October in Texas: Weather and Event Guide

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October is an ideal time to visit the Lone Star State. After a long, agonizingly hot summer, the weather has (finally!) started to cool off, the air has turned crisp, and vibrant fall colors abound, particularly in the state parks in the northeastern corner of the state. Throughout the month, there are several fall festivals, sporting events, music, and cultural festivals, and other seasonal celebrations taking part. Thanks to the relatively cooler temperatures, you won’t have to worry about walking around in sweat-drenched clothing—unlike the late spring and summer months, October in Texas is mild and pleasant, for the most part. However, it can still be a tad steamy in the early part of the month.

Texas in October
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Texas Weather in October

Texas is a vast, sprawling state that encompasses several different geographic regions, and weather patterns. Here are the average high and low temperatures, grouped by region:

North Central Texas

Average High: 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) 

Average Low: 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius)

South Central Texas

Average High: 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius)

Average Low: 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius)

East Texas

Average High: 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius)

Average Low: 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius)

Gulf Coast

Average High: 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius)

Average Low: 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius)

West Texas

Average High: 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius)

Average Low: 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius)

Expect six to 10 days rainy days per month, on average. By October, hot days are uncommon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen—especially during the first week of the month.

What to Pack

If you’re visiting Texas in October, you’re best off packing layers, especially if you’ll be doing outdoorsy activities during your travels. Do pack a few pairs of shorts and at least one pair of pants in case it gets chilly in the evenings. Bring a light jacket and sweater to wear at night, and don’t forget to pack comfy walking shoes. It’s also a good idea to pack a rain jacket or umbrella and water-resistant shoes, as October gets its fair share of rain.  

October Events in Texas

Fall events in Texas run the gamut from autumn-themed celebrations (scarecrows, pumpkins) to acclaimed music festivals to food- and drink-centric festivities: 

  • The State Fair. Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the State Fair—expect deep-fried everything, football, concerts, and more than 70 rides for fairgoers to enjoy, including the iconic Texas Star Ferris Wheel and the 1914 Dentzel Carousel. 
  • The Texas Rose Festival. The Rose Festival in Tyler is a sight to behold, with over 38,000 rose bushes of 600 varieties on display.  
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin’s most famous music festival takes place over two weekends in October, and the lineup is always reliably excellent. 
  • Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg. Soak up Texas’ rich German heritage at Oktoberfest in quaint Fredericksburg, on historic MarketPlatz, where you can choose from over 50 varieties of domestic, German, and Texan beer to pair with German food favorites like Kraut dogs and bratwurst.  
  • Cotton Harvest Festival. Celebrating the production of cotton in Moody, the Cotton Harvest Festival is chock-full of unique craft vendors and family-friendly activities. 
  • Autumn at the Arboretum. With over 90,000 pumpkins and gourds on display, Dallas’ Autumn at the Arboretum is a true autumnal extravaganza.
  • Scarecrow Festival. The Scarecrow Festival in Chappell Hill is easily one of Texas’ most beloved fall festivals. The fest features over 200 vendors, live entertainment and music, delicious country-style food, and yes, plenty of scarecrows. 
  • Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival. For the culinary fiends out there, the Food & Wine Festival in Fredericksburg is a full-course celebration of Texan food, wine, beer, music, and more. 
  • Latin Roots Music & Food Fest. Experience and share in all things Latino culture at this exciting downtown San Antonio celebration. 
  • Festival of Pumpkins. The most popular pumpkin festival in the state, the Festival of Pumpkins in Paris, is a Halloween must-do.

Travel Tips

  • Book accommodations well in advance. 
  • To see the best fall foliage that Texas has to offer, plan to visit state parks in the northeastern part of the state, like Daingerfield, Atlanta, and Lake Bob Sandlin, or head for Athens in East Texas. The cypress trees at Guadalupe River State Park are also rather majestic during this time of year.
  • Camping is a must-do in October in Texas. Check out one of the state’s many lovely state parks, or head west to Big Bend National Park—regardless of where you do it, this is one of the best times of the year to hike and camp under the stars.