Best Fall Activities in Austin

Fall is a gift from the gods, congratulating you for making it through yet another scorcher of a summer. Fall in Austin ushers in rain (if we’re lucky), UT Football fans (praying that it won’t rain), and close-toed shoes (if you’re so inclined), and if you’re looking for temperatures between 60-90 degrees, you’re in luck.

Austin and the surrounding area have some great activities going on this season. The Austin Ghost Tours is a fun jaunt into Austin’s eerie past. This well-researched tour of Austin’s haunted history will expose the ghost stories of the past and the present. You can choose between walking tours, trolley tours, or a ghost investigation, where participants team up with the team featured on PBS’s “Haunted Texas” and the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story” to learn and investigate Austin spirits, ghosts, and angels.

Not as scary but still endlessly entertaining, the Halloween Pub Crawl in downtown is slated to be one of the biggest Halloween events this year. Hosted by the folks at, they’ve enlisted the help of some of Austin’s biggest and best bars and watering holes. You can register to join at the Coyote Ugly Saloon downtown.

Coming up on November 3rd, the 16th Annual Austin Celtic Festival celebrates the culture of Ireland and Scotland complete with music, dancing, Highland games and plenty of food and other activities for the whole family. This event held at the Fiesta Gardens on Lady Bird Lake will host two days of workshops and lectures on Celt history and culture and even feature an assortment of Celtic animal events including a Celtic dog parade, a sheep herding demo – and yes – mini horses and Clydesdales. 

Just outside of Austin, Sweet Berry Farm’s Harvest of Fall Fun is a must-visit festival. It is located in Marble Falls, a short drive from Austin, and is fun for adults as well as children! You can stuff your own scarecrows, paint pumpkins, eat Pumpkin Pie flavored ice cream, and so much more. The main attraction, though, is the Texas Hayfield Maze. Give yourself a couple of hours to try and make it all the way through.

Texas actually has a strong German history, so the last thing on our list is the Wurstfest. If you love sausages or Germans or beer, then you need to head over to New Braunfels Nov 2-11, 2012. Nothing says fall in Texas quite like live music and lederhosen.

For the best of the outdoors, Zilker Park and Mount Bonnell are you best bets. This fall, make a point to visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens.

It’s 31 acres with 8 gardens that will introduce you to native plants, flowers, and trees. We’re in the midst of Texas Native Plant Week in Austin. Check the calendar at to find out what else is happening this fall. At the scandalously low price of $2 for adults, what’s stopping you from visiting?

In the mood for some great views? Head over to Mount Bonnell or Enchanted Rock. Mount Bonnell has the best view in town and definitely the best sunsets, but don’t call it a hike (it’s less than half a mile). It’s more like a 100-step stair machine. At the top, you have a 360° view of Austin and Lake Austin.

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