Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce


"It's possible in Smithville!" That's what we say and that's what we do.

Highlights of our fair town include: centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Community-minded town, great shopping, lodging, dining, art, film-making and pure fun. Historic buildings and homes. Easy access technology.

Places of interest to tourists like the Texas Veterans Memorial Park.  Great moments, such as our five-day Jamboree, and our Texas Photo Festival. World class biking and hiking trails, kayaking, biking, skateboarding, dog park, antiques/vintage shopping, rodeo arena, World Record holder and more.

No matter what time of year, we look forward to being with family, seeing old friends, and to meeting you, the friend we have not yet met.  Come borrow our scenery.

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WEEKLY CHAMBER EVENTS:  Support your fellow Chamber members!

  • TUES, Oct. 21 RIBBON CUTTING, 2 pm, Big Joe's Garage, 109 NW 2nd
  • TUES, Oct. 21 - Smithville Film Commission meeting, La Cabana west room, 7 pm.  Discussion post Texas Photo Festival.
  • WED, Oct. 22 - RIBBON CUTTING, 2 pm, Towers Nursing Home, 907 Garwood.  Now under umbrella of Ascension Health Senior Care.
  • WED, Oct. 22 - Thunder on the Colorado committee meeting, La Cabana, 6:30 pm
  • THURS, Oct. 23 - Festival of Lights committee meeting, Pocket's Grille, noon

Each morning, check out the CALENDAR at TOP RIGHT. To have a community event added to the calendar, email


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:10
Monday, 20 October 2014 23:42


Playhouse Smithville Presents Arsenic & Old Lace
Thru Nov. 1

Drama critic Mortimer Brewster is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper but will she fit in with his unusual family? Abby and Martha Brewster are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity. But Mortimer has just learned that his charming spinster aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide!   What else can go wrong?

The show runs Oct.17 thru Nov. 1 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 26. Tickets can be purchased at or call 512-360-7397.



Musicians wanted for wine bar

The Front Room Wine Bar, 116 Main St., scheduled to open mid-November, is now interviewing Musicians. Contact Susan Curry at or 281-770-7514 for more information.



Auditions to be held for "Grinch" play for the holidays
Saturday, Oct. 25    2 pm

FOL14_GrinchNotSmiling_trans_webAuditions will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. for actors for the classic Christmas tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Playhouse Smithville, 110 Main St. Youngsters are needed but all ages are welcome. No experience necessary, all experiences welcome.

Rehearsals will be Nov. 3-27, Monday-Thursday at 6 p.m., except Thanksgiving week. Call Playhouse Smithville us at 512-360-7397 with questions.



Halloween Bash to be held at Rec Center

Saturday, Oct. 25   4-8 pm

The Smithville Recreation Center’s annual Halloween Bash will be Saturday Oct. 25 from 4-8 p.m. There will be a free costume contest again this year for anyone up to 12 years old. Don’t miss the haunted house. Wristbands for the games will be $7 per person or tickets 6 for $1. The haunted house is offered at $3 per trip or 2 trips for $5. The bounce house will be 2 tickets for 5 minutes. There will be games, candy, and prizes so no one will leave empty handed. Bring the whole family. For more information call 512-237-3282 ext. 7 or visit


Zombie Phenomenon invites participants
Saturday, Oct. 25    3 pm

The 1st Annual Zombie Phenomenon will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Smithville Railroad Park. Zombie tag precedes a Zombie walk down First St. to the recreation center for the Halloween Bash. A professional make-up artist will be on hand at noon to “zombify” participants for a small fee of $10-$20.  The tag starts at 3 p.m. with the walk starting at 3:30 p.m.


Halloween Canteen Dance
Friday, Oct. 31    6:30-9 pm

The Bastrop County Mental Retardation Association (BCMRA) will host their Halloween Canteen dance for the mentally challenged at the Smithville Recreation Center, 106 Royston. Attendees of all ages from Bastrop and all surrounding counties are encouraged to attend. The dance is from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission charge is $1.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:23


Smithville boasts a large number in national register

One of Smithville's historic homes.  Photo courtesy of Fran Hunter.Smithville, Texas, a town of under 4,000 according to the Census, overflows with historic charm in its downtown district.  Both in commercial and residential, Smithville has 206 properties listed in the National Historic Register.  How's that for special!



Gingerbread Man adoptions are now open

gingerbreadman_Fran_Tina_smallEach year in conjunction with the Festival of Lights celebration the Chamber offers Gingerbread Friend Adoptions. Many visitors and locals find the addition of these Friends to our town festive and charming.  If you have never adopted a Friend make this year your first.

There are many advantages to adopting a Gingerbread Friend:  1) no late night feeding 2) no looking for that lost pacifier 3) no diapers to change and 4) no burp up all over your clothes.

Stop by the chamber office at 100 NW 1st St. or call 512-237-2313 for a form. Adoptions are only $50 and the major source of funding for our Festival of Lights. The deadline to adopt is Nov. 8. The Gingerbread Friends will come out to play on Sunday, Nov. 16.



Forum on Smithville current status

City_logoThere will be a public forum at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. to provide information about the City of Smithville’s current status, budget, and future projects.  The public forum will be chaired by Robert Tamble, city manager, and will allow citizens the opportunity to become better informed of the challenges and opportunities facing the City of Smithville in the coming fiscal year.

For more information or to schedule a public forum for your organization, call the City of Smithville at 512-237-3282.



Take the survey today

The City of Smithville is applying to the ArtPlace America Grant to renovate and repair the city-owned, historic Mary Nichols’ Art Center and for some Cultural District programs to be housed there. Because funds are being sought, a Market Demand Report is required. One of the elements needed is to show community support for the project and renovation of the historic building. Please take this 7 question survey to voice your opinions at The survey ends Oct. 29.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:16


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On Tuesday, Oct.21, Smithville ISD is hosting a PARENT AND COMMUNITY FORUM and invites parents, staff and the community to attend the informational session about Death by Suicide. Come and learn how you can make a difference in a child’s life. The forum will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the central administration building auditorium, 901 NE 6th St. Topics will cover: warning signs of suicide and how to respond; postvention – how communities can come together to care and how to get help; where to go for services and community resources; and firearm safety and safety lock demonstration.

The Texas State Parks YOUTH ARTS CONTEST runs until Nov. 1 and has five categories: art, writing, photography, videography and music and is open to anyone under 19. Visit your Texas State Parks. Texas State Parks (including Buescher and Bastrop State Parks) offers diverse and abundant scenery to inspire your inner artist. To get started check out for resources on how to get started and ideas for art activities.


Through the TIGER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM, Smithville ISD partners with area businesses to foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships. Employees receive extra services or discounts as a thank you from the businesses for their efforts to ensure an exemplary school district for our children. Businesses benefit through additional exposure to their 250+ dedicated team members. As businesses and organizations support the SISD employees with offers of free and/or reduced prices for services or goods, SISD will promote those businesses and offers to their staff through employee communications. To become a partner, contact Ana Murray, Parent & Community Liaison at



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100 NW 1st St.
Smithville, TX 78957

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10.21.2014 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Fraternal Dinner

10.21.2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lost Pines Artisans Alliance meeting

10.21.2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Smithville Film Commission

10.21.2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Music Tuesday

10.22.2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ribbon Cutting - Towers

10.22.2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting on Future Road Plans

10.22.2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Thunder on the Colorado Committee meeting

10.23.2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Festival of Lights Committee meeting

10.23.2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cancelled - Community Relations Meeting

10.23.2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
City of Smithville Status Forum

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