Bastrop, Texas

Welcome to Smithville!

Smithville is perhaps best known as the home of "Hope Floats," the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., and Gena Rowlands. It was also the location for "Tree of Life", starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, filmed in 2008.

Smithville Facts and Features

  • Smithville's early growth was attributed mainly to the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railroad (later purchased by the M-K-T), which brought its first passenger train through Smithville in 1886. The railroad presence has been integral to the community ever since, and a railroad museum and park were established in Smithville in 1991.
  • Our natural features make it a "must ride destination" for bicyclists, whether if is through the oak-lined streets of town or the beautifully wooded, winding roads of Buescher State Park. Sitting high atop the banks of the Colorado River, Smithville is also a popular choice for kayakers.
  • Smithville touts a variety of historic bed & breakfast inns, charming downtown shops including art and antique dealers, and restaurants ranging from gourmet dining to Texas' best bar-b-que.
  • Known as "The Heart of the Megalopolis" due to its centrality to Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Bryan/College Station, Smithville's rich legacy is displayed at the Heritage House Museum.
  • Our town earned the Guinness Book of World Records award for baking the "World's Largest Gingerbread Man." The creation, which was baked over hot coals during Smithville's annual Festival of Lights celebration in 2006, weighed 1,308 pounds, 8 ounces.
  • Smithville was the first town in Texas to be named "Film and Family Friendly" by the Texas Film Commission.

Smithville Community Events Calendar

Month Event Description
March Smithville Thunder on the Colorado Motorcycle Rally Third weekend. Motorcyclists meet at Riverbend Park, parade through downtown Smithville and return to the park to enjoy food, contests and live music.
April Jamboree Smithville This four-day celebration - the town's oldest andd largest - includes a Main Street parade plus arts & crafts vendors. Riverbend Park is host to a carnival, sports tournaments, a livestock show, food and nightly dances.
May Smithville Reel Film Expo First weekend. Enjoy the celebration of film and film-making with classes, vendors, movies and more in Smithville, the first town to be named "film friendly" by the Texas Film Commission.
May Smithville Fly-In & Lunch Second Saturday. Hundreds of small planes land at the Smithville Municipal Airport to celebrate aviation and the adventuresome spirit of pilots with a delicious meal at the county's only airport.
July Smithville Casino Night Fourth Saturday. The gambling action is hotter than the July temperatures outside as Smithville's Recreation Center is transformed into a Vegas-style venue. It's a sure bet this fundraiser will be entertaining!
October Smithville City Wide Garage Sale First Saturday. What a draw - over 100 sites to shop on one day!
October Smithville Texas Photo Festival Second weekend. Photographers, let your inner photographer snap! The Smithville Film Commission invites all levels of photography enthusiasts, models and set builders. Event includes photo contests, model contest, and Instagram walk and contest.
November Smithville Airing of the Quilts Second Saturday. Historic, fancy and beautiful, hand-created quilts are displayed all over town as a nod to a historic past and specialized craft. Drawings held downtown.
December Smithville Festival of Lights First Saturday. A Gingerbread Man theme with lights deck out this picturesque downtown along with arts & craft shows, a 5K run, kids' games and crafts, live music and a lighted parade.
April-December Smithville Trade Days Third Saturday of each month. Stroll along Main Street to shop and to enjoy live entertainment.