While there is always something fun to do in Greenville every day of the year, sometimes weekends are extra special with events and festivals. We offer a variety of fun weekend events throughout the year and here is a listing of some of our favorites!
Greenville Christmas Parade (Dec) - The first Friday evening of December marks the official beginning of the Christmas season in Greenville with the annual Greenville Christmas Parade of Lights. This nighttime spectacle is a favorite of locals and includes marching bands, antique cars, floats, horses, and more. The parade winds through Downtown on Lee and Washington Streets. The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation sets up a huge family fun zone next to the GMA with affords great parade viewing and lots of family activities. For more information, visit Christmas Parade.
Park Street Holiday Wagon Rides (Dec) Nothing says old fashioned Christmas like a horse drawn wagon ride. Each year on the 2nd and 3rd weekends in December, historic Park Street in Greenville is lit up with thousands of lights and the best way to enjoy them is from a horse-drawn wagon. Wagon Ride tickets include a free hot chocolate and Christmas baked good. For more information, visit their Facebook Page Park Street Greenville Texas.
Weekend Shows at The Texan Theater or Greenville Municipal Auditorium - throughout the year, you never know who or what you will find on the busy stages of The Texan Theater or the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA). Shows in The Texan’s intimate 118 seats usually include a 4-course meal, drinks and gratuities. Past performers include Crystal Gayle, Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, and Austin’s latest up and comers. Over at the 1400 seat GMA, you can spend an evening with the Dallas Symphony, see a live play, hear County greats like Charlie Pride, or even MercyMe. To keep up with these two venues array of entertainment, visit Showtime Downtown Greenville.
All Pat’S Day (March) Whichever Saturday is the closest to St Patrick’s Day, Greenville rolls out the Green Carpet to celebrate All Pat’s Day! With a crazy pedestrian parade where anyone wearing any shade of green can enter, to green beer, live entertainment, merchant specials, and even a scavenger hunt, this is one of the funniest events of the year in Downtown Greenville. So, make plans now to celebrate with us on All Pats Day! For more information, visit the Facebook page Downtown Greenville Events.
Landon Winery Barrel Room Tour (first Saturday each month) - Bob Landon has been producing award-winning wines in Downtown Greenville for more than a decade. And the first Saturday of each month, he opens up his lab and barrel room to guests. For a small fee, you will get to explore and sample many incredible wines and discover how different foods impact the taste of your favorite wines. To book your spot, call them at 903-454-7878 or visit Landon Winery Calendar.
Hunt County Fair (April) Every April brings one the area’s largest attractions – the Hunt County Fair and Livestock Show. This annual fair celebrates the youth, agricultural, educational, economic, cultural and institutional strengths that make Hunt County and Greenville such a dynamic place. Every year the fair brings the very best in locally raised livestock, incredible entertainment, rides for young children as well as thrill seekers, and of course fantastic fair foods! The fair is located at 9800 Jack Finney Blvd and has an abundance of parking. For more information, visit Hunt County Fair
Audie Murphy Day (May) Audie Murphy Day centers on the life of Audie Leon Murphy, a native son of Hunt County, war hero, Hollywood film star and accomplished songwriter. During this day-long event, residents and veterans gather at the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum as well as the Fletcher Warren Civic Center to learn more about this incredible individual. The event consists of a variety of speakers, displays and living history demonstrations. Noted speakers usually include military dignitaries, war historians, and even film stars! For more information, visit Cotton Museum Events.
Independence Day (July 4) - Every Independence Day, Greenville begins its celebration with the Firecracker 5K Fun Run. Then, the celebration shifts to historic Park Street for a fun old-fashioned home-town parade that includes antique cars, lots of kids, a marching band, colorful horses, veterans, and lots of locals. It’s the day neighbors invite you to bring a lawn chair and set it up in their yard. Immediately following the parade, residents walk down the street to Kavanaugh United Methodist Church for a stirring patriotic program of music and readings, followed by free watermelon! Then to cap off the day, residents gather at the Greenville Sports Park for the annual Bottle Rocket Bash! Thousands gather to see the biggest fireworks show in Hunt County, enjoy vendors, a kids, zone, and live entertainment. For information on the Firecracker 5K and Bottle Rocket Bash, visit Greenville Parks Events. For more information on the Park Street Parade, visit the Facebook page Park Street Greenville Texas.
Splash Kingdom Water Park (June – Aug) As the weather heats up, there is never a better time to visit Greenville and cool off in our attractions. Splash Kingdom Water Park is open from Memorial Day – Labor Day and is the BEST way to stay cool on a hot Texas Summer day. With water slides, lazy river, wave pool, and children’s area, you’re sure to find some way to keep cool. For pricing, hours, and special offers, visit Splash Kingdom
Summer Musical at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA) (July) As the Summer heats up, residents and visitors to Greenville gather over two weekends each July for Greenville Family Theater’s annual Summer Musical. Each year, app. 2,500 people go the GMA to see shows like Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, or Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. The cast is made up of local youth with incredible talent and you will not be disappointed. For information, visit their Facebook Page Greenville Family Theater.
Cotton Patch Challenge Bike Ride (Sept) Every 3rd Saturday in September, hundreds of bike riders descend on Greenville for the annual Cotton Patch Challenge Bike Ride. Presented by the Greenville Rotary Club and local sponsors, this bike ride features 6 different courses ranging from 12 miles to 74 miles with the two longest routes crossing over nearby Lake Tawakoni! All routes start and finish in Downtown Greenville. For more information, visit Cotton Patch Challenge .
The Haunted Landmark (Oct) One of Greenville’s oldest buildings, the Landmark on Lee, formerly housed our Post Office. However, every weekend in October, it is taken over by spirits and becomes The Haunted Landmark. Only the bravest dare to take the 13 stairsteps down to its basement where you will encounter ghoulish beings intent on scaring you to DEATH! Presented by the Greenville Rotary Club, this annual scare-fest attracts over hundreds every weekend and then again on Halloween night. For more information, visit Haunted Landmark.
Bob Wills Fiddle Festival And Contest (Nov) November kicks off with a weekend dedicated to the King of Western Swing – Bob Wills! Every year, fiddlers and fiddle fans of all ages from all over the country (and world) gather in Downtown Greenville for the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest. Complete with outdoor stages, Western Swing bands, vendors, a car show, historical exhibit and huge headliner concert at the GMA, this is THE Music Event of the Fall! For more information visit Bob Wills.
Downtown Stroll Holiday Edition (Nov) There’s no better way to start off the holiday season than with shopping, so the Holiday Edition of Downtown Stroll always proves to by hugely popular! In addition to most of our Downtown merchants being open later, they are all filled with great Christmas merchandise, holiday entertainment, Santa, and Christmas treats! There’s no better way to kick of your holiday shopping season than spending the afternoon and evening in Downtown Greenville at the Downtown Stroll Holiday Edition! For dates of this year’s event and more information, visit their Facebook Page Downtown Greenville Events.