Get into the Spooky Spirit in the Brazos River basin

Get into the Spooky Spirit in the Brazos River basin

Upper Brazos Basin

  • Oct. 1, 2: GRAFORD – Possum Fest BBQ & Chili Cook-Off at the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, 362 N. FM 2353, Graford
    The 27th annual Possum Fest is kicking off the month of October at Possum Kingdom Lake! Shop at vendor booths, bid on both silent and live auction items, and watch the cook-off awards ceremony and benefit raffle prize drawing. The corn hole tournament takes place on Friday night, and there is prize money and an award for first, second and third place. Click here for more information regarding this event.
  • Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31: GLEN ROSE – Track Talk, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
    Walk where the dinosaurs once roamed and hear the park rangers retell the story of how the dinosaur tracked across Dinosaur Valley State Park! Meet at the roped-off area at the Main Track Site and bring your questions about the park, dinosaurs and more. The event is free with park admission. The park also has numerous other events going on in October.  Click here to learn more. 
  • Oct. 2: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk, 7 – 9 a.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court, Granbury
    This monthly tour is directed by Dr. Billy Teels, who earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University and worked as a biologist for 30 years. Now retired, Dr. Teels leads a monthly bird walk through the town of Granbury. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water! For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 2: GRANBURY – Lakefest at the Lake Granbury Conference Center, 621 E Pearl Street, Granbury
    Come out to the third annual Lake Granbury Lakefest at the Lake Granbury Conference Center! The free outdoor festival will include live music, food and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs, but no coolers are permitted. Learn more here.
  • Oct. 2: GRANBURY – Virtual Lake Fest 5k
    If you needed some motivation to squeeze in exercise, the city of Granbury's hoping a good cause will do the trick. The city is hosting a virtual Lake Fest 5k, with the proceeds going toward supplying Granbury City Beach with life jackets. The virtual 5k ends at midnight on Oct. 2, 2021, and the registration fee is $30. Learn more here. 
  • Oct. 24: GRANBURY – Farmers Market, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Granbury Square 
    Stop by the city of Granbury's Historic Square and shop from a variety of vendors. There will be locally grown plants, fruits, gifts and homemade items available for purchase. Learn more here.
  • Oct. 30: ABILENE – Halloween in the Park, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola
    Take your trick-or-treating to a new level and help support the Friends of Abilene State Park! This event will have educational programs, candy and lots of tricks! Bring a flashlight, as it will be dark during this event. The cost is $10 per car. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 30: MINERAL WELLS – Storytelling Down In The Hollow, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells
    Park Interpreter David Owens will tell the stories of different Texas cultures at the Penitentiary Hollow for an evening of storytelling and the Texas night sky. Bring a lawn chair or blanket that is easily carriable. For more information, email david.owens@tpwd.texas.gov or click here.

 Central Brazos Basin

  • Oct. 2: TEMPLE – Family Day, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave B, Temple
    Family Day is a fun way to get out of the house on the first Saturday of the month. Enjoy craft time and educational programs about different time periods in history. The theme for Family Day in October is transportation. Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 3: WACO – Beast of the Brazos, 1 - 4 p.m. at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Park, Waco
    Take a dip in the Brazos River during the Beast of the Brazos open water swim race! The swim will be in between the banks of the Brazos River. All registered swimmers will receive a swim cap and T-shirt, as well as a finisher medal for those who make it past the beast. For more information regarding this event, click here.
  • Oct. 3: WHITNEY – Bird Sleuths of the Two Bridges Trail, 9 – 10 a.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney
    Explore and enjoy beautiful Lake Whitney at the "Bird Sleuths of the Two Bridges Trail." This 1-mile hike is suitable for all ages and experience levels, but don't forget to bring binoculars and water. The event is free with a paid park entry permit. For more information, click here.  
  • Oct. 16: KILLEEN – Breast Cancer 5k Walk at the Lions Club Park, 1700 East Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen
    The 8th Annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk supports men and women who are in need of a mammogram screening. All survivors, walkers, runners, supporters, family, and friends are welcome to come. Tickets for the events are $10-$20. All are encouraged to participate in person; however, a virtual option of Walking Pods at a location of your choice while Zooming via Live stream during the walk is available. To learn more, click here.
  • Oct. 19: WACO – Rise Up! Waco, 6 p.m. at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium, 1001 S M.L.K Boulevard, Waco
    Enjoy an inspirational dinner, gala, and live Q&A with the subject of the movie 'The Blind Side' and Super Bowl winner Michael Oher. The gala benefits Talitha Koum's Nurture Center and includes a raffle, auction and gourmet meal with wine. For more information, click here or contact Blake Garvelli at 254-753-1144.

Lower Brazos Basin

  • Oct. 1, 3: NEEDVILLE – Birding Hike, 8 – 10 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Road, Needville
    Home to more than 300 species of birds, Brazos Bend State Park is the perfect place to go on a hike and bird-watching. This hike is 1.2 miles long, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes, binoculars and water. Meet right at 8 a.m. in front of the 40-Acre Lake restrooms to start the hike with park volunteer Jerry Carpenter. To learn more, call 979-553-5123 or click here.
  • Oct. 2: SAN FELIPE – Nature Walk, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Stephen F. Austin State Park, 38 Park Road 38, San Felipe
    Come out to Stephen F. Austin State Park for a short walk led by park volunteer Jack Philley. The walk starts at the RV bathrooms and will focus on the native plants present in the park's three ecozones. This event is free with park admission, and pets are welcome to join. Learn more here.
  • Oct. 9: SAN FELIPE – Gone To Texas: Settling Austin's Colony in Mexican Texas, 10 – 11 a.m. at Stephen F. Austin State Park, 220 2nd Street, San Felipe
    Learn about the history of the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site at this 1-hour session. This event offers an overview of the operation of Austin's Colony and will touch upon ongoing archeological investigations, Texas printing history, recreation among the settlers and more! This event is free with park admission and takes place at the Amphitheatre. Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 28-30: COLLEGE STATION – Fall Classic Golf and Swimming for Special Olympics Texas at the Texas A&M Natatorium & Rec Center and Phillips Event Center.
    Show off some swimming and golf talents at the Fall Classic in College Station and Bryan! There will be a dance to accompany the competition. For more information, please click here.
  • Oct. 29: BRYAN – Halloweentown in Downtown, 4 – 7 p.m.
    Get into the Halloween spirit at the Halloweentown event in Downtown Bryan! This is an outdoor trick-or-treat event with several trick-or-treat booths, photo booth stations and Downtown Bryan businesses will be open late. More information will be available soon—click here for event details.
  • Oct. 30: SUGAR LAND – Farmers Market at Imperial, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land
    Come shop from a wonderful selection of vendors at the Farmers Market in Sugar Land!  The market also includes live music, cooking demonstrations and other seasonal entertainment. Click here to learn more.