November in Texas: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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A Texan fall is short and sweet, so it’s best to soak up the cool, crisp temperatures while you can—November is a great month to visit the Lone Star State. The weather can get chilly, especially in the evenings, but snow is unlikely. Rather, November in Texas is the peak of fall, and it makes for a lovely, pleasant time to explore, especially if you plan on being outdoors during your trip.  

Texas Weather in November

Texas is a big, sprawling state that encompasses several different geographic regions, and weather patterns. Generally, during November temperatures are mild, but starting to cool off, and there isn't much rain. Here are the average high and low temperatures according to region:

North Central Texas

  • Average High: 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) 
  • Average Low: 51 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius)

South Central Texas

  • Average High: 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius)
  • Average Low: 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius)

East Texas

  • Average High: 65 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius)
  • Average Low: 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius)

Gulf Coast

  • Average High: 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius)
  • Average Low: 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius)

West Texas

  • Average High: 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius)
  • Average Low: 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius)

What to Pack

November is the official beginning of cold weather in Texas (it’s usually still pretty mild in October), so you’ll want to pack a thick coat, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a warm scarf and hat. However, don’t be surprised if you encounter a string of sunny, relatively warm days during your travels—pack layers, including T-shirts. And, don’t forget to bring a pair of worn-in walking shoes. 

Events

From heritage festivals and chili cook-offs to bluegrass jams and Dia de Los Muertos, November in Texas is packed with incredible cultural events and seasonal celebrations:

  • Wurstfest: A true celebration of all things German culture, Wurstfest in New Braunfels is a 10-day event featuring live polka music and all the German beer and sausages you could ever want. 
  • Viva La Vida: Every year, the Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin celebrates Dia de Los Muertos with a huge parade, hands-on art activities, traditional foods, and more. 
  • Texas Monthly BBQ Fest: Featuring 30 barbecue joints from across the state, along with live music, plenty of cold beer and desserts, the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is a must-do for all the brisket and rib lovers out there.   
  • Terlingua International Championship Chili and BBQ Cook-Off: One of the best-known events in Texas (to Texans, anyway), the Terlingua Chili and BBQ Cook-Off is the grand-daddy of all chili cook-offs, brimming with four days of cooking, live music, an art show, a salsa contest, and more.
  • UtopiaFest: Music lovers, celebrate 10 years of art, music, and nature at the peaceful, scenic Reveille Peak Ranch—UtopiaFest is one-of-a-kind.
  • 24fps International Short Film Festival: Presenting progressive short films that span genres, made by aspiring and established arts from all over the world, the 24ps International Short Film Festival is an art-fueled good time.
  • Texas Butterfly Festival: For the best butterflying in the country, the Texas Butterfly Festival in Mission is a sight to behold: festival-goers spend three days exploring public and private lands and taking in more than 60 butterfly species per day.
  • Ranch Hand Weekend: The annual Ranch Hand Weekend celebrates the city of Kingsville’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texan ranching industry.

Travel Tips

  • If you’ll be in town for one of the increasingly popular events in November, it’s a good idea to book your accommodations a few months in advance, to secure the best rates. 
  • Starting in early November, wildlife fans can see the world’s only “natural” flock of whooping cranes, at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The birds divide their time between there and Canada. 
  • November is an excellent time to go camping and hiking, since the weather is so gorgeous. Some of the best state parks in Texas include Enchanted Rock, Palo Duro Canyon, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Colorado Bend, Garner, and Caddo Lake. 

To learn more about visiting Texas in November, check out our guide on the best time to visit.

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