Americans from all corners of our country can relate to a great fall festival. No matter how we experience the change in weather, there’s a universally understood sense of transition from the endless summer days into the excitement of the holiday season. Fall festivals are a great way to take part in time-honored traditions filled with live music, amusements, and the best food you’ll come across all year! Texans knows how to have fun, and autumn is no exception! So, let’s have a quick look at a few of the big fall festivals taking place across Texas this October.
1) Perhaps the best place to start is the annual Fall Foliage Festival of Canadian, Texas, held this year on October 18th-19th. Few things are as quintessentially autumn as fall foliage, making this gathering in the Texas Panhandle particularly appealing for those of us in northern and western Texas who aren’t graced with a stunning autumn display. This two-day festival is full of activities including a fall foliage tour, nature activities, brisket lunch, art activities, and much more!
2) Hill Country in Texas has a proud and vibrant German-American community, and at the heart of the area sits Fredericksburg. It should be no surprise, then, that this picturesque town hosts an unbeatable annual 3-day Oktoberfest. Packed with German music, meats, and beers, this annual event is not to be missed, and don’t worry, it’s a great event for the entire family!
This picturesque town also holds two other fantastic fall-oriented events in October: the Texas Mesquite Arts Festival (October 10-13, 2014) and the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival (October 25th, 2014). Whether you’re a resident of the Hill Country or looking for a great weekend getaway for the family (or just you and your significant other), there’s lots for you to enjoy!
3) In recent years, the Texas wine scene has really taken off. Similar to such notable American wine regions like Upstate New York, Texas likes to show off the fruits of its wine-making during the traditional harvest season. If you are lucky enough to make your way to Central Texas during October, plan on visiting Waco, TX for Waco Wine Festival. Held this year on October 25th, this one-day event features live entertainment, food from more than thirty restaurants, and more than two hundred amazing wines from around the Lone Star State.
The holiday season is right around the corner and what better way to ease into the season than with some good old fashioned fall festival fun!
Are there any fall festivals around Texas that we missed here? Please share with us in the comments!