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Colliers Sells ±100,719 Square Foot Class A Office Building As An Investment Opportunity On Sam Houston Parkway – citybiz

Colliers is pleased to announce the sale of Beltway 8 Corporate Centre I at 5300 West Sam Houston Parkway North, a Class A multi-tenant office building in Houston, Texas. The buyer was represented by Nick Ramsey and David Meyers of NewQuest. The seller was represented by David Carter, Principal & Director of Colliers.
Beltway 8 Corporate Centre I is a two-story Class A office building with ±100,719 square feet. It is situated on ±10.02 acres and was constructed in 2002. The multi-tenant asset benefits from high visibility and has direct access to Sam Houston Parkway. Building amenities include signage opportunities, electric vehicle charging stations and a parking ratio of 6.27 to 1,000 square feet. It boasts excellent access to all major thoroughfares via Sam Houston Parkway.
The property is located in Houston’s West Belt office submarket. The submarket contains 6.7 million square feet of office space which is currently 76% occupied. There is 30,600 square feet of office space currently under construction in the submarket.
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Advice from a longtime real-estate agent: 'Owners are moaners, and buyers are liars' – MarketWatch

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The longtime real-estate agent snickered when I asked her to look back on her career and her clients. She said she had learned something that all agents soon come to recognize: “Owners are moaners, and buyers are liars.”
Would she be willing to expand on that? Oh, yes, she’ll dish, provided I do not print her name here. She is mostly out of the game — she has announced her retirement several times but keeps getting “just one more last deal” that she can’t turn down. 
She probably won’t have any more clients in the future, but, just in case, she wouldn’t want them to look her up and find an article full of what some might call indiscretion and gossip — and what I would call good 411 and background advice.
She has represented both buyers and sellers in an area that features a mix of small towns and rural or semi-rural homes in popular recreation areas dotted with parks, lakes and hilly, wooded hiking trails. There are many exceptions, but full-time residents are typically drawn more to the towns, and weekenders to the countryside.
The owners-moaners and buyers-liars cross both categories, town and country, she said.
“Owners who are selling their houses complain about everything,” she said. 
The owners complain that the Realtor (as opposed to an unlicensed and uncapitalized real-estate agent) is recommending a listing price that is too low; she points out that it’s in the interest of a Realtor to list a house for as much as seems plausible. The higher the selling price, the bigger the commission.
Owners also moan when their listing agent recommends upgrades: fixing the roof, painting the bedrooms, sprucing up the garden and more. “They said it’s been fine with them for years,” the Realtor said, “and wonder why it wouldn’t be fine with whoever moves in.”
She’s had owners who insist on being in the house when she shows it to prospective buyers, even after she explains that many buyers are more comfortable in a house that is empty not only of the current owners but of all their stuff, too. It’s easier to show an empty house where buyers can envision their own stuff and not be distracted by the owner’s stuff.
She’s had owners who insist that no children be allowed when the house is shown, even after she explains that many families want their kids to be part of the process.
“I’ve got a lot of valuable things, and kids will break them,” one moaning owner told her.
“Put your valuables away,” she advised.
“No, I want to be able to see my things all the time, and enjoy them,” he replied.
She had a surprisingly difficult time, but she ended up selling that house after the owner relented and began allowing families to come in. She still thinks she might have gotten more, and it would have sold quicker, if he had listened to her.
And then there are the buyers. The liars. 
The first and foremost lie: “They don’t tell you how much they really are prepared to spend.” 
Instead, they low ball their own real-estate agent. If they have $600,000 to spend, they might tell their agent “$400,000 to $500,000,” thinking (a.) they might get a bargain and (b.) if they open the kimono about what they can really spend, their agent will quickly bump them up to looking at $600,000 or even $700,000 homes. 
Consequently, the first part of the hunt is too often wasted looking at homes that the buyers don’t like or want. Too many things wrong. If buyers have priorities, the realtor said, the more they spend the more they’re going to get from their wish list. 
And that’s another lie. The wish list. Too many would-be buyers don’t clearly enunciate what they want. True, they sometimes don’t know, and their priorities evolve as they look at more properties. Whether at the outset, when first meeting the realtor, or well into the process, after seeing lots of properties, buyers need to keep the realtor apprised. If a screened-in porch moves up the list, or a nearby dog park moves down the list, tell your real estate agent immediately.
“It should be an ongoing conversation,” the Realtor insisted.
For example, a couple told her they wanted a house in the woods at the end of a long driveway. It turned out, after seeing a few places, that they didn’t want to feel so isolated. They wanted to see neighbors. They wanted to be 10 minutes, not half an hour, from bread, milk, beer and gas.
Buyers, especially weekenders looking for country escape homes, often lie about how much work they are willing to have done on their new home. They say they want something that is “move in” and “needs no work. Zero work.” But then it turns out that they’re not merely willing but eager to build up or out or replace and repair things to make the new place just a little more perfect.
The Realtor had a client who didn’t mention until well into the house-hunting that she wanted a place she could rent out on Airbnb ABNB, -1.52%. If the Realtor had known that, they would not have wasted time looking at houses in towns with strict laws limiting short-term rentals.
The Realtor had one client who swore she was not going to spend another penny on her new weekend home beyond the purchase price, but quickly found a property she liked and announced that she would be willing to make a few changes after all.
“What changes?” the Realtor inquired.
“Well,” the buyer said, “we might be able to keep the fireplace and chimney, but everything else should be knocked down.”
At the same time, the Realtor tells of a couple who vowed that they were looking for a big project — a major renovation they could undertake in large part themselves — and then found themselves arguing, even before they made an offer, about when, how, where and why a place should be renovated. 
“You never told me that,” each accused other.
Looking back, the Realtor said, laughing, the buyers had more problems than lying to their real estate agent about what they wanted. They had been lying to each other, too.
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Texas' housing market shows signs of cooling down after the pandemic drove it to new heights – MyParisTexas.com

Texas had more houses on the market in July than any time since late 2020 as home sales declined in the state’s major metros. Sellers have had to cut prices to entice buyers.
After years of sharp rises in home prices and stiff competition to buy a home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas housing market is starting to cool off.
Until recently, buyers competing for a limited supply of homes routinely had to pay more than the asking price and make offers on the spot. Now there are more homes for sale in Texas than at any time since fall 2020 — when the state’s pandemic housing crunch kicked off in earnest.
Home sales in Texas declined by more than 5% in the three months from April to June compared with the same period last year, data from the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University show. The Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio metropolitan areas saw similar drop-offs. In Austin, home sales have fallen more sharply — by 12%.
And after two years of a red-hot market, many sellers have cut prices to try to lure buyers who are facing higher mortgage rates, bloated home prices and inflation. That’s a sign that buyers are starting to gain an edge, real estate experts told The Texas Tribune.
“It’s still a seller’s market,” said Elizabeth McCoy, a Fort Worth real estate agent. “But certainly we’re seeing buyers be able to have a little bit more choice. And that’s such a good thing.”
That’s a marked shift from the height of the pandemic when historically low mortgage rates and a shift to working from home drove buyers — including Millennials who had postponed becoming homeowners — to snatch up houses so fast that the state’s supply plummeted and home prices rose an average of 28% between the start of the pandemic and the end of 2021.
Since the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates in the spring to try to slow rampant inflation, pushing mortgage rates higher too, the trend has begun to reverse across the state. Last July, 55,668 homes were listed for sale in Texas, according to the TRERC. A year later, that number had grown more than 50% to 83,513.
San Antonio, El Paso, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex all saw double-digit growth in home listings last month — and a corresponding dip in the number of homes sold. Each metro area saw fewer home sales in the first seven months this year compared with the same period last year.
The drop-off has been particularly acute in Austin — where an already-hot housing market was super-charged during the pandemic, peaking in May when the median price for a home hit $550,000, compared with $305,000 in January 2020, just before the pandemic began.
Now, demand for housing in the capital city has tapered off. The number or houses for sale reached 8,709 in July — a 168% jump from the 3,251 listed in July 2021.
Ashley Jackson, the Austin Board of Realtors president-elect, said a home she has listed for sale in the suburb of Pflugerville might have immediately received multiple offers if it had been on the market earlier in the year. But now it’s surrounded by others for sale, and though it’s had a steady number of showings, she said, no one has made an offer.
Jackson said buyers are “not competing as hard for a home as in the past few years where we saw perhaps a buyer had to go 10% or 20% over asking [price]. Maybe now they can get a house at asking price or perhaps even under asking price.”
The median selling price of a Texas home has flattened over the past three months, hovering around $350,000 to $360,000, an all-time high for the state. Barring a recession, real estate experts don’t expect home prices to come down anytime soon because Texas is still gaining thousands of residents and its job market is still growing — but they do expect prices to grow more slowly than they did over the past two years.
“People are continuing to move here,” said Adam Perdue, a research economist at Texas A&M University’s TRERC. “So, there’s no reason to not think that all of our major metros in Texas as a whole still have that same underlying upward trend.”
And there’s still a mismatch between the number of homes for sale and the number of people seeking them. Experts in residential real estate consider six months’ worth of housing supply — meaning that it would take homebuyers six months to buy every home on the market — a healthy balance between buyers and sellers. Texas had 2.5 months of supply as of July, according to the Texas Real Estate Research Center.
Meanwhile, builders in some parts of the state pulled back on construction of new single-family homes after two years when construction surged. Building permits for new single-family homes across Texas fell by double digits in July compared with July 2021.
Mike Dishberger, a Houston townhome developer and incoming president of the Greater Houston Builders Association, said that’s because there weren’t as many buyers looking for homes.
But Dishberger said his firm has seen a recent uptick in potential buyers motivated to escape the state’s ballooning rents.
The state’s red-hot housing market pushed more would-be buyers into renting during the pandemic, driving rents up 12.4% over the past year and more than 21% since January 2020, according to Apartment List.
“What’s driving some of the foot traffic,” Dishberger said, “is that, ‘Hey, my rent used to be $1,500, now it’s $2,000.’”
Builders in Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex filed for fewer permits in the first seven months of this year than in the same period last year. The cost of building a home — labor, building materials and land among other factors — has gone up this year, driving down the number of permits, said Lawrence Dean, senior vice president at real estate research firm Zonda.
But there are “more new homes under construction right now than we’ve ever observed,” Dean said. More than 88,000 homes were under construction across Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth at the end of June, Dean said. And the state’s projected growth in population and jobs is expected to keep demand for homes up — though less so than during the height of the pandemic.
“Yes, there will be a meaningful decline versus what we saw even just a handful of years ago,” Dean said. “In most of the markets, we’re still expecting a higher volume than we would have a few years ago.”
As the housing market cools off, that should give some relief to renters too, said Laila Assanie, a senior business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Assanie expects average rent increases to drop from the crushing double-digit growth that defined the first two years of the pandemic — but remain higher than the typical increases seen before COVID-19 hit.
Developers of multifamily apartment complexes haven’t slowed down in the way that single-family homebuilders have, Assanie said, which could ease the pressure on renters when those complexes open — though it could take at least a year. More than 55,000 apartment units are under construction in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to tallies by ApartmentData.com.
“That will bring down rents eventually because we’ll have more supply,” Assanie said.
Even with the slowdown, renters who want to become homeowners will pay more than they would have before the pandemic. Typical entry-level homes for first-time buyers — priced at around $200,000 — are now much more difficult to find. The share of new homes in that price range is growing smaller each year as the cost to build a home increases, said Dean.
That all makes homeownership much more difficult for a first-time buyer, said McCoy, the Fort Worth real estate agent.
“The American dream is to own a home,” McCoy said. “But it’s just been a lot more difficult for first-time homebuyers.”
 
 
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As inflation skyrockets, local Texas governments ponder tax rate increases as they balance budgets – Beaumont Enterprise

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics releases April’s Consumer Price Index report. 
JASPER — Every summer, Jasper County Judge Mark Allen begins to worry about two very different storms brewing: hurricanes and his county budget.
Allen and thousands of other local government officials across Texas entered this year’s budget season facing historic rates of inflation along with severe labor shortages. Complicating the budget process, counties and other taxing bodies say they can’t raise taxes to cover the growing costs of employee salaries and raw materials because their hands are tied by public pressure and recent legislation.
“It’s a situation where local governments are having to start siphoning off their emergency reserves, or just not be able to provide services to people,” said Allen, who has been the East Texas county’s top elected official for more than 15 years. “We’re losing quality personnel to the private sector, where they go out and try to find better-paying jobs and better benefits.”
In 2019, state lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation to address rising property taxes and, they said, to create more transparency for Texas homeowners. The bills, which were signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, require taxing bodies such as counties and cities to win voter approval if they want to raise property tax revenues more than 3.5% from the previous year’s tax base. Under the new legislation, school districts are essentially limited to 2.5% growth in tax revenue each year.
That means that even though home values have skyrocketed, government bodies are not necessarily reaping the rewards of that growth.
Now, as counties, cities and school districts push to finalize their budgets before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, they face tough questions. Many are calculating whether it’s worth seeking voter approval to raise tax revenues beyond the 3.5% cap. Others are choosing to adopt a so-called no-new-revenue tax rate to provide relief to taxpayers — many of whom are likewise struggling to adjust to a new economic reality of higher prices.
Jasper, which has 35,000 residents and is one of Texas’ easternmost counties, decided on the latter last week. Commissioners approved a tax rate that will bring in the same amount of property tax revenue as the last budget. On average, most Jasper homeowners will see only minor changes to their bills from the county.
“We did that as an effort to keep the peace,” said Allen, explaining that taxpayers were upset when they saw historic growth in the appraised values of their homes and assumed those higher values would translate to higher tax bills.
“The reality is that it’s just getting harder and harder to operate,” Allen said. “It’s hard to look at your employees and say, ‘Well, we know that the cost of living this year is 8.9% higher, but we’re only going to be able to give you all a 2% cost of living adjustment.’”
More power for taxpayers
Local governments in Texas rely heavily on property tax revenue to pay for salaries of police officers and firefighters, as well as for government services including roads, libraries and public schools.
Unlike most other states, Texas does not have a state income tax, and property tax bills are among the highest in the nation.
Each year, appraisal districts assess home values and then notify homeowners of how much their houses are worth. Later, local governments decide how much money they will need to provide public services. They then set a property tax rate that will allow them to collect the amount of revenue needed. Some governments have access to additional sources of revenue — for example, school districts receive state and federal funds, and some counties receive sales taxes.
According to the comptroller’s office, property tax collections have risen more than 20% since 2017.
“Historically, where there’s been a big increase in the total assessed value, some taxing jurisdictions have just left their property tax rates the same as the year before,” said Charles Gilliland, an economist at the Texas Real Estate Research Center. That results in huge increases in Texas homeowners’ property taxes.
A pair of bills in 2019 tried to address this. House Bill 3, a school finance bill, included about $5.1 billion devoted to lowering Texans’ property tax bills.
Senate Bill 2, meanwhile, limited most other taxing units to 3.5% revenue growth, unless a majority of voters approve a higher tax rate in an election.
Before 2019, taxing entities could raise up to 8% more revenue each year. If a county wanted to go beyond that rate, voters could petition for an election to roll back the tax rate to one that would generate only 8% growth.
According to an assessment from the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, a business trade group that concentrates on tax and fiscal policy, those two pieces of legislation have helped curb Texans’ property taxes. In 2021, property tax bills totaled $73 billion. They would have totaled $79 billion without the legislation, according to the analysis.
Dale Craymer, president of the association, said that more important than these savings is the role voters now have in setting tax policy.
“The legislation gives the public a greater say in their property taxes,” he says. “It gives the public a tool to constrain taxes.”
Early successes in asking voters for more money
Some counties and school districts have successfully gone beyond the revenue growth limit with an election. Last year, Lubbock County voters approved a property tax hike to fund salary increases for sheriff’s deputies.
This year, Lubbock County approved the maximum tax rate it could set without triggering an election.
The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics releases April's Consumer Price Index report. 
Pastor Bart Barber, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, preaches from the pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Farmersville, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. For nearly a quarter-century, Barber enjoyed relative obscurity as a pastor in this town of 3,600, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. That changed in June as delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in California, chose Barber to lead the nation’s largest Protestant denomination at a time of major crisis.
“If you keep jumping everybody’s taxes by 8% every year, that’s a problem,” said Lubbock County Commissioner Jason Corley. Corley voted against this year’s proposed tax rate, saying he wanted to keep tax rates even lower.
Still, counties have had to get creative when it comes to figuring out how to provide the same level of service to their constituents amid price increases and labor shortages, he said.
“People are saying, ‘I can’t hire a plumber,’” Corley said. “Well, I can’t hire a lawyer in the DA’s office either.”
Lubbock has found cost savings in employee benefits by relying on private contractors. The West Texas county also saved on utility costs by having certain court hearings virtually instead of in air-conditioned courthouses.
Several school districts, including Fort Bend Independent School District and Katy ISD, have decided to hold property tax rate elections in November to bring in more revenue.
Other school districts have adopted budgets that include millions of dollars in deficits. Lufkin ISD’s board of trustees last month adopted a $4.3 million deficit for its new budget.
“With inflation and higher costs, our dollars are not stretching as far as we need them to,” Charlotte Bynum, chief financial officer for Lufkin ISD, said in an email. “Our goal is to hire teachers and compensate them well, but with all the costs that seem to be increasing every budget year, it is challenging.”
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, the Houston Republican who authored the local government tax cap, has called out school districts holding tax-rate elections, saying they shouldn’t need to take more dollars from voters this year.
“I reject the premise that they are being squeezed,” said Bettencourt, noting that school districts received additional state dollars and even more money from the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bettencourt also emphasized that cities and counties can generate more than 3.5% annual growth through new property developments, which are excluded from the 3.5% calculation.
“SB-2 was designed to function in a low inflationary time and a high inflationary time,” he said.
Craymer, the tax policy executive, said it would be reasonable for the state to adopt a higher revenue threshold during years when inflation is particularly high.
“I’m certainly sensitive to local jurisdictions’ concerns about inflation,” he said.
Disclosure: The Texas comptroller of public accounts and the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics releases April's Consumer Price Index report. 
Pastor Bart Barber, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, preaches from the pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Farmersville, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. For nearly a quarter-century, Barber enjoyed relative obscurity as a pastor in this town of 3,600, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. That changed in June as delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in California, chose Barber to lead the nation’s largest Protestant denomination at a time of major crisis.

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Three For The Money: This Trio of D-FW Homes is Among Most Expensive in Texas – CandysDirt.com – Candy's Dirt

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An $11.5 million new build in Highland Park, a classic former show home on Deloache Avenue, and a $9 million estate in Tarrant County made the August roundup of the most expensive single-family home listings in Texas. 
The monthly report issued by the Houston Association of Realtors includes the following homes in its top 10 priciest of the month: 
An $11.5 million home at  3704 Stratford Ave., Highland Park, is No. 4 on the list of most expensive homes in Texas for the month of August. 
The 8,331-square-foot mansion features five bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms, and is slated for completion in November. 
Stunning stone work, a manicured landscape, and floor-to-ceiling windows decorate this residence in the Park Cities neighborhood. Special features include a wine room, ensuite bathrooms in all five bedrooms, a pool bath with full shower, an elevator, and a game room. 
This stunning home also is in one of the best school districts in the state. Highland Park ISD recently received a 98 out of 100 rating from the Texas Education Agency. 
Realtor Jonathan Rosen with Compass Real Estate has the listing. 
The gated classic Georgian estate at 5138 Deloache Ave. is No. 6 on the most expensive home list with a price tag of $9.75 million. 
Featured as a Kips Bay Decorator Show House last year, the Preston Hollow residence has six bedrooms and seven and one-half bathrooms on more than an acre. The backyard is basically a city park of landscaped grounds. 
Architect Cole Smith designed the home with a dramatic foyer, multiple living areas, two full kitchens, a sunroom, wine cellar, theater, playhouse, pool, and five-car garage. 
It was recently remodeled and is listed for $9.75 million. 
Realtor Alex Perry with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has the listing. 
The Tarrant County property at 1208 Perdenalas Trail, Westlake, made the most expensive list, tying for No. 8 with a Lakeview Point Road home in Palo Pinto County’s Possum Kngdom. Both homes are listed at $8.995 million. 
The private Perdenalas abode is at the end of a cul-de-sac on an acre in the Vaquero neighborhood. The estate home features classic architecture with modern finishes including Travertine flooring transitions to 10-inch-wide planked hardwood flooring and exposed beams with sandblasted finish. The kitchen boasts Taj Mahal quartzite counters and backsplash. 
The basement level has a media room, 950-bottle wine cellar, and reinforced safe room. There are six bedrooms and six and one-half bathrooms, but if that’s not enough, there’s a separate casita for guests. The master bath has an exercise room and his-and-hers separate baths. The covered patio features recessed screens, built-in heaters, a fireplace, and grill adjacent to the pool with an oversized spa. 
The area is zoned for B-rated Keller ISD.  
Realtor Jeff Watson with Compass Real Estate has the listing. 
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Northeast Texas's Best Fall Festivals in 2022 – frontporchnewstexas.com

 

Festivals can be a fun way to bring you and your family closer together. There’s nothing like a good laugh to create unforgettable memories. Kicking off the fall with a splash of festivity might be just what you need to cure your end of summer blues. 
There are a handful of diverse festivals to choose from. Whatever suits your taste, we’ve got you covered! 
Hopkins County Stew Contest in 2021/ FPN
Hopkins County Stew– The annual Hopkins County Stew festival brings together over 175 cooks to Buford Park in Sulphur Springs, to see who can cook up the best pot of Hopkins County stew. The cooks are up at 3 am starting their pots so you can enjoy some stew when they open for serving at 10 am.  This is one of the best priced food festivals in the State of Texas, $7 gets you a bowl and an unlimited amount of stew.  Eat until you can’t eat any more or until the stew pots run dry. Check out The Oak Bed and Breakfast or the Oaklea Mansion for accommodations. October 22, Buford Park, Sulphur Springs TX, 10:30 a.m.- ? Tickets: https://www.hopkinschamber.org/hopkins-county-stew-contest/
Hopkins County Fall Festival: In the mood for classic carnival rides and food so shamefully good it has its own craving? If so, you might want to add Hopkins County Fall Festival to your calendar.There will be a parade, rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. 1200 Houston Street, in Sulphur Springs, Texas October 15 through October 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Learn more: https://www.sulphurspringstx.org/visitors/hopkins_county_fall_festival2.php
Oak Tree Festival: If you’re interested in something that appeals to you and your kids, you might want to check out the Oak Tree Festival. There will be something fun for everyone including bounce houses, pet costume contest, car show, facepainting and more. Lone Oak downtown, Texas, on October 29, 2-10 p.m. Read more: https://www.facebook.com/oaktreefestival/
Hopkins County Fall Festival in 2021/ FPN
Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival: If you’re into live music, antique cars, and contributing to new local businesses, then the Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival is for you. There will be a tractor pull for your kids and live music sung by Kameron Marlowe. Downtown Cooper, Texas, on the weekend of October 8 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets: https://deltacountycottonharvest.com/
Main Street Uncorked– East Texas wineries showcase the best, plus vendors and live music. Main Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas, October 8, 1 p.m.- 7 p.m. Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/mainstreetuncorked/
Longview Wine Festival: Want even more wine? Then the Longview Wine Festival is a great way to start. There will be live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and last but not least, wine. The Longview Wine Festival supports East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance. The funds collected at this event will be invested right back into the community.  Longview Arboretum and Nature Center, October 15, 12-6 p.m. More information: https://etxalz.org/longview-wine-festival/.
Main Street Uncorked in 2021/ FPN
Terror Trails– For those who love spooks and frights and bumps in the night, the Terror Trails is open this year! Every Friday and Saturday night in October and Halloween night. Opening night is September 30, trails open from sunset until midnight. Admission: $10.00 Adults – $8.00 under 13. September 30- October 30, 1085 Co Rd 1960, Yantis, TX 75497. Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057607354956
VR Screamfest– Sulphur Springs business VR social arcade has a week of spooky funtivities planned. Starting October 24-28 they will host screenings of scary movies. Join on October 29 for a “screamwalk” in scary costumes to the Sulphur Springs downtown square. October 24-29, VR Social at 107 Spring Street in Sulphur Springs. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/VRSocialTX/
Vintage Market Days of East Texas– The Vintage Market is coming to Northeast Texas with lots of trinkets and handmade designs. There’s a treasure for everyone. Pickers Pavillion in Lindale, Texas, November 11-13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More: https://vintagemarketdays.com/market/east-texas/index.php
EDOM Arts Festival: If you’ve been meaning to branch out or express your artistic side then the EDOM Arts Festival might be right up your alley. There will be worthwhile crafts and activities for all diverse tastes. Edom area Chamber of Commerce, 8301 FM27 Edom, Texas, October 8-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More info: https://visitedom.com/edom-art-fest-blank/edom-art-festival-2/
East Texas Fiber Festival: If you love to knit, crochet, weave or sew, then the East Texas Fiber Festival is for you! Craft vendors, demonstrations and mini-classes. November 18-19, 800 Flea Market Road, Canton TX, 75103. More info: https://easttexasfiberfestival.weebly.com/
Hopkins County Fall festival parade in 2021/ FPN
Halloween on the Square- The spookiest month of the year is finally making its way. Halloween on the square is an enjoyable and safe way for your kids to celebrate without worry. Downtown square of Leonard, Texas, on October 31, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. More info: https://leonardchamber.com/event/halloween-on-the-square-2022/
Winnsboro Art and Wine Festival: Assuming parents are exhausted and need an evening out every so often, the Winnsboro Art and Wine Festival has got you covered. Artists from all over come to showcase their work along with Texas wineries that come to exhibit their award-winning wines to sample and buy. There will also be food vendors to appease your cravings throughout the day. 200 Market St, Winnsboro, Texas, on November 11-12, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. More info: https://winnsborocenterforthearts.com/art-wine-festival/
Rowdy Creek Ranch Dinner and Concert Benefit: Maybe the Second Annual Dinner and Concert Benefit will be your style. After buying your ticket, you will be provided dinner, drinks, The Rok Dox band, raffles and more.This occasion benefits Love Them More Ministries. ¨We provide duffle bags and the first night essentials for children in thirty counties all over East Texas that are removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to neglect and abuse,¨ says the Eventbrite website about Love Them More Ministries.  Rowdy Creek Ranch in Gilmer, Texas, on November 11, from 6-10 p.m. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-dinner-and-concert-benefit-tickets-407116675937?aff=erelexpmlt
Titus County Halloween in the Park: Trunk or treating is a safer alternative to collecting candy for Halloween. Children can walk car to car in their costumes to play games, win prizes, and grab some sweet treats. 114 N. Jefferson Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on October 29. Read more: https://mpcity.net/events/halloween-in-the-park-drive-thru
Monster Mile 5k Glow Run/ Walk: For those who want to get outside and enjoy the fall weather, you might take interest in the 5k Glow Run/ Walk and Monster Mile. The 5k is for ages 11-100 and costs fifteen dollars for entry, but includes a t-shirt. The Monster Mile is for kids eleven and under. Entry is free, but shirts are fifteen dollars. This run will take place at 210 E. Hiram St., Atlanta, Texas, on October 22, from 6-8 p.m. Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Atlanta/5KGLOWRunMonsterMile
Special Needs Fall Fest -Every person is important, and the Special Needs Fall Fest makes note of that. Allevents.in says ¨2022 Free Fall program for the special needs community of the Texarkana area.¨ 415 S. Robinson Rd., Texarkana, Texas, on October 19. Register: https://allevents.in/texarkana/texarkana-special-needs-fall-fest/200023296852941
Fall Market of Texarkana– Shop local vendors while your kids make fun crafts at the Fall Market of Texarkana. This fall festivity will be located at The Silvermoon on Broad in Texarkana, Texas. It will be from 3-7 p.m. on October 9, 2022. Read more: https://allevents.in/texarkana/fall-market-by-healthcare-express/200023296855151
State Fair of Texas/ State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas: The State Fair of Texas is an almost month-long extravaganza of food, animals, rides and so much more.  All fair goers can experience the best fried foods in Texas at this event and explore new, amazing food combinations that will leave no one hungry.  Don’t forget about the Red River Shootout between The University of Texas and Oklahoma University, on October 8th, at Cotton Bowl Stadium. There is so much to do and see at the State Fair that you will want to plan for more than one day. For bed and breakfast lodging check out The Gaston. September 30 – October 23, Fair Park, Dallas. Tickets: https://bigtex.com/buy-tickets-new/
Texas Renaissance Festival: The Texas Ren fest is a long-standing Texas tradition that is open every weekend starting on October 8th for food, entertainment, and so much more.  Step back in time to experience the Middle Ages with Knights, Kings, Queens and jesters.  Explore the fair grounds and eat the food of the realm, while you take in a show or just watch the people.  The Texas Ren fest is bound to have something for the whole family to enjoy.  Come as you are or dress in a period costume or fit the weekend theme. Look for accommodations at a local campground or Log Cabin B n B, Hodge Podge Lodge, or Maple Creek bed and breakfast. October 8 – November 27 (weekends only)  21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
Screams– Screams is a great time to explore the ultimate Halloween experience.  If you like to live on the wild side and don’t mind having the life scared out of you, this is the place to do it.  Food and drinks are available for when you are not exploring the haunted houses or watching a show.  For your bed and breakfast stay, check out English Merchants Inn, Chaska House bed and breakfast, or Winding Ridge bed and breakfast. September 30 – October 29 (weekends and nights only) 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie, TX 75167. Tickets: https://screamspark.com/
Autumn at the Arboretum/ Dallas Arboretum
Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum is a beautiful sight to experience.  The Arboretum transforms into a fall paradise with pumpkin and gourd displays all based around this year’s theme “A Fall Fairy Tale.”  Bring the whole family to experience this transformation and explore some popular fairy tales as they come alive with fall colors. September 17-October 31, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
Floydada Punkin’ Days: Come experience the Pumpkin Capital of Texas in style at their annual Punkin’ Days festival.  Held the second weekend of October there is fun for the whole family.  With pie eating contests, costume contests and so much more.  Don’t forget about the pumpkins. Be sure to check out Hotel Matador, Slanton Harvey House, or the Woodrow House for local accommodation for the festival. October 8-9, 105 5th S Street Floydada, TX    
Cuero Turkeyfest- The Cuero Turkeyfest will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, and it’s bound to be a big one.  The weekend will be full of family fun activities, turkey races, concerts and food contests.  Join in this celebration of America’s Thanksgiving Dinner bird. For your bed and breakfast accommodations check out Broadway House Bed and Breakfast. October 7 – 9, Cuero Municipal Park, Cuero, TX
Rennaissance Faire/ Allison Libby-Thesing
Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival– Never underestimate the importance of a scarecrow to keep your crops safe. Chappell Hill has never taken them for granted and has even gone so far as to celebrate the Scarecrow with it’s own festival.  With food, exhibits, vendors and entertainment you can be sure that the whole family will enjoy this event.  Local accommodations can be found at Ant Street Inn,  Main Street House, and Ross Carroll Bennett House bed and breakfast. October 8 -9, 5070 Main St, Chappell Hill, TX 77426
Día de los Muertos– The day of the Dead is celebrated every year in San Antonio, Texas and has been touted at one of the best festivals by National Geographic.  This historical celebration of remembrance can experienced by everyone.  The Dia de los Muertos is filled with artisans, experiences and of course food and music.  Choose to stay at one of these local bed and breakfast locations; Arbor House, one of three Nobel Inns locations, or the Brackenridge House bed and breakfast. October 29-30, 630 Nueva St., San Antonio, TX 78205
Red Stegall Cowboy Gathering: The Red Stegall Cowboy Gathering actually starts in Jacksboro, TX with a wagon train that leaves out a week before the festival in Fort Worth.  It arrives at the Stockyards and that’s when the local fun begins.  Show off your cowboy skills, or just enjoy watching those who have done it before.  There is fun for everyone in this classic Texas event.  Check out the Rosen House Inn or The Virginia May for your overnight accommodations. October 28-30, Fort Worth Stockyards, Ft. Worth, TX
No matter what you´re interested in, there’s a celebration for everyone. Fall is the best season to celebrate surrounded by family and friends, so don’t miss out on the fun!
By Mattison Holland and Allison Libby-Thesing. Taylor Nye contributed to this report

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