Events in Henderson

Plan a trip to the Piney Woods of Texas around one of the special events in Henderson that celebrate Texas heritage and offer plenty of fun for travelers of all ages. The Heritage Syrup Festival, the East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, and the Antique Tractor and Engine Show are just a few of Henderson’s one-of-a-kind events. Much of the action takes places at the picturesque Downtown Heritage Square and the Rusk County Expo Center, host of a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo and other goings-on throughout the year. Discover what’s going on in Henderson at any time of the year by checking out the below list of the town’s annual events and festivals.


Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off
Warm up with all-you-can-eat gumbo, King Cake cupcakes, and live music at the annual Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off in downtown Henderson. Live music and a beer and wine garden are also part of the event, located in the Downtown Heritage Square.
514 North High Street
Henderson, TX 75652


Rusk County Youth Project Show
Shop the arts and crafts auction and watch the livestock show at the annual Rusk County Youth Project Show. Contests are open to all Rusk County 4-H and FFA members.
3303 FM 13 West
Henderson, TX 75652


Antique Tractor and Engine Show
Check out antique tractors and tools, small engine displays, and horse-drawn equipment at the annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show the third Friday and Saturday in April. Watch saw mill demonstrations, rope making, corn grinding, hay bailing, tractor races, pulls, and a parade.
3303 FM 13 West
Henderson, TX 75652

April - May

East Texas Wildflower Driving Tour
Grab some sodas or malt shakes, roll the windows down, and take the scenic, vibrant East Texas Wildflower Driving Tour through Rusk County. Mid-April through the end of May is typically the best time of year to take this tour.
Henderson, TX 75652

May - October

Rusk County Farmers’ Market
Get fresh produce plucked from the surrounding East Texas farms at the Rusk County Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon May through October.
302 Fairpark Avenue
Henderson, TX 75652


East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
Listen to talented Sacred Harp performers sing a unique style of religious folk music developed in New England in the 1700’s. Sacred Harp, traditionally sung a capella, is recognized for its use of the minor key and four-part harmony.
1500 Lake Forest Parkway
Henderson, TX75652


Rusk County PRCA Rodeo
Grab your boots and cowboy hat and head to the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo to see the best of the best compete in events such as bull riding, team roping, barrel riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, and bareback bronc riding.
3303 FM 13 West
Henderson, TX 75652


Heritage Syrup Festival
Celebrate folk life in East Texas at the annual Heritage Syrup Festival, held on the second Saturday in November. Learn how to make syrup the old-fashioned way, and take in demonstrations by folk artists and craftsmen, and cloggers and square dancers. A classic car show, activities for the youngsters, and live music are all part of the fun, as well.
514 North High Street 
Henderson, TX  75652 


Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Kick off the holiday season with an evening tree-lighting ceremony followed by a festive parade in downtown Henderson.
514 North High Street
Henderson, TX 75652

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