Plenty of spring activities on tap in Lufkin

By TAYLOR MULNIX/The Lufkin News

Spring has sprung here in Lufkin, and there are so many fun activities to get you and your family out and enjoying this beautiful weather!

To kick things off, St. Cyprian’s is having its annual Bayou Bash on April 10. It’s a huge dinner and auction that encourages participation from all families. Each class provides an item to be auctioned in addition to the many items and services donated by businesses and families in the community. It’s their largest fundraiser of the year and is sure to be a great time for the whole family!

If rough and tough is your kind of style, then saddle up and head out to the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center for the Angelina County Ranch Rodeo & Cowboy Gathering, April 10-11. From the Wild Cow Milkin’ to the Chuck Wagon Cook-off, you will be on the edge of your seat with excitement! Don’t miss this opportunity to watch real cowboys show their stuff. If you can’t make it out on April 10-11 or you didn’t get enough of the rodeo, then don’t worry because the Angelina Benefit Rodeo is April 22-25 at the Exposition Center. The Angelina Benefit Rodeo is an official stop on the PRCA circuit and attracts more than 20,000 people each year. Proceeds from the rodeo go to local charities, so come out and support a great cause!

If you are looking for more of a relaxed evening, try a night out at the theater. The Pines Theater in downtown Lufkin will be showing classic movies such as “Urban Cowboy” on April 18, “Planet of the Apes” (1968) on April 25 and “The Sound of Music” on May 2. Also this month, Angelina Arts Alliance presents “The Million Dollar Quartet” at Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus. “The Million Dollar Quartet” is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. You won’t want to miss out on this fantastic show.

Loving the outdoors? Take the whole family to the Ellen Trout Zoo for the Earth Day Celebration on April 25. Join the Zoo in celebrating native plants and animals at their annual Earth Day event. Crawl through the bear maze, make crafts and stop and smell the flowers!

Looking for a festival? Check out the Annual Downtown Hoedown on April 18. The Hoedown festival includes crafts, vendors, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, funnel cakes, turkey legs and much more!

Other happenings in Lufkin include the Angelina County Science and Tech Fair, April 30-May 1, at the Exposition Center, and the Conservation Fund Board of Directors Conference, April 12-14. The Conservation Fund has led conservation efforts nationwide for nearly 30 years! They have worked to protect more than 7 million acres from parks, historic battlefields, wilderness and destinations from all across America. They have chosen Lufkin to host their annual meeting and we are thrilled! Be sure to welcome our out of town guests and show them true southern hospitality.

Summer is just around the corner and I know you all are starting to make plans for summer camps and programs. Stop by the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1615 S. Chestnut to get more information on enrolling in programs before it is too late!

For other upcoming events in the community go to to view our event calendar, and for any questions you may have concerning upcoming events feel free to call us at 633-0359.

Taylor Mulnix is an administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email address is

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