PALESTINE — Since 1938, locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the delicate white blooms of the Cornus florida, commonly known as the flowering dogwood during the annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration in Palestine.
This year's event, the 76th Annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration, will be held the last two weekends in March (March 21-23 and March 28-30) and first weekend in April (April 4-6).
Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the celebration, including the Dogwood Festival set for Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic downtown Palestine.
Festival highlights include the Dogwood Trails Parade, live music and entertainment, arts & crafts, food vendors, an antique car show, the Anderson County Master Gardeners annual tree sale, beer garden and more.
The fun 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. The music festival will be held 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 host a Dogwood Special Brunch on Sunday, March 30. The historic Texas Theatre will debut a “Ghost of Chance” on March 28-30 and April 4-6.
The Palestine Main Street Farm and Flower Market, located at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, will be open on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 more.
For photography enthusiasts and Instagramers, an “InstaMeet” will kick off the third weekend. The free ‘photo walk’ will be on Sat., April 5 at 10 a.m. in Davey Dogwood Park and 2 p.m. in the Palestine Main Street District.