Events Festivals and Fun!!
For current events and meetings go to Community Calendar
and Movies in the Park Series: The City of Elgin
Parks and Community Development Department is known for its slogan,
Elgin Parks and Recreation, Where the Benefits are Endless! The
department along with the Friends of Elgin Parks is providing
Live music in Elgin 3 times per year with up and coming artists
from Austin area. Based on the style of house concerts these start
early, and encourages guests to bring their own beverages, snacks,
blanket or a lawn chair and be prepared to be entertained. The
Music and Movies Series runs from March to July and features family-oriented
movies and live bands in downtown Elgin at Veterans’ Memorial
Park. Additionally, concessions are sold to help finance the series
that is free to the public. The community and sponsors locally
support both series and contributions are being collected to assure
success. Concerts are coordinated by the Friends of Elgin Parks.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit Parks and Recreation
Elgin Flea Market
Days: The first Saturday of each month from February
through December, Market Days is held at the beautiful Elgin Memorial
Park. The park is located on Main Street just off of Hwy 95 North.
Vendors bring everything from flea market to garage sale to craft
items to sell at the park. For information on booth spaces to
participate in this event contact Aletha Kribbs 512-285-4025.
20, 2014 / Martin Luther King Observance: Each year a walk is planned followed by a program with guest speakers. The cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville take turns hosting the event. The 2014 event is being hosted by Elgin. Check the Events page for details.
19 - 20, 2013 / Elgin VFD BBQ Cook-Off: The
Fireman's BBQ Cook-off is held in the Elgin Memorial Park the
first Saturday of April. Participants begin arriving on Friday
to start preparing their cuisine with judging on Saturday. Each
year this event attracts a large crowd and is great fun for all
who attend. For details contact the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department
2015 / Purple n White Jubilee: The Purple and White Jubilee is a Community Wide Reunion. The first was held in April 2010. The plan is to have the Jubilee every five years.
The weekend will include a Golf Tournament on Friday, an Awards Presentation to Distinguished Alumni* (send us your nominations!), Entertainment and a Reception on Saturday and more. The closing will be a breakfast on Sunday. This event is open to the entire Elgin Community. For more information see the Elgin Alumni Association on the EISD website.
May 2 & 3, 2014/ Relay for Life: The Relay for Life
takes place every year. This event is sponsored by the
American Cancer Society and is a community event that not only
raises funds for research and patient services, but raises awareness
and gives hope to those touched by cancer and their families.
For more information on this event visit the website at www.relayforlife.org/elgintx or contact Krista Marx at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 20, 2013 / Dia de los Ninos: This event is held
in April at the Elgin Public Library from 11am to 2pm Bring the family and enjoy the day at the library with
live entertainment, Ballet Folklorico, and music. Also food, games,
free books, crafts and more. For information call Melinda Torres
3, 2014 / Community Wide Garage Sale: The first
Saturday in May a community wide garage sale is held for anyone
wishing to participate. Watch the Elgin Courier for details and
to secure a map showing the locations of all the sales. For information
on how to get on the map contact the Elgin Courier at 285-3333.
TBA / Juneteenth Pageant: The
Juneteenth Pageant is held annually prior to the Juneteenth Festival.
The pageant includes three categories – Miss Juneteenth,
Little Miss Juneteenth and Little Miss Princess, ranging in age
from 6-22. Each category has two runners-up and a variety of prizes
and trophies will be awarded. There will be plenty of entertainment
that you won’t want to miss. Everyone is eligible to participate.
13 & 14, 2014 / Juneteenth Festival: President Abraham
Lincoln signed the Emancipation proclamation into law on January
1, 1863. Texans did not receive word of this proclamation until
June 19, 1865, when Major Gordon Granger sailed into Galveston
and issued a general order declaring that, “in accordance
with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all
slaves are free. In observance of this event, Elgin celebrates
the occasion the second weekend in June with a parade, pageant,
dance and festival. The events take place in downtown Elgin at
the Veterans’ Memorial Park. For more information, see Juneteenth
24 - 28, 2014 / Western
Days Festival: Western Days Festival: The Western Days festival begins the week with Tiny Tot Pageant and Miss Western Days Pageant. On Thursday, the Carnival kicks off a weekend of fun! There is a tennis court dance on Friday Night in Elgin Memorial Park. Saturday will begin with a Grand Parade down Main Street and then ongoing events in the park with Arts & Craft and Food Vendors, Carnival, Children’s Activities, Live Music throughout the day and Softball, Volleyball, Horseshoe, and Video Game tournaments. Come and join in on all the fun! www.elgintxchamber.com
3, 2014 / Chalk It Up: Children’s Sidewalk Art Contest:
The Elgin Parks and Community Development Department sponsors
a free children’s sidewalk art contest each July at Veterans’
Memorial Park. Chalk It Up is a program for children ages 3-12.
Youth are asked to participate as individuals or in groups (groups
are two to four youth.). The event is free. Judges will determine
winners based on creativity, use of space, color and imagination.
A thirty-minute time limit will be placed on all entries once
the event begins. The theme is “Celebrating Freedom in the
USA”. Certificates will be awarded to winners in the following
age groups:(3-5 yr. olds), (6-8 yr. olds) and (9-12 yr. olds).
For more information www.elginpard.com.
4, 2014 / Elgin People’s Patriotic Fourth of July Parade:
Push, Pedal, Pull and Pets is the theme of the annual parade and
celebration held each year on the Fourth of July. It is a fun
event for children, pets, adults, seniors and veterans. Everyone
is invited to walk down historic Main Street from City Hall to
the Veterans’ Memorial Park for a celebration of our nations’
freedom. All non-motorized entries are accepted. Food and fun
follow the parade with a short program and a Soap Box Derby exhibition
by the local Cub Scouts. For more information on this event, contact
the Elgin Parks and Community Development Department at 512-281-5724
or visit www.elginpard.com.
2014 / Freedom Fund Banquet: The NAACP
Elgin Branch # 6174 will hold the next Freedom Fund Banquet
The event will take place every other year to benefit the work
and activities of the local branch with a donation to the National
Organization. For more information contact Bettye Bishop Lofton
512-963-2721 or email email@example.com.
7, 2014 / National Night Out: Neighborhoods throughout
Elgin are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide
for this event. Elgin Police Officers and City Officials will
be visiting neighborhoods throughout the community in support
of building a community partnership. Neighborhoods are encouraged
to come together and send a message that we are working together
to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. Residents are
encouraged to turn on their porch lights, from 6 to 8 pm, and
spend the evening outside with their neighbors. If you are willing
to get involved and organize a group of your neighbors contact
the Elgin Police Department at 512-285-5757. Register
2, 2014 / Fall Festival: Held the 1st Thursday
in October at the Elgin Public Library from 5 to 8 pm. Includes
a Costume Contest, Crafts, Games, Clowns and more. For information
call Melinda Torres @ 281-5678. Elgin Public Library Children's
23, 2014 / The Pearls Before Swine Art Show: kicks off the annual Hogeye Festival every year on the fourth Thursday of October. This juried art show is a community event. Sponsored by the Elgin Arts Association, "Pearls" showcases the Elgin area’s finest artists and brings together diverse and stimulating pieces of their work. A silent auction on opening night raises funds for art scholarships for area high school graduates who wish to continue their education in the arts. The show remains open to the public throughout the Hogeye weekend. The event is generously supported by local businesses, the Elgin Main Street Board, and the Hogeye Festival committee. For information, visit http://www.elginartsassociation.com/ send an email to EAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Elizabeth Sullivan at 512-431-7756.
25, 2014 / Hogeye Festival: The annual Hogeye
Festival is for the entire family and features food, kids activities,
handmade arts and crafts, live music on two stages and plenty of pig
puns to go around. Also included are the Lindsy Kay Wing Children's Pet Parade, Road Hog Car Show, Gordon Swenson Memorial BBQ Pork-Off,
Carnival, Cow Patty Bingo, Hogalicious Dessert Contest and last
but not least, the crowning of King Hog or Queen Sowpreme. Set
in Historic Downtown Elgin, this is an event you will want to
come back to year after year. For more information or to register
for any of the events listed go to Hogeye
Festival and select the form(s) you need.
31, 2014 / Trick or Treat Trail: Sponsored by
the Elgin Parks and Community Development Department and located
in Historic Downtown Elgin, at Veterans' Memorial Park, businesses
set up to pass out treats and provide activities for the Trick
or Treaters. This safe alternative to traditional Trick or Treating
is a popular event for the kids.
For more information visit www.elginpard.com.
6, 2014 / Holiday by the Tracks: Co-sponsored
by the Elgin Main Street Board, Elgin Chamber of Commerce and
the Parks and Community Development Department. Holiday by the
Tracks includes a day of shopping at the local downtown businesses,
arts and crafts and musical performances in Veterans' Memorial Park. Also included are the
Christmas Craft Fair at the Elgin Public Library from 9 - 3 pm and the VFD Lighted Christmas Parade at dusk followed by a live nativity.
For more information go to Holiday
by the Tracks.
December 6, 2014 / Lighted Christmas Parade: Sponsored
by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, this annual parade is
a favorite of the locals as well as the many visitors it attracts.
You will be sure to enjoy the creativity and diversity of the
many floats. This event takes place the first Saturday of December
at dusk. The parade route follows Main Street from 11th to Brenham.
For a registration form to participate in the parade please contact
the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department at 512-281-4025. Parade
December 21, 2013 / Elgin Juneteenth Gala of Classes: is a semi-formal banquet held each year on the 3rd Saturday of December. The banquet was originated in 1999 and first started out as a gathering of classmates who graduated from the "old" Booker T. Washington High School which was then an all black school. It has since evolved into a "Gala of Classes" with students from Booker T., Elgin High School, as well other schools in and around Central Texas. It is a night of fun, music and delicious food. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information they may contact Bettye Lofton at 512 963-2721.