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Fall Festivals in Waco

Your one-stop guide to fall fun here in the 254

8 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

As summer sets over the Brazos River and autumn leaves start to fall, it’s time to officially retire all swimsuits and beach days and replace them with cozy sweaters and fall gatherings. If you want the inside scoop (minus the pumpkin guts) on where to go to find the perfect fall festival, then you’re in luck. Here’s a list of festivals going on in Waco this fall that are fun for the whole family. 

Waco Mom’s Pumpkin on the Patio

Waco Moms is a local parenting blog written by moms from Waco who provide advice on parenting and motherhood, and inform the community on family-friendly activities around town. On Oct. 8 from 4–6 p.m., guests can join them at Milo, 1020 Franklin Ave., for DIY pumpkin decorating, fabulous drink specials, appetizer boards and more. Tickets are $10, which will include snacks, pumpkins, decorating supplies and one complimentary drink.


3rd Annual Sancho Rancho Pumpkin Patch

Sancho Rancho is throwing its third annual pumpkin patch. Sancho Rancho, 981 Coyote Run, is a Waco-based business that sells livestock and equipment from their ranch and are passionate about providing Waco the opportunity to experience and appreciate rustic country life. The ranch also offers horseback riding lessons, horse training, horse boarding and numerous trails for horseback riding. The pumpkin patch will run each weekend from October 7–29th from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. This fun local event will include food trucks, games, petting zoos, hayrides and more. Car admission is $20 per car. Click here for more information.


Western Belle Farm Pumpkin Festival

Head over to Western Belle for the second annual Pumpkin Festival now through Nov. 5. Located at 7929 Heritage Pkwy, West, TX, Western Belle is a family-owned farm run by fourth-generation farmers, Brandon and Taylor Huffman. Known for the summer sunflower festivals, Western Belle Farm is bringing back the pumpkin festival with the iconic pumpkin cannon. The festival will also include pumpkin-themed photo opportunities, live music, food vendors, petting zoos, wagon rides, mini zip lines and so much more. Tickets range from $12–28, and they offer pup passes for $5. Click here for more information.

Robinson Family Farm 10th Annual Pumpkin Fest

Robinson Family Farm is hosting its 10th annual Pumpkin Fest, a seven-week celebration of fall and family fun. Robinson Family Farm is a family-owned farm located in the heart of Central Texas that hosts yearly seasonal events for the public to enjoy. At the Pumpkin Fest, visitors can indulge in delicious food, catch live music, watch pig races, go on barrel and hayrides, throw some axes, enjoy a wine and Biergarten and much more. The fest will run through Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. With such an incredible lineup of activities, the fun never ends at Robinson Family Farm. Tickets start at $14. Click here for more information.

Camp Fimfo Fall Fest Weekend

Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, is hosting many fall-themed events for all to enjoy through Nov. 26. Camp Fimfo is an accessible and exciting resort that gives a new meaning to camping. Camp Fimfo is open year-round and provides resort-like amenities, such as full hook-up RV sites, custom designed cabins, on site-dining opportunities, scheduled crafts and workshops, swim-up bars, taverns, spa tubs, outdoor activities and premium accommodations to all patrons. Throughout the fall months, there will be fun DIY activities such as candle making, bird feeder building, tie dying and lantern building. Camp Fimfo is also hosting four weeks of Halloween fun from Oct. 6–27. All festgoers will also have the opportunity to go trick-or-treating, plant magic pumpkin seeds, enter a costume contest, and enjoy seasonal drinks from Squirrely’s Tavern. And don’t miss out on Friendsgiving weekend Nov. 17-19. Click here for more information.

Silobration 2023

Come silo-brate all that autumn has to offer at Magnolia Market. Silobration is Magnolia’s annual homecoming event here in Waco. Magnolia started in 2003 as a home remodeling and design business owned and operated by Chip and Johanna Gaines and the company has quickly grown from their remodeling days. Magnolia now owns its own marketspace and shopping complex, also known as Magnolia Silos. This year’s Silobration celebrates the 20th anniversary of Magnolia. The event will feature live music, an artisan vendor fair, food trucks, lawn games, special pop-ups, book signings and even a special evening with Chip and Jo. Silobration will run from October 19–21 at The Silos, 601 Webster Ave. Click here to visit their website.

Waco Cultural Arts Festival

Cultural Arts of Waco is partnering with Creative Waco, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Waco Convention Center, HEB and others to put on the Waco Cultural Arts Festival as part of its “Autumn Fusion”. This festival was created to support local artistry, businesses, art education and creative expression. There will be different sections of the festival and activities for all to enjoy, such as live music, open mic poetry, writing workshops, food vendors, on-site craft projects and more. The festival will take place at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr, from November 3–5.

36th annual Homestead Fair

Homestead Heritage, 608 Dry Creek Rd., is a rural, craft-based Christian community that focuses on sustainability, service and self-sufficiency to live in harmony with the earth and all people. This year, Homestead Heritage is hosting its 36th annual Homestead Fair. The fair will run from November 24 –26. Here, all fairgoers will have the chance to watch live cow milking, purchase unique items from artisan vendors, create their own crafts, enjoy any of the multicultural dishes from the food court, experience agricultural exhibits, listen in on seminars, indulge in sweet treats and take a hay wagon tour of the farm.