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Austin City Limits | © Lars Plougmann/Flickr
Austin City Limits | © Lars Plougmann/Flickr

How To Make The Most Of Fall 2016 In Austin

Picture of Aubrey Cofield
Updated: 2 September 2016
Texas isn’t exactly known for fall colors and brisk weather, but fall is arguably Texas’ most beautiful season. If anything, fall in Texas means the 100-plus degree summer days are over, until next year that is. In Austin, and surrounding areas, the leaves actually change, festivals upon festivals take place, and pumpkin patches pop up on the outskirts of town.

Oktoberfest

Held in downtown Fredericksburg, a city just 45 minutes from downtown Austin, Oktoberfest celebrates Texas’ significant German heritage. The festival lasts from September 30th through October 2nd. You can enjoy German music, games, artisans, drinks, and the best food. Try a bratwurst or kraut dog with a side of Franziskaner Dunkel beer.

Oktoberfest, 100 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX, USA

Austin City Limits

One of Austin’s most famous yearly festivals, Austin City Limits is a music festival held in Zilker Park. This year, they have performances from Mumford and Sons, LL Cool J, Radiohead, and many others. The best part of the festival is arguably the food. Leave it to Austin to serve healthy festival food; some of the expected food vendors include Tamale Addiction, Torchy’s Tacos, and Wholly Cow, a burger place only serving grass-fed burgers.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA

Austin Film Festival

This is great for film buffs, writers, and anyone who really enjoys a good quality film. Austin Film Festival features up-and-coming documentaries, shorts, advanced screenings, and independent films. They have a prestigious screenwriting contest and networking opportunities galore. In previous years, they’ve premiered movies like Legend and Carol, which eventually went on to win 13 prestigious awards.

Sweet Berry Farm’s Harvest of Fall Fun

Just outside of Austin in Marble Falls is a family-friendly fall festival taking place September 24th to November 6th. Activities include hayrides, stuffing your own scarecrow, corn mazes for adults and children, flower picking, sand art, music, horseback riding, and ice cream. Let the child in you run wild while probing through their pumpkin patch for the best potential jack-o-lantern.

Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM1980, Marble Falls, TX, USA, +1 830 798 1462

The Great Pumpkin Patch

South of Austin in Bastrop is Barton Hills Farms where you can enjoy one of the best fall festivals and corn mazes that’s open on weekends from September 24th to November 13th. The five-acre corn maze is a different design each year, and this year’s design will be announced Labor Day weekend. Other activities include a giant jumping pillow, barrel train, kettle corn, and pick your own pumpkin to decorate. If anything at all, Austin fall festivals are a reason to get out and enjoy the perfect weather while it lasts.

Barton Hills Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX, USA

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Just northwest of San Antonio lies an oasis of red, yellow, brown, and orange. At Lost Maples, you can go hiking through the changing leaves of the maple trees, discover streams, and admire the rolling hills. Then, you can spend the night camping in this state natural area. It’s hard to determine the start or even duration of the changing colors as it depends on rainfall and weather patterns, so check the Texas Parks page frequently for updates.

Lost Maples State Natural Area, 37221 F.M. 187, Vanderpool, TX, USA, +1 830 966 3413