City of Elgin
310 North Main St.
P.O. Box 591
Elgin, Texas 78621
Office: (512) 281-5724
Fax: (512) 285-3016





Annual Events Festivals and Fun!!

For current events and meetings go to Community Calendar

Music 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, or more, 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 May 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.

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.

April 17 - 18, 2015 / Elgin VFD BBQ Cook-Off: The Fireman's BBQ Cook-off is held in the Elgin Memorial Park in 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 at 281-4025.

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 event will include an Awards Presentation to Distinguished Alumni* Entertainment and a Reception on Saturday and more. This event is open to the entire Elgin Community. For more information see the Elgin Alumni Association on the EISD website.

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 Relay For Life Elgin or email

Dia de los Ninos: This event is held in April at the Elgin Public Library at 5pm Bring the family and enjoy an evening at the library with live entertainment, Ballet Folklorico, and music. Also food, games, free books, crafts and more. For information call Melinda Torres @ 281-5678.

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.

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.

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 Festival.

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!

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

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

Freedom Fund Banquet: The NAACP Elgin Branch # 6174 will hold the next Freedom Fund Banquet in 2016. 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

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 your Neighborhood/Group

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 Programs.

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 Elgin Arts Association  send an email to EAA at  or contact Elizabeth Sullivan at 512-431-7756.

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.

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

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.

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 Registration Form

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