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Fall Festivals for Food and Fun in the Texas Hill Country for 2017

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This autumn, check out the fun at these Texas Hill Country fall festivals. You’ll find food, music, and great activities everyone will enjoy. Don’t waste the perfect weather of September and October. Take advantage of it by attending these fall festivals.

1. Dripping with Taste Festival: Sept 9 – 12, 2017

Dripping with Taste is one of the many food related fall festivals this year

Photo: Facebook/Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival

For the 10th year, Dripping Springs will host Dripping with Taste. This food and wine festival celebrates the tastier things in life. In prior years, the festival focused on the local Hill Country wines, but this year, festival planners have invited distilleries as well. Not only can you sample wines, whiskeys and more, but you can also learn about mixology and see cooking demonstrations. Live music rounds out the entertainment at this fall festival food and drink lovers shouldn’t miss.

2. Bulverde Jubilee: Sept 16, 2017

Bulverde Jubilee is one of many family friendly fall festival

Photo: Facebook/Bulverde Jubilee

This September 16, 2017, Bulverde celebrates freedom at its annual Jubilee. This event kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m., but you can arrive as early as 10 a.m. to get a spot, and wait for the rides and games to open at 10:30 a.m. With live music and activities for kids, this festival has something for everyone in the whole family.

2. Gruene Music & Wine Festival: Oct 5 – 8, 2017

Gruene Music and Wine Festival is one of the food related fall festivals in the Texas Hill Country this year

Photo: Facebook/Gruene Music & Wine Festival

In October, Gruene presents the opportunity for you to taste fabulous wines and hear great live music at the Gruene Music & Wine Festival. This adults-only event (sorry kids) features Texas wines for you to try. Food vendors will also have some samples, but keep cash on hand to enjoy the tasty products from the food trucks on site.

3. Oktoberfest: Oct 6 – 8, 2017

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest Logo

Photo: Facebook/Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg hosts an annual Oktoberfest filled with German food and fun. Fredericksburg has celebrated its German roots with Oktoberfest the first weekend in each October for the last 37 years. While some fall festivals restrict attendees to adults only, this one is open to the entire family. It even includes special activities for kids. But the highlight of the event will be the German food. Don’t miss the many authentic dishes at this event such as flammkuchen, jaeger schnitzel, pfeffernusse, and more.

4. Wurstfest: Nov 3 – 12, 2017

Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival in New Braunfels

Photo: Facebook/Wurstfest

The Wurstfest is the best festival for craft beer and sausage the first two weeks in November. This classic fall festival in New Braunfels has been around since 1963. Since then, this festival brings together those who love great food and beer. Expect dancing, music, and food and drink.