Annual & Community Events

​Due to COVID-19, events may not be held, may be available in a virtual or modified format. Please check on social media, and with the organizing group for updates. 

The City of Elgin urges all to follow COVID Precautions
Face coverings are encouraged for all, stay home if you are sick, wash hands often, practice social distancing, and get vaccinated if you’re eligible. For more information about COVID and suggested precautions visit   Events may be modified due to COVID or staff availability.  Check online for updates. 


National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Elgin are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide for this event in October. Elgin Police officers and City officials visit neighborhoods in support of building a community partnership. Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. To participate contact the Elgin Police Department at 512-285-5757.

 Register your neighborhood/group (PDF).

The Pearls Before Swine Art Show

The Pearls Before Swine Art Show kicks off the annual Hogeye Festival every year on the 4th Thursday of October. Sponsored by the Elgin Arts Association, "Pearls" showcases the Elgin area's finest artists. A silent auction raises funds for scholarships for area high school seniors 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 more information, visit 

Elgin Arts Association.

Hogeye Festival

The festival is held the fourth Saturday of October in Historic Downtown Elgin and features food, kids activities, handmade arts and crafts, live music on 3 stages and plenty of pig puns to go around. Events include Lindsy Kay Wing Children's Pet Parade, Road Hog Car Show, Gordon Swenson Memorial BBQ Pork-Off, Carnival, Cow Patty Bingo, and last but not least, the Hogalicious Dessert Contest! For more information, or to register for any of the events listed, go to

 Hogeye Festival.

Safe Trick or Treat Trail

The Safe Trick or Treat Trail is sponsored by the Elgin Parks and Recreation Dept and takes place on Halloween in Historic Downtown Elgin and Veterans' Memorial Park. Local businesses 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 click  here:

 Elgin Parks and Recreation.

Shop Small Saturday

Celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving at participating businesses. Enjoy refreshments, store specials and holiday sales. Shop Small Saturday is a national promotion by American Express to support shopping with locally owned businesses.  The Elgin Chamber of Commerce, the Elgin Main Street Board, and the Economic Development Corporation hope you’ll celebrate the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Elgin! See flyer here.


Home for the Holidays 

Elgin celebrates the holidays every Saturday in December. 

Santa Sightings & Letters to Santa

Drop your letter to Santa downtown at the gazebo in Veterans Memorial Park and look for Santa in December and take your own pictures to share with family and friends.  Enjoy this magical holiday tradition with your child or grandchild in the relaxed setting of various downtown businesses.  

December 4th- Hot Cocoa Stroll & Wassail on Main 

Select a limited-edition holiday souvenir mug and Hot Cocoa while you enjoy, a day of shopping at the local businesses in Historic Downtown Elgin

Wassail on Main:

Lift your voices and spread good cheer as we stroll Elgin’s Main Street.  Meet at Veterans’ Memorial Park gazebo at dusk (5:55pm) and start caroling up Main to The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods and Chemn Cafe, then back down Main Street to Elgin Meadery.  Bring the family and enjoy our beautiful Main Street this holiday season

December 11th - The Art of Holiday Giving  

This holiday season, downtown businesses will be partnering with local artists and featuring non-profits organizations. Consider a handcrafted artisan gift and giving back to a local non-profit.  Enjoy a showcase of unique handcrafted items from local artists in the Elgin area and nonprofit organizations benefiting the local community.   The Clever Tiger Gallery & Studio will feature an artist collective and Studio 621 will be open with artists sharing their creations.

December 18th Holiday Sweater Weekend 

Wear your holiday sweater while you shop downtown and vote for your favorite small business owner in the best Holiday Sweater to win a grant from the Elgin Main Street Board.  There will be a Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest for individuals at The Owl Wine Bar and Home Goods Store!  Store Specials throughout downtown and you can enjoy delicious dining options too!

Christmas Tree Farms

Elgin is home to two choose and cut Christmas tree farms, where you can select your tree and cut it in the field while enjoying games, refreshments, and lovely gift shops.  Elgin Christmas Tree Farms and Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm are open throughout the holiday season starting Thanksgiving weekend.

Parks & Recreation Programs
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Library Programs 
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Sip Shop & Stroll

The second Thursday of each month. Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown Elgin. You will find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the venues. Check out the Store Specials for this event (updated each month).

​Sidewalk Sale Saturday

Elgin charming downtown is lined with many locally owned stores offering everything from one of a kind antiques, home decor, jewelry, apparel, health and wellness supplement and more. Support local businesses by shopping during this annual community sidewalk sale. August 7th, September 12th, October 10th, November 7th and December 5th. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

Each year in January, a walk is planned followed by a program with guest speakers in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville take turns hosting the event. The current date and location will be listed on the Community Calendar.

Local Lore- Elgin's History Adventure 

Celebrate Historic Preservation with an architectural scavenger hunt, walking tours, farm equipment and vintage cars, interactive displays,  games of the past, youth art show and more! Sponsored by the City of Elgin and the Elgin Main Street Board. 
For more information and a complete schedule, visit  or Facebook VisitElginTx

Art Studio Tour

The Elgin Art Studio Tour invites you to meet local artists in their studios and learn more about their art, techniques, and inspiration.  Studios and downtown businesses featuring local artists are open for two days in downtown Elgin and the surrounding area.  Find unique and diverse gifts for both yourself, family and friends. The studio tour is free and fun for the whole family! Sunday includes an ice cream stroll to sweeten up the tour!  Sponsored by the Elgin Main Street Board and Elgin Chamber of Commerce. 
For more information and a complete schedule, visit  or Facebook VisitElginTx

Relay For Life

This annual event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is a community event that not only raises funds for research and patient services, but also 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.

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 512-285-3333.

Music in the Park

Join us for our annual, free, live-music series, Music in the Park! Every Friday in April, The Friends of Elgin Parks will host a different band in Historic Downtown Elgin's Veterans Memorial Park. Be sure to bring your friends and family, beverages, snacks, blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this event to its fullest. For more information and a complete schedule, click here: Elgin Parks and Recreation.

Movies in the Park

The Parks and Recreation Department presents this series of movies on select Thursdays from May to June in Elgin Memorial Park. Movies in the Park features family friendly movies and crafts for an evening in the park where guests are encouraged to bring their blanket or lawn chair to fully enjoy the evening. Concessions will be available. For more information, click here: 
Elgin Parks and Recreation 

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. Elgin celebrates the occasion the 2nd weekend in June with a parade, dance and festival. The events take place in Historic Downtown Elgin in Veterans' Memorial Park. For more information, see Juneteenth Festival.

Western Days

Held the fourth week in June in Elgin Memorial Park, the festival week begins with the Tiny Tot and Miss Western Days Pageants on Tuesday, Carnival on Thursday and Tennis Court Dance on Friday night. Saturday includes a Grand Parade down Main Street and the Festival in the Park. Come and join in on all the fun! Greater Elgin Chamber of Commerce.

Chalk It Up Children's Sidewalk Art Contest

Our classic Chalk it Up event is back again on July 3rd at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Historic Downtown Elgin to get us excited for the 4th of July! Join us at 5:30 for registration and to begin your masterpieces, then stay for music, concessions and more! We will have a raffle for everyone who participated in drawing at 7:30PM followed by a lighted 4th of July parade. All ages are encouraged to participate -  for more information click here: Elgin Parks and Recreation

Original Elgin Rodeo 

Held in July at 186 Hwy 95 South in Elgin. Gates open at 7pm, rodeo starts at 8pm. Broncs, Roping Dogging,Barrels and Bulls. For more information call 512-350-9566 or email:

City of Elgin Holiday Closures

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Texas Independence Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving 
  • Christmas