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The Ultimate Events Guide for Fall Fun in Texas

Written by , published September 21, 2018

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s time to get out and enjoy all autumn has to offer. We’ve rounded up a massive list of festive events from all over the state, including pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and Oktoberfests.

Beachtoberfest

Port Aransas: Sept. 20-Oct. 28 
Running for six consecutive weekends, Beachtoberfest activities include a 5K fun run, a music festival, craft beer tasting, a barbecue competition, the Texas Super Chef Throwdown, Old Town Festival, Port A Art About, Harvest Moon Regatta, Parrot Heads Wings Over Port A, and the 34th annual Songwriters Showcase.

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Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas: Sept. 22-Nov. 1 
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower—Chrysanthemums—along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. 

SCREAMS Halloween Theme Park

Waxahachie: Sept. 28-29; Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
This Halloween theme park hosts unlimited tours of its major attractions, scores of professional actors, activities, food and drink, and games. 

Southlake Oktoberfest

Southlake: Oct. 5-7 
Come take a stroll in Southlake's town square while looking at handcrafted arts and crafts. Also expect great food, live music and entertainment, and the popular wiener dog race. 

Gladewater Ghost Tours

Gladewater: Oct. 5 
Learn the history of some of Gladewater's historic buildings while hearing the legends behind the haunts. 

Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch

Medina: Oct. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 
At Love Creek Orchards, enjoy unlimited hayrides, a hay bale maze and giant hay stacks, a petting zoo, and an apple orchard tour. Visit the cider mill and apple processing, purchase and paint a pumpkin, For a small fee you can, ride a pony, take a barrel train ride, face painted (weekends only), and complete a sand art project (weekends only), build a pomander, and feed the animals. 

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Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg: Oct. 5-7 
Celebrate the fun and flavor of Fredericksburg's German heritage with three days of music, food, drink, dancing, arts and crafts, children's entertainment, and more at this 38th annual event. 

Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch

Pipe Creek: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 
Activities at the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm will include a hayride, hay jump, scarecrow dressing, visiting farm animals, and pumpkin painting with the purchase of a pumpkin. 

Oktoberfest

Muenster: Oct. 6-7 
This is the sixth annual event providing a taste of Germany in North Texas. Enjoy entertainment all day, German food, dachshund races, live music, arts and crafts, a fun run, and more. The official tapping of the Oktoberfest keg will be at noon on Saturday.

Oktoberfest on the Square

La Grange: Oct. 6
Enjoy more than 100 varieties of craft beer, authentic German cuisine, and live music. Underneath the event tents, find live music along with authentic German cuisine of sausage and pork schnitzel. Children's activities will be held on the courthouse lawn. 

AutumnFest

Brenham: Oct. 6-7 
Kicking off with a street dance on Saturday night, the festival opens on Sunday at 10 a.m. Let the kids play games, decorate pumpkins, and take a mini-train ride while you enjoy a variety of ethnic foods and (perhaps) start a bidding war at the auction. 

Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

Mount Pleasant: Oct. 6 
Sample wines from Texas wineries, enjoy food from local chefs, and shop for one-of-a-kind wares made by Texas artisans. Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and s’mores-making at the fire pit are all available for the kids. 

Circle N Maze

La Vernia: Oct. 6-28 
Enjoy a 5.5 acre maze, a huge pumpkin patch, picture stations, and a petting zoo with live baby animals.

Fall Harvest Event

West Columbia: Oct. 6 
Celebrate the season at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, and learn about harvest time on an 1800s plantation. Activities include hayrides, crafts, sugar cane, storytelling, and more. 

Fort Concho After Dark

San Angelo: Oct. 11 
Night tours of the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark offer true and possibly scary tales taken from the records. 

Railhead Pumpkin Patch and Holiday Shoppe

Colorado City: Oct. 13-14 
Pumpkins, sweet treats, and fall decor are available for purchase, alongside games to play, photo spots, and the Chamber Choo-Choo.

Punkin' Days

Floydada: Oct. 13 
The agricultural roots of this town run deep in Floydada, known as “Pumpkin Capital, USA.” The festival features a plethora of pumpkins and pumpkin-themed fun, a variety of food, a chili and barbecue cookoff, vendors, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and more. 

Oktoberfest

Kilgore: Oct. 13 
Hosted by the City of Kilgore and Kilgore Main Street, this free event is an authentic German experience in East Texas' historic downtown Kilgore.

Oktoberfest Celina

Celina: Oct. 13 
The downtown square will host live music from festive bands, a tempting assortment of traditional German foods, and a beer garden boasting a bountiful selection of bubbling brews. Exciting events will follow throughout the day and evening, including a Dachshund Derby dog race and costume contests for children and adults. Youngsters can enjoy bounce houses, an obstacle course, a rock-climbing wall, and a petting zoo in the free Kids’ Zone. 

Greenwood Fall Festival

Greenwood: Oct. 13 
Greenwood Extension Education Club presents the annual fall festival downtown. All proceeds raised from the event go back into Wise County charity organizations as well as a scholarship awarded to a Wise County 4-H member. 

Jewett Fall Frolic

Jewett: Oct. 13 
Rustle up some fun at the 36th annual event with arts, crafts, and home-based businesses at the Jewett Civic Center. There will be games, eating contests, inflatables, horseshoes, photography and baking contests, entertainment, and more. 

Dogtoberfest

Beaumont: Oct. 13 
Hosted by Beaumont Main Street, Dogtoberfest will showcase a dog parade, dog show, and contests throughout the event. Food trucks will provide the food, and drinks will be available for purchase from the Coca-Cola trailer. 

Oktoberfest

Beaumont: Oct. 13 
At Rogers Park, enjoy a live polka performance by The Royal Klobasneks, great food, and beer, which will be sold at a large beer garden. 

Octoberfest

Burnet: Oct. 13 
Enjoy live music at the Downtown Square along with arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, local craft breweries, a 5K run, a classic car show, Hill Country wineries, a silent auction, face painting, a Wild West gun fight, and more. 

Movie in the Patch

Brownsville: Oct. 19 
Watch an outdoor movie shown in the pumpkin patch at Dean Porter Park.

Plano Steinfest

Plano: Oct. 19-20 
In the tradition of Oktoberfest, enjoy live music, an artist village, German food and beer, games, contests, commemorative steins, T-shirts, and more. 

Fright Night

Palestine: Oct. 19-31 
The haunted house is open to all, but children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a donation of two canned goods for the local food bank and receive half-price admission. 

Haunted Zoo

Victoria: Oct. 19-21 
Join the Texas Zoo as it holds its annual Haunted Zoo, where the entire facility is turned into a huge walk-through haunted house. 

Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour

Austin: Oct. 20 
This 12th annual free tour at the historic Oakwood Cemetery cover the chilling, untimely deaths of residents of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45-minute tours highlight historical events from the 1800s and starts every 15-20 minutes. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. 

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Fall Foliage Festival

Canadian: Oct. 20-21 
This event celebrates autumn's beauty with fall foliage touring, an arts and crafts show, a car show, a quilt show, and a nature showcase and outdoor classroom. 

Zombie Crawl

Wichita Falls: Oct. 20 
People gather in zombie costumes and "crawl" through downtown.

Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts

Granbury: Oct. 20-21 
This family-friendly art festival will be held on the paved area around the charming downtown square in the heart of the historic district. This is the 40th event, which showcases over 90 artists, makers, and craftspeople. In addition to fabulous artist gallery booths you’ll find food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities. Don’t miss the the “make-it, take-it” arts area for all ages. 

Halloween at the Heard

McKinney: Oct. 20 
Halloween at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live, a life-size animatronic dinosaurs trail. Families will enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a movie on the Heard's outdoor amphitheater stage, a costume contest, and more.

Family Fright Night

The Colony: Oct. 20-21 
Bring the family and camp out at Stewart Creek Park for a night of fun. Activities include a haunted trail, tent trick or treating, costume and scream contests, a scary movie screening, hayride, campfire stories, s’mores, and great food.

Spindletop Spookfest

Beaumont: Oct. 25 
Celebrate Halloween by playing games and getting candy as you walk through Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

Symphonic Spooktacular

Victoria: Oct. 25 
Bring the kids to the Victoria Fine Arts Center for a fun night of music, costumes, and more, presented by the Victoria Symphony. 

Harvest Fun Fest

Clute: Oct. 25 
Enjoy games, candy, and costume contests at Clute Municipal Park.

Farmer Fred's Harvest Fall Carnival

San Marcos: Oct. 25 
Free admission, carnival games, and a children's costume contest. Concessions and other attractions will be available. 

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Boo on Ballard

Wylie: Oct. 25 
Kids are invited to dress in costume and head for historic downtown Wylie to trick-or-treat with local merchants in a safe, controlled environment. There will be fun events in the park next to downtown. 

Halloween Nights

Dallas: Oct. 25-28 
The gates of the Dallas Zoo will creak open after-hours for Halloween Nights Presented by Texas Instruments. Dress your children in Halloween costumes, trick-or-treat in the wildest setting in Dallas, and catch special events and activities throughout the zoo.

Halloween Show

Dallas: Oct. 25-26 
Dia de los Muertos collides with classical music in a unique semi-staged Halloween show. With musicians in costume (and hopefully some audience members as well!), this family-friendly show showcases the creativity and craziness of composers past. 

Victoria Main Street Riverside Haunted Trail

Victoria: Oct. 26-28 and 31 
Face this nighttime trek through the woods of Riverside Park, full of costumed creatures ready to give you a scare. 

T3 Haunted House

Sugar Land: Oct. 26-27 
Tour the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land as never before when the temporary exhibit hall is transformed into a haunted house experience. Best for ages 8 years and older.

Scarecrow Festival

Kaufman: Oct. 26-27 
This annual event is two days of live entertainment, games, rides for children, street entertainers, food trucks, artisans with crafts and clothing, a 5K, and a car show. The main stage will have live bands Friday night and Saturday afternoon. All this takes place around one of the few historic town squares still left in Texas. 

Trail of Terror

Madisonville: Oct. 26-31
Get the scare of your life at the largest Halloween event in the area. Explore the Lake Madison Park walking trail at dark as a haunted forest, and watch out for ghosts and monsters jumping out of the dark to give you a fright. 

Bud Light Haunted River

San Antonio: Oct. 26 
Music, a costume contest, and adult beverages combine for a goulishly good time. Eerie sounds and sights haunt the River Walk while families trick or treat. This is a popular event, so come early. 

Ennis Autumn Daze

Ennis: Oct. 27 
Enjoy fall family fun in historic downtown Ennis, with food, shopping, children's activities, and plenty of live entertainment.

Haunted Dallas Ghost Tour

Dallas: Oct. 27 
Discover ghosts all over the Dallas area, from ghosts of old soldiers to ghosts of jilted brides. Our luxury motor coach will send shivers up your spine as we check out a number of local haunted legends known for eerie occurrences. Bring a flashlight and your bravery. 

Think or Treat

Longview: Oct. 27 
Wear your  costume and enjoy a Halloween scavenger hunt throughout the Longview World of Wonders museum (kids will get something special upon completion), a Halloween Lego challenge, "Make a Monster" in the Invention Garage, and Tin Can BOOwling. 

Scare on the Square

Huntsville: Oct. 27 
Bring the family to the historic square for a fun day of pumpkin painting, carnival games, arts and crafts, free food, a costume contest, and more. 

Day of the Dead Festival

Denton: Oct. 27 
This free event pays homage to many of fall’s treasures such as cooler weather, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. The family-friendly day is full of fun activities in the Industrial Street District such as a pumpkin patch, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. 

Halloween Family Festival

Hamlin: Oct. 27 
Businesses, organizations, and families share treats and activities with children in the downtown district. 

Halloween Carnival

Post: Oct. 27 
Enjoy a halloween carnival with a haunted house at Old Mill Trade Days.

Historic Haunted Hayride

Uvalde: Oct. 27 
Enjoy a historic haunted hayride at Fort Inge and learn about the fort's haunting legends with stories told around campfires. 

Llano River Pumpkin Float

Llano: Oct. 27 
Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and see pumpkins glowing, floating, and reflecting light as soon as it gets dark in Badu Park. If you would like to participate, bring your already carved pumpkins with a candle or light (please no paint or glitter to protect the river from anything unnatural).

Hallowine Fest

Mason: Oct. 27 
Sandstone Cellars' annual Halloween party features local Texas vineyards, free winetasting, music, and fun. 

XIT Rangers Halloween Boo Barrel Bash

Dalhart: Oct. 27-28 
Dress up in your Halloween best while running barrels at the third annual event. 

Tricks, Treats & T-Rex

Sugar Land: Oct 27 
Bring the whole family for a spooky good time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. Visit the child-friendly version of the haunted house, play a few outdoor games, or catch a chemistry show. 

Cemetery Tour

Victoria: Oct. 27-28 
This evening tour of historic cemeteries features re-enactors in an educational and entertaining setting looking back into Victoria County's rich history. 

Zoo Boo

Victoria: Oct. 27 
Enjoy a fun, family friendly trick-or-treating event at the Texas Zoo.

An Eerie Evening at Varner-Hogg

West Columbia: Oct. 27 
Take a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation's 1840s-era Patton Family Cemetery, and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness. Then, step into the plantation house for a candlelit look at the death of the site's last owner, Governor James S. Hogg, and the effect it had on his family, as well as his plantation. 

Heritage Scaritage Festival

Baytown: Oct. 27 
Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food, old-fashioned children's games, wool-spinning demonstrations, music, tours of historic buildings, and a Native American teepee. 

Haunted Trails

Brownsville: Oct. 27 
Resaca de la Palma State Park will host spooky family-fun activities, including a zombie 1-mile fun run/walk hosted by 2 Run Crew. 

Mini Monster Bash

Galveston: Oct. 27 
The eighth annual festival will include trick or treat stops at local businesses throughout downtown Galveston. Saengerfest Park will be the central location for fun, with games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, and a costume contest.

Salvation Army Pumpkin Run 5/10K & Harvest Festival

Kerrville: Oct. 27 
The eighth annual event includes a 5K/10K run/walk and a free kids' fun run. After the run, enjoy free food, games, a costume contest, music, awards, and more.

Halloween Spooktacular

Lake Jackson: Oct. 28 
Dress up in your Halloween costume, and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs at Sea Center Texas.

Goblins in the Gardens

Weatherford: Oct. 28 
At this spook-free trick-or-treat event, Chandor Gardens is decorated for Halloween, and costumed characters hand out candy throughout the gardens to costumed children. 

Family Fright Night

Kerrville: Oct. 31 
An evening of safe and traditional family fun includes trick or treating, games, food vendors, bounce houses, and more at Louise Hays Park.

Trunk or Treat

Slaton: Oct. 31 
Local businesses, churches, and organizations provide candy and other activities in a fun and safe environment on the town square. There will be a best-decorated "trunk" contest.

Trunk or Treat Festival-Downtown

Dalhart: Oct. 31 
Bring your kids out to see trunks decorated for Halloween and filled with candy.

Main Street Fright Fest

Temple: Oct. 31 
No tricks, only treats when you spend Halloween on Main Street. Vendors line the street with a variety of arts & crafts, goods, and even a food court. The evening with be filled with fun activities such as a costume contest, thriller line dance, and a bounce house. 

Street N' Treat

Grand Prairie: Oct. 31 
Participants will enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, crafts, games, costume photo ops, trick-or-treating, and other activities all for free. Many Main Street businesses will open their doors for special hours and trick-or-treating.

Trick or Treat on the Square

La Grange: Oct. 31 
Youngsters go door to door at businesses downtown for candy and to show off their costumes. Festivities include Halloween games, live music, face painting, snow cones, balloon animals, and bounce houses. 

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