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Special Events

When you visit with us in Terrell, plan your stay around these special events!



Annual Terrell Heritage Jubilee

The 37th Annual Heritage Jubilee, April 21-22, 2018 at Ben Gill Park, is a fun-filled celebration for the whole family.

Events include a State Championship BBQ cook-off,  arts & crafts exhibition, carnival, live music, a quilt show, an auto show, motorcycle show the Fountain 5K Run, and other special attractions.

The celebration traces its origins to a livestock show first held in 1981. In subsequent years the show added entertainment, games, contests, food. 

Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau volunteers and staff work with the  Terrell Garden Club, Home Depot, Poetry 4-H, Terrell Heritage Society, and the City of Terrell, to put together a full weekend of activities and entertainment. More than 12,000 visitors attend the event each year.

2018 Art/Crafts Application

2018 Art/Crafts Guidelines

2018 Health/Business Expo Application

2018 Health/Business Expo Guidelines

2018 State BBQ Cookoff Application

2018 State BBQ Complete List of IBCA Rules

Antique Tractor Show

The North Texas Antique Tractor and Engine Club hosts their annual show in Ben Gill Park in June.  Showdates for 2017  - June 10 & 11.
Tractors are the main attraction, with antique models, antique toy tractor pedal models, an antique tractor "sled pull" and a tractor parade. Water pumping, wheat threshing, corn grinding, rope making, and antique tool exhibits demonstrate activities of days gone by.

Annual July 4th Fireworks Display 

It's a red, white & blue celebration for kids of all ages. Cheer for the youngsters putting on their best patriotic colors for the Tricycle/ Bicycle Decorating Contest and Parade at Ben Gill Park. The Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau's annual July 4th Fireworks Display draws 5,000-6,000 spectators who "ooh" and "aah" at the fiery show. Don't miss it! Held in dark at Ben Gill Park.

Flights of Our Father Fly-In 

Flights of our Fathers Fly-In will be held on September 23, 2017 in association with the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum. It includes a salute to veterans of all branches of the services, recognizing the honor and valor of our fallen service men and women, and the ultimate sacrifice of five young men from the City of Terrell.

2017 Information


Halloween Festival and Thrillvania

October brings spooky fun to Terrell with a haunted house voted the best in the Dallas area. 
Haunted Verdun Manor tells the tale of the twisted Baron Michael Verdun and his vampiric wife, Lady Cassandra. This unearthly duo hosted fiendish masquerades and bizarre dinners in their strange house on Voodoo Bayou.

Now, each fall, the ghosts of the baron and his lady haunt the remains of their mansion, burned with them inside it by angry citizens seeking revenge for the unspeakable horrors visited on their families and friends.

This themed attraction features 30,000 square feet of horrifyingly real theatrical sets, atmospheric stage lighting, eerie special effects, and a talented cast of costumed live actors guaranteed to treat visitors to a frightfully good time.

Other spine-tingling Thrillvania attractions include Cassandra's Labyrinth of Terror, Sam Hain's Hayride, and Granny Lupu's Séance Theatre.

Downtown Terrell welcomes whole families of spooks and goblins with safe Trick or Treating, music, contests, and other Halloween favorites.

Terrell Civic Auction

Event set for October 21, 2017 at Cowboy Collection Arena in Terrell.

Tickets may be purchase at the arena the night of the auction.  Online tickets are no longer available.


Christmas in Terrell

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with special events that highlight the holiday season.
Join us for the downtown Christmas Parade, Candlelight Tour of Homes, special holiday shopping events, and all the glittering lights of the Christmas season.

Don't miss the holiday musical programs at area churches and schools.

2017 Christmas Parade Theme is "Peace on Earth". 

2017 Parade Application