Smithville is on the eastern edge of the "Lost Pines of Texas." The historic downtown has antique shops, restaurants, galleries and a community theater. Its small-town character makes it an ideal location for films, including Hope Floats and Tree of Life. “Smitty” the Giant Gingerbread Man stands near the Chamber of Commerce, and he is the largest of his kind in the country. Annual events include Smithville Jamboree in April, Texas Photo Festival in October, the Airing of the Quilts in November and Festival of Lights in December.