As the Texas heat begins to relent and the leaves hint at changing colors, Houstonians eagerly welcome the arrival of fall. It’s a season of pumpkin-spiced delights, cozy sweaters, and, most importantly, an array of fantastic fall festivals that capture the essence of autumn. Whether you’re in the mood for pumpkin picking, live music, or cultural celebrations, Houston and its neighboring areas have you covered. Here’s a glimpse of some of the most exciting fall festivals happening in and around the city this year.
**Dewberry Farm Fall Festival**
*When: September 16 – November 12*
*Where: Dewberry Farms, 7705 FM 362, Brookshire*
The Dewberry Farm Fall Festival offers a perfect family outing. With over 40 rides and attractions, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, a glowing Jack-o-Lantern trail, and even a life-sized Pumpkin House for Instagram-worthy photos, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to try the new “Jumping’ Jacks” ride and explore the Astros-themed corn maze.
**Blessington Farms Pumpkin Patch**
*When: September 23 – November 19*
*Where: Blessington Farms, 510 Chisolm Trail, Wallis*
Head to Blessington Farms for their Annual Pumpkin Patch, where you’ll find unique varieties of pumpkins and numerous photo opportunities. The pumpkin patch is included in the general admission, and pumpkins are sold by the pound.
**Sugar Land Fall Fest**
*When: September 23*
*Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 2700 Town Center Boulevard, Sugar Land*
Sugar Land presents a celebration of all things fall with their Fall Fest. This lively event features live music, hayrides, face painting, an artisan market, fall photo backdrops, games, delicious food, and carnival games. It’s a delightful day out for the whole family.
**Froberg’s Farm Fall Festival**
*When: September 23 – November 5*
*Where: Froberg’s Farm, 3601 Highway 6, Alvin*
Froberg’s Farm invites you to their Tenth Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival. Navigate your way through the corn maze, pick flowers in the Flower Garden, and enjoy various attractions like Plastic Duck Races, Emoji Cannon, and more. It’s a fun-filled day for everyone.
**Houston Zoo Zoo Boo 2023**
*When: September 29 – October 31*
*Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston*
The Houston Zoo gets into the Halloween spirit with Zoo Boo 2023. Costumes are encouraged, and you can explore attractions like Carved Pumpkins, a Pumpkin Lantern Tunnel, a Scary-Go-Round, and much more. It’s a family-friendly way to enjoy fall festivities with a dash of spookiness.
**Asia Society Mid-Autumn Festival 2023**
*When: September 30*
*Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston*
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Asia Society Texas Center, where you can immerse yourself in Taiwanese art and culture. Enjoy lantern-making, paper cutting, and other art activities, as well as storytelling. It’s a delightful cultural experience for all ages.
**Enchanted Gardens Pumpkin Palooza**
*When: October 7*
*Where: Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359 Road*
Enchanted Gardens invites you to celebrate fall and the grand opening of their pumpkin house. The nursery will be filled with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, making it the perfect backdrop for your fall family photos.
**Texas Renaissance Festival**
*When: October 7 – November 26*
*Where: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission*
Transport yourself to a bygone era at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Experience jousting, the faery court, comedy shows, acrobats, magicians, and more. As the sun sets, enjoy the fire show and Royal Fireworks for a truly magical experience.
**Katy Rice Harvest Festival**
*When: October 13-15*
*Where: Historic Downtown Katy, 5718 Second Street, Katy*
The Katy Rice Harvest Festival is a fantastic family event with craft vendors, live music, food trucks, a kids/teen zone, craft beer, and an expanded food area. It’s a great way to celebrate the harvest season.
**Houston Arboretum & Nature Center ArBOOretum**
*When: October 14*
*Where: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston*
Join in the Halloween fun at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s ArBOOretum. Dress up in costumes, explore live animals, decorate pumpkins, and follow the Trick-or-Treat Nature Trail. It’s a spooky, nature-filled adventure for the whole family.
**The Grand 1894 Opera House ArtOberFest**
*When: October 21-22*
*Where: Postoffice Street, between 21st & 23rd Streets in downtown Galveston*
The Grand 1894 Opera House presents its 25th annual juried art festival in Galveston’s historic downtown. It’s a celebration of art and culture, featuring talented artists and craftsmen.
**First Lutheran Church of Galveston Island Oktoberfest**
*When: October 27-28*
*Where: 2415 Winnie, Galveston*
Galveston’s Island Oktoberfest offers a taste of German culture with live entertainment, music, dancing, and delicious food and beverages. German costumes are encouraged, so don your lederhosen and dirndls for a festive time.
**George Ranch Historical Park Fall Festival**
*When: November 24-25*
*Where: George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road, Richmond*
Spend Thanksgiving weekend at the George Ranch Historical Park for a Fall Festival, ranch style. Enjoy traditional pumpkin pie-making, branding boards, crafts, and explore the Pumpkin Round Up for family photos.
These fall festivals in and around Houston offer a delightful array of activities and experiences for all ages. So, don your flannel shirts, grab your pumpkin spice latte, and embrace the autumn spirit at these fantastic events. Whether you’re picking pumpkins, enjoying live music, or immersing yourself in cultural celebrations, Houston has something special in store for you this fall.