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Arktoberfest, Weinfest and more this weekend in Arkansas


Fall is alive and kicking this weekend across Arkansas. Support some great charities, tour local artists’ studios, or get a giggle out of a downtown scarecrow display. There are haunted tours, The Wiz, and wine and beer festivals celebrating the harvest. Enjoy all the Natural State has to offer.


15th Annual Festival of Chairs supporting Children’s Advocacy Alliance – Conway

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance oversees both the Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center and the CASA 20th Judicial District program. This signature event, in which local artists transform neglected chairs into works of art for auction, celebrates its 15th year. A Conway favorite, attracting 500 attendees, the Festival of Chairs offers a sampler of foods from area restaurants, extensive live and silent auction items, a raffle of a fabulous diamond cocktail ring and great music.
October 20, 2016, 6:30 PM – 10 PM
Centennial Valley Event Center
1600 Centennial Club Dr
Conway, Arkansas 72034
Admission: Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.


10th Annual Round About Artist Studio Tour – Arkadelphia

Visit the studios of Clark County area artists and see their working environment, demonstrations, and original creations. Visit each artist studio to qualify for cash prizes.
October 21, 2016 – October 23, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Various Artists Studios
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Admission: Free


Scarecrow Stroll – Heber Springs

Take a stroll through Downtown Heber Springs and see the friendly scarecrows all dressed up for Halloween. The downtown merchant windows are dressed for the season along twelve blocks of historic buildings and great shopping.
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, October 15, 2016 – October 31, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Heber Springs
514 Main Street
Heber Springs, AR 72543
Admission: Free


Murder and Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour – Fort Smith

The popular Murder and Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour features haunted and gruesome stories from years past. Begin the evening with complimentary Halloween treats, drinks, and ghost stories along with a peek at haunted areas of the Fort Smith Museum of History. As the trolley winds its way through the Downtown Fort Smith, the Belle Grove Historic District and other areas of the city, riders are thrilled with gruesome historic facts and eerie local legends. Real haunted houses are pointed out and their dark secrets revealed. Murder stories are related along with the story of a bloody love triangle. The narrative is as colorful as Fort Smith’s past. This event is for ages 21 and older and reservations are required.
Fridays, Saturdays, October 21, 2016 – October 31, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Admission: $40 per person, age 21 and over.


The Wiz – Little Rock

This beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music.
Sundays, Fridays, Saturdays, October 21, 2016 – November 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Weekend Theater
1001 W. 7th St.
Little Rock, AR 72201


53rd Annual Wiederkehr Village Weinfest – Altus

Celebrate this year’s harvest with wine, food, and music. Dance the Polka, stomp some grapes, enter the Stein Stemmen or Baum Stossen, tour the cellar and vineyard, enter your pet in the 12th Annual Dog Show, enjoy local arts & crafts vendors. There’s fun for the family. Rain or shine. You can read more about the Arkansas Wine Trail in our article here.
October 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Wiederkehr Wine Cellars
3324 Swiss Family Drive
Wiederkehr Village, AR 72821
Admission: Free


3rd Annual OktoBeerFest – Rogers

Eat, drink, and be merry in Downtown Rogers. Taste the best seasonal brews from across the region at the event’s Craft Beer Experience held in the beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on Frisco Stage and try some delicious German bratwurst, potato salad, and other favorites. The festival also features handmade, original arts & crafts from local artisans. Celebrate all things German at this very special, family-friendly, community celebration.
October 22, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Rogers, AR 72756
Admission: Free


Roaring 20’s Charity Ball – Cabot

It’s a roaring great time while helping support the children of Cabot! Junior Auxiliary of Cabot partners with the Cabot School district to ensure each child has daily necessities to meet their needs. Enjoy a night of food, drinks, entertainment, gaming tables and fellowship while wearing your 20’s best!
October 22 at 6:30 PM
Cabot National Guard Armory
300 Commerce Park Dr, Cabot, Arkansas 72023
Admission: Tickets are $60 for a couple/$40 for an individual. Tickets can be purchased from any JA member or online!


Arktoberfest – Arkadelphia

Arktoberfest celebrates two things Arkansas does great: craft beer and catfish! Brewers and homebrewers from across the state compete for cash and bragging rights while amateur and professional cooks battle it out to see who makes the best catfish. Attendees get to sample beer, eat a filling catfish dinner, and enjoy a dizzying array of other activities from serious races and fun runs, music and football,and beards and bow shoots.
October 22, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Arkadelphia
204 S. 9th St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Admission: Free


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