The sun has set on Summer 2020, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall is here, and it’s my favorite time of year in San Antonio! We finally get a break from the 100+ degree temperatures, and there is no shortage of fun family activities to celebrate the arrival of pumpkins, apple cider, and gorgeous fall foliage. (Okay, that last one is mostly just wishful thinking.)
Things may be a bit different in Fall 2020, but there is still plenty of fall fun to be had in South Texas! The cooler weather makes it the perfect time of year to get out in the fresh air and make memories with your family while still staying vigilant about social distancing. The following events and activities are mostly outdoors, and most have new COVID guidelines for 2020.
We all know that plans can change quickly these days, so please refer to the location’s website or social media for updated operating schedules and offerings before heading out. And, as always, be sure to follow local and state mandates and use your best judgment when visiting public areas.
- Barton Hill Farms: Take a road trip to this picturesque farm between Austin and Bastrop for a day filled with pumpkins, a 3.5-acre corn maze, live music, and much more, all set along the banks of the scenic Colorado River. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Boerne Boo!: This drive-thru celebration will have “fun zones,” trick-or-treating, and a costume contest. Registration opens October 1, and the event is October 24 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Patrick Heath Public Library parking lot.
- San Antonio Botanical Garden’s OrigamiintheGarden²: This sculpture exhibition is making its Texas debut at the San Antonio Botanical Garden from September 19, 2020-May 9, 2021. The larger-than-life origami sculptures display examples of what can be folded from a single piece of paper. The exhibit is included with general admission and free for members.
- Burton Ball Nights (a drive-thru experience) at Traders Village: This Tim Burton-themed event started in 2011 but is all-new this year with a drive-thru format at Traders Village. The one-mile route will include spooky holiday lights, character driven displays from Burton classic films, local artist murals, and more. The event runs on select dates from October 9-31, and advance tickets are recommended.
- Local pumpkin patches are always a favorite fall activity for San Antonio families, and there are many to choose from! (The linked post is from 2019, so please check the location’s Web site or social media for 2020 operating information.)
- The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department has many family events scheduled to celebrate fall. Events include Ghouls, Ghosts, and Glow Golf at Landa Park, a Family Fun Campout, a Monarch Social Distancing Event, a Moonlit Date Night on Landa Lake, and more. See the Fun Things Guide for more information.
- 3rd Annual Corny Maze at Traders Village: This 10-acre corn maze will be open weekends in October and November. It contains three trails (easy, medium, and hard) to challenge all ages and levels of maze-goers. Traders Village also offers a petting zoo, theme park rides, and lots of shopping. Tickets can be purchased online.
- Devine Acres Farm: A favorite for fall fun, Devine Acres has made some changes this year due to COVID. The farm is only open on 11 dates this fall and advance reservations are required. Some of the usual activities are not offered this year (such as the barrel train and hayride), but the farm is hosting several new events, including outdoor theatre by the Storybook Theatre troupe. Their Christmas tree farm will open on November 21.
- Fiesta Texas HallowFest: Fiesta Texas has reimagined its annual Halloween festival to make it more COVID-friendly. There will be live outdoor entertainment and family-friendly attractions by day, and spine-tingling scare zones by night. The park is operating at limited capacity, and reservations are required.
- Good News Pumpkin Patch: This pumpkin patch in southeast San Antonio offers free admission, a free moon bounce, and free Saturday night movies, plus low-cost activities, such as a hayride, laser tag, and more. The pumpkin patch opens on October 10.
- Jenschke Orchards: The “real” pumpkin patch alone is worth the trip to Fredericksburg! Grab a plastic knife and wagon and cut your own pumpkins off the vine. There are many different sizes and types of pumpkins, and kids love the experience of seeing how they grow! (Call or check social media for pumpkin availability, as they may be gone soon. Pumpkins are $0.75 per pound.) Jenschke Orchards also offers a 5-acre corn maze ($10 per person, 5 and under are free) and a fun corn pit with 20,000 pounds of corn for playing and jumping. We absolutely loved this place and will definitely make it a new fall family tradition!
- Fall Foliage at Lost Maples State Natural Area: Texas isn’t known for its gorgeous fall foliage, but Lost Maples is! The Uvalde bigtooth maples and other trees in the park turn beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red beginning in mid-October. Check the park’s fall foliage report for more information. Lost Maples has over 10 miles of hiking trails, camping sites with water and electricity, and fishing in the Sabinal River or Can Creek. Reserve day passes up to 30 days in advance or camping sites up to three months in advance. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as they usually sell out well in advance.
- Love Creek Orchards’ Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch: Take a short, scenic drive to Medina to experience the fun at Love Creek Orchards. Admission is $7.00 for ages 3+ and includes a hay maze, orchard tours, scarecrow building, farm animals, story telling, and more. Pumpkins and apple goodies are available for purchase. The pumpkin patch opens on October 10 and is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays through November 1.
- The Apple Store Bakery and Cafe: While in Medina, don’t miss the Love Creek Orchards Apple Store Bakery and Cafe. The 4-pound apple pie has been named the best in Texas by “Texas Monthly” magazine. Take my word for it and try it. This pie is worth the trip to Medina all on its own! The Bakery offers over 50 items made from fresh apples, including apple ice cream. The Cafe offers hamburgers and other lunch items and has an outdoor dining area.
- Milberger’s Annual Free Pumpkin Patch: The gorgeous setting, monster maze, and fun decorations at Milberger’s are the perfect backdrop for your family’s fall photos. Admission is free and pumpkins (and many plants) are available for purchase.
- Owl Creek Farm: Located in West San Antonio, Owl Creek Farm offers a pumpkin patch with pony rides, tractor rides, a haunted hike, and more. The opening date is currently set for September 26. Check their Facebook page for updates.
- Pipe Creek Pumpkin Patch: This pumpkin patch is located at the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm and offers hayrides, rubber duck races, farm animals, pumpkin painting, and many more activities set among its 6,000 Christmas trees. Pumpkin patch activities are geared toward children ages 10 and under. Admission is $6.00 for ages 3+. Open weekends in October. The Christmas Tree Farm opens on November 21.
- Rooftop Cinema at Fiesta Texas is showing Halloween-themed movies such as “Hotel Transylvania” and “Hocus Pocus” in September and October. Patrons must watch the movie from their vehicle (no folding chairs, blankets, etc.).
- SeaWorld Spooktacular: Visit on weekends from September 25-November 1 for trick-or-treating, fall decorations, an all-new Sesame Street show–“It’s Halloween Time,” and Sesame Street characters riding on Halloween-themed floats. Park reservations are required.
- South Texas Maize at Graff 7A Ranch: Located near Hondo, the South Texas Maize is
home to a 7-acre corn maze (divided into two parts), giant slides, hayrides, jumping pillows, a barrel train, and much more. Live music is offered on some weekends and tables can be reserved in the Dance Barn. Admission is $17.50 for ages 3-64, and $12 for ages 65+. Tickets are available online.
- Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre in New Braunfels is showing Halloween-themed movies such as “Hocus Pocus” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” from late September through October. Check the schedule for more details. Enjoy the cool, fall evening air from the comfort of your vehicle or folding chair in socially distanced parking spaces. Advance tickets are recommended.
- Sweet Berry Farm: The Harvest of Fall Fun is open September 19-November 8. Pay only for the activities you want to participate in. Activities include the Texas-shaped maze, pony rides, scarecrow stuffing, pick-your-own flowers, barrel train, and more. Pumpkins and fall photo opportunities are available. Sweet Berry Farm is located near Marble Falls.
- The AgriCultural Antique Tractor Pull and Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Boerne City Park. Watch antique tractors from around Texas as they compete to pull the heaviest weight the farthest. Also offered: an artisan market, pumpkin sales and painting, bluegrass music, and more. Socially distanced seating will be available. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.
- Vogel Orchard: The pick-your-own pumpkin patch will open on Friday, October 2, and will include sweet treats and more. Vogel Orchard is located near Stonewall.
- Zoo Boo at the San Antonio Zoo: Open daily September 19-October 31, Zoo Boo includes trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, dance parties, costume contests, a hay maze, and other non-scary fun with paid zoo admission. On Friday evenings the zoo is offering Drive Thru Zoo Boo from 5:00-8:00 pm with trick-or-treating from the comfort of your vehicle.