1. Ozark Folk Festival
November 2 – 4
Join the funky town of Eureka Springs for America’s longest-running folk festival. The Ozark Folk Festival will include a Barefoot Basin Bash, a Singer/Songwriter Contest and Folk Art Fair. There will also be an appearance by special guest Lucinda Williams, as well as free music in Eureka Springs’ downtown area. Grab your family and head to Eureka Springs for two days full of activities and traditional folk music. Tickets start at $25.
2. Ouachita Arts Celebration
The fourth annual Ouachita Arts Celebration will take place in Mena’s Downtown Arts District this year. This is an indoor and outdoor event that includes live music, vintage cars, belly dancing and more. The cool fall weather will be perfect for this celebration. Enjoy the historical downtown area of Mena and the unique works of art at the Ouachita Arts Celebration. This event is free to the public.
3. Battle of the Bands
Mr. Mac’s Battle of the Bands has some of the most advanced dance teams in the South competing against one another, and some of the top bands perform at the event. The dance teams include the Southern Shimmerettes of Pine Bluff, the Fearless Dance Company from Dallas and more. This year’s bands include Pine Bluff High, Jack Robey Jr. High, Dollarway High and more. Tickets start at $5.
4. Cast Iron Cook Off
The Cast Iron Cook Off is purely a celebration of food. The event is held at Dogwood Hills Guest Farm in Harriet. Participants can choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. Individuals can cook with cast ironware or a Dutch oven. Make your way to this beautiful part of Arkansas and enjoy some delicious dishes. Tickets start at $5.
5. Holiday House
November 8 – 11
The Junior League of Little Rock’s Holiday House is a tradition for many Arkansans. This event, which is held at the Little Rock Convention Center, is the perfect spot for holiday shoppers. Last year, 180 merchants were represented. The event includes Christmas decor shops, boutiques, unique foods to purchase and many more fun gift ideas for the holidays. Tickets start at $10.
6. Fall Bluegrass Festival
November 9 – 11
This year, the 15th annual Fall Bluegrass Festival will feature many unique performances. You don’t want to miss the fall lineup, which includes Flatt Lonesome, Farm Hands Quartet, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Volume Five and many more. This festival typically takes place in both the fall and the spring. Tickets start at $20.
7. El Dorado Film Festival
November 9 – 12
The El Dorado Film Festival features a variety of short films over the course of a few days. This year’s film selections include Alfred J. Hemlock, Birthday, Embers & Dust, Laurels and many more. This is the festival’s third year. The festival will show shorts, documentaries and feature films. For more information about ticket prices and updates, visit the festival’s website.
8. Chris Stapleton
North Little Rock
The talented American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton will perform on Nov. 16 at Verizon Arena. Prepare for a night of popular country music, Tennessee whiskey and a whole lot of fun. Stapleton’s All-American Road Show tour will feature special guests Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb. Tickets start at $36.
9. The Smaller Works Reception
“The Smaller Works” fine art by the artists of Boswell Mourot Fine Art has its opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. The show will feature 2-D and 3-D pieces by local, regional and international artists. The pieces will be available for established and emerging collectors, and 20 percent of the gallery’s proceeds will be donated to Pridecorps LGBT Youth Center.
10. Turkey Trot Fun 5k
The annual Turkey Trot is strictly a fun run. There’s not a set time limit and there are no first-place medals for this specific race. Participants meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. Register now to guarantee a T-shirt for the trot. Admission for the race is $25.