A directory of Arkansas fall festivals in 2020. Our events calendar for September, October and November has things to do in Arkansas throughout fall including fun in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Fayetteville, Jonesboro and more. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
National Championship Chuckwagon Races - Clinton, AR - Aug 29 to Sep 6, 2020
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.
Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2020
The largest motorcycle rally held annually in central Arkansas. This 3 day rally includes plenty of vendors, two poker runs with a chance to win $2,000, bike show, field events and bike games, a parade through historic downtown Hot Springs, and plenty of nationally known entertainment. One all access low ticket price.
Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
Longest running carshow in the region, with a sunset cruise, professional judges awarding 25+ awards, music, food, parade of show cars and more.
White River Water Carnival - Batesville, AR - Sep 12, 2020
A free, family event that features entertainment, food vendors, craft and commercial vendors. Fire truck pull, food truck festival, parade, live music, BBQ championship and kid zone.
Bike MS Rock’n Hot Ride - North Little Rock, AR - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Beatles at the Ridge Festival - Walnut Ridge, AR - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Noted Beatles experts and speakers form around the US and England come to Walnut Ridge. Over 100 vendors, kids activities, car show, hot wings cook-off, two stages of music, ending in a Liverpool Legends concert (bring lawn chairs!).
Spa-Con Comic & Pop Culture Convention - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Spa-con is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention currently held annually. It includes not only comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, but also a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, web-comics, and fantasy novels.
Cane Hill Harvest Festival - Cane Hill, AR - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
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 - Sep 23 to Sep 26, 2020
A motorcycle rally with bikes, blues and barbeque, dedicated to fundraising for local charities.
Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 24 to Sep 27, 2020
Independent film festival with a variety of films in the horror, sci fi, and thriller genres, with premieres, networking and exhibition opportunities.
Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, AR - Sep 25 to Oct 3, 2020
An annual event held at the Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith. Carnival rides, midway acts, live entertainment, games, competitions and more
Autumn on the Square - Marianna, AR - Sep 26, 2020
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, contests, and more
Little Rocktoberfest - North Little Rock, AR - Sep 26 to Sep 26, 2029
Sample hundreds of commercial beers from across the world and enjoy a bratwurst dinner included in the ticket price. Come support local breweries and try some great beer made right in Arkansas. Check out the homebrew exhibition to give you a taste of what’s brewing in Arkansas. Proceeds from the event will go to STOP Inc. – Students That Officially Patrol. Tickets are $45 or $65 for VIP (early admission and souvenirs). Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 West Broadway, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Herb Harvest Fall Festival - Mountain View, AR - Oct 1, 2020
Kicks off with the Lavish Herbal Feast. Learn about herbs and plants, including information both old and new. Held at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.
Timberfest - Sheridan, AR - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Annual event held for more than 30 years. First weekend of October in downtown Sheridan, Arkansas. You’ll find Lumberjack Competitions, games and fun for children of all ages, arts and crafts, 5K run, a parade and much more. The event is held on the Grant County Courthouse Square.
Arkansas Paranormal Expo - Little Rock, AR - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
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.
Oktoberfest at the Bay - Fairfield Bay, AR - Oct 3, 2020
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.
King Biscuit Blues Festival - West Helena, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 10, 2020
An annual, multi-day blues festival, held in Helena, Arkansas. Festival was started in 1986. Lots of big name entertainers play this show.
Turkey Track Bluegrass Park - Waldron, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 11, 2020
Bluegrass festival with hog roast and potluck supper, held in Waldron AR
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 9 to Oct 17, 2020
Going virtual for 2020, see event website for details. Normally: A 9-day all-documentary festival, makes its home in the Historic Spa City of Hot Springs, with all screenings and parties held within easy walking distance. Known for its eccentric charm and unbeatable hospitality, the city of Hot Springs is an ideal place to mix and mingle with industry professionals, filmmakers, and celebrity guests far from the intensity of the Hollywood scene. Each October, film-lovers and filmmakers gather to immerse themselves in more than 100 of the best international features and shorts the documentary world has to offer, and to attend unforgettable events and parties.
Arkansas Rice Festival - Weiner, AR - Oct 10, 2020
An annual event with lots of carnival rides, live music on stage, vendors, pageant, and more.
Arkansas State Fair - Little Rock, AR - Oct 16 to Oct 25, 2020
Everything you would expect from a great state fair with plenty of entertainment, rides, events, activities, animals, kids fun, food, and so much more.
Eureka Springs Oktoberfest - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 17, 2020
Sample the finest local Micro-Brews, craft and seasonal beers in this quaint little European-like village nestled in the Ozark Mountains. The party will be right in the middle of downtown on Center Street.
Arkansas Pagan Pride - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 24, 2020
Virtual for 2020, see event website for details. Normally: There will be entertainment, workshops, and lots of cool vendors to come shop from, highlighting the various Pagan traditions across Arkansas.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival - Little Rock, AR - Nov 7, 2020
This annual event brings plenty of activities to South Main Street including lots of vendors, local flavor, and live music, plus plenty of delicious cornbread!
Mountain View Bluegrass Festival - Mountain View, AR - Nov 12 to Nov 14, 2020
Three days of bluegrass music from some of the country’s best bands. The event will be hosted rain or shine at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium & Grounds in Mountain View, Arkansas.
Konsplosion! - Fort Smith, AR - Nov 20 to Nov 22, 2020
A convention combining comics, sci-fi, anime, gaming, and pop culture at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival - Stuttgart, AR - Nov 21 to Nov 28, 2020
Hard to beat a fun carnival and midway, lots of contests, arts and crafts, sport collectibles show, 5k run, festival foods plus duck calling too.
Sherwood Fest - Sherwood, AR - Jan 1 to Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Crafts and other activities for the whole family
Leachville Harvest Festival - Leachville, AR - Jan 1 to Aug 31, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Kids games, train ride, arts and craft booths, food vendors, live music, parade, street dance and more.
FestiVille - Jacksonville, AR - Jan 1 to Sep 26, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: A two-day city festival by Jacksonville Parks and Recreation
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!
Bluegrass & BBQ - Eureka Springs, AR - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Two nights of music and camping, with BBQ and food trucks, craft vendors and more!
JazzFest - Hot Springs, AR - Aug 23 to Sep 1, 2019
Sponsored by the Hot Springs Jazz Society, JazzFest takes place in venues throughout Hot Springs. Some events are free, and tickets range up to $50. Don’t miss the traditional free outdoor concert in Hot Springs’ Entertainment District.
Frisco Festival - Rogers, AR - Aug 23 to Aug 24, 2019
35th annual event in downtown Rogers, with live music on both Friday & Saturday, a Kid Zone, tasty food, craft vendors and more.
Rector Labor Day - Rector, AR - Aug 30 to Sep 2, 2019
Hot Springs Blues Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Aug 31, 2019
Going back to their roots, with one day of music from Arkansas based performers.
Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship - Harrison, AR - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
A balloon race competition with tethered rides, kids fest and more family friendly fun. Check the schedule for all venues but most of the action takes place at Boone County Regional Airport.
TinkerFest - Pine Bluff, AR - Sep 7, 2019
This year explores the connections between making and health, with Kids Cook! leading hands-on cooking workshops, pedal-powered art with paint or chalk, and pedal-powered blenders for smoothies via muscle power!
ACANSA Arts Festival - Little Rock, AR - Sep 13 to Sep 28, 2019
Enjoy an artist exhibition in Central Arkansas featuring music, theater, visual and performing arts.
BayFest Street Festival - Fairfield Bay, AR - Sep 14, 2019
Pet and family friendly event with food, 5 live bands, pet parade, kids activities, baggo and mini golf tournaments and more! Portion of food sales benefit the Fairfield Bay Animal Shelter.
Hot Springs Luau - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 14, 2019
Hawaiian themed food and drinks will be served, as well as live entertainment from steel drummers and hula dancers will take place throughout the evening. This event is a fundraiser for the Hot Springs Future Fund, which donates over $10,000 to local nonprofits each year.
Musicfest El Dorado - El Dorado, AR - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Music festival plus vendors, shopping, food, 5k, arts & crafts, live entertainment and more!
Get Down Downtown Festival - Searcy, AR - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2018
Free admission to this two day festival featuring live music, vendors, concessions, games, classic cars, and fun for the whole family!
Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
A quirky mix of music, art, food, drink, contests and kids activities. Handmade Art Fair with artisans selling one of a kind paintings, pottery, and jewelry. Hot Water Hills opens Friday, and continues on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun!
Rogers Oktobeerfest - Rogers, AR - Oct 5, 2019
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!
Wiederkehr Village Weinfest - Wiederkehr Village, AR - Oct 5, 2019
Wiederhehr Village & Wine Cellars plays host to this event, with tours of the cellars, wine tastins, open tram or horse drawn carriage rides through the vineyards, horseback riding arts & crafts plus grape stopm and other events!
Falling Blackbird Festival - Beebe, AR - Oct 5, 2019
Fun for the whole family, with a 5k, vendors, concert and live entertainment, and more
Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 10 to Oct 13, 2019
This will be held at The Farm located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The venue boasts beautiful 360 degree panoramic views. It is sits on 160 acres and backs up to Mark Twain national forest. Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within 5 miles of the venue.
Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 11, 2019
HARVEST! Festival - Little Rock, AR - Oct 12, 2019
Nice family fun with vendor selling their wares, food, fashion, music and more.
Rocktober Music Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 26, 2019
An artbeat entertainment showcase for all ages happening at the Hot Springs Farmer’s Market. Live bands all day long, food & adult beverages, merch booth/vendors, bouncy house & baggo, face paint, and funnel cakes!
Corning Harvest Festival - Corning, AR - Oct 26, 2019
Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff - Russellville, AR - Oct 26, 2019
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. Since 1992.
Ozark Folk Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Nov 8 to Nov 10, 2019
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.
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