If it’s fall fun you’re seeking there’s plenty to do; from apples to pumpkins, it’s all there for you. A festive Oktoberfest just might do the trick, if a fall full of fun heads up your list. See what’s on tap near your favorite preserve!
The town of McKinney brings a family-friendly Oktoberfest to its streets September 27-28 that features authentic German food and spirits, plus traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and more. Two of our Texas preserves, Bay Landing and Lake Tawakoni, are within an hour’s drive of the festivities. Visit www.mckinneytexas.org for more information.
It’s a good thing that our Natchez Trace preserve in Tennessee is close enough to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens that you can visit both each weekend through September and October. There’s a pumpkin patch, scarecrows hidden throughout the Turner Seasons garden, and, of course, the beautiful grounds to explore during the colorful fall season. To see a schedule of events, visit www.cheekwood.org.
Plan a stay at our Williamsburg preserve in Virginia and visit the Harvest Faire in Newport News, October 11-13. Held at Endview Plantation, the event is a true (and the peninsula’s oldest) Renaissance Festival that features medieval combat and crafts, knights on horseback, live music and dance, merchant, food and period games. For more information visit www.harvestfaire.org.
On the Calendar
Do you love chili? Then you’ll love what’s happening at Bay Landing in Texas the weekend of September 27-29. It’s their annual Chili Cook-Off event so bring your recipes and get ready to be judged!
Are you ready for a Wild West Weekend? Join us at Natchez Trace in Tennessee on the October 4-6 weekend for a hayride at dark, kids’ crafts, a donut and coffee social and a showdown at the Old Red Barn.
If you’re a chili enthusiast, you can also check out Lake Whitney in Texas on October 12 – the CASA Chili Cook-Off folks will be there!
Calling all bingo players. October 5 is Bingo Weekend at Medina Lake in Texas! The following weekend on October 12 is Oktoberfest. Craft sales start off the morning followed by kids’ crafts, root beer chugging and sauerkraut and sausage eating contests. Top of the Trail will have a German dinner in the evening followed by a waltz and polka contest.