Alright friends, it’s time to get out those calendars and start planning your fall weekends because there are SO MANY FESTIVALS coming up that sound incredibly fun. Whether you’re looking for music, food, culture, arts, or seasonal festivities, there’s a whole lot happening in and around Austin this fall.
2016 Fall Festivals:
–> Mother Earth Day Festival
Kids will enjoy the 15th Annual Mother Earth Day Festival in Zilker Park. You’ll find music, puppet shows, music, interactive booths, games, art and more at this free event. This Festival is promotes environmental awareness and fun, especially relating to Barton Springs and Barton Creek with a special emphasis on water conservation.
–> Fall 2016 Pecan Street Festival
September 24 & 25
The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual street festival held on historic Sixth Street, featuring music, arts and crafts with over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world.
–> Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival & Corn Maze (Bastrop, TX)
Weekends from September 24 – November 13Barton Hill Farms is set amongst 100-year-old cottonwood trees, rolling grassy hills and the picturesque Colorado River. The Fall Festival & Corn Maze is the perfect setting to let your kids enjoy true outdoor entertainment, including rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, local vendors and farm animals.
–> Round Top Antiques Fair (Round Top, TX)
September 26- October 1
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair is celebrating their 49th year as one of the best antique shows in the nation where you’ll find vintage & antique items.
–> Round Rock Chalk Walk
September 30 & October 1
Chalk Walk is Round Rock Arts’ version of an Italian street painting festival. Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the pavement. Chalk Walk and Arts Festival is a free event with numerous vendors, sponsors, and artists, including chalk artists, musicians vocal groups, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and children’s performances.
–> Austin City Limits Music Festival
Weekend One: September 30 – October 2
Weekend Two: October 7-9
Held in Zilker Park, this is one of the country’s largest celebrations of music. The six-day festival features more than 130 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.
–> Oktoberfest (Fredericksburg, TX)
September 30, October 1 & 2
Oktoberfest is an annual event held in downtown, Fredericksburg, Texas on MarktPlatz. This Fest celebrates its German heritage with music, food and drink, artisans, children’s area and family fun. Oompah at its best.
–> Austin Film Festival
Held at the Paramout Theatre as well as other locations around Austin, this is recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country where you can see top-billed & independent films.
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid’s activities and more at the German Free School.
–> Dia de los Muertos Music Festival
The festival, held at Fiesta Gardens, will feature renowned recording artists in the Latin and Texas music industries. The festival will offer food and beverages, cultural performances, altar contest as well as Kids Zone activities for kids.
–> Hairy Man Spookyfest
The 22nd Annual Hairy Man Spookyfest is held at Cat Hollow Park in Brushy Creek for a fun filled day of food, arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, special performances, and live music. Participate in our costume contest, trick or treating park scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, train rides, Halloween themed crafts, scary snacks station, and the NEW Haunted House!
–> Viva la Vida Festival & Parade
Viva la Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-standing celebration of the Day of the Dead every year at the Mexic-Arte Museum and includes a big parade through East Austin and downtown Congress Ave.
–> Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
Now in its fourth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas’ best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let The People decide who made the best goods. Held at the City Terrace at The Long Center.
–> Sound on Sound Festival (McDade, TX)
Austin’s newest music festival, Sound on Sound, will be taking place at the site of the annual Sherwood Forest Fair with a great line-up of music, comedy, a Volcom skate area, and much more.
–> Texas Book Festival
November 5 & 6
The Texas Book Festival has one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year, held at the Texas State Capitol. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.
–> Wurstfest (New Braunfels)
Held in New Braunfels, you’ll get your fix of German food & beer, music, carnival rides and games and lots of Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment.
–> Austin Celtic Festival
November 5 & 6
This annual festival held at Fiesta Gardens is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.
–> Fossil Fest
November 19 & 20
Kids of all ages can attend the 26th annual Fossil Fest at Old Settlers Heritage Association in Round Rock to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops
Whew! There’s a lot happening around Austin this fall. And please take note that we’ll be sharing lists of all area pumpkin patches and Halloween events soon, too!
Happy fall, ya’ll!