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.

Sun City Music Festival – El Paso, TX – September 5-6, 2015

Supernatural Convention – Dallas, TX – Sept 11-13, 2015

Washington County Fair – Brenham, TX – September 11-19, 2015
Texas Gatorfest – Anahuac, TX – September 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

Celina Balloon Festival – Celina, TX – September 12-13, 2015

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

Salado’s Chocolate & Wine Weekend – Salado, TX – September 18-20, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival – Old Town Spring, TX – October 3-4, 2015.  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. 

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

Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 8-11, 2015.  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.

Houston Italian Festival – Houston, TX – October 8-11, 2015.  Live music and lots of fun like a Bocce Tournament, Pasta Eating, classic car show, and kids fun.

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

Cuero Turkeyfest – Cuero, TX – October 9-11, 2015.  43rd 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 10, 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.

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival – Chappell Hill, Texas – October 10-11, 2015.  Celebrating their 38th 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.

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.

Grapeland Peanut Festival – Grapeland, TX – October 15-17, 2015.  7th annual event features a carnival, parade, concert at City Park, and the homecoming game at Sandie Stadium.

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.

Needville Harvest Fest – Needville, TX – October 16-17, 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.

Lone Star Storytelling Festival – Frisco, Texas – October 16-17, 2015.  Experience the magic of storytelling.  Held at the Frisco Public Library.  Features a wide selection of authors and book signings.

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.

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.

Taste Texas – Fredericksburg, Texas – October 24, 2015.  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.

Hogeye Festival – Elgin, TX – October 24, 2015

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.

Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta – Sugar Land, TX – Oct 24-25, 2015.  Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land, 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 for updates.

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.

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

Edgewood Heritage Festival – Edgewood, 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.
Fiesta Latinoamericana! – Dallas, TX – September 28, 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
Floydada Punkin Day – Floydada, TX – October 11, 2014
Chipotle Cultivate Festival – Dallas, TX – October 18, 2014
 Pecan Fest & Heritage Days, Texas – Seguin, TX – October 25, 2014
Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival – Brownsville, TX – October 10-12, 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

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


  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!

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