Bistro, other fantastic events nearing

Cooler weather is on the way, and we are officially one month out from the sixth annual Lufkin’s Bistro on Oct. 3. This elegant wine and food festival takes place from 7-10 p.m. in downtown Lufkin. Tickets are $30 each or you can reserve a table of eight for $300. This year we have increased the numbers to 900 available tickets and we are already halfway there. This has always been a sold-out event, so if you have not yet purchased your tickets call 633-0359 or stop by the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Take a trip around the world, one sip at a time. This year’s tasting event will feature an incredible selection of wines organized by country and region, with flags to help you identify your favorites. Enjoy vintages from France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Germany, Australia, California, and Texas, along with craft beers and cuisine from Lufkin’s finest restaurants and caterers. Peruse a wide selection of charming, unusual wine accessories, and cap the night off with some late night shopping with our downtown merchants. There will also be live music by the Grateful Geezers to dance the night away. Bring a date, have a girl’s night, or get the whole gang together. Don’t miss this fabulous night in downtown Lufkin.

This month at The Pines Theater, get your tickets to see the legendary doo-wop quartet, The Diamonds. On Sept. 14, come jump, jive and wail the night away as The Diamonds perform their million-selling hit, “Little Darlin’” along with classic songs from the rock ’n’ roll era including “Blue Moon,” “Splish Splash,” “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” and many more.

The September show is also the long-awaited unveiling of the 2016 Pines Presents series. We are thrilled to be announcing this next set of artists and we can’t wait to share them with you. Tickets to see The Diamonds range from $25-$35 and can be purchased online or by calling 633-0359. Don’t miss this night of chart-toppers and hits from the ’50s and ’60s as well as a sneak peek at the star-studded line-up for 2016. See you there.

Other fun events coming to Lufkin include the 31st annual Texas State Forest Festival, Sept. 16-20. Visit the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center for carnival rides, lumberjack shows, funnel cakes and of course, the pig races. Also coming up this month, Endangered Species Day on Sept. 26 at the Ellen Trout Zoo. Take the kids to explore and learn about endangered species projects, make animal masks, hear keeper talks and find out how you can help endangered animals.

Don’t forget Oct. 3 is not only Lufkin’s sixth annual Bistro, but Lufkin’s 24th annual Pineywoods Purgatory Bike Ride. So whether you are an expert or novice rider, sign up for the Pineywoods Purgatory and participate in one of the most scenic rides in Texas. You’ll understand the name “Purgatory” as you’re caught between the heaven of the East Texas countryside and the “hell” of having one more hill to climb. Purgatory is fall’s premier cycling event and offers four rides ranging from 25 to 102 miles that take you through the Texas Forest Country’s best. Cap off your ride at the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center with a fabulous meal and then relax and wind down while sampling a refreshing beverage at Lufkin’s Bistro. Two fabulous events in one fun-packed weekend. To sign up for the Pineywoods Purgatory go online or call the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center at 637-3976.

The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to keep you informed on the great things happening right here in Lufkin. For more event information give us a call at 633-0359 or go online at for a complete list of events.

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

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