The fall season's cooler temperatures and changing landscape colors set the stage for a fantastic time to visit the Texas Hill Country.
And while in previous years, Fredericksburg's fall festivals were a major reason to visit during the autumn months, here are some things you can do in town while staying safe, despite the cancellation of the town's beloved Oktoberfest, Texas Mesquite Arts Festival, Knights of Columbus Bestfest and Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest in 2020.
explore the great outdoors
Hiking, biking, birding or just a casual stroll are all possibilities in Fredericksburg during the fall. The area's outdoor trails and parks are filled with unique wildlife, scenic vistas and space to practice social distancing. You will need a reservation for the area's most popular outdoor attraction - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Area farms and orchards will also offer pumpkin picking and buying opportunities during the fall.
shop the latest fall fashions
Try Texas Wine
October is Texas Wine Month and the area's more than 50 vineyards and tasting rooms will be offering some of their newest vintages. Spend the day on a winery patio enjoying the autumn breeze and the changing colors of trees and vines in the surrounding hills.
learn from the past
Discover Something Delicious
Fredericksburg features 40 restaurants with outdoor seating - a perfect place to enjoy fall and taste some of the best BBQ, German, Tex-Mex or Hill Country cuisine in the state. Add in a little live music and great selection of beer, wine and cocktails at many restaurants and you can have a memorable foodie fall in Fredericksburg.
And it is never too early to plan for the return of festivals in 2021 - Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Oct. 1-3, 2021.
Find the latest information on visiting Fredericksburg during the COVID-19 pandemic below.