One can participate in or simply watch rodeos, the World Championship Fiddlers Festival, the Houston County Fair, circuses and other events on any given weekend at the Porth Agricultural Arena and Crockett Civic Center.
Houston County hosts many local festivals each year. Lovelady holds the Lovefest each year in February, and the World Championship Fiddlers Festival is held the second weekend in June at the Crockett Civic Center. Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland is host to the annual Gospel Festival each Memorial Day weekend, and the Bluegrass Festival on Labor Day weekend.
The Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce provides the county with opportunities to learn about its past through living history examples during the annual Heritage Days Festival in October. Grapeland hosts the Peanut Festival each October, celebrating the harvest with games, parades and family fun. Crockett offers a chance to get a head start on your Christmas shopping during Christmas in Crockett with over 250 arts and crafts vendors and local stores that provide something for everyone. This event is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and is preceded Thursday evening by the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Crockett.
The 1909 Crockett Railroad Depot and Visitor Center Museum was deeded by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company to the Houston County Historical Commission in December 1983. On December 14, 1987, Historical Projects of Houston County, Inc. began transforming the depot into a “Discover Houston County Visitors Center and Museum.” The museum provides exhibits and memorabilia that relate to the history of Houston County, its cities and its 53 communities dating back to 1872.
Many visitors explore the pioneer past at The Rice Log Cabin, an original stagecoach house that was moved to the Mission Tejas State Park. The Monroe-Crook House, built by Armistead Thompson Mason Monroe (grandnephew of the fifth president of the United States), is a Registered National Historic Landmark and a Texas Historical Medallion Home. In 1854, Monroe built this home to reflect the homes and styles he left in Virginia. The house reflects the background and culture that Mr. Monroe enjoyed, represents the character of the men who came here to establish homes and makes Crockett one of the most charming towns in East Texas.