Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. 5th Annual Legendary Blues Festival
Sept. 3: The banks of the mighty Mississippi River are the gathering place for blues lovers of all walks of life to come together and enjoy music, a motorcycle rally, the Big Dog BBQ Cook-off and a free health fair.
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2. The Contraption Series
Top photo: “Contraption #34” by Kathryn Phillips, watercolor, 26×40
Sept. 6 through 30: Kathryn B. Phillips grew up on a farm in a small Delta town in Arkansas where she began her fascination of agricultural equipment. The machines now serve as inspiration for her latest exhibit at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, where more than 20 of her paintings will be on display through the end of the month.
saac-arts.com | 870.862.5474
3. First Gridiron Gala
Sept. 9: Help raise funds for Lyon College student scholarships at this inaugural event. The evening begins at 6 p.m., with a gourmet dinner and cocktails. Live and silent auctions as well as live music will add to the festivities. General admission is $100 per person.
lyon.edu | 870.307.7211
4. Faulkner County Alzheimer’s Walk
Sept. 10: Honor or remember a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s disease during this community walk at the Conway High West Campus Gym. This year’s honorary chairmen are Angela Frazier and family members of Arkansas’ own and country music legend Glen Campbell who is battling Alzheimer’s disease. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to fight senior hunger. Walkers are encouraged to dress in whimsical purple.
alzark.org | 501.224.0021
5. ‘An Evening with Joshua Bell’
Sept. 11: The Fort Smith Symphony is setting the tone for the 2016-17 season by presenting world-famous, violinist Joshua Bell. The multi-Grammy awarded Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs. He also serves as music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London, England. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 to $150 per person.
fortsmithsymphony.org | 479.452.7575
6. Chefs In The Garden
Sept. 13: Stroll through the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks with other foodies to enjoy the best of the new harvest season. Get culinary tips from some of the area’s best chefs’ cooking demonstrations as you sample their creations while enjoying beverages. Tickets are $50 for members, $75 for non-members. FYI—this event sells out so don’t delay.
bgozarks.org | 479.750.2620
7. Chef Ball 2016
Sept. 18: More than 15 central Arkansas chefs will present an evening of dining to remember during the Chef Ball 2016. Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy this foodie’s nirvana presented by the American Culinary Federation and Central Arkansas Cooks Association at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute. Tickets for this multi-course dinner are $250 each.
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8. ACANSA Arts Festival
Little Rock and North Little Rock
Sept. 21 through 25: ACANSA Arts Festival is a five-day celebration of the arts. Performances of various genres of music, including orchestral and gospel; dance performances from Ballet Arkansas; a celebration of the beauty of words and history; plays and musicals; children’s public art projects; and much more will be presented at numerous venues. Log on to their website for full details including the schedule, location and if events are free or ticketed.
acansaartsfestival.org | 501.663.2287
9. ‘Legends and Legacies’
Sept. 22: Join University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s football coach Monte Coleman and alumni Dante Wesley, formerly of the Carolina Panthers; along with former NFL players Wallace Francis, Atlanta Falcon; Jay Novacek, Dallas Cowboys; and Jeff Bostic, Washington Redskin, to help raise funds for scholarships. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock with a reception and silent auction; followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person.
10. Women Rising
Sept. 29: ESSE Purse Museum is the perfect setting for Women Rising, a series of events to encourage unity and understanding over the shared experiences of womanhood. This month’s topics include women rising in the workplace in public sphere, confidence and inspiration. Sericia Cole is the featured speaker. Real Images will conduct a confidence-building mini-workshop. Tickets are $35 each and include beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
womensfoundationofarkansas.org | 501.244.9740