Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas!


Welcome to Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas!

Fall is officially here! From the Arboretum’s fall plant sale and the Farmer’s Market fall fling to football games and hiking trails, October offers a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Nacogdoches boasts an active fine arts community with frequent performances and art exhibitions. Check out the upcoming lineup of live music in this month’s e-newsletter.
Beware of what you might see this month as you zip through the treetops at Zip Nac’s Scare in the Air or experience the Ghosts of Millard’s Crossing.
The professional staff at the Nacogdoches CVB is here to help you plan your trip. Book a weekend stay at a local hotel or stay at a cozy bed & breakfast or country lodge. You can also request a free visitor’s guide or visit our website for more information.
Nacogdoches CVB
(888) 564-7351

Featured Property: Eagle Nest Hidden Lake Resort

Staying in town is not for everyone, especially when there is a bed and breakfast and cabins near town overlooking beautiful Eagle Nest Lake.
Stay in the quite peaceful comfort of the country and have your breakfast in the gazebo near the lake while observing the bountiful beauty.

Eagle Nest Hidden Lake Resort offers a gated resort featuring beautiful rolling hills, outstanding landscaping, and a 14-acre stocked lake.

The resort has a plethora of amenities including a bed & breakfast, cabins, fishing, canoeing or paddle boats, hiking and an 5,280 sq. ft. activity building for guests’ enjoyment.
Eagle Nest Hidden Lake Resort is a beautiful venue that can accommodate weddings, corporate and individual parties, family reunions, birthday parties, Christmas and quinceanera parties, church meetings and general activities.
For more information, call (936) 520-0838 or click here.
Eagle Nest Hidden Lake Resort
19299 US Hwy 59 N, Garrison

Local Culinary Favorite: The Liberty Bell’s Burgers

Like Nacogdoches, The Liberty Bell is charming and easy. Friendly and warm, with an environment for conversation or celebration, locals and tourists find it welcoming. Located on the brick streets of historic downtown Nacogdoches, The Liberty Bell is a wine bar carrying a wide variety of wines from all over the world. Additionally, craft beers and liquors are available for the non-wine drinker or a change of pace.
The cuisine at The Liberty Bell will delight your taste buds. The burgers at The Liberty Bell are outstanding and a local favorite.
Live music and other forms of art and entertainment are provided regularly.
The Liberty Bell invites out-of-town guests to come early and take a stroll downtown and experience the warmth of Nacogdoches folk as well as the richness of the history. Locals are invited to do the same, rekindling a love for our uniqueness and seeing neighbors along the way.
The Liberty Bell
422 E. Main Street

Mustache Dash 5K & 10K

The 7th Annual Be the Piece that Matters 5K & 10K will be held at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1.
The route is a smooth 5K with a trail on the backside for the 10K racers. This run will take you through the pleasant streets of historic Nacogdoches, and bring you right back to the starting point.
Run, jog or walk, strollers and dogs are welcome.
Proceeds benefit those in the Nacogdoches community who are struggling with autism.
For more information, click here.
 TJR Elementary
October 1

Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale

The Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale will take place at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, beginning at 9 a.m.
Parking can be found at Raguet Elementary and at he Early Childhood Research Center.
This year, there will be more space, more plants and more fun than ever!
Pineywoods Native Plant Center
October 1

6th Annual Fun Fall Fly

The Nacogdoches Aero Modelers Radio Control Flying Club presents its 6th Annual Fall Fun Fly, an AMA sanctioned event.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and open flying for all pilots will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Food concessions available onsite.
For more information, contact (936) 569-3554 or (936) 615-1639.
A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport
October 1

Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day will be an opportunity to experience traditional pioneer crafts and activities that would be typical of people living in Nacogdoches in the mid-1800s.
Crafts include flower pounding, weaving on a loom, herb planting, butter churning as well as spinning demonstration. Some of these activities will take place outside and can be messy so please dress appropriately.
Pioneer Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is a free event open to all ages.
Durst-Taylor Historic House & Gardens
October 1

Featured Faculty Exhibition, Jeffie Brewer: ‘when I get my hands on you’

The Annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University, featuring a separate show by Jeffie Brewer, assistant professor of sculpture and drawing, is an event the university community looks forward to at the beginning of each fall semester, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.
The exhibition runs through Oct. 15 and includes mediums of all types.
Brewer has titled his exhibition “when I get my hands on you,” stating the ideas and subsequent work for the show “have been bouncing around in my head for quite some time.”
Gallery hours are from 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, click here or call (936) 468-1131.
The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House
October 1-15

The Lamp-Lite Players present “1776”

The Lamp-Lite Theatre presents America’s Award Winning Musical, 1776, which will open the season at Lamp-Lite.
The joy of the show comes in discovering that our founding fathers were men of flesh and blood, and not cardboard.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7 & 8; and 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 & 9.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior adults, $8 students and are available at the downtown Visitor Center, 200 E. Main St., and at the Lamp-Lite Theatre the day of the show.
Lamp-Lite Theatre
September 30-October 9

The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show returns to The Old Tobacco Warehouse

The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show returns to The Old Tobacco Warehouse in Nacogdoches at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Branson-style variety show produced by Kim Crisp and Stephen Pate is hosted by Brad Maule, who starred as ‘Dr. Tony Jones’ on TV’s General Hospital for 22+ years. Also appearing will be “The Politically Correct Willie P. Richardson,” a nationally known comedian based in Nacogdoches.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at Spring and Prince Boutique, 111 N. Pecan, and at Nacogdoches Lighting and Flooring, 732 N. University Dr. Order online at or call 1-800-965-9324.
 The Old Tobacco Warehouse
October 1

Nacogdoches Farmers Market

The Nacogdoches Farmers Market is located at the old “hitch lot” in historic downtown Nacogdoches, 107 W. Pearl Street.
The Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. year-round and offers local organic produce, plants, baked goods, eggs, honey and locally produced crafts.
The Fall Fling will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on October 8 and will feature local farmers, musicians and children’s activities.
Fall Fling Schedule:
8:30 a.m. 
Cindy Grayson
10 a.m. 
Sue & Drew Wenner
Rhythm Rockers Cloggers
Fingers & Lips
11 a.m. 
Camino Real
Eversong free music lesson
Free yoga class
107 W. Pearl St.
Every Saturday Year-Round

Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top

Run away to the circus with Nac Historic Sites!
Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top exhibit will be at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot through October 20. This exhibit, created by Tegge Circus Archives, is made up of over 50 pieces of circus regalia including posters, photographs, costumes, accessories and behind the scenes information from 1890-1965.
Family Day will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on October 8 and will be filled with games, crafts and story time for little circus lovers.
The Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, located at 101 Old Tyler Road, is open Tues-Sat 12-4 p.m.
Nacogdoches Railroad Depot
October 1-20

Orchestra of the Pines: “A Musical Homage”

The Orchestra of the Pines opens its first concert of the season in full musical throttle. The first half is a musical homage within an homage.
The orchestra presents Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a work originally paying homage to the baroque master, François Couperin, but then taking a sentimental turn after Ravel’s experience during World War I. American composer, Paul Creston, born two years after Ravel’s death, tributes his compositional style to the influences of several including Ravel himself. Claire Salli, one of three 2016 concerto competition winners, joins the orchestra performing Creston’s Saxophone Concerto.
The second half pays homage to the Bohemian master, Antonin Dvořák. Concerto/Aria winner, Kelsey Quinn, soprano, joins the orchestra in singing the sultry aria, “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s opera, Rusalka. The orchestra concludes the evening with Dvořák’s ever popular and idyllic eighth symphony.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Cole Concert Hall. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 students. For more information call (888) 240-ARTS or purchase tickets online here.
Cole Concert Hall
October 3

State of the Union Art Exhibit

Just in time for the 2016 presidential election, this multi-media exhibition will focus on social and political themes, including political campaigns, environmental concerns, education, immigration, human rights, trade, globalization and other contemporary concerns. A reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Cole Art Center.
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main Street and is open Tuesday-Friday 12:30-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House
October 4-November 5

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The emo musical that took Broadway by storm is a raucous and exhilarating look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars. With a blazing pop score, captivating sex-appeal and wagon-loads of goofy humor, Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman reinvent the life of our seventh president in a way that mischievously reveals how little has really changed in two centuries of America’s often crazy, sometimes brutal, always entertaining political spectacle.  The director of SFA’s smash-hit Spamalot returns to stage a gonzo history lesson as a hard-rock extravaganza.
The musical will take place at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets: $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. Recommended for mature audiences.
W.M. Turner Auditorium
October 4-8

Nacogdoches Tricentennial

It’s our Tricentennial! Come help us celebrate 300 years of greatness at these special events.
The history of Nacogdoches began in 1716 when the Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches was opened as a Catholic mission to serve the local Caddo tribe.
In July, 1716, Father Antonio Margil de Jesus was placed in charge of this new village with its wooden church and dwellings for the missionaries.
Nacogdoches celebrated the Tricentennial founding of the 1716 mission in Nacogdoches on July 9, 2016.
Throughout 2016 there will be events based on the rich history of the area. Be sure to click on the link above for a complete schedule.

2nd Annual Park Fest

The 2nd Annual Park Fest offers more than a dozen free activities for kids of all ages, live music and dance performances on the stage, face painting, old time photos, and a FREE family movie at dusk! Food vendors will be onsite to provide dinner, dessert and popcorn.
Join Nac PAL (Parks Advocacy League) at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate our city’s 300th Birthday while enjoying a beloved city park! Bring chairs and blankets for the movie, which will start around 7 p.m.
Roselake Ranch — FREE Climbing Wall!
Nacogdoches Jaycees — Popcorn Stand and FREE Family movie!
Kiwanis Club of Nacogdoches Texas — Hot dogs & hamburgers stand; a portion of proceeds will be donated to PAL’s city park improvement project!
Nacogdoches Junior Forum — Providing awesome volunteers to make this event a great success!
Wild Rose Old Time Photos — Setting up a photo studio with old time costumes and props, a portion of proceeds will be donated to PAL’s city park improvement project!
Shipp Law Firm, Andrew M. Shipp — 2 sets of Pony Hops, get ready to race!
40 SFA students from the “Child & Adolescent Health” course — planning and running 10 field day activities & giving away free PAL frisbees!
Festival Park in Downtown
October 7

First Friday Films: La Camioneta

A journey between the U.S. and Guatemala, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people and places that remind us of the interconnected world in which we live. Directed by Mark Kendall.
The free film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Cole Art Center located at 329 E. Main Street.
Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House
October 7

Piney Woods Fair

The 39th annual Piney Woods Fair will take place October 12-16 at the Nacogdoches County Expo & Civic Center.
Vendor booths open at 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.
The Midway opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 12 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Purchase tickets online here.
For a complete schedule, click here.
Nacogdoches County Expo & Civic Center
October 12-16

SFA Gardens Lecture Series

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. James A. Robbins will present “Reflections on the Changing World of Ornamentals in the USA.”

For the past 18 years, Robbins has been an extension specialist in commercial ornamentals at the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture. His role is to support all green-industry businesses, including garden centers, wholesale growers and landscapers.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129.

Pineywoods Native Plant Center
October 13

Big Head Blues Club

If you’re a fan of Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, or even Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Rolling Stones, then you’ve heard the songs of Willie Dixon. Big Head Blues Club pays tribute to one of the most influential songwriters of early rock and roll.
The Big Head Blues Club featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Special Guests Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks Presents ‘The Songs of Willie Dixon’ at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Tickets $25 adults, $20 seniors and $10 students. Purchase tickets online here.
For more information, call (936) 468-6407.
W.M. Turner Auditorium
October 13

Halloween Happenings

Looking for the ultimate scare this Halloween? Then don’t miss these hair-raising events:
Various Locations
October 14-31

SFA Lumberjack Football

Only three home games left in the season! Check out the schedule below and make plans to be in Nacogdoches to support the Lumberjacks! Axe ’em!

10/15    SFA vs. Southeastern Louisiana
11/5      *SFA vs. Central Arkansas
11/19    SFA vs. Northwestern State
*Homecoming Weekend – Click  here for a list of events.

Book your hotel rooms now for SFA Homecoming weekend. Contact the Nacogdoches CVB for hotel room availability.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here.
Homer Bryce Stadium 
October-November 2016

Captured Memories: The Songs of Charles Ives

Pianist Ron Petti and members of the SFA voice faculty will perform songs by American composer Charles Ives. A prolific composer, Ives composed approximately 200 hundred songs.
The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Cole Concert Hall.
Tickets $8 adults, $6 seniors and $3 students. Purchase tickets online here.
For more information, call (936) 468-6407.
Cole Concert Hall
October 17

Nacogdoches Beefsteak

The Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation is throwing a Beefsteak Dinner at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21.
This dinner, held the traditional Beefsteak style, will feature courses of meat and beer served family style at the table. Their will be no plates, no silverware and no napkins.
Attendees will receive a commemorative apron (printed by Texas Size Bling) to wipe their hands on and everyone is encouraged to dig right in!
Live music by Sam Shupak as well as food provided by several local restaurants and other partners.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Nacogdoches CVB and M&S Pharmacy.
All money raised will go directly to the interior restoration of the historic Zion Hill Baptist Church.
For more information, call (936) 560-4443.
Mast Hall
October 21

The SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series presents Pollyanna

Based on the best-selling classic by Eleanor H. Porter, this all-new, original musical tells the story of one little girl’s philosophy on life, “Always find something to be glad about no matter what circumstances arise.” With this philosophy, her own sincerely sunny disposition, and “The Glad Game,” Pollyanna brings so much gladness to her aunt’s dispirited New England town that she helps transform it into a pleasant place to call home. Come share in this classic tale with a universal message as important and relevant as ever! Target Grades: K to 8.
The performance will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on October 27 at the W.M. Turner Auditorium.
Tickets $7.50 or $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. To purchase tickets call (888) 240-ARTS.
W.M. Turner Auditorium
October 27

Sculpture For All Outdoor Exhibition and Competition

Enjoy a variety of sculptures nestled throughout the SFA Mast Arboretum and Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden during this national public art exhibition.
Sculpture For All is a national juried exhibition for outdoor public art in the beautiful SFA Gardens.
The exhibition features the work of national artists from California to Kentucky and Texas artists from Beaumont to Throckmorton.
For details, including a map locating the sculptures in the gardens, click here.
SFA Gardens

Live Music

Darrin Morris Band
Lugnutz, 9 p.m.

Acoustic Brunch with Cindy Grayson

The Liberty Bell, 12-2 p.m.
10/4 & 10/5

Susie Lower Jazz Piano Cocktail Hour

The Liberty Bell, 5-7 p.m.

Adam Brown
$3 cover charge



Banita Creek Hall, doors open 8 p.m.

Colin Cooper Band
Lugnutz, 9 p.m.
Acoustic Brunch with Johnny Ray Hubbard
The Liberty Bell, 12:30-2:30 p.m.


Josh Abbott Band
Banita Creek Hall, doors open 8 p.m.
Shane Smith & The Saints
Banita Creek Hall, doors open 8 p.m.
Steve Murray Band, formerly of Perfect Strangers
Lugnutz, 9 p.m.

Acoustic Brunch with Cindy Grayson
The Liberty Bell, 12-2 p.m.
Cody Johnson Band
Banita Creek Hall, doors open 8 p.m.
Josh Ward Band

Banita Creek Hall, doors open 8 p.m.

Matt Broadus Band

Lugnutz, 9 p.m.

Acoustic Brunch with Johnny Ray Hubbard
The Liberty Bell, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Whiskey Myers
Banita Creek Hall, doors open 8 p.m.

Acoustic Brunch with Cindy Grayson

The Liberty Bell, 12-2 p.m.

Maklemore’s Ale House & Bistro offers live music on Wednesday’s and most weekends.
For a complete list of events, check out our calendar.
Nacogdoches CVB, 200 E. Main St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961

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