When the cool breeze finally graces your face after a long, hot summer, you’ll know fall is in the air. For Cleburne, the refreshing breeze means a variety of exciting events are lined up for the season for locals and visitors to get into the fall spirit. Get ready to celebrate the harvest and all things seasonal. Here are some of the top things to do in the fall in Cleburne.
The Cleburne Wine and Art Festival
Clear your calendar for Sept. 30 because, you’ll want to attend the Cleburne Wine Festival on Main Street. Wineries from all over Texas will flock to Cleburne to provide their best flavors for a tasting. Wine lovers can purchase their tickets in advance ($25.00 per person) and receive a souvenir glass to taste up to 10 wine samples. While sipping on the local flavors, take your time to browse through Market Square to admire arts and crafts vendors selling their best goods. Come hungry since various food vendors will be present as well for wine enthusiasts to pair their drinks with meals while listening to live music play in the background.
On Oct. 19, Cleburne Conference Center will come alive with fabulous country music and a panel of six well-known songwriters during Nashville Lights. These songwriters are known for creating the lyrics of some of your favorite country music hits. The event also includes a live auction and raffle tickets to win cool prizes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., but make plans to take advantage of the dinner buffet at 6:00 p.m., catered by Del Norte. Wine and beer will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Holiday Open House
Avoid the hassle of holiday shopping by getting it done early. On Nov. 5, over 30 businesses in Cleburne will offer specials and discounts (up to 25 percent off entire purchases). Shoppers who spend more than $50.00 at select stores will automatically be entered in a giveaway contest to win prizes. Among the popular stores participating this year are Bennett’s Printing & Office Supply, Bus Depot Antiques & Market Place, Lindy’s Treats and Treasures, Red Horse Antiques, The Shabby Shack, Merle Norman and more. Complimentary refreshments will be available in the shops as you browse around.
Pioneer Days Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail and Cleburne
Celebrate Cleburne’s rich history during Pioneer Days, from Nov. 17-19, at Chisholm Trail Museum. This free event allows visitors to step back in time to the 1850s in a replicated Wild West village called Wardville. Staff will dress up in period attire as cowboys, gunfighters, blacksmiths and other costumes. History lovers can participate in a Civil-War encampment to have firsthand experience at what life was like in the area more than a century ago with a real life cattle drive Saturday morning. Food and art vendors will be scattered throughout the museum grounds, making your visit an enjoyable experience.
Cleburne State Park
What’s a better way to immerse yourself in the great fall weather than visiting a local park? Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre wide nature preserve with plenty of multi-use trails, and during fall you’ll want to check out one or both of the popular events that take place in the park. On Oct. 14, participate in Take A Homeless Dog on a Hike, where animal lovers can pay it forward by taking canines from the shelter out for fresh air and socialization in the park. Or get spooky at Trick-or-Treat in the Park and Canned Food Drive on Oct. 28. This family-oriented gathering allows guests to enjoy a night hike and contribute toward a good cause. During the event, families will enjoy a night sounds presentation from Friends of Cleburne State Park to learn all about different noises heard throughout the dark.
Don’t let the season pass you by without visiting a pumpkin patch. St. Mark United Methodist Church of Cleburne welcomes visitors to Pumpkin Palooza for the entire month of October. Families can stroll past and take pictures of over 2,000 pumpkins of different sizes before selecting their own. Parents, you’ll want to take your kids to the pumpkin palooza Oct. 7 which includes bounce houses, games, live entertainment, children’s ventriloquist and more.