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09 September . 2021

Party with ghosts and pumpkins at these fall events near Rancho Sienna

With cooler weather and changing foliage, fall is a season of festivals here in Austin and Central Texas, where we celebrate everything from Halloween to Oktoberfest (only we call it POPPtoberfest).

Here are our top picks for fall events in Georgetown, Round Rock, Liberty Hill and other nearby cities through early November. Around that time, we’ll be back with our favorite holiday event picks.

Many of these events have free admission, with food, beverages and merchandise available for purchase. Pre-registration is recommended for some. We’ve included a link for each event so you can get complete details.

Music on Main Street

From Sept. 15 through Nov. 10, Round Rock hosts free live Music on Main Street concerts every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and pack a picnic or enjoy one of the many dining options in beautiful historic downtown Round Rock. There’ll also be face painting, balloon artists and more, along with free parking.

Texas Pumpkin Fest

In Leander, the Texas Pumpkin Fest starts up Sept. 24 and continues through Nov. 7. This festive event overflows with pumpkins, gourds, a hay maze, and attractions such as kiddie tractor trains, a 65-foot super slide, a huge pumpkin spinner, a bounce slide and obstacle course. There’ll also be live entertainment such as musicians and magicians, unique craft vendors and festive food trucks. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take unforgettable photos with fun character cutouts, old tractors and artistic pumpkin and gourd displays.

Fall Festival at Sweet Eats Fruit Farm

Georgetown’s Sweet Eats Fruit Farm holds its annual Fall Festival from September through November. It features the largest themed corn maze in Texas, covering more than 4.5 acres.  For added fun, there’s a nighttime corn maze with flashlights on Friday and Saturdays. There’s also a 2-acre pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch with 40 varieties of pumpkins, an 11-foot-high Pumpkin House, wagon rides, and live music. This event also features food trucks, kettle corn, Oktoberfest beer and more. In October, you can enjoy fireworks at dusk on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Chalk Walk Arts Festival

On Oct. 1-2, the Chalk Walk Arts Festival at Dell Diamond will be a fun and colorful event with hundreds of artists creating street paintings, along with fine arts and crafts vendors selling one-of-a-kind creations. As Round Rock’s largest festival of the year, the Chalk Walk will showcase local and regional musicians, theatrical performances, and a children’s area with special performances. Foods and drinks will also be available.

POPPtoberfest

Georgetown’s annual springtime Poppy Festival has been moved to October and rechristened as Popptoberfest for this year. Come out for three days of fun Oct. 1-3, featuring live performances on three stages, an artisans market with local handcrafted goods, and food courts with curated foods and beverages. There’ll also be a fun-filled Kids Zone, Classic Car Show and Pet Parade.

Ghost Tours at Williamson Museum

Legend has it that Georgetown’s Williamson Museum and other buildings in historic downtown Georgetown have been haunted for more than 100 years. From Oct. 8-29, join costumed docents as they lead interactive Ghost Tours around the Square and tell frighteningly fun stories. Tours are weekly, culminating with a Spirits with Spirits Happy Haunting Hour on Oct. 29, complete with drinks and light bites.

Liberty Hill Beer Festival

On Oct. 16, the Liberty Hill Beer Festival will showcase a keg full of local breweries, wineries and cideries, including Bold Republic, Barking Armadillo, Hell or Highwater Brewing, and many more. There’ll also be live music, food trucks, craft vendors and more at this festival, presented by Liberty Hill’s own San Gabriel River Brewery.

Fall Farmer’s Markets

With the aroma of pumpkin spice in the air, fall is one of the best seasons to enjoy the bounty of local farmer’s markets, and Rancho Sienna is close to several wonderful weekly markets. The closest is the Wolf Ranch Town Center Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Farmer George Farmers Markets has a Saturday market in Round Rock, offering year ‘round in-season food. Also on Saturday mornings, you can sample farmers markets in Old Town Leander and at Lakeline in Cedar Park.