Events

Monthly Events

  • First Friday of each month. An evening of art, music, shopping and dining in historic downtown Bastrop.

  • Second Saturday of each month (April - December) Vendors and craftsmen set up booths on Pine Street to market their wares.

  • Elgin Flea Market Days takes place at the Elgin Memorial Park, 1127 North Main. The event begins the February’s first Saturday and extends through December, opening the first Saturday of each month, 7 am to 5 pm.

  • Music Tuesday is every Tuesday of the month! Accomplished musicians gather to play a variety of new grass, country, soft rock and originals at the theater in the iconic Central School at 400 Gresham. Join local legends and soon-to-be-legends in playing music or just to listen. Contact Don at 512.560.0286 or by email: don@jellisoncompany.com.

  • Sip, Shop and Stroll is one of the most anticipated events in Elgin. On the 2nd Thursday of every month, take a stroll through downtown Elgin to shop and dine while enjoying music along the way.

  • The Farm Street Opry at the Bastrop Convention Center features local musicians and guest singers playing the finest country music and providing stellar entertainment. Join us for a toe-tappin, hand-clappin night of fun! Every first Thursday of the month (March through December) Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. Show Starts: 7 p.m. Admission: Adults $7.50 (free admission for children 10 and under)

April

  • Held near McDade, Sherwood Forest Faire is in February and March and features over 40 stage acts. For each week of the faire, check the performance schedule on the website for the latest information. They also host the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival & Highland Games in September as well as summer camps in July and August. The address for Sherwood Forest Faire is 1883 Old Highway 20. For more information, call 512-222-6680.
    • Saturday, March 4, 2017 to Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Come celebrate Yesterfest the whole month of April at the Opera House. You'll find classic movies, theatre, concerts and art shows all month long! First, there will be classic westerns April 7-8; a Southern Gospel concert April 14; April 21st-23rd The Pied Piper of Hamelin: This toe-tapping musical by the talented Youth Performing Arts Academy will delight the whole family. April 28, 29 and 30: The Cedar Creek Shootout: The talented Bastrop County Bar Association has done it again. Come be a part of the Grand Jury who will decide whether Orange W. Wicks will be indicted for murder!
    • Friday, April 7, 2017
    • Sunday, April 30, 2017

May

  • Parade ride through downtown Smithville and back to Riverbend Park. Biker games, rides, contests, live music and more during this-three day event the first weekend in May.
    • Friday, May 5, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • Probably the toughest event on the planet, Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • Second Saturday. Hundreds of small planes land at the Smithville Municipal Airport to celebrate aviation and the adventuresome spirit of pilots with a delicious meal at the county's only airport. Youth are able to attend the Young Eagles Flying School and qualify for a ride in a plane.
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • Zip into summer the right way with Zip Lost Pines Memorial Day Splash and Bash; FREE event entry. Come enjoy a day full of food, various vendors, face painting, games, arts n' crafts, snow cones, water slides and other attractions. Zip our first line for our low Memorial Day rate, or come and hike the beautiful trails of McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Active Duty and Veterans will receive special discounts for our FULL zip tour. This is a great way to celebrate Memorial Day . Fun for the whole family, so come see what all the hype is about! 11 am to 5 pm, FREE entry (pay for rides). Zip Lost Pines, 1760 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612. For more information, go to ZipLostPines.com.
    • Monday, May 29, 2017

June

  • Join us on the third Saturday to honor the emancipation of slaves in Texas. The celebration includes a parade, picnics and dances in Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville and other small towns throughout the region.
    • Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Fourth weekend. Celebrate the Old West at Elgin's Western Days festival. Activities include a parade, a carnival, sports tournaments, arts and crafts, live music and varied children's activities.
    • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Saturday, June 24, 2017

July

  • The event begins 8 pm Friday with Bastrop's 1st 5K Red, White & Blue Glow Run! It is an all-ages event. Be sure to wear your best glow attire and come ready for fun! After the Run, from 9 to 12 am you can dance the night away with your friends at Fisherman's Park. On Saturday there will be a petting zoo and san volleyball games from 10 am to 4 pm. The Bastrop Area Cruisers vintage cars will be on display at the Boat Ramp parking lot! From 10 am to 8 pm enjoy a "Water Wonderland" with water slides. Armbands: $10. Also at 10 am is the Pet 'n' Me Costume Contest. Adding to the fun is a washer and dominos tournaments and lots of contests. The day ends with a fireworks display and music by the Austin Symphonic Band.
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • Saturday, July 1, 2017

  • This annual event features a walking parade and a variety of activities in historic downtown Elgin, concluding at Veteran's Memorial Park.
    • Tuesday, July 4, 2017

  • The 47th Annual Elgin Rodeo will host four days of family-friendly entertainment from July 6-9 at the Julius Marek Arena at Highway 95S and Old Sayers Road. The event is free and open to the public. The Rodeo Kickoff on Friday, July 8, hosted by the Texas Lost Pines Riding Club, begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and $5 for children 5 to 12.
    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Saturday, July 8, 2017

  • McDade has celebrated the watermelon every summer for over 60 years. From street dances, car shows, parades and seed spitting contests, this community celebration has very small town fun for everyone. Free admission. Check the website for details, then follow the watermelon seeds to Downtown McDade, 143 Bastrop Street, McDade, Texas.
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017

  • Fourth Saturday. The gambling action is hotter than the July temperatures outside as Smithville's Recreation Center is transformed into a Vegas-style venue. It's a sure bet this fundraiser will be entertaining!
    • Saturday, July 29, 2017

August

  • Join the fun at Bastrop's biggest annual party as classmates return for reunions plus a parade on Main Street, a rip-snorting rodeo, carnival rides and dancing 'til the wee hours. First weekend in August at Mayfest Park.
    • Thursday, August 3, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • The fifth annual Bastrop SUP Cup is Texas' original SUP River Festival. The event – held in historic Bastrop, Texas – includes races and an obstacle course for average paddlers, elite paddlers, weekend warriors, and beginners alike. The SUP event celebrates the Colorado River and the community of Bastrop, "the fastest growing SUP destination in Texas." Come to Bastrop for a weekend full of SUP events, great food & music, and entertainment for the whole family.
    • Saturday, August 12, 2017

September

  • The CR-100 is considered one of the most difficult endurance events Texas has to offer. The marathon canoe race and adventure challenge down the scenic Colorado River will test one’s mental and physical strength. This year’s race will include opportunities for paddlers to compete in one of three classes; Competitive, Adventure – and for the first time a Youth class. Each class will offer divisions for men and women solo paddlers as well as mens, womens, and mixed tandem teams. The Competitive class will race 100 miles to Columbus. The Adventure class will race 100 kilometers (62 miles) to LaGrange, and the Youth class will race 25 miles to Smithville. The host, Lee Harle of Bastrop River Company, has operated a canoe and kayak livery service in downtown Bastrop since 2012.
    • Saturday, September 2, 2017

  • The Bastrop YMCA supports Bastrop State Park while working to provide opportunities for families to get healthy and strong! Those who take part in the Burning Pine Run help those who would not otherwise be able to participate because of financial limitations. At the same time, participants are helping to provide funding for new trees to replace those lost! Your participation is giving the park new life!
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • Help "Keep Bastrop County Beautiful" at the Bastrop River Rally on September 23 at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) grounds and Fisherman's Park. Among the activities will be a river clean-up, 5K and 1K Fun Runs, an Environmental Expo, Music on the Colorado and fun at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard.
    • Saturday, September 23, 2017

October

  • Take a ride down a county drive to experience a "real" haunted house this Halloween season. Scream Hollow includes three haunted houses -- Mansion of Terror, Lost Pines Zombie City and Slaughter Circus. The Park also has movies, retail, music, the Cackling Witch Café and Bakery and the Rabid Bat Vampire Bar. You'll find Scream Hollow at 149 Split Rail Lane in Smithville. Questions? Call 512-710-8267.
    • Friday, September 15, 2017 to Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • Second weekend. Photographers, let your inner photographer snap! The Smithville Film Commission invites all levels of photography enthusiasts, models and set builders. Event includes photo contests, model contest, and Instagram walk and contest!
    • Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • Come to Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard for the Bands for Lands concert Saturday, October 21, from 3 to 11 pm. Brought to you by Pines & Prairies Land Trust, celebrating 15 years of protecting land, farms and water in South Central Texas.
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • The "Sausage Capitol of Texas" celebrates sausage and all things porcine in this annual, fun-filled event. This year's event is October 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Warm Hearts and Hot Guts" are featured themes along with the "Royal Hog Coronation." The famous Sowpremes are featured with many other live bands and a variety of arts and crafts, kids activities, cow patty bingo, road hog car show, BBQ pork cook-off, the "pearls before swine" art show plus great food and live music. Free admission. Also, be sure to attend associated events, including the 28th Annual Pearls Before Swine Art Show and Gala Thursday, October 19, and the Over Yonder Film Festival on Saturday, October 21!
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017

November

  • Celebrate the holiday season in historic downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to food and wine events and activities for the entire family, you'll love how we share the season in Texas' most historic small town.
    • Friday, November 25, 2016 to Sunday, December 18, 2016

  • Extends from the Friday following Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. Stroll along the June Hill Pape Riverwalk on the Colorado River to see over 100 holiday displays.
    • Friday, November 25, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016

  • Barton Hill Farms is set among 100-year-old cottonwood trees, rolling grassy hills and the picturesque Colorado River. Their Fall Festival is the perfect setting to let your kids enjoy true outdoor entertainment, including rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, local vendors and farm animals. They welcome large groups and school field trips. Normal hours are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 pm. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baron Hill Farms is located at 1115 FM 969 near Bastrop.
    • Saturday, September 23, 2017 to Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • Honoring our American Veteran's is not something we take lightly in Bastrop. First, visitors can watch the cars cruise in on Friday night. Then, on Saturday morning, along with the car show complete with vendor booths and live music, there is a solemn and respectful ceremony honoring those who have served our country in the military. The event is hosted annually by the Bastrop Area Cruisers.
    • Friday, November 10, 2017 to Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • Sound on Sound Festival (SOS Fest) is excited to announce its second event to be held November 10-12 at Sherwood Forest Faire, 35 miles east of Austin in McDade. The event will include a wide variety of music acts spanning many genres and personal tastes, as well as comedy stand-ups, panel sessions, on-site camping, and more, all across three days in the heart of Central Texas.
    • Friday, November 10, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • Second Saturday. As you tour beautiful homes in the Smithville historic district, you'll see a collection of hand-created quilts displayed all over town as a nod to a historic past and specialized craft. Drawings are held downtown.
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017

December

  • Stroll along the June Hill Pape Riverwalk on the Colorado River in the evening to see over 100 holiday displays. The event extends from the Friday following Thanksgiving to New Years Eve.
    • Thursday, December 1, 2016
    • Saturday, December 31, 2016

  • Celebrate the holiday season in historic downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to food and wine events and activities for the entire family, you'll love how we share the season in Texas' most historic small town. Lost Pines Christmas culminates on Saturday, December 10, with the Lighted Winter Wonderland Parade as it sparkles downtown from 6 pm to 8 pm.
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016

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