Local Events

Click on this link to Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau for a list of event offerings: http://www.visittyler.com



Do not miss the flowering azaleas of East Texas, usually in March.  Colorful, enjoyable tours with signs to mark the trail.


Tyler is known as the Rose Capital of the World.  In October, the Rose Festival features a parade and many other events.  Be sure to visit the Rose Garden. Discover why people keep coming back, year after year, to be part of Texas most beautiful event. You will be overwhelmed by the unbelievable aroma of hundreds of thousands of roses displayed in artful arrangements, growing in manicured beds in the Rose Garden and covering hundreds of acres in the rose fields. Enjoy “tea with the Queen” at an annual community celebration. Relive the past in the beautiful Rose Museum; be enchanted by courtly costumes at the Queens Coronation; and admire the artisans touch at the Palette of Roses Art Show.


Taste the samples of competitors vying for your vote for the best chili.  Cook-offs are held in several local communities during the year.
Margaret Nadeau, Boerne, Texas, 2005 & 2009 Terlingua International Chili Championship Winner for her “Sahara Chili”
Margarets RecipeStep 1
2 lbs. course ground beef (chili grind)
1 TBS Cooking Oil
1 TBS Granulated Onion
Add ingredients together and lightly brown meat

Step 2
1 Can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 Can Beef Broth
Cook for 30 minutes

Step 3
1 TBS Light Chili Powder
2 TBS Dark Chili Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Salt
½ TBS Ground Cumin
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Chicken Granules (or 1 cube)
Cook for 1 hour

Step 4:
1 TBS Light Chili Powder
1 TBS Dark Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
½ TBS Ground Cumin
Add water if needed, leave covered and simmer for 30 minutes.

Thank you Margaret!


Fresh vegetables and fruits from local farmers throughout the growing season.


Gregory Horndeski
. Wheatfield with Woods and Wanderer—Silent Woods, 1994.

The Tyler Museum of Art has a permanent collection of over 1500 works. Since the Museum opened in 1971, the permanent collection has seen periods of great advancement, including a gift of Mexican folk art from Laura and Dan Boekman, one of the largest collections of its kind in the United States. Other works of art continue to be gifted to the Museum and others have been selected for purchase with funds donated by benefactors. The Collection includes works by both early and contemporary Texas artists including Porfirio Salinas, Jerry Bywaters, L.O. Griffith, Rosalee Speed, and Josephine Oliver, as well as contemporary artists such as Joseph Glasco, Sedrick Huckaby, William B. Montgomery, Karl Umlauf, Vernon Fisher, James Surls, Ancel E. Nunn, Terry Allen, Skeet McAuley, and Keith Carter. The museum also features works by many others including Josef Albers, Al Held, Robert Motherwell, Clayton Pond, and Edward Zucca.


In near-by Jacksonville, nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas, Cherokee Trace Drive-thru Safari is a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. At your own pace, enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can observe, feed, and photograph these beautiful creatures. This natural environment has miles of roads that take you into a whole different world. Spot a Watusi (African longhorn cow) mother and calf grazing near a spring-fed pond. Watch the Blackbuck (Indian antelope) stodding across an open field.


See their web-site for schedule www.etso.org/

Airport has Historic Museum

Tyler Pounds Field Airport just a short drive away has a plane museum with examples of several types of military aircraft to walk among. Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, located approximately 4.5 miles west of the Loop 323 on State Highway 64, provides several daily passenger flights to Dallas/Fort Worth with American Airlines and Houston on Continental Airlines.The new terminal provides ample amenities to accomodate our air travelers, including fresh food vending and beverage machines and three car rental agencies, Avis, Hertz and National Car Rental. Short-term and long-term parking are also available. The new Skyline Cafe has recently opened for business at the old terminal building.TYLER POUNDS REGIONAL AIRPORT INFO
700 Skyway Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75704
Phone: 903-531-2343


Just around the corner in Bullard, Texas


Take their tour and see all that goes into their work.


The Texas State Railroad, established 1881, is truly a “Texas Treasure!” Take a relaxing train ride through the pineywoods of East Texas, enjoy fun special events with your family, or experience an evening dinner train!

This historic railroad offers both steam and diesel train excursions that travel 25 miles through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, nature and wildlife. Passengers board excursion trains at one of the beautiful Victorian-style depots in Palestine or Rusk, where southern hospitality is the norm. The parks at both depots abound with beautiful surroundings and offer full service campground facilities, picnic areas, concessions and a great deal more to enhance a four-season vacation experience.


You can take interesting continuing education classes.


Undergrad and graduate courses – see their schedule for offerings.
www.visittyler.com for more