It’s a little harder to notice fall in Austin where the weather doesn’t cool considerably until maybe (maybe) October (or lets get real November…) and the leaves don’t change until December (if they change at all). But look around the city, and you’ll notice the shift in activity. Days spent at the lake are replaced by visits to the pumpkin patch. Ice cold margaritas are traded in for warm Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Bathing suits are switched out for scarves and boots. There are thirteen weekends during the season of fall, and here are some of the best ways to enjoy fall here in Austin:
- Pumpkin Patches :: Can you even say you have experienced fall if you haven’t gotten lost in a corn maze or taken pictures in a field of pumpkins? Check out the fall happenings at Barton Hill Farms, Robinson Family Farms, Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, Texas Pumpkin Fest, and/or Sweet Berry Farm.
- Wurstfest :: Wurstfest is certainly the best fest! Head on down to New Braunfels for a couple of days of German beer, chicken dancing, and carnival rides. This fun event for all takes place this year from November 5th through November 14th. Danke schon!
- Breweries, Wineries, & Distilleries :: Fall is all about gathering with others. In Austin, there are so many places to gather…and drink. Whether you’re enjoying a day with the family or hanging with the girls, Austin’s breweries, wineries, and distilleries are great places to get together for a good time.
- Fall Day Trips :: Hit the open road for a day trip. Watch the leaves change while hiking Lost Maples State Natural Area. Go shopping and wine tasting in Fredericksburg. Roast marshmallows around the fire while camping Inks Lake State Park or Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
- Donut Crawl :: Choose a fall-themed food and map out an itinerary. Simple as that. A couple of years ago, some friends and I headed to some of Austin’s most iconic donut places. We had such a great time and even had a few surprises along the way.
- Blue Starlight Drive-In :: Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a drive-in movie. Some family friendly offerings this fall include Casper, The Addams Family, Scooby Doo, and Harry Potter while some offer a bit more R-rated scares like Cabin in the Woods, The Blair Witch Project, Halloween, and many more.
- Friday Night Lights :: Texas and football are pretty much synonymous. Now that the scorching temperatures have cooled down some, visit your local high school on a Friday night and experience the sights and lights of Texas high school football.
- Hike & Bike :: There’s no better time to be out and about in Austin than during these mild fall days. Some great areas to hike and bike in and around Austin include Shoal Creek, Walnut Creek North, Katherine Fleischer Park/Mills Pond, Mueller Community, Dick Nichols Park, and Rattan Creek.
- Live Music :: Opportunities to experience live music has put Austin on the map and in people’s hearts. Fall is the perfect time to grab a chair or picnic blanket, favorite foods and drink, and enjoy some live music. Check out Austin-area’s latest live music and event venue Haute Spot up north in Cedar Park.
- Camping or Glamping:: Fall in Austin is fairly temperate, so why not pack up and check out all of the beautiful scenery our little part of the world has to offer? Take a hike Pedernales Falls State Park or go fishing at Granger Lake. If “roughing it” isn’t your thing, check out some glamping options instead.
- Oktoberfest :: Although Austin is 5,480 miles from Munich, Germany, the Oktoberfest offerings in and around Austin don’t disappoint. Check out AustOberfest at Scholz Garten, Oktoberfest at the Texas German Heritage Society, Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Walburg Oktoberfest, and Wurstfest.
- ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot :: The ThunderCloud Turkey Trot is a fall and Thanksgiving tradition here in Austin. The 5-mile run will help you work off those Thanksgiving calories, and all of the proceeds go directly to Caritas of Austin, which works to prevent and end homelessness in Austin.
- Trunk or Treat :: The amount of Trunk or Treats our area has to offer rivals the amount of times Hocus Pocus will be shown on TV during the month of October. Find a Trunk or Treat near you, dress the kid(s) up in their costume(s), and let them have some spooky Halloween fun throughout the entire month of October.
No matter which activities you choose to do this fall season, get out there and enjoy the sights and sounds of our gorgeous city.
What is your favorite way to enjoy fall in Austin??
A visit to Lost Maples is definitely not a day trip. That’s a plan in advance and overnight stay trip.