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5 Autumn Adventures to Have this Fall in Deer Park

Cool mornings, vibrant festivals, and live entertainment all announce autumn’s arrival in Deer Park. Located just 20 miles east of downtown Houston near where Buffalo Bayou meets Burnet Bay, the destination has an abundance of things going on in the fall. With daytime temperatures in the 80s, sprawling parks, and unique events, a visit here has something for everyone. Discover some of the top things you can do here this fall, then plan your visit here.

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Adopt Your New Best Friend

Adorable pups, groovy music, and nothing but good vibes. If this sounds like the best day ever, come to Deer Park for Woofstock (Sept. 25). Held at Dow Park, this family-friendly event is the perfect time to meet the newest member of your pack. Along with saying “howdy” to the adoptable dogs and puppies, you’ll listen to live music and browse the wares of vendors selling all kinds of goodies. Whether you’re looking to bring another furry friend into your home or you want to enjoy a fun day out, Woofstock has it all.

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Catch a Tony Award-Winning Musical 

Imagine a world in which a 20-year drought has caused a severe water shortage, you have to pay to use a toilet, and the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Welcome to Urinetown, a satirical Tony Award-winning musical conducted by Deer Park’s own Art Park Players. The show has it all, from love and greed to corruption and, finally, revolution, all set in a dystopian future that hits a bit close to home. Performances will take place from Oct. 8 – 10, 15 – 17, and 22 – 23 at the Deer Park Municipal Court and Theater Building, and tickets for each show are available by calling 281-478-2050.

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Back the Blue at this Family-Friendly Festival 

Sinking your teeth into mouthwatering barbecue is great already, but doing so while supporting a good cause? It doesn’t get any better than that. Enjoy a day out with your family at the Back the Blue BBQ Challenge/Festival (Oct. 16). Burn a few calories when you jog the 5K fun run, then get breakfast and barbecue for lunch at the on-site concessions stands. Soon you’ll find your way to the big stage for some live music, participate in the silent auction, and let your youngsters enjoy all the activities just for kids. Stick around for the Dyllan Culp Band, a Texas country music group and the festival’s headliner, and the barbecue cook-off awards ceremony, which is a fitting way to end a fall day in Deer Park.

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Get Your Thrills at Deer Park’s Halloween Carnival 

Don your spookiest (or silliest) Halloween costume and set out for Deer Park’s annual Halloween Carnival (Oct. 30). Taking trick-or-treating to the next level, the sugar skull-themed carnival offers a full evening’s worth of fun for all ages. Play games in Pumpkin Town, enjoy one carnival ride after the next, and enter the costume contest. Held throughout the afternoon at the Jimmy Burke Center, this event serves up all the thrills and chills you could ever ask for.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Autumn’s cooler weather makes the season a spectacular time to get outside, and you’ll find plenty of ways to do just that here in Deer Park. Start at the Deer Park Nature Preserve, where you’ll stroll along a 1.5-mile trail that meanders through grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Showcasing the area’s landscapes, the preserve is a fantastic spot for a quick hike or a morning birdwatching adventure. At Bayou Bend Park, step along the short walking trail, play a round on the disc golf course, or let your kids frolic on the playground before settling in for a picnic.

To immerse yourself in Texas history, explore the trails at the San Jacinto Monument and Museum. Admire a relief of the events of the Texas Revolution at the base of the monument before wandering the battlefield. Then bring the past to life as you check out the exhibits of firearms, art, and artifacts from the war, as well as a collection of pre-Columbian pottery, Spanish silver, and more that tells the many stories of the last 500 years. Add a bit of golf into the equation at The Battleground Golf Course. Each of the course’s 18 holes features a commemorative marker representing the Battle of San Jacinto, along with strategically placed water and sand hazards, a demanding layout, and plenty of eye-catching scenery.

Ready for your next fall getaway? Celebrate the season in style in Deer Park. Plan your visit here.