Events in Lufkin

Lufkin’s charming historic downtown and idyllic location between two national forests draws foodies, shoppers, art enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers alike throughout the year. Many of the very best things about Lufkin, such as its natural beauty and local dining scene, are celebrated by many of the town’s annual events.

Starting in February with a slew of culinary events, the year-long party continues with several rodeos, a canoeing excursion down the Neches River, and more. Don’t miss these annual events in Lufkin during your next visit.


Corks and Forks
Lufkin’s finest chefs and caterers show off their skills during Corks and Forks. Savor tantalizing appetizers and mouthwatering desserts along with a selection of delicious beer, champagne, and wine. Held the Saturday before Valentine’s Day in downtown Lufkin, this is one event foodies won’t want to miss.
Lufkin, TX 75902

CBR Bull Bash
All the heart-pounding action of a Championship Bull Riding rodeo gallops into Lufkin for the annual CBR Bull Bash. Take in all the wild rodeo action, along with a country music concert, at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center in late February.
1200 Ellen Trout Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904


Angelina Benefit Rodeo
There’s even more exciting horseback riding and mutton busting action at this Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association-sanctioned event held over four days in late April. Not only do you get to see some of the best in the business compete for top prize, you’ll also be supporting a good cause.
1200 Ellen Trout Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904

Jam and Toast
Live music, warm spring sunshine, and delicious brunch foods crafted by local chefs are part of the fun at this annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Lufkin in April.
Lufkin, TX 75902

Spring Fest
Browse art and craft vendor stalls along the streets of downtown Lufkin, tuck into something tasty, and take in all the entertainment on two stages.
Lufkin, TX 75902


Zoo Brew
Drink beer and raise money forLufkin’s own Ellen Trout Zoo. Do you need a better reason to sip a hoppy IPA or a chocolatey stout? Savor a large selection of beers and delicious food from local restaurants as you support an institution that has been in Lufkin for more than 50 years.
402 Zoo Circle
Lufkin, TX 75904


Lufkin’s Summer Farm Feast
Get a real taste of Lufkin during the annual Summer Farm Feast, when you’ll sit down for a four-course farm-to-table meal made by local chefs using fresh produce sourced within 100 miles of town. Wine pairings are part of the feast, which is located at the Angelina County Farmers Market.
2107 South Medford Drive
Lufkin, TX 75901

Neches River Rendezvous
Take in all the beauty of the Neches River on this 10-mile canoe trip. Perfect for canoers of all skill levels, the rendezvous gives you the chance to appreciate the flora and fauna of East Texas. Even better, you’ll get an official Neches River Rendezvous t-shirt and lunch. The event is typically held the first Saturday of June and registration information is available on Visit Lufkin’s website.
Lufkin, TX 75901


Texas State Forest Festival
Given its location between two national forests, there may be no better place in Texas to have a “forest festival” than Lufkin. Head to the George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center during the fourth week in September for an amazing array of entertainment, including a lumberjack show, concerts, and specialty acts. Don’t miss the giant carnival, petting zoo, and the Southern Hushpuppy Championships, a one-of-a-kind cooking competition.
1200 Ellen Trout Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904


Pineywoods Purgatory
All the rolling hills and dense forests that surround Lufkin make for a spectacular backdrop for one of the premier cycling events in Texas: the Pineywoods Purgatory.

Tune up your road bike and ride one of four routes ranging from 25 to 102 miles. Reach the finish line and celebrate with live music, fajitas, and drinks at the Beer Garden.
1200 Ellen Trout Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904


Lufkin’s Bistro
A smorgasbord of enticingly edible eats form the foundation of this annual event in Lufkin. Treat your taste buds to tantalizing tidbits made by Lufkin’s top local chefs. Pair your food of choice with something from the extensive beer and wine menu and enjoy all the live music. This event, held in downtown Lufkin, is held the same weekend as the Pineywoods Purgatory.
Lufkin, TX 75904

Angelina County AirFest
Watch high-flying daredevils twist, turn, and soar at the Angelina County AirFest, an annual airshow near Lufkin. Meet the pilots, take pictures, have a great time, with profits from the event going to Toys for Tots campaigns in Angelina and Trinity counties.
800 Airport Boulevard
Diboll, TX 75941

Lufkin’s Fall Farm Feast
The fall version of Lufkin’s culinary event brings farm-fresh goodies from across the region to your plate. Sample wine and cheese pairings and sit down for a four-course meal made using ingredients sourced from within a 100-mile radius of Lufkin. Held at the Angelina County Farmers Market, the feast is an elegant and laid-back affair.
2107 South Medford Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904


Pineywoods Veterans Celebration
Show your support for Lufkin’s veterans – and have a great time in the process – at the Pineywoods Veterans Celebration. Watch the parade as it travels from the Pitser Garrison Convention Center to Louis Bronaugh Park, where you’ll listen to live music and savor the food. Veterans (with valid ID) and their families will be treated to a free lunch in the park.
Lufkin, TX 75904


Festival of Trees
Every winter, the Museum of East Texas transforms into a delightful winter wonderland as the hallways are lined with dozens of Christmas trees festooned with festive holiday decorations. The event is a fundraiser for the art museum’s scholarships and programs, so see the sights and support a good cause.
503 North 2nd Street
Lufkin, TX 75901

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