The leaves may be changing color because of the heat and not the seasons, BUT, it’s time to grab an ICED PSL and dive into all things Autumn. Here are 20 things to do This Fall in Austin.

Bullock Museum SPOOKTACULAR! October 27 | 5-8pm

The Bullock Texas State History Museum, in partnership with Girlstart, will host its annual free Halloween celebration on Friday, October 27 from 5 to 8 pm. Families are invited to put on their favorite ocean-themed costumes for an evening of free STEAM fun.

A Truly Terrible Tea | October 29 | The Driskill

A twist on our Afternoon Tea, A Truly Terrible Tea is sure to delight and possibly fright!

Hosted by some of the silver screen’s best worst characters you’ll enjoy a luxuriously spooky spread of Halloween themed treats and a cash bar featuring a variety of spirits, wines and themed cocktails.

Your hosts will be putting a spell on you during their live performances and you can test your knowledge during rounds classic villain trivia for a chance to win prizes including a one night stay for two at The Driskill!

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm– Tickets Required. 4.5 Acres of zoo-fari themed corn maze paired with our GIANT 2 acre Texas sized pumpkin patch filled with over 40 different varieties of pumpkins, fireworks (Fri & Sat nights in Oct.), pig races, petting zoo, pony rides, wagon rides, apple cannons, food trucks, live music and over 30 different activities. Check out campfire rentals for an additional fee.

Visit the Texas Science and Natural History Museum!

New name, who dis? Formerly the Texas Memorial Museum, it’s back and better than ever. After over a year of renovations, take the family to explore!

Harvest of Fall Fun– Sweet Berry Farm- Open thru November 5-Tickets Required- Our annual ‘Harvest of Fall Fun’! The Harvest of Fall Fun will last until the first weekend of November. Join us for Hayrides, Pumpkins, Mazes, Scarecrow Stuffing, and much more!

Pumpkin Nights– Pioneer Farms- Open through October 30 – Tickets Required. Set out on a Halloween walking path unlike anything you have ever experienced. You will discover 10-foot tall Jack-o-Lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar, a flying 40-foot handmade dragon, a life-size pumpkin pirate ship, and more fantastic surprises built by our artists using over 5,000 hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins. For more tips and tricks from an Austin Moms insider, click here!

Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival-Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead- Open through October 29- Tickets Required. Bring out the family and experience a full day of unlimited fun with over 50 fall-inspired games, activities, and attractions. You’ll also find an abundance of photo opportunities, so don’t forget your cameras. Rain or shine

Fortlandia at  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center- Returns on Oct 7. Reserve tickets in advance. An annual exhibition of secret hideouts, kicks off this fall in the Family Garden. Don’t forget to grab your free PassForts with mini maps!

Texas Pumpkinfest– Leander- Open through October 29-  Serving The Greater Austin Area With The Most Family-Fun Fall & Halloween Experience In Texas! Kids in diapers are free!

Indian Springs Ranch Pumpkin Patch- Open through October 29-Tickets Required.I don’t want to get your hopes up, but not EVERY farm on the list has zebras, camels and kangaroos. However, ISR does! They also have unique fall-themed photo-ops, face painting, jumping pillow, kids swings and playground, food & craft vendors.

Texas Bookfest | Downtown-November 11-12 | Free. The 2023 Festival Weekend will take place downtown. The Festival Weekend is free and open to the public, with 250+ authors of the year’s best books. The full author lineup will be announced in September, and the schedule will be released in October.

Round Rock Pumpkin Festival | Through October 29 | Old Settlers Park Bring the whole family out to Old Settlers Park for the Round Rock Pumpkin Festival and Round Rock Pumpkin Patch!  Fall Festival, food, funnel cakes, face painting, free games, thousands of pumpkins, bouncy house, bounce pad, corn pit, photographers, farm animals, live music, drum circle, barrel train, and more!

Waterloo Greenway Creek Show |Beginning at 9th Street |November 10-18 Reserve free tickets in advance. Each year, Creek Show commissions site-specific work by Austin-based architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers, chosen through a public Call for Ideas hosted in collaboration with AIA Austin. Artists explore different themes related to Waterloo Greenway that range from history to hydrology and beyond.

FUNBOX | Barton Creek Square The world’s biggest bounce park is OFFICIALLY OPEN! With 25,000 sq. ft. of continuous jumping zones connecting 10 different play areas. This play area was designed with a kid-first, social media -second approach. Its fun for adults too, with tons of photos ops! Visit their instagram @REALFUNBOX to see what your visit will include.

Morning Glories at Waterloo Greenway | Tuesday Mornings 10-11 a.m. | Thru Oct 17  Bring the littles to a FREE weekly early childhood education series that provides hands-on activities and programs focused on literacy, bilingual storytelling, music and dance, cultural learnings, and nature play.  No reservations needed. ASL interpretation provided. This event takes place on the Meredith Heritage Tree Deck

Boo at the Zoo | 27, 28 | Austin Zoo

Halloween-themed family-friendly zoo evening with a Haunted House, a Haunted Train Ride, and a frightfully fun animal show! Wear a  costume for extra fun. Tickets required.

Music on Main Fall 2023 | Every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. | Through November 15

The City of Round Rock presents Music on Main, featuring free live music on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. on the Prete Main Street Plaza stage. Our Fall series runs from September 27 to November 15. Check out the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. There will be face painting, balloon artists, free parking and more!

Round Rock Diwali Festival | October 28 | Centennial Plaza 

The biggest and memorable celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights in Austin area – RR Diwali Fest. Event is free and open to all. Bring out your family and friends to enjoy beautiful street lights, savory food, music, cultural dance, beautiful Rangoli (Sand Art) and a fashion show! Kids can learn various arts and crafts while others can partake in free Bollywood dance lessons. In such a vibrant atmosphere, local vendors will display colorful arts and crafts, Indian clothing, jewelry and artists will offer Henna temporary tattoos.

Fossil Fest | November 4 & 5 | Old Settlers Association of Williamson County

GET YOUR PREHISTORIC ON! The Paleontological Society of Austin presents the Annual Fossil Fest at Old Settlers Association, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd in Round Rock, TX (next to the Dell Diamond) on November 4 & 5, 2023. Come explore and learn about prehistoric life underwater!


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