Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012 Fall Festivals Across Texas

The cool breeze coupled with leaves turning yellow signals Fall is quickly approaching. Although, it won't be official until September 22 (only 3 days away!), I can hardly wait to begin gathering pumpkins and gourds for decoration.

Among my favorite fall activities, I especially enjoy partaking in festivals and events throughout the state. Here are a few of Texas' most popular Fall events:

The Pecan Street Fall Festival held in Austin September 29th and 30th, is a free, family event. The festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people. Located on 6th Street (originally named Pecan) in the heart of Austin, festival goers can enjoy music, artisans, and much more.

For an adult get-away, search no further for the Gruene Music and Wine Fest should be exactly what you're looking for! Held October 4th through the 7th, Texans come together to enjoy great music, a spectacular wine tasting, and to help raise funds for United Way. Musical Headliners include Clint Black and Pat Green. Please visit this link for tickets.

A historical event, the Come and Take it celebration is held in Gonzales every year. This year's event will be October 5th through the 7th. The festival celebrates the firing of the first shot of the Texas revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, which took place near Gonzales.

The East Texas Yamboree held in Gilmer October 18th through the 20th features daily activities and nightly entertainment. As one of Texas' oldest running festivals, the Yamboree has it all: a Queen's Coronation, a Livestock Show, dances, music, a parade, a quilt show, a yam-pie eating contest, arts & crafts, a 5K, and lots more! Prices vary for different events so check out the website link.

Another popular East Texas event in the annual Texas Rose Festival. This annual event includes a Parade of Roses, the Queen's Coronation held at the Cowen Center, a Queen's Tea (free and open to the public), strolls through the Rose Garden, arts & crafts, floral shows, and much more. This elegant event attracts thousands every year. Held October 18th through the 21st, this year's theme revolves around Indochina : Year of the Dragon.

The Hot Pepper Festival held in Palestine on October 27th is a free, family event in East Texas. The Pepper Party will includes a parade themed “Back to the Pepper,” a bar-b-que and chili cook-off, salsa making contest, pepper eating contest, kid’s zone, arts and crafts, unique foods, and an awesome Texas Country music line-up; all with a county fair feel.

The Depot Museum in Henderson holds an annual Heritage Syrup Festival in which attendees learn how to make syrup, as well as view other folk artisans demonstrations such as basket weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, printing, rope making, and more. The festival also includes traditional folk music and arts & crafts on the Museum grounds. This event is held on November 10th.

A personal favorite, the Texas Renaissance Festival runs October 6th through November 25th from 9am to 8pm, weekends; school days are also offered in November. This is an amazing festival full of costumes, shows, jousting, amazing food, vendors, and more - in fact, it's too much to list! Please visit the website link for more information.

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