Celebrate Autumn in Denison: 10 Must-Do Activities This Season

From charming pumpkin patches to thrilling Halloween events, Denison offers a myriad of delightful activities that capture the essence of fall. Whether you’re a local looking for new adventures or a traveler seeking a unique experience, here’s a guide to some of the must-do activities in Denison during the autumn months.

1. Elve’s Pumpkin Patch & Christmas Tree Farm

One of the most anticipated fall destinations in Denison is Elve’s Pumpkin Patch. It’s not just a place to pick out your perfect pumpkin; it’s an immersive experience that celebrates the magic of the season. With hayrides, mazes, and a wide variety of pumpkins to choose from, Elve’s is a playground of autumnal joy that’s perfect for families, friends, and anyone looking to infuse their day with a touch of whimsy.

More information: http://www.elvesfarm.com/pumpkin_patch.htm

2. Denison’s Annual Fall Fest

Denison’s Annual Fall Festival is a time-honored tradition that brings the community together every year. With live music, delicious food vendors, arts and crafts, vintage boat show, and activities for all ages, this festival captures the heart and soul of Denison’s welcoming spirit. This year’s Fall Fest will be Saturday, October 7th down Main Street.

More information: https://members.denisontexas.us/events/details/2023-36th-annual-denison-fall-festival-presented-by-first-united-bank-23439

3. Downtown Denison Farmer’s Market

As fall rolls in, the Downtown Denison Farmer’s Market is the coolest place to spend your Saturday mornings. Engage with local farmers, artisans, and fellow shoppers as you meander through stalls brimming with fresh produce, artisanal goods, and charming crafts. You can find the Farmer’s Market at 701 W Main Street every Saturday morning 9AM-12PM through October 7th. If you miss them in the fall, don’t worry – they’ll be back for Holiday at the Market on November 11th for the start of holiday shopping.

More information: https://www.downtowndenisonfarmersmarket.com/

4. Monsters on Main

Transforming the historic Main Street into a trick-or-treater’s paradise, this event offers a safe and festive environment for families to collect candies from downtown businesses, participate in a costume contest for all ages, and revel in the Halloween spirit. It’s a magical evening that brings out the kid in everyone. Monsters on Main will be Tuesday, October 31st – check out Downtown Denison TX for more.

More information: https://denisonlive.com/

5. Eisenhower State Park – “Boo in the Park”

Our annual Boo in the Park Halloween event is almost here! It has become a great family tradition with a unique spin on trick or treating. Strolling through our Bois ‘d Arc campground you can expect: Candy, Games, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Family friendly Halloween decorations.

More information: https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/eisenhower/boo-in-the-park-1

6. Grayson County Frontier Village & Museum’s Annual Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for September 9th, 2023, because the Grayson County Frontier Village & Museum is hosting its Annual Fall Festival. This family event promises a day of fun, laughter, and exploration. Located at the Frontier Village & Museum Village at Loy Lake Park, this festival is a wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience the charm of yesteryears.

From 9 AM to 5 PM, the festival grounds will be alive with activity. Motorcycle enthusiasts will be in for a treat with the motorcycle show, where a collection of impressive bikes will be on display, showcasing the craftsmanship and passion of the riders. For the little ones, a bounce house promises hours of excitement, while face painting adds a touch of whimsy and creativity to their day.

More information: http://www.graysoncofrontiervillage.us/fall-festival.html

7. Downtown Denison Ghost Tours

For those who crave spine-tingling adventures, Downtown Denison Ghost Tours are a must-try experience. Hosted by Red River Tours, these tours take place on Friday and Saturday nights throughout October. As darkness falls, venture through the historic streets of Denison and listen to tales of the city’s haunted past. With an expert guide leading the way, you’ll uncover eerie stories and legends that will send shivers down your spine. It’s a unique blend of history, mystery, and excitement that’s perfect for those seeking an unforgettable autumn evening.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/RedRiverToursLLC

8. Fall Flavors and Autumnal Brews: Hey Sugar Candy Store and CJ’s Coffee Shop

No autumn experience is complete without indulging in the rich, comforting flavors of the season. At Hey Sugar Candy Store, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with fall-inspired treats, from pumpkin spice caramels to apple-flavored candies. And for those craving a warm beverage to ward off the chill, CJ’s Coffee Shop offers a cozy atmosphere and a selection of autumn-themed coffee drinks that are as inviting as they are delicious.

Hey Sugar: https://www.facebook.com/heysugarcandydenison/

CJ’s Coffee Shop: https://www.facebook.com/cjscoffeecafe

9. Grayson County Frontier Village & Museum Trick or Treating and Ghost Tours

Trick or treat amongst some of the oldest homes in Grayson County, and then take a spooky stroll at night through the haunted village.

More information: http://www.graysoncofrontiervillage.us/events.html

10. Dia de los Muertos Festival

Experience the vibrant tapestry of Mexican tradition at the Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in Downtown Denison on Saturday, November 4th. This lively celebration brings together live music, mesmerizing performances, a feast of Mexican and Latin American cuisine from food vendors, a striking parade adorned with vibrant costumes, graceful dancing horses, and whimsical giant puppets that enchant visitors of all ages. This festival not only honors the rich cultural heritage of Dia de los Muertos but also offers a lively and heartfelt way to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed away, creating an unforgettable cultural experience for everyone in attendance.

More information: https://denisonartscouncil.org/cultural-arts-programs/dia-de-los-muertos/

As fall paints Denison with its warm hues and cool breezes, the city comes alive with a tapestry of experiences that are unique to this time of year. From pumpkin patches to spooky festivities, historic celebrations, and tantalizing flavors, the charm of the season is woven into every corner of Denison. So, whether you’re sipping on an autumnal latte, exploring a corn maze, or embarking on a ghost tour, Denison, Texas, invites you to immerse yourself in the magic of fall and create memories that will last a lifetime.