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.
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White River Water Carnival - Batesville, AR - Aug 27 to Aug 27, 2016
JazzFest - Hot Springs, AR - Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2016
National Championship Chuckwagon Races - Clinton, AR - Sep 1 to Sep 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.
Rector Labor Day - Rector, AR - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
Hot Springs Blues Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally - , AR - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2016
Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship - Harrison, AR - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
A balloon race competition with tethered rides, kids fest and more family friendly fun.
Legends of Arkansas - North Little Rock, AR - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
An All-Arkansas Music & Art Festival in the Argenta Arts District.
Cane Hill Harvest Festival - Cane Hill, AR - Sep 17 to Sep 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.
ACANSA Arts Festival - North Little Rock, AR - Sep 21 to Sep 25, 2016
Enjoy an artist exhibition in Central Arkansas featuring music, theater, visual and performing arts.
Bikes Blues & BBQ Festival - Fayetteville, AR - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2016
A motorcycle rally with bikes, blues and barbeque, dedicated to fundraising for local charities.
Konsplosion! - Fort Smith, AR - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
A convention combining Comics, Sci-Fi, Anime, Gaming, and Pop Culture.
Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, AR - Sep 23 to Oct 1, 2016
An annual event held at the Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith.
Urban Raw Festival - Little Rock, AR - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Little Rocktoberfest - Little Rock, AR - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 West Broadway, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
FestiVille - Jacksonville, AR - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
A two-day city festival by Jacksonville Parks and Recreation
Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Sertoma Oktoberfest - Springfield, AR - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Annual event. $5 entry and $5 parking. Must be 21 to enter. Alpine Goodwill Games (including Stein Hoisting, Barrel Roll, Brat Toss, Carry the Wench, Tricycle Race, Log Rolling, Barrel Toss, Striking Hammer and Pulling the Keg) and 5K run/walk on Saturday. Beer, brats and more.
Harvestfest - Cherokee Village, AR - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The Friends of Cherokee (Village) Animals , a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of homeless animals, will once again have a booth at HarvestFest 2016. Please join us on Saturday, October 1st, from 1:00 ’til 10:00 p.m., to learn more about our efforts and the adoptable cats and dogs at the Cherokee Village Shelter.
King Biscuit Blues Festival - West Helena, AR - Oct 5 to Oct 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 - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2016
Timberfest - Sheridan, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
33rd Annual event.
Herb Harvest Festival - Mountain View, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
American Legion Post 341 Oktoberfest - Bella Vista, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Arkansas Paranormal Expo - Little Rock, AR - Oct 8 to Oct 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.
Arkansas Rice Festival - Weiner, AR - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
An annual event with lots of carnival rides, live music on stage, vendors, pageant, and more.
Ozark Folk Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 12 to Oct 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 to Oct 15, 2016
Arkansas State Fair - Little Rock, AR - Oct 14 to Oct 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.
Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Oktoberfest/Storyfest - Fairfield Bay, AR - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Enjoy music, dancing, a Bier Garten, German food, and of course an Oompah-pah band. All the fun, food, and beer available. Admission is free.
Olde Miner’s Fall Festival - Huntington, AR - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Live music, arts/crafts, street dance, food and games.
Eureka Springs Oktoberfest - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Little Rock Oktoberfest - Little Rock, AR - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Hosted by the St. Edward Catholic Church & School.
HARVEST! Festival - Little Rock, AR - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Nice family fun with vendor selling their wares, food, fashion, music and more.
Corning Harvest Festival - Corning, AR - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Arktoberfest - Arkadelphia, AR - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Arkansas craft beers, homebrew competition, catfish cook-off and family-friendly fall festival.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival - Little Rock, AR - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
This annual event brings plenty of activities to South Main Street including lots of vendors, local flavor, and live music.
Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff - Russellville, AR - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Lots of fun in downtown with the annual chili, pie, and cake contests plus the bike ride, a 5k race, car and truck show, arts and crafts, games, rides and live entertainment.
Mountain View Bluegrass Festival - Mountain View, AR - Nov 10 to Nov 12, 2016
World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival - Stuttgart, AR - Nov 19 to Nov 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.
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!
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
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
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