This year, Texas will be hosting a long list of fall festivities. With events taking place in early October all the way through to November, there’s lots going on you won’t want to miss. From festivals that celebrate seasonal bounty, food, music, art, Oktoberfest and more, discover all that Texas has to offer this fall with our curated list below.
October 30–31, 2021
This year, the iHeartCountry Festival will be held at the Frank Erwin Center and will feature country music’s biggest superstars. This year’s lineup will be sure to keep your toes tapping with musical performances by Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Toby Keith, Carly Pearce and many more. You won’t want to miss this star-studded event that celebrates everything country music has to offer.
Whispering Pines Harvest Festival 2021
October 31, 2021
Families can enjoy all the exciting things that make fall so special at the Whispering Pines Harvest Festival. Located in Bastrop County, come discover hayrides, booths with arts and crafts, live music, tasty treats, and their very own pumpkin patch. Be sure to take some festive pictures on site at one of their many fall displays.
Texas Renaissance Festival
October 9–November 28, 2021
Saturday and Sunday: 9am–8pm
Located on the outskirts of Greater Houston, the Texas Renaissance Festival will take place again this fall season. Guests are invited to step through the magical gates and enter an enchanted medieval world, complete with kings, queens, fairies, pirates and other historic characters. Come be amazed by clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and fireworks every festival evening.
Austin Film Festival
October 21–28, 2021
Opening night: 7pm–10:45pm
Remainder of the Festival: 12pm–10:45pm
Fall in love with the magic that’s created through thoughtful stories on the cinematic screen at the Austin Film Festival. This celebration of storytelling through film is curated by inspiring writers, filmmakers and creative cinematic artists. The eight-day festival will showcase over 180 premiers of this year’s best indie films, documentaries, short films and more.
October 22–23, 2021
Friday: 5pm–10pm, Saturday: 1pm–10pm
Located at the Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, Oktoberfest Houston is Houston’s beer festival with a German twist. Put on your traditional costumes and enjoy a variety of German and Craft beer, in addition to local food and live music.
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
October 1–31, 2021
7 days a week: 9am–7pm
What better way to spend a weekend than getting lost amongst the cornstalks on a charming farm? At the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, you’ll find hundreds of pumpkins, hay bales, baked goods and local vendors to enjoy. Be sure to stop by their multiple photo op stations and pick a pumpkin to take home with you.
Barton Hill Farms
September 25–November 7, 2021
Saturday and Sunday: 10am–7pm
According to the Barton Hill Farms, life is better at the farm. Join in on their 10 year celebration by getting lost in their five-acre corn maze, enjoying live music at the Biergarten while you sip on a cold beverage, and picking your favorite pumpkin from the patch. Discover all this and more at Barton Hill, named the best pumpkin patch in Central Texas.
If you’re on your way home from one of these events, pop in at one of the best barbecue places in Texas to grab a bite to eat.
Images courtesy of: Lynn Danielson (First Banner); Kevin Winter (iHeart Country Festival); Marius Ciocirlan (Whispering Pines Harvest Festival); Casper Johansson (Texas Renaissance Festival); Jake Hills (Austin Film Festival); Brett Sayles (Oktoberfest Houston); Craig Pattenaude (Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch); Jesse Gardner (Barton Hill Farms).