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


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]


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.


Austin's phased process for moving people experiencing homelessness out of unregulated encampments will roll out through the summer. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
City officials detail homeless education and enforcement plan with Proposition B ordinances now in effect

The process that will eventually remove the city's homeless encampment begins this month with outreach and warnings and will stretch until late summer with full enforcement.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Valentina’s offers breakfast and lunch tacos as well as barbecue. (Courtesy Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ)
South Austin's Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ will move to Buda in next year

The business announced it will be moving within the next year.

Under the city of Austin's phased enforcement plan released May 10, citations at public encampments will begin in mid-June to be followed by arrests and clearances in July as necessary. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's homeless ordinances back on books May 11, but arrests, camp clearings won't start until July

Austin announced a "phased process" to introduce Proposition B ordinances beginning with one month of outreach followed by one month of warnings and citations before arrests or clearances begin as necessary.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopens in Austin; turf fields open in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.

Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.