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Austin Moms quite frequently ask us for recommendations on what the Austin area offers during the fall season, as there are just so many options to choose from. To help, we compiled a list of our well-loved favorites from among the AustinMoms.com contributors and we are so excited to share it with you!

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The King and Queen Welcome you to our fair village for the 47th annual Texas Renaissance Festival! This festival goes from October 9 – November 23rd, 9 A.M. – 8 A.M.

Since 1974, there has been a magical kingdom about an hour north of the Houston area, where guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights.

With 70 acres, 20+ stages, 400 shops, and 231 acres of camping facilities, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

Octoberfest is October 9-10th!

Thrill to the charge of knights jousting on their mighty steeds. Fall under the spell of the faery court. Laugh and be amazed at the clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and magicians performing on stages throughout the village or watch with excitement as birds of prey soar through the air. Stay to dark and delight in the fire show and Royal Fireworks every festival evening!

Purchase your tickets for the whole family today!

We will have a GIANT Texas sized pumpkin patch filled with over 40 different varieties of pumpkins along with our skillfully difficult corn maze partnered with food trucks, live music and over 30 different activities that are included with your general admission ticket. Pony rides, giant petting zoo, hay maze, jump pads, treasure mountain, apple slingshots, pipe races, and so much more!

The Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch at Barton Hill Farms is back with the coolest corn maze & most scenic pumpkin patch in Texas! Enjoy 118-acres of wide open space, fresh country air and our new food menu!

Come get your wiggles out in our two mazes. With 40 acres of farm, there’s plenty of space to social distance. We’ll be open everyday between Oct 3 and Nov 1 so be sure to plan your visit to our 40-acre farm. And don’t forget to say “hi” to Comet the Donkey, when you come. He loves the attention! Our kids zipline will be open and cleaned between uses to allow a fun, safe experience!

Visit a pumpkin patch! Some popular options:

  • Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop. Corn maze, jumping pillow, slides, live music, train rides, and more. (September 25th- November 7th)
  • Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Mazes, animals, hayride, playscape, train rides, face painting. (October 2nd – October 31st)
  • Evergreen Farms in Elgin. Take a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields to hunt for mini pumpkins in the trees. There will be rides and demonstrations on an authentic pumper fire truck, a bounce house, train rides, ponies, and more. (throughout October)
  • Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. Hayrides, corn maze, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, pick your own flowers, barrel train, horse rides. (September 19- November 8) *Closed on Wednesdays*
  • Sweet Eats Fruit Farm in Georgetown. Pony rides, petting zoo, hay maze, jump pads, treasure mountain, pumpkin sling shots, pig races. (Fall festival is September 18th – November 7th)
  • Jersey Barnyard in La Grange. You can also take a tour to feed and pet the animals and take a hayride to the dairy, where you can bottle feed a calf or try your hand at milking a cow. (through October)
  • Robinson Family Farm in Temple. Corn maze, bounce pad, barrel train, hay ride. (September 18th – October 31st)

Our sweaty day at the Barton Hill Farms pumpkin patch

Walk the Haunted Trails at Pioneer Farms, a living history museum. Every night in October come visit the pumpkin extravaganza.

Pioneer Farms

If you really want to get your scream on, head to the haunted houses at Scream Hollow or the House of Torment (recommended for ages 12 and up).

For even more spooky fun, check out one of Austin’s best ghost tours:

Dress up in costume and see the zoo in a spooky new light at Boo at the Zoo

Travel back in time at the Texas Renaissance Festival

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva la Vida Festival and Parade

Want more festival fun? Mark your calendar for these events:

Meet the many farm animals, including goats, llamas, sheep, and ostriches, and see other attractions like raptor shows and pig races, during Crowe’s Nest Farm’s Fall Family Fun Festivals.

Toast to the cooler weather at a family-friendly brewery/distillery like Vista BrewingFamily Business Beer CompanyTreaty Oak Distillery and Brewery, or Jester King. Jester King has a fun sandpit, while the others all have playscapes.

Embrace your inner cowboy and ride horseback through the beautiful countryside with Texas Trail Rides, just 20 minutes from downtown Austin.

See a family-friendly show:


Sign up to help with H-E-B’s annual Feast of Sharing.

Run a 5K or a 1K:

What’s on your fall bucket list?

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