Fall Fun in Greater Houston
Cooler days, pumpkin spiced everything, and cozy autumn sweaters… These are just a few things to look forward to as the seasons change. Although summer may be ending, there is still so much to do in the Houston area. Keep reading for some activity inspiration as we head into the fall season.
From apple cider to seasonal lagers and everything in between, these Houston breweries have all the tasty drinks to get you in the autumn spirit. Many breweries have also announced Oktoberfest-inspired celebrations.
Not every local brewery has announced their seasonal offerings yet. Other local breweries to keep an eye on include: Walking Stick Brewing Company, 8th Wonder Brewery, Eureka Heights Brewery, Elder Son Brewing, Great Heights Brewing Company, Astral Brewing, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, and 11 Below Brewing Company. Even if these breweries don’t offer seasonal beverages, consider visiting for a fun night out.
If you’ve taken a stroll down the grocery aisles lately, you’ll have noticed the selection of seasonal food and beverages growing. Likewise, our local breweries are adding to the options. Saint Arnold’s has crafted a new 12-pack featuring its most popular beers, including Art Car IPA, Lawnmower, Oktoberfest, and its newest limited release, Guten Tag.
Guten Tag is a crisp Bavarian-style lager with a toasty flavor and soft finish. Although other breweries in the area have also crafted their own Bavarian-style lagers, each one has its own distinct flavor profile. Try them all to compare!
To celebrate the season, consider attending Saint Arnold Oktoberfest. It’s a full weekend of festivities from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, October 2nd. The Beer Garden and Beer Hall will be jamming with live music, and depending on the day you go, you can expect games, a costume contest, and a buffet feast. See Saint Arnold’s website for all the hoppy details.
Karbach Pub and Biergarten
Visit Karbach to enjoy an authentic Bavarian-style Marzen, a cold-fermented beer that pairs perfectly with pretzels and sausage. The beverage is available from mid-August through October, so be sure to give it a try while it’s available.
You can also take a sip of Karbach’s latest seasonal beer during Karbachtoberfest on weekends from September 23rd through October 9th. Karbach’s Biergarten will have live music from traditional oompah bands, awesome activities, Wiener Dog Races, and more. Check out Karbach’s website for more information, including on how to purchase tickets.
New Magnolia Brewing Company
Source: New Magnolia Instagram
Award-winning New Magnolia has also come out with its own seasonal beer. “Oktoberfest” is a German-style Marzen lager available in the taproom on Bevis Street as well as in locations around Houston. Support local breweries and your taste buds by giving this beer a try.
Each located less than an hour away from Houston Heights, these farms not only provide plenty of fresh seasonal produce but charming fall activities too.
On Saturdays and Sundays from September 17th through November 20th, take a ride over to Blessington Farms in Wallis to take advantage of fall fun. Pick the perfect pumpkin at the farm’s pumpkin patch and take it home to carve, decorate, or place on your porch for a splash of autumn color. Blessington Farms also offers a jump pad, barrel train, and gemstone mining for the kids. In addition, visitors can feed the animals in the animal yard and enjoy a traditional hayride. What a fun way to signal the end of summer and celebrate the start of a new season!
Source: Dewberry Farm Instagram
This farm in Brookshire is widely known for its jovial Easter egg hunts, bright holiday lights displays, and vibrant fall festivities. Opening day for the fall fair is September 24th – and with over 40 attractions, it’s an event that you’ll want to preview ahead of time so you can plan out your day. Visitors can spend time with barnyard animals, wander through a corn maze, hop on rides, play human foosball, take a gander at creative pumpkin displays, ride the Dewville Express, and much more. Although Spooky Hollow is closed this year, it is scheduled to return in 2023.
Purchase your tickets online for a discount.
Fall Back in Love with Fall Sports
Are you ready for college football? The Houston Cougars are ranked number 24 in the nation and receive plenty of TV exposure, making games more accessible to watch. Catch a game in-person or watch on television. There are a ton of bars and restaurants in the area that feature games on huge screens – something to keep in mind if you value the high-energy excitement of a crowd.
Keep an eye on the Cougars’ schedule so you don’t miss a beat.
Houston Texans Football
Dig out your favorite jersey – the Texans will face off against some of the NFL’s biggest teams this season. Many of the games will be played at home at NRG Stadium, so purchase your tickets early. Like the Cougars, you will most likely be able to watch these games on TV, but seeing a live game is an unforgettable experience.
If you can’t view from the stands, remember that game day is always a great excuse to stay home and cook your favorite shareable fall comfort foods.
Astros in the Playoffs
Baseball fans, you’ll be glad to know that this season features plenty of home games. Cheer on the Astros live in the stadium or watch on television. The Astros currently have the best ranking in the American League, so you’re sure to see some great hits. View the Astros’ schedule on the MLB website.
After enduring a balmy summer, Houstonians always flock to eateries that offer patio dining. It’s nice to eat outdoors without working up a sweat! These bars, restaurants, and coffee shops all offer patio dining, and there are many more to enjoy as the temperatures dip:
- Boomtown Coffee Company
- Karbach Biergarten
- Bluestone Lane
- Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company
- BB’s Tex Orleans
- Rainbow Lodge
- La Lucha
- Snooze A.M. Eatery
- Local Foods
- King’s Bierhaus
- Loro Steakhouse
Get Cozy with Fall Sweaters
Everybody loves a warm fall sweater on a chilly evening – especially if you’re taking advantage of outdoor activities like patio dining or a football game. If you’re in need of a wardrobe update, check out these shops. They sell trendy fall clothing and accessories that will keep you cozy and fashionable this year:
- Emerson Rose
- Manready Mercantile
- The Impeccable Pig
Make a day out of it by visiting a restaurant while you’re out. Historic 19th Street offers great options for both dining and shopping.
Have a fantastic fall!
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