The 9 Best Fall Festivals in Texas!

It’s time to welcome fall with the best festivals Texas has to offer. From balloon fests to jazz celebrations, you’ll find an excellent variety of festivals in the Lone Star State. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the celebrations, so be sure to make time to visit any one of the following best festivals in Texas!

1. State Fair of Texas, Dallas, TX

The annual State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan over well over 100 years. The fair runs for 24 consecutive days, making it the longest-running fair in the United States. Live entertainment, incredible food, and family fun are all hallmarks of this wonderful festival.

*Giveaway below* You know what time it is...time for the State Fair of Texas! 🎡 - We had no clue who Big Tex was when we moved to Dallas a few years ago, and now we look forward to seeing him every fall at the @statefairoftx! We will be at the fair this Friday for Opening Day for allll the fried foods, rides, livestock, shopping, auto show and live music! Who else will be there?! - The fair started in 1886 has become one of the most anticipated, family-friendly events for Dallasites! New this year is a funnel cake bacon burger and Pinot noir popcorn! Plus the U.S. Marines Drum & Bugle Corps will host several performances! - And we are giving away FOUR admission tickets to use any day of the fair (9/29-10/22) to one lucky winner: TO ENTER: 1. Follow us and @wheredfw 2. Tag your Fair buddies! Each tag is an entry! 3. We'll announce a winner in 24 hrs!!

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2. Plano Balloon Festival, Plano, TX

Take in the cool weather and brilliant Texas blue skies at the Plano Balloon Festival, held annually in Plano, Texas. Watch amazing balloons fly across the sky, live music, a fireworks show, unbelievably delicious food, and more. The three-day festival usually starts on a Friday.

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3. Fantastic Fest, Austin, TX

Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, is one of the most popular and well-respected film festivals in the world. Catch flicks from up-and-coming directors as well as industry favorites before anyone else. The eight-day festival has feature films, short films, and everything in between.

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4. Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival, Waco, TX

The annual Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival celebrates the best of the Texas culinary scene. The festival is a major fundraiser for the Humane Society of Central Texas, and offers over 200 wine samples and food from more than 30 restaurants. Events change from year-to-year, but you can expect a sports area with beer, a barbecue cook-off, and more.

5. Jazz’s Alive, San Antonio, TX

The Jazz’s Alive music festival in San Antonio, Texas, attracts many of the most talented regional, national, and local musicians. In addition to the smooth tunes, visitors can enjoy festival food and local craft vendors. The festival is free to attend, but make sure to check out their VIP packages for an even better experience.

6. Addison Oktoberfest, Addison, TX

While several Oktoberfest celebrations exist in Texas, Addison’s is undoubtedly one of the best. The Addison Conference Center is transformed into an authentic Munich beer hall for the occasion, and is considered “one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States.” Over 70,000 people attend each year for the German food, live music, dancing, entertainment, and beer.

7. Grapefest, Grapevine, TX

Experience four days of wine, music, food, and fun at Grapevine, Texas’s celebrated Grapefest! Grapefest is currently the largest wine festival in the Southwest United States, and celebrates “the best of Texas wines—as well as wines from Finger Lakes region of New York and Niagara-on the-Lake region of Canada.” Events include The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, Grapefest Golf Classic, and a GrapeStomp.

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8. Aubrey Peanut Festival, Aubrey, TX

The Aubrey Peanut festival celebrates the harvest of the traditional local cash crop, peanuts! While peanuts no longer play quite the same role in Aubrey life, that doesn’t mean the celebration has to end. Events include a parade, a peanut butter sandwich eating contest, peanut spitting contest, and more. 

9. Cuero Turkeyfest, Cuero, TX

The Cuero Turkeyfest is “an annual small town celebration of area agricultural history.” Events include a carnival, BBQ cook-off, arts and crafts, live music, the Cuero Wellness Center's Turkey Trot 5K, a turkey egg hunt, children's tractor pull, and much more. Check out the website for a full listing of events. 

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