Annual Events
graphicEveryone’s favorite Bellville Chamber of Commerce sponsored event is the Small Town Christmas Festival that is celebrated on the first Saturday of December each year. Various area businesses decorate the trees that surround the Mini-Park, which is located just off the Square. On Friday evening the Chamber sponsors a snowfall for children of all ages in the Mini Park Santa Claus arrives and all the stores host "Open House" with seasonal refreshments for one and all. On Saturday entertainment is provided by local vocal artists, a combination Bellville High School/Junior High School band, local theatrical groups, and a group of strolling carol singers dressed in the style of Victorian England. More than 50 seasonal arts and crafts exhibitors set up their booths around Bellville’s Historic Courthouse Square and local non-profit groups are on hand with some great food. Members of the Austin County Chapter of the American Cancer Society host a Homes Tour on both Saturday and Sunday.

graphicThe Bellville merchants sponsor two events each year. "Spring Bells are Ringing" is celebrated the first Saturday in May, and "Autumn Bells are Ringing" is celebrated on the first Saturday in November. The spring event features artisans demonstrating their craft, in or adjacent to the various stores on the Square. The fall event features sidewalk sales, a pumpkin pie baking contest, a citywide garage sale, special entertainment, and more.

The first weekend in September is set aside for the Annual Bellville Swap Meet. Antique cars and car parts are in abundance—as are the crowds of folks that enthusiastically browse the booths in search of a needed component for a vehicle they are restoring.

The Austin County Fair Parade is held on the second Thursday in October, the official opening day of the celebrated Fair. The first Fair was held in 1927. The event has grown in popularity and notoriety, due to the big name Nashville stars that have appeared in the entertainment line-up.

Bellville is home to two large antique shows each year. Since 1980 the Bellville Historical Society has hosted their Country Antiques Festival on the fourth weekend of October. The third weekend of March is the weekend of the Bellville Antiques Show. Each event is unique in its own way; both draw more than 80 dealers from all over the U.S. and thousands of antique enthusiasts from all over Texas.

In addition to various events celebrated annually, the Bellville Chamber of Commerce sponsors a monthly Market Day on the Square, which is held the first Saturday of each month.


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