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Great Events this October Weekend


The chill is in the air and we’re ready to enjoy all the Natural State has to offer this weekend. Stroll through craft fairs or chill out at music festivals. Don’t forget your caramel apples from the state fair or your lantern during the cemetery walk and enjoy some great German food at Oktoberfest.


48th Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair – Hot Springs

Wear your comfy shoes, wind your way through eight buildings and other areas to enjoy the atmosphere of beautiful artisan items and the wonderful smell and taste of concessions provided. With close to 400 exhibitors, many crafts are available including pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions, knitting, crochet, floral arrangements, and much more. Parking is free.
October 7, 2016 – November 9, 2016
Garland County Fairgrounds
4831 Malvern Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71913


69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival – Eureka Springs

69th Annual Ozark Folk Festival is the longest running Folk Festival in the United States. The festivities start on Thursday with a FREE concert by Still on the Hill in The Aud on Thursday evening @ 7:00PM. They will be giving away 100 CDs of their new music about the Buffalo River and its history. Events include the Folk Art Fair from Noon-4:00PM on Friday & from Noon -5:00PM on Saturday. FREE music in the Park both days plus the Barefoot Basin Bash in Basin Spring Park from 7:30-10:00PM on Friday with one of Eureka’s favorite Rockabilly bands. Don’t miss the Hedgehoppers in The Aud @ 6:30PM on Friday night before the Barefoot Basin Bash. On Saturday more FREE music in Basin Spring Park plus the Singer/Songwriter Contest.
October 12, 2016 – October 15, 2016
Eureka Springs, AR 72632


Arkansas State Fair – Little Rock

Since 1940, the Arkansas State Fair features fun for the entire family including a large variety of food vendors, carnival, midway rides, livestock show, arts and crafts, rodeo and musical entertainment featuring top names performers.
October 14, 2016 – October 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Arkansas State Fairgrounds
2600 Howard St.
Little Rock, AR 72206
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12 and seniors, free children under 6


14th Annual All Hallows Eve Cemetery Walk – Camden

Stories of the first inhabitants of Camden are told by reenactors in period costumes. The graveyard is lit by lantern light and guides are provided.
October 14, 2016 – October 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Historic Oakland Cemetary
100 Maul Road
Camden, AR 72701
Admission: $5 adults, $3 children
Phone: 870-818-3565


Bob Newhart at Oaklawn – Hot Springs

As a stand-up comedian, Bob Newhart explored the absurdities of everyday life with an underplayed delivery and gentle stammer that earned him three Grammys and the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. You must be 21 to enter.
October 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
2705 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Admission: $40–$50


MusicFest El Dorado XXIX – El Dorado

The 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and most recently 2015 Arkansas Festival of the Year, MusicFest 29 returns to Downtown El Dorado for another amazing weekend of music. Two days, four stages and more than thirty musical acts featuring David Nail, Sugar Ray with Mark McGrath, Lee Ann Womack, The Dallas Cowboys Zone featuring the Cowboys Tailgate Nation, Mobile Hall of Fame and America’s sweethearts, the world-famous Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and more performing at South Arkansas’ largest outdoor music event. MusicFest El Dorado boasts its biggest musical lineup yet. Whether you like country, rock, R&B, bluegrass, or blues, MusicFest 29 has something for everyone.
October 14, 2016 – October 15, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Downtown El Dorado
101 West Main Street
El Dorado, AR 71730
Admission: $25 per day adults, $40 passes, free for ages 12 and under
Phone: 870-862-4747


Oktoberfest at the Bay – Fairfield Bay

Come join the fun of OktoberFest at the Bay, one of nine signature events held in Fairfield Bay each year! There will be arts, crafts, music, dancing, authentic German food and biergarten, activities for the kids, and fun for the whole family.
Fridays, Saturdays, October 14, 2016 – October 15, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center
110 Lost Creek Parkway
Fairfield Bay, AR 72088
Admission: Free

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

2016 Arkansas Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off – Bull Shoals

Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” Taste the chili and visit vendors as the cooks turn up the heat. Co-sponsored by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club. Contact the park for further details.
October 15, 2016
Bull Shoals, AR 72619
Admission: $3
Phone: 870-445-3629, Park Superintendent


2nd Annual Ruff, Rock ‘N Roll – Scott

Fundraiser for Paws in Prison featuring The Cummins Prison Band, Live Auction, PupArt Paintings, Inmate Crafts, BBQ, Beer and Wine……and of course a few Paws in Prison Dogs! This is a “Dog Friendly” event. The cost is $50.00 per person and it is a 21 and over event.
October 15, 2016
Scott Plantation Settlement
Scott, Arkansas 72142
Admission: $50

*Header Image Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism







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