Festivals and Events

For a real East Texas experience, Palestine hosts festivals each year to showcase the region.


Dogwood Trails Fest

This two day event showcases wonderful food, great music and beautiful art. Learn more here.

The Annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration

This long-time celebration takes place the last two weekends in March and first weekend in April.  Enjoy the delicate beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park and the surrounding area.  Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the Celebration, including the Dogwood Trails Festival, the first weekend. Don't miss the Piney Woods Excursion and Dogwood Brunch Train at the Texas State Railroad, the Dulcimer Festival, the Main Street Farm & Flower Market, a play at the historic Texas Theatre and much more.

Hot Pepper Festival

Cool off at “The Hottest Little Festival in Texas” every October in Palestine.  Enjoy a BBQ & Chili Cook-off, Pepper eating contest, arts & crafts, unique food vendors, kid’s zone, beer gardens & live music all day long.  

Christmas in Palestine

We could tell you about Christmas in Palestine, or you could just experience it.  Enjoy holiday shopping on Main Street, The Polar Express Train Ride TM, wine events, Frost Fest, the Christmas Parade of Lights and much more.

Frost Fest

Traditionally the first full weekend in December, Frost Fest is a unique festival which celebrates the holiday season in a unique way.  We bring all things snow and ice to the Piney Woods of East Texas! Come to Palestine to celebrate the season, like you can nowhere else!

Davey Dogwood Park

A major attraction year found round during the daylight hours, this 200 acre park has five miles of hard surface roads good for driving, bicycling and walking.  Try one of the unincorporated hiking or mountain biking trails yourself and enjoy the park’s beauty year round, and make a special point to visit in early spring for the Dogwood blooms and in November to enjoy the fall foliage.

The 1836 Chuckwagon Race

The 1836 Chuckwagon Race takes place each Spring at the Diamond B Ranch in nearby Neches and includes such things as trail rides, dutch oven cook'n classes, cowboy poetry, herd dog demonstrations, hoof care clinics, bull whip demonstrations, horse auction, wagon race calcutta, barn dances, live music, cowboy church and much more!

Taste of New Orleans

Local Chefs, Foodies & Restaurateurs Kick it up a Notch in the historic mainstreet district and the culinary tastes of New Orleans fills the Palestine Main Street District during Mardi Gras.

Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge Weekend

During the annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, nature lovers are encouraged to camp, take photos, tour the lush and wooded landscape and visit with new acquaintances at the 480 acre natural area located close to nearby Elkhart.

Dogwood Jamboree

The Dogwood Jamboree is a Branson-style country music show filled with family fun, laughter and great classic country music from some of the best artists anywhere. 

Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival

 The festival is three-days filled with live performances, jamming sessions, concerts & workshops with some of the best dulcimer and old time music artists from around the country serving as headliners for the concerts and leading the workshops. 

El Camino

A challenging 205 mile gravel grinder bicycle ride through the Piney Woods of East Texas taking place the first weekend in October. 

Hot Pepper Festival

Enjoy a  Pepper Eating Contest, Arts & Crafts, Unique Food Vendors, Kid’s Zone, Beer Gardens & Live Music all day long at the “The Hottest little Festival in Texas” every October.

Dogwood Trails Celebration

During the annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, nature lovers are encourage to camp, take photos, tour the lush, wooded landscape and visit with new acquaintances at the 480-acre natural area located close to nearby Elkhart.

Farm & Flower Market

The Farm & Flower Market will be held the 3rd Saturday of every month from 8am - 6pm and is an addition to our regular Farmers Market.

Neches River Wilderness Race

For more than twenty years, water enthusiasts from across the nation and the world have gathered in Palestine the first weekend in August to participate in “The Toughest Little Race in Texas.” The canoe race covers 22 miles of scenic, largely uninhabited Neches River.  

Classic Movies Under the Stars

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Reagan Park and enjoy classic movies under the stars.

Sunset Cinema

Sunset Cinema is an Outdoor Movie Theater at the event center Elmwood Gardens