As you get ready to head out on your upcoming vacation getaway to Austin you may start to realize that costs can really add up. This is not just for Austin but any vacation destination as you pay for lodging, food, activities, and more. Austin also has plenty of exciting events around the city that will make your trip memorable as ever. Luckily many of these events are low-cost and will help you with your overall travel costs. Take a look at some of our favorite family-friendly events in Austin that will go easy on your wallet:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center & The Field of Light
Austinites can always look forward to a day spent at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is also known as the Texas Botanical Gardens, has been open for 40 years! And this year is special because they have opened the highly-acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro’s The Field of Light display which debuted on September 9th of 2022! The Field of Light illuminates 16 acres with 28,000 solar-powered, fiber-optic light pods. This display is meant to showcase the intersection of art, nature, and technology. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM but the Field of Light display will be illuminated every day from 5 PM to 11 PM. So clear your evening for a night of music and lights.
Fall Pecan Street Festival
You probably would not have guessed that one of the largest and longest-running street festivals is right here in Austin and is named after one of our favorite nuts. That is where the Fall Pecan Street Festival comes in every September for a variety of arts and crafts, local vendors, and much more. The Pecan Street Festival technically takes place twice a year, on the first Saturday and Sunday of May and also on the last Saturday and Sunday in September. The Fall Festival is just around the corner with all of its exciting activities. Visitors will be able to explore all of the handcrafted creations that come from various mediums such as wood, metal, glass, leather, and stone. While you are browsing around you can enjoy all of the local Austin musical acts with some renowned veterans across three stages. The Pecan Street Festival takes place along Sixth Street in Downtown Austin between Interstate 35 and Brazos Street. Entry is always free!
Austin Oktoberfest 2022
After the previous 2021 session was canceled the Austin Oktoberfest is back on for 2022. This all-ages event lets you enjoy all things German with delicious food and drinks. Oktoberfest is a famous German celebration that has been going on since 1812. The German Texas Heritage Society brings about the celebration every year for authentic German brews and food along with exciting games. Guests will be able to enjoy delicious food such as brats along with German beers. This event will take place at the German Free School, a historical building found in downtown Austin. A variety of kids’ activities will also be on hand so the whole family has fun. Austin Oktoberfest 2022 will take place on October 8th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at The German Free School.
Boo at the Zoo
One of Austin’s most looked-forward-to events is returning with Boo at the Zoo. The Austin Zoo hosts this spooky and exciting family event every Friday and Saturday night in October. Enjoy train rides, a haunted house perfect for all ages, and live musical entertainment. Boo at the Zoo is included in every regular zoo entry making it a wallet-friendly event.
Austin Trail of Lights
Whenever you visit Austin during the holiday season you will find plenty of events taking place. One of them is the Austin Trail of Lights, a jubilant display of holiday lights. This extravagant event has been named one of the top 10 Public Displays of Holiday Lights by USA Today. This event takes place at Zilker Park where you will find over 2 million holiday lights hung up along with 90 light holiday trees plush additional holiday displays and light tunnels. This event is always free and lets you see some of the best holiday lights displays in the country. Don’t miss out on the 58th Annual Austin Trails of Lights taking place Tuesday through Sunday each week from December 8th through the 23rd. You can visit the park for the light show between the hours of 5:45 PM to 10:45 PM.
Events in Austin are Waiting
The summer season will be at a close before you know it and with that comes the fall season. If you are looking for the perfect destination to spend a fall break look no further than Austin, Texas. Our Southwestern home is the perfect place to unwind and find some exciting things to entertain you. Luckily Austin is able to do that and so much more. Take a look at fall activities in Austin you can enjoy this year:
Have Some Harvest Fun
The fall season is always popular for the onset of all harvest-related activities in Austin. If you are looking for pumpkin patches Austin will have you covered. Each year local farms will be hosting their pumpkin patches where you can pick your own. All farms are located just outside of the Austin city limits making them easy to get to. Head over to Marble Falls and stop by Sweet Berry Farm. During the month of September, this farm will be hosting their pumpkin patch where you can pick and choose any gourd you see. Barton Hill Farms located in Bastrop has additional activities such as a giant corn maze and farm animals to feed and pet. It doesn’t feel any more fall-related than when it comes to visiting a pumpkin patch!
Visit the Austin Zoo
Nothing is more exciting for a child than seeing some of their favorite animals up close at a zoo. Luckily Austin has that covered with the Austin Zoo. Spacious habitats and exhibits highlight some of the unique creatures that call this zoo home. During the fall season, the Austin Zoo will be hosting their Boo at the Zoo every Friday and Saturday night for the second half of October. This spooky addition to the zoo brings out a haunted mansion and even a thrilling train ride decorated for Halloween. Additional tickets are needed for this spooky activity at the zoo!
Enjoy Some Craft Beer or Wine
Austin is a craft beer mecca for the state of Texas. When you are in the city you are bound to see one of the many craft breweries as you drive around. Make sure you stop by one of these locales for some handcrafted ales. Austin Beerworks is a local favorite with a giant beer garden to relax in. Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom have an enjoyable space and even better brews. Many of these breweries offer tasty food options too so it is not just the adults having all the fun. Since it is the fall you should also go and enjoy some craft cider too. Austin has plenty of cider shops that offer this sweet and delectable treat. Places such as Texas Keeper Cider and Austin Eastciders will take care of your cider needs! Austin also has a variety of vineyards and wineries to enjoy a tasting flight. Many of the wineries are located in the hill country just outside of town. Let Discover Texas Wine Tours offer you one of their wine tours where they take care of the driving for you. Expect to try some of the best wineries that Texas has to offer.
Enjoy some Football
If there is one thing to know about Texas it is that the state takes football very seriously. Join the locals for the fun by cheering on the University of Texas Longhorns at one of their games. If you prefer to enjoy the game in front of the TV you can stop by Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub which has plenty of TVs. Prepare to see a lot of orange every Sunday as the Longhorns thrive in their hometown of Austin.
Austin is surrounded by hill country allowing you to find some great hiking trails in the area. Head over to Lady Bird Lake where you can enjoy a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails. If you prefer to hike outside the city the Enchanted Rock State Natural area offers beautiful hikes with views of the granite batholith. Many of the wild refuge and discovery centers outside the city require reservations so make sure to book before you head out.
Go to the Drive-In Theaters
The fall season is the perfect time to enjoy the weather outdoors. Austin has several different drive-in theaters where you can lay out and enjoy a film on the big screen. Local venues in the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In and Doc’s Drive-In Theatre. Each venue offers tasty food and beverages to pair with your outdoor cinema experience.
Get Ready for These Activities in Austin This Fall
As you can see there are quite a few different ways to spend your time here in Austin this fall. For the most relaxing stay possible make sure to choose one of our vacation rentals here in the area.