Just because the temperatures are in the 90s in mid-October doesn’t mean that we don’t get to celebrate Fall in Texas. I mean you folks up north may have your pretty color-changing leaves and cool, crisp weather, but have you run through a 5 acre corn maze that’s shaped like Willie Nelson? I think not. We Texans know how to celebrate fall, it may not feel like fall, but we have fun nonetheless.
4 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Texas
Let’s start with the amazing Corn Mazes in Texas, shall we. Last year, Barton Hill Farms near Austin, Texas built a 5 acre corn stalk maze out of Willie Nelson’s head. This year, it’s based on the University of Texas Longhorn football team. All over Texas, farms are getting creative when it comes to making difficult corn mazes. The stalks grow higher than 10 feet tall and there are so many twists and turns that many mazes come with “cheaters” to help you find your way. Some have targets you need to hit or clues using your cell phone to make it even more challenging. Most weekends in the fall, families flock these corn mazes as many include fall festival activities and pumpkin patches.
South & Central Texas has a strong German heritage, so you can always find the German towns putting on large Oktoberfest events. One of the biggest is WurstFest in New Braunfles, TX. Spanning 10 days in November, the town comes to life to celebrate sausage in a BIG way. This family friendly festival features lots of German heritage – music, dancing, food, & beer and a midway carnival.
You know the old cliche’ that everything’s bigger in Texas? Well the Pumpkin Patches in Texas fit that bill nicely. You haven’t seen a real pumpkin patch unless it’s covered in acres of pumpkins, has 2 corn mazes, a train, a petting zoo, jumping pillow, and tons of great props to take pumpkin patch photos in. Families make the trek out to Sweet Berry Farm in Central Texas each year to get photos in the pumpkins. They make a day out of it. Within the last few years, more and more pumpkin patches have popped up across Texas offering pumpkin chunkin’, apple shooting, and more.
One of the largest RenFests in the country, the Texas Renaissance Festival lasts 8 weekends in October & November. In a small town just north of Houston, the RenFest offers unique themed weekends for visitors. People come dressed for the time period and stay all weekend camping at the festival. The Texas RenFest 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.
So you see, we don’t let a silly thing like mother nature get in the way of enjoying our fall. Yes, it may be swimming weather, but I’ll wear my jeans and boots and enjoy myself getting lost in the corn maze. Come looking for me if I’m not back in an hour kids.