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Cooler Temps and Even Cooler Events This Weekend


Let’s not hold our breath that the cooler temps are around to stay for good quite yet, but this weekend is going to be beautiful, so take advantage of it and get out and enjoy!  Connect with nature at a state park (make sure to stay hydrated), scavenge through a 26-mile long yard sale, explore The Secret Garden through a musical, enjoy downtown festivals and celebrations and so much more. Good music, good food, and great memories to be made, so get out and explore this weekend in the Natural State.

Take a Child Outside – Mena

Queen Wilhelmina State Park is inviting the public to take part in connecting children to the natural world as part of a growing nationwide effort geared toward getting young people unplugged from technology and enjoying the outdoors in their local community. Closer to time contact the park for a detailed schedule.
September 24, 2017 – September 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Mena, AR 71953
Admission: Free

10th Annual Get Down Downtown Festival – Searcy

The 10th annual Get Down Downtown festival is a free-admission, outdoor event in historic downtown Searcy. The event features live music/ performances including Grammy-nominee Little Texas, kid-friendly activities, and more than 100 vendors and concessions. The free-admission festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
September 29, 2017 – September 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Searcy-Courthouse Square to Spring Park
Searcy, AR 72143
Admission: Free

Pickin’ Time on 59 – Siloam Springs

Over a stretch of 26 miles, there are many yard and antique sales in each of the 5 cities that participate from Siloam Springs to Sulphur Springs, there are designated areas that let many sites gather at the same place.
September 28, 2017 – September 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Siloam Springs Airport
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Admission: Free
Phone: 479-736-2358

The Next Course – Little Rock

Please join us for an epicurean evening of delights prepared by some of Arkansas’s best chefs, all benefiting Youth Home, Inc. Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner, while watching how the chefs prepare each gourmet dish. Hosted by: Shane Henderson CEC, Executive Chef at Ben E. Keith Foods; Amanda Ivy, Executive Chef at Old Mill Bread Company; Executive Chef Cody Rudd; Executive Chef at SO Titus Holly; Executive Chef at The Pantry, Pantry Crest, and District Fare Kelli Marks; and the Executive Pastry Chef at Sweet Love Catering.
September 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Albert Pike Masonic Center
712 Scott St
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: $125

Murphy Arts District Grand Opening – El Dorado

Opening of a state-of-the-art music, entertainment and restaurant complex featuring a star-studded line up featuring Brad Paisley, Migos, ZZ Top and more.
September 28, 2017 – October 1, 2017
The Griffin Music Hall/ MAD Amphitheater
101 East Locust Street
El Dorado, AR 71730

The Secret Garden – Arkadelphia

This children’s literature classic is a short 70 minute musical based on the novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett. It tells the story of Mary Lennox who is orphaned and sent to live with her reclusive uncle and invalid son. On the estate, she discovers a garden filled with magic that brings life back into the family.
September 28, 2017 – October 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ouachita Baptist University
410 Ouachita Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
Admission: Tickets: $10

20th Annual Depot Days Festival – Newport

A showcase of local, regional and national talent paying tribute to the rich musical history of Jackson County and Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67. Music, food, vendors, crafts and children’s activities available for all to enjoy. Admission is free to the public!
September 29, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Downtown Newport
201 Hazel St.
Newport, AR 72112
Admission: Free



32nd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival – Helena-West Helena

For the past 32 years, the King Biscuit Blues Festival has attracted tens of thousands of Blues enthusiasts from all over the world to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. Featuring some of the most recognized blues legends as well as up-and-coming new acts, this iconic three-day festival, continues to preserve and promote the music of the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta into the 21st century. Lots of live music, food vendors, arts & crafts, & fun!
October 4, 2017 – October 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
116 Cherry Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Admission: Free. Admission is charged for Main Stage area only. 1-day ticket $40; 3-day wristband $80

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