Texas fall festivals
nature begins to change her palette from the greens of summer to
the fiery reds and yellows of fall, residents throughout the Lone
Star state get ready to paint their towns red, white and blue with
All-American odes to autumn ranging from one-day, small town shindigs
to big city celebrations that last all weekend long. Following are
just a sample of the harvest festivals in Texas:
Eden Fall Festival
The aroma of home-baked pies and pastries will tempt you during
Eve's Seduction Dessert Competition, an Epicurean event that kicks
off two days of festivities which include a western dance held at
Eden Fire Hall, a two-mile walk/run in Ranchero Park, and a world
class bull ride at Lee Pfluger Park. Enjoy the small town pleasures
of cow patty bingo and a Mom-calling contest before ending the day
at a barbecue supper.
The Old Pecan Street Fall Festival
As eclectic as the city of Austin itself, this fall fete and its
springtime counterpart held each year on 6th Street have enchanted
crowds of up to 150,000 in recent years with live tunes from Texas
songsmiths and an array of unique handmade items.
Annual Fall Festival
Jasper County Courthouse Square
The seat of Jasper County promises a day of family fun at this long-running
celebration of the season.
Main Street Fall Festival
Greet the day with Denison's denizens at a sunrise pancake breakfast,
then root for your favorite cowboy at a Western shoot-out, let your
inner child come out to play at the carnival held at Forest Park
and check out vintage vehicles at the motorcycle and car show.
Pioneer & Heritage Festival
Named in honor of the first Texas-born governor of the state, 177-acre
Jim Hogg City Park offers a scenic stage for a day of fall fun.
Annual Fall Frolic
Jewett Civic Center
An auction, arts and crafts booths and bluegrass music highlight
a day-long celebration in this friendly Leon County town.
East Texas Yamboree
Enjoying its 69th year, this autumn homage to the yam, which has
been featured on The Food Network, includes a barndance held at
Trinity Street Gym, an antique auto show on Cass Street and a fiddler's
contest conducted on the courthouse square.
Fall Foliage Festival
Travel back in time during a wagon ride around Canadian and Lake
Marvin, or obtain a map of the area from the Welcome Center and
take a leisurely drive through the ever-changing palette of colors
on display in this Panhandle town. The kaleidoscopic colors of autumn
have been captured by the Amarillo Watercolor Society, who will
be selling their works in the Gallery Room of the River Valley Pioneer
Museum, and in the nimble needlework of quilters in the quilt and
afghan show. Tap your feet to the beat during the Prairie River
Musical and Sing Along, then kick up your heels until the wee hours
of the morning at the Fall Foliage dance.
The hands of time have turned back the pages of the calendar to
a more innocent time at Heritage Village, a living history museum
which preserves the past of the pioneers. Each third weekend in
October re-enactors conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of
the 1800's as they herald the arrival of autumn.
St. Ambrose Fall Festival
Since 1940 the parishioners of St. Ambrose Catholic Church have
celebrated the bounty of the season with such family-friendly fun
as bingo, children's games, displays of crafts for sale and a quilt
raffle, topped off with a turkey and sausage dinner.
Autumn Days in Ennis Fall Festival
The Bluebonnet City of Texas invites folk to frolic at their annual
fest on Ennis Avenue-- a day of pumpkin carving, horse drawn wagon
rides, a petting zoo and pony rides for the little ones. Auto enthusiasts
will get revved up over the vehicles on display in the Rockin' Relics
Rod Run Car Show, while shoppers can get an early start on their
Christmas list at the arts and crafts booths. The first 400 in line
can preserve the memory of the day with a free family photo, posed
in a setting of fall foliage.
"Turning of The Leaves" Fall Fest/Oktoberfest
Once known as the Hot Pepper Festival, Palestine's autumn party
still offers a spicy mix of live entertainment and arts and crafts
Kaufman Fall Cabooodle Fest 2006
Get your motor running for the Kaufman Fall Car Show and the Kaufman
Motorcycle rally, two vehicular events scheduled for this two-day
fete at the courthouse square, which will offer over 150 vendors
and amusement rides for the children. Kick up your heels to the
sounds of Texas Underground at the street dance, watch the local
high school band and the Red Hat Society as they march in the parade,
and enjoy the antics of the Texas Top Guns comedic troupe before
cheering on your favorite canine competitor in the Kaufman Dog Show.
Devine Fall Festival
A 5K Walk/Run gets this festival off to a running start and the
pace never slows with performances by Elvis and Johnny Cash impersonators,
a karate exhibition, a car show and a chili cook-off. A full day
of fun at the Community Center concludes with a street dance.
Annual Martyn Farm Festival
Basket weaving and candle making are just two of the skills of our
forefathers which are taught to a new generation during this two
day, turn-of-the-century style event. Nature lovers can also enjoy
a nostalgic hayride through a reconstructed farm at Armand Bayou