Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Arkansas Festivals

On this list of fall festivals in Arkansas is one event that surprised me.  Did you know that rice is grown in Arkansas?  I certainly didn’t.  It’s the state that produces the most rice in the nation: over 200 million bushels.  That’s almost half of the nation’s production.  Anyway, that’s enough education about America’s rice production.  Enjoy the list of festivals, as well as this list of places to celebrate Oktoberfest in Arkansas.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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White River Water Carnival – Batesville – August 27, 2016

National Championship Chuckwagon Races – Clinton, AR – Sept 1-4, 2016
Over 20,000 attend this annual event with its chuckwagon and Snowy River races with over 150 race teams.  Also live band performances, lots of vendors, western collectibles, crafts, art, saddles, trade show and of course plenty of food.

Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship – Sept 19-11, 2016
A balloon race competition with tethered rides, kids fest and more family friendly fun.

Legends of Arkansas – North Little Rock, Ark. – Sept 10, 2016
An All-Arkansas Music & Art Festival in the Argenta Arts District.

Cane Hill Harvest Festival – Cane Hill, AR – September 17-18, 2016
Enjoy live music, museum displays, quilt show, parade, food, arts and craft vendors, children’s games, petting zoo, country store, horseshoes, and lots more country fun.

Bikes Blues & BBQ Festival – Fayetteville, AR – September 21-24, 2016
A motorcycle rally with bikes, blues and barbeque, dedicated to fundraising for local charities.

ACANSA Arts Festival – Sept 21-25, 2016
Enjoy an artist exhibition in Central Arkansas featuring music, theater, visual and performing arts.

Konsplosion! – Fort Smith – September 23-25, 2016
A convention combining Comics, Sci-Fi, Anime, Gaming, and Pop Culture.

Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair – Fort Smith, AR – September 23 – October 1, 2016
An annual event held at the Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith.

King Biscuit Blues Festival – West Helena, AR – October 5-8, 2016
Lots of big name entertainers including the Charles Wilson Band, Linsey Alexander Band, Lonnie Shields Band, Sterling Billingsley, and more.

Turkey Track Bluegrass Park – Waldron, AR – October 5-8, 2016

Herb Harvest Festival – Mountain View, AR – October 7-8, 2016

Arkansas Rice Festival – Weiner, AR – October 8, 2016
An annual event with lots of carnival rides, live music on stage, vendors, pageant, and more.

Arkansas Paranormal Expo – Little Rock, AR – October 8-9, 2016
Lots of workshops, vendors and information on UFO’s, Bigfoot, The Supernatural, Ghost Hunting and so much more paranormal.  Held at the McArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival – Van Buren, AR – October 8-9, 2016
Held during the peak of the spectacular fall foliage season.

Ozark Folk Festival – Eureka Springs, AR – October 12-15, 2016
Plenty to do with free music in Basin Spring Park, Folk Festival Parade, Barefoot Ball, art fair, various singing and songwriting contests, great dance and folk music plus the big Concert in the Aud.

Musicfest El Dorado – El Dorado, AR – Oct 14-15, 2016

Arkansas State Fair – October 14-23, 2016
Everything you would expect from a great state fair with plenty of entertainment, rides, events, activities, animals, kids fun, food, and so much more.

Olde Miner’s Fall Festival – Huntington, AR – October 15, 2016
Live music, arts/crafts, street dance, food and games.

HARVEST! Festival – Little Rock, AR – October 22, 2016
Nice family fun with vendor selling their wares, food, fashion, music and more.

Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff – Russellville, AR – October 29, 2016
Lots of fun in downtown with the annual chili, pie, and cake contests plus the bike ride “Tour de Pumpkin”, a 5k race, car and truck show, arts and crafts, games, rides and live entertainment.

Arkansas Cornbread Festival – Little Rock, AR – October 29, 2016
This annual event brings plenty of activities to South Main Street including lots of vendors, local flavor, and live music.

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – Mountain View, AR – Nov 10-12, 2016

World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival – Stuttgart, AR – Nov 19-26, 2016
Hard to beat a fun carnival and midway, lots of contests, arts and crafts, sport collectibles show, 5k run, and of course festival foods.  Oh yes and duck calling too.

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015

Urban Raw Festival – Little Rock, AR – Sept 12, 2015

Mountainfest Arts & Crafts Show – Mena, AR – Not happening in 2015
Hometown Festival – Little Rock, AR – Sept 5-6, 2015
Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival – Hot Springs, AR – Sept 19-20, 2015
Hot Springs Labor Day Fireworks – Hot Springs, AR – Sept 6, 2015
Rector Labor Day Weekend – Rector, AR – Sept 4-7, 2015

October 2015

The Arkansas Apple Festival – Lincoln, AR – October 2-4, 2015

Phases of the Moon – Ozark – Oct 16-18, 2015
Harvest Music Festival – Ozark, Arkansas – October 16-18, 2015

Lake Chicot Fall Fest – Lake Village, AR – October 21-22, 2016

Corning Harvest Festival – Corning, AR – October 24, 2015
Grand Prairie Rice Festival- Hazen, AR – October 17, 2015
Gosnell Cotton Festival – Gosnell, AR – October 2-3, 2015

November 2015

Find other fun things to do in Arkansas in October:

Oktoberfest in Arkansas
Arkansas Corn Mazes
Arkansas Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Arkansas
Arkansas pumpkin patches


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