You'll be surprised by the variety of things to do in Greenville. And throughout the year, our roster of Special Events brings even more fun your way. The list below is a sampling of some of each years major events designed for children, families, and adults.
Hunt County Fair and Livestock Show (late April)
Every April, the Hunt County Fair opens its gates as a celebration of youth, agriculture, education, economic, cultural and institutional strengths that are indigenous to Hunt County. Located off of FM 1570, the fair places a big emphasis on agricultural exhibits, includes a high-energy outdoor stage, huge midway rides for all ages, and of course – great fried fair food!
Audie Murphy Day (2nd Saturday in May)
This annual patriotic event honors the life of the most decorated combat soldier of World War 2 – Audie Leon Murphy, as well as military veterans and those currently serving our country. This annual event includes special exhibits, guest speakers, a big bar-b-que lunch, Audie Murphy film screenings and much more. The event takes place at both the Fletcher Warren Civic Center and the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum.
Cotton Boll Art Fest (1st weekend in June)
This annual juried art show takes place on the grounds of the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum and features hand-made items like pottery, glass, jewelry, quilts, candles, soaps, clothing, wood-working and much more. You’ll also find live entertainment, a kids corner, and food. Festival tickets are just $4 and all proceeds benefit the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum.
Independence Day Celebration (July)
The Greenville Sports Park is the place to be to celebrate our nation’s independence! This evening celebration includes a huge children’s activities area, face painting, food vendors, live entertainment and the largest fireworks show in Hunt County!
Rally Round Greenville/Cotton Patch Challenge Bike Ride (3rd weekend in September)
Downtown Greenville is transformed into a haven of fun, food, and entertainment every Fall for Rally Round Greenville. Visitors will enjoy a weekend of live music, dances, handcrafted items from local vendors, and of course – great festival food and adult beverages! There’s even a special children’s zone! And for the bike rider, don’t miss the races that are a part of the festivals Cotton Patch Challenge Bike Ride which benefits YMCA Youth Programs.
Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest (early October)
Bows up, chin down, and spirits soaring! The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest transforms downtown Greenville into Western Swing Central for 3 days every October. In addition to the 2-day fiddle contest, visitors can also enjoy many outdoor musical performances, a Western Swing Dance, antique car show, and two big indoor concerts featuring Country Music Headliners!
The Haunted Landmark (Weekends in October)
Every Friday and Saturday night in October, the historic Landmark on Lee Street is taken over by spirits, zombies, and the undead to become The Haunted Landmark walk-thru attraction. Enter only if you dare and be prepared to scream your way through the terror. All profits from this attraction are put back into the community by way of charity projects and scholarships.
Greenville Christmas Parade (early December)
December ushers in the holiday season as Downtown Greenville stages the annual Christmas Parade. This nighttime parade has become an all-day event with a holiday gift market and the arrival of Santa.
Park Street Christmas (2nd & 3rd weekends in December)
Celebrate an old fashioned Christmas by taking a horse drawn buggy ride down beautiful historic Park Street. Before and after your ride, you can enjoy holiday beverages and goodies in the parking lot of Park Street Baptist Church and even special holiday entertainment. Many of the homes on Park Street are decked out with lights and the sidewalks are lit with luminaries. It’s the thing holiday memories and traditions are made of!