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It’s fall in Arkansas and the weather is fine. Here are some events to get out and enjoy in the Natural State the weekend of October 2-4, 2015. Don’t forget your camera.
Two days. Over 30 acts. Main Street Eldorado presents the 28th MusicFest El Dorado Oct. 2 & 3rd. Enjoy the best in live music along with food, drinks, family entertainment, arts & crafts, kidz world and more at the largest music festival in South Arkansas.
Musicfest 28 will feature over 30 acts on four stages including performances by multi-platinum selling artists 3 Doors Down, country music legend Dwight Yoakam, the world’s greatest piano player Jason D. Williams & much, much more. And that more does include Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber.
October 2-3, 2015
Union Square, Downtown El Dorado
For more information, visit MusicfestElDorado.com
If you love the good antique stuff, the handmade pieces, the all but forgotten one-of-a-kind finds, then this is the show for you. Learn more about The Junk Ranch here on Only in Ark or a Top Things To Shop For At The Junk Ranch listing here on OnlyinArk.
Oct. 2 & 3, 2015; Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 9-5 p.m.
11195 Centerpoint Church Road, Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Admission: Friday is $10.00 for first look shopping, and you can get in free again Saturday. Saturday is $5.00. Parking is free both days, and kids under 12 are free.
Enjoy a suspense-filled evening at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre as they present Dusty Doomsday written by Parkview’s own Rahlea Zinck and Cameron Minor.
Parkview’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is far from typical theatre as it allows the audience to become characters in the performance in this interactive experience. At the door, participants are given character names and a short character description.
Oct. 1, 2nd and 3rd
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas History
503 E 9th Street, Little Rock
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance starting at 6:30 P.M. Tickets for the buffet-style meal & interactive performance are $20 per person and must be reserved in advance.
For more information, visit ParkviewTheatre.com
The Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival is a quirky mix of music, art, food, drink, contests and children activities. Hipsters, hippies with children or hippies without children, there is something for just about everyone to enjoy.
Music is the main focus of Hot Water Hills. The Handmade Art Fair was in full force last year with artisans selling one of a kind art including paintings, pottery, jewelry and much more and we hope this year will be the same. Hot Water Hills opens Friday, and continues Saturday. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun!
October 2-3, 2015
Hill Wheatley Plaza, 629 Central Ave.
For more information, visit HotWaterHills.com
Nationally known and regional herbalists and local herbal merchants will share their knowledge in this annual seminar at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. This year’s festival will focus on connecting herbs of northwestern Europe herb gardening and cultural traditions with our Ozark traditions of yesterday and today. The events kicks off with a lavish herbal feast at The Skillet Restaurant, then two days filled with informative, interactive sessions and concludes with socializing and folk music at the Jimmy Driftwood concert Saturday night. Contact the park for further information and registration.
October 2-3, 2015
Ozark Folk Center State Park
For more information, visit OzarkFolkCenter.com
Saturday is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and ArkansasOutside.com will help get your family biking. The Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival is Saturday, Oct. 3 and will include a children obstacle course, easy trail rides led by experienced mountain bike leaders and other events such as a women’s mountain biking clinic, a “bunny-hop” clinic and other games and contests. Grab your bike and helmet and head out to Cooks Landing, at the base of the Big Dam Bridge in North Little Rock from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 3, 2015
Cooks Landing, North Little Rock
For more information, visit Arkansas Outside
In conjunction with McGehee’s Homecoming, friends and family return home for a weekend of football, Razorback tailgating, live music, various contests and children’s events. Special activities include Tour de Hoot bicycle ride, 5K Run, Owl Hoot Contest, horseshoe tournament, motorcycle/auto show, art & crafts vendors, children’s and adult BBQ contest and food vendors.
For more information, visit McGeheeOwlFest
Festival features family-friendly fun while connecting with rural history; authentic plantation buildings; live music; demonstrations of turn-of-the-century heritage skills such as sorghum making, blacksmithing, churning butter, etc.; old-time games for children, crafts, face painting, antique vehicles and farm equipment; authors & artists; local crafts, baked sweets and produce vendors; food from local eateries.
Hosts will be available at each structure to tell its story. Visitors can even participate in a start-to-finish process as sorghum is cut, milled, cooked and sold, all on the premises. Several local groups will perform music from folk to rockabilly and there also will be games for all ages, a hay ride and crafts sales.
Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Scott Plantation Settlement, 15525 Alexander Road, Scott
Tickets: $3, children 6-17 $1
For more information, visit Scott Connections
The 2nd annual Arkansas Science Festival features public events that showcase a variety of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health professions-related activities. Attendees experience exciting demonstrations, workshops, and performances that capture the unique fabric of science in Arkansas. Arkansas Science Festival events run from Friday, Oct. 2. through Saturday, Oct. 10, at Arkansas State University and other sites in Northeast Arkansas. Find an event near you!
Jonesboro and surrounding area
For more information, visit ASU
Step back in time during this family-friendly celebration of the Ozark way of life. Meet a blacksmith, a flint knapper, and Civil War Soldiers as you meander the half-mile paved trail. Also get a taste of Dutch oven cooking and play with old-fashioned toys as you transport your spirit to an Ozark settler’s way of life. Reflect on how these hills enabled prosperity through true grit. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
1:00 – 4 p.m.
For more information, visit Hobbs State Park.
Located in historic downtown Siloam Springs, the Homegrown Festival showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage.
Oct. 3, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Siloam Springs
For more information, visit MainStreetSiloam.org
What are you doing this weekend in Arkansas? Let us know of events happening in your neck of the woods in the comment section below.
Header Photo: Lee Creek Bridge At Devil’s Den State Park courtesy of D. Wertman
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