Bastrop is an Artistic Community

As Austin’s fast-growing neighbor, Bastrop is quickly becoming a destination for art lovers while gaining a reputation as Texas’ Most Historic Small Town. The historic Main Street and town are home to more than 130 notably distinguished homes and buildings. The Museum & Visitor Center offers guided tours starting at 904 Main Street. 

Bastrop is a city filled with charm and history, with so much to offer.  It offers a flourishing arts community to encourage a deeper appreciation for the arts through live-performance and live music. The art center, studios, shops,  and numerous galleries are sure to spark creativity and bring out the artist from within.

The First Friday Art Walk is an excellent opportunity to explore Bastrop’s art scene. Visitors and residents can shop in downtown Bastrop after hours, meet featured artists, dine at one of our fabulous restaurants and enjoy passing by public art displays. 

Live Music

If you’re seeking out exceptional live music and theater, no need to look any further than Downtown Bastrop. Entertaining restaurants feature delectable food, beer, and live music from local groups to celebrate the evenings.

Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard

601 Chestnut St #C 
Bastrop, TX 78602

Relaxing hangout best enjoyed with pizza, beer and cocktails, and outdoor live music.

602 Brewing Company

919 Main St. 
Bastrop, Texas

Indulge in Southern cuisine with a Cajun flair at 602 on Main. Recently remodeled from the 1890 business building it once was, it’s become an animated place to gather with friends, enjoy good food and handcrafted cocktails, while listening to live music. It’s also a perfect restaurant to bring your whole family, young and old.

The Grace Miller

706 Pine Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

Locally owned and operated, The Grace Miller is your one stop for old-fashioned comfort foods and year around live music.  Sit and enjoy chicken-fried and other southern classics. The evening will be full of bliss with good food and toe-tapping to the live band PotatoRoadBand.

Historic Tours

Step-On-Bus Tours

Hop on the bus for the most popular tour requested by Bastrop’s visitors to learn about the history of Bastrop’s earliest families and buildings. The tour takes you along Pecan St., Main St., Church St. and Wilson St.

Tour of a Historic Home

Join a local homeowner and take a tour through one of the many historic homes.

Tour a Historic Church

Take a tour with a local docent through Calvary Episcopal Church or Bastrop First United Methodist to learn more about the significant buildings.

Walking Tour of the Historic District

With a local Bastrop County Historical Society member, take an engaging walk through the Historic District to learn about quaint Downtown Bastrop.


Lost Pines Art League

1204 Chestnut Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

A group of local artists, a mixture of amateur and professional, are part of The Lost Pines Art League. Their work is showcased at the Lost Pines Art Center. The association was originally formed to promote local artists, along with educating and encouraging culture, and appreciation for art.  

Art By Ginger B

920 Main Street 
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Ginger B., a Canadian-born artist, shows off her creative flair through vivid paintings and other original crafts.

Bastrop Art in Public Places

1311 Chestnut Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

The mission of Bastrop Art in Public Places is to expand the access and enjoyment of art.  

Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center

904 Main Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

A yearning to learn more about the history of Bastrop and Bastrop County will lead you to the Museum. With artifacts that span more than 200 years, all visitors will leave with a deeper appreciation for Bastrop!

Deep in the Heart Art Foundry

405 S. Jackson Street (in the Bastrop Industrial Park) 
Bastrop, TX 78602

As one of the few full-service foundries in the world, visitors are invited to tour and observe artists in the process of creating and gain a deeper knowledge of bronze casting.  

Kerr Community Center

1308 Walnut St  
Bastrop, TX 78602

Come and learn about Robert A. Kerr’s amazing contributions to the Bastrop African American community.

R.A. Green Mercantile

1022 Main Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

Looking to take a piece of Bastrop art, created by local artists, to carry home with you?  Visit R.A. Green Mercantile to find paintings, hand-crafted pottery, sculptures, and much more.

Monarch Art Gallery

920 Main Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

Spend time with beautiful mosaics, photographs, paintings and portraits created by four different artists.

Painted Bunting Art & Gifts

920 Main Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

The mission is to make everyone’s world a little more artful. Fine art and original gifts designed by three artists are at the center of the gallery.

Performing Arts

Bastrop Opera House

711 Spring Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

The historic1889 Bastrop Opera House is home to a wide range of live performances, including vaudeville, melodramas, comedies and musicals. They also offer acting and improv classes for children and adults.

Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts

1401 Cedar Street 
Bastrop, TX 78602

Jerry Fay Wilhelm was a native of Bastrop and director of Bastrop High School’s U.I.L. One-Act-Plays for 27 years. The facility can be leased for events and includes a 1500-seat auditorium, 250-seat black box theatre, and multi-purpose room.