11th Annual Carlson Law Firm Turkey Trot 5k

Register at racetemple.com or any Temple Parks & Recreation Center. 5K preregistration: $20; 10K preregistration: $25 Preregistration ends November 14th.  Race Day registration available for an additional fee. Awards given to overall male and female finishers and top 3 finishers in each age group. For more information, call (254) 298-5690.

Thanksgiving, November 25th at 8:00 am. Held at Pepper Creek Trail.


75th Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Temple

CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING

Monday, December 6th

Tree Lighting at 6:15 pm and Parade at 6:30 pm.

Relive the magic that has been going through downtown Temple every Christmas for over 70 years! The City of Temple 75th Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for  Monday,  December 6, 2021, at 6:30 pm. Join us for one of the largest lighted Christmas parades in Texas and help welcome Santa Claus to Downtown Temple!

The theme this year is “The Magic of a Traditional Christmas”.  Let’s brighten the night and everyone’s spirits as we celebrate the past, present, and future of this tradition in a safe and beautiful way!

PARADE ROUTE: The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th Street, proceeds west along Adams Avenue, in front of the Municipal Building, all the way to North 23rd Street, and then turns north and disbands at Temple High School. The total distance is 1.4 miles.


9th Annual Resolution 5K

January 8th, 2022 at 1:00 pm. This event will be held at Pepper Creek Trail.

Register at racetemple.com or any Temple Parks & Recreation Center. Pre-Registration: 5K registration fee is $20; 10K is $25. Pre-registration ends January 2nd. Race Day registration available for an additional fee. For more information, call (254) 298-5690.


An Autumn Full of Festivities

Fall is a time for breezy weather, cozy sweaters, and a hot cup of coffee, but how can you spend the autumn season outside of the house doing something exciting? Temple, and its regional surroundings, has an abundance of activities and events happening throughout the autumn months. Take some time to explore Temple and make this Autumn the best season yet!  Discover Temple has put together the Ultimate Bucket List of fall activities that you won’t want to miss!

West Temple Oktoberfest

The West Temple Oktoberfest event hosts a variety of activities like the local farmers market, live music, face painting, access to a bounce house, and plenty of food trucks. There will also be over thirty wine and beer brews and flavors. The best part? Entry is free! This family and dog-friendly event takes place on October 16th from 12pm to 8 pm.

Spend a Day at The Robinson Family Farm

This local attraction is one of the biggest hits of the fall season. Grab the family or a couple of friends and head out to this farm for an incredible fall experience!  The Robinson Family Farm has a barrage of activities including a corn maze, corn canon, pumpkin patch, concession stand, hayride, and more!

Enjoy a Seasonal Coffee at Atrium Coffee Co.

Atrium Coffee Co. has a new fall menu of delicious and decadent coffee flavors.  Stop by this lovely coffee stop for a taste of fall!

Visit a Local Farmers Market

Temple has several farmers markets that take place throughout each month.  Stop by one of the events and see a community of local farmers and vendors with all kinds of goods and produce to choose from. There will be items from jams and jellies to produce, home goods, and more!

Pick A Pumpkin at a Pumpkin Patch

Throughout the city of Temple, you can find pumpkin patches of all sizes.  An autumn must-do activity is to go with your loved ones to pick out the very best, most vibrant pumpkin.  Head to one of the local pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect pumpkin for you! Walker Honey Farm is a great place to pick a pumpkin and is a must-see! Stop by Walker Honey Farm for a perfect pick of the crop! After you’ve picked the best pumpkin, you and the family can have a pumpkin painting/carving competition!

Attend November First Friday

First Friday events are a local favorite!  These events take place in the downtown district and always have all kinds of activities and specials going on between all the various businesses located downtown!  The upcoming November First Friday event will be one to remember! Whether you’re here to shop, dine, or find a place to hang out with friends, this event is a lot of fun! Stop by and explore the scene!

Take a Trip Through the Silo of Screams

The Silo of Screams is open for the spooky season! Silo of Screams has four main attractions and over 30,000 square feet of horror. The attractions include a funhouse full of creepy clowns, the Van Winkle Memorial Hospital, Her Wicked Way,  and a Post-Apocalyptic Incinerator. General admission is $29, with fast pass admission costs set at $39.  You can buy tickets online or at the gate.  These haunted house attractions are not for the faint of heart.  Looking for thrills and a good scare?  Head to Silo of Screams for the spookiest event of the season!

Watch a Spooky Holiday Movie at the Beltonian Theater

The Beltonian Theater located in Belton will be featuring a few Halloween movies through the month of October.  From the 11th to the 17th, you can buy tickets to watch Hocus Pocus on the big screen. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will have showtimes from the 18th to the 23rd, and the Nightmare Before Christmas will be playing on November 11th through the 14th. But that’s not all! This theater will be hosting a Haunted House event! There are separate times for the spooky version and a kid-friendly version.  The Beltonian Theater Haunted House will run from the 25th to the 31st. The child-friendly version will take place on the 30th and 31st.

Listen to Live Music at Barrow Brewing Co. in Salado

Barrow Brewing Co. hosts jam sessions and live music nights throughout the months! Check their Facebook page for information about live music and new events! This brewing company is located just a short drive away in Salado!

Attend a Trivia Night Event at Fire Base Brewing Co.

Fire Base Brewing Co. has trivia night every Thursday!  Check out the trivia themes and bring your team to win the competition! Or attend the Name that Tune Bingo: Halloween night for another spooky treat!

Take a Ride On The Haunted Hayride

The Temple Parks and Recreation department’s special Halloween event is returning this year!  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at templeparks.com! Tickets must be purchased online! Tickets are $7.00 per person. The 8th Annual Haunted Hayride takes place at the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River Ranch on Saturday, October 23rd.  Don’t miss out on this exciting, haunted hayride!

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

One of the best things about Autumn is having the opportunity to decorate your home!  Stop by the Parlour Antiques, The Hub, Relics Antiques, 2nd St Emporium, or Darling Décor & More to find some incredible fall décor!

Listen to a Concert Featuring the Temple Symphony Orchestra

The Temple Symphony Orchestra is open for its 28th season! Tickets are $25.00 for each event.  The next event coming up is the Van Cliburn Recital held at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center on October 16th. For more information on the concerts held throughout the year, check the Temple Symphony website!

Explore The Downtown District

Temple’s downtown district is full of life and always evolving!  Take a moment to explore the area with its many restaurants, shops, and nightlife!

Attend Fright Fest and Monster Mash

The Fright Fest and Monster Mash event takes place on October 30th at the Santa Fe Plaza and is family-friendly! Wear your costumes and get ready for lots of candy!

Attend a Trunk Or Treat/Trick or Treating Event

It’s not fall without a proper Halloween extravaganza!  With so many local attractions, churches, and neighborhoods hosting trick or treating events, there’s a lot of options to check out! Score lots of candy and enjoy dressing up as your favorite characters this Halloween!

Participate in the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving 5K

The annual Turkey Trot is a 5k race hosted by the Carlson Law Firm.  Register and get a t-shirt included in the registration fees.  The race takes place at Pepper Creek Trail in late November and is a great way to start exploring one of Temple’s most popular trails!


Bend of the River Christmas

Saturday, December 18th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River Ranch.

$5 per person.  Tickets on sale December 1st at templeparks.com

Join us for a hometown holiday event that will feature snow slides, Cowboy Santa, a snow party, and tons of other activities! There will be delicious treats from the vendors! This event is one you won’t want to miss!


Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 17th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Wilson Park Recreation Center

This holiday season, join us at the Wilson Park Recreation Center for a community Thanksgiving Dinner. We will provide a free thanksgiving dinner and dessert to each family member who attends. Enjoy some light music and crafts for the whole family!

Registration is required. Register online at templeparks.com or call (254) 298-5740


Corn Mazes, Hayrides, and Pumpkins Please!

The Robinson Family Farm is among some of the most exciting, fun attractions that Temple has to offer.  This farm has been a local favorite for many years and visitors come from all over to see what the excitement is all about!  The Robinson Family Farm’s special fall festivities continue on the weekends through October 31st.  Stop by on a Saturday or Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. A “Haunted Maze” event will take place on the 30th.  This event will be after normal operating hours starting at 8 pm and ending at 10 pm. Admission to this special event is $15 per person with proceeds benefiting a local youth football team. For general admission to the farm on regular weekends, the cost is $19.12 at the gate or $13.95 online!

Corn Maze

Photo Courtesy of The Robinson Family Farm

Mazes & More

The Robinson Family Farm has a variety of incredible attractions and things to do! With family-friendly activities and cute photo opportunities, this Temple hot spot is sure to be a local favorite your family, friends, and loved ones will enjoy seeing.  Perhaps one of the greatest things about the fall season is the chance to soak up the crisp weather and traipse through a corn maze.  Corn mazes can be both a challenging and rewarding thing to do!  With numerous routes and clues, this maze is always a great way to pass the time with friends and family! Looking for more things to do centered around the vegetable of the hour? There are a few corn cannons on hand where people of all ages can try their luck at hitting a few targets!

Barn

Photo Courtesy of The Robinson Family Farm

Photographs, Pumpkins, and Perfection

There are also plenty of farm animals on hand for the kids to enjoy seeing and interacting with! On certain Saturdays and Sundays of the month, guests to the farm can catch a few herding shows and wood carving demonstrations. Herding shows take place on the 24th and 31st at 12 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. The Chainsaw Wood Carver will be doing demonstrations at the farm on the 23rd and 30th. These shows are a lot of fun to watch and will leave you either wanting to teach an old dog new tricks or start a new hobby involving lumber and a chainsaw!

The Robinson Family Farm has an on-site pumpkin patch where you can pick out the perfect pumpkins for the members of your group!  Take them home and carve or paint them for additional fun! Pumpkins are one of the most photographed items during the fall season.  Luckily for guests there are so many fantastic photo opportunities at this local attraction!  New to the farm is a pumpkin barn.  This art piece is a structural design concept with pumpkins of varying sizes placed on the walls and shelving.  Between the pumpkin barn and the pumpkin patch, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to snag a few Instagram-worthy images!

Axe Throwing

Photo Courtesy of The Robinson Family Farm

For the Adults

For the adults, visitors to the Robinson Family Farm can participate in an axe-throwing attraction.  Have you ever wanted to try your hand at this challenging sport? You’re in luck! Targets are set up and you can have a friendly competition between friends and family to see who has the better skills! Or, for fans of good music, what better way to celebrate fall than with an outdoor jam session?  The Robinson Family Farm has live music from local artists! Check the Facebook page for more information!

The Patch

Photo Courtesy of The Robinson Family Farm

For the Kids

There are so many incredible attractions for the children!  Each admission into the farm comes with a trip to the sand art station.  This activity is fun for all ages!  Pick your favorite colors of sand and fill up a bottle for a memento of your time at the Robinson Family Farm! There’s also a bounce pad and a corn pit for the kids to play!  These activities will keep the children entertained while you enjoy some time outside!  Also on-site is a playground, tug-o’-war station, and a barrel train! More activities at the farm include a hayride through the pumpkin patch, yard games, and the ball zone where people of all ages can shoot hoops on these arcade-style ball games.

Robinson Family Farm Barrel Train

Photo Courtesy of The Robinson Family Farm

Local Farms and Festivities

For more incredible farms and fall festivities, head to Walker Honey Farm! This regional farm located in Rogers, Texas has an adorable pumpkin patch.  The farm also has an on-site winery for the adults and is home to many bee populations!

Christmas Is Just Around The Corner

After the fall season, The Robinson Family Farm will have Christmas trees and wreaths! Beginning November 20th, visitors can pick up a Fraser fir Christmas tree or grab some real holiday wreaths to spruce up their homes! The Robinson Family Farm will also have hot cocoa and mulled cider available for purchase.

 


Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Tuesday, November 2nd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wilson Park Recreation Center.

Viva la raza! Long live the people! Come join Temple Parks and Recreation and celebrate hispanic and Mexican culture and heritage! For Day of the Dead, there will be tons of food, music, dancing, sugar skull face painting, arts and crafts, and more! Bring a picture of one of your loved ones and help us remember our dearly departed on our community ofrenda. Let us celebrate what it truly means to honor and remember our family!