2015 Fall Festivals in Austin and Beyond

Welcome to fall! The cooler temps (in the mornings at least) and appearance of pumpkins is cause for celebration! Bring on the festivals. Here is a round-up of places where you can find corn mazes, hay rides, live music, and yummy treats in the Austin area for 2015. We will be adding to this list as time goes on, so keep checking back to see more festivals!

Ongoing Events

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls)

Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with corn mazes, a Berry Bounce, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, train rides, ice cream, and lots more. On weekends they will have face painting, horse rides, and more food.

Location: Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls
Dates: September 26 – November 8, 2015 (Closed Wednesdays)
Hours: Monday – Saturday (excluding Wednesday) from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Admission and parking are FREE; activities have a fee. Cash or check only.

Robinson Family Farm (Temple)

Here you will find various games and activities for those of all ages which include: hay rides, duck races, kiddie train, corn maze, hay maze, bounce houses, bean bag toss, football throw, ring toss and pumpkin sand art.  They also offer free activities like horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf, a corn pit and a large playground  for your little ones to play. Individual and/or family photo mini sessions are available to capture your memories to last a lifetime with many photo sites to explore.

Location: 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple, TX 76501
Date: Open Saturdays and Sundays, September 26 through November 1, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE. Tickets for activities cost $1 each. Unlimited fun wristband for $10 (children 3 and under can play FREE with the purchase of an adult wristband).

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Go Horns Corn Maze (Bastrop)

The Fall Festival and 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. They welcome large groups and school field trips.

Location: 1115 FM 969, Bastrop
Dates: Open September 26 – November 8, 2015
Hours: Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Ages 3-10 General Admission, $8; Adventure Pass, $13. Ages 11+ General Admission, $11; Adventure Pass, $15. Save $1 when you purchase tickets online!

Cross Plants and Produce (Kyle)

Stop by the Cross Plant and Produce Pumpkin Patch for Storytime, October 2, 3, 7, and 11. Enjoy some pumpkin stories and then paint some pumpkins, color and play! Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic and don’t forget your cameras for taking adorable photos of your cuties at the patch!

Location: 705 North Old Highway 81, Kyle, TX 78640
Dates: October 2, 3, 7, and 11, 2015
Hours: October 2 at 1 p.m.; October 3 at 2 p.m.; October 7 at 10:30 a.m.; October 11 at 2 p.m.
Cost: Story time, play and coloring are FREE! $5 for paint-a-pumpkin.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm (Elgin)

Enjoy hay rides, animals, mazes, and more. On Pumpkin Festival weekends there will be fun for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating and kiddie train rides!

Location: Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin, off Roy Davis Rd., Elgin
Dates: Daily from October 3, 2015
Hours: Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday from 12–5:30 p.m.
Cost: October Fall Fun – $6 for everyone age 2 and up. Pumpkin Festival – $6 for everyone age 2 – 12; $8 for age 13 and older.
Coupon Offer: Sign up for the newsletter and get a coupon for one FREE child admission!

Crowes Nest Farm’s Fall Family Fun Festival (Manor)

Every October, Crowe’s Nest Farm hosts Fall Fest, when they are open to the general public. It’s an opportunity to visit the farm and take part in all the activities that a tour group would, plus added attractions like sheep shearing, corn shucking, apple cider making, and live music. Many local vendors also come to sell their wares – everything from free range farm fresh chicken eggs, homemade bread, and honey to clothing items and more. Plus, there’s plenty of assorted food and beverage items. Check out the flyer for more activities!

Location: 10300 Taylor Ln, Manor
Date: Four Saturdays in October (10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st), 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $9 for adults; $7 for kids 3-12; $3 for 2 year olds; FREE for babies under 2

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin)

The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Pumpkin hunt, maze, firetruck ride, train ride, face painting and more.

Location: Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin
Dates: All weekends in October 2015, as well as November 1, 2015
Hours: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 1–5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission; activities and games cost $2.50 – $5 each

Silo Christmas Tree Farm (Temple)

Here you will find snow cones, train rides, maze, hay rides, bounce house, pumpkin painting, and pony rides. Pumpkins and treats are for sale. You can even make your own scarecrow!

Location: 7617 McGregor Park Rd, Temple
Date: Saturdays and Sundays in October 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE. A canned food or monetary donation for Helping Hands Ministry is appreciated. Activity tickets are $1 (activities require 2-6 tickets)

Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch (Bertram)

Look for the Giant Chair and all the Pumpkins! Pumpkin Patch, Choose pumpkin from the field. Fun activities for all ages, including a pumpkin sling, corn fishing, hay rides, pumpkin painting, and a petting zoo.

Location: 4625 E. State Highway 29, Bertram
Date: Open weekends from October 8 – November 15, 2015
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1–6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Special Events

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pecan Street Festival (Austin)

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation. It is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. Kid-friendly activities include rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, interactive workshops, street magicians and more.

Location: The Sixth Street Historic District between Brazos Street and Interstate 35
Date: Saturday, September 26- Sunday, September 27, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m on Sunday
Cost: FREE! Activities cost extra.

Texas Teen Book Festival

The full lineup of more than 30 authors represents some of the most popular and critically acclaimed authors in the booming Young Adult genre. The keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as “Maria” on the PBS series Sesame Street. After more than four decades on the show, Manzano announced her retirement last month and will present her latest work, a coming-of-age memoir entitled Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Other popular authors who will appear at the TTBF include Claudia Gray (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Pierce Brown (Red Rising trilogy), Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave), Kaui Hart Hemmings (The Descendants), Jesse Andrews (Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl), David Levithan (Another Day), and Libba Bray (Lair of Dreams). View the full schedule here and complete author lineup here.

Location: St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Date: Saturday, September 26
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Festival

The annual Fall Festival at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church is a long-time favorite event that will include games, sports, face painting, prizes, food and more! All ages are welcome!

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church, 6909 W Courtyard Dr, Austin
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Hours: 5:30 –8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Pecan Street Festival

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation. It is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. Kid-friendly activities include rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, interactive workshops, street magicians and more.

Location: The Sixth Street Historic District between Brazos Street and Interstate 35
Date: Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m on Sunday
Cost: FREE!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Athlos Leadership Academy Fall Fest

Inflatables, cupcake walk, face painter, food, prizes, hay ride, fun house, obstacle course, petting zoo, and more!

Location: 3711 Shoreline Dr, Austin
Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Hours: 5–9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets required for games and activities.

Chalk Walk (Round Rock)

Round Rock 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. Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. The fact that the illustrations disappear at the end of the day makes their beauty even more appealing. But Chalk Walk is more than lovely chalk designs. There are two stages, one focused on adults and the other on children and youth. Entertainment includes free theatrical and musical performances. Chalk walk has been moved to Centennial Plaza, a large plaza where all art, booths, and performances are within easy walking distance. There are two parking garages in the area as well, and plenty of on-street parking.

Location: Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock
Date: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hours: 5–10:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: FREE

Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas

With more than 20 artists and Latin American groups, the Second Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas Austin 2015 will take place at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in October 2nd and 3rd of this year. México, Perú, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and El Salvador will be some of the countries that participate in this event. The Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas Austin 2015 will bring a multicultural display of Cinematography, Theater, Literature, Music, Folklore, Graphic Arts (paintings & architecture), as well as gastronomic sampling for each country. This event is supported by more than 40 local business, who will exhibit their products and services during the festival. The festival is not only an invitation to familiarize with the most representative culture of each country, but it is also a creative event to showcase our local artists in the Austin community; they are the ones that bring life and color to our city. This event is FREE and OPEN to the Public

Location: 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701
Date: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hours: 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Friday and 12–9:00 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: FREE

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Chalk Walk (Round Rock)

Round Rock 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. Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. The fact that the illustrations disappear at the end of the day makes their beauty even more appealing. But Chalk Walk is more than lovely chalk designs. There are two music and performing stages, one focused on adults and the other on children and youth. Entertainment includes free theatrical and musical performances. Chalk walk has been moved to Centennial Plaza, a large plaza where all art, booths, and performances are within easy walking distance. There are two parking garages in the area as well, and plenty of on-street parking.

Location: Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock
Date: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hours: 5–10:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: FREE

Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas

With more than 20 artists and Latin American groups, the Second Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas Austin 2015 will take place at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in October 2nd and 3rd of this year. México, Perú, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and El Salvador will be some of the countries that participate in this event. The Festival de las Artes Latinoamericanas Austin 2015 will bring a multicultural display of Cinematography, Theater, Literature, Music, Folklore, Graphic Arts (paintings & architecture), as well as gastronomic sampling for each country. This event is supported by more than 40 local business, who will exhibit their products and services during the festival. The festival is not only an invitation to familiarize with the most representative culture of each country, but it is also a creative event to showcase our local artists in the Austin community; they are the ones that bring life and color to our city. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Location: 600 River St, Austin
Date: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hours: 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Friday and 12–9:00 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: FREE

Harvest Festival with RLS school sponsored Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Redeemer Lutheran School is hosting ‘A Family Affair Pumpkin Decorating Contest’ as an event within an event at Harvest Festival.  See the school website for details and please join in on the fun!  Harvest Fest a community-wide event for family fun! Games: Fish Pond, Putting Green, Spin Art, Round-up, Ring Toss, Cake Walk, Face Painting, Beanie Bingo.  Featured Attractions: Climb & Bounce, Petting Zoo, Giant Slide, Obstacle Course, Jousting, Rock Wall, Tea Cup Ride.  Arts & Craft Show, Cake Walk, Raffle, Auction, and more!  Casa Chapala, Food Court, and Cobbler A’lamode by Scouts!

Location: Redeemer Lutheran School and Church, 1500 W. Anderson Lane Austin
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Pfamily Pfestival & EXPO (Pflugerville)

Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Pfamily Pfestival & EXPO. Door Prizes, Children’s Activities, Merchant Booths, Performers, Public Safety & Pet Adoptions.

Location: Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville, 18500 N SH 130 SVRD SB,  Pflugerville
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Harvest Fest (Pflugerville)

Heritage Fest includes live accordion music, fall photo opportunities, food for sale and an opportunity to see recent upgrades to the museum including new floors, screens and updated porch.

Location: Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Hours: 1–4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Shoreline Church Fall Festival

Bounce house, games, and more!

Location: The church is located at 15201 Burnet Rd in Austin, but the pumpkins and festival will be found on the Shoreline Drive side of the parking lot.
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Sacred Spring Pow-Wow  (San Marcos)

A brand new “Native Culture Tent” with flute players, storytellers, and White Shaman Panel presentations, will provide performances throughout the day. And amazing dancers will be highlighted at the 2015 Sacred Springs Powwow that celebrates the Native American culture that has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years.

Location: Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $3; kids under 12 FREE!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Community Halloween Carnival and Haunted House

Join the fun at the annual Metz Halloween Carnival. Free music, door prizes and a costume contest.

Location: Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St, Austin
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hours: 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Cost: Admission to the Carnival is FREE. Games will be 25¢ a ticket and haunted house $1.

Friday, October 16, 2015

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

Enjoy one of Austin’s most beloved, delicious, and fun-filled festivals—the St. Elias Mediterranean Festival.

Location: 408 East 11th Street, Austin
Date: Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 6–11:00 p.m. on Friday and 12–11 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: FREE Admission on Saturday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation during remainder of festival.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Eagle Fest 2015

All proceeds from this family-friendly festival benefit programs at Summitt Elementary. Families can enjoy carnival games, prizes and food.

Location: 12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 3–6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter. Tickets required for games and activities.

Golden Age Home Fall Festival (Lockhart)

Stop by the Golden Age Home Assisted Living for a fall festival including a petting zoo, carnival games, and more.

Location: 1505 S Main St, Lockhart
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Kyle United Methodist Church Fall Festival

Enjoy the pumpkin patch and festival following the parade! Call for information: (512) 268-2331.

Location: 408 West Lockhart, Kyle, TX
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Leander Fall Festival (Leander)

Come join Leander Fire Department at the Annual Fall Fun Festival.  LFD has carnival style games, vendors, food, haunted house, silent auction and more at this family event.  All proceeds go to our Health & Safety Fund and the Benevolent Fund.

Location: Leander Fire Department, 101 Sonny Dr, Leander
Date: Two Saturdays, October 17 and 24, 2015
Hours: 5:30–10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets for games start at just 50¢ and touring the Tower of Terror is only $5!

Our Savior Lutheran Fall Festival 

The festival is full of fun activities including bounce houses, dunk tank, cake walk, carnival games, and much much more.

Location: 1513 E Yager Ln, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Pond Springs Elementary Fall Festival (Round Rock)

Bounce house, dunk tanks, petting zoo, face painting and an awesome silent auction. All of the proceeds go toward funding activities for the school.

Location: Pond Springs Elementary, 7825 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Round Rock
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! Activities cost extra.

Red Barn Garden Center Fall Festival

This FREE event will feature a moon bounce and a petting zoo.

Location: 12881 Pond Springs Rd, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

Enjoy one of Austin’s most beloved, delicious, and fun-filled festivals—the St. Elias Mediterranean Festival.

Location: 408 East 11th Street, Austin
Date: Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 6–11:00 p.m. on Friday and 12–11 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: FREE Admission on Saturday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation during remainder of festival.

St. Market Day Fall Festival 

St. Market Day is a fun festival for the whole family. There will be great authentic BBQ, games for the family, live music, a bounce house, and a pumpkin patch. Some of the games and events include life-sized angry birds, stuff-a-scarecrow, life-sized Jenga, paint a pumpkin, photo booth, and much more.

Location: St. Mark United Methodist Church, 601 W Braker Ln, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Texas Book Festival

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

Location: Texas State Capitol Grounds, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday October 18, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
Cost:  FREE!

Twin Lakes Family YMCA Fall Festival

Rides, vendors, costume contest, zip-line, climbing wall, trackless train rides, kiddie carnival games, and more!

Location: 204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Hours: 2–9:00 p.m.
Cost:  $8; kids 3 and under are FREE. Bring cash for activities (they are not doing tickets).

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ashley’s Playhouse Fall Fun Festival

Enjoy a bounce house, games, playhouse tours, train rides and more. BYOP: Bring your own pumpkins for decorating with their supplies! Or, be one of the first 200 kids in line to receive a FREE mini pumpkin from APH! Invite your friends, classmates and neighbors to this fun, FREE event. All new families who attend this event and were referred by a parent currently registered at APH will be entered to win $50 in Ashley’s Playhouse credit (for both families)!

Location: 13343 N Hwy 183, Suite 200, Austin
Date: Sunday October 18, 2015
Hours: 1–4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

The Great Pumpkin Festival (Round Rock)

Enjoy FREE family fun at this annual festival. This community event will include bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, two bands and much, much more! Be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch while there! Call 512-255-5436 for information.

Location: St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Date: Sunday October 18, 2015
Hours: 2:30–6:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Texas Book Festival

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

Location: Texas State Capitol Grounds, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday October 18, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
Cost:  FREE

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dittmar’s Halloween Spooktacular

Enjoy a carnival, Haunted House, and a FREE Movie in the Park screening of Casper.

Location: Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W Dittmar Rd, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: Carnival begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at sundown.
Cost: FREE!

Fall Festival

Come out for an evening of fun at Harper Park. Enjoy a fall craft and activity fair. Bring your whole family to lie out on blankets under the night sky for the movie Monsters, Inc. at the end of the night. Those in their Halloween costumes can stop by the AMLD Info booth to pick up a raffle ticket to win awesome prizes.

Location: Harper Park, 11008-11098 Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 4-10:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival (San Marcos)

All ages welcome. Enjoy FREE carnival games with prizes and candy. Don’t miss the costume contest. Concessions and other attractions will be available for a nominal fee.

Location: San Marcos City Park, 170 Charles Austin Drive, San Marcos
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 6-9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! Activities have a fee.

Goddard School Fall Festival (Round Rock)

The school’s annual Fall Festival is open to the entire community and will feature indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family! Activities include: Children’s Storybook Fashion Show, contest for best storybook character costumes with prizes, pick and paint a FREE pumpkin, gym station games and activities. Enjoy a FREE, fun filled afternoon for the whole family!

Location: 4076 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Gullett Fall Fest

This fundraiser for Gullett Elementary features activities and games for kids of all ages, lots of great food, and more.

Location: 6310 Treadwell Blvd, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets required for games and activities.

Hairy Man Spookyfest  (Round Rock)

Join the fun at the 21st Annual Hairy Man Spookyfest Festival!  Admission for the festival is FREE, however there is a suggested donation of two non perishable food Items or $2 per person that will go to the local Round Rock Serving Center Food Bank.  This family centered event raises money for many local non-profit organizations in Williamson County. Food, Arts & Crafts fair, children’s activities, special performances, and live music provide a fun-filled day for all.  The new Spookyfest additions to the event include: Halloween costume contest, trick or treating, scavenger hunt throughout the park, pumpkin decorating, train rides, Halloween themed crafts, Scary Snacks station, and more!

Location: Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Dr, Round Rock
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE, with a suggested donation of two non perishable food items, or $2 per person, that will go to the local Round Rock Serving Center Food Bank.

Hogeye Festival (Elgin)

The festival features live music and entertainment on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, the Austin Steam Train Association, a children’s costume pet parade, a carnival, Road Hog Car Show, BBQ Pork Cook-Off, In a Pig’s Eye Dart Contest, the crowning of King Hog or Queen Sowpreme, Hogalicious Dessert Contest, Cow Patty Bingo, the Pearls Before Swine Art Show and great festive food!

Location: 109 Depot Street, Elgin (Free Festival Shuttle available at the Hwy 95 North Park and Ride)
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Leander Fall Festival (Leander)

Come join Leander Fire Department at the Annual Fall Fun Festival.  LFD has carnival style games, vendors, food, haunted house, silent auction and more at this family event.  All proceeds go to our Health & Safety Fund and the Benevolent Fund.

Location: Leander Fire Department, 101 Sonny Dr, Leander
Date: Two Saturdays, October 17 and 24, 2015
Hours: 5:30–10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets for games start at just 50¢ and touring the Tower of Terror is only $5!

Manchaca United Methodist Church (Manchaca)

The festival will have pumpkins, face painting, hay rides, music, food, games, crafts, cake walks, jump house, bake sale, and handmade treasures!

Location: 1011 FM 1626 at Manchaca Rd, Manchaca
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Spooktacular

Northwest YMCA’s safe and family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular event will feature: haunted candy trail, spooky family games, bounce house, face painting, and more.

Location: 5807 McNeil Dr, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 5–8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! Guests are asked to please bring 3 canned goods for the Food Pantry Drive.

Victory Baptist Church Fall Festival (Cedar Park)

Food, bounce houses, pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo, rock wall, games, and trunk or treat.

Location: 1775 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 4–7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bethany Lutheran Church Fall Festival

Petting zoo, hay ride, door prizes, food trucks, and more.

Location: 3701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Hours: 3–6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE entry, fee for doing the activities.

Fall Festival (Elgin)

Come out and support St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. There will be food, a silent auction, games, and more.

Location: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 401 E 8th St, Elgin
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Hours: 4–8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets required for games and activities.

Last Straw Fest at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is launching its first annual community-wide event. Last Straw Fest creates an annual fall tradition in the heart of Austin and within the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum. Featuring Pumpkin-Carving (October 25), the Haunted Garden (October 30), Sculpted Scarecrows (November 1), Last Straw Fest is the premiere fall festival with something fun for everyone! The scarecrow sculptures will be created by local businesses. Last Straw Fest has three events. All ticket and RSVP links are on the website. Pumpkin Carving is free with RSVP. Celebrating their 11th year, the UMLAUF Pumpkin Carving Competition is an afternoon for families to sculpt their holiday pumpkins and participate in the prizes. Overseen by “Professor Pumpkin” from the Texas Society of Sculptors, this event features community judges who will choose the most amusing, spooky, artistic and lovable creations. Non-perishable items will be accepted in lieu of admission. This event benefits the Capital Area Food Bank along with pumpkins generously donated by Whole Foods Market.

Location: 605 Robert E. Lee Road
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Hours: 12–4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE (please bring non-perishable food item for donation). RSVP here.

Sunrise Community Church Fall Festival

Free event for the public featuring: trunk-or-treat, petting zoo, bounce house, games, train ride, crafts, food, and more. All ages welcome.

Location: 4430 Manchaca Rd, Austin
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Hours: 2–5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Monster Concert & Carnival

Monster Concert has been a tradition at Austin High School since 1987. The cornerstone of this event is a concert that features  orchestras from Vertical Team elementary and middle schools, as well as the various orchestras at Austin High School. In addition to  concert performances in the AHS Performing Arts Center (PAC), the Monster Concert features a carnival with a variety of games and delicious food. In addition, during the weeks leading up to the Monster Concert, students and parents from the AHS orchestras build an incredible and very popular haunted house. All proceeds from the Monster Concert and Carnival support the Orchestra program at Austin High School.

Location: Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hours: 5–9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! Activities cost extra.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Festival (Georgetown)

Hayrides, carnival, Trick-or-Treat Village, costume contest, and a FREE showing of Disney’s Halloweentown (PG)  at 6:45 p.m. at the gazebo.

Location: San Gabriel Park (Community Center), 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Hours: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. Tickets required for hayrides and games.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall Fun Fest (Round Rock)

Eeek!  Spat! Slime!  It will be a ROARing great time! Join Round Rock Parks and Recreation for a Monsters and Mayhem Fall Fun Festival.  Calling all of little preschool monsters to jump in and join in on the fun!  The Monster Mash themed festival will be filled with lots of monstrous activities for all little ghouls and goblins.  Lots of Frankenstein Fun including Carnival games, Hayrides, Cookies and Punch, Storytime and much more!

Location: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Hours: 9–11:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE! Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center.

 

Sinister Circus Halloween Carnival

Come one come all, step right up to the main event of the year under the Northwest Big Top! You’ll find everything to have a haunting good time: bounce house, popcorn, carnival games, candy, prizes, a sinister circus trick-or-treat trail and even more Halloween fun!

Location: Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Hours: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival, plus first 10 tickets and endless trips through the Trick-or-Treat Trail free! Additional tickets for only 25¢.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween ComicFest (Cedar Park)

It’s a day full of FREE comics, “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever,” candy, guest artists and more for comic and Halloween fans to experience together.  During Halloween ComicFest, 21 full-sized and mini comics will be available for anyone who wants to participate.

Location: 1540 Cypress Creek Rd, Ste 108, Cedar Park
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Fall Festival (Pflugerville)

Join this Pfamily Pfriendly celebration that will include games and a trunk-or-treat.

Location: First Baptist Church, 801 W Pecan St, Pflugerville
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 4-6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Hill Country Carnival

This is by far the largest event (and fundraiser) Hill Elementary puts on every year. Enjoy carnival games, rides, food, and fun!

Location: 8601 Tallwood Dr, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter. Tickets required for games and activities

New Hope Fall Festival (Round Rock)

Bring your kids out to a fun and family friendly alternative to the normal Halloween festivities. New Hope Community Church will have game booths, hay maze, bounce houses, cotton candy, food, and of course… candy.

Location: New Hope Community Church, 2330 Dry Creek Dr., Round Rock
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Shenandoah Baptist Fall Festival (Cedar Park)

Family friendly festival as an alternative to Halloween. Enjoy carnival games, a hay ride, a petting zoo, bounce houses, laser tag, a cake walk, face painting, free food, and lots of candy.

Location: Shenandoah Baptist Church, 3003 Blue Ridge Dr, Cedar Park
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Shoreline Church Trunk or Treat

Food trucks, games, free candy, and more!

Location: The church is located at 15201 Burnet Rd in Austin, but the pumpkins and trunk or treat will be found on the Shoreline Drive side of the parking lot.
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 6–8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Spooky Skedaddle

This year, TSDF is partnering with Heal Kenya / Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach–Kenya Program in order to present a larger, more fun-filled, family friendly event that will help to broaden awareness of both organizations throughout the Austin community! All proceeds go to benefit Texas School for the Deaf Foundation and Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach Kenya Program. In addition to the Heal Yeah 5K and 1K Fun Run, the Spooky Skedaddle Halloween Festival will include the following activities: carnival games, costume parade, inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, Dell Children’s Star Flight Helicopter (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.), mini-horses, photo booth, cake walk, food trailers: including Hot Dog King, Savory Grilled Cheese and Crazy Crepes, and music provided by a DJ.

Location: Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S Congress Ave, Austin
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE to enter festival. $1 per ticket for the games. $3 to run in the 1K Halloween Costume Fun Run. Heal Yeah 5K: $35 (until October 1) $40 (after October 1) Fee includes a T-shirt. Discounts available for groups.

Viva la Vida Festival 

This year, Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a grand procession, a Day of the Dead mercado, live music, a Sugar Skull float by local piñata artisans Monica and Sergio Lejarazu from Jumpolin Piñatas, an exhibition with community altars highlighting the states of Mexico inside the Museum, and educational programs. Attendees can also taste traditional foods from Austin’s best food trucks, hands-on art activities, and artist demos. Visit the official Viva la Vida Festival site at www.mexic-artemuseumevents.org.

Location: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hours: 12–8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Last Straw Fest

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is launching its first annual community-wide event. Last Straw Fest creates an annual fall tradition in the heart of Austin and within the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum. Featuring Pumpkin-Carving (October 25), the Haunted Garden (October 30), Sculpted Scarecrows (November 1), Last Straw Fest is the premiere fall festival with something fun for everyone! The scarecrow sculptures will be created by local businesses. Last Straw Fest has three events. All ticket and RSVP links are on the website. The “Scarecrows + Straw Men” competition is the central feature of UMLAUF’s first annual LAST STRAW FEST. Austin businesses, artists, architects, and neighborhood groups are invited to participate in a “Scarecrow” competition that confronts their worst fears and reinforce their desire to win. Entries will be judged throughout the week and prizes awarded at the festival on Sunday, November 1, which will take place of Family Day at the UMLAUF. This festival features a host of fun fall activities including food, music and arts and crafts! Mark your calendars now!

Location: 605 Robert E. Lee Road
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE (RSVP here)

Friday, November 6

Wurstfest (New Braunfels)

Wurstfest is a 10-day salute to sausage. See the schedule here. During the 10-day festival, you’ll find a variety of entertainment, food and fun on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park as well as many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County.

Location: 120 Landa Street, New Braunfels (directions)
Date: Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 15, 2015
Hours: Varies by day (schedule)
Cost: $8 in advance; $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are always admitted FREE. No admission ticket is required if you enter the gates before 7 p.m. on Friday, 11/6 or after 3 p.m. on Sunday, 11/15. If you’re coming Sunday, 11/8 – Wednesday, 11/11, be sure to download the BOGO coupon and bring it with your purchased ticket. That means you only need to buy one ticket for every two adults, as long as you bring your printed BOGO coupon!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Diwali Festival Of Lights

Celebrate Diwali with family fun, food, shopping, Henna, kids’ activities, music, and much more.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Hours: 2–11 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Dia de los Muertos Procession and Festival (Round Rock)

Join the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts and Univision for the third annual Dia de los Muertos  procession and festival. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mesoamerican holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. There will be crafts and activities for kids and art, craft and food vendors. San Antonio-based Las Monas Performance Group, which includes giant, interactive puppets, will also be at the event. Performers include Singer Nicole Reyes, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, ballet folklorico groups from Round Rock High School, Stony Point High School and Cedar Ridge High School, Hopewell Middle School Mariachis, Folkloric Dance Collaborative and Latin Band Son de Rey.

Location: Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Hours: 4–9 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fall Festival (Round Rock)

Call 512-244-2152 for details on activities.

Location: Round Rock Presbyterian Church, 4010 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Hours: 2-5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center.

Austin Area Pumpkin Patches:

For more fall fun in the Austin area, be sure to check out our guide to Austin Area Pumpkin Patches!

Road trip:

If you want to venture out a little bit further, check out some free fall festivals in San Antonio!

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