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Be a Day Tripper This Weekend in Arkansas


Head outside this weekend to enjoy one of several music festivals and events around Arkansas. If you have children, you may want to check out the paper airplane event in Little Rock or consider taking them to the comedy/magic show in Hot Springs. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy watching the mountain bike races at Devils Den State Park. Plus, we are about to usher in a new season in Arkansas, so pumpkin-lovers rejoice — Pumpkin Hollow is ready! 

Jazz Eureka (Eureka Springs)

Jazz Eureka celebrates 33 years of jazz music in Eureka Springs with a stellar lineup of outstanding musical acts. Kick off for the Jazz Eureka Festival is on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a Roaring 20s Party on the lawn at the 1886 Crescent Hotel. This year’s performers in Basin Spring Park’s FREE concerts include Lao Tizer’s Band on Friday and Saturday and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers also on Friday. Four-time Grammy Award winner and 19-time Grammy Award nominee, Larry Carlton, is the headline act on Saturday.

Venue: Various Places in Eureka Springs
Date: September 13th-15th
Time: Varies
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Scott Davis Comedy & Magic Dinner Show (Hot Springs)

The comedy magic of Scott Davis is a laugh-filled evening of amazement your whole family will enjoy. This family-friendly event is filled with jaw-dropping magic and side-splitting comedy.

Venue: Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre
Date: September 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Startup Crawl (Fayetteville)

Meet the startups in Fayetteville – the Startup City of the South! The event highlight technology and innovation in Arkansas with 40+ companies featured, three concerts, food trucks and craft beer.

Venue: Fayetteville Square
Date: September 14
Time: 4 – 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Cane Hill Harvest Festival (Cane Hill)

Cane Hill Harvest Festival includes live music, food, arts and crafts, a quilt show, tractor show, children’s games and a petting zoo. There will also be demonstrations on making sorghum molasses, lye soap, hominy and other attractions. Come watch, listen, relax and enjoy the lifestyle of yesterday. There will be a country breakfast served on Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. The breakfast is famous and only $8, so make plans now to attend! 

Venue: Cane Hill College
Date: September 15 and 16th
Time: Varies
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Photo by Austin Spyark at SPYARK Media

Winfest Music Festival (Winslow)

Winfest is a live music, arts and crafts, and family festival in Winslow, Arkansas. Since 1983 talented musicians, vendors and families from all over North West Arkansas congregate in the small town of Winslow to enjoy a full day of food, fun and entertainment. Beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air and groovy tunes provide a wonderful atmosphere for this community event. Proceeds from this festival are used to fund Winslow Community Meals and other valuable community programs.

Venue: Winslow Baseball Park
Date: September 15
Time: Gates Open at 11 a.m., Music starts at 12 p.m.
Admission: Varies-Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Devils Den State Park

30th Annual Mountain Bike Race (West Fork)

What’s a mountain bike race without the trails at Devil’s Den State Park? You can ride in this race or just enjoy watching all levels of riders compete. Click below for registration details. There will be awards, food and a cool swag bag!

Venue: Devil’s Den State Park
Date: September 14-15th
Time: Varies
Admission: It is free to watch, but there is a registration fee to compete.
Contact: Click Here

Oma Fall Art Tour (Newton County)

The Ozark Mountain Artists 12th Annual Fall Tour will be Sept. 14-16 in Newton County. This is a free, self-guided tour of different exhibits located throughout the county. Twenty-eight artists will be exhibiting their work in a variety of media in eight different exhibit locations. 

Venue: Newton County Self Guided Tour
Date: September 14- September 16
Time: Varies
Admission: Free
Contact: Call 870-715-7182 or Click Here

Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship (Little Rock)

Test your paper airplane skills and meet World Record Holder John Collins at the Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Clinton School of Public Service.

The third annual event includes competitions for distance and airtime, age divisions for children and adults and trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in all divisions. The event is a fundraiser for the Lymphomaniac Society, a Little Rock-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides weekend trips to cancer survivors.

Venue: Clinton School of Public Service
Date: September 15
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: $20 in advance, day-of registration is $25 (all registrations include ALL family members).
Contact: Click Here

7th Annual Beatles At the Ridge Festival (Walnut Ridge)

The Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival, which takes place in historic downtown Walnut Ridge, is one of the fastest growing festivals in the South. The event team was recognized with the “Welcome to Arkansas” award and a “Henry Award” at the 2013 Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival was also recognized as “Top New Festival in Arkansas,” by the Arkansas Festival and Events Association. This award-winning festival is a symposium comprised of noted Beatles experts and speakers from all over the U.S. and England. There will be over 100 vendors, kids activities, a car show, a Hot Wings Cook-off and two stages of music all day. Concluding the event will be the internationally acclaimed Liverpool Legends concert. Bring lawn chairs for the concert.

Venue: 114 W Walnut Street
Date: September 14 and 15th
Time: Varies
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Pumpkin Hollow

Pumpkin Hollow Friendly Forest (Piggot)

Pumpkin Hollow opens this weekend on September 15th! Unlike Pumpkin Hollow’s Forest of Fright, the Friendly Forest is designed by the folks at Pumpkin Hollow just for children and the faint-of-heart. There will be new scenes and interactive displays. Spend some time playing on the Pumpkin Hollow “Pirate Ship” playlet and in the covered wagon. 

Venue: 671 County Road 336
Date: Opens September 15
Time: Varies
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Sculptural Felting by Delisa (Mountain View)

DeLisa Eads-Wager will be creating her unique felted sculpture in 3D at the Arkansas Craft Gallery Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She leans toward the unusual, weird and wonderfully fantastic, playing with animals, fairies, gnomes, witches and the make-believe. She says “I am a hands-on fiber artist! Anything textile fills my head with possibilities and my heart with desire. As far back as I can remember I have been artistic, always a crayon in my hand. Although I have never had any formal training, it is probably a good thing, as I’m a rule breaker.” While in the gallery demonstration room DeLisa plans to have a large project that everyone can play with to get a feel for how the technique works.

Venue: Arkansas Craft Gallery
Date: September 13th-15th
Time: Varies
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

4th Annual Bayfest Street Festival (Fairfield Bay)

This festival is a pet and family friendly event that packs in a ton of activities all day long. Bring a hearty appetite, as a portion of the proceeds from food sales will benefit the Fairfield Bay Animal Shelter!

Venue: 115 Village Lane
Date: September 15
Time: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 501-884-6010

Senior Expo (Little Rock)

The health event includes seminars, health screenings, entertainment and bingo. Free transportation every half-hour; prizes are given away every hour, concluding with a grand prize drawing at the end of the show.

Venue: Statehouse Convention Center
Date: September 15
Time: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

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Arkansas Football Home Games

Razorbacks vs. North Texas

Venue: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Time: 3 p.m.
Date: September 15

Hendrix vs. Centre

Venue: Young-Wise Memorial Stadium
Time: 1 p.m.
Date: September 15

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There's a lot to celebrate in Arkansas. It's unique. Southern. Delightfully eccentric. Which is why we love every nook, cranny, cave and corner. In fact, some of our favorite things can't be found anywhere else. They're only in Arkansas. So we love them even more. The attractions we visit, the food we crave, the festivals we attend, the mountains we hike, the rivers we float, the stories we tell and the company we keep – it all adds up to one incredible state. And that familiar, meandering silhouette? Looks like home to us.

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