Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Texas Festivals in 2015

Texas has one of the largest lists of fall festivals in 2015. 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.

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September 2015:

Dallas D*A*N*C*E – Dallas, TX – Sept 3-6, 2015

AnimeFest – Dallas, TX – Sept 4-7, 2015

LEGO KidsFest – Austin, TX – Sept 4-6, 2015

UTOPiAfest – Utopia – Sept 5-6, 2015
7th annual music festival will be held Labor Day Weekend at the Four Sisters Ranch.

Supernatural Convention – Dallas, TX – Sept 11-13, 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

Dallas Challenge – September 13, 2015
The ultimate urban scavenger race by Challenge Nation.

Salado’s Chocolate & Wine Weekend – Salado, TX – September 18-20, 2015
Sun City Music Festival – El Paso, TX – September 5-6, 2015
Celina Balloon Festival – Celina, TX – September 12-13, 2015
Washington County Fair – Brenham, TX - September 11-19, 2015
Texas Gatorfest – Anahuac, TX - September 11-13, 2015
Texas State Forest Festival – Lufkin, TX - Septembeer 16-20, 2015
Dallas Carnival – Sept 17-20, 2015

GrapeFest – Grapevine, TX – September 17-20, 2015
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.

Dallas Salsa Congress – Sept 18-20, 2015

Jazz’SAlive – San Antonio, TX – Sept 19-20, 2015

Plano Balloon Festival – Plano, TX – September 18-20, 2015
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.

Alamo City Comic Con – San Antonio, TX – Sept 11-13, 2015

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.

International Accordion Festival – San Antonio, TX – Sept 12, 2015

Waco Cultural Arts Fest – Waco – Sept 24-27, 2015
White Linen Night fundraiser, dance and music festival, art show, WordFest and ScienceFest.

Fantastic Fest – Austin, TX – Sept 24 – Oct 1, 2015

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival – Sept 25-27, 2015
Gumbo Tasting, Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Free Boat & RV Show, 5K/ 1K Fun Run, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Live Music, Kids Area and more.

October 2015:
Texas Rice Festival – Winnie, TX – Sept 30 – Oct 3, 2015
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.

Bravest Race – Dallas, TX – Oct 3, 2015
Texas Clay Festival – New Braunfels, TX – October 24-25, 2015
Texas State Fair – Dallas, TX – September 25 – October 18, 2015
Harvest Moon Regatta – Seabrook, TX – October 22-25, 2015

Texas Mushroom Festival – Madisonville, TX – October 24, 2015

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX – October 2-4, 9-11, 2015
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.

Zest in the West – Houston, TX – October 8, 2015
Bliss Blues & Cue – Fort Bliss, TX – October 9-10, 2015
Cajun Catfish Festival – Conroe, TX - October 9-11, 2015
San Saba River Pecan Jam – San Saba, TX – October 17, 2015

Floresville Peanut Festival – Floresville, TX – October 6 & 8-10, 2015

Light the Night Walk – Houston, TX – Oct 10, 2015

Whitesboro Peanut Festival – Whitesboro, TX – October 17, 2015

Texas Book Festival - Austin, Texas - October 17-18, 2015
20th anniversary event. More than 250 authors will attend. Admission is free. The event is held at the State Capitol.

Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest – Fredericksburg, Texas – October 24, 2015

Hogeye Festival – Elgin, TX - October 24, 2015

Wizard World Comic Con Austin – October 30-31, 2015

Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival – Waco, TX – Oct 31, 2015

November 2015:
Austin Celtic Festival – Nov 7-8, 2015
Celtic music, dances, Highland Games, dog parade, workshops and more at Fiesta Gardens.

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

Austin Empty Bowl Project – Nov 22, 2015

Last Year’s Events:
LEGO KidsFest Texas – 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202 – August 29-31, 2014.
Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival – Dripping Springs, TX – September 13, 2014
Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival – Bryan, TX – September 27-28, 2014

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest – Montgomery, TX – September 20, 2014
Texas Craft Brewers Festival – Austin, TX – September 27, 2014
Texas Pecan Festival – Groves, TX – September 18-21, 2014
Fiesta Latinoamericana! – Dallas, TX – September 28, 2014

Kolache Fest – Halletsville, TX - September 26-27, 2014
Cajun Festival – Medina Lake, TX - September 27, 2014

Pecan Street Festival – Austin, TX – September 27-28, 2014
Burnett BBQ Cook-Off – Burnett, TX – September 26-27, 2014
Texas Mead Fest – La Grange, TX – September 20, 2014
Moody Cotton Harvest Festival – Moody, TX – September 27, 2014

CT Church Fall Festival & Market – Houston TX – Sept 26-27, 2014
Enjoy live entertainment, shopping, crafts, live entertainment, silent auction, Lil Tikes Parade and Outdoor Kid Zone with inflatables & fun games for kids. Runs Friday from noon to 8 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Location: CT Church-Houston, 9701 Almeda Genoa Rd., Houston, TX 77075

Katy Rice Harvest Festival – Katy, TX – October 11-12, 2014
Art Outside – Rockdale, TX – October 24-27, 2014
Floydada Punkin Day – Floydada, TX – October 11, 2014
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Dallas, TX – October 17-18, 2014

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival – Chappell Hill, Texas – October 11, 2014

Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 9-12, 2014

Heritage Village Fall Festival – Woodville, TX – October 18-19, 2014
Chipotle Cultivate Festival – Dallas, TX – October 18, 2014
Taste Texas – Fredericksburg, Texas – October 25, 2014
Lone Star Storytelling Festival – Frisco, Texas – September 26-27, 2014
Texas Rose Festival – Tyler, TX – October 16-19, 2014
Cuero Turkeyfest – Cuero, TX – October 10-12, 2014
East Texas Yamboree – Gilmer, TX - October 16-19, 2014
Houston Italian Festival – Houston, TX – October 9-12, 2014

Needville Harvest Fest – Needville, TX – October 18, 2014

Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta – Sugar Land, TX – Oct 18-19, 2014
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival – Old Town Spring, TX – October 11-12, 2014

Grapeland Peanut Festival – Grapeland, TX – October 9-11, 2014
Austin Beer Week – Austin, TX – October 24 – Nov 2, 2014
Festival of Pumpkins – Paris, TX – October 25, 2014
Pecan Fest & Heritage Days, Texas – Seguin, TX – October 25, 2014
Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival – Brownsville, TX – October 10-12, 2014
Aubrey Peanut Festival, Texas – Aubrey, TX – October 4, 2014
Taste of Arlington – Arlington, Texas – October 21, 2014
Herb & Art Fest – Lampasas, TX – October 11, 2014
Mansfield Music & Arts Festival – Mansfield, TX – October 13-18, 2014

St. Mark Community Carnival – Plano, TX – October 10-12, 2014
Carnival includes: Rides powered by Triple T Amusements, Delicious foods, Midway Games, Prizes, Live Entertainment and Vendors
Free Admission & Parking, Open to the Public Friday night Concert & Dance 7:30 – 9 pm featuring Miguel Aquino y Marvin Marcano. Schedule: Oct. 10 from 6 – 10 pm. October 11 from noon – 10 pm. October 12 from 11 am – 6 pm. Visit http://www.facebook.com/StMarkCommunityCarnival for updates.
Location: St. Mark Catholic Church & School, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, TX

November 2015:

Pirates of the Canyon -Amarillo, TX – November 7-8, 2014

Other September Festivals:
Houston Wine Fest – Houston, TX – September 28-29, 2013
Texas City Music Fest By The Bay – September 13-14, 2013
Crandall Cotton Festival – Crandall, TX – September 5-8, 2013

Other October Festivals:

Lone Star Gourd Festival – Fredericksburg, TX – October 18-20, 2013
Hedley Cotton Festival – Hedley, Texas – October 12, 2013
Old Downtown Carrollton Fall Harvest Festival – Carrollton, TX – October 26, 2013
Kaufman Scarecrow Festival – Kaufman, Texas – October 26, 2013

November 2013:

Austin Chocolate Festival – Austin, TX – November 16-17, 2013

Fall festivals in Texas where we haven’t found 2013 dates to post yet:

Quemado Valley Harvest Festival – Quemado, TX
Texas Fall Fest – Horseshoe Bay, Texas
4-H and FFA Harvest Festival and Lifestock Show – Longview, TX
Denton Harvest – Fest Denton, TX
Wild Wild Wild West Miles Cotton Fest – Miles, TX
Great American Peanut Butter Festival – Grand Saline, TX
Chocolate & Wine Festival of Texas – Boerne, TX – Last Year’s Date: October 20, 2012
Blues, Bandits & BBQ – Oak Cliff, TX – Last Year’s Date: October 22, 2012
Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest – Mesquite, TX

Find other fun things to do in Texas in October:

Oktoberfest in Texas
Texas Corn Mazes
Texas Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Texas
Texas Pumpkin Patches

5 COMMENTS

  1. It would be helpful to put festivals in date order, also city or town order, brief entry of what the festival is about, mapquest link or weblink to supporting website of festival and include a picture.

    • Before I even got to your comment I was saying the exact same thing. There is absolutely NO order to this list what so ever. It is great that the list is supplied, but you should be able to sort by date, and/or city or within a certain radius of a zip code.

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