8 Events to Celebrate Fall


Fall is that wonderful time of the year when the leaves change their color, sweaters are pulled out of trunks, and we get to sip the first of many pumpkin spice lattes. The cooler weather sparks something inside us that ignites a quest for togetherness and fun. To help your planning, we’ve pulled together a list of upcoming events to help you celebrate fall.

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1. Downtown Live - August 30 through November 1 on Fridays

Downtown Live is a free concert series that fills Heritage Plaza in downtown on Friday evenings during the season. Bands perform while friends mingle, eat food truck faire and enjoy the fresh fall air. Remember to bring to bring a folding chair because this event is popular and the benches fill up fast.

Photo by Nick Patillo 

2. Gregg County Fair - September 6 through 14

The Gregg County Fair brings exciting attractions to town including rides, shopping, local artisans' wares, and petting zoos. Enjoy hearing a new band while you nosh on a warm funnel cake. Take a ride on the ferris wheel and enjoy the neon view.

3. Neal McCoy & Friends Benefit Concert - September 28

This fan favorite concert benefits the East Texas Angel Network and takes place at the fabulous LeTourneau University Belcher Center. Neal McCoy will perform with Diamond Rio and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders so buy your tickets early. This is a show you won’t forget.

Photo by Les Hassell

4. HomebierFest - September 21

Brewers from all over East Texas will sample their homemade craft beers while you enjoy live music and several food trucks at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center. Lederhosen are encouraged! 

Photo by Courtney Case

5. Monster Dash - October 12

With a 5K and 10K race throughout downtown Longview, this is a fun event for the whole family. Monster Dash has become one of the largest annual races in town. Spirited racers enrich the race by donning costumes as this fun event is typically hosted near Halloween. 

6. Zipline with the Zombies - September 28 through October 26

Zipline 900 feet in total darkness over an eery bog only to be greeted by a zombie. Follow this with two more ziplines into the swamp abyss. That’s only if you are brave enough to go after you experience the creatures of the night walk, the tomb of the dead and the horror maze of Thomas Falls Outdoor Adventure & Event Center. There’s nothing like it anywhere. Advance reservations are a must so don't wait, there’s limited space on the wagons.

Photo by Les Hassell

7. Haunted Library - October 18 and 19

For two nights each year, the Longview Public Library gets transformed into a terrifying haunted house! The Haunted Library is a full-fledged haunted house complete with fake blood, various frights, and high-impact scares and is recommended for ages 10 and older. While the Haunted Library is by no means extreme, it will most definitely be very creepy, and there will be lots of loud noises, scares, and potentially frightening props and costumed people.

8. Gobble Wobble - November 23

Newgate Mission’s annual Gobble Wobble has become a Thanksgiving season tradition. It includes 1-mile, 5K and 10K races beginning at the Loop 281 entrance of the Paul G. Boorman Trail. Grab your running shoes and join the fun. You’ll feel good knowing that your entry fee helps feed the homeless.

Find other events on our event calendar.