With summer approaching in nearly two weeks, many college students are deciding to stay in Nac to take summer classes or because they have an apartment. Although some might believe otherwise, there are many fun things to do in Nac for the summer. These may not take up the entire summer, but they do kill a day or two on the weekend.

Trails – One thing Nacogdoches is known for is its trails. Walking or running the trails is a great way to appreciate the beauty while also getting a workout in. For a longer trail with great scenery, go to the LaNana Creek Trail. This trail spans 3.5 miles and starts at the youth soccer complex on Main Street. For a walk among the flowers, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is the perfect place. This is just one stop on the tour of Texas’ largest Azalea garden. You can sit and enjoy the summer breeze or walk with friends and appreciate the famous azaleas.

Concerts or live music – All around Nacogdoches, there are venues with Nac community members or big-name country artists playing live music. Whether it’s at LaNana Creek Icehouse, Maklemore’s or Banita, it’s a chance to grab some friends and dance the night away. These venues will post the names of those performing on signs outside the building, so be on the lookout for artists.

Visit Lake Nac/fish in the Ag Pond – Want to cool off after walking those trails? Visit Lake Nac for a nice refreshing day outdoors with friends. It’s free to enjoy, and you can swim until 10 p.m. If you know someone with a boat, this is a great opportunity to kick back and have fun. If you like to fish, now is the chance to bring out those fishing rods and head to the water, or to the Ag Pond. Lake Nac is located in Douglass and has two entry points, so be sure to map your GPS correctly.

Blueberry Festival – Every summer, the Nacogdoches County Chamber hosts the biggest festival of the year in downtown Nacogdoches. There are vendors with different blueberry treats, live entertainment, shopping, a pet parade and much more. The festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8. Even though the festival itself is one day, there are several events on the Friday before to get you in the festival spirit. After the Blueberry Festival, you can head over to Millard’s Crossing and attend the Blueberry Jam Outdoor Music Concert from 6 to 9 p.m.

Local Events – All throughout the summer, you can find events to attend that are put on by different businesses. The Fredonia Brewery hosts trivia nights, live entertainment and events such as Geeks Who Drink every Thursday night. The Nacogdoches Public Library also hosts events throughout the year that you can find on the library’s website or Facebook page. Events can also be found on the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce website calendar.

Farmers Market – Although many people don’t think of the Farmer’s Market as fun, there are many different things to do there. Along with the fresh produce, there are usually performers and locals you can talk to about their craft. It’s a nice way to start a Saturday morning, and it helps the Nacogdoches community when people shop local. The Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

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