Fall Events, Festivals and Activities in Texas

Fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors in Texas. So, it's little wonder that some of the Lone Star State's very best events and festivals are held during the fall each year. From the State Fair of Texas to WurstFest, as well as a number of great Halloween and Thanksgiving events, there are a dizzying array of events, festivals and activities taking place across Texas during autumn.

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    HEB Holiday Parade
    ••• HEB Holiday Parade. HEB Parade

    An annual Thanksgiving Day tradition for almost 60 years, the HEB Holiday Parade signifies the official beginning of the holiday season in the Houston area.

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    Austin City Limits Music Festival

    Austin City Limits Music Festival
    ••• Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin Parks Foundation

    Staged by the Austin Parks Foundation and named after the popular Austin City Limits music program on PBS, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is a three-day music festival that has become one of the largest and most popular in the country. During the three day event, more than 130 bands will perform live.

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    ••• State Fair of Texas. State Fair of Texas

    Running for 24 days through late-September and early-October, the State Fair of Texas is the largest fair and stock show in the state. During the nearly month long event, everything from live music to carnival rides and good eats to art shows are offered. Of course, the highlight of the Fair is the annual Texas-Oklahoma football game.

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    Held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Fantastic Fest has become the largest genre film festival in the United States. Those in attendance are treated to a full slate of horror, sci-fi, and action movies throughout Fantastic Fest. Fantastic Fest is generally held near the end of September, making it one of F​all's first festivals each year.

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    Port Isabel Day of the Dead
    ••• Port Isabel Day of the Dead Celebration. Danno Wise

    In Mexico, the end of October marks a time-honored celebration known as “Day of the Dead.” Over time, the tradition has crept into the Mexican-influenced Texas border region. In fact, several towns across Deep South Texas now host their own version of the Day of the Dead celebration. One of the more unique events takes place in the historic South Texas seaport of Port Isabel.

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    ••• Wurstfest. Wurstfest

    For over four decades, the German-influenced Hill Country town of New Braunfels has held their annual Wurstfest, which features plenty of sausage, strudel, pretzels, polka music and more.

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    Chuy's Christmas Parade

    Chuy's Parade
    ••• Chuy's Parade. Chuy's Parade

    Why wait 'til December for a Christmas Parade when you can attend Chuy's Christmas Parade in Austin during November? This unique Christmas parade raises money for "Operation Blue," which provides toys to needy children in the Austin area.

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    Salado Fright Trail

    Held at the Tablerock Amphitheater in Salado, the Fright Trail offers games, contests and spooky tales for children. Adults can experience some of the "horror classics" and everyone can expect the unexpected.

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    Texas Rose Festival
    ••• Texas Rose Festival. Texas Rose Festival

    Started in 1933, the Texas Rose Festival has become part of the fabric of life in Tyler. The Rose Parade is just part of the fun, that includes the Coronation Ball and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s “Concert in the Park.” Don’t forget to visit the Rose Museum while visiting the “Rose Capital of the Nation.”

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    ••• Texas Renaissance Festival. Texas Renaissance Festival

    A six-week trip back to the 16th century, the Texas Renaissance Festival features over 200 daily performances, 300 arts and crafts shops, 60 food and beverage shops, nightly fireworks and more than 3,000 costumed characters strolling the grounds. Although it is not technically an "Oktoberfest," the opening weekend of the Renaissance festival is themed as Oktoberfest and the event covers the entire month.