Fall is almost here, which means the weather will soon be getting cooler and the leaves will begin changing colors. It’s one of the most enjoyable times of the year to be outside in Texas. With the Lone Star State being so large, Texans enjoy countless opportunities and activities, especially all of the upcoming fall festivals. They’re always entertaining and are the perfect way to enjoy the fall weather. Though there are many to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the list to the top fall festivals in Texas.
1. Texas State Fair – While it’s not technically a festival, the Texas State Fair is definitely worth mentioning, as its one of the most popular events in Texas. It’s a three week af”fair”(had to say it) during the month of October featuring a carnival, art competition, auto show, livestock show, live music, and above all, the “Red River Shoot-Out,” an intense rivalry football game between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.
Key things not to miss: The infamous “corny” dog that is one of the best corndogs you’ll ever eat, deep-fried treats like deep fried Oreos and Twinkies, and the winners of the Big Tex Choice Awards, which is an annual contest where contestants battle it out for the Best Tasting and Most Creative fried food.
- When: September 26 – October 19, 2014
- Where: 3921 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
2. WurstFest – Head to New Braunfels for WurstFest, which is a “10 day salute to sausage”. Here, thousands of visitors can enjoy great German food, carnival rides, and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and entertaining Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment.
Key things not to miss: Buy tickets in advance (more of a warning), the annual polka competition and try the sausage!
- When: November 7 – 16, 2014
- Where: 120 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130
3. Texas Renaissance Festival – To me, nothing says fall like heading to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Once you pass through the entrance gates, you go back into time to the 16th century (and earlier!). With over 3,000 professional actors who never break character, live entertainment (over 200 daily performances), 60 delicious food and wine shops, and so much more (Go Texas), there is literally something for everyone!
Key things not to miss: People watching, the jousting competition, fireworks at the end of the day, and embracing the experience and having a good time!
- When: Weekends October 11th – November 30th, 2014
- Where: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, Texas 77363
4. Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival – For over 23 years, this festival has taken place in downtown Fredericksburg to celebrate the food and wine from around the Hill Country. It’s one of the largest of its kind, featuring over two dozen Texas wineries. In addition to wine, there are cooking classes, live music, beer tastings, and much more.
Key things not to miss: The Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, the Live and Silent Auction, and sampling as much as you can!
- When: October 25, 2014
- Where: 100 W Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (Fredericksburg’s Market Square)
What are some of your favorite fall festivals in Texas? Do you have any memories from any of these festivals? Share them in the comments!