As the days start to get shorter, the heat of summer abates, the kids return back to school, and pumpkin spice lattes hit Starbucks, it becomes clearer and clearer that fall is here. However, instead of missing long, lazy summer days, residents of Austin can delight in the fact that their city has plenty to offer in every season of the year.
Here are 5 things to do in Austin this fall.
1. Harvest Produce At U-Pick Farms
Austin enjoys a fantastic location surrounded by acres and acres of farmland. Located in the heart of the state, this region of Texas enjoys a long growing season that extends past the official end of summer and well into the fall. A broad range of u-pick farms provide the perfect opportunity for those interested in local, organic produce to harvest their own fruits and veggies.
So, pack your family up into the car and enjoy the many agriculture hubs located a short drive from Austin. Pecans, lavender, strawberries, blackberries, and plenty of other fruits and veggies can be found. One of the greatest benefits of u-pick produce is the fact that pickers have the freedom to select fruits and veggies that are the perfect ripeness and size for the dish they plan to create.
Later in the fall, as September turns to October, these farms can be a fantastic space to enjoy one of the many pumpkin patches in the area. Kids love the challenge of seeking out the largest pumpkin in the field, and many of these farms also have train rides, petting zoos, movie nights, and corn mazes to enjoy too.
Here are some great u-pick farms in the Austin area to explore:
Red Barn Garden Centre
Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch
Royal Pecan Farms
2. Savor The Last Of The Warm Weather
Austin is blessed with exceptional weather. On average, the months of September and October enjoy a balmy 65 degrees. As such, even though the school year has begun, it’s still a great time to head to the beach or enjoy one of the many trails in the area.
Lake Austin spans approximately 1,600 acres and is a popular destination for those who love to fish or boat. The lake has an exceptional stock of largemouth bass. This popular fish can be baked with garlic or lemon or breaded and pan-friend for a delicious effect. Catfish and sunfish can also be found in these waters.
On the western edge of Austin, Lake Travis is another popular destination for those who love to fish and boat. Because of its limestone bottom, this body of water is generally considered to have some of the clearest waters in Texas. As one of the largest of the Highland Lakes, visitors will find that this lake has many recreation options including:
There is also a myriad of trails for hikers and bikers to explore, and a number of golf courses in the area worth visiting.
3. Check Out A Fun Fall Festival
There is no shortage of fall fairs and festivals to attend in the vibrant city of Austin. This buzzing metropolis of nearly a million residents is host to a diverse range of themed events. Midway through October, Red Barn celebrates PumpkinFest where pumpkins, a bouncy house, petting zoo, and more congregate for a fun, free afternoon.
Dia de los Muertos Festival is another unique cultural experience where patrons can enjoy the melodies of live music, entertaining performances, and delicious food and drink. There’s also the Viva la Vida Festival & Parade. This event has been recognized as Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event.
4. Attend A Football Game
In Texas, fall means football. As the season of touchdowns and hot wings descends, it’s a good time to visit the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The impressive stadiums holds a max capacity of more than 100,000 people and is the home of the Texas Longhorns. The Darell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is the eight largest in the US and the ninth largest in the world. For fans of the sport, it’s a great place to sit back and enjoy an incredible game.
5. Take In A Show
Those who are new to the city may not know that Austin is the live music capital of the world.
For residents of the city, that means that the concert lineup is never ending. Fall can be a great time to find out which musicians are going to be playing at some of the venues around town. A number of local cafés, bars, clubs, and theaters host a wide range of music styles. Take in a jazz number at the Elephant Room, or an upbeat roackabilly tune at The White Horse.