Your Guide to Fall Fun and Festivals in Austin

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In the mood for some fall fun? Celebrate cooler temps (soon, right?!), the leaves changing colors on the trees, pumpkins and more at these Austin-area Fall Festivals and celebrations.

AUSTIN

Fall Concert in the Park

The Austin Symphonic Band presents its traditional Fall concert in Zilker Park. Bring a picnic and spread your blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Hillside Theatre. Then watch the stars come out as the band showcases music as big as the great outdoors.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 William Barton Drive
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Hours: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Red Barn’s PumpkinFest 2016

Kids of all ages will have fun at this annual festival with a bounce house, petting zoo and pumpkins, too!

Location: Red Barn Garden Center, 12881 Pond Springs Road
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Dia de los Muertos Festival

Dia de los Muertos Festival is a unique festival featuring a full day Dia los Muertos cultural experience with live music, performances, art, kid’s zone, food and drink. The festival brings together a dynamic blend of music with vibrant Dia de los Muertos traditions. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission of promoting independence and creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

Location: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia
Dates: Saturday, October 15
Hours: 3 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $30 for general admission; 6 and under free with paid ticket.

Ashley’s Playhouse Fall Fun Festival

Bounce houses, games, decorate your own Trick-or-Treat bag (free bag for the first 100 kids) and more! Dunk your favorite APH staff in our dunk tank while supporting CASA of Travis County. FREE and FUN for the whole family.

Location: 13343 N. Hwy. 183, Ste. 200, Austin
Dates: Sunday, October 16
Hours: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Viva la Vida Festival & Parade

Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a grand procession and street festival with artist vendors, live music, food trucks, and community altars. Art activities for children and families will be also be available in the neighboring Frost Bank Tower Plaza, where the public will have an opportunity to take pictures with parade props, including large-scale moving sculptures and mojigangas. Additionally, the festival grounds have expanded this year to include Brazos Hall, where the public can enjoy even more vendors, face painting, lively performances, and a costume contest.

Location: Downtown Austin (Congress to San Jacinto)
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Hours: Noon – 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

BASTROP

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Go Horns Corn Maze

The farm is set among 100-year old cottonwood trees, rolling grass hills and the beautiful Colorado River, the perfect setting for all members of the family to enjoy outdoor fall entertainment including rides, games, a Lonesome Dove-themed corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm animals. Mom & Dad enjoy live honky-tonk music while sipping a frosty brew on the banks of the Colorado. You can even catch Longhorns football on our outdoor TV.

Location: 1115 FM 969, Bastrop
Dates: Open September 24 – November 13, 2016
Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: General Admission, $14 (save $1 when you buy in advance online); Ages 0-2 are free

ELGIN

Fall Fun at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

Enjoy hay rides, animals, mazes and more. On Pumpkin Festival Weekend, enjoy food, pumpkin decorating, competing in duck races, and playing on the playground.

Location: 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin (off Roy Davis Rd.)
Dates:  Daily in October (Pumpkin Festival weekends are October 15th & 16th and October 22nd & 23rd, 2016)
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon – 5:30 p.m.
Cost:
Pumpkin Festival – $7 ages 2-12; $9 13 and up. (sign up for the newsletter and get a coupon for one free child admission)

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt in 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. Afterward, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games: maze, firetruck ride, train ride, face painting and more. Activities are ongoing all day.

Location: 242 Monkey Rd., Elgin
Dates: Saturdays and  Sundays in October
Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission; activities and games cost $2.50 – $5 each

MARBLE FALLS

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm

Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with corn mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, train rides, ice cream and lots more.

Location: 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls
Dates: September 24 – November 6, Monday – Sunday (closed Wednesdays)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee.

PFLUGERVILLE

Pfall Chili Pfest

Annual chili cook-off contest with as many as 40 teams entered, plus vendors, car show and children’s area, with live music on stage.

Location: Downtown Pflugerville, 100 Main Street
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hours: Noon – 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission.

ROUND ROCK

Fall Fest at Round Rock Garden Center

Join us for this Free Family Event featuring fun kids’ activities, a pumpkin patch, live music, educational booths, and much more!  Food and frozen treats will be available for purchase from Sweet-n-Cheesy. 10% of Round Rock Garden Center sales during Fall Fest benefits Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

Location: Round Rock Garden Center, 901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

Dia de los Muertos Procession and Festival

Join the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts and Univision for the fifth 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. Featured performers are Las Fenix.

Location: Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock
Dates: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Hours: 1-8 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

SAN MARCOS

Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival

All ages welcome. Enjoy carnival games with prizes and candy. Don’t miss the costume contest!

Location:  San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins, San Marcos
Dates: Saturday, October 29
Hours: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission and many FREE activities!

Stay tuned…. we’ll share where to find the best Halloween events in Austin soon!