Round Top Festival Institute

Round Top Festival Institute

The Round Top Festival Institute located in Round Top Texas is the premiere international music conservatory in Texas.  Festival Hill is one of Texas’ best kept secrets.  The music conservatory is located halfway between Austin and Houston, Texas.  It offers year-round classical and contemporary music concerts.

Round Top Festival Institute is nestled in spacious, forested acreage.  The property boasts unique, fairtyale-like medieval stone landscaping, a reflection pond, a historic chapel, a large veranda for weddings, events, and receptions, and the internationally-renowned concert hall.

The concert hall contains exquisite woodwork.  It took several years to build.  It is a hidden gem with impeccable acoustics.  


Each summer, Round Top Music Institute brings in some of the world’s most internationally acclaimed up-and-coming musicians who attend the institute’s summer apprenticeship program.  The students hail from all over the world.  They train, practice, and then perform concerts throughout the summer.

We recently attended the Round Top Music Festival’s last concert of the summer series in July.  The weekend featured lovely chamber music.  Saturday night, the annual lavish post-concert reception transforms the elegant environment into a memorable celebration replete with a jiving band, delicious culinary appetizers, desserts, and banana foster, and students and patrons who spend the evening dancing and celebrating the summer season.

It is an evening to remember at one of Texas’ 5-star music venues.

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Best Concert Hall In Texas: Round Top Festival Institute

Round Top Festival Institute

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable weekend in Texas, we have a recommendation for you: visit Round Top, Texas.  Round Top is a quaint little town with a hearty character.  But its most prized attraction is the Round Top Festival Institute. (

We frequent this venue because it is one of the most special and unique places we have seen in Texas.  The Round Top Festival Institute’s main attraction is its concert hall and the world-class musicians who play there.

The Round Top Festival Institute has 18 additional buildings on the grounds.  The property makes one of the best places in Texas for events, conferences, retreats, and receptions.  We attended a party on the veranda.  It was one of our favorite travel experiences of all time.

What we love about Round Top Festival Institute is that it’s only 1 1/2 hours away from Houston or Austin.  You can make a day-trip or weekend-trip out of it.  We recommend spending the night.  The accommodations are comfortable.  An on-side bed and breakfast, the Menke House, makes succulent meals.

The Round Top Festival Institute truly is the best concert hall in Texas.  And it’s an incredible place for a weekend getaway, too.  In addition to a first-rate performance venue, the grounds and gardens are lovely, they get taken care of by the team from  It’s just a great place to visit for any occasion.

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Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!