You can call me Alpaca
Don't let the temperature fool you: fall is right around the corner. For Texans, the best place to get festive is also right around the corner, in Floresville, Texas.
Located just under two hours from Austin, Black Barn Alpacas is a 16-acre ranch home to 50 adorable alpacas. Starting October 1, the ranch will host its autumn harvest festival every weekend in October.
The fluffy fun kicks off on October 1 with an official grand opening. In addition to alpaca petting, feeding, and photo opportunities, visitors can enjoy live music, carnival games, hay rides, food trucks, bounce houses, and pumpkin painting.
The photo-friendly pumpkin patch and alpaca experiences will also be available Tuesdays through Thursdays during the month of October from 10 am-7 pm. On weekends, the patch is open from 10 am-10 pm on Fridays; noon-10 pm Saturdays; and noon-5 pm on Sundays. Saturday activities start at 4 pm.
If you miss the grand opening on October 1, or if you simply want to save your most festive fun for closer to Halloween, mark your calendar for the 3-Hole Washer Tournament on October 29. For the uninitiated, 3-Hole Washer is akin to corn hole, and the tournament on October 29 will give competitors a chance to win a grand cash prize.
For more details on the fall festival and pumpkin patch, head to Black Barn Alpaca's Facebook page. This is also the best place to reach out for more information on an exclusive add-on to the alpaca experience, the Sip 'n Sit tour upgrade, which features champagne and charcuterie.
Admission to the pumpkin patch is $10 (except kids 2 years old and under), and tickets are available online or at the door.