Texas has one of the largest lists of fall festivals in 2022. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2022 has things to do across Texas including activities near Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more. If you are looking for things to do this fall, this is a great place to start.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events, including all Thanksgiving events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Austin Celtic Festival - Austin, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2022
Celtic music, dances, Highland Games, dog parade, workshops and more at Fiesta Gardens.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!
Animania Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, TX -
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Cosplay, panels, vendors and artists for multi-genre fans of comics, anime, scifi, pop culture, gaming, fantasy, art, literature and more.
Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor - San Antonio, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 13, 2018
Friday and Saturday for 2 weekends!
Crandall Cotton Festival - Crandall, TX - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Live bands, amusement rides, hot dog eating contest, and more.
El Paso Oktoberfest - El Paso, TX - Sep 7, 2019
Enjoy live music, German food and beer!
Strut Your Mutt Austin - Austin, TX - Sep 14, 2019
Strut Your Mutt is a fun dog walk and fundraising event that raises money to help save the lives of homeless pets, supporting your choice of one of hundreds of participating shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare groups. There are Strut your Mutt events across the country.
Dallas Salsa Congress - Richardson, TX - Sep 19 to Sep 22, 2019
Salsa & Bachata/Kizomba festival with amazing social dancing, eye catching shows and performances. Workshops from the best instructors in the world
Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest - Walburg, TX - Sep 20, 2019
Live entertainment, family friendly, and beer garden
Gartenfest - San Antonio, TX - Sep 20, 2019
An evening in an outdoor Biergarten featuring a German band just wouldn’t feel right without some authentic food and beer to go with it. Beethoven’s food line will offer its usual array of bratwurst, Reuben sandwiches, goulash, Leberkäse and potato salad. Beethoven also has a full selection of German and craft beers in our clubroom and back bar, along with wine available by the bottle or by the glass
Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival - Waco, TX - Sep 21, 2019
20th annual. Taste more than 200 wines and sample food from 30+ restaurants. It is the major fundraiser of the Humane Society of Central Texas for its community services, life-saving programs and day-to-day shelter operations.
Upland Oktoberfest – Fountain Square - Houston, TX - Sep 21, 2019
You can expect a German based food menu with plenty of Bavarian-inspired dishes, traditional live music, and plenty of beer to be flowing. And what’s Oktoberfest without an authentic Lager in a beer stein?
Texas Hot Sauce Festival - Houston, TX - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Smoked BBQ Fest - Dallas, TX - Sep 21, 2019
Alamo Beer Company Oktoberfest - San Antonio, TX - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2019
In line with authentic Oktoberfest tradition, the festivities kick off Friday with a tapping of the keg by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. They’ll have live German music all 3 days, clogging performances, Bavarian food offerings, and a full selection of Alamo beers—including their Oktoberfest Marzenbier—on tap
Strut Your Mutt Houston - Houston, TX - Sep 28, 2019
Strut Your Mutt is a fun dog walk and fundraising event that raises money to help save the lives of homeless pets, supporting your choice of one of hundreds of participating shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare groups. There are Strut your Mutt events across the country.
AustOberfest - Austin, TX - Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: All you can eat sausage and bier tasting event. Celebrate your German heritage in Central Texas with German beer, sausages, live music and bowling!
Surftoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 5, 2019
Outdoor fall festival with food, live music, and beer, plus a stein holding compeition, lederhosen contest, arts & crafts, and more!
West Hickory Street 5K and Oktoberfest - Denton, TX - Oct 5, 2019
The day kicks off with a 5K and costume contest, followed by live music, food, weiner dog races, stein hoists, beer and more! Formerly Fry Street Oktoberfest.
Grapeland Peanut Festival - Grapeland, TX - Oct 17 to Oct 19, 2019
Features a carnival, parade, concert at City Park, and the homecoming game at Sandie Stadium.
NXNW Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2019
Bouncy house and other kids activities, artisan booths, bratwurst and hot dog eating contests, beer stein holding contest, and German food and beer!
Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 19, 2019
German food & drinks, children’s activities, music and crafts
Texas Mead Fest - Seguin, TX - Oct 19, 2019
Coming in February 2022. We’ll keep it up here a bit longer to see if they move it back to the fall. Description: Live music, family fun, Texas mead tasting, and Amateur Homebrew competition.
Cotton Harvest Festival - Moody, TX - Oct 26, 2019
Parade, pie eating contest and auction, car smash, kids zone, car show, donut eating contest, live entertainment and more.
Alamo City Comic Con - San Antonio, TX - Nov 1 to Nov 3, 2019
Held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.
Anime Sekai - Abilene, TX - Jul 31 to Aug 2, 2020
The word “Sekai” is Japanese for “World” – they want to bring the experience of stepping into a world of anime full of cosplay, music, fashion, anime, art, games, contests, events and collectibles, over $1,000 in cash awards and giveaways, and more
Anime Austin - Austin, TX - Aug 21 to Aug 20, 2020
Canceled for 2020/21, tickets and exhibitor spaces transferred to 2022 unless you want a refund (more information on the event website). Normally: Anime Austin has been called the best anime and culture convention in Austin. Enjoy a 3 day convention filled with anime, art, and culture.
Old Smokey Cook-off - Texas City, TX - Sep 12, 2020
A day of family fun and competitive cooking awaits you on downtown 6th Street, with proceeds of the Old Smokey Cook-Off benefitting El Mina Shrine Children’s Hospital
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival - Spring, TX - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally:Come out to Old Town Spring and enjoy great Texas wine and original art. Lots of artists and 150 quaint shops.
Houston Italian Festival - Houston, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 11, 2020
Live music and lots of fun like a Bocce Tournament, Pasta Eating, classic car show, and kids fun.
Gruene Music and Wine Fest - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Four days with four distinct and different type festivals in one, including a craft beer event. Sunday includes a Texas Style Musicfest. Located at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine Grounds.
Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta - Sugar Land, TX - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land, Texas.
Zest in the West - Houston, TX - Oct 21, 2020
Enjoy culinary offerings as restaurants compete for the Best of Zest Culinary Award.
Night Nation Run – Dallas - Arlington, TX - Oct 24, 2020
The world’s first running music festival, supporting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), will feature DJs on a main stage, plus party zones along the route with DJs, dancers, light shows, selfie stations, and Glow Gear giveaways!
Christmas in the Square - Frisco, TX - Nov 27 to Jan 4, 2021
The largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas are in Frisco. The Holiday lights and music will run daily 6-10 PM. This show is free to the public. Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square.
AnimeFest and GameFest - Dallas, TX - Jul 31, 2021
Free virtual event on Twitch for 2021. Normally: AnimeFest has offerings for fans of anime, manga, games and other pop culture offerings, including an art show, autographs, charity auction, cosplay, dances, panels and workshops, video contest, library, gaming, and more. GameFest is for those who love board games, tabletop RPGs, video games and more. World Fandom operates AnimeFest and GameFest on the same weekend at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, and is supported by memberships whose primary benefit is admission to both events. Annual memberships are sold in the months leading up to the event, with discounts available to those who order early. Youth (8-12) and child (0-7) memberships and adult one-day memberships are also available.
Washington County Fair - Brenham, TX - Aug 29 to Sep 18, 2021
The oldest county fair in Texas, established in 1868.
San Japan - San Antonio, TX - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2021
Over 18,000 attendees came in 2018, with non-stop programming for 3 days straight. Located at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel, and the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX. Since 2008.
Texas Gatorfest - Anahuac, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Gator burgers, alligator wings and more!
Miles Cotton Fest - Miles, TX - Sep 11, 2021
Enjoy brisket, arts/crafts, a concert and more in this small town in West Texas.
Dallas Carnival - Grand Prairie, TX - Sep 15 to Sep 19, 2021
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.
GrapeFest - Grapevine, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2021
Annual event for over 30 years. 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 16 to Sep 19, 2021
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 State Forest Festival - Lufkin, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2021
Kick off parade followed by competitions, carnival, and live entertainment. Competitions include a hush puppy festival, so if you’ve got the secret ingredient for the best hushpuppies, enter for your chance to win! The carnival operates on a wristband basis, with wristband prices between $20-$25/day.
Antique Alley Texas - , TX - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
40+ miles of a biannual community flea market, including the communities of Grandview, Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Sand Flat, Keene, Venus, and Waxahachie.
Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest - Fort Bliss, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
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.
Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival - Tomball, TX - Sep 18, 2021
Celebrate the history, the legacy and the future of Texas blues at the inaugural Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival
Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival - Montgomery, TX - Sep 18, 2021
Huge mushroom exhibit (over 300 species), live music, hayrides, cider booth, guided nature walks, kids booth, scarecrow contest and more! Free parking and free shuttle from 10th and High St in Eugene.
Halfway to St Patricks at the Beethoven - San Antonio, TX - Sep 18, 2021
Food and beer (including Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Harps), plus Irish dancers, live music, and pipes and drums
Plano Balloon Festival - Plano, TX - Sep 19, 2021
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 20 to Sep 25, 2021
An annual event where politicians explore the state’s most pressing issues.
Fantastic Fest - Austin, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 30, 2021
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 23 to Sep 25, 2021
Oktoberfest, zie fest with zie best, is back in Fort Worth! Join us 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.
Banger’s Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
Texas State Fair - Dallas, TX - Sep 24 to Oct 17, 2021
This fair commemorates 130+ years of celebrating all things Texan by honoring agriculture and livestock.
Jazz’SAlive - San Antonio, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Food, art, jam sessions, and two stages of live music.
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival - Galveston, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Two days of shrimp, music, and fun in Galveston. Event activities include a fried shrimp dinner at the VIP sponsor party, shrimp gumbo cook-off with gumbo tasting, 5k, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, live music, vendors and a strand merchant walk-about!
McKinney Oktoberfest - McKinney, TX - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Family friendly event with German food, music, drinks and childrens activities. The “beer garden” is 14 blocks in the Historic Downtown square. Since 2008.
Whitestone Brewery Oktoberfest - Cedar Park, TX - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
For 2021, two days of fun. Normally: Beer tastings, bingo, pretzel making class, live music, beer olympics and more over two weeks.
Rahr Oktoberfest 5K - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 25, 2021
5k run/walk and 10k run, followed by live German polka and beer garden to benefit Fort Worth Police Officers’ Foundation. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas
Groves Pecan Festival - Groves, TX - Sep 25, 2021
Live music, art, vendors, food, and family from an event that draws over 300,000 visitors. Located in downtown Groves, Texas.
Medina Lake Cajun Festival - Lakehills, TX - Sep 25, 2021
The Medina Lake Cajun Festival started in 1981 as the Great Gumbo Cookoff, which over time became larger, received state and national recognition, and added more activities. Enjoy Cajun food, Cajun bands from all around Louisiana, dancing, and the ever popular gumbo cookoff.
Kolache Fest - Hallettsville, TX - Sep 25, 2021
Lots of eating contests and unique foods. Enjoy the parade through downtown Halletsville, plus live music including polka bands, arts & craft vendors, BBQ cook-off and more.
De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest - De Kalb, TX - Sep 25 to Oct 3, 2021
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. Events on the previous Saturday (last Saturday of September) include chili cook off, softball tournament cornhole tournament and 5k. There is also a carnival over Oktoberfest weekend (F-Sun).
Texas Rice Festival - Winnie, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2021
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.
Oktoberfest Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
40th anniversary. 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 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
Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 10, 2021
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.
Lone Star Gourd Festival - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Come enjoy the artistry and craftsmanship of the Gourd Society at their annual festival – you’ll hardly believe the modest beginnings each piece at as a simple gourd!
Muenster Oktoberfest - Muenster, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Stein hoisting competition, .5k beer run, dirndl and lederhosen, weiner dog race, tapping of the keg, food and more
King’s Oktoberfest - Houston, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 24, 2021
Two weekends, one at Houston and one at League City.. Huge Oktoberfest party in Pearland! Food, Fun. Bier plus live music! Ceremonial keg tapping, jousting and strong man competitions. Oktoberfest photo booth too!
Bike MS Valero Ride to the River - San Antonio, TX - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Aubrey Peanut Festival, Texas - Aubrey, TX - Oct 2, 2021
Have fun at the horseshoe tournament, parade, chef contest, peanut spitting, and lots more fun. Held at the Festival Grounds on Main Street Aubrey
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – DFW - Bartonville, TX - Oct 2, 2021
Get your wheels in motion and for the annual bicycle event and ride through some of the most picturesque and scenic terrain in Dallas. CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with route options of 30 and 60 miles. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.
Lake Highlands Oktoberfest - Dallas, TX - Oct 2, 2021
Annual event brought to you by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Live music, biergarten, food and kids activity area. Be there for the tapping of the keg.
Prospect Pumpkinfest - Prosper, TX - Oct 2, 2021
The lineup of entertainment includes live music, a kid zone with games and inflatables, shopping, food trucks and PUMPKINS galore!
Floresville Peanut Festival - Floresville, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2021
Carnival, games, parade, pageant, live entertainment and more during the second full weekend in October.
Cuero Turkeyfest - Cuero, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Features a BBQ Cook-off, foods, arts and crafts, carnival, parade, kids events, live entertainment and more. Held near Cuero Park Municipal Golf Course.
Katy Rice Harvest Festival - Katy, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Features two stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths and family fun. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest on Friday night to kickoff the weekend! Held in historic Downtown Katy between Avenues A and C, 2nd and 3rd Streets.
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Enjoy catfish and cajun food dishes as well as a carnival, three stages of live music, pageant, car show and kid zone.
Oktoberfest Granbury - Granbury, TX - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
3 day event to be held 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.
Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend - Todd Mission, TX - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
German music, dancing, bratwurst and steins of beer take over the Texas Renaissance Festival for the weekend. Keg tapping, parade, and three contests for stein holding, bratwurst eating and the Bavarian costume contest. Location: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission, TX - Oct 9 to Nov 28, 2021
Since 1974, there’s been a magical kingdom just at the edge of the Greater Houston area, where guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights. Explore the past every Saturday and Sunday between September and November!
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 9, 2021
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the German-Texan Heritage Society from 11am – 7pm. Come and enjoy some Gemuetlichkeit, German food and beer as well as live bands.
Floydada Punkin Day - Floydada, TX - Oct 9, 2021
An annual celebration in the Pumpkin Capital of Texas. Start out the day with a 5k, then explore vendor booths, BBQ and chili cook-off, costume contest, live entertainment, games for all, bingo, rodeo at the end of the day.
Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival - Chappell Hill, TX - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Over 250 exhibitors featuring home decor, gardening, artists, craftsman, jewelry, clothing and fabulous foods, plus live entertainment, music, and family activities.
Chalk the Block - El Paso, TX - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Since its inception as a one-day festival in 2008, CTB has quickly become one of El Pasos premiere events and the largest FREE three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing more than 40,000 people annually. In 2019, CTB is celebrating 12 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an out of this world experience for its attendees. Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy. The event features: Temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors, access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and more!
Celina Oktoberfest - Celina, TX - Oct 9, 2021
Amazing eats, shopping, live entertainment, and hourly kid and adult activities.
Utopia Fest Down in the Oaks - Burnet, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2021
Music festival on a sprawling private ranch near Burnet, promising no overlapping music and a place to disconnect and rejuvenate. Camping, workshops and other activities are available.
Lone Star Storytelling Festival - Frisco, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2021
Experience the magic of storytelling. Held at the Frisco Public Library and features a wide selection of authors and book signings.
Texas Rose Festival - Tyler, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 17, 2021
Amazing displays of Tyler Rose blooms, plus art shws, parade, luncheons, and more.
Waco Cultural Arts Fest - Waco, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
Several events throughout Waco – Artfest, Dancefest, Wordfest, Filmfest, Sciencefest and Musicfest
Oktoberfest Southlake - Southlake, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
100,000 are expected at this free annual Texas Oktoberfest with food, beverages, arts & crafts, live music, childrens area and wiener dog race.
Needville Harvest Fest - Needville, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
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 15 to Oct 16, 2021
Exhibitors, presenters, displays, performances, and more, with participants dressed in period costumes demonstrating period skills. Music and dancing, food, photo contest and more.
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
Music festival and chili cook-off brings lots of people to the Farmers Branch Historical Park. One of the best bluegrass events of the year.
Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival - Brownsville, TX - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
A small jazz festival running for over two decades that hosts world class touring artists.
The Kingwood Oktoberfest - Kingwood, TX - Oct 16, 2021
German food and music
Texas Mushroom Festival - Madisonville, TX - Oct 16, 2021
A day of all things mushroom in the Mushroom Capital of the World. Food vendors, wine tasting, biergarten, 5k and kids run, car show, live entertainment, art and photography contests, silent auction and more.
Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest - Mesquite, TX - Oct 16, 2021
A decorated pumpkin contest, haunted house, carnival games and children’s activities, plus live jousting and archery show, storytelling, contests and more! Now held at Valley Creek Park.
Whitesboro Peanut Festival - Whitesboro, TX - Oct 16, 2021
Free admission to this family friendly carnival with parade, car show and live entertainment.
St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest - Waxahachie, TX - Oct 16, 2021
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.
East Texas Yamboree - Gilmer, TX - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2021
Activities at Yamboree Park, Courthouse Square, Gilmer Elementary, and Wesley House. This is one of the longest running events in Texas, with well over 100,000 people attending each year to enjoy rides, Queen’s Coronation pageant, barn dance with live country music, parade, gospel singing, vendors, art & photography shows, food, football, and more.
Harvest Moon Regatta - Seabrook, TX - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2021
Yachts sail to Port Arsansas under an October full moon.
Taste Texas - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2021
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 - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2021
A free, small town family friendly festival with BBQ pork cook-off, carnival, car show, beer/wine garden, arts/crafts and children’s activities.
Austin Film Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 21 to Oct 28, 2021
Film pass permits access to 180 premieres, indie films, narrative and documentary competition, shorts program and more.
Oktoberfest Houston - Houston, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
Head to Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park for Houston’s only Beer Fest with a German twist. Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls and enjoy a variety of German and Craft beer with some of the best polka music in Texas. Portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profit, Play for Life Houston.
Island Oktoberfest - Galveston, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
Authentic German food, live music, beer, games and more at this annual Galveston Oktoberfest hosted by First Lutheran Church. It will run from 5 to 10 PM on Friday night and 11 AM to 10 PM on Satuday. Admission is free.
Kaufman Oktoberfest - Kaufman, TX - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
The Kaufman Sports Complex will be filled with arts and crafts, retail, demonstrations, local businesses, antiques, games and amusement, and food vendors. Featured entertainment include live bands, kid zone, and beer tent.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 23, 2021
Featuring live music, food trucks, and beer sampling from 90 small and independent Texas craft breweries!
Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 23, 2021
The state’s largest craft beer event focuses exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer. 21+ event at Fiesta Gardens. Since 2003.
Festival of Pumpkins - Paris, TX - Oct 23, 2021
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.
Texas Clay Festival - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 23 to Oct 24, 2021
Free admission to this event featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists.
Texas Book Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 23 to Oct 31, 2021
More than 250 authors will attend. Admission is free. The event is held at the State Capitol.
More than Pink Walk – Austin - Austin, TX - Oct 24, 2021
Walk/run to raise funds for the Susan G Koman breast cancer foundation.
Walk4Hearing Houston - Houston, TX - Oct 24, 2021
Empowers and inspires those affected by hearing loss while raising money for national and local programs that provide information, education, support, and advocacy. Vendors will be on site to provide resources for individuals and families affected by hearing loss.
Freaky Deaky Texas - Baytown, TX - Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2021
Pecan Fest - Seguin, TX - Oct 30, 2021
Family friendly event across a variety of venues celebrating the pecan heritage of the community, including a pub crawl, 90 vendors, arts and crafts and more.
Light the Night Walk – The Woodlands - The Woodlands, TX - Oct 30, 2021
A set of fundraising walks to to help fund cures for blood cancers, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, one takes place at Town Green Park in the Woodlands and the other at Hermann Square at City Hall, Houston.
Light the Night Walk – Houston - Houston, TX - Oct 30, 2021
A fundraising walk to help fund cures for blood cancers, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, takes place at Hermann Square Park at City Hall
Wurstfest - New Braunfels, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 14, 2021
A celebration of German culture with food, German, Texan and domestic beer, live music and Bavarian entertainment, dancing, carnival rides and games.
Greek Festival of Dallas - Dallas, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 7, 2021
Remember the fun in all things Greek at this food festival.
Festival at the Switchyard - Carrollton, TX - Nov 6, 2021
A free event with family-friendly concerts, beer garden, food, and shopping attended by over 27,000 in recent years – honors the critical role played by the railroad in the community.
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival - Harlingen, TX - Nov 10, 2021
Field trips, seminars, events, family activities and Birders Bazaar trade show.
Anime Dallas - Grapevine, TX - Nov 12 to Nov 14, 2021
Three days of fun and cosplay including a formal dance, cosplay masquerade, anime screenings, video games, autograph signings, Q&A panels, art show, and more! Held at the Hyatt Regency DFW.
Frostival at the Rink at Discovery Green - Houston, TX - Nov 12, 2021
Ice skating, demonstration of chainsaw ice carving, live music, and more at Discovery Green
The ICE at Discovery Green - Houston, TX - Nov 12 to Jan 30, 2022
Following Frostival opening day, enjoy ice skating at Discovery Green through January.
Holiday Lights on the River Walk - San Antonio, TX - Nov 12 to Jan 10, 2022
Spectacular display of over 100,000 lights (2,250 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk. Dusk to dawn
Edgewood Heritage Festival - Edgewood, TX - Nov 13, 2021
Features an artisan village, antique tractors and classic cars, Old West reenacting and blacksmithing demonstrations, live music, bake sale, pinto bean cookoff, carnival food, children’s activities and more!
Gingerbread Stroll - Dallas, TX - Nov 19 to Nov 30, 2021
Stroll and bid on 10 incredible gingerbread houses displayed at Highland Park Village merchants. Raises money for Community Partners of Dallas
Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo - San Antonio, TX - Nov 19 to Jan 2, 2022
As the animals sleep for the night, the zoo comes alive with lights and other holiday magic. Enjoy two 32-foot LED trees, the Holiday Sing Along Express train, and more.
Travis Park Ice Rink - San Antonio, TX - Nov 19 to Jan 17, 2022
Holiday Parade on Broadway - San Antonio, TX - Nov 20, 2021
The Fun Run start is at 5:30pm, followed immediately by the parade, from the Alamo Heights High School parking lot at the corner of E Castano Ave and Broadway St. The Fun Run and parade will proceed across Broadway St along Castano Ave and then proceed south onto Alamo Heights Blvd; and ends at the intersection of Alamo Heights Blvd and Argo Ave. Everyone is welcome to an after-parade party for kid-friendly fun in the parking lot of the Alamo Heights Pool.
Light the Way Holiday Festival - San Antonio, TX - Nov 20, 2021
Enjoy live music, food trucks, Shoppers’ Lane, childrens’ activities, meet and greets with Santa, and of course, a million twinkling lights and a fireworks display to end the night.
Holiday in the Gardens at Moody Gardens - Galveston, TX - Nov 20 to Jan 2, 2022
Austin Empty Bowl Project - Austin, TX - Nov 21, 2021
Virtual for 2021. Sunday before Thanksgiving. Select your bowl from thousands of locally made ceramic bowls, fill it with gourmet soup and bread from area restaurants, and enjoy live music while you eat. Your $25 donation goes to help hungry kids, and you get to keep the bowl.
Fort Worth Parade of Lights - Fort Worth, TX - Nov 21, 2021
Steps off at 6pm. It’s an evening filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade.
Thanksgiving Eve at Howl at the Moon San Antonio - San Antonio, TX - Nov 24, 2021
Turkey is good, but booze is better! Celebrate the long holiday weekend with some live music, dancing and drinks, with featured drinks, games, dancing and a great night out!
Thanksgiving with Santa at the Children’s Museum of Houston - Houston, TX - Nov 24, 2021
Selfies with Santa – Kick off the holiday season. Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s time to get jolly. Celebrate the season and make it nice with the man of the hour, Santa Claus! This is your chance to tell him how nice you’ve been this year. Dress for the occasion and don’t forget your smile!
NFL @ at Dallas Cowboys - Arlington, TX - Nov 25, 2021
2021 – the Cowboys take on the Raiders at 3:30pm
H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade - Houston, TX - Nov 25, 2021
The 72nd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 9 a.m. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, this event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country. Each year, several hundred thousand Houstonians line the streets to cheer on participants. The parade will traverse over 20 city blocks and will feature elaborate floats, colorful marching bands, high-flying balloons and other uniquely Houston entries.
Houston Turkey Trot - Houston, TX - Nov 25, 2021
The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot is an annual event that supports the mission of BakerRipley, a nonprofit that has served this region for 114 years. 10K, 5K and 1 mile fun run
Pearland Turkey Trot - Pearland, TX - Nov 25, 2021
The course starts and ends in Pearland’s Independence Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenic route as you tackle the 6 Mile, 4 Mile, 1 Mile, or Kids K event!
The Trot - Dallas, TX - Nov 25, 2021
8 mile race, 5K, Junior trot – Proceeds support the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Community Health programs for children, adults, and families.
Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot - Fort Worth, TX - Nov 25, 2021
40th annual. Since 1981, new generations of families turn out to experience the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot. When you register for the YMCA Turkey Trot, you’re signing up for more than just a race. You’re helping your neighbors in need during their most difficult times. 100% of the proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot go towards scholarships for families in our community.
L3 Turkey Day 5K & Wishbone 1K - Kingwood, TX - Nov 25, 2021
7th Annual Thanksgiving morning L3 Turkey Day 5k & Kids Wishbone 1K to celebrate a community in support of finding a cure for pediatric cancer
Turkey Trot for the San Antonio Food Bank - San Antonio, TX - Nov 25, 2021
Turkey Trot is the San Antonio Food Bank’s annual 5K Run/Walk that raises funds to help feed families during the holidays. It will start and end in front of the Commander’s House at H-E-B’s Arsenal campus(622 S. Flores St., San Antonio, Texas 78204), with the route going through downtown and the Historic King William Neighborhood.
Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting - Houston, TX - Nov 25, 2021
The holiday season will officially begin with the illumination of Uptown’s 300 custom, 20-ft. holiday trees along Post Oak Boulevard from the West Loop to Richmond Avenue. This FREE family event features festive holiday shopping and treats, unique street entertainment and the sights and sounds of the holiday season, along with a special appearance from Santa. Following the ceremonial lighting of Uptown’s holiday trees, the evening will culminate with a dazzling light show followed by an exhilarating fireworks extravaganza.
North Pole Express - Grapevine, TX - Nov 26 to Dec 23, 2021
Experience the magic of Christmas on board Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®. Join Mrs. Claus on a 40- to 45-minute holiday adventure as she takes her guests to bring Santa to the Christmas Capital of Texas®. Guests will receive a cookie baked in Mrs. Claus’s North Pole kitchens, a beautiful “We Believe” bell, and a taste of Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk (served in a keepsake Memory Mug). Grapevine is your top Christmas destination. Remember us for your Christmas getaway!
Night of Lights Parade and Christmas in Granbury - Granbury, TX - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2021
The Christmas season kicks of in Granbury with the Night of Lights Parade and continues with such fun as Santa’s House, a Candlelight tour of the square, musicals, nativities, and more.
Home for the Holidays… A McKinney Christmas - McKinney, TX - Nov 26 to Nov 28, 2021
Visits with Santa, shopping, children’s activities and more
Flea at Silver Street: Black Friday Weekend - Houston, TX - Nov 26 to Nov 28, 2021
Ford Holiday River Parade and River Lighting Ceremony - San Antonio, TX - Nov 26, 2021
The 40th Annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition that offers a spectacular one-hour parade along the San Antonio River Walk, featuring illuminated floats and costumed parade participants.
H-E-B Christmas Tree Lighting San Antonio - San Antonio, TX - Nov 26, 2021
H-E-B’s Christmas gift to the City of San Antonio, a 50-foot Christmas tree with more than 10,000 red, white and blue lights and dozens of handmade ornaments – at Travis Park
Boerne’s A Dickens Celebration - Boerne, TX - Nov 26 to Dec 19, 2021
Stroll Main Street at Dickens on Main Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy the annual Weihnachts parade the following Saturday. Two more unique weekends of fun follow including A Toast of Olde Town, perfect for a holiday date night, and Kinder Fest, filled with fun surprises for the whole family
The Nutcracker with the Houston Ballet - Houston, TX - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Bring the family back to the theater to share the joy of Clara’s magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets this holiday season! Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker is a grand spectacle of opulence and one of the most splendid versions of this holiday classic ever staged. With hundreds of roles and a myriad of exquisite details that will leave you discovering something new in every performance, Welch’s The Nutcracker is a positively joyous treat for ballet lovers of all ages. Rejoice in the return of this time-honored tradition!
Christmas in Comfort - Comfort, TX - Nov 27, 2021
Christmas in Comfort, one of the area’s most popular holiday events, will draw visitors to the Texas Hill Country for holiday shopping and family fun at the end of November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event, which started with a handful of local residents manning a few booths in the historic district, now offers more than 125 art and craft vendors and a full day of holiday activities from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parade is at 7 p.m.
H-E-B Christmas Tree Lighting Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi, TX - Nov 28, 2021
Christmas special with live music and a tree lighting countdown.
Dickens on the Strand - Galveston, TX - Dec 3 to Dec 5, 2021
Held the first weekend in December, the annual festival is a holiday tradition with great family programming, live entertainment, special events, and more.
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