Officially this will be the last Spring weekend of 2024 in East Texas because the Summer Solstice will happen next week. When Summer Solstice happens on Thursday (June 20th) at 3:51 pm, it will be the longest day of sunlight of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. At that point, it'll officially be summer!

So, we're taking a look at some of the things you can do around East Texas on this final weekend of spring, although it'll feel more like summer with lots of sunshine and temperatures hanging around in the mid-90s.

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.

903 Fishing Presents: Father's Day Crappie Throwdown

Saturday 5:30a-3p
Boulders At Lake Tyler - Lake Tyler

It'll be a Father's Day weekend tournament where you can win cash if you reel in the biggest crappie. Fishing must be done via a motorized boat. No bank or dock fishing will be allowed in this throwdown. There is a registration fee to participate.


Juneteenth Music Fest

Saturday 8p-1a
W Bow St - Tyler

It's a Juneteenth celebration for the grown folk. There will be live music and a DJ and food. There is an admission fee to attend this event.


Dollar Book Sale

Saturday 9a-5p

It's Dollar Book Sale time again at Elsewhere Books! We have accumulated well over 15,000 quality books for this sale that will be priced at $1 or less at Elsewhere Books, 300 Hwy 110 South in Whitehouse.


Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday 10a-3p
Kilgore City Park - Kilgore

The Kilgore Legacy Foundation presents our annual Juneteenth Celebration! This is an event for everyone so we can spread awareness as we celebrate JUNETEENTH!

The Juneteenth parade kicks off at 10 AM! Setup downtown to enjoy the parade or sign-up to bring out your cars, motorcycles, atv’s, or your horses! Line up will begin at 9 AM. Immediately after the parade, we will have a fun day in the city park. There will be free food, vendors, live entertainment and fun for the kids.


Juneteenth Annual Celebration

Saturday 10a-3p
S MLK Jr Blvd - Longview

Please join us for our annual Juneteenth celebration & fundraiser. Great prices, delicious food, cold drinks, & good music! Across from Broughton Recreation Center.


Juneteenth Festival

downtown Palestine - Palestine

Join us for a day packed with fun activities for everyone. Get your taste buds ready for a mouthwatering feature of collard greens and cornbread. Show off your skills in our exciting cornhole tournament or on the court for freestyle basketball. Groove to the beats of live music performances that will keep you entertained all day long. Admire classic cars and bikes on display at our car show. And of course, explore a variety of vendors offering unique goods and treats. Don't miss our vibrant parade near the end of the day! Come join us as we commemorate this important day with joy and togetherness!


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Mineola Summer Bash

Saturday 9a-5p
Line St - Mineola

All right folks looks like we’ve got this on a roll looking for entries come on out and enjoy a great day for a great cause!! Jorgie’s 2nd annual Car and Motorcycle show. At The Mineola summer Bash hosted by The Texan Hall by Jorgie’s! , They Got Your 6 foundation.


Labyrinth: Live Show

Saturday 2p
Liberty Hall - Tyler

In this fantastical adventure, sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth. The purchase of a ticket will include a goodie bag of props to use throughout the movie to interact with the cast. Doors open at noon, trivia is at 1 p.m., and the movie begins at 2 p.m. There is an admission fee for this event.


Father's Day Dinner On The Patio @ FRESH

Saturday 5p-9p
Old Jacksonville Hwy - Tyler

Celebrate Dad with dinner at the FRESH Grill + Patio! Live music, drink specials, and Dad's favorite foods like grilled shrimp skewers with Cajun butter sauce, fried shrimp with French fries, ribeye steak cooked to order, and grilled and fried oysters. Check out our oyster specials in our seafood department for even more deliciousness to take home. Available for a limited time! Saturday's live music provided by Word of Mouth.


Farmer's Markets

Friday 9a-1p
US Highway 271 S - Pittsburg

Saturday 8a-12n
S. Broadway @ ETX Brewing

Saturday 7a-2p
S. Broadway @ Broadway Square Mall

Saturday 9a-2p
W Spring St - Palestine

Saturday 8a-1p
W Front St - Mineola

14 Tyler Area Restaurants Had Issues With Their Latest Inspection - 06.10.24

NET Health inspectors randomly stop by Tyler and Smith County area restaurants for an inspection. Even those restaurants with perfect scores will sometimes have the following issues:

Cooling - cooled foods being held at the wrong temperature or for longer than recommended
Cold food - being held above the recommended temperature
Hot food - being held below the recommended temperature
Foods being stored in unapproved sources
Ready-to-eat foods improperly handled
Cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods
Improper handwashing procedures
Water supply not properly equipped for need - handwashing, dishwashing, food prep

While the above issues were present on all of the following restaurant inspection reports, these restaurants had some other issues to address once the NET Health inspector arrived.

Gallery Credit: NET Health

15 High Paying Jobs Around Tyler That Do Not Require A College Degree

Stacker has released a list of some of the highest-paying jobs in the Tyler-Longview area that do not require a college degree. The site looked at information compiled from data from the Bureau Of Labor Statistics to come up with the list. Here are the top 15.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

19 Food Items Recalled in Texas Since May

We often see food recalls going on across the U.S. Here are some recent ones in Texas to be aware of:

Leading Causes of Death in Texas in 2024

According to the Center for Disease Control or CDC here is a list of the leading causes of death in Texas.

Gallery Credit: Billy Jenkins

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