Fall Texas Festivals in 2017

Texas has one of the largest lists of fall festivals in 2017. 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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Lone Star Gourd Festival – Fredericksburg, TX – August 19-21, 2016

September 2016

Lone Star Gourd Festival - Fredericksburg, TX - Aug 19 to Aug 21, 2016

Dallas D*A*N*C*E - Dallas, TX - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2016
More than 25 hours of social dancing at the four star Fairmont Hotel International Ballroom.

Sun City Music Festival - El Paso, TX - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016

Washington County Fair - Brenham, TX - Sep 9 to Sep 17, 2016
The oldest county fair in Texas, established in 1868.

Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival - Dripping Springs, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
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.

Miles Cotton Fest - Miles, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Enjoy brisket, arts/crafts, a concert and more in this small town in West Texas.

Houston Wine Fest - Houston, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
An annual event in downtown Houston for wine enthusiasts.

Crandall Cotton Festival - Crandall, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Dallas Challenge - Dallas, TX - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2016
The ultimate urban scavenger race by Challenge Nation.

GrapeFest - Grapevine, TX - Sep 15 to Sep 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.

Addison Oktoberfest - Addison, TX - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
You can find a Dallas Oktoberfest in Addison, located just north of Dallas. They transform the Addison Conference Centre into an authentic Munich beer hall with a Texas twist. It is considered one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. More than 70,000 will enjoy German food, Paulaner beer, live music, polka, folk dancing, and children’s entertainment. Admission cost varies by day. There is also a three course tasting dinner served by Chamerlain’s Brau Haus for $49 per person.

Texas Gatorfest - Anahuac, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Gator burgers, alligator wings and more!

Supernatural Convention - Dallas, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016

Authentic El Paso - El Paso, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
German beer and food hosted by the El Paso Sports Commission. Gates open at 6 PM on Friday and Sunday, with activities running until midnight. Live Music. Tickets are $25-27, which includes a souvenir beer stein. VIP tickets available. Sunday is family day with games, music and acitvities from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Antique Alley Texas - , TX - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
30+ miles of a biannual community FLEAMARKET

Houston Hot Sauce Festival - Houston, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
A showcase of award winning food products from mild to hot.

Jazz’SAlive - San Antonio, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest - Montgomery, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music and lots more.  Lots of family activities.  Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Street.

St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest - Waxahachie, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
St Joseph Catholic School hosts this one day annual festival thirty minutes south of Dallas. German food and BBQ, biergarten, 40+ vendor booths. Kinderfest with children’s games such as basketball shoot, skeeball, Star Wars laser tag, plinko, fish pond and horserace. Raffle with prizes. Free admission and free parking. Location: Waxahachie Civic Center

Whitestone Brewery Oktoberfest Kick Off Weekend - Cedar Park, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016

Jorg’s Café Vienna Oktoberfest - Plano, TX - Sep 17 to Oct 8, 2016

Texas State Forest Festival - Lufkin, TX - Sep 21 to Sep 25, 2016

Dallas Carnival - Dallas, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 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 - Richardson, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
Celebrating ten years of salsa music and dancing.

Fantastic Fest - Austin, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 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.

Oktoberfest Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2016
Last year’s description: Oktoberfest, zie fest with zie best, is back in Fort Worth! Join us Thursday, September 24th through Saturday, September 26th at Panther Island Pavilion for an authentic German celebration with just the right amount of Texas thrown in to make it our own. You’ll find authentic German food, music, dancing, games, biergartens, dachshund races, as well as Spaten and other Fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival - Galveston, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 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.

Greek Festival of Dallas - Dallas, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Remember the fun in all things Greek at this food festival.

Plano Balloon Festival - Plano, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 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.

Texas Tribune Festival - Austin, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
An annual event where politicians explore the state’s most pressing issues.

Wizard World Comic Con Austin - Austin, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Where pop culture comes to life at the Austin Convention Center.

Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest - Fort Bliss, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is organizing this event that has traditionally been run by the German air force. About 1500 are expected to attend on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $35 each. Price gets you a traditional German meal and beer stein. Must purchase beer separately. Sunday is a free family day and open to all ages.

McKinney Oktoberfest - McKinney, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Family friendly event with German food, music, drinks and children’s activities. The “beer garden” is 14 blocks in the Historic Downtown square. The event will go on Friday night from 4 to 11 PM, on Saturday from 10 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.

Cajun Festival - Lakehills, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
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.

Smoked Dallas - Dallas, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A deliciously curated BBQ and music fest at Main Street Garden Park.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Austin, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
The state’s largest craft beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.

Texas Mead Fest - Montgomery, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Live music, family fun, Texas mead tasting, and Amateur Homebrew competition. 

Pecan Jam - San Saba, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Kolache Fest - Hallettsville, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Columbus Hall. Lots of eating contest and unique foods. Enjoy the festivals parade for kids through downtown Halletsville. Live music including polka bands.

Oktoberfest Houston - Houston, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Race for the Cure Austin - Austin, TX - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016

Texas Rice Festival - Winnie, TX - Sep 28 to 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, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016
7th annual music festival will be held Labor Day Weekend at the Four Sisters Ranch.

Gruene Music and Wine Fest - New Braunfels, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 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.

Alamo Beer Company - San Antonio, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016

GACC South Oktoberfest - Houston, TX - Sep 29 to Sep 29, 2016
Traditional German food and Saint Arnold’s beer. Open bar, food buffet and live music. Limited to 300 guests. Hours are 7 PM to 10 PM.

Texas State Fair - Dallas, TX - Sep 30 to Oct 23, 2016
This fair commemorates 130 years of celebrating all things Texan by honoring agriculture and livestock.

Waco Cultural Arts Fest - Waco, TX - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
White Linen Night fundraiser, dance and music festival, art show, WordFest and ScienceFest.

Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.

Oktoberfest Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg, TX - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
If you are looking for an Austin Oktoberfest, we encourage you to check out the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, located 90 minutes east of Austin. It will celebrate its 36th annual event in 2016 with three stages of oompah music, German bier tent, Kinder Park area for kids, arts & crafts, domino tournament and the chicken dance. Location: 100 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX

Aubrey Peanut Festival, Texas - Aubrey, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The 31st 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.

Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival - Spring, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 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. 

Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta - Sugar Land, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 9, 2016
Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land, Texas.

Rahr Oktoberfest 5K - Fort Worth, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
5k run/walk, live German polka and beer garden to benefit Fort Worth Police Officers’ Foundation. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas

Surftoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Lake Highlands Oktoberfest - Lake Highlands, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
6th annual event brought to you by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Live music, biergarten, food and kids activity area. Be there for tapping the keg.

Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest - De Kalb, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Held annually on the first Saturday in October. Kickoff the event with the Firemen’s pancake breakfast. There’s a parade, talent show, beauty pageant, street dance, classic car exhibit, gymnastics demonstration, carnival, Kids Korner, Lollie Moser Memorial Art Show, Quilts Expo and face painting.

Fry Street 5K and Oktoberfest - Denton, TX - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
10th annual event.

Floresville Peanut Festival - Floresville, TX - Oct 4 to Oct 8, 2016
Carnival, games, parade, pageant, live entertainment and more during the second full weekend in October.

Bliss Blues & Cue – Fort Bliss, TX - Fort Bliss, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016

Cuero Turkeyfest - Cuero, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 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.

Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor - San Antonio, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2016
October 7-8 & 14-15, 2016

King’s Oktoberfest - Pearland, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Huge Oktoberfest party in Pearland! Food, Fun. Bier plus live music! Ceremonial keg tapping, jousting and strong man competitions. Oktoberfest photo booth too!

Oktoberfest Granbury - Granbury, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
3 day event this year, October 7, 8, & 9, to be held on Houston Street just off the courthouse square, free to the public, continuous live music,german food and beverages, arts and craft vendors, family fun, contests and prizes.

Oktoberfest Southlake - Southlake, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
100,000 were expected at the 14th annual Texas Oktoberfest in 2015 with food, beverages, arts & crafts, live music, children’s area and wiener dog race.

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival - Chappell Hill, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 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.

Floydada Punkin Day - Floydada, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
An annual celebration in the Pumpkin Capital of Texas.

Katy Rice Harvest Festival - Katy, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
This year marks the 36th 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.

Light the Night Walk - Houston, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
A fundraising walk to to help fund cures for blood cancers.

Oktoberfest By the Bay - Texas City, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Memorial Lutheran Church will hold its 16th annual event from 11am to 6pm. There will be German food, cold beer, silent auction and raffles. For kids, there will be games, face ainting, train rides, moonwalk and slides.Free admission and parking.

Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend - Todd Mission, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
German music, dancing, bratwurst and steins of beer take over the Texas Renaissance Festival for the second weekend in October. Keg tapping, parade, and three contests for stein holding, bratwurst eating and the Bavarian costume contest. Location: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363

Austin Film Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 20, 2016
23rd annual event. Film pass permits access to 180 premieres, indie films, narrative and documentary competition, shorts program and more.

Grapeland Peanut Festival - Grapeland, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016
70th annual event features a carnival, parade, concert at City Park, and the homecoming game at Sandie Stadium.

Harvest Moon Regatta - Seabrook, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016
Yachts sail to Port Arsansas under an October full moon.

Houston Italian Festival - Houston, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
Live music and lots of fun like a Bocce Tournament, Pasta Eating, classic car show, and kids fun.

Texas Rose Festival - Tyler, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
Amazing displays of Tyler Rose blooms.  Located at 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas.

Banger’s Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
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.

Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival - Brownsville, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
A small jazz festival running for nearly two decades that hosts world class touring artists.

Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Enjoy catfish and cajun food dishes as well as a carnival, three stages of live music, pageant, car show and kid zone.

Lone Star Storytelling Festival - Frisco, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Experience the magic of storytelling.  Held at the Frisco Public Library.  Features a wide selection of authors and book signings.

Needville Harvest Fest - Needville, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Thousands visit Harvest Park on the third Saturday in October for a BBQ cook-off, pageants, 5K fun run and other activities.

Harvest Festival - Woodville, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016

MuckFest - Houston, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest - Mesquite, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
A decorated pumpkin contest, haunted house, carnival games and children’s activities.

ParkFest - Celina, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
This event is replacing the Celina Balloon Festival.

Whitesboro Peanut Festival - Whitesboro, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Free admission to this family friendly carnival with parade, car show and live entertainment.

German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest - , TX - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

East Texas Yamboree - Gilmer, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2016
Activities at Yamboree Park, Courthouse Square, Gilmer Elementary, and Wesley House.

Zest in the West - Houston, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 19, 2016
Enjoy culinary offerings as restaurants compete for the Best of Zest Culinary Award.

Kaufman Scarecrow Festival - Kaufman, TX - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016

LEGO KidsFest Texas - Houston, TX - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
An entertainment-packed family event centered around LEGO building and experiences.

Island Oktoberfest - Galveston, TX - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016
Authentic German food, live music, beer, games and more at this 35th annual Galveston Oktoberfest hosted by First Lutheran Church. It will run from 5 to 11 PM on Friday night and 11 AM to 11 PM on Satuday. Admission is free.

Festival of Pumpkins - Paris, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
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.

Hogeye Festival - Elgin, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 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, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 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 Clay Festival - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
Free admission to this event featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists.

Texas Mushroom Festival - Madisonville, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
A day of all things mushroom in the Mushroom Capital of the World.

Untapped Houston - Houston, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
A unique mix of craft beer and music.

Cotton Harvest Festival - Moody, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

AustOberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
All you can eat sausage and bier tasting event. Celebrate your German heritage in Central Texas with German beer, sausages, live music and bowling!

Muenster Oktoberfest - Muenster, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

Alamo City Comic Con - San Antonio, TX - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2016
Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Austin Beer Week - Austin, TX - Oct 28 to Nov 6, 2016

Pecan Fest - Seguin, TX - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2016

Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival - Waco, TX - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival - Harlingen, TX - Nov 2 to Nov 6, 2016
23rd annual event. Field trips, seminars, events, family activities and Birders Bazaar trade show.

Groves Pecan Festival - Groves, TX - Nov 3 to Nov 6, 2016
Live music, vendors, food, and family from an event that draws over 300,000 visitors. Located on 6th street in downtown Groves, Texas.

Wurstfest - New Braunfels, TX - Nov 4 to Nov 13, 2016
A celebration of German culture with food, German, Texan and domestic beer, live music and Bavarian entertainment, dancing, carnival rides and games.

Austin Celtic Festival - Austin, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2016
Celtic music, dances, Highland Games, dog parade, workshops and more at Fiesta Gardens.

Festival at the Switchyard - Carrollton, TX - Nov 5 to 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.

Texas Book Festival  - Austin, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2016
21st anniversary event. More than 250 authors will attend. Admission is free. The event is held at the State Capitol.

Edgewood Heritage Festival - Edgewood, TX - Nov 12 to Nov 12, 2016

Austin Empty Bowl Project - Austin, TX - Nov 20 to Nov 20, 2016

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.

Past Events

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!

September 2015:

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

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

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. 

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

October 2015:

Bravest Race – Dallas, TX – Oct 3, 2015

San Saba River Pecan Jam – San Saba, TX – October 17, 2015

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.

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.

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

November 2015:

Austin Beer Week – Austin, TX – October 21 – Nov 1, 2015

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Austin, TX – Nov 15, 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

Austin Empty Bowl Project – Nov 22, 2015


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


  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.

  2. Wow – so surprised by the negative comments. This is a great resource and I appreciate you putting it up for us all!

  3. As a communication tech major, I have to say I agree myself with the negative comments. Accessibility should be a web designers most important consideration.

    I appreciate the information myself, but if I were doing this as a profession (communicating via web) I would want to coax my users to return by giving them a pleasant user experience that makes them RETURNING users of my site.

    Very tedious and inconvenient user experience. Needs responsive design modifications as well.

    But this is constructive criticism of course.

  4. Hi all – This is Rob and I run Funtober. I’ve previously handled these comments by backchannel replies and emails. But I feel a few public comments at this point are necessary.

    1) Funtober is run by fewer people than you think. There is thus a time trade-off to everything that we do. If I am improving the UI/UX, then I am not gathering more festival dates. If I am personally figuring out which festivals are “paid” and which are “free” (sometimes an impossible task), then I am not working on our pumpkin patches, or halloween events, or something else.

    2) Funtober isn’t profitable. Over the past five years running this website, I’m positive that it has net cost me money. We’re probably going to make a few dollars this year, but to this point I have helped more than 5 million people find events between September and November annually and there has been no fee for this service. This means that I can’t just pay money to a developer and add features.

    3) Susan, Jessica and future visitors – The current cost to add the features that Susan mentions is $10,000. I take Paypal.

    4) Sarina – At this point, redesigning Funtober is easily a $50K to $100K project. It is easy to make a responsive 10 page website as a class project. It is much tougher to do so on a live business site that has 5000+ pages and gets 1 million visitors in a month. Because of #1 and #2 above, it wasn’t feasible to fix the glaring errors this year. And my budget doesn’t allow it. I’ve been planning to fix them in 2017 on my weekends. Why don’t you put me together a list of all of the errors and a proposal to redo the website. I’ll give you access to a copy of the database, my analytics from 5 years of visitors and 3 months to redesign everything to have an amazing UI/UX experience. If it doesn’t suck, it is completed on time and it does what we need it to do (I will put together a list for you of the other requirements), then you’ll get paid. My email is [email protected]. I’m even open to proposals on how we determine whether it sucks or not – because I’m pretty sure that you dove in a pool here that is way, way over your head. This is just some constructive criticism though.

    Everyone who is still reading: I try to read every comment on my website and email in my inbox. There are a lot over the years. I value each of them, which is why I have published all of the above and left them up for the past five years. These comments are by no means the worst I have ever seen – the emails I get after I send out something to my email list can be downright nasty. So I hope you have read my reply here with the friendly, informative and fun tone that I intended. It’s three days before Halloween 2016 and even being told that my site isn’t a “pleasant user experience” couldn’t bring me down.

    However, although I appreciate the constructive feedback here so far, please in the future do so privately to me personally at [email protected].

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