Autumn Bucket List: 15 Fun Fall Activities in Austin
It’s fall in Austin! While it may be one of the shortest seasons here (dare we even call it a season? Keep your expectations low for fall foliage, y’all…) it’s still a magical time with lots of fun fall activities in Austin, Texas! And while it may not last long, it’s still a much-anticipated season here. After those long, triple-digit hot days of the summer, we’re all ready for a cool, brisk walk, a few bright orange pumpkins, and a cozy beverage. And it’s FINALLY here. Get ready to celebrate autumn with the 15 best things to do in Austin in the fall.
Go ahead and get out your calendar and start making plans for the next few months in ATX. Whether you want to make it a special season for your kids, you’re hoping for a few cute pictures with your dog, or you just want to gather with a couple of friends and do #allthefallthings, it’s best to put some of these fall bucket list items on your calendar in advance. (Many of them are very popular and sell out!)
Whether you’re attending fall festivals, enjoying seasonal food + beer outside, or heading to an Oktoberfest or pumpkin patch, fall is here and we are ready!
From early September to Thanksgiving, there are plenty of family-friendly fall activities in Austin to check out this year. Discover the best things to do and see around town as the leaves (kinda) begin to turn…
15 Fun Fall Activities In Austin
1. Go to an Austin Pumpkin Patch
There’s nothing cuter than dressing your kids or your dogs (or yourself!) in plaid and scarves and heading to a fun pumpkin patch. What do you even do at a pumpkin patch, you’re wondering? Well, in Austin, you don’t typically “pick” the pumpkins, but you do often get to select a few to purchase and bring home. And the really big, fun festivals have kettle corn and hot beverages for sale, activities like face painting and train rides, and some even have corn mazes! They aren't spooky like a haunted house, so they're great for young children.
We've made a complete guide to all of the best pumpkin patches in Austin this year, but here are a few of the best pumpkin patches in and around Austin:
Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival |WEBSITE| This beautiful event has 50+ games, activities, and other fall-inspired things to do like a train ride, yummy food and drinks, and of course TONS of pumpkin photo ops.
Barton Hills Farm |WEBSITE| This one is in Bastrop, and it has a barrel train, beer garden, corn maze, farm animals, and more. Plus, Barton Hills Farm is open late a few nights for a spooky flashlight journey through the corn maze.
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm |WEBSITE| Georgetown has an amazing pumpkin patch at Sweet Eats Fruit Farm. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo, a cute hay maze, and of course lots and lots of pumpkins.
2. Bring Your Kids on the Boo at the Zoo Event
Here’s an opportunity to wear your Halloween outfits an additional time! Put on your spookiest attire and head to the Austin Zoo for Boo at the Zoo event. It happens once a year in October, and it’s a fun evening event where you can wander the zoo in the dark hours and hear the sounds of all the nocturnal animals. They also have a spooky train ride, a haunted mansion, and a really cool view of the zoo after hours. They light it up for Halloween and decorate it with October flair. It’s a fun fall activity in Austin to add to your calendar! |WEBSITE|
3. Drink Some Fall-style Beer (Like Oktoberfest!)
You don’t have to make any special arrangements for this one! Just show up to almost any Austin craft brewery and see if they have some seasonal beers on tap. Most breweries brew an Oktoberfest at this time of year (Oktoberfest is an amber-colored Marzen beer, which tastes great in the cooler months of the year.)
Here are a few Austin breweries that typically have a great Oktoberfest beer on tap during the fall months in Austin:
Live Oak Brewing |WEBSITE|
Celis Brewery |WEBSITE|
St Elmo |WEBSITE|
4. Visit a Haunted House in Austin
The House of Torment is the ultimate haunted house in Austin! If you love getting truly terrified at a haunted house, be sure to book tickets to this one. |WEBSITE|
5. Go To Austin City Limits Music Festival
Austin City Limits is one of the biggest and best festivals to happen in the fall in Austin every year! Get tickets to one of the two full weekends of live music on 8 stages with over 100 bands. New to ACL Fest? Here are our top 10 tips for attending Austin City Limits Music Festival.
6. Participate in the Texas Book Festival
The Texas Book Festival is a free annual event that happens every fall in Austin. It happens in downtown Austin at the state capitol and the surrounding streets. It’s completely FREE and open to the public, and they even offer free parking at the capitol parking garage. BookPeople is one of the sponsors, so they’ll be there selling books. Grab a new novel for the fall, cozy up at home in your sweater and slippers, and light a fall candle while you devour your new book. |WEBSITE|
7. Eat Outdoors At A Fun Austin Patio
Patio season in Austin is honestly year-round, but the hot summer months can be pretty brutal. Now that it’s cooling down again, enjoy the beautiful patio weather! Check out Fresa’s on South First, La Piscina in downtown Austin, or Perla’s on South Congress. Or visit one of these 20 Austin patio restaurants.
8. Oktoberfest at Banger’s!
Every year, Austin has a couple of really fun Oktoberfest events! Banger’s Beer Garden hosts an epic one on Oct 6-8 with lots of beer, music, and (of course) delicious sausage.
9. Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg
If you’re willing to venture a bit out of town, Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg is pretty epic. It’s held in downtown Fredericksburg Marktplatz. Since Fredericksburg is a German town with German roots, this festival honors Fredericksburg’s heritage and it typically lasts for two weeks in the fall. Go to Fredericksburg for music, food, beer, local artists, and family-friendly activities. |WEBSITE|
10. Explore Austin's Hiking Trails
There are plenty of locations for you to take a hike in Austin. If you want to stay local, you can of course enjoy the Lady Bird Lake shoreline and hike or bike on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. And offer beautiful city vistas. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is also a very popular trail, and it’s a fun one to experience on cooler days in the fall.
11. Eat Pumpkin Pancakes at Kerbey Lane
Nothing screams “fall” like those delicious pancakes at Kerbey Lane! They’ve been making Austin’s favorite pancakes since 1980, and every fall they bring back their delicious pumpkin-flavored pancakes. They’re topped with a delicious sugary glaze and taste soooo good on a brisk fall morning.
12. Enter a Corn Maze and Get Lost
Looking for an Austin activity to do with your friends this fall? Try going to a corn maze in Austin! Have fun and get lost in the middle of huge corn and hay as you find your way out. Try going with a group of friends and splitting up into teams to see who can find their way out the fastest!
Here are a few corn mazes near Austin:
- Sweet Berry Farms
- Barton Hill Farms
- Graff 7A Ranch
- Robinson Family Farm
- Yesterland Farm
13. Outside City Limits Music Festival
Don’t want to commit to ACL Fest this year? There’s another festival called Outside City Limits, and it happens each year at Vista Brewing. They have a beer, live music, and delicious food, and tickets that are really reasonably priced. Get them fast - they typically sell out! |WEBSITE|
14. See The Artisans at Pecan Street Festival
Every fall, the Pecan Street Festival sets up in downtown Austin for a weekend of music, food, and shopping! Explore booths from dozens of local and national artisans who are selling everything from coasters to fuzzy socks. Read more about the Pecan Street Festival here.
15. See an Outdoor Movie in Downtown Austin
Did you know you can see outdoor movies from the top of a parking garage in downtown Austin? And autumn is an especially fun time for this event because there’s nothing better than cozying up in the back of the car for a fun date night under the stars while you watch a scary movie together! |WEBSITE|
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