Updated Oct. 12, 2020
Fall in the Brazos Valley means cooler weather, football, tasty bites, festive events, and family fun. Of course, things look a little different this year, but at least you won’t be sweating under your mask as much! Scroll down for a list of fun fall things to do in Bryan, and be sure to like us on Facebook for even more events throughout the season.
Enjoy a 9-course tasting menu hosted by Ronin Farm & Restaurant at their Full Moon Dinners on the farm. The evening begins with a tour of the family, and then dinner in the forest showcasing produce from the farm and prepared in a professional kitchen converted from an old barn on the property. The night concludes with dessert in the herb garden, under the full moon and the bright Texas stars.
You can also take the whole family to Fall Farm Day on November 8 where Ronin will be celebrating the season with farm foods, beer & wine of all types, live music, local artists, a plant sale, farm tours, activities for children, guest speakers and more.If you still haven’t found a date that works for you, you can enjoy a tasty, farm-fresh meal at Ronin Restaurant Wednesdays-Sundays in Historic Downtown Bryan.
PICK OUT A PICTURE PERFECT PUMPKIN
Local pumpkin patches pop up around town beginning in late September and typically remain open through at least Halloween. The most popular pumpkin patches can be found at The Farm Patch in Midtown, where you can even get up-close-and-personal with farm animals at the petting zoo and take photos in a house made of pumpkins, as well as the Faith In Action Pumpkin Patch at 2301 E 29th Street. All proceeds from the Faith In Action Pumpkin Patch benefit the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity.
(Update: This event has been cancelled for Fall 2020. You can learn more about visiting Messina Hof here: messinahof.com)
Originally scheduled to take place back in May, Messina Hof Winery & Resort’s Wine & Roses Festival will now take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020. This annual festival will still include the fun and unique highlights visitors have come to love such as the Grape Stomp Competition, Italian Feast, vendors, music, lots of wine and other activities – only this time, the day will have a fall twist.
You can find more information here: http://www.messinahof.com/events/post/wine-roses-festival1
SEEK OUT AUTUMN VIBES AND FARM-FRESH FINDS AT ONE OF OUR MARKETS
With cooler weather arriving, and… everything else going on
Held seasonally in the spring and fall, The Local is a weekly, outdoor market featuring artisans, farmers, producers, and crafters from across the Brazos Valley. From fresh foods including bread and honey, to homemade soaps and handcrafted jewelry, The Local features a variety of vendors week-to-week. Don’t forget to check out their festive photo backdrop (pictured above) straight out of an episode of Gilmore Girls.
This year-round farmers’ market located in Historic Downtown Bryan aims to connect consumers directly to local producers. Located at 500 N Main Street, the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8AM to noon. The market is pet-friendly, so your furry friends can even tag along!
Find more details here: https://www.brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com/
Located on South College Ave. in the heart of Midtown, The Farm Patch has provided Bryan with locally-sourced goods since 1974. Featuring a seasonal pumpkin patch and petting zoo, The Farm Patch offers a shopping experience the entire family will love.
Learn more about The Farm Patch here: www.thefarmpatch.com.
Historic Downtown Bryan is home to some of the best eats in the Brazos Valley, and you’re always steps away from the ultimate retail therapy experience. Sample the seasonal brews at Blackwater Draw Brewing Co., try one of Texas Monthly’s Best BBQ Bites at All The King’s Men, or grab a delicious brunch at 3rd on Main. Retail options abound in Downtown with local favorites like Old Bryan Marketplace and Bird’s Nest Gifts and Antiques. Find Downtown Bryan restaurants and retail establishments at www.downtownbryan.com.
Heading to town for an Aggie Football game? The Gameday Shuttle from Downtown Bryan to Kyle Field is the only free shuttle running this year. With plenty of options to eat and drink, and a free shuttle to-and-from the game, Downtown Bryan is the perfect spot for pre- and post-game celebrations, or stick around and watch the game on TV! Learn more about the shuttle here: https://gameday.bryantx.gov/
Located just outside the city, Aggieland Wild Animal Safari is home to more than 250 acres of fun for the whole family. Explore the “Serengeti of The South” from the comfort of your own vehicle, and then get up-close-and-personal with exotic animals in the 20-acre walk-through zoo.
Learn more about Aggieland Wild Animal Safari at www.aggielandsafari.com.
Destination Bryan has teamed up with Brazos Valley Worldfest to bring you a culinary adventure featuring foods from around the world, all right here in BCS! Sign up for your free Brazos Valley Worldfest Restaurant Passport today to take advantage of discounts at 20+ restaurants throughout Bryan-College Station. Check-in at at least 5 of the participating restaurants to win a free BVW Cookbook! This passport program runs through October 25, 2020.
Learn more about the program and receive your Passport today at discover.destinationbryan.com.
Join us Friday, October 30 as Historic Downtown Bryan is transformed into Halloweentown In Downtown! Presented by Prosperity Bank, this family-friendly event will provide families with a safe, social-distanced trick-or-treating experience on Main Street in Downtown Bryan.
Activities begin at 4PM and will end at 7PM.
Stay tuned to downtownbryan.com/halloweentown-in-downtown for more information.
These are just a few of the many experiences you’ll find in our community. You can count on Destination Bryan to share even more things to do, places to discover, and restaurants to enjoy as we begin telling Bryan’s story to the world. You can learn more about Bryan here.
Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.