Pumpkins, pints and plenty of festivals: Celebrate fall with these Austin-area events

Oktoberfest celebrations will take place all over the Houston area in October.

Oktoberfest celebrations will take place all over the Houston area in October.

Fall officially started Sept. 22, and many upcoming events can help Austin-area residents embrace the change in seasons. Here is a non-comprehensive list of the pumpkin patches, fall festivals and Oktoberfest events taking place throughout Central Texas from September to November.

Manchaca United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch


Sept. 25 to Oct. 31

Visitors can walk through the pumpkin patch, take photos on hay bales and purchase pumpkins, which are priced according to size.

Sat.-Sun. Noon-7:30 p.m. or until dark, Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m.-7:30 p.m. or until dark, weather permitting. Free. Manchaca United Methodist Church, 1011 FM 1626, Austin. 512-282-7274. www.manchacaumc.org

Bluebonnet Beer Co. Presents Oktoberfest


Oct. 2

The second Annual Oktoberfest features polka music, American and German style beers, bratwurst and soft pretzels, Kinder Park inflatables area for kids, and contests.

Noon-6 p.m. $5 (advance tickets), $7 (at the gate). Bluebonnet Beer Co., 1700 Bryant Drive, Ste. 107, Round Rock. 512-774-4258. www.bluebonnetbeerco.com

Boo at the Zoo Boo at the Zoo takes place at the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary in Southwest Austin.[/caption]

Boo at the Zoo


Oct. 7 through 29

The zoo becomes illuminated and decorated for the Halloween occasion. Attendees can wear a costume, bring a picnic to enjoy in the picnic grove, ride a haunted train, explore a haunted house and see the zoo animals at night with a flashlight. Adult attendees wearing a costume may not wear a mask.

Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. 6:30-9 p.m. $15 (includes a haunted train pass and unlimited haunted house visits). Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin. 512-288-1490. www.austinzoo.org

Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser


October 16-31

Benefiting Restore Transform Community Wellness Center, the event offers a wide selection of pumpkins as well as family photo opportunities.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Cost varies. 1003 Adventure Lane, Cedar Park (on Brushy Creek Road near Vista Ridge Boulevard). 512-221-1939. www.RestoreTransformAustin.org

AustOberfest


Oct. 22

The event celebrates Central Texas’ German heritage with German-style sausage, beer, a contest stage, bowling and live music. Admission includes unlimited German-style sausage and sides from some of the region’s most notable barbecue figures.

5-10 p.m. (sausage tastings), 5-11 p.m. (beer tastings). $50. Austin Saengerrunde, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. 512-666-7464. www.austoberfest.com

Halloween Children’s Concert 2016


Oct. 23

The Austin Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance features “frightfully fun” symphonic music for children ages 2–10. Director Wesley Schulz conducts the concert, and the entire family is invited to dress up in costume and enjoy live music at Dell Hall.

3 p.m. $8-12. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. www.austinsymphony.org

Ghosts on the Square Tours


Oct. 21-22 & 28-29

Join the Williamson Museum for a downtown Georgetown ghost tour as they tell the stories of ghosts who have haunted local places for more than one hundred years. Call ahead to reserve tickets because these tours almost always sell out.

7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. (tour times each day). $12 (members and students), $15 (per person). Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown. 512-943-1670. www.williamsonmuseum.org

Kyle Hogwash Festival & BBQ Cook-off


Oct. 21-22

The inaugural event includes live music with Two Rivers Trio, Austin Gilliam, Doug Kent, The Georges and headliner Midnight River Choir. The festival also includes two days of carnival activities, vendor booths, a cooking demo stage and barbecue cook-off.

3-11 p.m. (Fri. carnival and barbecue), noon-11 p.m. (Sat. carnival). Free (admission). Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-938-8098.  www.kylehogwash.com

Anderson Mill Fall Festival


Oct. 22

The limited district hosts the annual festival, which includes vendors, food trucks, music from Texas Skyz and a showing of Disney’s “The Incredibles.” The movie begins at sunset.

3-7 p.m. (festival), 5-7 p.m. (food trucks) Free. Harper Park, 11008-11098 Lake Creek Parkway, Austin. 512-258-4104. www.amld.org

Spooktober 5K and Fall Fest


Oct. 22

The 5th annual event features a 5K, fall festival and Kids K, hosted by the Friends of Austin State Supported Living Center. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the 184 residents of the living center who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

9 a.m. (5K), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (fall festival), 10:30 a.m. (Kids K). $10 (Kids K), $20 (5K, ages 13 and younger), $30 (5K run/walk), donations accepted. Austin State Supported Living Center, 2203 W. 35th St., Austin. 512-374-6048. www.austinspooktober.org


Pumpkin carving contest


Oct. 27

Balcones Club hosts the third annual event for children and families. Along with a carving contest with prizes, the event includes food and a bounce house.

5-9 p.m. Free. Balcones Club, 9218 Balcones Club Drive, Austin. 512-250-5064

Halloween Festival


Oct. 27
Hosted by the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department, the event features hayrides, a showing of Hotel Transylvania 2, the trick or treat village and a costume contest.

5:30-8:30 p.m. Free (to enter, booths and hayride charge fees). Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown. 512-930-3595. www.parks.georgetown.org

Fall Bash fundraiser


Oct. 27

Capital Area Parkinson’s Society hosts its second annual fundraiser to support the nonprofit’s mission of addressing needs of local residents living with Parkinson’s disease. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an auction, a raffle and music by Austin-based band Top Choice.

6-10 p.m. $75. DoubleTree by Hilton Northwest Austin Arboretum Hotel, 8901 Business Park Drive, Austin. 512-371-3373. www.capitalareaparkinsons.org

Dittmar Halloween Spooktacular


Oct. 29


The annual event includes a haunted house as well as a carnival with games. An outdoor showing of the movie “Corpse Bride” takes place in the park at sundown.

6-8 p.m. Free. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 Dittmar Road, Austin. 512-974-6090. www.austintexas.gov/dittmar

Bethany Lutheran Church Fall Festival Trunk or Treat Bethany Lutheran Church Fall Festival Trunk or Treat occurs in Southwest Austin.[/caption]

Bethany Lutheran Church Fall Festival Trunk or Treat 


Oct. 30

Pony rides, bounce houses, a hayride, trick or treating and a petting zoo are scheduled.

3-6 p.m. Free (trunk or treat), $5 (other activities). Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin. 512-292-8778. www.bethanyaustin.com

Fall Fest


Oct. 30

The annual fall event features food, games, live music and a trunk-or-treat. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes.

4-7 p.m. Free. Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. 512-288-3836. www.oakhillumc.org

Wurstfest Wurstfest is an annual celebration of German culture and Texas fun with food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games.[/caption]

Wurstfest


Nov. 04-13

Join the celebration of German culture and Texas fun with food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games. The event includes German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and Alpine and Bavarian-style entertainment.

5-9:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed.), 5-11:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.), 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Sun.). Free (ages 12 and younger), $10 (at the gate). Landa Park, 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com

Day of the Dead Celebration


Nov. 05

Hosted by Decorator for Hire, the event includes music, art, dancing and family activities. There is floral crown making and face painting, as well as a mercado of local vendors.

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Verde’s Mexican Parrilla, 16018 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin. 512-484-5808. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/d ay-of-the-dead-party-tickets-2 7363930252

Find more fun fall events in our community calendar.
By Kelli Weldon
Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.


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