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.

2018 Fall Festivals:

–> Mother Earth Day Festival
September 14
Kids will enjoy the 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 Pecan Street Festival
September 22 & 23
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.


Photo from Pecan Street Festival Facebook page

–> Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch (Bastrop, TX)
Weekends from September 29 – November 4
Barton Hill Farms is the perfect setting to let your kids enjoy true outdoor fall entertainment, including games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, local vendors, live music, barrel train rides and more.

–> Round Top Antiques Fair (Round Top, TX)
October 1-6
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair is celebrating their 50th year as one of the best antique shows in the nation where you’ll find vintage & antique items.

–> Round Rock Chalk Walk
October 5 & 6
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.

photo from the Round Rock Area Arts Council Facebook page

–> Austin City Limits Music Festival
Weekend One: October 5-7
Weekend Two: October 12-14
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)
October 5, 6 & 7
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.

photo from the Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg Facebook page

–> Oktoberfest
October 13
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.

–> Hairy Man Festival
October 20
The annual Hairy Man Fest 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.

–> Fable Fest
October 27
Fable Fest is a unique event that brings costumes, storytelling and live demonstrations to the Austin area as a fundraiser for the Cedar Park Library. Kids of all ages can play games, make arts and crafts, and enjoy inflatables, a petting zoo and pony rides. Costumes encouraged!

–> Austin Film Festival
October 25 – November
Now in its 25th year, this is recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country where you can see top-billed & independent films.

–> Viva la Vida Festival & Parade
October 27
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.

Do512 Family team marching in the 2016 Viva la Vida parade

–> Texas Book Festival
October 27 & 28
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)
November 2-11
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 3 & 4
This annual festival held at Pioneer Farms 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.


Photo credit: Donald Mason

–> Fossil Fest
November 3 & 4
Kids of all ages can attend the 28th 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

There sure is a lot happening around Austin this fall! Please take note that we’ll be sharing lists of all area pumpkin patches and Halloween events soon, too.

Happy fall, y’all!