The Tyler Loop’s Weekly Picks for the Week of August 9th

Each week, we will highlight a handful of cool local events we think y’all might be interested in. Upcoming events for future weeks are listed at the bottom of the page! Want to submit a listing? Shoot us an email at hello@thetylerloop.com and we’ll take a look!

Thursday, August 10: Ladies’ Night Block Party with live music by Ian Powers on the Off the Square block downtown. Hosted by vendors on the block: Moon Rivers NaturalsEl Guapo Records903 HandmadeMoss, and ETX Brewery. There’ll also be a pop-up market featuring East Texas bakeries Sugar Boogah Confections and M+K Provisions, calligrapher Letters from Lori, mobile espresso bar Cafe 1948, vintage clothing shop Alex & Afton Vintedge, and more. 5pm-9pm. Free admission.

Saturday, August 12: Hit the Bricks! Ever wanted to discover the ghosts of downtown Tyler? Here you can, either on horseback ($15 per person) or on foot ($8 per person). Non-spooky activities include live music starting at 8pm and going until 1am (including Kilgore-based band Teazur and Dallas-based Time Machine), a scavenger hunt and a treasure hunt, and an open art exhibit. This event takes place on every 2nd Saturday of each month in downtown Tyler.

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Sunday, August 13: Little Image Musings Concert at the Foundry from 5:30pm to 8pm. Odd Folks and the Red Door open the show. The main is Little Image, an indie band called one of the top five Dallas-Fort Worth bands under 21 to watch by the Dallas Observer in 2015. Check out their delightful cover of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from the movie Mary Poppins. Adult tickets are $8 and student tickets $6.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, August 10: Pooches on the Patio at Andy’s Frozen Custard. Pooches and cream! Dogs are welcome at Andy’s from 6:30 to 8:30pm. A portion of sales will go towards the SPCA of Tyler.

Saturday, August 19: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will be playing at Liberty Hall from 8pm to 10pm.The band covers Beatles songs, adding its own unique spin with shades of bluegrass, jazz, and classical music. Tickets range from $15 to $25.

Saturday, August 19: American Association of Zookeepers Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser at Green Acres Bowl from 5-10pm. Help save both rhinos and ecosystems! Funds from this event go to support multiple national parks and conservancies in Kenya, Sumatra, and Indonesia. Online adult tickets are $15 and online child tickets are $13. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $15 for kids.

Tuesday, August 22: Junior League of Longview Poverty Conference at the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University. The conference aims to bring the local community together in order to more effectively fight poverty. Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25.

Thursday, August 24Movie on Jenkins Lawn at Tyler Junior CollegeGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. 8pm-10:30pm.

Tuesday, August 29: Open Taps at the True Vine Brewing Company. The event will include live music and food trucks!

Thursday, September 7: Coworking Tyler Meetup at the FoundryCoworking Tyler aims to foster collaboration between independent professionals. The meet up happens every first Thursday of the month.

Friday, September 8: ETX Music Awards at KE Bushman’s in Bullard from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The music featured spans multiple genres, from latin and country to blues and metal. Artists performing at the event include Bibeau, Lady Chazz and the Tramps, and Tyler native Heather HarperTickets range from $27.37 to $100.

Wednesday, September 20: Selena Tribute Concert at Coach’s and Cowboy’s from 7pm to 12am. Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute band based in Austin and featured on KLRU Austin PBS “Arts in Context” Shorts, will perform some of Selena’s greatest hits. Tickets purchased online are $20 and tickets purchased at the door are $25.

Saturday, October 7th: Dogtoberfest on Market Square Boulevard from 11am-6pm. Hosted by the SPCA of East Texas, this event will feature craft breweries, live music, food trucks, pet supplies vendors, and adoptable rescue pups! The SPCA hopes to have as many of the rescue pups adopted by the end of the event as possible.

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Tyler native Erin Hancock interns for the Tyler Loop during summer and holiday breaks—at least, when she’s not interning in Santa Fe or South America. She is pursuing a degree in anthropology, with certificates in ethnomusicology and museums, archives and public history, at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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