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2022 Bastrop
Patriotic Festival

Bastrop will turn red, white and blue with a fun-filled schedule of activities for all ages, July 2nd, 2022, during the Bastrop Patriotic Festival at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop, TX. The fun kicks off at 8AM with the1K Fun Run, RUN, White and Blue 5K, and many other fun contests during the day - plus a patriotic surprise or two!

8AM | Fun Run 1K

Fun Run 1K

8:20AM | RUN, White & Blue 5K

Come out for Bastrop's 6th Annual RUN, White & Blue 5k!!! This course is now a Certified 5K Course! Bring the family, this is an all-ages event! You can run, walk, or skip as you cross the finish line! Be sure you wear your favorite Patriotic Festival attire and come ready for fun! Register by June 18th and you are guaranteed this year's race shirt! To register, click here.

Run, White & Blue 5K

Noon - 11PM | Shuttle Bus Service

Why walk all that way to your car? Let us Shuttle you in our yellow school buses (NOW w/ Air Conditioning) right to where all the action is! Free Shuttle all day long! Park at the Bastrop Convention Center and a bus will pick you up.

Noon - 9:00PM | Food Court Open 

From snow cones to hotdogs to turkey legs, you're sure to find something for every appetite!

Noon - 9:30PM | Drink Booths 

Both the Main Stage and Food Court open 12PM - 9:30PM

Food Court Drink Booth closes as 8:00PM

NOON - 4PM | Animal Adoption

Come visit the shelter animals for adoption from the Bastrop County Animal Shelter and Saving Angels.

NOON - 5PM | Dunk Tank with Local Celebrities 

Who doesn't love a dunk tank? How about one with our Superintendent, Police Chief, Mayor Pro Tem, or Baseball Coach? Make a donation to We Believe in BISD and you have an opportunity to "dunk" someone and give to a great cause!!!

Dunk Tank Fun

NOON - 5PM | Petting Zoo

We are proud to have Davenport Farms out of Lockhart with us this year! They will have a real farm experience with us! With a minimum of 20 animals, your child will be able to touch, hugs, and pet goats, sheep, potbelly pigs, chickens, and rabbits.

Petting Zoo

NOON - 8PM | Kiddie Train Rides

ALL ABOARD! Want to see the whole festival in one trip? Load up on the Kiddie Train to have a free trip around the park! All ages welcome! (Line up on Willow Street to travel around the park)

Kiddie Train Rides

NOON - 8PM | Shopping Tent in the Food Court

While the kids are in the Water Wonderland, shop the many vendor booths on display. There will also be booths with other local community information you will want to know!

NOON - 8PM | Water Wonderland ($15)

Have your kids been begging you to take them to Schlitterbahn? Well, for the purchase of a wristband they will have all day access to multiple water slides of all kinds! Come cool off and find some adventure in our Water Wonderland! Be sure to bring your water shoes and sunscreen!

Water Wonderland

12:30PM - 1:30PM | Exercise Demonstration

Kidsrockinmom (KRM) will host a free, family-friendly 30 minute workout for all ages and abilities in our community. This will be an upbeat, mixed cardio workout with light stretching and will include beginner, intermediate, and advanced options for each exercise. No equipment or experience required. Bring a friend or family member! 

1PM - 5PM | Face Painting

Come out and get in the patriotic spirit with your face painted in red, white, & blue themes. It is FREE and just one more fun activity for kids at the Patriotic Festival.

1:30PM - 3:30PM | Baskets with Bastrop PD

Ever want to see if you can out shoot hoops against a Police Officer? This is your chance to hit the court, a basketball court that is, and test your skills against Bastrop's finest! *Upper courts near Splash Pad

2PM | Jalapeno Eating Contest

Come out and show up how many Whataburger Hot Peppers you can eat! They have milk to cool your mouth after and prizes for the winner! (sponsored by Whataburger)

2PM - 4PM | Sand Volleyball Games 

Bump, Set, Spike! Do you love volleyball? We will have the courts opened and ready for players! Get a team or just bring yourself, and let’s play some volleyball!

Sand Volleyball at the Patriotic Festival

2 PM - 4PM | Cow Patty Bingo

This is going to be the highlight of the year! Buy a $10 spot (6 for $50) for a chance to win a HUGE prize based on where the patty lands. Fun starts on the tennis courts around 4pm. Where will the 'patty' land? Come out and watch!

2 - 6PM | Patriotic Stilt Walkers

One of the favorite attractions at our event is the Stilt Walker. Come out to Fisherman's Park and see an Uncle Sam up high in the air on stilts walking around greeting all the kids!

2:30 PM - 3PM | Guns and Hoses

Come watch the tug of war battle between Law Enforcement and Firefighters!

3PM | Pie Eating Contest 

Only in Bastrop can you enter a pie eating contest sponsored by the Award-WINNING Maxine’s Café & Bakery! Their pies are so good, it won’t matter if you win, you’ll be excited just to be participating! Pie Eating Contest sponsored by Maxine’s Café & Bakery.

Pie Eating Contest

3:30PM - 4:30 PM| Falconry Demonstration

Watch out for the raptors and birds of prey as they spread their wings and join the crowds!  Presented by Kevin Gaines with SkyKings Falconry.

4PM | Hot Dog Eating Contest 

Hungry? Nothing more American than Hot Dogs to celebrate America's birthday! Come be a true patriot and demonstrate how well you can eat a true American Classic! You might even see some American-style zombies! (Sponsored by Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park)

3PM | Skate Park exhibition

Last year, the skate park was under construction. Now it is open and ready for skaters! If you love the sport, come out and watch the BEST of the BEST local skaters due their stuff on Bastrop's own skate park landscape! 

5:15PM - 6:45PM | Chubby Knuckle Choir

Sit back and listen to the cool vibe of Chubby Knuckle on the main stage

7PM | Presentation of the Colors & Mayors Remarks

We'll hear a few words from our Mayor, Connie Schroeder.

7:15PM - 8:45PM | Live Music from Joel Hernandez

Live music performance from Joel Hernandez

8:55PM - 9:15PM | Patriotic Medley of Songs

Our friends from Bastrop Christian Church and First Baptist Church who make up a portion of "A Joyous Christmas" choir will be center stage performing a medley of patriotic music and end with the National Anthem just before the fireworks. This is a choir and performance you do not want to miss!

Patriotic Fest Dance

9:15PM | Patriotic Festival Firework Display

Make sure to grab a spot on the lawn for fireworks! BOOM, POW! So beautiful. God Bless America! 

Patriotic Festival Firework Display


Click here to learn more about the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce and the Bastrop Patriotic Festival including vendor and volunteer opportunities.  

Contact Information:
Bastrop Chamber of Commerce 

Event Location: 
Fisherman's ParK
1200 Willow Street
Bastrop, TX 78602


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