Fall Texas Festivals in 2016
Texas has one of the largest lists of fall festivals in 2016. If you are looking for things to do in September or October, this is a great place to start. There are large ethnic, food and music festivals around the state. We have found events near Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso. Don’t see the right party for you here? Perhaps you should check out one of the Texas Oktoberfest celebrations instead.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Lone Star Gourd Festival – Fredericksburg, TX – August 19-21, 2016
Dallas D*A*N*C*E – Dallas, TX – Sept 1-4, 2016
More than 25 hours of social dancing at the four star Fairmont Hotel International Ballroom.
Washington County Fair – Brenham, TX – September 9-17, 2016
The oldest county fair in Texas, established in 1868.
Houston Wine Fest – Houston, TX – September 10, 2016
An annual event in downtown Houston for wine enthusiasts.
Miles Cotton Fest – Miles, TX – Sept 10, 2016
Enjoy brisket, arts/crafts, a concert and more in this small town in West Texas.
Dallas Challenge – September 11, 2016. The ultimate urban scavenger race by Challenge Nation.
GrapeFest – Grapevine, TX – September 15-18, 2016
28th annual event. The Grapevine Wine Festival includes a People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic with 100+ wine samples from 40+ Texas wineries so that guests can choose their favorite. The GrapeStomp competition is very popular.
Supernatural Convention – Dallas, TX – Sept 16-18, 2016
Texas Gatorfest – Anahuac, TX – September 16-18, 2016
Gator burgers, alligator wings and more!
Houston Hot Sauce Festival – Sept 17-18, 2016
A showcase of award winning food products from mild to hot.
Dallas Carnival – Sept 22-25, 2016
An offshoot of the annual pre-Lenten celebrations held in many former European colonies in Latin America and the Caribbean with large Catholic populations, the most renowned being the Carnival celebrations in Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago.
Dallas Salsa Congress – Sept 22-25, 2016
Celebrating ten years of salsa music and dancing.
Fantastic Fest – Austin, TX – Sept 22-29, 2016
A genre film festival specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action movies from around the world. Held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Texas Tribune Festival – Sept 23-25, 2016
An annual event where politicians explore the state’s most pressing issues.
Greek Festival of Dallas – Sept 23-25, 2016
Remember the fun in all things Greek at this food festival.
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival – Sept 23-25, 2016
Gumbo Tasting, Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Free Boat & RV Show, 5K/ 1K Fun Run, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Live Music, Kids Area and more.
Plano Balloon Festival – Plano, TX – September 23-25, 2016
Event takes place at Oak Point Park. 45 hot air balloons, sky divers, live music, fireworks, and kids fun zone. Tethered balloon rides available for $15-20 per person. 1/2 Marathon, 5K and 1K runs. General admission is $5. Parking is $5-10.
Wizard World Comic Con Austin – September 23-25, 2016
Where pop culture comes to life at the Austin Convention Center.
Smoked Dallas – Sept 24, 2016
A deliciously curated BBQ and music fest at Main Street Garden Park.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival – Sept 24, 2016
The state’s largest craft beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.
Texas Rice Festival – Winnie, TX – Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2016
Event has 8 contests include rice cooking contest, live music, livestock show, pageants and parade. Held in Winnie-Stowell Park. Horse show and cook-off happen prior to the event.
UTOPiAfest – Utopia – Sept 29 – Oct 2, 2016
7th annual music festival will be held Labor Day Weekend at the Four Sisters Ranch.
Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX – Sept 30 – Oct 2 & 7-9, 2016
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.
Texas State Fair – Dallas, TX – September 30 – October 23, 2016
This fair commemorates 130 years of celebrating all things Texan by honoring agriculture and livestock.
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival – Old Town Spring, TX – October 1-2, 2016. Come out to Old Town Spring and enjoy great Texas wine and original art. Lots of artists and 150 quaint shops. Located at 427 Gentry Street.
Floresville Peanut Festival – Floresville, TX – October 4 & 6-8, 2016
Carnival, games, parade, pageant, live entertainment and more during the second full weekend in October.
Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 6-9, 2016. Four days with four distinct and different type festivals in one. Sunday includes a “Texas Style Musicfest”. Located at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine Grounds.
Cuero Turkeyfest – Cuero, TX – October 7-9, 2016. 44th annual festival features the Great Gobbler Gallop, Wild About Dinosaurs, and a Jalapeno Eating Contest. So much more fun foods, kids events, live music and entertainment and so much more. Held near Cuero Park Municipal Golf Course.
Light the Night Walk – Houston, TX – Oct 8, 2016
A fundraising walk to to help fund cures for blood cancers.
Floydada Punkin Day – Floydada, TX – October 8, 2016
An annual celebration in the Pumpkin Capital of Texas.
Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival – Chappell Hill, Texas – October 8-9, 2016. Celebrating their 39th year of this annual event. Over 250 exhibitors featuring home décor, gardening, artists, craftsman, jewelry, clothing and fabulous foods. Also live entertainment, music, and family activities.
Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta – Sugar Land, TX – Oct 8-9, 2016. Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land, Texas.
Harvest Moon Regatta – Seabrook, TX – October 13-15, 2016
Yachts sail to Port Arsansas under an October full moon.
Grapeland Peanut Festival – Grapeland, TX – October 13-15, 2016. 70th annual event features a carnival, parade, concert at City Park, and the homecoming game at Sandie Stadium.
Houston Italian Festival – Houston, TX – October 13-16, 2016. Live music and lots of fun like a Bocce Tournament, Pasta Eating, classic car show, and kids fun.
Needville Harvest Fest – Needville, TX – October 14-15, 2016
Thousands visit Harvest Park on the third Saturday in October for a BBQ cook-off, pageants, 5K fun run and other activities.
Lone Star Storytelling Festival – Frisco, Texas – October 14-15, 2016. Experience the magic of storytelling. Held at the Frisco Public Library. Features a wide selection of authors and book signings.
Cajun Catfish Festival – Conroe, TX – October 14-16, 2016
Enjoy catfish and cajun food dishes as well as a carnival, three stages of live music, pageant, car show and kid zone.
Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival – Brownsville, TX – October 14-16, 2016
A small jazz festival running for nearly two decades that hosts world class touring artists.
Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest – Mesquite, TX – October 15, 2016
A decorated pumpkin contest, haunted house, carnival games and children’s activities.
Whitesboro Peanut Festival – Whitesboro, TX – October 15, 2016
Free admission to this family friendly carnival with parade, car show and live entertainment.
Celina Balloon Festival – Celina, TX – October 17-18, 2016
Watch the balloons inflate and fly away amidst carnival activities at Old Celina Park.
Zest in the West – Houston, TX – October 19, 2016
Enjoy culinary offerings as restaurants compete for the Best of Zest Culinary Award.
LEGO KidsFest Texas – Houston – Oct 21-23, 2016
An entertainment-packed family event centered around LEGO building and experiences.
Untapped Houston – October 22, 2016
A unique mix of craft beer and music.
Hogeye Festival – Elgin, TX – October 22, 2016
A free, small town family friendly festival with BBQ pork cook-off, carnival, car show, beer/wine garden, arts/crafts and children’s activities.
Taste Texas – Fredericksburg, Texas – October 22, 2016. Held in historic downtown Fredericksburg in the 100 block of West Main Street. It features Texas food, beer, wine, music, food court, and also has a Patron Party.
Texas Mushroom Festival – Madisonville, TX – October 22, 2016
A day of all things mushroom in the Mushroom Capital of the World.
Texas Clay Festival – New Braunfels, TX – October 22-23, 2016
Free admission to this event featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists.
Alamo City Comic Con – San Antonio, TX – Oct 28-30, 2016
Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Texas Book Festival – Austin, Texas – November 5-6, 2016
21st anniversary event. More than 250 authors will attend. Admission is free. The event is held at the State Capitol.
Festival at the Switchyard – Carrollton, TX – Nov 5, 2016
A free event with family-friendly concerts, beer garden, food, and shopping attended by over 27,000 last year that honors the critical role played by the railroad in the community.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
LEGO KidsFest – Austin, TX – Sept 4-6, 2015
Sun City Music Festival – El Paso, TX – September 5-6, 2015
Dallas Heart Walk – Sept 12, 2015
Savage Race – Dallas, TX – Sept 12, 2015
25 obstacles over a 6.5 mile course.
Tour de Cure – Austin, TX – Sept 12-13, 2015
Texas State Forest Festival – Lufkin, TX – September 16-20, 2015
Jazz’SAlive – San Antonio, TX – Sept 19-20, 2015
Montgomery Wine and Music Fest – Montgomery, TX – September 19, 2015. Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music by Sam Riggs, Jesse Raub, Jonathan Mitchell Band, William Clark Green, Phillip Griffin, Josh Fuller and lots more. Lots of family activities. Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Street.
Soul Food Festival – Houston, TX – September 12, 2015
A travelling music and food festival that attracts about 10,000 visitors per city. Internationally recognized artists. Ticket price depends on location. Options include early bird tickets, general admission, preferred viewing and VIP seating. Brought to you by the Kinfolks Foundation.
Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival – Dripping Springs, TX – September 12, 2015. Enjoy live music on stage with top talent including the Billy Garza Band. View chef and drink demonstrations, grape stomping, a cigar booth, and a host of wineries, breweries, and family activities.
International Accordion Festival – San Antonio, TX – Sept 12, 2015
Texas Craft Brewers Festival – Austin, TX – September 19, 2015. Held at Fiesta Gardens, Austin, Texas. Largest Texas craft brewers festival focused exclusively on Texas produced beers.
Texas Mead Fest – La Grange, TX – September 19, 2015. Live music, family fun, Texas mead tasting, and Amateur Homebrew competition.
Waco Cultural Arts Fest – Waco – Sept 24-27, 2015
White Linen Night fundraiser, dance and music festival, art show, WordFest and ScienceFest.
Kolache Fest – Halletsville, TX – September 25-26, 2015. Held at Knights of Columbus Hall. Lots of eating contest and unique foods. Enjoy the festivals parade for kids through downtown Halletsville. Live music including polka bands.
Burnett BBQ Cook-Off – Burnett, TX – September 25-26, 2015. A giant BBQ Cook-Off and music festival held at the Burnet County Fairgrounds.
Cajun Festival – Medina Lake, TX – September 26, 2015. Featured musician is Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys. Lots of other bands play on two stages throughout the day. Also great food and kids activities.
Moody Cotton Harvest Festival – Moody, TX – September 26, 2015.
Texas Pecan Festival – Groves, TX – September 26-27, 2015. Live music, vendors, food, and family from an event that draws over 300,000 visitors. Located on 6th street in downtown Groves, Texas.
Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival – Bryan, TX – September 26-27, 2015. Downtown Bryan hosts this annual festival featuring a steak cookoff, craft beer, artist showcases, vendors, food, and Texas wineries.
Crandall Cotton Festival – Crandall, TX – September 10-12, 2015
Aubrey Peanut Festival, Texas – Aubrey, TX – October 3, 2015. The 30th anniversary of this event. Have fun at the horseshoe tournament, parade, chef contest, peanut spitting, and lots more fun. Held at the Festival Grounds at 301 S Main St., Aubrey, Texas.
Bravest Race – Dallas, TX – Oct 3, 2015
Bliss Blues & Cue – Fort Bliss, TX – October 9-10, 2015
San Saba River Pecan Jam – San Saba, TX – October 17, 2015
Katy Rice Harvest Festival – Katy, TX – October 10-11, 2015. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this local classic festival. It features two stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths and family fun. Held in historic Downtown Katy between Avenues A and C, 2nd and 3rd Streets.
East Texas Yamboree – Gilmer, TX – October 14-17, 2015. Activities at Yamboree Park, Courthouse Square, Gilmer Elementary, and Wesley House.
Texas Rose Festival – Tyler, TX – October 15-18, 2015. Amazing displays of Tyler Rose blooms themed as “Royalty of the Under Water Realm”. Located at 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas.
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Dallas, TX – October 16-17, 2015. Music festival and chili cook-off brings lots of people to the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch, Texas. Musicians include The Del McCoury Band, Lee Ann Womack, Balsam Range, Hot Rize, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, The Grascals and many more groups. One of the best bluegrass events of the year.
Heritage Village Harvest Festival – Woodville, TX – October 16-18, 2015. The 27th annual event is the largest festival in East Texas. A real old fashion display of costumes, craft demonstrations and fun.
Art Outside – Rockdale, TX – October 22-25, 2015. Features over 60 musical acts during this two day event. The address is 9112 North FM 908, Rockdale, Texas.
Festival of Pumpkins – Paris, TX – October 24, 2015. Enjoy live music, unique shopping, carnival foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more as you explore the stores, shops, and festivities in downtown Paris.
St. Mark Fall Festival Community Carnival – Plano, TX – October 30, 2015. Carnival includes: Rides powered by Triple T Amusements, Delicious foods, Midway Games, Prizes, Live Entertainment and Vendors. Free Admission & Parking. Location: St. Mark Catholic Church & School, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, TX. Visit http://www.facebook.com/StMarkCommunityCarnival for updates.
Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival – Waco, TX – Oct 31, 2015
Taste of Arlington – Arlington, Texas – October 20, 2015
Herb & Art Fest – Lampasas, TX – October 10, 2015
Pecan Fest & Heritage Days – Seguin, TX – October 24-25, 2015
Harvest Festival and Livestock Show – Longview, TX – October 21-24, 2015
Kaufman Scarecrow Festival – Kaufman, Texas – October 24, 2015
Austin Celtic Festival – Nov 7-8, 2015
Celtic music, dances, Highland Games, dog parade, workshops and more at Fiesta Gardens.
Austin Beer Week – Austin, TX – October 21 – Nov 1, 2015
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival – Nov 4-8, 2015
22nd annual event. Field trips, seminars, events, family activities and Birders Bazaar trade show.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Austin, TX – Nov 15, 2015
Austin Film Festival – Austin, TX – October 29 – Nov 5, 2015
22nd annual event. Film pass permits access to 180 premieres, indie films, narrative and documentary competition, shorts program and more.
MuckFest – Houston, TX – Nov 14, 2015
Horseshoe Bay Resort Wine & Dine Festival – Horseshoe Bay, Texas – Nov 20-21, 2015
Denton Harvest Fest – Denton, TX – Nov 13-15, 2015
Chocolate & Wine Festival of Texas – Boerne, TX
Blues, Bandits & BBQ – Oak Cliff, TX – Nov 13-14, 2015
Edgewood Heritage Festival – Edgewood, TX – Nov 14, 2015
Austin Empty Bowl Project – Nov 22, 2015
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