Ready for fall? Here are 17 autumn-themed events South Austin and Dripping Springs residents can enjoy in 2019

Fall is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate near South Austin and Dripping Springs, whether it involves checking out a family-friendly festival, getting out into nature or simply enjoying a beverage on a local patio. Here are some events and ideas for how to get out of the house this fall.

1. Fox Oktoberfest

Sept. 27-29: 3-7 p.m.
12 Fox Beer Co., 4700 W. Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs.

2. Gourd-geous Glass Pumpkin Patch and Festival

Sept. 28: Wimberley Glassworks will present a festival of glass pumpkins, with glass-blowing demonstrations, family activities and live music.
Wimberley Glassworks
6469 RR 12, San Marcos
Free, outdoors, kid-friendly

3. Austin Oktoberfest

Sept. 28: 5-11 p.m. $25 and up.
Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin.

4. Haymaker Oktoberfest

Sept. 28: 2-11 p.m.
Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road, Austin.

5. St. Elmo Oktoberfest

Sept. 29: Noon-8 p.m. Free.
St. Elmo Brewing Co., 440 St. Elmo Road, Austin.

6. Fall Fest and Living Felt Grand Opening

Oct. 5: New Dripping Springs business Living Felt will host a Fall Fest and grand-opening open house with “make-n-take” activities for kids and adults interested in learning about felting.
Living Felt
2440 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. E1, Dripping Springs
Free, kid-friendly

7. Boo-tiquing

Oct. 9: Dripping Springs antique shops stay open to welcome antiquers with custom cocktails. 5-9 p.m. $5.
Various Dripping Springs locations

8. Oktoberfest Musikfest

Oct. 11-13: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Homespun Kitchen and Bar, 131 E. Mercer St., Dripping Springs.

9. Hill Country Harvest Market

Oct. 12-13: The seventh annual Hill Country Harvest Market will bring together vendors selling jewelry, holiday decor and more. Begins 10 a.m. $5.
Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs
Outdoors, kid-friendly

10. Boo Fest

Oct. 19: The Halloween festival will include face-painting, balloon animals, Halloween crafts and live music. $7.
The Hive
10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin
Outdoors, kid-friendly, food/drink for sale

11. Viva la Vida Parade & Festival

Oct. 26: Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a “grand procession,” a low-rider exhibition and more. Noon-6 p.m.
Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave., Austin

Free, outdoors, kid-friendly, food/drink for sale

12. Halloween Hootenanny

Oct. 26: The Thinkery will offer “spooky, gross and silly” STEAM-centric activities for kids and grown-ups. Costumes are encouraged. 6-9 p.m. $16.
The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave., Austin

13. Straw Fest Fall Festival

Oct. 27: Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum’s fifth-annual event will include pumpkin carving, a petting zoo, a fall fashion show and more family-friendly activities.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road, Austin
Free, outdoors, kid-friendly

14. Bark & Brew on Manchaca Road

Oct. 27: South Austin Beer Garden and Lofty Dog Pet Supplies will host Bark & Brew, a dog- and family-friendly fall festival. Bring your pup and participate in a costume contest, bobbing for tennis balls, raffles and more. Proceeds will benefit Gold Ribbon Rescue. 3-5 p.m. $5.
South Austin Beer Garden, 10700 Manchaca Road, Austin
Outdoors, kid-friendly, food/drink for sale

15. Howl-O-ween Volleyball Tournament

Nov. 2: Moontower Saloon and Luck Lab Rescue and Adoption have partnered to host individuals and teams for Halloween-themed volleyball to raise money for pet adoption. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. $50 per player.
Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Road, Austin
Outdoors, food/drink for sale

16. Sustainable Food Center Farmers Market

Saturdays: The SFC Farmers Market comes to Sunset Valley every Saturday, offering fresh food, cafe seating and live music. Market food is accessible through SNAP benefits as well. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley

Free, outdoors, kid-friendly, food/drink for sale

17. Lone Star Farmers Market

Saturdays: Every weekend, 25-plus booths run by local farmers and makers join in on the Lone Star Farmers Market. 3-7 p.m.
Treaty Oak Distilling, 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs

Free, outdoors, kid-friendly, food/drink for sale

By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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