by Sherida Mock


Local farms are celebrating the cooler days with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and other fall festivities. They’re worth the trip for a great time and some heart-warming family photos.

Barton Hill Farms

Weekends through Nov. 8

1115 FM 969



Elgin Christmas Tree FarmElgin Christmas Tree Farm

Select weekends in October,

see website for details

120 Nature’s Way



Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees

Weekends in October

242 Monkey Rd.



Sweet Berry Farm

Weekends in October

1801 FM 1980

Marble Falls


Texas Big Worm Pumpkin PatchBig Worm Pumpkin Patch

Thursdays through Sundays, October 8 through November 15

4625 E. SH 29



Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch



Summer camping in Texas? Too hot! But fall—that’s another story altogether. Enjoy a hike that isn’t in 100-degree heat. Build a campfire (if we’re not under a burn ban). Knock back a hot chocolate or two. All state parks can be found at Our favorites:

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

16710 RR 965



Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Rd. 4 West



McKinney Falls State ParkPerdernales Falls Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway



Lockhart State Park

2012 State Park Rd.



Pedernales Falls State Park

2585 Park Rd. 6026

Johnson City



October means outdoor events, and here are some of our family-friendly favorites.

ACL FestACL Festival

Visit the Austin Kiddie Limits stage

October 2 – 4 and 9 – 11

Zilker Park


Sacred Springs Pow-wow

Enjoy native dancers, music and storytelling

October 10

Meadows Center, San Marcos


OktoberfestFall in Love with Austin's Fall Charms

Take in German food and music, plus face painting and magicians

October 17

507 E. 10th St.


Texas Book Festival

Meet your favorite authors and discover new ones

October 17 – 18

Downtown Austin


Formula One Race

See this worldly and glamorous motorsport up close

October 23 – 25

Circuit of the Americas



Okay, our landscape can’t compare to the spectacular displays in the northeastern U.S., but our trees do put on a nice show, thank you very much. West of town and throughout the Hill Country, take a drive and enjoy the fall colors of oaks (other than live oaks), big-tooth maple, cedar elm, cottonwood, flame-leaf sumac and sycamore.

Lost Maples State Natural AreaLost Maples

37221 FM 187

Vanderpool, TX

(Check the weekly foliage report at Lost Maples Foliage Report)





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