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Arkansas Events

Volume 6 Issue 2 Fall-Winter 2019
By Patti Worden

Arkansas bursts with beauty – lakes, streams, rivers, bayous, delta bottomlands, forested mountains and abundant fish and wildlife. Arkansans get to enjoy a multitude of events, both indoors and out. Here are just a few fun and family-friendly events happening this season.


Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ~ Arkansas Goat Festival, Perryville. A festival to celebrate everything that is good about goats — for goat owners and goat aficionados. Goat costume contest, goat art, goat cheese, races & more! www.arkansasgoatfestival.com

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Saturday, Oct. 12, (times vary) ~ 34th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena-West Helena Downtown Historic District. Four days of live music featuring legendary performers from Helena’s Delta blues heyday, leading contemporary blues acts and emerging blues practitioners; barbecue cook-off; 5-K run; food vendors; and an arts and crafts market. https://kingbiscuitfestival.com

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-Evening ~ 45th Annual Old Fashioned Day, Downtown, Benton. Benton's Oldest Festival. Live music, arts and crafts, food trucks, local dance studio performances, youth inflatable area and much more. Festival benefits the Benton Senior Wellness Center. www.facebook.com/oldfashionedday/

Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. ~ Arkansas Cornbread Festival, South Main Street, Little Rock. Founded by Anita Davis, (story on pages 12 and 13), the Cornbread competition for home cooks and professional chefs alike, includes a full day of music, local brews and food from area restaurants and food trucks, unique Arkansas gifts along with the artists who made them, and a Cosmo Kids Zone. Admission is free, but a Cornbread Tasting Ticket is required to sample each competitor's recipe and vote for your favorite. www.arkansascornbreadfestival.com


Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 10 ~ 72nd Annual Ozark Folk Festival, Eureka Springs. Celebrate America’s longest continuously running folk festival! With the Barefoot Ball, free music in Basin Spring Park, Hedgehoppers, the headline concert in the Auditorium and of course, great folk music and dance! www.eurekasprings.org/folk

Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. ~ 10th Annual Dancing Into Dreamland, Tournament of Champions fundraiser, Little Rock. Experience the history of the Dreamland Ballroom, watch the dance competition, text your vote for the winners, bid on silent auction items, and dance, dance, dance! Free hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. For more information visit www.dreamlandballroom.org/tickets

November & December

Sunday, Nov. 17 – Tuesday, Dec. 31 (closed Thanksgiving & Christmas days) 5 - 9 p.m. nightly, gates open at 3 p.m. ~ Annual Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs. The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas. Free to Garden Grounds Members, otherwise $15 adults, $5 ages 4-12, free ages 0-3. Golf cart tour available for an extra $15 per person. www.garvangardens.org/visitor-guide/holidaylights.aspx

Monday, Nov. 25 – Thursday, Dec. 27. ~ Annual Lights of the Delta, Blytheville, Aeroplex. With six million lights and nearly 50 major motion displays on 40 acres, Lights of the Delta is one of the largest lighting festivals in the mid-south. Hayrides are available each night. Live music, pictures with Santa and a live nativity scene will be presented on select nights throughout the festival. www.LightsOfTheDelta.com


Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. ~ Christmas Parade of Lights, Eureka Springs. One of Eureka's favorite parades. The Parade of Lights rolls through the streets with floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights. Admission is free. For more information: (479) 253-8737 or www.eurekasprings.org/event/christmas-parade-of-lights/

Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. ~ Nutcracker Spectacular, Robinson Performance Hall, Little Rock. Join Ballet Arkansas for the largest holiday production in the state. Live music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 2 choral ensembles, over 200 children and adults from across the state alongside our professional ballet dancers, and a handful of holiday surprises! www.balletarkansas.org/nutcracker-spectacular brave flag

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