Gladewater knows how to ring in the Christmas season. If
you’re looking to add a little excitement to the holidays, check out these fun
The Gladewater Opry
Annual Christmas Show
Get the whole family into the holiday spirit at the Gladewater Opry’s yearly Christmas show. This spectacular event features over a half-dozen bands and musicians, along with a visit from Santa Claus for the little ones. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on December 21. Tickets cost $10.
Luke LaPrade Live
If you’re looking for a fun way to fill the gap between the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, check out this live performance by rising country music star Luke LaPrade. He’ll be performing at The Central Station Brick & Brew on December 27 at 7:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve
For a night of fun, food, and classic tunes, head to the Antique Capital RV Park on New Year’s Eve. This year, the New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature country music, ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, and the comedy of Carol Swanson. Enjoy dinner at 7:00 p.m., and live entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m. The festivities run until midnight. Tickets cost $35, and RV parking will be offered at a reduced rate.
Looking for the best barbecue joints to hit while you’re in East Texas? Make a delicious weekend out of these awesome locations.
Famous Barbecue Pit
With a claim to fame like winning “Best Pork
Rib” in the First Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, Stanley’s is a can’t-miss for any
foodie. They proudly feature a special 11-spice rub and sweet glaze, and the owners
regularly master new skills and come up with fresh ideas to improve their menu.
Owner Stephen Joseph is a favorite of the Riverport
community. Despite the town’s small population, there’s always a line out the
door of Joseph’s. Guests can order a wide selection of meats by the pound, or
opt for one of many house specials, like the heavily-loaded “swamp fries.”
There’s lots of “Bodacious Bar-B-Qs” in East
Texas, but none are quite like the original location in Longview. Their famous
brisket is smoked for anywhere from 24 to 26 hours, and all of their beef is
hormone-free and purchased from Central Texas farms. Plus, the current pitmaster
has a culinary degree from Kilgore College and has participated in BBQ
festivals all over the state.
Mae’s Pit Barbeque
Evie Mae’s began simply; with a huge smoker
hitched to a pickup truck. The family business quickly grew from a DIY parking
lot setup to a beloved food truck, and eventually to a successful
brick-and-mortar location in Wolfforth, Texas. Evie Mae’s is unique among BBQ
restaurants since everything on the menu is gluten-free — with the exception of
sandwich buns and white bread — without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.
Looking for fun summer events near Gladewater? A range of festivals offer much to do, even if you are passing through.
The Roundup Rodeo
The Roundup Rodeo occurs in Gladewater from June 5-8.
Founded in 1937 by Jack Yates, the rodeo is one of the top recognized rodeos in
the state. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, you will find events for the whole
Take a short drive to Nacogdoches on June 8 for the 30th
annual Texas Blueberry Festival. If you love the iconic blue fruit, you will enjoy
the annual harvest with activities, food, and more. Over 19,000 visitors experience
the Blueberry Festival every year.
East Texas Country
Come visit Salmon Lake Park for the East Texas Country Music
Festival in Grapeland from July 4-6. It will feature over 25 country bands, a
fireworks show, and more. The lineup includes Cooper Wade, Holly Tucker, Sarah
Lee Hobbs, Justin Kemp, and Aaron McDonnell. Stay at the various campsites or
cabins in the area.
Whether you’re looking for a rodeo, a farm-fresh market, or a fun outing for the whole family, this region offers something for everyone. Hop in your car and explore the area today, including the new inventory selection at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.
There’s plenty of summer fun in Gladewater, TX, especially in the summer months! Here are some ways you can celebrate the summer season in and around Gladewater.
Saturday Night Opry
If you’re in the mood for some music on the weekends, check out the Saturday Night Opry. Every Saturday night, step out from the summer air into The Gladewater Opry, which hosts different country music acts every week. It’s a great way to support local musicians.
Gladewater Round Up Rodeo
Founded by Jack Yates back in 1937, the Gladewater Rodeo Round-Up is a weekend packed with rodeo events June 6-9. It’s family-friendly, too, with a children’s event called Mutton Bustin’, where young kids can practice their rodeo skills.
Freedom and Fireworks Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day by adventuring out to Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview for Freedom and Fireworks Celebration. This Fourth of July celebration has carnival rides, free music, a dog-themed fashion show, and fireworks.
Gladewater Art & Wine Stroll
The Gladewater Art & Wine Stroll takes place downtown on August 10, where you can see different art exhibits throughout shops and try wine from local wineries. Enter into a drawing for a gift basket. Though there’s wine, this event is family-friendly!