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Oktoberfest in Arkansas

Our list of 2017 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Arkansas.  When I discovered that there weren’t very many festivals for Oktoberfest in Utah, I understood why.  I have no clue why there aren’t more Oktoberfests in Arkansas.  Four festivals for 350,000 citizens in the state claiming German ancestry seems pretty low.  Please let me know if I missed some.

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2016

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.

2015:

Oktoberfest First Friday – Bentonville, AR – October 2, 2015
The first weekend in October brings traditional German food, a Mug Root Biergarten, brat eating contest and chicken dance to Bentonville.

Oktoberfest – Rogers, AR – October 3, 2015
A whole day of food, music and fun for the family. Enjoy the sounds of the Oom-pah-pah bands and Hammerschlagen, the scents of bratwurst and pretzels!
Location:  Frisco Park – 200 S. First St., Rogers, AR 72756

Knights of Columbus Council 996 Oktoberfest – Fort Smith, AR – October 9-10, 2015
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus since 1984.

Oaklawn Oktoberfest – Hot Springs, AR

Dickson Street Oktoberfest – Fayetteville, AR – October 11, 2015

Texarkana Oktoberfest – Texarkana, AR – Not Happening in 2016

We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Arkansas residents: Let us know which one you like the best!

Given the limited number of festivals celebrating Oktoberfest in Arkansas, I’m recommending that you also look at the list of large Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States as well as the surrounding states which also have Oktoberfest parties: Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

We’ve got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.

Find other fun things to do in Arkansas in October:

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

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hot Springs used to have a great Oktoberfest – started in 1972 ( as I recall) and hosted in the old Civic Center, which was perfect – big, round, two Oompah Bands, lots of beer and people – and nice and loud – perfect for the Chicken Dance. It was moved into one of the rooms of the expanded Civic Center in the 90’s and always had a great turnout – but it seemed that the Powers that Be began to sabotage the festival – first, not even hiring a Oktoberfest band one year, just some local rock and roll group, and playing Polka on a recording during the band intermission – it was terrible , finally moving it to an outdoor facility, under an inappropriate picnic shelter at an amusement park just outside Hot Springs, and finally to a cramped tent that couldn’t accommodate the participants in the parking lot of the post office off Grand Ave. I guess it’s gone, but it was really entertaining back in the 70’s and 80’s.

    • I invited an acquaintance to Oktoberfest once – he refused since his church didn’t allow drinking alcohol – I told him he and his didn’t have to touch a drop of that delicious brew – but he refused anyway – guess you gotta be on the German/Irish side of things to enjoy life !!

  2. Oktoberfest is coming back to Hot Springs, — it is scheduled as a two day event. Should be hearing more about it the next few months.

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