Fall Fun and Festivals in Central Texas

With fall in full swing in the Central Texas Hill Country, there are a number of fun fall activities happening in and around the city of Kyle. If you’re looking for a weekend day trip with the family or just an afternoon of fun, these fall festivities are Central Texas staples that delight both locals and visitors alike.

Renaissance Festival

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Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is a longstanding Central Texas fall tradition. Located between Houston and Kyle, the fair celebrates all things medieval, with food, games, rides and more. Known as the largest Renaissance theme park in the country, the Texas Renaissance Festival recreates the look and feel of a 16th century British village. From daring knights to fair maidens, kings and queens to Shakespeare himself, this festival invites the whole family to take a step into history. This year the festival will feature themed weekends, including Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Celtic Christmas, and more. The festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is open Saturdays and Sundays until November 30th, 2014.


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Another iconic fall festival, Wurstfest in New Braunfels is a haven for German culture and food. For 10 days in November, the Wursfest Grounds in Landa Park will be filled with sausage, beer, music and more. Newly expanded for 2014, this year’s Wurstfest will be the biggest ever, with a marketplace, additional live music stages and a vast selection of local craft beers as well as German brews. Originally just a sausage-centric festival, Wursfest has expanded to attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. Located just 30 minutes south of Kyle, Wursfest opens on November 7th and goes until the 16th.

Chuy's Christmas Parade

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Chuys Christmas Parade

Christmas comes early in Austin with Chuy’s annual Christmas Parade. Held in the heart of downtown Austin on Congress Avenue, this parade features floats, giant balloons, and, of course, Santa Claus. Attendees of the parade are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa to help bring Christmas gifts to kids throughout the area who otherwise would go without. It’s a fun way to celebrate the start of the holiday season, Texas style. The Chuy’s Christmas Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 29th, 2014.

Break out the Tents! Exploring the Great Outdoors in Central Texas

Break out the Tents! Exploring the Great Outdoors in Central Texas

As fall finally approaches and those scorching Texas temperatures finally cool off, it’s the perfect time to make plans to visit one of the many state parks right here in Central Texas. Whether you like to camp or spend the day exploring, these hidden gems offer the chance to appreciate the natural beauty of Central Texas without traveling far from home. Grab your hiking boots and get ready to roast some marshmallows.


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McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls is the closest State Park to Austin and has all the natural beauty you could wish for but still close to home. Campsites are large and have a picnic table and fire pit. Located at the confluence of Onion and Williamson creeks, the park is a great place for swimming and hiking, and the falls are especially scenic after a good rain. You can also pay a visit to “Old Baldy,” a 500+ year-old, 103 food tall cypress tree, one of the oldest bald cypress trees on public land in Texas. At only 25 minutes away from Plum Creek, this park offers a natural escape without a long-distance road trip beforehand.

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Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park offers a magnificent bike trail through the Lost Pines of East Central Texas, in addition to swimming, hiking, and golf. The park has rebounded after the devastating 2011 wildfire, and nearly all of the trails, campsites, and facilities have reopened to the public. Cabins and facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s are still standing and available for group rental, or for those wishing to experience a bit of history while enjoying the outdoors. You can also rent a canoe or a barbeque pit at the park and spend the day enjoying the natural wonder of the Lost Pines at Bastrop or neighboring Buescher State Park. The park also features scenic drives, if you’d prefer to experience the great outdoors from the comfort of your own vehicle.


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Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park is a favorite for family hikes, featuring an easy 7-mile trail that winds along small canyons created by the Mescal and Tobacco creeks. Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country west of Austin, Pedernales Falls is a great place for camping, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching, and more. The campground is spacious and well-kept, and offers campers a peaceful escape in a uniquely beautiful setting. The Pedernales River also offers some great swimming, tubing, and wading for cooling off after a day exploring the natural wonders. A quarter mile nature trail also leads to a scenic overlook of Twin Falls, perfect for capturing those postcard moments or just enjoying the breathtaking view. For equestrians, the park can also be explored on horseback on the rugged, 10 mile trail that winds up and down the hillsides.


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Lockhart State Park

Southeast of Kyle, Lockhart State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family, including picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, and more.  With nice hiking trails and several dams and fishing holes, this park is a great place to make a day trip or to camp for the night. The park also features a nine-hole golf course, the only staff-kept course in the Texas State Parks System, and a park swimming pool. RV travelers are welcome as well as traditional campers, and there is a CCC built recreation hall that can be rented for group events. And if you get tired of roasted marshmallows, the famous BBQ joints in Lockhart are only minutes away.

Want more to explore? Check out the Texas State Parks map on their website and plan your own adventure.

Local Art and Flea Markets Near Plum Creek

The local art community in Central Texas is unique in that it has the funky flavor of Austin but also a whole heap of southern, Texas charm. There are numerous venues in and around Kyle at which local artists and craftspeople share their creations with the community. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, paintings, sculptures or antiques, these markets will offer you the chance to find the hidden treasure you’re looking for.

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Art Squared Arts Market

The Art Squared Arts Market in San Marcos happens every second Saturday. From humble beginnings in 2012, this market has grown and moved to the San Marcos Downtown Square, where it offers emerging and established artists a platform to exhibit and sell their handcrafted art. The market is open from 9am to 4pm and also features live music, so bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy a day of music and art. If you’re an artist looking for a place to sell your wares, applications for booths are open for future Art Squared events.

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Kyle Flea Market

Right here in Kyle the Kyle Flea Market is open on weekends from 9am to 5pm. Known for it’s weird, surprising, and sometimes messy shopping, this market certainly has a lot of character. Established in 1980, the Kyle Flea Market is a place for the people in the community to buy, sell, and trade virtually anything and everything. The market also features Open-Air Swap Meet tables in front of the facility, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A variety of restaurants throughout the market also offer hungry shoppers a place to grab a bite while browsing the collection of dusty treasures.

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First Thursday

On a daily basis, South Congress Avenue in Austin often features mini-bazaars of locally-made arts and crafts, but First Thursday is the time when the artists really come out and make a showing. Held on the first Thursday of every month, this market / festival gives Austin artists and small businesses a chance to showcase their creativity in the middle of the bustling South Congress Avenue. At this market you can find all manner of handmade goods, from finely crafted jewelry to unique screen-printed t-shirts and much more. As a bonus, many of the well-known businesses on South Congress stay open late so you can enjoy all the funky shopping and dining this iconic Austin street offers well into the night.

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Austin Country Flea Market

The Austin Country Flea Market is one of the oldest and largest flea markets in Central Texas. Just North of Austin, this veteran flea market is listed as #8 on Travel Channel’s Top 10 World’s Best Flea Markets. With 300 vendor spaces, the variety of the market is both vast and eclectic. Besides the expected handicrafts, there is also furniture, clothing, garage sales, auto accessories, and just about everything else you might never have known you needed. With live music every weekend, you could lose hours browsing the huge selection. The Austin Country Flea Market is open Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm all year round.

Austin Art Market

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23rd Street Artist’s Market

You might not even notice this little market tucked away between 23rd and 24th streets on the Drag, but the 23rd Street Artist’s Market is an Austin staple. Also called the Renaissance Market, this little outcropping of vendors is surrounded by murals and is located right across from UT’s campus. Open since the 1970s, this market showcases some of the most essential Austin flavor and some of the best local art finds. Open daily but busiest on weekends, this small market is a local institution and a great place to experience what the art community of Austin has to offer.

Tee Off at these Beautiful Golf Courses in Central Texas

What better way to spend the dwindling days of summer than with 18 holes on some of Central Texas’s scenic golf courses? The area around Plum Creek features a wide variety of courses to challenge and delight every player, whatever their skill level or taste. Whether it’s to talk business or just to relax and play, these nearby courses will allow you to enjoy the Texas Hill Country at its finest.

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Grey Rock Golf Club

Just South of Austin, The Grey Rock Golf Club offers world class amenities only 30 minutes away from Plum Creek. With a spacious clubhouse nestled in a grove of live oaks, it’s a picturesque venue, great for relaxing after a round on the course, or for holding an event. The club also boats extensive practice facilities, with a well maintained putting green and driving range. With a friendly staff and a great layout, this course promises a superb golfing experience surrounded by the gorgeous Central Texas scenery.

Central Texas Golf Course

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Landa Park Golf Course

Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels is located adjacent the serene Comal River. Known for being well manicured and maintained, this course also is often visited by local wildlife such as deer and wild turkeys. With a challenging layout and a beautiful setting, this course truly showcases the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. A great choice for golf outside of the immediate Austin area, the river setting is what truly makes this course stand out.

Central Texas Golf Course

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Plum Creek Golf Club

Right here in Plum Creek, the Plum Creek Golf Course offers a high-caliber golf experience just minutes away from home. This Texas-sized course on over 200 acres offers challenging play with unique character in the heart of the Plum Creek community. Seeded to stay green all year round, this course is one of the best in the area and also home to the Texas State Men’s and Women’s golf teams. Designed so that no two fairways touch, and with black tees at a challenging 7100+ yards, Plum Creek offers a distinctive golf experience that all players will enjoy.

Central Texas Golf Course

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Clay-Kizer Golf Course

As Austin’s largest municipal golf complex, the Clay-Kizer facility offers players 36 holes on two courses in South Austin. These small courses are known for being reasonably priced and well maintained, and suitable for players of all levels. With tree-lined fairways surrounded by Williamson Creek, these courses offer a variety of play at one convenient location. Five sets of tees make the course the right challenge every player. An Austin staple since 1974, these muni courses are a great golf experience at an affordable price.

Central Texas Golf Course

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Fazio Foothills at Barton Creek

One of the most highly rated courses in all of Texas, the Fazio Foothills at Barton Creek offers a stunning experience in the heart of Austin. Known as the hardest of the four Barton Creek courses, nearly every hole of The Foothills boasts fabulous, postcard-worthy views. Though the Fazio Canyons is the signature course at Barton Creek, The Foothills is a local favorite as well. This premiere course features waterfalls and caves and takes advantage of the best of Central Texas’s natural features. It’s a little pricier, but the resort facilities and unforgettable layout are worth it. Ranked first in Golfweek’s 50 Best Resort Courses in the US and also named the Best Resort Course in Texas by Golf Digest, this course is one of Central Texas’s must-plays.

Rock the Porch Returns to Plum Creek

Are you ready to rock, Central Texas? For the second year, Plum Creek’s Rock the Porch public art initiative will return to Kyle, Texas with a fresh look and a rockin’ attitude. Much like last year, Rock the Porch will manifest in the creation of 20 sculptural and artistic rocking chairs designed by individuals, artists and groups from across Central Texas. Then in October, these chairs will be placed within the Plum Creek neighborhood and the greater city of Kyle to beautify the area and spark conversations. The Call for Artists for Rock the Porch is currently open – and we’re looking for creative minds to apply! The application period is open until August 15th, but don’t wait, apply today.

This year Rock the Porch is all about the music. We’re looking for designs inspired by the music that rocks you – whether it’s a genre of music, or a particular song, artist or instrument. Design a chair that pays homage to The Beatles, or one that looks like a piano. Or create a chair filled with lyrics from your favorite songs. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!


Get Rocking — Apply Today!

You have plenty of time to rock those creative juices and come up with something worth talking about. If you’d like to be a part of Rock the Porch, we want to hear from you! We will pick 20 artists in mid-August and your chair is due October 11th at Plum Creek’s annual Hootenanny on the Hill fall festival. At Hootenanny, there will be a vote for the best chair and the designer will be given $500 to donate to a local charity of their choice from a predetermined list.

Ready to get started? Follow the link below to fill out the application. Email kelsey@lookthinkmake.com to submit, or if you have any questions or feedback. Now let’s get rocking!

Click here to apply for Rock the Porch

Rock the Porch Rocking Chair

Rocking chair art from Rock the Porch 2013

Fourth of July in Plum Creek

Independence Day Celebrations in Plum Creek

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and no neighborhood celebrates Independence Day like Plum Creek. From festive parades to picnics and live music, this fourth is sure to be a good one! Haven’t made plans yet? We have you covered. These are our top picks for celebrating Independence Day in Plum Creek.


Popsicle Run

To kick off your Independence Day, Plum Creek has organized a color run consisting of 1K, 3K and 4 miler options. It’s the perfect way to preemptively work off the hot dogs and burgers you’ll be enjoying later. The run will start and finish at McNaughton pool, and participants will run through some of the most scenic features of our neighborhood. Once you’ve reached the finish line, your hard work will be rewarded with popsicles and other frozen treats. To register for the run or to get more information, click here.

Picnic and Parade

At 10 a.m. following the Popsicle Run, Plum Creek’s annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic gets started. All are welcome to join in the parade as festive bikes, strollers, wagons and scooters make their way from Witte and Negley Street to McNaughton Park. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Once at the park, attendees will enjoy a free picnic lunch and a waterslide to cool off.


Pre-Fireworks Celebration at Plum Creek Golf Course

The Plum Creek Golf Course (PCGC) has planned a full day of activities to celebrate the 4th of July. To get things started, PCGC is hosting a four person scramble golf tournament. The tournament will begin at 3 p.m. and includes prizes, finger food and a front row seat to the fireworks show for $44 per player. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., PCGC is throwing a pre-fireworks celebration at the Clubhouse. This celebration is free to the public and will include live music, a fantastic viewing of the fireworks show, and food and drinks for purchase. The City of Kyle will launch a fireworks show from the golf course around 9:30 p.m.


Performing Arts Center Star Spangled Event

Join the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center for a free concert before the fireworks show. Kem Watts will perform from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., followed by Starlight Symphony Orchestra who will play from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. After the concert, attendees can enjoy a beautiful view of the fireworks show on the front lawn of the Performing Arts Center.

City of Kyle Fireworks Show

Around 9:30 p.m., the fireworks will launch from the Plum Creek Golf Course. Find a spot early on to ensure you have a good view of the show. The fireworks will last between 15-20 minutes.


Support Local Farmers

Shop the Farmers Markets Around Kyle, TX

The summer months offer an abundance of delicious produce. It’s the season of heirloom tomatoes, perfectly ripe peaches, summer squash, eggplant and juicy watermelon. If you’re looking to fill your fridge with seasonal produce and goods take a trip to one of these Central Texas farmers markets, mere minutes away from Kyle. Farmers markets offer a variety of fresh, high quality, reasonably priced foods, and buying locally supports family farmers and your local economy. Time to get shopping!
Farmers' Market Produce
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Buda Farmers’ Market

When? Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., March-October.
Where? 121 North Main Street Buda, Texas 78610
The Buda Farmers’ Market takes place in downtown Buda, a quick trip from Plum Creek. Local vendors sell seasonal produce, meat, fresh eggs, baked goods, specialty foods and crafts every Saturday during market season from 9 a.m. until noon. The Buda Farmers’ Market encourages local pride, culture and economic development and aims to create more business opportunities and residential benefits for its community. The Buda Farmers’ Market has also been instrumental in helping Plum Creek spread the word about our second annual public art initiative, Rock the Porch. It’s run by great people who care about and are invested in their community, and we care about them!

San Marcos Farmers Market

When? Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where? Saturday: 155 E San Antonio St; Tuesday: 312 Hopkins St.
Less than 20 minutes south of Plum Creek, you’ll find the San Marcos Farmers Market. The market brings together local farmers, food artisans and artists every Saturday and Tuesday all year round. It is operated by the San Marcos Farmers Market Association, a non-profit dedicated to connecting Central Texas farmers with local customers. The market offers homegrown and homemade products including season fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, eggs and select meats.

Wimberley Farmers’ Market

When? Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where? 14050 Ranch Road 12 Wimberley, Texas 78676
The Wimberley Farmers’ Market is a small gem for those who enjoy eating seasonally and locally. This growers only market operates year round and is only 20 minutes away from Kyle and Plum Creek. Although the vendor list is short, the quality of their products is exceptional. There is always something available that is worth visiting for – from natural meats and fresh produce to specialty goods like homemade cider.