Through Oct. 23: Enjoy the work of sculptor Dan Steinhilber, whose work was recently exhibited in Washington, D.C. He brings his outstanding talent to the University of Central Arkansas with exhibits inside — “Primary Developments” — and out with a public art installation titled “Dark Matter.”
(501) 450-5793 | uca.edu/art/baum
2. Evening Bag
Oct. 1: The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and ESSE Museum & Store present Evening Bag. Held the evening before the Foundation’s Power of the Purse luncheon, the reception will include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, a purse auction and more. This year, ESSE will unveil its Women of Note exhibit with a purse presentation from former Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe; she’ll also present a purse on behalf of her friend, fellow honoree and actress, Mary Steenburgen. Tickets are $50, and the fun starts at 6 p.m.
(501) 244-9740 | womensfoundationarkansas.org
3. Paint the Park Pink
Oct. 3: Help raise funds to eradicate cancer while having fun at the ninth annual Paint the Park Pink, hosted by the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen on the campus of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. The day begins with the Survivor Breakfast and Parade; the 1-mile Family Fun Walk begins at 10 a.m. The day’s activities will be capped off with music and family fun in a special kids area.
(479) 750-7465 | komenozark.org
4. Oktoberfest & Storyfest
Oct. 9 and 10: Celebrate fall with a traditional Oktoberfest, compete with authentic German food, a biergarten, music, arts and crafts and more, including Thunder in the Bay, a motorcycle rally; a Volkswagen show; and the sixth annual Storyfest at the Bay held at the Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center.
(501) 884-4202 | fairfieldbaystartstoday.com
5. Cupcakes for Goodness Sake
North Little Rock
Oct. 11: Arkansas ranks No. 1 in senior hunger. It’s a serious problem, but you can help. Grab the kids and gather on Oct. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the CareLink Community Kitchen — where each day, the organization prepares and delivers 1,200 meals to seniors — to participate in Cupcakes for Goodness Sake. Blue Cake Company, Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Dempsey Bakery and Sweet Love will battle in this cupcake face-off. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, ages 4 to 12.
(501) 688-7475 | carelink.org
Oct. 15 through 17, 30 and 31: Learn about this Ozark city’s storied past as the Eureka Springs Historical Museum hosts living history tours at the city cemetery. These one-hour walking tours promise a “spirited good time,” as “former residents” of Eureka Springs share anecdotes and stories about their lives and days gone by.
(479) 253-9417 | eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org
7. Friends of Children Annual Luncheon
Oct. 19: Congratulate Tjuana Byrd, Dr. Bobby Roberts and Dr. Joe Thompson as they each are honored with the 2015 Friends of Children Award, presented by Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families. The luncheon/award ceremony will be held at the DoubleTree Little Rock; tickets are $50 each.
(501) 371-9678 | aradvocates.org
8. Governor’s Culinary Challenge
Oct. 19: You won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the action and food at the Capital Hotel as chefs, mixologists and local celebrities serve up creative, beautiful and tasty creations all to benefit the THEA Foundation and its mission to advance art in classrooms, as well as to help Arkansas students obtain college degrees. Renowned chef Peter Brave serves as chair this year, and Dr. Danny Fletcher will set the tone with cool jazz. Tickets are $100 each.
(501) 379-9512 | governorsculinarychallenge.com
Oct. 23, 24, 29 and 30: Get in the spirit of Halloween with tricks and treats at the Fort Smith Museum of History. Then board the trolley with “Judge and Mrs. Isaac C. Parker” — he was known as the “Hanging Judge” — as they share “gruesome historic facts as well as eerie local legends” on a tour through downtown, the Belle Grove Historic District and other parts of Fort Smith. Tickets are $35; participants must be 21 and older.
(479) 783-7841 | fortsmithmuseum.org
10. Oktoberfest Texarkana
Oct. 24: It’s hops and hounds at the first annual Oktoberfest, benefitting the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana. Enjoy the biergarten, where a number of Arkansas-based microbreweries and food vendors will set up, in addition to the Pork Chop 5K and a 1-mile Family Fun Run and Dog Walk. Entertainment will include contests as well as local singers, artists, dancers, and country music provided by Greg Gardner, all on the Front Street stage.
(903) 334-9605 | oktoberfesttexarkana.com