No matter what time of year you visit Bastrop, a festival is bound to be happening somewhere in the region. The beauty of the Lost Pines and the charm of the area make it the perfect destination to celebrate!
Bastrop welcomes locals and visitors alike to get to know Historic Downtown Bastrop art, artists, local eateries, shops, and more on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. Since 2011, the Lost Pines Art League (formerly known as the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild), began this monthly event to celebrate the unique artistic identity of the city. Bastrop First Friday begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m., giving you time to go from gallery to gallery, browse at the lovely shops with their Texas-made goods and gifts, and to take a relaxing stroll through Downtown serenaded by talented musicians. If you’re in town on a Friday, this is a can’t-miss journey into the cultural heart of Bastrop.
Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
If you find yourself in the area during the beautiful fall season, don’t miss Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. A scenic Texas farmstead on the banks of the Colorado River near Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms is home to a 5-acre corn maze that families love to get lost in. Pick your favorite pumpkin, meet and feed the farm animals, and enjoy more than thirty exciting activities while you listen to live Texas country & bluegrass music. Be sure to take breaks and replenish your energy by trying out local foods and beverages like delicious Tex-Mex, BBQ, wine, beer, and more!
Lost Pine Christmas
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.
Wassail Fest & Small Business Saturday
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
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 of their brass instruments. Your senses will leap to scents of hot cider, rich cocoa, and other treats from nearby shops and cafes.
Sip, Shop & Swirl
For those with a discerning palate for wine and fine foods (and an appetite for great shopping deals), keep your eye out for Sip, Shop & Swirl. This event features specially selected Texas wines and hors d'oeuvres by Bastrop restaurants. While enjoying the sumptuous food and wine, get your holiday shopping going by enjoying in-store promotions on unique gifts from participating Downtown Bastrop shops. Every ticket purchase comes with a souvenir wine glass and shopping bag. Once you know you want to go, purchase your tickets fast as space is limited.
Want more shopping? Throughout the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Downtown merchants open their shops for extended hours as well, so you can be sure to find something for everyone on your gift list.
Sherwood Forest Faire
During late winter, 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.