September 20, 2018

It’s Fall, Y’all! This Weekend in Arkansas

Many people consider back-to-school to be the start of fall. According to the calendar, fall begins when the sun is positioned directly along the celestial equator creating an equal day and night. Known as the Fall Equinox, and despite the still warm (okay, HOT) temperatures, we will enter a new season this weekend. The Fall Equinox celebration at the Toltec Mounds in Scott will be a great place to celebrate both the changing of the seasons and Native American culture. Other events around the state include a horror film festival, car shows, poultry workshops, and live music. Enjoy!

Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival (Hot Springs)

The Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is founded and run by film industry professionals. The festival is dedicated to helping promote aspiring and talented filmmakers. There will be opportunities for networking and exhibition in a historic theater venue where films can be experienced on the “Big Screen.” The Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, or HSHFF, is an independent film festival conceived with the idea that “filmmakers know films” and that talented filmmaking will inspire, amaze and educate.

Venue: Historic Central Theater
Date: September 20- September 23
Time: Varies
Admission: Click Here for Prices
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit-Museum of Automobiles

21st Petit Jean Fall Swap Meet (Morrilton)

Head to Petit Jean for a swap meet, car sale and military vehicle rally. There are 600 spaces available on a first come first serve basis.

Venue: The Museum of Automobiles
Date: September 19- September 22
Time: The open car show will be Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The military vehicle rally will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 501-727-5427

Photo Credit: Saline County Quilt Show

Heart of Arkansas Quilt Show (Benton)

The Heart of Arkansas Quilt Show is sponsored by the Saline County Quilters’ Guild and will feature a special exhibit of The Supper Quilt — a 15’x6′ quilt depicting the Last Supper. The quilt is composed of 51,816 pieces each measuring 1/2″ square. In addition to the many quilts on display, there will be quilt-related items for sale, quilting vendors and door prizes.

Venue: Benton Event Center
Date: September 21- September 22
Time: 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Admission: $5
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Heifer Ranch

Pasture Poultry Production (Perryville)

Join Heifer USA and pasture poultry expert Jeff Mattocks at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark. to learn about raising poultry outdoors on pasture. Jeff is the President of Fertrell Company and will be covering topics including sourcing quality feed, identifying diseases in the field and basic guidelines for raising poultry. Jeff will be joined by our Heifer USA staff who will also cover proper brooder construction and care, safe and humane animal handling and the basics of on-farm processing. The workshop will include walk-throughs of brooder spaces, poultry production in the field and some brief indoor instruction.

Venue: Heifer Ranch
Date: September 21
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

April Verch and Joe Newberry (Mountain View)

Canadian fiddler and step dancer extraordinaire, April Verch teams up with Missouri native Joe Newberry to form a powerful duo that explores the roots and traditions of North American folk music.

Venue: Ozark Folk Center
Date: September 21
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7:00 pm
Admission: Evening show tickets are $12
Contact: Click Here

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Beebe Fall Festival (Beebe)

Head to Beebe this weekend for their Fall Festival. This family-friendly event brings the White County community and visitors from all over together for a day of fun and excitement. There will be a Fallin’ Blackbird 5k, a BBQ Cook-Off, a parade, live music, a car show, food, vendors, and more!

Venue: Downtown Beebe
Date: September 22
Time: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Spa Con

3rd Annual Spa-Con (Hot Springs)

Spa-con is a multigenre entertainment and comic convention currently held annually and including not just comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts but a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, animation, animé, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.

Venue: Hot Springs Convention Center
Date: September 21- September 23
Time: Click Here for Event Schedule
Admission: Varies
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Photo Credit: Powhatan Historic State Park

Historic Games Day (Powhatan)

In today’s society we are surrounded by countless things that hold our attention, but what did they do way back when? Head to Powhatan Historic State Park and join their park staff to play with 19th-century toys and games and learn how people entertained themselves before internet and electricity!

Venue: Powhatan Historic State Park
Date: September 22
Time: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Call 870-878-6765 or Click Here

Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks & Tourism

Fall Equinox Celebration (Scott)

The Plum Bayou Culture built this unique mound complex over 1,000 years ago. Activities at this ceremonial center may have included games, feasts, and other special celebrations. This event will offer hands-on opportunities to learn about Native American culture. Head to the Toltec Mounds to celebrate the fall season by participating in Native American weapons demonstrations and create a duck decoy made of cattail leaves. At 6 p.m., there will be a guided tour with the station archaeologist of the mound site to observe the sunset over Mound A, the tallest mound in Arkansas.

Venue: Toltec Mounds (Scott, AR)
Date: September 22
Time: 5 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4 adult, $3 kids ages 6-12, under 6 free
Contact: Click Here

Treasures in the Ozarks (Hardy)

Treasures in the Ozarks is a premier arts and crafts show nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains alongside the beautiful Spring River. There will be dozens of artisans from a multiple of genres to share their talents. The festival this year will be held indoors at our newly acquired convention center located downtown within walking distance to other merchants and restaurants.

Venue: Hardy Civic Center
Date: September 22- September 23
Time: Saturday 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Only in Arkansas

There's a lot to celebrate in Arkansas. It's unique. Southern. Delightfully eccentric. Which is why we love every nook, cranny, cave and corner. In fact, some of our favorite things can't be found anywhere else. They're only in Arkansas. So we love them even more. The attractions we visit, the food we crave, the festivals we attend, the mountains we hike, the rivers we float, the stories we tell and the company we keep – it all adds up to one incredible state. And that familiar, meandering silhouette? Looks like home to us.