Seasonally, Navasota is visited in the Spring for bluebonnets. A summer festival, the Navasota Bluesfest, honors the memory of blues man Mance Lipscombevery second weekend in August who recorded numerous albums and lived in Navasota all of his life. The celebration raises money for college scholarships for local students. A statue of Mance Lipscomb is now a part of Mance Lipscomb Park, near downtown. A spring event is also held that honors Mance’s birthday in Mance Lipscomb Park along Cedar Creek in downtown Navasota. The nearby Texas Renaissance Festival is held near Plantersville in the fall.
Navasota was founded in 1831 as the stagecoach stop of Nolansville. Its name was changed in 1858 to Navasota, a name perhaps derived from the Native American word nabatoto (“muddy water”).