Season Festivities: 10 Things do in Austin this Fall


Fall leaves. Photo by: Liz West

As the temperature cools and the leaves change color, Austin fall festivities begin. From festivals to haunted houses, here are 10 things to do this fall season in, or near, the Austin area.

1.Austin Celtic Festival

The Austin Celtic Festival is back November 5th and 6th. The festival is full of Celtic culture such as traditional food and drinks and includes Celtic music, dance and games. Tickets are available online for  $18 dollars and children under twelve get in for free.

2.Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm

Go on a hayride, stuff your own scarecrow, or hit the Texas cornfield maze. The Sweet Berry Farm is open until November 6th. It is only closed on Wednesdays, and is full of family friendly activities. Parking and entry are free but you will have to pay a fee for the activities. The Sweet Berry Farm is located at 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

3.Texas Book Festival

On November 5th and 6th, 250+ authors will be at the Texas Book Festival. The festival takes place at the State Capitol building, and the surrounding grounds will be open and free to the public. There will be live music, local food trucks and many family activities.

4.Wurstfest in New Braunfels

The annual German culture celebration is back. On the 4th of November the 10 day festival begins. With fun for the whole family the German culture is shared through dancing, carnival rides and fun foods. Tickets are available online for approximately eight $8 dollars and $10 dollars at the gate. Wurstfest ends November 13th and will take place at 120 Landa Street New Braunfels, TX 78130.

5.The Fall Festival at Barton Hills Farms

Located at 1115 Farm to Market 969 Bastrop, Texas 78602, the Barton Hills Farms is open every weekend until November 13th. From a pumpkin patch to a corn maze, there is fun for the whole family. Tickets are sold at the door or online for $14 dollars.

6.Artists and cartoonists exhibit The FUN ART exhibit is one that includes many Austin area artists and cartoonists, sponsored by Texas Cartoonists. It is held at the Hampton Branch Library at Oak Hill 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749. The exhibit opened back in September and will remain open to the public, for free, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until November 30th. Come out to see fun and family friendly art pieces and possibly leave with a new work of art for your home.

7.Day of the Dead party Join the Verdes Mexican Parrilla as they host a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Verdes Mexican Parrilla is located at 16018 Hamilton Pool Rd, 78738. You can purchase food, drinks, art and wares in the pop up mercado. Spend a Saturday surrounded by mariachi music, folklorico dancing, calacas (skeleton) face painting and floral headband art.

8.Barkitecture Austin Austin Pets Alive is hosting a Barkitecture silent auction. On November 12th from 12 to 4 p.m. Austin Pets Alive will hold 17 custom doghouses built by local builders up for silent auction. Come out to Jo’s Coffee (South Congress) at 1300 South Congress Ave. for a fun event filled with face painting, local venders and many pups.

9.ANNIE The fun, red-haired Annie is coming to town! The Tony award winning production will be at the Long Center on November 25th and 26th. This production of ANNIE is known to be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original as said, by director himself, Martin Charnin. Tickets are as low as $29, go get yours today and enjoy a classic this November.

10.House of Torment In the spirit of Halloween, visit the #1 haunted house in America. Stop by their new location at 2632 Ridgepoint Drive 78754 and prepare for a night full of fright. This haunted attraction is open Halloween night, as well as November 4th and 5th. Be sure to also visit during the 11th and 12th for their special blackout event.