by Erika O'Neal | Bastrop Guide
As the scorching days of summer gradually fade away, Texans eagerly welcome the arrival of fall, a season that brings a refreshing change in weather, vibrant colors, and a sense of anticipation for the upcoming holidays. While Texas may not be widely known for its traditional autumn scenery, it certainly possesses its own unique charm and attractions during this time of the year.
One of the most noticeable aspects of fall in Texas is the change in temperatures. The intense heat begins to dissipate, making way for more pleasant and comfortable conditions. With average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to low-80s Fahrenheit, Texans can finally step out of their air-conditioned homes and enjoy the outdoors without breaking a sweat.
It is the perfect time to engage in various outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or simply taking leisurely walks in the parks, you can find more information about local parks here.
Another highlight of the fall season in Texas is the transformation of the landscape. While you may not find the iconic fall foliage of New England, Texas boasts its own unique display of colors. The state's diverse flora showcases shades of red, orange, and yellow, with trees like oak, ash, and pecan casting a warm and inviting glow. The Hill Country, with its rolling hills and picturesque vineyards, offers breathtaking views as the foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues. Travelers flock to places like Bastrop State Park and Garner State Park to witness and capture the mesmerizing beauty of nature.
In addition to the scenic beauty, fall in Texas also brings a variety of festivals and events that celebrate the season. From harvest festivals to pumpkin patches, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Stay tuned as we will be posting local events and festivities. Oktoberfest celebrations take place across the state and one is scheduled in the small and charming little town we know as Smithville. German-inspired events, like the Wendish Fest held in Serbin complete with live music and traditional cuisine.
Fall in Texas is also a time for sports enthusiasts to rejoice. As the temperature drops, football fever begins to grip the state. Fridays are dedicated to high school football games (pick-up your school spirit wear at Golden Girl's Boutique in Smithville), where communities come together to cheer on their local teams. College football takes center stage on Saturdays, with rivalries igniting passion across the state. And of course, Sundays are synonymous with the beloved Dallas Cowboys, as fans gather to support their team.
While fall in Texas may not offer the same picturesque landscapes as other regions, it presents a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural festivities, and sports excitement. It is a season of transition, where Texans bid farewell to the scorching summer heat and welcome the coolness of autumn. So, whether you are a nature lover, a food enthusiast, or a sports fanatic, there is no shortage of reasons to embrace and celebrate fall, stay tuned and check back often as we will list future events that are coming this fall and holiday season.