyler

Pokey O’s Tyler ( What exactly is a Pokey O’s? Well, it is a made-to-order ice cream sandwich individually customized for you from the Pokey O’s dessert food truck. You can create any combo you can dream up – customizing the yummy fresh cookies and Blue Bell® ice cream – into a Pokey O’s!

A favorite is the not highly creative but totally heavenly combo of chocolate chip cookies and chocolate ice cream – a chocolate lover’s dream! 

The menu changes daily but standards are chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, fudge nut brownie, white chocolate, macadamia nut, sugar cookie, cappuccino chocolate chip, maple pecan, and more.

Blue Bell® Ice cream flavors include traditional vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate, sea salt and caramel, cookies ‘n cream, coffee, cake batter, rocky road, pecan pralines and cream, mocha almond, cotton candy, peachy peach and peppermint.

The Porch @ ETX Brewing Co.

The Porch @ ETX Brewing Co. (221 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, serves Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream, a Mom & Pop shop in Plano, Texas. You can get a cone or get it on top of their handmade Bread Pudding. The Porch offers a new creative kind of bread pudding every week. Recently, The Porch has had Grilled Peach with Cinnamon Stout Sauce topped with pecans and Henry’s Cinnamon Ice Cream! They always have four different flavors of ice cream and keep them rotating.

Twisted Root Burger Co.

Twisted Root Burger Co. (4601 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, is known for their burgers but did you know they specialize in shakes too? They have a great selection (some with alcohol) like the Fat Elvis (custard with peanut butter with bacon on top), Banana Pudding & Vanilla Wafer, Banana & Baileys, Creme De Menthe & Chocolate Chips. Our favorite is the Banana Foster which comes with custard mixed with bananas, caramel and sliced almonds, topped with whip cream and more caramel. It is truly drool-worthy!


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New Cocktails inline for “A Toast to CORE” at Razzoo’s this Summer!

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Razzoo’s Cajun Café Partners To Support Restaurant Families

For over 25 years, guests have flocked to Razzoo’s Cajun Café expecting exceptional Cajun food in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. However, many may not know that Razzoo’s has a fantastic array of craft cocktails featuring fine spirits and fresh fruits and juices. On June 11th, Razzoo’s launched two new specialty cocktails in a promotion titled “A Toast to CORE.”

For every sale of these new drinks, Razzoo’s will donate $1 to “CORE, Children of Restaurant Employees.” Tito’s Handmade Vodka will match that donation, up to $5,000.

The tasty new cocktails include: Tito’s Peach Thyme Smash (Tito’s vodka, Fresh Peaches, Sweet & Sour and Thyme), and Tito’s Twizted Strawberry (Tito’s vodka, Fresh Strawberries, Lemons, a splash of Sprite with a Twizzler straw).

CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service navigating life-altering circumstances. In times of extreme strain brought on by family death, injury or diagnosed medical condition, loss of home, or other sudden or extreme circumstances, food and beverage families can become overwhelmed financially and emotionally. CORE is the nationally recognized community of support for all food and beverage service families in need by ensuring they feel cared for and valued. Since 2004, CORE has raised more than $3 million and granted support to more than 350 families from across the industry and the country. Contributions from our COREporate Members and individual donors allows CORE to provide grants that keep our families safe, healthy, and happy.

“A Toast to CORE” will be celebrated through August 30th at all twenty Razzoo’s Cajun Café locations in Texas and North Carolina.

“At Razzoo’s we try not to take ourselves too seriously. What we do take seriously is our food and our service. To us, nothing is more fun than treating our guests to great food and a great time in one of our restaurants. That’s why we’re here. Our food is authentic, it’s made from scratch every day in each restaurant and it’s darn good. Some of it sounds a little weird, like Rat Toes (really, they aren’t) or the Grilled Gator Tail (really, it is). Some of it is hard to pronounce, like the Shrimp Piquant or Chicken Tchoupitoulas – feel free to point when you order (that happens a lot). We’ve been at this for over 26 years and we’ve made a lot of friends along the way. We’d like to think that didn’t happen by accident. So check out our menu, find the nearest location and hop in the car. We’ll be at the door when you get here.”

Razzo’s is located at 7011 S. Broadway in Tyler, 903)534-2922, They feature live music every Thursday evening starting at 6pm. July and August line up is:

  • July 5th: Chris Colston Acoustic
  • July 12th: The Haggertys
  • July 19th: Blue Louie Acoustic
  • July 26th: The Mansion Family
  • August 2nd: The Leftovers
  • August 9th: Riley Redding
  • August 16th: Tyler Dudley
  • August 23rd: Ally Venable
  • August 30th: Al and the Longshots


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July 14th: Hit The Bricks Auto & Cycle Show Downtown Tyler

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There will be a FREE hop on/hop off shuttle sponsored by
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Visit Tyler in conjunction with Discovery Science Place and R.G. Car Show Productions is set to host the “Hit the Bricks Auto and Cycle Show” in Downtown Tyler July 14th, 10am-2pm.

There are expected to be 100-120 cars parked around the square in Downtown Tyler. The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to enter their classic car or other vehicles in the show should register online at

Attendees can also participate in games and prize drawings throughout the day. Sponsors for the prizes include: Visit Tyler, City of Tyler, ETX Brewing Co., Moss: Where Flowers are Fair, Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, SportsZone, Ye Olde City Antique Mall and Olde City Market, Gallery Main Street, EGuide Magazine, Liberty Hall, and Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum.

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Several other events will be happening that day hosted by Downtown businesses including art events, live music, shopping, and more.

Download the FREE app “EGuide Tyler” and select “Hit the Bricks” for events that will be going on July 14th Downtown Tyler.

All Day: Half Mile of History – This self-guided walking tour is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, or events in Tyler. A digital brochure for the self-guided tour is at

8-11am: Breakfast is served at ETX Brewing! Come dine on the best breakfast around with waffles, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, tacos, and more.

8am-12 noon: The Rose City Farmers Market will be open with homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken and turkey, free-range/non GMO eggs, goat cheeses, fresh bread, flowers, coffee, jams and jellies, baked goods, Texas olive oil, handcrafted art, and Texas fruit wines.

9am-9pm: Brands & Threads Grand Opening of Ridiculously Good Branding, located at 257 S. Broadway. Come celebrate with live screen printing, “Ridiculously Good” t-shirt sales, drinks, giveaways, 80’s pop music, and all the high fives you can handle! Oh, and cool koozies too! The first 25 purchases get a free retro ice cold beer koozie.

10am-2pm: R.G. Car Show will present the Auto & Cycle Show downtown on the square. The public is welcome to view all of the cool cars and cycles for free! There will be vendors, music, and food trucks. Stop by the DJ booth and pick up a People’s Choice ballot to vote on your favorite vehicle.

10am-4pm: “Paint a Car, Take It Home” will take place at Goodman Museum. This is free for the kiddos!

10am-4pm: Free Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt will be set up for families at the Smith County Historical Society Museum. A list of items to find will be provided. Children 18 and under who participate can receive a complimentary one-year Junior Membership.

10am-5pm: “The Return of the Dinosaurs” exhibit will be shown starting at 10am at Discovery Science Place. Take your picture riding a Triceratops or braving the jaws of a T-Rex! See two Protoceratops guarding their nest or view the long-necked Apatosaurus. View actual fossils along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago. “Return of the Dinosaurs” is featured in the DSP Annex building next door to the main museum building.

10am-5pm: Ye Olde City Antique Mall Treasure Hunt will again host “Summer Fun” at the Ye Olde City Complex where there are three great places to shop plus “cold” drinks, “cold” snacks, and free “cold” items in the monthly Treasure Hunt!

10am-8pm: The Artist Market will be open inside the HoT office located at 108 S. Broadway. Music will be provided by Michael Morse. Many artists will be exhibited in the air-conditioned office of Heart of Tyler including Sylvia Morse – Smooch-A-Licious Jewelry Designs.

1pm: Art Show with Blacksmith Sam Fontenot – Sam will be featuring and selling his custom unique metalwork designs at the Innovation Pipeline! These one-of-a-kind creations are sure to be objects of envy when friends and family visit your home. Don’t miss this chance to purchase a truly unique and functional piece of art and shake hands with its creator.

2pm: Tyler Public Library Makerspace Workshop will be held. No reservations are needed and this is free to attend.

2-3:30pm: The Foundry presents Cheesecake & Coffee Pairing! The cost is $15 per ticket. Walk-ins welcome. Five Bryan’s Cheesecakes will be paired with five Porch Culture offerings. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

2-4pm: Free Painting Party at Strada Caffe will be held, lead by Dace Kidd. No reservations are required. This is free to attend and there is no cost for painting or materials. All ages are welcome.

5:30-8pm: Opening of John Randall York Solo Show will be held at Gallery Main Street. The “Song of the House Where We Live” solo show by John York will have a free opening reception for the public. John Randall York was born in Tyler and has lived here most of his life. His grandfather, Henry York, was a photographer in Smith County in the early 1900’s, traveling by horse and buggy. York was educated in Tyler public schools, attended TJC and received a BFA from The University of Texas at Tyler. He has also designed giftware for Fitz & Floy, Lenox, The Hamilton Collection, and S & D Fine Collectibles sold in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Walt Disney World, and Bloomingdale’s, and has illustrated five books for Gregory Miller, an author/teacher from Pittsburgh, PA.

8-10pm: Jordan Tydings Acoustic will be performing at Strada Caffe. There will be craft beer, wine, desserts, and small plate creations.

8-10pm: Card 53 will bring their unique style of improv “makemups” and will create for you an experience like no other in Tyler, made up entirely on the spot based off your suggestions! Card 53 strives each show to be what they consider “clean-ish.” This is sponsored by True Vine Brewery. Tickets are available at the door for $15 but this show usually sells out fast.

8-10pm: Dubb & The Luv Machine in Concert will perform at ETX Brewing Co. There is no cover and this is a family and pet-friendly event.

8:30pm: The Haunted WALKING Tour of Downtown will be held. Tickets are $8 and available at You must register in advance. Weather permitting.

9pm-1am: Post Profit will perform at Garage Bar. There is a cover charge and no one under 21 is admitted after 9pm.

9pm-1am: Trajikly White will be on stage at Rick’s on the Square. There is a cover charge at the door and no one under 21 is admitted after 9pm.

9:30pm: The Haunted RIDING Tour of Downtown – Tickets are $15/person and available at You must register in advance.

For a full list of events go or find the event on Facebook.


For dinner, sink your teeth into one of the local Downtown eateries. Find anything from cheap tacos and bar food to fine dining and everything in between.

Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, located at 102 N. College Ave., features fine dining, wonderful food, and good drinks in the beautiful People’s Petroleum building. They are open 5-10pm.

Black Pearl, located at 106 W. Erwin St., features a very classy atmosphere, delicious cocktails, and a nice menu of oysters that are prepared right in front of you. They are open 4pm-12 midnight.

Rick’s on the Square, located at 104 W. Erwin St., features a lively crowd on Saturday evenings, a full menu and a live band outside on the patio. If you just want to eat, you can sit inside in the dining room. They are open 4pm-1am.

Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 113 E. Erwin, is a locals’ favorite and features Mexican food and heavenly margaritas. They are open 12 noon-10pm.

SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., features TV’s everywhere you look and a great menu of yummy food: onion rings, chili cheese waffle fries, green chili churro bites, create-your-own burgers, sandwiches, wings, and a few salads. They are open at 12 noon-1am.

Garage Bar, located at 418 E. Erwin St., has burgers, hot dogs, daily specials, and wings. They are open 4pm-1am.

The Foundry Coffee House, located at 202 S. Broadway, has coffee creations, teas, pastries, and quiche. They have several seating options like couches, comfy chairs, tables, a bar, as well as free wifi. They are open at 7am-11pm.

The Porch at ETX Brewery, located at 221 S. Broadway, offers breakfast every Saturday 7:30-11am, tables inside and outside, and classics for lunch and dinner like burgers, Mac ‘n Cheese Fries, Fried Cheese Curds, and The Kitchen Sink Sandwich, and of course, brewed on site craft beers. They are open 7:30am-12 midnight. It is pet friendly outside on the patio.

Strada Caffè, located at 302 E. Front St., is just a little off the downtown area. They feature coffee and espresso, teas, breakfast sandwiches, salads and “Strada Evenings” with craft beer and wine.

There’s no excuse to leave hungry with all of the dining options Downtown.

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Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday is an event you won’t want to miss! Rain or shine, cold or hot, there will always be something to do in Downtown on the second Saturday of every month. Grab your friends and family and “Hit the Bricks!” For a full list of activities each month go to or find the event on Facebook.

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