Happy fall y’all

Top five things to do in Austin this season

by Amanda Nguyen, Staff Writer

As the weather cools down and pumpkin spice lattes come back in season, there are plenty of fun things to do out and about in Austin. Here are some things you can do to enjoy the weather and embrace the fall season!

  1. Barton Hill Farm

Go get lost in Spookley maze starting September 23 on Saturdays and Sundays lasting to November 5. The farm is hosting their annual Fall festival and Corn Maze near Bastrop. Enjoy feeding animals, listening to Texas country music, eating Tex-Mex, pumpkin picking and many more activities. Tickets are required for ages three and up. It’s $14 at the gate and $13 if you purchase online. Be sure to bring extra cash!

  1. Texas Renaissance Festival

Take a trip back to the 16th century by attending the Texas Renaissance Festival. The festival offers over 60 food and beverage shops from all over the world, 400 arts and craft shops and has over 200 daily performances on 20 different stages. The festival opens starting September 30 and continues every weekend until November 26. Adult admission is $30, and young adults are $15 and children under the age of 12 are free of charge.

  1. Dia de los Muertos Festival

This festival features a full day of hispanic cultural experiences with live music, art, performances, food, drinks and many traditional events. The event brings families together to remember and honor those who have departed for the Day of the Dead. All proceeds from the festival benefit Easter Seals Central Texas’ mission to create opportunities for people with disabilities. The festival will take place on Saturday, November 4 from at five o’clock. Admission is $30, kids six and under are free with a paid ticket.  

  1. Austin Ghost Tours

Head downtown for 90 minutes of haunted history tours! The tours begin with walking the streets and telling stories about Austin 20 years ago. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking, as the tour is about one mile long. The tours happen, rain or shine, and dogs are allowed. Admission is $20 per person, and children under seven are admitted for free. All tours begin at 8:00 p.m. starting in September.

  1. Pflugerville Pfall Chili Pfest

Pflugerville will host their annual chili fest Saturday, October 21. Taste some of the best chili around and vote for your favorite. There will also be live music and a kids zone. Kids are free and the area features inflatables, face painting and balloon making. You can enter your team in the chili contest by filling out an application. The deadline for registration is October 13. There will be a free shuttle bus for transportation to the festival. Make sure to come hungry!