PALESTINE —The 76th annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration will be the last two weekends in March and first weekend in April. Since 1938, locals and visitors alike have been enjoying the celebration of the blooming of the flowering dogwood.
Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the long-standing celebration, including the Dogwood Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22 in Palestine.
Festival highlights will include live music and entertainment, beer gardens, a parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, an antique car show, the Anderson County Master Gardeners Annual Tree Sale and more.
The events will continue into the evening with a Doo-Wop Cruise featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s at the Anderson County Historic Courthouse Square.
The 13th annual Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival will kick off the second weekend at the Museum for East Texas Culture on March 27, 28 and 29 with concerts, workshops and jam sessions.
For those looking for a culinary treat through the piney woods, the Texas State Railroad will hold a Dogwood Special Brunch on March 30. The historic Texas Theatre will present the play a “Ghost of Chance”on March 28, 29, 30 and April 4, 5, and 6.
The Palestine Main Street Farm and Flower Market, at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30. This unique outdoor market will feature bedding plants, herbs, trees, fresh produce, jams, yard art and decorations.
Other activities include the Main Street Architectural Scavenger Hunt and tours at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Howard House Museum and much more.
For photography enthusiasts and Instagram users, an “InstaMeet” will kick off the third weekend. The free “photo walk” will be at 10 a.m. April 5 in Davey Dogwood Park and 2 p.m. in the Palestine Main Street District.
An Architectural Walking Tour of Main Street is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. April 5. The tour, lead by the Preservation Officer for the City of Palestine, will include information on the styles and examples of architecture in Palestine and an interactive discussion of the historic significance.
Other events during the third weekend include the Piney Woods Excursion at the Texas State Railroad and the Boston’s Buckin BBQ Cook-off, sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society.
For information about the Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration and a complete schedule of events, visit www.texasdogwoodtrails.com, download the free “Visit Palestine TX” mobile app, available the iTunes and Google Play stores, or contact the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.