KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL
October 4 – 7
The King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the nation. The festival is held for three days in the historic downtown area in Helena. Some of the top headliners include Mississippi BigFoot, Rodney Block, Grace Kuch, Libby Rae Watson and many more. Food, drinks and activities will be provided for all who attend the festival. For more information and ticket prices check out the festival’s website.
HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
October 6 – 14
Join the unique, historic downtown area of Hot Springs for its 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The festival is the oldest nonfiction festival in North America. The event will consist of various screenings, panels, forums and other special events. Some of the films in this year’s lineup include: LADDIE: The Man Behind the Movies, All the Wild Horses, City of Joy, A Gray State and many others. Special guests this year include Robert Davi and Werner Herzog. Tickets start at $10 for a general admission pass and go all the way up to $300 for an all-access pass.
7TH ANNUAL ARKANSAS PARANORMAL EXPO
October 7 – 8
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is hosting the seventh annual Paranormal Expo. The expo is a benefit supporting the museum. The 2017 discussions at the expo revolve around these subjects: UFOs, Bigfoot, cryptozoology, the supernatural, ghost hunting and psychic phenomena. Tickets will be sold at the door of the museum. Guests can purchase a $10 pass for the weekend.
The fourth annual W.O.W.apalooza event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8. p.m. at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. The event raises awareness and supports victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. The event includes live entertainment along with dinner. A silent auction will also occur. Tickets for W.O.W.apalooza are $100.
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
October 12 – 22
The annual Arkansas State Fair is packed with fun, family-filled events. This year, the fair will have entertainers such as Coolio, Tracy Lawrence, Saving Abel and many more. The festival will carry on traditions like its multiple games, rides and fantastic food. Grab your family and friends and get ready for a great 2017 Arkansas State Fair. Advance gate admission tickets are on sale now, starting at $2.99.
RACE FOR THE CURE
Join the fight against breast cancer and participate in the 24th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The entertainment for the morning begins at 7 a.m. and is followed by a survivor breakfast. The races will start at 7:30 a.m. The morning will wrap up with a survivor parade at 9:15 a.m. and then luncheon. Sign up, donate and race for the cure.
AMP Fest is in its second year as the music, beer and tech festival at the Walmart AMP. The festival raises awareness for and benefits the arts education programming at the Walton Arts Center. The event features 60 regional, craft and local beers from more than 20 breweries. The festival will also feature musicians like John Paul White, Adam Faucett, Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings and more. General admission tickets start at $45.
ARKANSAS CORNBREAD FESTIVAL
The 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival is the perfect spot for you. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Little Rock at South Main Street. This festival allows the Arkansas community to come together for a day full of activities, crafts, cornbread competitions and performances. It is a festival that truly exemplifies Southern tradition.
BOO AT THE ZOO
October 21 – 31
Little Rock’s annual Boo at the Zoo is the perfect festival for families to gather and enjoy trick-or-treating, fun activities and attractions. The zoo is turned into a magical botanical garden filled with bright lights and Halloween decor. The 2017 Boo at the Zoo will feature a nightly costume contest, zombie paintball, inflatables, carnival rides and much more. Adult night is on Oct. 20. The festival will be open for the general public throughout the rest of October.
WORLD CHEESE DIP CHAMPIONSHIP
Do you enjoy ooey gooey, cheesy dips? The World Cheese Dip Championship is the place for you. Professionals and newbies will compete to claim the title of the “World’s Best Cheese Dip.” The championship will take place at the Clinton Presidential Library. Each competitor will try to win over your taste buds. All proceeds benefit the Harmony Health Clinic.