The city was a southern terminus of the Chisholm Trail. One of Texas' oldest Protestant churches, Emanuel Episcopal Church is at Church and Walnut streets. It is a popular site location for filming movies, TV shows and commercials, including the Super Bowl LII Budweiser Commercial. The Texas Legislature named Lockhart the "Barbecue Capital of Texas," and the city's four barbecue establishments are popular with visitors. The Chisholm Trail Roundup is held in June. Other festivals include the Tolbert Chili Championship, Old Settler's Music Festival, Evening With the Authors, Lockhart Western Swing and BBQ Festival and A Dickens Christmas.

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