Fun Awaits this Fall in the Brazos River Basin

Fun Awaits this Fall in the Brazos River Basin

Upper Brazos Basin

  • Oct. 2 - 3: GRAFORD – Possum Fest BBQ & Chili Cook-Off at 362 N. FM 2353, Graford

Enjoy some delicious food and friendly competition at the 2020 Possum Fest. With a BBQ and chili cook-off and cornhole tournament, there will be plenty of fun for everyone. The cook-off & Corn Hole Tournament will be an outdoor event only - no inside activities or auction. Click here for more information.

  • Oct. 3: GRANBURYFirst Saturday Bird Walk, 7 – 9 a.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court, Granbury

Dr. Billy Teels, who earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University and is now retired after working as a biologist for 30 years, leads a monthly bird walk through Granbury. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water! For more information, click here.

  • Oct. 8: ABILENEOctober ArtWalk Dia de los Muertes, 5 8 p.m. at 220 Cypress Street, Abilene

Join the Center for Contemporary Arts for a fantastic mini arts festival in historic downtown Abilene. Bring the entire family to enjoy local restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment. The theme for the October Artwalk is Dia de los Muertes. Adult beverages available for purchase. Click here to learn more.

  • Oct. 9: GRANBURYGranbury Oktoberfest at Ketzler’s Schnitzelhaus & Biergarten, 101 E Pearl Street, Granbury

Visit Granbury’s historic square and experience German food, music, drinks and more. For more information about this event, click here.


Central Brazos Basin

  • Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: WACO – Waco Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m.1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue, Waco

This event is held every Saturday throughout the month of October.  The market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco. Every Saturday, there is live music and a featured local organization. For more information, click here.

  • Oct. 3: STEPHENVILLEFarmers Market, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 187 West Washington, Stephenville

Come buy locally grown vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, eggs, honey, jams and horticultural plants during this free Farmers Market in downtown Stephenville. There will also be a limited amount of homemade baked goods and handmade/handcrafted items. For more information, click here.

  •  Oct. 24: WACOHOTAN Halloween Spookfest, 6 – 9 p.m. at 1716 N 42nd Street, Waco 

The Heart of Texas Autism Network is hosting a Halloween celebration to support families and those with Autism and other members of the Special Needs Community. Come in your favorite Halloween costume; however, costumes are not required. Come celebrate the Halloween season with food, music, dancing and more. FOCUS Behavioral is excited to host a sensory room available if anyone gets too overwhelmed. To learn more about the event, click here.

  • Oct. 31: TEMPLE: Main Street Fright Fest, 5 – 8:30 p.m. at 301 Santa Fe Way, Temple 

Enjoy some Halloween treats with your family at the Main Street Fright Fest in Temple. There will be vendors selling art, crafts and food and fun free activities. This event is free to attend. To learn more about this event, click here.


Lower Brazos Basin

  • Oct. 1924: BRYANBrazos Valley Worldfest and Family Festifall

Come join the Brazos Valley Worldfest, the Downtown Bryan Association and Destination Bryan for virtual literary, science and art activities celebrating the diversity and heritage of the Brazos Valley. Virtual exhibits on music, dance, science, and more will be provided by Texas A&M student organizations, community organizations and businesses. There will also be live stream performances on Facebook as well as a drive-through Culture and Craft Bag pick up in downtown Bryan. To learn more about this multiple-day event, click here.

  • Oct. 26: SUGAR LANDHalloween Town, 4 – 8 p.m. at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land

For some spooky family fun, come visit Constellation Field for scavenger hunts, balloon artists, a petting zoo, games, vendors, and other fun activities. Click here to purchase tickets.


Virtual Activities

  • Oct. 13: TPWD Bass Fishing Using Seasonal Patterns Class, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Are you a beginner angler and have basic knowledge of bass fishing? Join this free, virtual class to expand your understanding of bass fishing. This session will help you understand migration patterns and what bass do in-between migration. All ages are welcome, but the class is limited to 25 people. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the class, click here.

  • Oct. 14: Young Naturalists Children’s Program, 4 – 5 p.m. 

The staff at Mammen Family Library have set up a virtual meeting so that children and caregivers can still participate in Ranger Holly’s monthly Young Naturalists program. This program teaches children about nature and its importance in our everyday lives. During the meeting, the group will read a story and do a craft or activity. 

Preregistration is required for this event. To register for the meeting, click here.

  • Waco’s Parks and Recreation Department has launched RECess, a new interactive experience that offers virtual recreational activities for the whole family. Each week has a new lineup of activities, from making your own lava lamp, painting ladybug rocks, learning how to recycle a T-shirt into a tote bag, and there are online guides for fitness for kids! Click here for more information.