Do you get easily overwhelmed this time of year with so many fall carnivals, festivals and Halloween events? It’s impossible to be at all of the fun events happening this fall in the Austin-area, so we’ve narrowed down the list to some of our favorites and some that add in a little variety! Be sure to check back soon for our list of Halloween events.
When: September 26 – November , Monday – Sunday (closed Wednesdays), 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m.
Where: 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls
Cost: Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee.
Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more.
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Where: The Domain II, Amy Donovan Plaza between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s
Bring the family out to rock out at the only ACL Kiddie Limits After Party in town! Live music by Elizabeth McQueen, Tim Kubart with Mother Falcon and Mario the Magician. In addition to the music, there will be lots of fun, free activities for the kids including cupcake decorating with Baked by Amy’s, slapshot with Chaparral Ice, free popcorn from Austin Diagnostic Clinic and more!
When: October Fun starts daily on October 3rd. Weekdays and 1st and 4th weekends
Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 2:00
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 – 5:30
Sundays 12:00 – 5:30
Pumpkin Festival: October 10th & 11th and October 17th & 18th, 2015
Saturday 10:00 – 5:30, Sunday 12:00 – 5:30
Open House: Monday, October 12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin
Cost: $6/ kids, $8 / adults and children over 13
Our Pumpkin Festival offers a ton of family fun for one low admission cost. Parents can enjoy the live music (and eating great food) while the kids stay busy decorating pumkins, competing in the duck races and playing on the playground. Plan to spend the day, there’s so much to do.
When: Saturday October 3 – 11 AM
Sunday October 4 – 12:30 PM
Saturday October 10 – 11 AM
Sunday October 11 – 12:30 PM
Sunday October 18 – 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Saturday October 24 – 11 AM & 1 PM
Sunday October 25 – 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Saturday October 31 – 11 AM & 1 PM
Sunday November 1 – 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater 207 W 18th St., Austin, TX 78701
Cost: $7 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults. Available online at Brownpapertickets.com and sold at the door.
Celebrate el día de los muertos with this staged adaptation of Yuyi Morales’s fantastical award-winning books Just a Minute and Just in Case. Señor Calavera wants Grandma Beetle to leave with him right away, but she still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas – and that’s just the start! Kids of all ages will love these bilingual counting and alphabet tales.
Free show parking as available in Austin’s uptown museum district. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door. Recommended for all ages!
When: Weekends in October 2015 including Sunday, November 1; Saturday’s 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m.
Where: Evergreen Farm, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin
Cost: Free admission; $2.50 – $5.00 for some activities
The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase.
The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt ($2.50), includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games.
SPECIAL EVENT: Sunday, November 1 will be hosted by Down Home Ranch. All Ticket proceeds will go directly to Down Home Ranch. Check out their website and come on out to Evergreen Farms to have a blast and offer your support. http://www.downhomeranch.org
Chisholm Trail Days
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 1 :00 p.m. with the cattle drive at noon
Where: San Gabriel Park, Georgetown
In addition to live music, families will enjoy many activities including , a children’s corral, Takotas Pony Rides, wagon rides, living history demonstrations, chuckwagons, Sam Bass shoot-out, “How the West was Lost” Play from Voices from the Past, a cattle Drive and more.
Texas Book Festival
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 & Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Texas State Capitol and surrounding areas
One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.
When: October 17th, 2015, from 11am to 7 p.m.
Where: German Free School, 507 East 10th Street
Cost: $10, 12 and under are free
Take a stroll through our beautiful historic gardens. Bring your whole family: Oma and Opa, Mama and Papa and all your children, friends and neighbors -enjoy the day with us! Dance to live music from Lorelei & Schatzi, Joe Klaus Band and the Sieker’s Band. Many Vendors with arts and crafts and our German Souvenir Shop are open for shopping. Great food from Frank’s and Pfeifers’s Bakery and outstanding German Beer are also at your fingertips during this fun filled event. The kids will have a great time in our Chidlren’s Area with Face Painting, Chess Play, arts and crafts and a photo booth.
Ashley’s Playhouse Fall Fun Festival
When: Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Ashley’s Playhouse, 13343 N Hwy 183, Suite 200, Austin, TX, 78750
Enjoy a bounce house, games, playhouse tours, train rides and more BYOP: Bring your own pumpkins for decorating with our supplies! Or, be one of the first 200 kids in line to receive a FREE mini pumpkin from APH!
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 12 – 8 p.m.
Where: Northwest corner of 4th St. & Congress in downtown Austin
This year, Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a grand procession, a Day of the Dead mercado, live music, a Sugar Skull float by local piñata artisans Monica and Sergio Lejarazu from Jumpolin Piñatas, an exhibition with community altars highlighting the states of Mexico inside the Museum, and educational programs. Attendees can also taste traditional foods from Austin’s best food trucks, hands-on art activities, and artist demos. The 2015 event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin.
The grand procession begins at 6th Street between Chicon and Comal and travels an entire mile west on 6th Street to the festival location. People of all ages can take part in the parade. To participate, register here.