Fall Texas Festivals in 2018

Texas has one of the largest lists of fall festivals in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 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 in September or October, this is a great place to start.

Austin Fall FestivalsDallas Fall FestivalsEl Paso Fall FestivalsHouston Fall FestivalsSan Antonio Fall Festivals

Last Major Update:

2018 Festivals

Lone Star Gourd Festival - Fredericksburg, TX - Aug 3 to Aug 5, 2018
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!

Crandall Cotton Festival - Crandall, TX - Sep 6 to Sep 9, 2018
Live bands, amusement rides, hot dog eating contest, and more.

Miles Cotton Fest - Miles, TX - Sep 8, 2018
Enjoy brisket, arts/crafts, a concert and more in this small town in West Texas.

GrapeFest - Grapevine, TX - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
Annual event for nearly 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.

Washington County Fair - Brenham, TX - Sep 14 to Sep 22, 2018
The oldest county fair in Texas, established in 1868.

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest - Montgomery, TX - Sep 15, 2018
Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music and lots more.  Lots of family activities.  Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Street.

Old Smokey Cook-off - Texas City, TX - Sep 15, 2018
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

Dallas Salsa Congress - Richardson, TX - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
Celebrating twelve years of salsa music and dancing.

Fantastic Fest - Austin, TX - Sep 20 to Sep 27, 2018
A genre film festival specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action movies from around the world.  Held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Addison Oktoberfest - Addison, TX - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Jazz’SAlive - San Antonio, TX - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Food, art, jam sessions, and two stages of live music.

Plano Balloon Festival - Plano, TX - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Fort Bliss MWR Oktoberfest - Fort Bliss, TX - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
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.

Antique Alley Texas - , TX - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
40+ miles of a biannual community flea market, including the communities of Grandview, Cleburne, Maypearl, Alvarado, Sand Flat, Keene, Venus, and Waxahachie.

Medina Lake Cajun Festival - Lakehills, TX - Sep 22, 2018
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.

Houston Hot Sauce Festival - Houston, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
A showcase of award winning food products from mild to hot.

Smoked Dallas - Dallas, TX - Sep 22, 2018
A deliciously curated BBQ and music fest at Main Street Garden Park.

Texas Tribune Festival - Austin, TX - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2018
An annual event where politicians explore the state’s most pressing issues.

Oktoberfest Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2018
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 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Gumbo Tasting, Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Free Boat & RV Show, 5K/ 1K Fun Run, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Live Music, Kids Area and more.

Texas State Fair - Dallas, TX - Sep 28 to Oct 21, 2018
This fair commemorates 130 years of celebrating all things Texan by honoring agriculture and livestock.

McKinney Oktoberfest - McKinney, TX - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Family friendly event with German food, music, drinks and childrens 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.

MuckFest - Parker, TX - Sep 29, 2018
Experience the muddy shenanigans, epic spills, and FUN-draising with a team in this Mud Run for the National MS Society, to raise funds towards Multiple Sclerosis research. This year’s run is in Dallas at the Southfork Ranch, on the last Saturday in September. Enjoy a free bear or soda in the MuckFestival area afterwards. Spectators are free, and little ones can play in the free Lil’ Muckers play area.

Oktoberfest Houston - Houston, TX - Sep 29, 2018

Rahr Oktoberfest 5K - Fort Worth, TX - Sep 29, 2018
5k run/walk, live German polka and beer garden to benefit Fort Worth Police Officers’ Foundation. Location: 701 Galveston, Fort Worth, Texas

Lake Highlands Oktoberfest - Lake Highlands, TX - Sep 29, 2018
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.

Texas Renaissance Festival Oktoberfest Weekend - Todd Mission, TX - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
German music, dancing, bratwurst and steins of beer take over the Texas Renaissance Festival for September 30th and October 1st. Keg tapping, parade, and three contests for stein holding, bratwurst eating and the Bavarian costume contest. Location: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363

AustOberfest - Austin, TX - Sep 29, 2018
All you can eat sausage and bier tasting event. Celebrate your German heritage in Central Texas with German beer, sausages, live music and bowling!

Kolache Fest - Hallettsville, TX - Sep 29, 2018
Held at Knights of Columbus Hall. 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.

Race for the Cure Austin - Austin, TX - Sep 30, 2018
Walk/run to raise funds for the Susan G Koman breast cancer foundation.

Gruene Music and Wine Fest - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2018
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.

Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 14, 2018
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.

Waco Cultural Arts Fest - Waco, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
White Linen Night fundraiser, dance and music festival, art show, WordFest and ScienceFest.

Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor - San Antonio, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 13, 2018
Friday and Saturday for 2 weekends!

King’s Oktoberfest - Pearland, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 21, 2018
Two weekends with a weekend off in the middle. Huge Oktoberfest party in Pearland! Food, Fun. Bier plus live music! Ceremonial keg tapping, jousting and strong man competitions. Oktoberfest photo booth too!

Oktoberfest Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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

Oktoberfest Southlake - Southlake, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
100,000 were expected at the annual Texas Oktoberfest with food, beverages, arts & crafts, live music, childrens area and wiener dog race.

Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival - Spring, TX - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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. 

De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest - De Kalb, TX - Oct 6, 2018
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.

Muenster Oktoberfest - Muenster, TX - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018

Floresville Peanut Festival - Floresville, TX - Oct 9 to Oct 13, 2018
Carnival, games, parade, pageant, live entertainment and more during the second full weekend in October.

Houston Italian Festival - Houston, TX - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2018
Live music and lots of fun like a Bocce Tournament, Pasta Eating, classic car show, and kids fun.

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, TX - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Experience the magic of storytelling.  Held at the Frisco Public Library.  Features a wide selection of authors and book signings.

Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta - Sugar Land, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land, Texas.

Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival - Waco, TX - Oct 13, 2018
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.

ParkFest - Celina, TX - Oct 13, 2018
This event is replacing the Celina Balloon Festival.

Texas Mushroom Festival - Madisonville, TX - Oct 13, 2018
A day of all things mushroom in the Mushroom Capital of the World.

German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest - , TX - Oct 13, 2018

Strut Your Mutt Houston - Houston, TX - Oct 13, 2018
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.

Light the Night Walk – The Woodlands - The Woodlands, TX - Oct 14, 2018
A fundraising walk to to help fund cures for blood cancers, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, takes place at Town Green Park in the Woodlands.

Zest in the West - Houston, TX - Oct 17, 2018
Enjoy culinary offerings as restaurants compete for the Best of Zest Culinary Award.

Banger’s Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2018

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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 - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
35th annual. Thousands visit Harvest Park on the third Saturday in October for a BBQ cook-off, pageants, 5K fun run and other activities.

LEGO KidsFest Texas - Houston, TX - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
An entertainment-packed family event centered around LEGO building and experiences.

Cotton Harvest Festival - Moody, TX - Oct 20, 2018
Parade, pie eating contest and auction, car smash, kids zone, car show, donut eating contest, live entertainment and more.

Austin Film Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 25 to Nov 1, 2018
23rd annual event. Film pass permits access to 180 premieres, indie films, narrative and documentary competition, shorts program and more.

Harvest Moon Regatta - Seabrook, TX - Oct 25 to Oct 28, 2018
Yachts sail to Port Arsansas under an October full moon.

Groves Pecan Festival - Groves, TX - Oct 25 to Oct 28, 2018
Live music, art, vendors, food, and family from an event that draws over 300,000 visitors. Located in downtown Groves, Texas.

Alamo City Comic Con - San Antonio, TX - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Island Oktoberfest - Galveston, TX - Oct 26 to Oct 27, 2018
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.

Austin Beer Week - Austin, TX - Oct 26 to Nov 4, 2018
A multi-day, multi-event showcase of all things craft beer, with curated events by brewers and venues

Pecan Fest - Seguin, TX - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
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.

Festival of Pumpkins - Paris, TX - Oct 27, 2018
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 27, 2018
A free, small town family friendly festival with BBQ pork cook-off, carnival, car show, beer/wine garden, arts/crafts and children’s activities.

Light the Night Walk – Houston - Houston, TX - Oct 27, 2018
A fundraising walk to to help fund cures for blood cancers, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, takes place at Hermann Square Park at City Hall

Taste Texas - Fredericksburg, TX - Oct 27, 2018
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 Book Festival  - Austin, TX - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
21st anniversary event. More than 250 authors will attend. Admission is free. The event is held at the State Capitol.

Texas Clay Festival - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
Free admission to this event featuring the work of over 60 Texas potters and clay artists.

Utopia Fest Down in the Oaks - Burnet, TX - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2018
10th annual. 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.

Wurstfest - New Braunfels, TX - Nov 2 to Nov 11, 2018
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 3 to Nov 4, 2018
Celtic music, dances, Highland Games, dog parade, workshops and more at Fiesta Gardens.

Festival at the Switchyard - Carrollton, TX - Nov 3, 2018
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.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival - Harlingen, TX - Nov 7 to Nov 11, 2018
25th Annual event! Field trips, seminars, events, family activities and Birders Bazaar trade show. This year’s keynote speakers are Nathan Pieplow (Bird Sounds Decoded) and Noah Strycker (Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year)

Austin Empty Bowl Project - Austin, TX - Nov 17 to Nov 18, 2018
Preview event Saturday with main event on the 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.

Harvest Festival - Woodville, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
30th annual. Exhibitors, presenters, displays, performances, and more, with participants dressed in period costumes demonstrating period skills. Music and dancing, food, photo contest and more.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Oktoberfest By the Bay - Texas City, TX - 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.

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.

Lubbock Hub City on Tap Beer Festival - Lubbock, TX - Aug 26, 2017
Sample over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Coming to the Panhandle-South Plains Fair Coliseum with a VIP session and two general admission sessions!

Dallas D*A*N*C*E - Dallas, TX - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
More than 25 hours of social dancing at the four star Fairmont Hotel International Ballroom.

Sun City Music Festival - El Paso, TX - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
An electronic dance music festival in El Paso.

Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival - Dripping Springs, TX - Sep 9, 2017
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.

Texas Gatorfest - Anahuac, TX - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Gator burgers, alligator wings and more!

St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest - Waxahachie, TX - Sep 16, 2017
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

Strut Your Mutt Austin - Austin, TX - Sep 16, 2017
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.

Index Fest Houston - Houston, TX - Sep 16, 2017
Formerly known as Untapped, this craft beer festival is a stellar celebration of beer, music, food and art! Over 75 craft breweries will be pouring 250 beers! This is the third stop on a 4 city tour this year, Dallas will be next on 11/11

Texas State Forest Festival - Lufkin, TX - Sep 20 to Sep 24, 2017
Held for 30+ years. Includes Southern Hushpuppy Championships, East Texas Cheerleading Championship, Miss Forest Festival and Little Mr. Timberjack.

GACC South Oktoberfest - Houston, TX - Sep 21, 2017
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.

Greek Festival of Dallas - Dallas, TX - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Remember the fun in all things Greek at this food festival.

Walburg German Restaurant Oktoberfest - Walburg, TX - Sep 22, 2017
Oktoberfest starts on Sept. 22, 2017.

Upland Oktoberfest - Houston, TX - Sep 23, 2017
A unique mix of craft beer and music.

East Oak Oaktoberfest - Denton, TX - Sep 24, 2017

Alamo Beer Company - San Antonio, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017

Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Austin, TX - Sep 30, 2017
The state’s largest craft beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.

Fry Street 5K and Oktoberfest - Denton, TX - Sep 30, 2017
10th annual event.

Texas Rice Festival - Winnie, TX - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2017
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 - Oct 7, 2017
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.

Surftoberfest - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 7, 2017

Grapeland Peanut Festival - Grapeland, TX - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2017
70th annual event features a carnival, parade, concert at City Park, and the homecoming game at Sandie Stadium.

Cuero Turkeyfest - Cuero, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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 Granbury - Granbury, TX - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
3 day event 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.

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival - Chappell Hill, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
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 14, 2017
An annual celebration in the Pumpkin Capital of Texas.

Katy Rice Harvest Festival - Katy, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
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.

East Texas Yamboree - Gilmer, TX - Oct 18 to Oct 22, 2017
Activities at Yamboree Park, Courthouse Square, Gilmer Elementary, and Wesley House.

Texas Rose Festival - Tyler, TX - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2017
Amazing displays of Tyler Rose blooms.  Located at 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas.

Whitesboro Peanut Festival - Whitesboro, TX - Oct 21, 2017
Free admission to this family friendly carnival with parade, car show and live entertainment.

Kaufman Scarecrow Festival - Kaufman, TX - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2017

Old Town Mesquite Pumpkin Fest - Mesquite, TX - Oct 28, 2017
A decorated pumpkin contest, haunted house, carnival games and children’s activities.

NXNW Oktoberfest - Austin, TX - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2017

Edgewood Heritage Festival - Edgewood, TX - Nov 11, 2017

Index Fest Dallas - Dallas, TX - Nov 11, 2017
Formerly known as Untapped, this craft beer festival is a stellar celebration of beer, music, food and art! Over 80 craft breweries will be pouring more than 300 beers! This is the fourth stop on a 4 city tour this year

Wizard World Comic Con Austin - Austin, TX - Nov 17 to Nov 19, 2017
Where pop culture comes to life at the Austin Convention Center.

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

10 thoughts on “Fall Texas Festivals in 2018

  1. Susan says:

    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.

    • Jessica says:

      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. Pingback: 70+ Free Things for Kids and Families to do in San Antonio this Fall | San Antonio Mom Blogs ™

  3. Pingback: San Antonio Pumpkin Patches 2014 | San Antonio Mom Blogs ™

  4. Claudine Humphries says:

    St. Mark Community Carnival
    Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 6 – 10 pm
    Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 12 pm – 10 pm
    Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 11 am – 6 pm
    Location: St. Mark Catholic Church & School, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, TX
    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
    http://www.stmarkplano.org\carnival
    http://www.facebook.com/StMarkCommunityCarnival

  5. Dani says:

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

  6. Sarina says:

    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.

  7. Mr. Funtober says:

    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].

  8. L Ferguson says:

    Tapping into Celina Oktoberfest
    Inaugural event to take over historic square

    Celina, Texas – Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for the inaugural Celina Oktoberfest celebration, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13, 2018, in the city’s historic downtown square at West Walnut and North Ohio Streets in Celina. This family friendly event will be presented rain or shine.

    General admission tickets are $5. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free, as will any attendee who wears a traditional German lederhosen or dirndl costume to the festival. Tickets will be available for advanced purchase at http://www.celinaoktoberfest.com, and will also be sold at the gate on the day of the event.
    A limited number of specially priced tickets will also be on sale at http://www.Groupon.com.
    Free parking and shuttles will be at Celina Elementary School, 550 S. Utah Drive, and at Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy Celina, 675 Sunset Blvd. Paid parking ($20) will be adjacent to the square at West Pecan Street and North Louisiana Drive.

    Alcoholic-drink tickets ($1 each) will be available the ticket booth during the festival (four tickets for a 12-ounce beer; six tickets for 16 ounces). Commemorative, half-liter beer steins ($10) can be purchased and used at Celina Oktoberfest or kept as a souvenir.

    Sponsored by Landmark Bank, Celina Oktoberfest will feature live music from festive bands, a tempting assortment of traditional German foods and a beer garden boasting a bountiful selection of bubbling brews.

    In a nod to Celina’s deeply rooted tradition of championship-winning football, the day’s biggest college-gridiron matchups will be presented at Celina Oktoberfest on a massive LED screen. Pro-football legends and members of the North Texas chapter of the NFL Alumni Association are also scheduled to appear, and radio personalities Mike and Cash Sirois of 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m.

    “This will be an Oktoberfest celebration unlike any other in Texas,” said Melissa Cromwell, president of the Greater Celina Chamber of Commerce which produces the event.

    Celina Oktoberfest will kick off with a cornhole tournament presented by the Celina Police Department, followed by the ceremonial tapping of the keg by Celina Mayor Sean Terry and a traditional toast.

    Exciting events will follow throughout the day and evening, including a Dachshund Derby dog race, Chicken Dance circles and costume contests for children and adults. Youngsters can enjoy bounce houses, an obstacle course, a rock-climbing wall and a petting zoo in the free Kids’ Zone, sponsored by Martin Marietta, as well as cookie- and pumpkin-decorating activities.

    Celina Oktoberfest will feature a plethora of entertaining performances, beginning with traveling tuba quartet Imperial Brass; followed by American-polka purists The Royal Klobasneks; Bavarian-inspired dance troupe Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein; Alps music aficionados by Auf Gehts Musik; and a high-energy set by headliners The Dogensteins, noted for transforming mainstream-music hits into foot-stomping polka tunes.

    Authentic German delicacies and other culinary treats will be served up at Celina Oktoberfest by more than a dozen food-and-beverage purveyors including Bayer’s Kolonialwaren from Muenster, Texas. Among the numerous merchandise vendors will be a pop-up shop by The Kuckucks Nest, a Bavarian boutique and gift emporium from Fredericksburg, Texas.
    “There will truly be something for everyone at Celina Oktoberfest. The square is going to be packed with entertainment and activities,” Cromwell said. “It will be an exciting, fun-filled start for this new, annual Celina tradition.”

    For additional information and updates about Celina Oktoberfest, visit http://www.celinaoktoberfest.com. Follow @CelinaOktoberfest on Facebook, and @celina_oktoberfest on Instagram.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *