By Tam McClure
Arkansas is an incredible place to be in the fall and winter months. Except for a few cold snaps, the weather stays cordial and 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.
This time of year is perfect for a family drive. From mid-October to late-November take Highway 7 for a truly beautiful fall foliage trek. This drive was the state’s first state-designated scenic byway, and it travels through four different regions across Arkansas. Going from El Dorado north to Harrison, you can drive any stretch and see beautiful fall leaves.
Oct. 6 ~ The 4th Annual Arkansas - Honey Festival will be held at Bemis Honey Bee Farm, 13516 Asher Rd., Little Rock. The Arkansas Honey Festival is a family-friendly and educational event that celebrates honey and the bees that make it. The day will be filled with workshops, honey tasting, honey contests, honey smoothies, honey extracting, and more. A children’s area will include activities and food trucks will be on-site. The day ends with an award ceremony for the best honey in Arkansas. For more information, visit www.bemishoneybeefarm.com.
Oct. 8 ~ The Pea Ridge Mule Jump is probably the most unique festival in Arkansas. Spectators pay a small fee to see prized mules from across the United States compete. The event also includes a stick horse race, a hog calling contest, as well as vendors and live music. For more information visit www.pearidgemulejump.com.
Oct. 18–21 ~ War Eagle Craft Fair began in 1954 as a way for crafters from across the Ozarks to display their works. It continues today, over 60 years later with the same idea. With more than 250 booths of all handcrafted products displayed by their creators, the War Eagle Fair takes place along the banks of the War Eagle River. This beautiful Fall setting of changing leaves makes the perfect weekend getaway experience for you and your family. For more information visit www.wareaglefair.com.
Oct. 27 ~ Arkansas Cornbread Festival in Little Rock from 11 am–4 pm. This annual event brings plenty of activities to South Main including multiple vendors, local flavor, live music and (of course) incredible cornbread dishes. For more information on this yummy festival visit www.arkansascornbreadfestival.com.
Nov. 2 ~ Dancing into Dreamland. The Friends of Dreamland’s 9th annual fundraising event will be held atop the FlagandBanner.com building in downtown Little Rock. This historic venue hosted music legends that filled the ballroom with dance. Be swept back in time to the days of Cab Callaway, Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald as the emcees guide you through the evening of dance competitions showcasing all styles of dance. Local troupes demonstrate their talent and are judged by Little Rock professionals and your text votes. Learn more at www.dreamlandballroom.org.
Nov. 8–Nov. 10 ~ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival is three days of bluegrass music from some of the country’s best bands. The event will be hosted rain or shine at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium & Grounds in Mountain View, Arkansas. For more information visit www.mountainview-bluegrass.com.
Nov. 15–17 ~ Dazzle Daze is an annual fundraiser for the Conway Regional Women’s Council with proceeds going toward medical scholarships, technologically advanced equipment and supporting patient and community programs. The three-day shopping extravaganza features specialty shopping in one location. Merchants from around the country will offer gourmet food, holiday items, jewelry, children’s items, women’s clothing and accessories, art, men’s items, home decor and more. The event takes place at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds at 2505 East Oak Street (Hwy 64E). For more information click on the Dazzle Daze link at conwayregional.org.
Nov. 17–24 ~ 83rd annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival in Stuttgart is a duck hunter’s dream. The week long event kicks off with the Mallard Pageant on Saturday night and then gets into full swing with the Wings Over the Prairie Festival starting on Sunday and running all week. Each day of the festival events are held. The big events on Saturday the 24th include the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-Off and the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest. For more information visit www.stuttgartarkansas.org.
Have a happy and safe fall season!