Fall Activities in the Midsouth

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Explore Big Bend National Park

Along the border of Texas and Mexico, the desert suddenly gives way to green mountains and one of America’s great rivers, the Rio Grande. Visit Big Bend National Park for amazing hiking trails, scenery, and stargazing.

Dance to zydeco

Hundreds of years ago, French Creole-speaking people in Louisiana created an original genre of music called zydeco. It’s fast-paced dance music played traditionally on the fiddle, accordion, and washboard. Hear it live at the Blue Moon Saloon, or the Spotted Cat Music Club.

Celebrate Halloween

Check out what Texas has to offer this Halloween for events and activities. Whether you check out a fright trail, a zoo, Halloween Spooktacular, or celebrate the Port Isabel Day of the Dead you’re bound to have a great time.

See the leaves change

In October and November, the leaves in certain areas in your region put on a spectacular show of yellow, orange, magenta, and red. Try these especially scenic routes through Oklahoma or Texas.

Eat apple pie

Apple pie is always a treat, but it’s best when the apples are in season. Watch this video to see how this iconic American dessert is made. Try making one yourself, or order a slice from a restaurant or bakery. If anyone asks, go for it à la mode (that’s with ice cream on top).

Honor service members on Veterans Day

November 11 is observed annually as Veterans Day, honoring all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pay your respects by attending a Veterans Day Parade in your state, find locations here.

Give thanks on Thanksgiving

On the last Thursday in November, gather with friends at a home or restaurant, express your thanks for what’s good in life, and eat a fabulous meal together. The traditional American Thanksgiving feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Make reservations at a restaurant near you at Open Table.

Go to a football game

Watch the Houston Texans or the Dallas Cowboys play professional football, or cheer on college teams at the University of Oklahoma, Louisiana State University, the University of Arkansas, or the University of Texas at Austin. It’s also fun (and cheaper!) to watch games on TV with fans at a local sports bar.

Get lost in a corn maze

The United States grows more corn than any other country in the world. In the fall, many farmers invite visitors to make their way through a corn maze, an intricate path system carved into the cornfield. It’s a little scary – perfect for Halloween season – and a lot of fun.

Go to a fall festival

Fall festivals give you a taste of local culture and community pride. At the Fall Festival and Avocado Showcase in Devine, Texas, see something new at the avocado cooking competition. 

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