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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Oct. 5-7

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Fall in love with Texas all over again this first weekend of October, as pumpkin patches and fall festivals help to ring in the season.

Sand Castle Days

South Padre Island: Oct. 4-7 
Sand Castle Days is a way to demonstrate the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island sand and the critical importance of protecting our beautiful coastal shores. Over the years this family-fun event has grown from a local celebration to qualifying event for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting where 30,000+ fans come to watch the sand come alive. 

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo

Waco: Oct. 4-13
Over the past 64 years, the Fair & Rodeo has offered Central Texas a place to come and support the community while enjoying the sights, soundsm and smells that make the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo what it is.


Victoria: Oct. 5-6
This two-day festival features Texas country recording artists including Reckless Kelly and William Clark Green, Western crafts and performers, a free kids' corral, food and merchandise vendors, and more. 

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin: Oct. 5-7, 12-14
One of the country's largest celebrations of live music, this two-weekend, six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series "Austin City Limits" outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park. More than 150 musical acts—including Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Odesza—will take over eight stages, along with local food vendors, brewers, artists, and pop-up shops and artists. 

Palacios Pirate Festival

Palacios: Oct. 5-6

Seafaring lads and lasses be all hands on deck in Palacios Port. Dance a jig to the hornpipe, kick up yer heels on the poop deck at Railroad Park, and grab some mighty tasty pirate victuals. Dress like a swashbuckler, and ye’ll want the little ‘uns to dress like pirates, too. There be pieces of gold for the best lookin' pirates. It’s all for a good cause.

Boer Goat Cookoff

Colorado City: Oct. 5-6
Cooks compete to make the best goat, beans, pork ribs, brisket, and dessert. Awards also are given for Best of Show, Friendliest Camp, and Classiest Camp. 

Austin County Fair

Bellville: Oct. 5-14
The 91st annual fair offers a PRCA Rodeo, barbecue cookoff, 5K run, livestock show and auction, a carnival, Nashville recording artists, and more. 

Texas Hill Country Frogs For Freedom Ride

Bandera: Oct. 6
All vehicles are welcome on this annual benefit run through the Texas Hill Country. Includes live music, a live auction, a 50/50 raffle, and a fish fry. Proceeds benefit the widows & children of fallen SEAL-SWCC Warriors. 


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. 

Gruene Music & Wine Fest

Gruene: Oct. 4-7
This 32nd annual Americana event benefiting the United Way of Comal County features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wines. All four days will be filled with vintner and music events, wine, food & beer samplings, and the Great Guitar Auction. 

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Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch

Medina: Oct. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 
Enjoy unlimited hayrides, a hay bale maze and giant hay stacks, a petting zoo, an apple orchard tour, pumpkin painting, storytelling and sing-alongs, pony rides, barrel train rides, face painting, and more at Love Creek Orchards.

Kerr County Celtic Festival & Hill Country Highland Games

Ingram: Oct. 6-7
Enjoy song, dance, games, food, and more at Stonehenge II. 

Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch

Pipe Creek: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
Enjoy hayrides, hay jumps, scarecrow dressing, visiting farm animals, and pumpkin painting with the purchase of a pumpkin at Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, as are other activities. 

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. 

Denison Fall Fest

Denison: Oct. 6
The 31st annual festival is a fun-filled action-packed day for the entire family in downtown Denison. A pancake breakfast complete with bacon & sausage starts the day in Heritage Park; arts & crafts booths fill Main Street while vendors provide festival food; bed races, games, and carnival rides entertain the kids from one end of Main Street to the other; and live music fills the air while shiny vintage cars fill the streets. 

Dog Days of Denton

Denton: Oct. 6
At this celebration of man's best friend, enjoy a dog parade, a dog show, stupid pet tricks, a dog/owner singing contest, "Glamfur Shots" for pets, a dog/master look-alike contest, dog 'n disc, fly ball and agility demonstrations, an arts and crafts booth, festival foods, and more.

Oktoberfest on the Square

La Grange: Oct. 6
With over 100 different varieties of craft beer, authentic German cuisine, and live music, this is the place to be for Oktoberfest. Ticket prices include 12 samples of craft beer along with a commemorative beer mug. Underneath the event tents, you will find live music along with authentic German cuisine of sausage and pork schnitzel. Children's activities will be held on the courthouse lawn. 


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. 

Cottonwood Art Festival

Richardson: Oct. 6-7
Established in 1969, the bi-annual event features works from some of the nation's top visual artists in 14 different categories such as 2D and 3D mixed media, ceramics, digital, and drawings/pastels. Enjoy local bands and food, and Artstop, an interactive children's creative playground featuring activities and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. 


Waxahachie: Oct. 6
The fourth annual event features art vendors, live music and food. 

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—plus a mini maze for the littlest ones. Concession stands and food trucks are available. 


Port Aransas: Through Oct. 28 
This weekend's activities are the Super Chef Throwdown, the largest competition in “food sport.” The inaugural event will consist of top chefs competing over three nights at nine different restaurants. Other festivities to look forward to this month are a music festival, craft beer tasting, Old Town and Wooden Boat Festival, Art Center Street Dance, Harvest Moon Regatta, Mustang Fest, and the 34th Annual Songwriters Showcase. 

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