The Best Fall Festivals In Texas

Fall in Texas is a great time to explore. There are great events and festivals all over the state. For an exhaustive list of activities, visit Some of our favorites are below.

Jazz’SAlive (San Antonio, September 17-18, 2016)

Jazz’SAlive is a celebration of jazz in San Antonio, featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed talent across two stages at Travis Park. There are also a variety of children’s activities including a Children’s Symposium with a seminar introducing kids to different areas of music study. Another special event is Jazz’SAlive After Dark, an impromptu jam session that draws musicians from all over the country.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival (Galveston, September 23-25, 2016)

Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this annual festival features some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer. With an Official 5K with a timing feature and route in Galveston’s downtown Strand Historic District, vendors, Texas Size Shrimp Dinner, Shrimp Gumbo Cook Off and a ‘Lil Shrimps Parade, there’s something for everyone in the family. Admission is free, with some VIP ticket opportunities.

Austin City Limits (Austin, September 30-October 2 and October 7-9)

Austin City Limits (ACL) is one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the United States, with over 130 musical acts performing. Sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, the three-day music festival draws crowds from around the country. They’ve also started hosting an “Austin Kiddie Limits” to coincide with the festival, treating youngsters to live music, games, “School of Rock” workshops, and more. The Austin City Limits Music Festival is held in Austin’s Zilker Park. Weekend tickets are available for $100.

Texas Renaissance Festival (Houston, October 11-November 30, 2016)

Each year, for 8 fun-filled weekends in October and November, The Texas Renaissance Festival presents an enchanted world full of Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Knights, Nobles, Fairies, Elves, Pirates, Barbarians and other interactive characters. Besides the themed weekend, the Texas Renaissance Festival features over 200 daily performances, 300 arts and crafts shops, 60 food and beverage shops, nightly fireworks and more than 3,000 costumed characters strolling the grounds. Tickets begin at $12 for children and $24 for adults.

Austin Film Festival (Austin, October 13-20, 2016)

The Austin Festival’s week-long event includes an industry conference, film screenings, competitions for screenplays and films, and more. Film screenings, the main draw for the public, take place across Austin in different movie theaters. The public can purchase a “film pass” for between $50 and $120, which gets access to nearly 200 films showing over four days.

Houston Italian Festival (Houston, October 13-16, 2016)

For over 30 years, the Houston Italian Festival has celebrated the food, culture, romance, and heritage of Italy with live music, bocce ball, pasta eating contests, bocce ball and more! The Houston Italian Festival is held on the St Thomas University campus. Parking is $2. Admission is $6 for adults. Children under 12 are free.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest (Fredericksburg, October 22, 2016)

The annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest has been held in downtown Fredericksburg since 1990. The festival includes food and wine sampling, an auction, games and live entertainment – all set in this quaint Hill Country community. With more than two dozen participating wineries, the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest is one of the largest events of its kind in Texas. In addition to food and wine tastings, the festival features a day full of live entertainment, cooking classes, shopping at specialty booths and more. Admission to the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest is $20 for adults, $5 for those under 21, and children 12 and under are free. The $20 general admission includes a souvenir wine glass, three wine sample tickets, and six cooking lesson sessions.

Czhilispiel (Flatonia, October 28-30, 2016)

Now in it’s 44th year, Czilispiel, housed in the Czech settlement of Flatonia, draws in some of the best chili and bbq cook-off teams from across the state. The event features a top shelf entertainment lineup as well (Kevin Fowler is this year’s headliner). Other activities during the three-day Czhilispiel Festival include a BBQ cookoff, washer tournament, jalapeno eating contest, mechanical bull, 5K run and more. Friday and Sunday admission are free. Gate admission on Saturday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. is $7, after 4 p.m. is $12. Children under 12 are free.

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