2023 Bastrop Festivals
No matter what time of year you visit Bastrop, a festival is bound to be happening somewhere in the region. The beauty of Bastrop and the charm of the area make it the perfect destination to celebrate! Make sure to check out our Calendar of Events for specific dates!
Sherwood Forest Faire (Feb - April)
During late winter and early spring, visit Sherwood Forest Faire during the weekends in February and March for a medieval-themed show with over 100 musical, comedic, and dramatic performances each day. Come out to the Faire to watch jousting competitions and the winged wonders of falconry shows. Feast on delicious turkey legs and enjoy wine tastings like a fancy lady or gent. The best part? The Sherwood Forest Faire is staffed by folks in period costume playing characters from medieval times. If you like, you too can come in character and garb to join in on the cosplay fun, or simply come as yourself—all are welcome. The charming Sherwood Forest abounds with Robin Hood-themed characters, pirates, nobles, and you, making for fantastic family fun.
Bastrop's 1'st Annual Big Bang Celebration (July)
Let freedom ring in Bastrop! The Bastrop Big Bang Celebration takes place every first Saturday in July. This event features a 5K and fun run, the Pet and Pal parade, a cornhole tournament, food, music and, of course, fireworks! This event replaces the Bastrop Patriotic Festival.
Bastrop Homecoming & Rodeo (August)
This event originated in 1947 as a way of welcoming back 90,000 soldiers who had been based at Camp Swift during WWII. Today we welcome locals and visitors alike to this unique, hometown event where you'll find live music, a rodeo, carnival rides, tournaments, food vendors, dances, class reunions, and a Grand Parade. This three-night celebration is full of "feel good vibes" and memories for the making. This event is always the first full weekend in August.
Bastrop Music Festival (September)
Bastrop Music Festival takes center stage in Bastrop, TX. This annual festival showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, remarkable and talented people, an independent spirit and an amazing culture. Many bands — with many styles of music represented including blues, country, Tex-Mex, soul, folk, Latin and more!
Bastrop Art Fest (Nov)
Come experience art in action and shop from regional and local artists and artisans under the beg tent every first weekend in November! This event features live artist demonstrations including bronze pours and glass blowing demonstrations.
On Veteran's Day weekend The Bastrop Area Cruiser Car Club celebrates our veterans with its classic car display and Veteran's ceremony in Downtown Bastrop, TX.
Lost Pines Christmas (Nov - Dec)
For the month leading up to Christmas, Historic Downtown Bastrop lights up with joyful decor and special events that capture the spirit of the season. Discover fun for the whole family plus an abundance of great food and wine for a very special Lost Pines Christmas in Bastrop.
Around holiday-time, make sure to take time to explore Wassail Fest. This free event features a friendly wassail (mulled cider) competition among local shops and restaurants. Come taste-test and vote for your favorite. This holiday favorite lets visitors stroll Historic Bastrop’s charming brick buildings and well-lit shops as well. There’s nothing cozier than a cup of mulled cider (and shopping specials) on a chilly day in Bastrop!
Lighted Christmas Parade (Dec)
The Bastrop Lighted Christmas Parade features more than one hundred entries from lighted parade floats, to fire trucks, and that jolly old elf himself—Santa Claus! On one night only (check the events calendar for this year’s parade date), come out to Main Street after the sun goes down and enjoy the parade floats decked out with glittering garlands and strings of colored lights. Resounding through the streets, marching bands play Christmas classics as they march in time, the warm lights glinting off their brass instruments. Your senses will leap to scents of hot cider, rich cocoa, and other treats from nearby shops and cafés.