As the weather cools down we are easing into the season of fairs and festivals. Hit the rocky trails on your bike or start sending your voice out into the air waves. Check out the old tractors or drool over the classic cars. Get a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon, try your hand at tinkering, or explore an outdoor expo this weekend in Arkansas.
Pig Trail Gravel Grinder – Ozark
The Pig Trail Gravel Grinder at Mulberry Mountain is an exhilarating cycling festival featuring challenging gravel road rides in the Ozark National Forest along with camping, live music performances, vendors, fun outdoor activities, great food and more! Join us for an extreme cycling experience!
September 8, 2017 – September 10, 2017
Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events
4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop
Ozark, AR 72949
48th Annual Ham Fest – Mena
The annual Ham Fest here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is hog heaven for amateur radio enthusiasts. Do you need an antenna or parts for your radio? How about becoming a ham radio operator? The tests to become an operator will be available during this event. Whether you are a novice or an expert you can find what you’re looking for. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.
September 8, 2017 – September 9, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mena, AR 71953
Tired Iron of the Ozarks 26th Annual Fall Show – Gentry
Tired Iron Tractor and Engine Shows feature antique tractors and engines. Shows include exhibitions of old-time saw-milling and blacksmith work, operating hit and miss engines, and home and business related antiques.
September 8, 2017 – September 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tired Iron Showgrounds
13344 Taylor Orchard Rd.
Gentry, AR 72734
Cool Water Music Fest – Gravette
A lineup of the very best talent available in the Country Red Dirt genre, many other day time activities, food, and fun for everyone! Primitive camping, swimming, sponsor tents, a bar and more will make this a unique experience to the Northwest Arkansas area. Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs!
September 8, 2017 – September 9, 2017
11662 Highway 59
Gravette, AR 72736
22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship – Harrison
Watch the Hare and the Hound race, the key grab, tethered rides, tandem skydiving, onsite pilot training, free concert, beer and wine garden, and food trucks as well as the CASA Kids Fest with jumping balloons, horse back rides and concessions.
September 8, 2017 – September 10, 2017
Boone County Regional Airport and Anstaff Soccer Complex
Harrison, AR 72601
47th Annual Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival
From Model T cars to T-Birds, see hundreds of cars on display. This event, in its first year at a new larger venue, includes vendors, live music, awards, and a parade through historic downtown, featuring the popular Great Bank Robbery re-enactment. Awards presented Saturday afternoon. Car registration fee: $25.
September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Great Passion Play
935 Passion Play Rd.
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
SouthArk Outdoor Expo – El Dorado
Winner of the “2016 First Runner-up for Best Festival by Arkansas Festival and Events” award. Those who love the outdoors are summoned to the 19th Annual SouthArk Outdoor Expo, hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation at the El Dorado Conference Center. Contests include the Hero 5K run/walk, rib cook-off, outdoor photo contest, car show contest with cash prizes for all contests. Live bands will be performing throughout the day. A full day of hands-on activities and exhibits for outdoor enthusiasts, families and children will take place.
September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
El Dorado Conference Center/South Arkansas Community College
311 S. West Ave.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Admission:1 canned or packaged food item per person
TinkerFest 2017 – Pine Bluff
The Arts & Science Center invites you to ASC’s TinkerFest 2017. This year’s TinkerFest theme encourages a healthy lifestyle by approaching the topic of cycling from a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) perspective. Thanks to an anonymous donor, there will be a bike giveaway in memory of Tony Carruth, White Hall resident and owner of Tony’s Radical Sportz Bike Shop. Arkansas Discovery Network partner, the Museum of Discovery, will be present too. Of course, our Tinkering Studio will be open for all to discover stop-motion animation, coding, and circuitry, as well as our current exhibit, Magnificent Me! that explores the human body through interactive info stations.
September 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
701 South Main Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
The AABP’s 2nd Annual Black Food Festival – Little Rock
The Arkansas Association of Black Professionals will host its second annual Black Food Festival Saturday, September 9th, on the campus of Philander Smith College. This family friendly event is designed to celebrate black entrepreneurship and culinary skills while showcasing the cultural diversity of African American cuisine. Entry and parking are free throughout the campus and will take place rain or shine. Guests are required to purchase their food and items from the various vendors.
September 09, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Philander Smith College
900 Daisy Bates Dr
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202