Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup

Find fall foliage in Texas and stop and smell the roses

It’s time for pumpkin-spiced October events all over the state and beyond.

For the best leaf peeping in the state head to the forests of East Texas where Daingerfield State Park and other state parks put on a colorful show. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Who says Texas doesn’t have fall colors? You just have to know when and where to look. Texas state parks are one of the best places to see dynamic colors. Depending on the weather, the leaves should be changing in mid-October to late November. State parks in the northeast part of the state like Atlanta, Daingerfield, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Martin Creek Lake often produce spectacular shows. The cypress trees at Guadalupe River State Park put on a good show. The grand show of them all is the bigtooth maple trees at Lost Maples State Park. Check out the foliage report, which begins mid-month, on the park’s website. Weekends the park can often reach capacity, so visitors are advised to visit early in the morning or on weekdays.
Mid-October to late-November, Lost Maples State Park, 830/966-3413, www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples/foliage-reports

Roses and Tyler have been synonymous for more than a century, and the Municipal Rose Garden and Rose Festival celebrate the local industry. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Just in time for the 86th annual Tyler Rose Festival, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden was officially recognized as a “national treasure” by the National Register of Historic Places. On the west side of town, the rose garden is an 14-acre depository of historic roses, walkways, fountains, and lawns designed and built by the Works Project Administration beginning in 1939. The rose industry in Tyler began in 1879, and by the 1940s more than half of the U.S. rose bush production was from the Tyler area. The garden displays more than 38,000 rose bushes of more than 600 varieties. The Rose Festival began in 1933 as a way to recognize one of the area’s most important industries. It continues as a three-day party with roses as the main focus.
Oct. 17-20, Tyler Rose Festival, Tyler, 903/597-3130, www.texasrosefestival.com

Art as an interactive experience comes to Houston when the Color Factory arrives on Oct. 26. (Courtesy Color Factory NYC)

Immerse yourself in a new interactive art exhibit that combines modern design with timeless play mixed with sensory experiences of colors, feel, touch, and taste. Color Factory Houston takes adventurers on a journey through a series of rooms that engage all the senses surrounded by colors inspired by the city, including the pink frosting of Shipley’s donuts. Created by a collective of artists, the site-specific pop-up museum debuted in San Francisco in 2017, moved to New York City to rave reviews in 2018, and invades Houston from Oct. 26 to at least Nov. 26. Time-slot tickets have gone on sale for $35 per adult, $28 for children.
Oct. 26-Nov. 26
Color Factory Houston, Houston
347/378-4071
www.colorfactory.co/why-houston

Travel Notes:

The art of the song comes alive at the annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival on Oct. 18-20. More than 40 songwriters from four countries and five states will perform their compositions on six stages over three days. All of the showcases are free and a complimentary shuttle service will run between venues.

Few places in Texas have more of a connection to cowboys than the little city of Cuero on the coastal plains northwest of Victoria. Few places in Texas could be further from the world of Andy Warhol. And yet the three – cowboys, Cuero, and Warhol – collide at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum from Oct. 11 through Nov. 17. In a landmark exhibit, the museum features works from Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series as well as works by artists Bob Wade, John Nieto, John Moyers, Billy Schenck, and Ira Yeager.

Amtrak has announced Share Fares that offer more savings the more traveling in your party, up to six passengers. The discounted fares are good on 20 different railroad lines around the country including the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. A party of six traveling from FW to OKC would pay an average of $16.29 per person one way instead of the regular price of $31 per ticket. You must purchase the tickets at least two days before traveling and other restrictions apply.

Now that you have seen Ken Burns’ excellent documentary Country Music on PBS, follow in the footsteps of legends by using Tennessee Music Pathways as your guide. The travel-planning website directs you to locations in all 95 Tennessee counties where the historic events occurred. From the spot where Patsy Cline’s plane crashed to a Johnny Cash museum called Storytellers Museum and Hideaway Farm, the online travel guide points out the famous and not-so-famous sites where Tennessee contributed to most American of music.

Other October Events:

Jazztober
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, Amarillo, www.centercity.org/jazztober4

Planetarium Show
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 25, 29, Clute, www.brazosportcenter.com

La Bahia Antiques Show
Oct. 1-5, Burton, www.labahiaantiques.com

Fall Antiques Show
Oct. 1-6, Round Top, www.exploreroundtop.com/antiques

State Fair of Texas
Oct. 1-20, Dallas, www.bigtex.com

Beachtoberfest
Oct. 1-26, Port Aransas, www.visitportaransas.com

Dripping with Taste Passport and Trail
Oct. 1-31, Dripping Springs, www.drippingwithtaste.com

Sand Castle Days
Oct. 3-6, South Padre Island, www.sopadre.com

Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo
Oct. 3-13, Waco, www.hotfair.com

Fall on the Frio BBQ Cook-off
Oct. 4-5, Concan, www.friofest.com

Black Bridge Fest
Oct. 4-5, Dime Box, www.fb.com/events/dime-box-texas/dimebox-black-bridge-festival/1914828425230627

Seafair
Oct. 4-5, Rockport-Fulton, www.rockportseafair.com

Chalk Walk
Oct. 4-5, Round Rock, www.roundrocktexas.gov

Bootfest
Oct. 4-5, Victoria, www.bootfest.org

Quarter Horse Racing
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Grand Prairie, www.lonestarpark.com

West Texas Book Festival
Oct. 4-6, Abilene, www.abilenetx.gov/city-hall/departments/community-services/library/friends-of-the-library/book-festival

Oktoberfest
Oct. 4-6, Fredericksburg, www.oktoberfestinfbg.com

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Oct. 4-6, San Francisco, Calif., www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2019

Austin County Fair
Oct. 4-13, Bellville, www.austincountyfair.com

Big Bend Comic Con
Oct. 5, Alpine, www.fb.com/bigbendcomiccon

Boerne Book and Arts Fest
Oct. 5, Boerne, www.ci.boerne.tx.us/197/library

RipFest
Oct. 5, Eastland, www.eastlandchamber.com/ripfest

Prairie Days Festival
Oct. 5, El Campo, www.elcampoprairiedays.com

Gruene Music and Wine Fest
Oct. 5, Gruene, www.gruenemusicandwinefest.org

Fall Native Plant Sale and Festival
Oct. 5, Kerrville, www.riversidenaturecenter.org

Oktoberfest on the Square
Oct. 5, La Grange, www.visitlagrangetx.com/oktoberfest-on-the-square

Plano Food + Wine Festival
Oct. 5, Plano, www.planofoodandwinefestival.com

Fall Music Festival
Oct. 5, Rockdale, www.fb.com/events/downtown-rockdale-texas/rockdale-fall-music-festival/305414476876452

Come and Take It Celebration
Oct. 5-7, Gonzales, www.gonzalestexas.com

Wild West Bird Fest
Oct. 5-9, Alpine, www.fb.com/wildwestbirdfest

Daingerfield Days
Oct. 5-12, Daingerfield, www.daingerfieldtx.com

Wine and Sausage Trail
Oct. 5-13, Brenham, www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com

Archaeology Awareness Month
Oct. 5-27, San Felipe, www.visitsanfelipedeaustin.com

Burnet Art Festival
Oct. 9-12, Burnet, www.artburnet.com

Plano Art and Wine Walk: Dia de los Muertos
Oct. 10, Plano, www.planomagazine.com/wine

Fort Concho After Dark
Oct. 10, San Angelo, www.fortconcho.com

Gruene Music and Wine Fest
Oct. 10-13, Gruene, www.gruenemusicandwinefest.org

San Antonio Black International Film Festival
Oct. 10-13, San Antonio, www.sabiff.com

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Oct. 11-12, New Braunfels, www.friendsofthenewbraunfelspubliclibrary.com

Ghost Tours on the Square
Oct. 11-12, 25-26, Georgetown, www.williamsonmuseum.org/event/ghosts-of-the-georgetown-square

Cajun Catfish Festival
Oct. 11-13, Conroe, www.friendsofconroe.com

Turkeyfest
Oct. 11-13, Cuero, www.turkeyfest.org

Chalk the Block
Oct. 11-13, El Paso, www.chalktheblock.com

Open Weekend at Davis Mountains Preserve
Oct. 11-13, Fort Davis, www.nature.org/texas

Las Cruces Country Music Festival
Oct. 11-13, Las Cruces, N.M., www.lascrucescountrymusic.com

Cuero Celebrates Warhol
Oct. 11-Nov. 17, Cuero, www.chisholmtrailmuseum.org

Alba Fall Festival
Oct. 12, Alba, www.lakeforktexas.com

Oktoberfest
Oct. 12, Beaumont, www.discoverbeaumont.com

Antique Tractor Pull and KurbisFest
Oct. 12, Boerne, www.theagricultural.org/events/kurbisfest-antique-tractor-pull

Steaktoberfest
Oct. 12, Cameron, www.steaksteinwinefestival.com

Cedar Bark Festival
Oct. 12, Cedar Park, www.cedarparktexas.gov

Eisenhower Birthday Celebration
Oct. 12, Denison, www.denisonlive.com

University Drafthouse BeerFest
Oct. 12, Edinburg, www.universitydrafthousebeerfest.com

Oktober Market
Oct. 12, Fredericksburg, www.messinahof.com/hillcountry

Faces and Places of Limestone County
Oct. 12, Groesbeck, www.masseyfoundationtx.com

Market Days
Oct. 12, Kerrville, www.kerrmarketdays.org

Artoberfest
Oct. 12, Lampasas, www.lampasaschamber.org

Crazy Water Festival
Oct. 12, Mineral Wells, www.crazywaterfestival.org

Bonnie and Clyde Days
Oct. 12, Pilot Point, www.bonnieandclydedays.org

Plano International Festival
Oct. 12, Plano, www.planointernationalfestival.org

Shorty’s 36th Annual Pig Roast
Oct. 12, Port Aransas, business.portaransas.org/events/details/shorty-s-36th-annual-pig-party-16958

Market Days
Oct. 12-13, Boerne, www.boernemarketdays.com

Scarecrow Festival
Oct. 12-13, Chappell Hill, www.chappellhillhistoricalsociety.com/scarecrow-festival-2019

Hill Country Harvest Market
Oct. 12-13, Dripping Springs, www.texasmarketguide.com

Edom Art Festival
Oct. 12-13, Edom, www.visitedom.com

Chalk Festival
Oct. 12-13, Kerrville, www.kerrvillechalk.org

World Food Championships
Oct. 16-20, Dallas, www.worldfoodchampionships.com

Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House Series
Oct. 17, Wimberley, www.wimberleyumc.org/susannas-kitchen

Texas Rose Festival
Oct. 17-19, Tyler, www.texasrosefestival.com

Silobration
Oct. 17-19, Waco, www.magnolia.com/events/silobration-2019

Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards
Oct. 17-20, Jefferson, www.texassounds.org

Lost River Film Festival
Oct. 17-20, San Marcos, www.lostriverfilmfest.org

Texas Bigfoot Conference
Oct. 18-19, Jefferson, www.fb.com/events/1089369057905059

Red River Barbecue Battle
Oct. 18-19, Vernon, www.vernontexas.info

Texas Arts and Music Festival
Oct. 18-20, Brenham, www.texasartsandmusicfestival.com

Songwriters’ Festival
Oct. 18-20, Dripping Springs, www.drippingspringssongwritersfestival.com

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Oct. 18-26, Hot Springs, Ark., www.hsdfi.org

Concert in the Cave: The Haunted Show
Oct. 19, Boerne, www.cavewithoutaname.com

Arts and Crafts Festival
Oct. 19, Cedar Park, www.cedarparktexas.gov

FallFest
Oct. 19, Clifton, www.visitclifton.org

Fall Festival on the Frio
Oct. 19, Concan, www.visituvaldecounty.com/events/2017/fall-festival-on-the-frio

Fischer Haus Concerts: Marcia Ball
Oct. 19, Fischer, www.thefischerhaus.com/concert-series.html

Butterfly Flutterby
Oct. 19, Grapevine, www.grapevinetexasusa.com/event/22nd-annual-butterfly-flutterby/21247

Fall Butterfly Festival
Oct. 19, Jasper, jasper.agrilife.org/butterfly-festival-in-jasper

Kyle Founders Parade
Oct. 19, Kyle, www.cityofkyle.com/recreation

Ladonia Fossil Day
Oct. 19, Ladonia, www.cocladonia.org/ladonia-fossil-park.html

Best Little Brewfest in Texas
Oct. 19, Lewisville, www.bestlittlebrewfestintexas.com

Texas Mushroom Festival
Oct. 19, Madisonville, www.texasmushroomfestival.com

Crazy Fossil Dig
Oct. 19, Mineral Wells, www.mineralwellsfossilpark.com

San Antonio Beer Festival
Oct. 19, San Antonio, www.sanantoniobeerfestival.com

Shiner Music Festival
Oct. 19, Shiner, www.shinermusicfest.com

Hueco Tanks Interpretative Fair
Oct. 19-20, El Paso, www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks

Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Oct. 19-20, Fort Worth, www.allianceairshow.com

ARToberFEST
Oct. 19-20, Galveston, www.thegrand.com

Sacred Springs Powwow
Oct. 19-20, San Marcos, www.sspowwow.com

Murder at Fort Concho
Oct. 19, 26, San Angelo, www.fortconcho.com

Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind
Oct. 19-March 22, 2020, Dallas, www.perotmuseum.org

Haunted Taylor: History, Mystery, and Murder Tour
Oct. 20, 27, Taylor, www.hauntedtaylor.com

Monet to Picasso: A Very Special Collection
Oct. 20-Jan. 12, 2020, Houston, www.mfah.com

25th Anniversary of the Sam Houston Statue
Oct. 22, Huntsville, www.huntsvilletexas.com

Plano Steinfest
Oct. 25-26, Plano, www.visitdowntownplano.com/steinfest

Cemetery Tour
Oct. 25-26, Victoria, www.historicvictoriatexas.com/events

Czhilispiel
Oct. 25-27, Flatonia, www.flatoniachamber.com

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival
Oct. 25-27, Fort Worth, www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com

Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival
Oct. 25-27, Grapeland, www.lonestarbluesfest.com

Kerr County Fair and Carnival
Oct. 25-27, Kerrville, www.kerrcountyfair.com

All British Car Day
Oct. 26, Boerne, www.motoraustin.com/event/343

Goat and Rib Cook-off
Oct. 26, Castell, www.castellgeneralstore.com

Fable Fest
Oct. 26, Cedar Park, www.cedarparkbooks.org

Hogeye Festival
Oct. 26, Elgin, www.hogeyefestival.com

River Pumpkin Float
Oct. 26, Llano, www.fb.com/llanoriverpumpkinfloat

Farm Fest
Oct. 26, Lufkin, www.visitlufkin.com/calendar/view/1886

Model Train Festival
Oct. 26, Texas City, www.fb.com/events/605968066502072

Texas Country Reporter Festival
Oct. 26, Waxahachie, www.texascountryreporter.com/festival

Texas Clay Festival
Oct. 26-27, Gruene, www.texasclayfestival.com

Historic Modelers Society Train Show
Oct. 26-27, New Braunfels, www.newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org

Mala Luna Music Festival
Oct. 26-27, San Antonio, www.malalunamusicfestival.com

Color Factory Houston
Oct. 26-Nov. 26, Houston, www.colorfactory.co

Boo Bash
Oct. 27, Georgetown, www.thegeorgetownsquare.com/Boo-Bash-.html

Main Street Fright Fest
Oct. 31, Temple, www.discoverdowntowntemple.com


Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for more than 25 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page.

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