Festivals, pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating: 20 fall activities to do across Central Texas

Kyle Center Street Trick-or-Treat will be held Oct. 23. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle Center Street Trick-or-Treat will be held Oct. 23. (Courtesy city of Kyle)

Kyle Center Street Trick-or-Treat will be held Oct. 23. (Courtesy city of Kyle)

There are many ways to enjoy fall in the Central Texas area, whether it is checking out a family-friendly festival, picking the perfect pumpkin at a patch or getting out into nature to enjoy the weather.

Note: The information for each event is accurate as of press time but is subject to change.

PUMPKIN PATCHES

Through Nov. 7: Austin Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Barton Hill Farms

Visit a family-owned farm for the Austin Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. Visitors can pick pumpkins, complete a 5-acre corn maze, take a train ride, listen to live music, fire apple cannons and find more fall activities. There is also a beer and cider garden. The festival is open Saturdays, Sundays and on Monday, Oct. 11. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $21.95 per person.


Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. 855-969-1115. https://bartonhillfarms.com/austin-pumpkin-patch

Through Nov. 7: Sweet Berry Farm

Visit Sweet Berry Farm to pick flowers, feed goats and paint pumpkins. All events are family-friendly. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), 11 a.m-5 p.m. (Sun.), closed Wed. Prices vary by event. $4 (hayrides), $5.25 (pumpkin painting), $1.25 to $70 (pumpkins).

Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. 830-798-1462. https://sweetberryfarm.com

Through Nov. 7: Texas Pumpkin Fest

The annual Texas Pumpkin Fest in Leander will feature 5 acres of pumpkins and gourds, a hay maze, a bounce slide, tractor trains, food trucks and entertainment on weekends. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (Mon., children in diapers every day), $5 (Tue.-Thu.), $10 (Fri.-Sun.)

10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 512-222-8055. https://texaspumpkinfest.com

Through Nov. 14: Sweet Eats Fruit Farm Fall Festival

This annual festival includes a 4.5-acre corn maze, a 2-acre pumpkin patch, wagon rides, food trucks, live music and more activities. There will be fireworks and late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Ticket prices and times vary by day.

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown. 512-766-3276. www.sweeteats.com

Through Oct. 31: Cedar Park pumpkin patch

The 25th annual pumpkin patch at Cedar Park First United Methodist Church will offer pumpkins through Halloween. Pumpkins are sold in a variety of shapes and sizes. 2:30-7:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), noon-7:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Free admission.

Cedar Park First United Methodist Church, 600 W. Park St., Cedar Park. https://cpfumc.org/pumpkin-patchfall-festival

FALL FESTIVALS

Oct. 16: Community Christian Church’s Fall Festival


Games, face painting, a petting zoo, hot dogs and prizes will be included in the Round Rock Community Christian Church’s Fall Festival. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission.

4300 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock. 512-244-0310. www.cccroundrock.net

Oct. 30: Spicewood Fall Festival

The annual fall festival will include a hobo stew cooking contest, a cakewalk, Halloween treats and games for kids. The festival is co-sponsored with The Spicewood General Store and The Spicewood Library. 6 p.m. $10 (hobo stew contest).

Spicewood Community Center, 7901 CR 404, Spicewood. www.spicewoodschoolhouse.org


HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Oct. 16: Hairy Man Halloween Trail


Hosted by the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District, the Hairy Man Halloween Trail of Fun will offer prepackaged treats and giveaways, a pumpkin patch, a giant spider’s web and more. There will be two walk-through times to allow for younger and older children to both enjoy the event. 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Free admission.

Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock. 512-255-7871. www.bcmud.org/hairyman

Oct. 23: Kyle Center Street Trick-or-Treat

All ghosts and goblins are invited to a morning of Halloween festivities at the Kyle Center Street Trick-or-Treat, an effort by the city to provide a safe opportunity to celebrate Halloween. A Treat Trail will be set up by local businesses and vendors in the park to give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Paint and pumpkins will be provided and must be decorated on-site. 9 a.m.-noon. Free admission.

Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, 101 S. Burleson Road, Kyle. 512-262-1010. www.cityofkyle.com

Oct. 23: San Marcos Halloween Picnic

The Heritage Association of San Marcos will host a Halloween picnic for families, and children of all ages can join the festivities. Break out the costumes for an afternoon of food, palm readings and storytime featuring myths and legends among the city’s cemetery. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission.

San Marcos City Cemetery, 1001 RR 12, San Marcos. 512-393-5930. www.visitsanmarcos.com

Oct. 24: Halloween Children’s Concert

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Halloween Children’s Concert featuring “frightfully fun symphonic music” for ages 2-10. Families are encouraged to dress in costume for the one-hour concert. Tickets can be purchased online. 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

Long Center for the Performing Arts Dell Hall, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064. https://austinsymphony.org

Oct. 30: Boo Bash on the Lawn

Celebrate Halloween at the Hill Country Galleria. Entertainer Joe McDermott will be at the Central Plaza Lawn along with balloon artists and costumed characters. Halloween treats are available while they last. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume. A dog costume contest also is available. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/events

Oct. 30: Halloween at Hotel Granduca

Celebrate Halloween with a family-friendly event on the second floor of Hotel Granduca. Trick-or-treating is offered along with activities for family pets. 4-7 p.m. Free admission.

Hotel Granduca, 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. B, Austin. 512-306-6400. https://granducaaustin.com

Oct. 30: Witches Ride

Participants are encouraged to wear a costume as they line up along Lakeway Drive from the Live Oak Driving Range to the Lakeway Activity Center. Costumed witches will throw candy to those gathered as they ride their bicycles in a parade of witches. The parade is open to all who would like to participate, but the $25 registration to join the parade closes at midnight Oct. 18. You do not have to have a bicycle to participate. All non-motorized riders are welcome to gather at the start at 6 p.m. Other activities at the parade route’s finish line include live music, a photo booth and food trucks. 7-9 p.m. Free admission.

Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-314-7532. www.lakeway-tx.gov/1882/witches-ride


FALL EVENTS

Oct. 24: More than Pink Walk


Join a walk in support of those affected by breast cancer. Participants are encouraged to raise money to fund research, treatments, and provide breast cancer care and screenings. Both an in-person and a virtual experience are planned for the fundraising event. Registration is available online. 8 a.m.-noon.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.komen.org/centraltxwalk

Fridays through Oct. 29: Outdoor Story Time

The city of Bee Cave hosts an interactive presentation of stories, songs and games at the Bee Cave Central Park pavilion. The event is designed for preschoolers, but the program welcomes all age groups. 9:30 a.m. Free.

Bee Cave Central Park, 13676 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave. 512-767-6620. www.beecavetexas.gov

Saturdays through Oct. 30: Saturday Night Concert Series

The Hill Country Galleria hosts a concert hosted by Austin City Limits Radio. Featured performers include The Peterson Brothers. Concerts are held at the galleria’s Central Plaza Lawn. 7-9 p.m. Free admission.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/events

Nov. 5-14: Wurstfest

Visit New Braunfels for the annual Wurstfest. Visitors will find German food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games, special events and entertainment. German, Texan and domestic beer will be available. 11 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun.), 5-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 5-11 p.m. (Fri.). $18 (admission).

120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. https://wurstfest.com

Nov. 6: ChamberFest

A continuation of the annual SpringFest, Chamberfest is an outdoor exposition and festival hosted by the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce at the Hill Country Galleria. Live music and events for children will be offered. Pet owners can meet at Bark Avenue, a designated pet area with pet supply vendors in attendance. More than 95 local and regional vendor booths will be set up throughout the Central Plaza, and a Boat Expo will be offered. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission; additional costs for some activities.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-387-3180. https://laketravischamberfest.com

Nov. 25: ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Run on Thanksgiving Day in the annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot in Austin. A virtual race option is available. Race packets can be picked up at First Texas Honda and the Long Center on race day. Races include a 5-mile run, a 1-mile walk and a kids run. Registration is available online. The race benefits Caritas of Austin. 9:30 a.m. $10-27.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. https://thundercloud.com/register-2
By Greg Perliski

Editor, Lake Travis/Westlake & Northwest Austin

Greg joined Community Impact as an editor in November 2020. In the communities he covers, Greg reports on local government, transportation, real estate development and business. He has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. Greg earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.



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