A directory of Arkansas fall festivals in 2023. 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.
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Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship - Harrison, AR - Aug 8 to Sep 10, 2023
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.
National Championship Chuckwagon Races - Clinton, AR - Aug 26 to Sep 3, 2023
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.
FestiVille - Jacksonville, AR - Sep 2, 2023
A two-day city festival by Jacksonville Parks and Recreation
JazzFest - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 2, 2023
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.
ACANSA Arts Festival - Little Rock, AR - Sep 7 to Sep 23, 2023
Enjoy an artist exhibition in Central Arkansas featuring music, theater, visual and performing arts.
Garland County Fair - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 8 to Sep 16, 2023
All the fair fun including a demolition derby, carnival rides, exhibit hall, car show, livestock, rodeo, pageant and more!
TinkerFest - Pine Bluff, AR - Sep 9, 2023
Learning powered by exploration, creativity and discovery through tinkering
White County Fair - Searcy, AR - Sep 11 to Sep 16, 2023
Held at the White County Fairgrounds. Come out with family and friends to enjoy the fair along with the various events that come along with it. Some of the events include pony shows, pageants, concerts, auctions, and more!
Cane Hill Harvest Festival - Cane Hill, AR - Sep 16, 2023
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.
Beatles at the Ridge Festival - Walnut Ridge, AR - Sep 16, 2023
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!).
Bikes Blues & BBQ Festival - Fayetteville, AR - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2023
A motorcycle rally with bikes, blues and barbeque, dedicated to fundraising for local charities.
Spa-Con Comic & Pop Culture Convention - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
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.
Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, AR - Sep 22 to Oct 3, 2023
An annual event held at the Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith. Carnival rides, midway acts, live entertainment, games, competitions and more
Little Rocktoberfest - North Little Rock, AR - Sep 23, 2023
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
Get Down Downtown Festival - Searcy, AR - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2023
Free admission to this two day festival featuring live music, vendors, concessions, games, classic cars, and fun for the whole family!
The Big Steam Blues & Roots Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2023
A weekend of blues and R&B in Hill Wheatley Plaza – free event with VIP tickets available for purchase
Autumn on the Square - Marianna, AR - Sep 30, 2023
Arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, contests, and more
Sherwood Fest - Sherwood, AR - Sep 30, 2023
Crafts and other activities for the whole family
Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Oct 4 to Oct 8, 2023
4 nights of live music and camping. 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.
King Biscuit Blues Festival - West Helena, AR - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2023
An annual, multi-day blues festival, held in Helena, Arkansas. Festival was started in 1986. Lots of big name entertainers play this show.
Lavish Gerbal Feast and Garden Reception - Mountain View, AR - Oct 5, 2023
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.
Musicfest El Dorado - El Dorado, AR - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2023
Music festival plus vendors, shopping, food, 5k, arts & crafts, live entertainment and more!
Timberfest - Sheridan, AR - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2023
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.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 6 to Oct 14, 2023
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.
Turkey Track Bluegrass Park - Waldron, AR - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2023
Bluegrass festival with hog roast and potluck supper, held in Waldron AR
Arkansas State Fair - Little Rock, AR - Oct 13 to Oct 22, 2023
Everything you would expect from a great state fair with plenty of entertainment, rides, events, activities, animals, kids fun, food, and so much more.
Rogers Oktobeerfest - Rogers, AR - Oct 14, 2023
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!
Arkansas Rice Festival - Weiner, AR - Oct 14, 2023
An annual event with lots of carnival rides, live music on stage, vendors, pageant, and more.
Fallin’ Blackbird Festival - Beebe, AR - Oct 21, 2023
Fun for the whole family, with a 5k, vendors, concert and live entertainment, and more
Scots Fest - Batesville, AR - Oct 27 to Oct 29, 2023
Established in 1979 as the Highland Games, the festival is emblematic of the College, its Scottish heritage, and its Presbyterian connection. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small Scottish fair to one of the top venues in the South Central United States for pipers, bands, dancers, and athletes. A weekend full of piping competitions, delicious food, and unique handmade crafts. Gates open early Saturday morning and opening ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. with a parade of massed bands and clans.
Arkansas Paranormal Expo - Little Rock, AR - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2023
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.
HARVEST! Festival - Little Rock, AR - Oct 28, 2023
Nice family fun with vendor selling their wares, food, fashion, music and more.
Corning Harvest Festival - Corning, AR - Oct 28, 2023
Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Nov 3 to Nov 5, 2023
Independent film festival with a variety of films in the horror, sci fi, and thriller genres, with premieres, networking and exhibition opportunities.
Mountain View Bluegrass Festival - Mountain View, AR - Nov 9 to Nov 11, 2023
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.
Ozark Folk Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Nov 9 to Nov 11, 2023
75th annual. 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.
Bentonville Lighting of the Square - Bentonville, AR - Nov 18, 2023
7pm. Held at Bentonville Square
World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival - Stuttgart, AR - Nov 24 to Nov 25, 2023
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.
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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!
Hot Springs Oktoberfest - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 11, 2019
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 Cornbread Festival - Little Rock, AR - Nov 7, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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!
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.
Frisco Festival - Rogers, AR - Aug 20 to Aug 21, 2021
Annual event in downtown Rogers, with live music on both Friday & Saturday, a Kid Zone, tasty food, craft vendors and more.
Leachville Harvest Festival - Leachville, AR - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2021
Kids games, train ride, arts and craft booths, food vendors, live music, parade, street dance and more.
White River Water Carnival - Batesville, AR - Aug 5 to Aug 6, 2022
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.
Rector Labor Day - Rector, AR - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2022
Pageants, parade, 5k and more
Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2022
Longest running carshow in the region, with a sunset cruise, professional judges awarding 25+ awards, music, food, parade of show cars and more.
Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2022
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!
Oktoberfest at the Bay - Fairfield Bay, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2022
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.
Rocktober Music Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 15, 2022
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!
Arkansas Pagan Pride - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 22, 2022
There will be entertainment, workshops, and lots of cool vendors to come shop from, highlighting the various Pagan traditions across Arkansas.
Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff - Russellville, AR - Oct 29, 2022
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.
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