October is a beautiful time of year in Austin, just when the leaves are starting to turn and the weather cools. It’s also the perfect time of year to plan a trip! We’ve picked our top favorite seasonal things to do in Austin during October.
What’s more festive in October than a pumpkin patch? Austin has some great farms that host fall festivals (pumpkin patch included). Barton Hill Farms is one of the most scenic pumpkin patches in Austin with tons for the family to do! Kids can participate in the corn maze, rat rollers, a trike track, face painting and more. The whole family can enjoy live music and delicious pulled pork sandwiches and Lavell’s lemonade. The farm is open Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Another great farm to check out is Evergreen Farms. This Christmas tree farm is well known for their Pumpkin Hunt, where families can take a wagon ride in the Christmas tree fields to find the hidden mini pumpkins in the trees! Evergreen Farms also have other fun activities like pumpkin races, pumpkin decorating, and other fun. Open every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm in October, admission is free!
Enjoy authentic German food, music, and more when you head to the Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, just an hour and a half outside of Austin. October 4,5, and 6th the Polka Capital of Texas celebrates the annual tradition of Oktoberfest. You and your family can get your fill of German heritage by participating in activities and live entertainment. 1-day admission is $8 per person and a 2-day admission is $14 per person.
Dia de los Muertos
If you can’t get to Mexico for Dia de los Muertos, being in Austin for the celebration is the next best thing! Join Viva La Vida as they host their annual, largest, and longest-running Day of the Dead festival. Typically held on a Saturday in late October you can witness the vibrancy and fun of this cultural celebration. Join in on the annual parade and festival where you can experience the creations by artists in residence, face painting, flower crown building, authentic merchants and so much more! Check out Mexic-Arte Museum events page for up-to-date information on the 2019 Dia de los Muertos festivities.
Haunted Trails & Houses
One of the most iconic things to do in October is to visit Haunted House and we have “one of America’s scariest” on our list for you! If you’re looking for thrills head over to House of Torment. This place has four of the creepiest and spookiest attractions that are sure to make you scream. Ticket prices vary based on day and time, ranging from $20 to $33. If you’re looking for something a little less scary try the living history park and museum, Pioneer Farms. Pioneer Farms offers a G and PG haunted trail and more. Entry into the farm is $15 per person.
If you’re looking for something a little more historical but still spooky, why not try a ghost tour? Austin Ghost Tours offers three different ghost tours every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Check out the Ghost, Murder, and Mayhem tours on Thursday, they include exploring the ghostly past of Old German Town and Old Red Light District. Friday night you can join in on the Alleyways and Shadows Ghost Walk of the Capitol where you’ll stop at the old Travis County jailhouse, Driskill Hotel, and more! Last but not least is the Historic District Ghost tour on Saturday –you can’t go wrong with any of these 90-minutes tours! Tour tickets are $25 per person and begin promptly at 8 pm.
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