85th Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration
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Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration

Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration

March 17 - April 2, 2023 Palestine, Texas

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. Don't miss the Piney Woods Excursion Train at the Texas State Railroad, the Main Street Farm & Flower Market, a play at the historic Texas Theatre & much more.

Official Dogwood Bloom Watch: 2022

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Mother Nature is always in charge! As of March 13, 2022 the buds are still tight but plentiful within Davy Dogwood Park and throughout the city. The Redbuds are in bloom and thus starts the countdown for the dogwood bloom.

The Dogwood bloom lasts 21 days typically. This weeks warm weather should begin the process, which is later than usual. We anticipate the weekend of April 1-3 to be the best show for the 2023 Dogwood blooming season in Palestine, Texas.

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2023 Events & Activities

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Dogwood Lunch Train:
March 18 & 25 & April 1, 2023 | 1:00 PM
Passengers aboard Texas State Railroad Dogwood Lunch Train will savor the flavor and the sights, of East Texas. Expand all of your senses with a delicious meal and a front row seat to the Dogwood Days springtime show during your journey. Departing Saturday March 18th and 25th and April 1st from the Palestine depot at 1:00pm. For more details visit texasstaterailroad.net

Piney Woods Express Diesel- Texas State Railroad:
March 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. A diesel locomotive is the muscle that pulls the cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This four-hour round-trip train adventure departing from Palestine, with an hour layover at the Rusk depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded travelers a century ago. The trip includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. Most cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms, access a concession car stocked with snacks and kid-friendly and adult beverages. All seats have views along the Piney Woods route, and narration and music highlight the trip. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class, and Open-Air Coach. ADA coaches are available. 855-632 7729

Tahwahkaro Whiskey Dinner:
April 1| Reservations required 6:00 PM
Enjoy a whiskey paired dinner at Queen Street Grille featuring 3 of the Tahwahkaro blends: Four Grain Bourbon, Texas Malt Whiskey & Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Whiskey discussions and drawings with each course. Advance Tickets available. $99 plus tax and gratuity. All guests must be 21 years or older.
903-723-2404

Historic Redlands Tour:
March 18, 25 & April 1, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Guided Tour of the Redlands Hotel - The Redlands Hotel was built in 1914 by a group of citizens to provide housing for the visitors to the City from the railroad. Built as a fine hotel with an up date restaurant, ice machine, orchestra and ballroom, it was in high demand until 1918 when WW I caused economy problems. Imagine debarking from a long train ride to walk into the Redlands Hotel’s dining room and an elegant dinner. For special group tours call 903-729-2345

Fairy Garden Trails:
March 17 - April 30, 2023 | Dawn to Dusk
There is so much to explore in Davey Dogwood Park this spring! We know that the 5.5 miles of driving trails make for some amazing views, but park the car and step onto the trails and see how many of our hidden fairy gardens you can find!

Railroad Heritage Center:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM | Open Mon-Sat
Relish the romance of the rails as depicted by the 37' X 17' Domis HO scale Model RR and enjoy the various exhibits that illustrate many facets of railroading.

Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival:
March 23 - 25, 2023 | A festival with a laid back attitude and really great music! Some of the best dulcimer and old time music artists from around the country serve as headliners for the concerts and lead the workshops. Friday and Saturday are filled with live performances, jamming sessions, concerts & workshops. For more information call 936-222-1892. First Baptist Church 5700 N Loop 256 Find out more at oldpalmusic.com
Dogwood Jamboree-
March 25, 2023 | 7:00 PM
Classic Country Music and Comedy. Palestine High School Auditorium. Hwy 287 South and Loop 256
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00.
All adult Tickets are $18.00.
Visit website at www.dogwoodjamboree.org or call 903-729-7080 for information. Call for special hotel rates 903-729-6070 or 903-724-2556.
Master Gardener Tree & Plant Sale
March 18, 2023 | 8:00AM - 4:00 PM
Annual Master Gardener Tree & Plant Sale
Trees, shrubs, roses, native plants, butterfly garden & a variety of locally grown plants. Federal Building parking lot 101 W. Oak St. For more information or presales, call 903 391-0190 or 903-764-0073
Farm & Flower Market:
March 25, April 1, 2023 |
8:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Shop a wide selection of flowers, plants, herbs, produce, local honey, meat and eggs, homemade soaps, handmade items, jewelry, art & more. 815 W Spring St.,

Mission Outreach 2023 5K
April 1, 2023 | 9:00 AM
Welcome to our Annual 5K Walk/Run Event! All proceeds are Benefitting our Missions Outreach 2023 5K.
The 5K will start and end at the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Main, Palestine, Texas.
Pre registration will be on line, Children 10 and under are FREE! Packet pick up for runners and walkers will begin at 8:00 Am on the day of the event. You can pick up packets the day before at the church from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
This year we will have a totally different route, you are sure to Love!
T-shirts will be included for those that pre-register. Awards Ceremony to follow.
Contact Evangelistic Temple for details or to register 903 729-2863


Slow Meat Feast:
March 18,2023 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Regen Ranch
An Argentine parillada is a meat based meal that is typically eaten over a number of hours as each cut of meat becomes ready. Sausages, bread, assorted chicken, turkey and beef cuts will be served with sides on the table to enjoy with the meat and between the meat courses. We will conclude the feast with a typical Argentine ‘campesino’ dessert! (You’ll have to attend to learn what that is!)
For more details and to register, click here.
Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus: March 18-20th, 25th-27, April 1st, 2023 | 12:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Wine Tasting in the new tasting room and Wine Garden. Serving German Sausage and Burger and Hot Dog platters.
2442 Anderson County RD 2133

Market By The Creek: March 18, 2023 | 10: 00 AM - 6:00 PM
Market By The Creek
Vintage Items, Furniture, Handmade Crafts, Food Trucks,
Old Tools, Art and Eclectic Things.
Wells Creek Crossing
903 724-1220


Dogwood Happenings at The Gin:
Date: Mar 19, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Live Music – Kenny McCann, at Shelton Gin @ 12pm
Live Music – Kade Callaway & Travis Bennett, at Shelton Gin @ 9pm & Darrin Morris Band @ 10pm
Farmers Market:
9:00 AM -2:00 PM | March 25 & April 1, 2023
You never know what goodies you will find! The Palestine Farmers Market brings the community together while showcasing local unique, crafty, and gardening talent. 813 W. Spring Street

Art Walk:
April 1, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Art Walk Palestine
First Saturday of each month from 10:00AM to 3:00PM downtown Palestine
Various participating businesses & artists
400 N Queen St
VIP Art Reception and Sneak Peek:
March 17, 2023 | 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Enjoy live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, & exquisite art. Featured Artist William E. Young will be showcased and East Texas artist Jeffie Brewer will be present. Art will be available for purchase. ArtTracks sculpture awards will be announced. Tickets $20 available at the door or at www.palestinechamber.org. Redlands Hotel Parking | Lot 300 W Oak Street

Dogwood Festival:
March 18, 2023 | 9:00 AM -6:00 PM | Downtown
Join us in Palestine's historic Main Street District for Arts & Craft vendors, food, live street performances, kid's activity zone, photo ops & more.

Artist Tent:
March 18 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Redlands Hotel Parking Lot. Artists from across Texas come together to showcase their work. Select pieces will be available for purchase. Corner of John and Oak St.
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March 24-26, 2023
March 31-April 2, 2023
Clue The Musical is a musical with a book by Peter DePietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, and lyrics by Tom Chiodo, based on the board game Clue. The plot concerns a murder at a mansion, occupied by several suspects, that is solved by a detective, while the ending is decided by the audience.
213 W Crawford St.


Dogwood Fly in Fair:
March 24 - 26, 2023 |
9:00 AM- 5: 00 PM
Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Admission $5 per car load
Free Parking
Chili and 3 meat BBQ cookoffs & Cornhole tournament. Arts, crafts, gun show, antiques, militaria, and collectibles.
For more information, contact:
Charles Montgomery 817-929-1816
Whipp.events@gmail.com Whippfarmproductions.com

Stained Glass Tours - March 18, 2023

Sacred Heart Catholic Church:
March 18th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
March 25th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stunning stained glass, incredible detailing and beautiful architecture are just of few of the features that will have you in awe of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Open every Saturday during the Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration.
503 N Queen St.

First Christian Church:
The First Christian Church in Palestine is one of the oldest congregations in the area. Steps were set in motion which resulted in its establishment in Palestine in 1847. After outgrowing several smaller buildings, in 1905 the brick building at 113 Crawford Street was constructed. The church had grown and could now afford to have an imposing building with a pipe organ. This building served until 1955 when the present sanctuary was completed directly to the east. Over the next several years the 1905 structure was transformed into an educational building. The chapel in the educational building is the pride of the entire membership with its beautiful memorial windows. It is with great pride that we are including these windows on our strained glass tour during this years dogwood celebration.
113 E Crawford St

St. Phillips Episcopal Church
March 18th & 25th 10:00 AM-
2:00 PM
It all started in 1859, when about a dozen Palestine families gathered and organized a religious body under the name St. Philip's Episcopal Church. On Dec. 11, 1874,the corner stone for the church was laid. However, in 1903, the church moved to its current location at 106 E. Crawford St. After a fire destroyed the building in 1982, the current church was built in 1983. The baptismal font, as well as a few other religious relics, were saved. They're still used today. The same company that installed the original stained glass windows replaced them after being lost in the fire.

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church is a historic church in Palestine that was organized in 1849, a year after Palestine was founded. The Gothic Revival church building is the oldest church in Palestine continuously serving a congregation. On March 7, 1887, the church bought a lot on Avenue A, and the cornerstone for the sanctuary was laid on July 12, 1888. The builder made the bricks from clay excavated from a pit that later became Spring Park Lake. The sanctuary is of Gothic design, and contains beautiful leaded stained glass and Tiffany memorial windows. The ceiling was hand painted by an itinerant German craftsman, and has not been retouched since it was originally done by the artist. The lovely silver spire was added in 1890.The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Boston Porter Memorial Rodeo
March 18, 2023 | 7:00 PM
Tickets will be available at Cavender's $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 6 & under are free

Boston’s Buckaroos Kid Rodeo
March 18, 2023 | 1:00 PM
Mutton Busting, Stick Horse Barrel Races, Goat Scramble, Hay Hauling, Chuck Wagon Races & More. $8 general admission. Register kids at Dogwood Trails Festival from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM for the event.
Patio Dining at Sabor A Pasion

Specialty Dining Events at Sabor A Pasion:
March 17, 24 & 31 |
Pizza! Pasta! & Pavlova! Chef Simon Webster serves pizza from his acclaimed wood-fired pizza oven. Meal is served family-style and includes gourmet salad, wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta & his signature New Zealand Pavlova. Reservations Required 903-729-9500 | 110 ACR 406 | BYOB

March 18, 25 & April 1 |
Bistro Dining at Restaurant Aubergine: 3 course prix fixe menu. Choose from a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts featuring seasonal & local menu items inspired by Chef Webster's global influence. Reservations required. 903-729-9500 | 110 ACR 406 | BYOB

March 19 & 26 & April 2 | Dogwood Brunch Plated gourmet breakfast with complimentary Mimosa.
Seating available from 9:30AM to 12:00 PM. Reservations required. 903-729-9500 | 110 ACR 406 | BYOB


Cars of Palestine
March 18, 2023| 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
The Cars of Palestine has been holding their annual car show for 34 years. It is held on the 3rd Saturday of March in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Palestine Dogwood Trails Festival. Four years ago, we moved the show to our new location. We are now in a much larger paved area, utilizing the parking lot of the Palestine Senior Citizen Activity Center at 200 N. Church Street, Palestine, Texas 75801.
We give approximately 30 trophies every year including Top 20, Featured Class, People's Choice Award, Best of Show and a few more.
Early registration is $20 per vehicle and closes 3 business days prior to the show. Early registration can be made online with the link below or mailed to P.O. Box 2112, Palestine, Texas 75802-2112. The registration form must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to Cars of Palestine. Mailed registrations must be received no later than 7 days prior to the event in order to be processed on time. The price to enter on the day of the show is $25 per vehicle.

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