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Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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Is it hard to find things to do in the Texas Hill Country in autumn? Absolutely not! In fact, Boerne has a great lineup of fall events to keep your family’s calendar filled up and then some. The simple fact that the temperatures are moderate is cause for celebration, allowing for more time to be spent out and about as opposed to indoors trying to keep cool. The cooler air of autumn signifies a time of harvests, trips to local markets, crunching leaves, and soothing drinks. Plus, Boerne offers an excellent variety of events to help you enjoy this season to the fullest.

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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Happening throughout the month of October, the Annual Pumpkin Patch is at a new and exciting location. Visit the pumpkin patch at 102 City Park Rd., home of The AgriCultural Museum of Boerne, where a picture-perfect autumn setting awaits your family. The Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Complete with a variety of colorful pumpkins and antique tractors, there are photo-ops around every corner! This is one Hill Country pumpkin patch you won’t want to miss!

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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Speaking of tractors, happening on Saturday, October 13, The AgriCultural Museum will also be hosting its annual KurbisFest (“pumpkin fest” in German) and antique tractor pull! So, not only will families get the opportunity to enjoy the local pumpkin patch, but they’ll also get to witness the “Key to the Hills” Tractor Pull, sponsored by the Tri-County Tractor Pullers Association of Rio Medina. Roughly 50 Farmall and John Deere tractors will be participating in the event. While you’re there, the family can take a guided tour of the museum, see what a real-life blacksmith does, and enter some pumpkin carving and decorating contests for prizes! Admission for this event is $5 for adults, free of charge for children. All entry fees collected will benefit the AgriCultural Museum.

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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If more of a spooktacular feeling is something you crave, Cave Without a Name will be hosting Concert in the Cave: The Haunted Show on Saturday, October 20! Costumes are welcome as the Rahim Quazi Trio returns to the Queen’s Throne Room in the heart of this wonderfully natural (and perhaps a little eerie) setting. Storytelling and song intertwine to headline this event, including the experience of hearing Beethoven’s amazing Moonlight Sonata in complete darkness! Prepare to hear the haunting melodies of the theme from “Young Frankenstein” and “A Nightmare before Christmas,” as well as “Danse Macabre” and similar music, woven with songs from Rahim Quazi’s CD entitled “Ghost Hunting” (a popular ballot selection for a Grammy Award). This event is sure to be a memorable one, both for its acoustics as well as the great Halloween-like atmosphere and theme! Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Cave Without a Name website for $30. Guests can also purchase tickets at the door for $35.

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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Following this epic seasonal music masterpiece, the exceptionally entertaining Boerne Handmade Market happens on October 26 and 27. It features a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts, food, and home décor items. The first day of this wonderful two-day event is both new and exciting! It’s an evening of pre-shopping without the kids, giving visitors a first glance at all vendors and products. Featuring drinks, dessert, live music, massages, a hand-lettering class, and giveaways, it’s an adult-friendly venue that’s both relaxing and fun at the same time! The second offering of this bi-annual Boerne event is home to a variety of makers, craft classes, gourmet food and beverages, and kid’s crafts. It’s all conveniently located at The Cana Ballroom of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, situated in historic downtown Boerne. This setting is perfect for a fall family outing or a ladies’ day away, shopping, eating, and laughing, with breathtaking Hill Country views in the background. The chance to shop between 65 and 100 handmade vendors in a juried setting means that you can find high-quality products while supporting the local market. Guests to the show get the opportunity to take home a unique find they wouldn’t see elsewhere. The Boerne Handmade Market is a family-friendly event with an adult admission of $5. Children 12 years of age and under are free, and so is the parking! Gather your girlfriends or family members and make it an overnight stay in Boerne. You never know what fabulous find you’ll come across after an evening feeling pampered and then a full day of shopping at this wonderful marketplace!

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

Photo: Visit Boerne

Also happening on Saturday, October 27, the Soda Pops Patio Grill & Bar Hot Rod Night and Halloween Bash heats things up with live music and classic cars! In the style of an old-fashioned any-town, U.S.A. street party, Hot Rod Nights at Soda Pops are a great gathering place for friends and family. Seating is at a premium, so a BYOC (bring your own chair) policy is in effect. You don’t need to have a classic or hot rod car to hang out with this gang! Live music, great food, and cold drinks are highlights of these nights, and for October’s event, the Halloween Bash won’t disappoint. They have “…lots of fun and lots of heart… And lots of icy beer and lots of good music!” Does that sound like something you’d want to miss?! This year’s entertainment is the Ricky Adams Band, featuring country music, classic rock, blues, and great songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Halloween part of the night includes Trunk or Treat (where hot rodders provide candy to the kids who stop by their trunk), a costume contest with prizes for a variety of categories (child and pet as well) and games for the kids! “Bring a chair and git over here!” is the sentiment for this unique night out in the heart of beautiful Boerne.

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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Beyond Halloween, there’s even more family fun to be had in the Hill Country with great November events! Vintage Market Days is happening November 2 – 4 at Kendall County Youth Ag and Equestrian Center in Comfort, featuring an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor shopping experience. Clothing, original art, antiques, jewelry, handmade treasures, and home décor are just some of the items that can be found here. Shoppers can anticipate the full experience complete with vendors from across the U.S. together with live music and food trucks. Vintage Market Days begins at 10 a.m. on all three days, with the Early Buying Event taking place on Friday, November 2, giving you first peek at all the products and food items in advance of other shoppers. To get that early access, visitors can purchase a $10 pass at the link provided here, which is also good for the remainder of the weekend’s shopping experience. Those who would like the $5 general admission can purchase their passes at the link available here. Alternatively (and this is exciting!) shoppers can enter the Visit Boerne sweepstakes for the chance to win tickets to this amazing event together with an overnight stay at a local bed and breakfast (breakfast included!). The sweepstakes will close on October 25. Click the link provided here to enter and spend a fun-filled night in Boerne ahead of making that great vintage market find!

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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On Saturday, November 3, the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner is a wildly anticipated night being held at the Kendall County Fairgrounds. For its eighth annual event, this popular fundraiser will feature a menu of mouth-watering wild game dishes, as well as wonderful live and silent auction items, games, door prize opportunities, and vendors. For those who may have some picky eaters in the family, there will also be some conventional food selections on hand. From the 20 returning cook teams, guests are invited to sample some savory Cajun crawfish pasta, stuffed pheasant, and fried alligator. That’s not to mention the smoked pulled pork, smoked turkey, brisket tacos, and beans! The gates will open at 4:00 p.m. for friends and families to gather, and the food will be served promptly at 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $25 per person. You (and your appetite) won’t leave disappointed!

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

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After you’ve had a walk on the wild side, you might want to come to the upcoming Boerne Diva Night. It’s happening on Thursday, November 8, on the Hill Country Mile! Boerne stores will have their regular business hours during the day, and the Diva Night festivities will begin at 5 p.m., including great deals, unique finds, live music, and first-class dining to pamper your inner diva! This fall event is designed to support local businesses while encouraging a fun night of shopping. The first 200 Divas to check in at The Dienger Trading Co. and The Flower Shop will get either a tiara or a feather boa! How could you not want to make plans to attend with your girlfriends and get away from it all? Take some selfies, get some great deals, and dance the night away on Main Street in Boerne!

Boerne Does Fall First-Class With a Full Calendar of Fun

Photo: Visit Boerne

And, finally, the Boerne Fall Antiques Show is a great place to spend a fall day – or two! Meander through rows of vendors at the Kendall County Fairgrounds on November 17 and 18. Filled-to-overflowing with the finest American antiques on today’s market, this nationally-acclaimed antique show features treasures and unique finds from estates across the country. There are no reproductions or imports at this wonderful event where collectors from throughout the nation find genuine pieces to add a touch of class to their homes. And you can do the same! Country furniture, stoneware, textiles, baskets, and jewelry are just some of the finds at the Boerne Fall Antiques Show. Toys, silver, quilts, and American oak items are also available. Admission to this event is $5, which is good for both days. Although it may not take two whole days to find what you need, you’ll definitely want the time to take it all in, enjoy the weekend with family, and experience an amazing fall in the Texas Hill Country!