Lufkin celebrates it's place in the Texas Forest Country with a few choice museums. In fact, residents of Lufkin celebrate all year round with Holiday Extravaganzas and River Rendezvous.
The Texas Forest Country celebrates and preserves its heritage at the Lufkin museum, which features indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Texas Forestry Museum
is dedicated to telling the story of the forests of Texas. Features include a paper mill room, sawmill town exhibit, logging locomotive and depot, replica tools and equipment, forest fire lookout tower and exhibits on modern timber management practices, and the Urban Wildscape Trail.
Also in Lufkin is the Museum of East Texas
. Founded in 1976, the museum resides in an historic old church and showcases the history of East Texas through exhibits, lectures and publications. It's also home to a collection of sculptures and paintings produced by East Texas artists.
Lufkin also plays host to a variety of festivals and events. The Holiday Extravaganza takes place each December and ushers in the holiday season. The first Saturday after Thanksgiving is marked by a special celebration downtown with entertainment, the lighting of the courthouse and pictures with Santa. Various festivities take place throughout the month to keep the spirit alive and well in Lufkin.
Other events include the Neches River Rendezvous, a 15-mile canoe trip down the Neches River, and the Texas State Forest Festival. The Festival is held the fourth week of September and features a huge carnival, a lumberjack competition, children's activities, the East Texas Cheerleading Competion and more.