• Brittany Varner

WHAT TO DO: October 2018

Updated: Mar 25

Fall is finally here y'all! With some relief from the Texas heat comes weekends full of family fun. This is when Texas starts getting busy again with fairs and festivals. So check out all the amazing fun being offered Texas wide.

Sept 28th-October 21st -State Fair of Texas

Dallas, TX

The fair is the longest-running fair in the nation, with 24 consecutive days full of Texas fun with unlimited shows, live music, exhibits, food, games and rides.

.(Photo Credit: Alex Bentley @ Dallas culture maps)

October 1st-October 6th -

Round Top Antiques Fair

Round Top, TX

The original Round Top Antiques Fair invites you to join them in celebrating its 50th year. Come search high and low for that perfect antique to help bring joy to any room in your home, or as a perfect gift this holiday season.

October 5th-October 7th

Waco Cultural Arts Fest

Waco, TX

A fun, imaginative, interdisciplinary approach to art and culture. Join Wacoans in shining a spotlight on the arts, our community and the art that draws us together.

October 6th - Ripfest & Old Rip Parade

Eastland, TX

Celebrate the legend of "Old Rip" - the horned lizard that survived 31 years inside the county courthouse cornerstone. The day's activities include the Old Rip 5K and Kids Fun Run, Old Rip Parade and Ripfest with live music, vendor booths, bounce houses, pony rides, and tons of food!

October 6th - Corks & Caps

Brownwood, TX

Enjoys tastings of beer and wine from breweries and wineries from across the country.. A variety of food trucks will also be on hand, offering food and desserts for purchase. Relax and enjoy these great tastes with live music.

October 6th - Fort Davis Lantern Tours

Four Davis, TX

Walk under the stars and watch the fort come alive. Witness history in the making with historically based skits that give unique understanding of history.

October 6th - Fair on the Square

Canyon, TX

Enjoy fun and food on the green lawn surrounding one of Texas' most picturesque historic courthouses squares, while enjoying Canyon's vibrant downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment scene during Homecoming Weekend at West Texas A&M University.


October 9th- Dry Devil's River Music Flood

Sonora, TX

This music festival features a catfish cook-off, the Hell or High Water 5K, a golf scramble, concessions and a lineup of bands. While you're here, stop and visit some of the aww-inspiring caverns in the local area.

October 11th - Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

El Paso, TX

Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era.

(Photo found at ticketmaster.com)

October 13th - Texas Mushroom Festival

Madisonville, TX

Wine tasting, biergarten and cooking demonstrations are available for an entry fee. Free events include arts and crafts, kids' zone, delicious food including Monterey mushrooms and free mushroom fajitas, auto showcase, Shitake 5K Run/Walk, quilt show, photography contest and more.

(Artist unknown, photo found @ texasmushroomfestival.com)

October 12th- October 13th - Fort Griffin Living History Days

Albany, TX

The past comes to life when living historians gather to portray life at the port and nearby Wild West town as it was in the 1870s. Activities include military interpretations from various time periods with artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations, blacksmiths, gun fights, Drummer Boy ice cream, 1800s children's games, period music by Time Was, Native American culture and dancing, Texas Longhorns, the Texas Camel Corps and frontier living.

Fort Griffin State Historic Site (Photo credit @ DFWCHILD)

October 13th - 31st Annual Punkin Days

Floydada, TX

Agricultural heritage runs deep in Floydada, known as "Pumpkin Capital, USA" — where its annual harvest festival features loads of pumpkins and pumpkin-themes fun (from guessing the weight of a truckload of pumpkins, to a decorating contest). Enjoy a variety of food, a chili and BBQ cook-off, car show, Cow Patty Bingo, vendors, pumpkin pie eating contest, museum open house, rope making demonstration and more.

October 13th- October 14th - Kerrville Chalk Festival

Kerrville, TX

Experience large-scale artworks on concrete by experienced and first-time artists from around Texas, live music and interesting food. The festival presents more than 50 local artists and experienced street painters. Children and even the general public are given an opportunity for artistic expression and a performance venue as well.

(Artist Henry Darnell, featured artist for 2015,


Oct 20th - Oct 21st Fall Foliage Festival

Canadian, TX

Celebrate autumn's beauty with fall foliage touring, an arts and crafts show, car show, quilt show, nature showcase and outdoor classroom.

October 25th - October 27th -

31st Annual Hogeye Festival

Elgin, TX

This free festival features live music and entertainment on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children's costume pet parade, a carnival, Road Hog Car Show, BBQ pork cook-off, In a Pig's Eye corn hole tournament, hogalicious dessert contest, Cow Patty Bingo, the Pearls Before Swine art show and great festive food.

October 25th- October 28th - Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival

Fort Worth, TX

The nation's premier Western heritage event has been voted Best Gathering and Best Family Event by the readers of American Cowboy magazine.

(Photo credit @ fortworth.com)

Oct 28th - Oct 29th -Texas Clay Festival

Gruene, TX

Featuring the work of more than 60 Texas potters and clay artists, the festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase a variety of pottery, from traditional to sculptural by the top clay artists in the state. Watch and learn as demonstrations are held in four tents both days.


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