Fall festival season is upon us. The weather has cooled down, making it easier to enjoy a variety of outdoor events and activities. Whether you're a Texas native or visitor, fall months are the perfect time to visit all parts of the state and experience annual traditions. You can find just about anything from Oktoberfest and wine festivals to craft shows and street fairs. Read about the following six must-visit Texas festivals this fall, as well as some of their efforts to be green!
Autumn at the Arboretum
Nothing says fall quite like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's 11th annual tradition, Autumn at the Arboretum. Up until November 23, guests can walk the garden grounds and visit the spectacular Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. The one-acre patch is filled with autumn colors and blooms. It grows about 150,000 fall flowers and plants and is constructed with nearly 100,000 squash, gourds and pumpkins. During a visit, visitors can also try a hay bale maze, purchase a pumpkin for carving or participate in scavenger hunts. This is a destination you won't want to miss out on this fall, as Orbitz Travel ranked Autumn at the Arboretum first as the "Trip to Put on Your Fall Bucket List."
History Day at Palo Duro Canyon State Park
October 22 marks History Day at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Although the event lasts only for one day, there are plenty of activities to squeeze in during a visit. Guests get to take in Palo Duro Canyon's natural surroundings on a guided hike through the Pioneer Nature Trail. Also, visitors can learn about the area's history with the help of live re-enactments from the Buffalo Soldiers, the Frontier Regiment and more. In between watching a performance from the Kwahadi Indian Dancers and attempting to throw an atlatl, guests can grab food from the area's local food trucks.
State Fair of Texas
The State Fair of Texas has been around since 1886, and is the largest and longest-running fair in the United States, according to its site. From September 30 to October 23, the fair encourages celebration that's focused around the Texas community, education and community involvement. Guests can head to auto shows, listen to live music and even watch chili, barbecue or Dutch oven cook-offs. If you're having trouble with organizing your trip, the fair offers guided itineraries based on art and entertainment, family fun, food and evening events. Before you leave, don't forget to take a picture next to Big Tex!
Music lovers should head over to Heritage Park in Corpus Christi for the 56th annual Texas Jazz Fest. From October 21 to October 23, guests will experience live jazz music from more than 50 musicians and bands, including Beto & the Fairlines, the Corpus Christi Jazz Ensemble and the Bayou City Brass Band. The park has the perfect atmosphere for the Texas Jazz Fest. Not only can guests listen to music, but they can also sit outdoors, visit the rose garden or take a stroll around the park grounds. Heritage Park is home to 12 historic homes that are a part of Corpus Christi's rich history.
Texas Renaissance Festival
Power off your electronics and go back in time to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival just south of Plantersville. Until November 27, guests can plan a trip to the festival to watch entertaining performances, cheer on jousters, shop for handcrafted items and feast on turkey legs. If you don't want to visit for just one day, visitors have the option to purchase an overnight camping pass. This location is one of the largest Renaissance festivals, spanning across more than 50 acres of land, according to its site.
Texas Veggie Fair
Sustainability and healthy choices are a hot topic at the Dallas Texas Veggie Fair. This free, dog-friendly event is located in Reverchon Park on October 22. The fair includes a variety of local Texas vendors, such as the Reverie Bake Shop, Kick Butt Boots, Best Thai Signature and more. Aside from shopping and trying vegetarian and vegan foods, guests can listen to speakers and watch chef demonstrations throughout the day. Also, the fair offers vegan-friendly beer at the beer garden as well as five different yoga sessions.