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October events in East Texas, Hit the Bricks, Tyler Rose Festival and more

Here's a breakdown of some big events going on throughout the month of October in East Texas.
Photo by: Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph

TYLER TEXAS — The Downtown Tyler Film Festival continues through Sunday at Liberty Hall showing recent short films by independent filmmakers.

On Friday, the screenings will feature films by American and international filmmakers. On Saturday, the films shown are by filmmakers based in Texas. On Sunday, the festival will re-show the films selected as the best of the festival.

Tickets for Friday and Sunday cost $5. Tickets to the Saturday screenings and the wrap party that follows at ETX Brewing Co. cost $10.

Twelve films are set to be screened Friday and 13 on Saturday.

The theater, 103 E. Erwin St., opens at 6 p.m.; the screenings begin at 7 p.m.

A schedule of the screenings for Friday and Saturday are available at tylerfilmfest.com.


Restaurants will compete for honors in Tyler's Taco Throwdown 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the downtown square as part of the monthly Hit the Bricks observance.

Patrons can buy tacos from 10 competitors and vote on which one is the best.

Also as part of Hit the Bricks, Gallery Main Street, 111 W. Erwin St., will have a reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to mark the opening of its new show, "Alternative Perspectives."

Goodman Museum, 624 N. Broadway, will play host Saturday to the Scottish Festival and Highlands Games that includes dancers, bagpipes players, food and Celtic athletic competitions.

The Texas Rose Festival opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday at Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive. It is open to the public.

Immediately following the ceremony, many Rose Festival officers, volunteers and Queen's Court members and their family will take part in a prayer service in the center.

The Rose Show, a display featuring some 7,000 roses, and the Palette of Roses Art Show, will be on view 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in Rose Garden Center. The Tyler Rose Museum, which also is housed in the center, will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A free tour of the Rose Garden will depart at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the Rose Garden Center patio.

Festivities will continue through Oct. 21.

The festival pays homage to the area's rose-growing heritage and the beauty of the rose. The theme, "Rock the Rose," will be carried out during the Rose Show, Queen's Coronation ceremonies, Rose Parade and Queen's Tea.

Amanda Hiles, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Matthew Hiles, is serving as the rose queen.

For a schedule and to order tickets to events, go to texasrosefestival.com or call 903-566-7424.

For a FULL schedule of events going on around East Texas click here.