There’s more to autumn than pumpkin spice lattes. Fall means cooler weather, gorgeous leaves and many unique festivals throughout the Austin area — including our own Harvest Fest, 11-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Backyard Amenity Center.
Check out the details:
Bryson Harvest Fest
1960 Pleasant Hill Road
Leander, TX 78641
Our family-friendly festivities will includelive music, hayrides, a petting zoo, lawn games, face painters and more! Beer and custom cocktails will be available, as well as culinary treats from food trucks. RSVP is required for wristband at www.BrysonHarvestFest.com.
Here are some more upcoming festivals you won’t want to miss:
Harvest of Fall Fun
Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM 1980
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed Wednesday); 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21-Nov. 10
Bring the family out for pick-your-own fun as well as 13 different activities including hay rides, pumpkin painting, horse rides, sand art, a Texas maze, the Sweet Berry Express barrel train and more (fees apply).
Mermaid Promenade and Aqua Faire
206 N C M Allen Parkway
San Marcos, TX 78666
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21
The culmination of the 15-day Mermaid SPLASH Fest, the promenade features floats, marchers, dancers, music and the Mermaid Queen. The Aqua Faire has something for mer-folk of all ages including live music, food, family activities and vendors.
Georgetown Wine & Music Festival
Historic Downtown Georgetown Square
116 W. 8th Street
Georgetown, TX 78627
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
$25 general, $60 VIP
Stroll through the most beautiful square in Texas as you sip the best vintages Texas wineries can offer. Enjoy live music, an artisan market, food trucks and more.
1607 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
5-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
$50, free for children 13 and under
Voted the 2017 Best Oktoberfest in America by Food & Wine Magazine, the family-friendly event celebrates Central Texas German heritage with German-style sausage, lots of bier, contest stage, bowling and live music.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746
Noon – 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 -13
$105 per day, $260 for three days
One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.
Leander Bluegrass Festival
1101 S Bagdad Road
Volente, TX 78641
6 -10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5
Fans of American root music rejoice, the Leander Bluegrass Festival is back with live music, concessions, children’s activities and a variety of vendors.
Elizabeth Milburn Park
1901 Sun Chase Boulevard
Cedar Park, TX 78613
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Dress up as you favorite literary character or just put on your Halloween costume and come out for live jousting, vendors, food trucks, live music and a carnival full of games and rides (fees may apply).
Austin Celtic Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Austin, TX 78754
Noon – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3
Prices vary, children 12 and under free
The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling workshops and more.
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
City Terrace at The Long Center
701 W Riverside Drive
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov 2; 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3
The best BBQ joints in Texas will serve up live-fire cooking, cold beer, live music and fun.