Fall Texas Festivals

Texas has one of the largest lists of fall festivals in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.

Last Major Update:

At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival 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!

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2021 Festivals

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 Paso’s 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.

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!

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.

Austin Celtic Festival - Austin, TX - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2022
Celtic music, dances, Highland Games, dog parade, workshops and more at Fiesta Gardens.

Past Events

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!

Find other fun things to do in Texas in fall:

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

10 thoughts on “Fall Texas Festivals

  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.

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  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

  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.

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