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Fun fall events abound in October

Fun fall events abound in October

Have a fun community event that you would like to be featured in next month's roundup? Send event details to ivette.chapa@brazos.org. Events must take place within the Brazos River basin to be included.

Upper Brazos Basin

  • October 1: ABILENE – Lake Hike, 9 – 11 a.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    Join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a 5-mile hike around Lake Abilene. To attend, you'll need an entrance permit from the park headquarters. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water. Learn more about the event here.
  • October 1: ABILENE – Star Party, International Observe the Moon Night, 8 – 10 p.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    Join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a night of stargazing. The meeting will occur at the soccer field across from the swimming pool. Red lights only, please, so as not to interfere with the night vision of other guests. Entrance fees will be waived for this event. For more information, click here or check out their Facebook page here.
  • October 1: 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.
  • October 13: ABILENE – ArtWalk, 5 – 8 p.m. at The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress Street, Abilene
    Join the fun downtown for October ArtWalk! Come solo, make it a date night, or bring the whole family for a FREE artful evening. Art Walkers can explore all three floors of The Grace Museum and engage in fun Make-n-Take activities suitable for all ages. Don't forget to check out the Grace Gift Shop! Downtown Abilene ArtWalk is organized by the Center for Contemporary Arts. Click here for more information.
  • October 15,16: GRANBURY – Harvest Moon Festival of Arts, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Granbury Square, 100 E Pearl St., Granbury
    Surrounding the beautiful and historic Granbury Downtown Square, Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts celebrates the best of fine art and fine craft from artists all over the country. Presented by the Historic Granbury Merchants Association, this long-running festival showcases artists, makers, and craftspeople. In addition to fabulous artist gallery booths, you'll find food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities, and all are surrounded by the most vibrant downtown square in Texas with wineries, unique shops, boutiques, art galleries, live entertainment venues, and great restaurants. Click here for more information or visit the Facebook page.
  • October 16: CLEBURNE – Barnstormer Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Cleburne Regional Airport, 1650 Airport Dr, Cleburne
    Come to the airport and see President Dwight Eisenhower's Air Force One and other historic aircraft. Experience history in person! All for free! They will also have pancakes and hot coffee, making this a great event you won't want to miss. Hosted by the Cleburne Regional Airport and presented by the Commemorative Air Force. For more information, click here.
  • October 22: ABILENE – Star Party, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola
    Join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a night of stargazing. Check out the Facebook page for any weather cancellations. The meeting will occur at the soccer field across from the swimming pool. Red lights only, please, so as not to interfere with the night vision of other guests. Entrance fees are waived for this event. For more information, click here or email Candyce Johnson at candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.   
  • October 29: ABILENE – Halloween in the Park, 6 – 9 p.m. at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola
    Help support the Friends of Abilene State Park at the annual Halloween event! It's a safe trick-or-treating at the park for the family! There will be educational programs, candy, and lots of screams! Make sure to stick around for the Star Party afterward. Bring your flashlights as it will be dark. The cost is $10 per car and the $5 entrance fee to the park is waived. For more information, click here.
  • October 29: CLEBURNE – Trick–or–Treat in the Park, 5 – 9 p.m. at Cleburne State Park, 5800 Park Road 21, Cleburne
    Come and join in the fun with your family, friends, and trick-or-treaters at the Trick-or-Treat in the Park event! Entry fees are waived for each person who brings an unexpired canned good during the hours of the Halloween Event! They will donate all the canned goods to a local food pantry in the community. For more information, click here.

 

Central Brazos Basin

  • October 1: KILLEEN – 2nd Annual Community Walk Against Domestic Violence, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lions Club Park Hike & Bike Trail, 1600 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen.
    A free community event to bring awareness and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence. There will be food, music, and a one-mile educational walk. Make sure you wear purple or a fun costume! For more information, click here or call (254) 501-7698.
  • October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30: 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! The meeting will take place at the roped-off area at the Main Track Site. Bring your questions about the park, dinosaurs, and more. The event is free with park admission. Click here to see all the Track Talks and other events that are taking place at Dinosaur Valley State Park in October. 
  • October 8: GLEN ROSE – 50th Anniversary Celebration, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose
    Join a fun-filled day celebrating everything that is at Dinosaur Valley State Park! It's the 50th Anniversary Celebration - a party 113 million years in the making! As you look back on the last 50 years and prepare for the next 50. There will be ranger-led programs, and special guests such as paleontologists, historians, and astronomers! Meet the central location dinosaur models, engage in family-friendly activities, and grab a meal from on-site food trucks plus FREE park entry! Bring plenty of water and your excitement for the dinosaurs! Click here for more information.
  • October 15: GLEN ROSE – Solar System Walk, 8 – 9 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
    Ever wondered how close the planets are to each other? Come join the fun as you take a walk through a scale model of our solar system. It will start at the Amphitheater at 8 p.m. and take the Solar System Walk to the Overflow Parking lot where the Fort Worth Astronomical Society is holding a Star Party! For more information, click here.
  • October 15: GLEN ROSE – Star Party, 9 p.m. at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose
    Celebrate the night sky and learn from real astronomers! Join the excitement with the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for an evening of celestial fun. You will observe planets, stars, and galaxies up close and with the help of knowledgeable astronomers. The meeting will take place at the park Amphitheater or Day Use Area and walk to the Overflow Parking Lot to look through the telescopes. Free with park admission. For more details, click here.
  • October 29: WACO – 2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Parade & Festival, 6 – 10 p.m. at Indian Spring Park and the Waco Convention Center, University Parks Drive, Waco
    Join the fun at Waco's biggest annual Día De Los Muertos Parade & Festival! The festivities will kick off with the Día De Los Muertos Parade! After the parade, guests will be able to walk to the festival grounds where they will experience Traditional Dances, Art, and Musical Performances. Guests can also enjoy the Artisan Vendor Market, grab a bite from local food trucks, and get into the spirit with immersive activities like sugar skull decorating and Calavera face painting. For more information, click here.
  • October 29: WHITNEY – Star Party in the Park, 8 – 10 p.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney
    Enjoy an evening walk across the galaxy by using star maps, a laser pointer, binoculars, and a telescope. Retired National Park Ranger Larry Smith will guide you through the planets, moon, and stars. Bring your camp chairs if you would like or you may use the metal picnic tables spaced out in the area. Park entry permits are required on all vehicles. For more information click here and to register call 254-694-3973 or email Rita at Rita.eisenschenk@tpwd.texas.gov
  • October 31: TEMPLE – Fright Fest "Creep Thru", 6 – 8 p.m. at Santa Fe Plaza, 301 W Avenue A, Temple
    Get ready for an evening of tricks and treats, as Temple celebrates Halloween at Fright Fest "Creep Thru." Join an amazing community at Santa Fe Plaza for a safe night of trick or treating, costume contest prize patrol, and our amazing fire dancer show! This event is free to the public and does not require registration. Don't miss it! Click here for more information or contact Amanda Weckbacher at aweckacher@templetx.gov.
     

Lower Brazos Basin

  • October 1: BRYAN – 17th Annual Boonville Days, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan
    Join the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History on October 1, 2022, for the 17th annual Boonville Days: Texas Heritage Festival! Learn about Brazos County's pioneer history: visit with characters in period costume, and enjoy cowboys, reenactors, musicians, dancers, artisans, and much more. This is a family-friendly event, so there will be free pony rides, train rides, and other activities for children. The Museum will be open and free with more exhibits, activities, and demonstrators inside! For more information, click here.
  • October 1: MEXIA – Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail Cleanup, 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Fort Parker State Park, 194 Park Road 28, Mexia
    Work with staff from Fort Parker State Park to clean up the 5 miles of Navasota River that make up the Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail and the shoreline of Fort Parker Lake. They will be removing litter and other debris that has washed into the river or lake. This event is part of the Keep Texas Waterways Beautiful program! There is a limited number of canoes available for use. Bring gloves, a hat, and a canoe or kayak if you have one. Plan to get wet and dirty. Call Fort Parker State Park (254) 562-5751 to sign up! For more information, click here.
  • October 1: SAN FELIPE – Nature Walk, 10 – 11 a.m. at Stephen F. Austin State Park Nature Center, 220 2nd Street, San Felipe
    Join the fun as volunteer Jack Philley takes you on a short hike to learn about the native plants that inhabit the three ecozones present at Stephen F. Austin State Park. It's an easy hike that is appropriate for people of all ages. No reservation is necessary. Bring your water bottle, and bug repellent, and wear closed-toe shoes. No pets are allowed at the event unless they are trained to be service animals. This event may be canceled for weather-related or other reasons. Call Delia Metcalf at 979-885-3613 or via email at delia.metcalf@tpwd.texas.gov. For more information click here.
  • October 1,8,15,22,29: NEEDVILLE – Storytime and Crafts, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville
    Join us outside the Nature Center to listen to a story about our nighttime friends the bats, hairy arachnid friends the tarantulas, alligators, and owls! Listen to a story and create a craft to take home! For the scheduled story of the day click here or for more information call Jessica Bullard at 979-553-5122 and via email at jessica.bullard@tpwd.texas.gov
  • October 2,7: NEEDVILLE – Birding Hike, 8 – 10 a.m. at Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville
    Brazos Bend State Park is home to over 300 species of birds: it's the perfect place to bird-watch all year round! Join the expedition at 8:00 a.m. in front of the 40-Acre Lake restrooms and go on a birding hike alongside park volunteer Jerry Carpenter. This trail is 1.2 miles long, relatively flat, graveled, and easily accessible for anyone that wants to join! Don't forget to bring your binoculars, field guides, and your water! For more information, click here.
  • October 8: SUGAR LAND – Movie Under the Moon, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land
    Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs to the Plaza to enjoy a FREE movie under the moon. This month's showing is Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas! For more information, click here or call (281) 276-6000.\
  • October 14: SAN FELIPE – Stephen F. Austin State Park | Two Night Event | Texas Outdoor Family | Houston Area (Registration Open), at Stephen F. Austin State Park Park Road 38, San Felipe
    Join the adventure for a fun-filled weekend and discover the joys of camping in your Texas State Parks. The activities and programs offered will enable you and your family to safely enjoy your Texas State Parks and provide the skills for a lifetime of rewarding outdoor experiences. The cost is $95 per family (up to 6 individuals), including all park entry and camping fees. If you have any questions, call (512) 389-8903 and speak to one of the "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email tofsp@tpwd.texas.gov Space is limited to 50 guests. For more information and registration, click here.

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