Top 10 Texan things to do in the fall

September 29, 2022

Discover all the best things to do in the fall around Texas in 2022!

Mother and daughter decorating pumpkins - fall activities in Texas 
With cooler weather just around the corner, it's the perfect time for Texans to get out of the house and enjoy fall in Texas. Our state has countless autumn events, festivals, and destinations, but with so many choices, you may find it difficult to see them all! To help you find the best that the season has to offer, we've put together this list of the top 10 Texan things to do in the fall - read on!

1. South Texas Maize

Find food and fun for the whole family at the Graff 7A Ranch in Hondo, TX - home of the South Texas Maize. If you find yourself stuck trying to choose between all the fun fall activities Texas has to offer, this destination is a great solution! Included in your fall admission is access to an 8-acre corn maze, hayride, barrel train, Cowboy Ken’s Kiddie Korral, Hay Bale Jump, and more. They also feature another classic fall staple through the end of October: a pumpkin patch!

You can of course buy tasty treats on-site, but you can also bring your own food for a fun family picnic. To top it all off, you don't have to worry about finding leaving your furry friend behind - dogs are welcome! 

The fall season opens on September 17, 2022 and closes on November 19, 2022, but tickets are now only available online, so reserve yours on their website today!

2. Thanksgiving Day Parade

When you're thinking of various things to do in the fall, you can't forget about Thanksgiving parades! The 73rd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 9 a.m. in downtown Houston, TX. One of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country, the H-E-B parade brings in several hundreds of thousands of people to cheer on the participants. The parade features elaborate floats, fun marching bands, high-flying balloons and more over the course of 20 city blocks.

3. State Fair of Texas

It wouldn’t be fall in Texas without the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, TX. Taking place from September 30 - October 23, 2022, the State Fair features games, rides, shows, attractions, and more.

The State Fair is also known for its eclectic and often experimental cuisine. Chefs from across the state whip up world class fair food, from old favorites to new mouth-watering mashups and literally everything in between. Deep fried honey, deep fried praline cheesecake egg rolls, and pork belly burnt ends pizza are just a few of the new entries, which you can check out ahead of time here.
Lastly, we can't forget to mention Big Tex! While you’re there, don’t forget to snap a picture with this iconic 55-foot tall cowboy. 

4. Oktoberfest

Fall in Texas wouldn't be complete without Oktoberfest: A celebration of German tradition that includes food, wine, beer, parades, games, and other attractions. Find a family-friendly event or get a babysitter for some adult time at a local brewery. Check out our blog post to learn everything you need to know about Oktoberfest in Texas! 

5. Big Bend National Park

With temperatures cooling, camping around Texas can be one of the best things to do in fall; summer is often far too hot and winter too cold and rainy. Although Texas boasts countless wonderful camping spots, Big Bend National Park in Far West Texas is one of the best to see in fall with its beautiful scenery and gorgeous views. Reserve a campsite so you can take in the fall foliage and mountain views during your stay. There are a variety of outdoor activities you can enjoy during your visit like hiking, scenic drives, and more!

6. Haunted tours

Nothing says fall like scary stories. Celebrate the spookiest time of the year with a haunted tour in your favorite Texas city. These tours often take place in haunted areas, buildings, or cemeteries where ghosts are rumored to haunt. Check out some of the top Texas ghost tours and find one near you… if you dare.

7. Texas Renaissance Festival

Hark! An autumnal festival of merriment and mirth this way comes! For a change of pace, you can visit the Texas Renaissance Festival, which runs weekends from October 8 to November 27 & Thanksgiving Friday, 2022. Located in Todd Mission, TX, the 48th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival has no shortage of fantastical fun things to do, including entertainment, performances, food, drink, and shops to keep you busy all day. It also has kid-friendly games and events as well as camping facilities where you can stay during your time at the Ren fest.

8. Festival of Pumpkins

Mark your calendars because October 22, 2022 is the 22nd annual Festival of Pumpkins in Paris, TX. At this festival, you can listen to live music, shop downtown stores, and eat all kinds of fun fall festival foods. There are plenty of free activities, a costume contest, and pumpkin decorating events with cash prizes for the best costume and best decorated pumpkin.

9. Lost Maples State Natural Area

Driving and hiking outdoors to see the beautiful changing colors is one of the most popular things to do in the fall. Although many northern regions, like New England, boast the best spots, Texas has plenty of color to show off, too! Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, TX is well known for its fall colors, which come from the Uvalde bigtooth maples that the area protects.

They start posting their Fall Foliage Color Report in mid-October, which provides photos and details of what the trees look like so you can visit at just the right time.

10. Zoo Boo

The Houston Zoo is celebrating fall with Zoo Boo 2022, a month-long family event where costumes are encouraged. From October 1 - 31, 2022, families can come to the Houston Zoo in their spookiest costumes to visit the Giant Pumpkin, ride on the Scary-Go-Round, and snap pictures at photo ops across the zoo.

A bunch of pumpkins for fall activities in Texas 
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by Geoff Ullrich

About the Author

Geoff Ullrich is a writer and Content Marketing Strategist at Germania Insurance.

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