18 Boerne Fall Festivals & Events for October (Plus 3 More You Won't Want to Miss)!
Isn’t this just such an amazing place to live? The community of Boerne and the surrounding cities in the Hill Country are just so active and vibrant and I LOVE it! It seems like there is a never-ending list of things to do each weekend; both for families with small kids and adults too. Fall is probably my favorite time of year in the Hill Country because between Oktoberfests, Wurstfest, Halloween festivals, hot rod shows, art shows, farmers markets, market days, etc. there’s just no excuse to not get out and enjoy the season and its cooler weather (and let’s face it, after a long, hot Texas summer that is just what we need!). Halloween seems to be a pretty big deal around here, with so much going on that you’ll never be able to make it to everything…but we can sure try, right? 😉 So, I’ve rounded up 21 awesome events for you to choose from; focusing ONLY on fall festivals, Halloween events, and other fall activities such as chili cook-offs, camping, and owl watching. You won’t find the usual car shows, art shows, and shopping events on this list (although that stuff is GREAT too!). Eighteen are in Boerne and I've included three more that are in the surrounding area. So check ‘em out, in chronological order:
1) All Month: First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch - This is a FUMC youth program fundraiser to help with activities, mission trips, etc. You’ll find it on the front lawn of the Patrick Heath Public Library, all month long.
2) All Month: Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch - This is a family favorite of ours and we go every year! There are so many activities for the kids here that you can easily spend a whole morning or afternoon. You won’t want to miss out on the hay ride through the Christmas trees, barrel train ride, feeding the animals, marshmallow roasting over the fire pit, face painting, pumpkin painting, scarecrow dressing, and of course the hay jump (our kids’ favorite)! And I'll let you in on a little secret: there's a Groupon for that!
3) 10/11 & 10/18 (and possibly 10/12 & 10/19): Wizardly World of Harry Potter – These classes are for kids aged eight to fourteen and are hosted by Magically Creative at the Patrick Heath Public Library. Classes are held in two parts and focus on wands, spell books, house cup contests, wizardly duels, games, etc. We haven't introduced our kids to Harry Potter yet, but this is on the list for when we do!
5) 10/14: Crossfire Gymnastics Fall Festival Fundraiser - Car wash, open gym, cart-wheel-a-thon, bake sale, popcorn, drinks, face painting, nerf gun wars, and a silent auction.
6) 10/14: St. Mark Presbyterian Early Learning Center Fall Festival Fundraiser - Face painting, parachute pop, fitness challenges, bake sale, bubble play, and raffle drawings.
7) 10/21: Peppers for Paws Chili Cook-Off and Pet Adoption Event - Food trucks, bounce house, live music, and a mutt strut. Hosted by Boerne Animal Care Services and Hill Country Animal League.
8) 10/26: Owlers & Growlers - Part of the Cibolo Nature Center's “Thirst for Nature” series, this month's event focuses on the fascinating lives of owls! Learn details about these powerful, predatory creatures and their anatomy, diets, and lives while sipping on beers (courtesy of the Dodging Duck Brewhaus).
9) 10/26: Howl at the Moon – a Fabra Elementary PTO fundraiser carnival with a silent auction, games, food and more!
10) 10/27: Harry Potter Night at the Maker’s Place - Bring your wands, glasses, wizard robes, and come for a magical evening with a movie and pottery painting. Dinner is provided!
11) 10/28: Fall Family Festival at the Herff Farm – The Herff Farm is such a great place for a fall festival and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained: pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze, bobbing for apples, fall crafts, carnival games, etc.
12) 10/28: 3rd Annual Spooktacular Halloween Fest with Smoke Wagon Band at the Roundup – A family friendly Halloween Party with games, face painting, trick or treating, hay rides, and a costume contest. An adults-only Halloween Party will kick off at 8pm!
13) 10/28: Boerne BOO celebration at the Patrick Heath Public Library - arts & crafts, trunk-or-treat, bounce house, carnival games, and a costume contest. This one was HUGE last year…so much to do and there was a fantastic turnout. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year!
16) 10/28: Brew Bash at Random Beer Garden - Family friendly Halloween fun with food trucks, craft beer, games, and costume contests for all ages.
17) 10/28: Concert in the Cave, The Haunted Show - Enjoy a family friendly evening of live classical and jazz music and ghost stories in the Cave Without a Name.
18) 10/28: The Spazmatics Halloween Bash at Mi Casa Tamales – Have you ever seen these guys live? I have and it’s a great show! You won’t want to miss it, if you can help it! It’s an adult costume party with food trucks, multiple bars, and a photo backdrop.
19) 10/28: 7th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Fair hosted by the Cibolo Creek Veterinary Hospital – Halloween fun for the whole family, including the pets (who have their very own costume contest, of course!).
20) 10/28: St. Peter's 150th Anniversary Fall Festival – This is another one of our family’s favorite fall events with music, raffles, silent auction, rummage sale, games, playground, train ride, bounce house, and lots of food!
21) 10/31: Cross Mountain Church Fall Festival – Costumes, candy, food trucks, hay rides, carnival rides, and a kiddie park for your little ones all FREE of charge!
See what I mean?? So much to do in this town and the surrounding areas! We will for sure be making it back out to the Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch, and either the Fall Festival at Herff Farm or the St. Peter’s Fall Festival (since they’re both on the same day and babies need naps, ya know!). We’ll hopefully even be able to make it out to the Roundup’s Halloween Party that evening as well. What’s your favorite fall Hill Country event? Let me know if I missed any good ones! 😊
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Note: Most of the words in this post are my own, but I did borrow descriptions of some of the events from their host websites!