The signs of Spring are all around Tyler, Texas, Longview, Gilmer, and Athens, Texas too. Spring flowers are in bloom as well as some Dogwood trees and we're beginning to see the signs of pollen. With so much plant life coming back to life, so are the East Texas weekend activities.

It's been a couple of months since there were a lot of things happening on a weekend and that's all about to change. Our weekend calendars are about to be filled with lots of fun options along with the honey-do lists too!

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Spring sports season has arrived. Just yesterday I saw the youth soccer teams assembling and practicing in the fields across from the radio station.

Thankfully our stressful work week is about to come to an end and we can get out and spend some quality time with the family. We can laugh, enjoy a great meal together, participate in a 5k run, shop and hang out together, and catch up on the week's events.

Here's a look at this weekend's event happening across East Texas.

For more information or to purchase tickets to listed ticketed events, click or tap on the event name to be redirected to their official page or website.

Canton First Monday Trade Days

Thursday - Sunday
First Monday Trade Days grounds - Canton

Shop til you drop at the world's largest and oldest flea market. First Monday Trade Days has more than just a little something for everyone, they have a lot for everyone! There is something there just waiting for you to purchase that you just can't live without. There is also live music and plenty of food to satisfy any appetite.


Fresh 15

Saturday @ 7a
Old Jacksonville Hwy. - Tyler

This will be the 11th year of the Fresh 15. Participants can run the entire 15k or opt-in for the shorter 5k or 1k. The course will wind its way through the streets of south Tyler and culminate with a huge celebration at the end of the race. This is a ticketed event that will benefit local non-profit organizations throughout Tyler.


Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Garden

daily through mid-March
County Road 3103 - Gladewater

Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Garden is open to the public. Drive through acres and acres of daffodils. Millions are in bloom and offer some breathtaking views and photo opportunities. This is a non-profit garden that accepts donations at its main gate.

When visiting, be respectful and don't pick up or disturb the flowers.


Automotive Society's 47th Annual Car Show

Saturday 8a-5p
LeTourneau University - Longview

The car show is a fund-raiser for student-led mission trips and to help support missionary organizations. There is an entry fee for participating and displaying a vehicle. On-site donations will be accepted.


Market Day - Jacksonville

Saturday 9a-4p
E. Hwy. 204 - Jacksonville

Shop a vast selection of artisan crafts, cottage baker items, boutique selections, tools, jewelry, vintage & antique pieces, and more!


Neighborhood Market & Garage Sale

Saturday 9a-1p
CR 3010 N - Mt. Pleasant

Community-wide garage sale. Shop or sell the things you no longer need. Registration is required to be a vendor, otherwise the event is free to attend.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Saturday 10a-4p
Main St. - Lindale

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with Read Across America! It will be a fun-filled day with story times every hour on the hour from 10-4! There will be Dr. Seuss inspired snacks and refreshments! There are additional things for kids to do but may require a purchase.


3rd Annual Community Chili Cook-Off

Saturday 5p-8p
Gilmer Square - Gilmer

Gilmer, it's time to put on those stretchy pants and get ready to fill up on some chili. You might want to bring along some antacids too! There will be live music and if you think you have award-winning chili you need to register and get in on the competition.

The event is free to attend. An all-you-can-eat chili armband is available for an additional charge that will benefit the Upshur County Community Fund.


Firework Show! Texas Independence Celebration

Saturday @ 7p
Ruby Ln - Lake Palestine - Frankston

Y'all are invited to the Texas Independence Day Fireworks Show! Celebrate the spirit of the Lone Star State under a canopy of stunning fireworks that light up the Texas sky.

Witness a breathtaking fireworks show, choreographed to a mix of classic Texas tunes and modern hits. There will also be a live band along with some Texas-style foods and refreshments. There is a per-vehicle-only charge to attend this event.

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