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It’s Fall, Y’all! Oct. 18-20 Weekend Guide


It’s Fall Y’all! Take time to relax and refresh while having some fun in Arkansas. This weekend offers an outing in the Ozarks for off-road adventure lovers, the Johnny Cash Festival in Dyess and a Brews and Tunes event in Springdale. Halloween is approaching and the activities are coming to match! Ballet Arkansas will be performing Sleepy Hollow, adults can enjoy a spooky night out without the kids at Boo at the Zoo, there will be a cemetery singing in Eureka Springs and Williams Tavern at Historic Washington State Park will host tours to highlight some “unexplained” history.  Enjoy your weekend!

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival (Dyess)

This three-day festival honors Johnny Cash and the New Deal programs that shaped his childhood in Dyess, the nation’s largest agricultural resettlement colony.  At the festival there will be regional evening music on Thursday and Friday, an academic symposium Thursday morning through noon Friday, special panels and presentations with renowned speakers on Friday afternoon, food and craft vendors, demonstrations, and tours. The festival concludes Saturday afternoon with a world-class music concert in the cotton fields surrounding the Cash home.

Venue: Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home
Date: October 17-19
Admission: Tickets Required for the Main Concert and special presentations; Symposium events throughout the day Thursday and on Friday morning at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center, along with Thursday and Friday night regional music in the Dyess Colony Circle, are free
Contact: Click Here

Photo by Jeff Montgomery

Homecoming Musical ‘Matilda’ (Searcy)

The Harding University departments of theater and music will present the annual Homecoming musical Oct. 18-19 at 8 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. This year’s production is “Matilda,” with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly. Orchestrations and additional music is by Chris Nightingale. There will be a live, 13-piece orchestra led by Dr. Andrew Cook to perform the score including “Miracle,” “This Little Girl,” and “When I Grow Up.” Don’t miss out on this amazing performance!
Venue: Benson Auditorium
Date: October 18-19
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required- Click Here (Can be purchased in advance or at the door)
Contact: Click Here

Rendezvous in the Ozarks Rally (Ozark)

If you own a 4×4 vehicle and enjoy the overlanding lifestyle or you just want to learn more about this fast-growing passion, you are invited to join Natural State Overland in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas this weekend. You will rendezvous with others who share your interest in overland-style travel and all the adventure it brings! If you haven’t experienced the trails and back roads of the Ozarks, you don’t want to miss this opportunity, and if you have this is your chance to get back out there. Get ready to share your experiences, knowledge, and enthusiasm while you learn from others and talk to vendors about their overland-related products and participate in our vendor-sponsored product giveaways all in a family-friendly atmosphere! There will also be various presentations on overland related topics, and trip reports, as well as ample opportunity to get out and explore the beautiful Ozark National Forest.

Venue: Byrd’s Adventure Center (7037 Cass Oark Road)
Date: October 18-20
Admission: Registration Required — Click Here
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Ballet Arkansas

Ballet Arkansas’ Sleepy Hollow (North Little Rock)

This will be an eerie multimedia experience!  The first production of  the 41st season, Sleepy Hollow is a world-premiere multimedia ballet designed in collaboration with the creative team at Cranford Co. Featuring stunning photo and video projection and 360 sound, Sleepy Hollow is an eerie retelling of a classic Halloween tale. Just in time for the holiday! Ballet Arkansas is the professional ballet company of the state.

Venue: Pulaski Tech Charts Theater
Date: October 18-20
Time: 4 showtimes available
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

11th Annual Voices from the Silent City Cemetery Tour (Eureka Springs)

Costumed guided, living history tours of the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetery will be this weekend. These tours feature actors in period costumes sharing stories of their unique & colorful pasts. These are one-hour walking tours through the Cemetery starting at 5:30 p.m. departing from the parking lot of the old Victoria Inn and leaving every 20 minutes until 8:30 p.m. Free parking & free shuttle service to the Cemetery. This is one of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum’s main fundraisers for the year and has evolved into one of Eureka’s most anticipated events. Come and learn about the history of Eureka from some of it’s “original” founders.

Venue: Eureka Springs Cemetery
Date: October 17-19
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under
Contact: Click Here

Boo at the Zoo — Adult Night 2019 (Little Rock)

It’s your chance to enjoy all the fun of Boo at the Zoo — adult style! Trick or treat for some tasty adult beverages and enjoy the fun of Boo at the Zoo in an adults-only environment. Ride the haunted train, get spooked in the haunted house, listen to live music, eat food from tasty food trucks, try your hand at carnival games, dress up in your Halloween best and compete in our costume contest. That and more are all part of the fun of Boo at the Zoo Adult Night! Must be at least 21 years old to attend. You will need your photo ID.

Venue: Little Rock Zoo
Date: October 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Washington After Dark (Washington)

Halloween at Historic Washington State Park gives you a chance to indulge your imagination. After enjoying an evening meal at Williams Tavern, light your candle lanterns and accompany an interpretive guide through selected sites in Washington that have some “unexplained” happenings in their history. You can believe or not, but you’ll have a wonderful evening walk in which to ponder the possibilities! There are several dates to choose from and reservations are required.

Venue: Wiliams’ Tavern Restaurant
Date: October 19-26
Time: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $25.00, Children under 14: $20.00
Contact: Click Here

Brews & Tunes (Springdale)

Make plans to spend the day at beautiful Magnolia Gardens, enjoying FREE and awesome live music and basking in the gorgeous fall weather! Get your tickets online now to sample local beer and cider to your heart’s content and reserve your own Ozarktober Pilsener glass to take home. There will be an amazing band lineup for the live music, several participating local breweries, and food trucks. You won’t want to miss this event!

Venue: Magnolia Gardens (501 N Main St. Springdale)
Date: October 19
Time: 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Admission: Free to enjoy the live music, tickets required to sample brews
Contact: Click Here

Photo by Mary Wood. Get the chili recipe here.

Arkansas State Championship Chili Cook-Off (Bull Shoals)

Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” You will be able to taste the chili and visit vendors as the cooks turn up the heat. This event is hosted by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club.

Venue: Bull Shoals State Park
Date: October 19
Time: Call the park for details
Admission: $3
Contact: Click Here or call 870-445-3629

Round About Artist Studio Tour (Arkadelphia)

This weekend artists welcome visitors to their studios to see their working space, their latest creations and the tools of the trade.  There will be works in progress and finished pieces for sale including pottery, quilting, painting, basket weaving, woodworking, fiber art, collage, handcrafted bags and much more!  Pick up a free guidebook with the map during the event at either of two locations, Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main Street, Arkadelphia, or at Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor’s Center, Caddo Valley. 

Venue: Arkadelphia
Date: October 18
Time: Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p..m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Women’s Expo (Jonesboro)

The NEA Women’s Expo sponsored is this weekend at the First National Bank Arena. At the expo you will be about to learn about and support Heart Health, get free health screenings, and hear speakers talk about issues important to women. There will be giveaways and booths available for shopping. There will also be a fun Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest. Click Here for the details. There will be tons of prizes and giveaways at the expo!

Venue: 217 Olympic Drive
Date: October 19-20
Time: Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. — 4p .m.
Admission: Free- Click Here
Contact: Click Here

Beetlejuice (1988, PG) (Little Rock)

Are you up for a movie night at the Cals Ron Robinson Theater this weekend? Beer, wine, and concessions will be available! Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy “monsterpiece” Beetlejuice will be the feature film.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Film starts at 7 p.m.

Venue: CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Date: October 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $5
Contact: Click Here 


Searcy Beats & Eats Choirpalooza (Searcy)

Choirs and groups from the Searcy community come together for October’s Beats and Eats event. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the evening for a truly magical night. Performances start at 6:00pm! This event brings the first-ever Searcy Salsa Standoff- a salsa competition with an entry fee of only $5. Participants vote on their favorite individual entry and restaurant entry. After voting, get #stached at the photobooth! But salsa isn’t all about chips and dip! Center on the Square will be hosting a salsa lesson/dance competition on the hour every hour! Grab your partner and head to downtown Searcy, AR!

Venue: W Arch Ave Searcy, AR
Date: October 19
Time: 6:00pm
Admission: FREE for the festival; $5 for salsa tasting
Contact: Click Here

Header Photo Credit: Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

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