Texas’ fall season may be short but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be celebrated. From September to November, there are quite a few Texas activities and attractions that should not be missed. No matter if you want to explore the great outdoors or simply enjoy a great German brew, there is a perfect activity on this list for you to do in Texas this autumn season.

Camping at one of Big Bend's primitive roadside campsites
Camping at one of Big Bend's primitive roadside campsites

Go Camping (Nearby Hotels)

Since summer is so hot in the Lone Star State, one of the best times to hit up a hiking trail or spend the night camping under the stars is during fall. With a number of state parks and two national parks in the state, there is no lack of camping options. Actually, October is one of the best times to visit one of Texas’ most popular parks, Big Bend National Park. This remote area is teeming with wildlife and boasts incredible views of the Chisos Mountains.

Kyle Field at Texas A&M University
Kyle Field at Texas A&M University

Watch Football (Nearby Hotels)

Football is a lifestyle here in Texas, and fall means football season to many devoted fans. Therefore catch a game or two this football season, no matter if it’s from the stands or your living room. Now there are a number of football games occurring this fall, from high school to college to NFL games. However since everything is bigger in Texas, why not enjoy a game from the biggest stadium in the Lone Star State, Kyle Field at Texas A&M University.

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples State Natural Area

View Fall Foliage (Nearby Hotels)

Texas’ fall is short and sweet. And the Texas landscape may not be known as a haven for fall foliage, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some beautiful places to view changing leaves. Head to Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool to view the changing maple trees. Visit Lost Maples Natural Area during late October or early November to catch a glimpse of the brightest fall foliage Texas has to offer.

White-tailed deer
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White-tailed deer

Go Hunting (Nearby Hotels)

For many Texans, autumn signifies hunting season. Depending on your area and what you intend to hunt will depend on when the hunting season starts for you. Dove season starts as early as September but deer hunting season doesn’t begin until November (late September for bow-hunters). Texas actually is home to the largest white-tailed deer herd in the United States, so hunting these animals helps control the population. Remember to always hunt responsibly.

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

Attend ACL (Nearby Hotels)

One of the biggest music festivals in the Lone Star State, and one of the most well-known in the nation, occurs in Austin during the fall. Expect huge acts to hit the stage at Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as popular local musicians too. This music festival has grown so big that it now spans two weekends, three-days each.

Pumpkin patch at Barton Hill Farms
Pumpkin patch at Barton Hill Farms

Go to a Pumpkin Patch (Nearby Hotels)

Get in the autumn mood by picking a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch. There are a number of pumpkin patches big and small that pop up around the state during October. However visit one of the most scenic pumpkin patches in Texas, Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop, Texas. This pumpkin patch will open sometime in late September and will be selling pumpkins until early to mid-November.

Beer at Wurstfest
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Beer at Wurstfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest (Nearby Hotels)

Texas has a strong German influence, from German towns to German restaurants. Therefore there is no surprise that a number of great Oktoberfests occur during fall in the Lone Star State. These festivals typically focus around great beer, good sausage and Texans adorned in German fashion. An iconic Oktoberfest that has been occurring for over 40 years is Wurstfest in the German town of New Braunfels. It’s a great festival to dance to polka music, eat strudel and sausage and of course enjoy a dark German brew.

Big Tex
Big Tex

Go to the State Fair of Texas (Nearby Hotels)

The State Fair of Texas, which runs for 24 days, is the largest fair in the state, making it a must-attend event during late September through early October. With a focus on livestock exhibits, carnival rides and fried food, there really is nothing not to like about this state fair. One of the main attractions of the fair is actually the Red River Rivalry, the big football game between Texas and Oklahoma.

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Get Lost in a Corn Maze (Nearby Hotels)

Corn fields grow tall during the autumn season. So many Texas farms carve incredible corn mazes out of their huge corn fields, including Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. There is sure to be many corn mazes near your area if you are not close to Sweet Berry Farm. However, this farm has a Texas-shaped corn maze, making it a perfect place to get lost while embracing a Texas fall.

Texas Renaissance Festival
Texas Renaissance Festival

Attend the Texas Renaissance Festival (Nearby Hotels)

Travel back to the 16th century at the Texas Renaissance Festival, which is the nation’s largest ren fair. Dress in your best Renaissance garb as you attend this unique event that runs for six full weeks from late September to late November. View hundreds of performances, engage in the costumed characters and shop at the 300 craft and arts booths.

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