Texas is one big state, and Round Top, Texas is one small town. But even with a population of only 90, our haven of the Texas countryside is known for some pretty big things. Whether you’re just passing through on your way to Austin or Houston, or you’re looking to stay awhile and soak up our friendly local culture, here are five experiences you can only have in Round Top, Texas.
This is the event that put Round Top, Texas on the map. Three times a year, our town becomes a treasure map for thousands of antique hunters and vendors who flock to Round Top for one of the largest antiquing events in the country. According to Texas Monthly, it’s one of the “the most eclectic, mind-boggling, and rewarding shopping experiences of your life,” and it’s uniquely Round Top.
Royer’s Pie Haven is famous for their irresistible pies, both sweet and savory – the kind of pies you can’t ever have just one bite of. They’re perhaps most famous for their Texas Trash Pie, which contains a mouthwatering blend of coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels and caramel. The closing of their Austin location in 2015 means that Round Top is the only place in the world you can have a slice of Royer’s pie.
Round Top has been celebrating Independence Day since 1851 – a 168-year tradition that makes this parade the oldest celebration of our nation’s birthday west of the Mississippi. The parade kicks off every year at 10:30 a.m. with the traditional firing of a Civil War-era cannon, and more than 140 entries of floats, antique vehicles and equestrian units from across the region assemble for a old-fashioned red, white and blue procession through the streets of Round Top, Texas.
Founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick, the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts at the Round Top Festival Institute is now an internationally-acclaimed music institute for aspiring young musicians and distinguished faculty. Its unique 210-acre campus is known as Festival Hill, and contains major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves. For lovers of the musical arts and culture, Festival Hill is a must-see Round Top attraction.
One of Round Top’s newest traditions, the annual Round Top Wine Fest is three incredible days of sipping, shopping, savoring and celebrating. Featuring live music, a wine trail, local shopping and brunch, Wine Fest is held in November and tops off the beginning of wine season in Texas, after the summer grape harvest. It’s a one-of-a-kind way for lovers of wine to get together, raise a glass and shop local in Round Top.
Our town may be small, but our hearts are big. This just scratches the surface of all the adventures that await everyone in Round Top, Texas. We look forward to seeing y’all soon.