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,

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,

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

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:

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, Amarillo,

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

La Bahia Antiques Show
Oct. 1-5, Burton,

Fall Antiques Show
Oct. 1-6, Round Top,

State Fair of Texas
Oct. 1-20, Dallas,

Oct. 1-26, Port Aransas,

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

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

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

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

Black Bridge Fest
Oct. 4-5, Dime Box,

Oct. 4-5, Rockport-Fulton,

Chalk Walk
Oct. 4-5, Round Rock,

Oct. 4-5, Victoria,

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

West Texas Book Festival
Oct. 4-6, Abilene,

Oct. 4-6, Fredericksburg,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Oct. 4-6, San Francisco, Calif.,

Austin County Fair
Oct. 4-13, Bellville,

Big Bend Comic Con
Oct. 5, Alpine,

Boerne Book and Arts Fest
Oct. 5, Boerne,

Oct. 5, Eastland,

Prairie Days Festival
Oct. 5, El Campo,

Gruene Music and Wine Fest
Oct. 5, Gruene,

Fall Native Plant Sale and Festival
Oct. 5, Kerrville,

Oktoberfest on the Square
Oct. 5, La Grange,

Plano Food + Wine Festival
Oct. 5, Plano,

Fall Music Festival
Oct. 5, Rockdale,

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

Wild West Bird Fest
Oct. 5-9, Alpine,

Daingerfield Days
Oct. 5-12, Daingerfield,

Wine and Sausage Trail
Oct. 5-13, Brenham,

Archaeology Awareness Month
Oct. 5-27, San Felipe,

Burnet Art Festival
Oct. 9-12, Burnet,

Plano Art and Wine Walk: Dia de los Muertos
Oct. 10, Plano,

Fort Concho After Dark
Oct. 10, San Angelo,

Gruene Music and Wine Fest
Oct. 10-13, Gruene,

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

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

Ghost Tours on the Square
Oct. 11-12, 25-26, Georgetown,

Cajun Catfish Festival
Oct. 11-13, Conroe,

Oct. 11-13, Cuero,

Chalk the Block
Oct. 11-13, El Paso,

Open Weekend at Davis Mountains Preserve
Oct. 11-13, Fort Davis,

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

Cuero Celebrates Warhol
Oct. 11-Nov. 17, Cuero,

Alba Fall Festival
Oct. 12, Alba,

Oct. 12, Beaumont,

Antique Tractor Pull and KurbisFest
Oct. 12, Boerne,

Oct. 12, Cameron,

Cedar Bark Festival
Oct. 12, Cedar Park,

Eisenhower Birthday Celebration
Oct. 12, Denison,

University Drafthouse BeerFest
Oct. 12, Edinburg,

Oktober Market
Oct. 12, Fredericksburg,

Faces and Places of Limestone County
Oct. 12, Groesbeck,

Market Days
Oct. 12, Kerrville,

Oct. 12, Lampasas,

Crazy Water Festival
Oct. 12, Mineral Wells,

Bonnie and Clyde Days
Oct. 12, Pilot Point,

Plano International Festival
Oct. 12, Plano,

Shorty’s 36th Annual Pig Roast
Oct. 12, Port Aransas,

Market Days
Oct. 12-13, Boerne,

Scarecrow Festival
Oct. 12-13, Chappell Hill,

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

Edom Art Festival
Oct. 12-13, Edom,

Chalk Festival
Oct. 12-13, Kerrville,

World Food Championships
Oct. 16-20, Dallas,

Susanna’s Kitchen Coffee House Series
Oct. 17, Wimberley,

Texas Rose Festival
Oct. 17-19, Tyler,

Oct. 17-19, Waco,

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

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

Texas Bigfoot Conference
Oct. 18-19, Jefferson,

Red River Barbecue Battle
Oct. 18-19, Vernon,

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

Songwriters’ Festival
Oct. 18-20, Dripping Springs,

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

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

Arts and Crafts Festival
Oct. 19, Cedar Park,

Oct. 19, Clifton,

Fall Festival on the Frio
Oct. 19, Concan,

Fischer Haus Concerts: Marcia Ball
Oct. 19, Fischer,

Butterfly Flutterby
Oct. 19, Grapevine,

Fall Butterfly Festival
Oct. 19, Jasper,

Kyle Founders Parade
Oct. 19, Kyle,

Ladonia Fossil Day
Oct. 19, Ladonia,

Best Little Brewfest in Texas
Oct. 19, Lewisville,

Texas Mushroom Festival
Oct. 19, Madisonville,

Crazy Fossil Dig
Oct. 19, Mineral Wells,

San Antonio Beer Festival
Oct. 19, San Antonio,

Shiner Music Festival
Oct. 19, Shiner,

Hueco Tanks Interpretative Fair
Oct. 19-20, El Paso,

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

Oct. 19-20, Galveston,

Sacred Springs Powwow
Oct. 19-20, San Marcos,

Murder at Fort Concho
Oct. 19, 26, San Angelo,

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

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

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

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

Plano Steinfest
Oct. 25-26, Plano,

Cemetery Tour
Oct. 25-26, Victoria,

Oct. 25-27, Flatonia,

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

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

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

All British Car Day
Oct. 26, Boerne,

Goat and Rib Cook-off
Oct. 26, Castell,

Fable Fest
Oct. 26, Cedar Park,

Hogeye Festival
Oct. 26, Elgin,

River Pumpkin Float
Oct. 26, Llano,

Farm Fest
Oct. 26, Lufkin,

Model Train Festival
Oct. 26, Texas City,

Texas Country Reporter Festival
Oct. 26, Waxahachie,

Texas Clay Festival
Oct. 26-27, Gruene,

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

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

Color Factory Houston
Oct. 26-Nov. 26, Houston,

Boo Bash
Oct. 27, Georgetown,

Main Street Fright Fest
Oct. 31, Temple,

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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