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Have a Festive(al) Weekend – Sept. 25-29

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Fall has officially arrived, and hopefully, Arkansas will be getting a taste of cooler weather very soon! With cooler weather comes lots of festivals, get-togethers, outdoor events, live music, and more! This weekend the nationally famous Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival will be happening in northwest Arkansas. Searcy has stepped up their game the past few years reviving their downtown, and this weekend they will host their annual Get Down Downtown festival. Around the state, you can also experience a dog show in Hot Springs, a car show and swap meet on Petit Jean Mountain and meet several American Ninja Warriors in Little Rock. Have a Festive Weekend!

Photo Credit: Todd Gill

Bikes, Blues, and BBQ (Fayetteville)

If you have not experienced the roads of the Ozarks, then you are in for a fun experience. If you are a rally regular, then get ready for another fun year. Bikes, Blues and BBQ is the world’s largest charity motorcycle rally that benefits women, children, and the underserved members of the Northwest Arkansas community. Over the course of our 19 years,  over $2 million has been given to local charities.

Venue: Northwest Arkansas
Date: September 25-28
Time: Click Here for Event Schedule
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Get Down Downtown (Searcy)

Get Down Downtown is a free-admission outdoor festival in downtown Searcy on Friday evening and Saturday. The two-day event features live music, more than 125 vendors, children’s games and rides, a car show, and a 5K run.  Head to Searcy this weekend and join in on the fun!

Venue: Downtown Searcy
Date: September 27-28
Time: Friday evening (6-9:30 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.)
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

7th Annual Festiville (Jacksonville)

The City of Jacksonville will be hosting the 7th Annual FestiVille at Dupree Park this weekend. This is a free public event. The two-day festival will feature carnival rides and games, live entertainment, concessions, a volleyball tournament, a petting zoo, a kid’s area, mobile video gaming truck, 3-D inflatable laser tag, rock climbing wall, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, fireworks and much more. No alcohol is permitted in the complex. This year’s entertainment includes the Mischief McCalls, Jacksonville High School Choir, American Idol’s TJ Ashley and The Backroad Band, the Bobby G Lester Lightning Bolts Dance Team and many more.

Venue: Dupree Park
Date: September 27-28
Time: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Museum of Automobiles

22nd Annual Fall Automobile Swap Meet (Petit Jean Mountain)

This annual swap meet is hosted by the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain. Classic and vintage automobiles from all over the region are on display. There is also a military vehicle rally. Make plans to check out the cars and enjoy some of the trails at Petit Jean State Park!

Venue: Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain
Date: September 28
Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

51st Annual Camden Barn Sale (Camden)

Head to Camden this weekend and experience the appeal of Southern Living at South Arkansas’ Largest Arts & Crafts Show at the 51st  Annual Camden Barn Sale.  The Camden Barn Sale has grown into one of Arkansas’ major tourist attractions. Join thousands from all around the region to shop handcrafted southern favorites as you browse over 130 booths of vendors and artists from all over the US featuring traditional crafts and contemporary styles. The massive old oak trees provide a breathtaking fall landscape as you stroll beside the historic barn site while browsing the crafts and original handmade works of art. Expect to find handcrafted wooden pieces, ceramics, paintings, floral arrangements, handmade clothing, jewelry, stained glass, one-of-a-kind toys, and much more. Enjoy the historic southern plantation setting and shop till your heart’s content. You can also enjoy myriad authentic foods as vendors from all over the South descend on the Barn Sale with their own unique southern favorites and festival treats. Musical entertainment takes place throughout the day with individual performances by the artists themselves at their vendor booths. It’s fun for the entire family with the Antique & Classic Car Show, Kids Zone with inflatables, and festival traditions including the St. Louis Catholic Church Spaghetti Supper and much, much more.

Venue: Tate Barn at Oakland St. & Monticello St. Camden, AR
Date: September 28
Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 870-836-6426

Ninja Fest  (Little Rock)

Fresh2You is hosting a Ninja Warrior family fundraising event to feed those in need in Little Rock! All proceeds go directly to buy food for the Fresh2You mobile food bus to feed those living in food insecurity here in our city through their programs!  Fresh2You is brining American Ninja Warrior to the city with a full professional ninja course and Ninja celebrities like, “Big Kat” Karsten Williams (a seven-time ANW veteran), “The Law Ninja” Brian Burkhart (a four-time ANW veteran), our very own “Food Dude” Josh Harris, and many more! Meet the Ninjas, get autographs and run the course! There will be “open playtime” from 1-3 pm for ages 4+ and then a Ninja Competition from 3-7 pm for ages 7+ who want to compete! The ninja competition will have medals and prizes for winners in each age group!  Bring your family to play, compete, eat, and help raise funding!

Venue: Clinton Presidential Library
Date: September 28
Time: 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Admission: Entrance to the festival is FREE, but there are several ways to help raise funds: Open Play cost — $15, Competition cost — $45 basic registration or $60 with collector T-shirt, Tickets Required to Compete — Click Here
Contact: Click Here

Bucks Ducks Fish & Trucks EXPO (Conway)

Head to Conway this weekend and enjoy an expo for outdoor lovers! You will be able to visit with several professionals from the outdoor industry and find everything imaginable for your favorite outdoor adventures. There will be free activities for the kids that include the Inflatable Daisy BB Gun range, bow and arrow shooting and free face painting.

Venue: Conway Expo Center
Date: September 27-28
Time: Friday 1 p.m. to 8:00, and Saturday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $5 admission, kids free
Contact: Click Here

Musicfest (El Dorado)

Murphy Arts District and Main Street El Dorado are presenting two days of family fun and great music this weekend. With more than 30 years of history, MusicFest delivers memorable performances from national acts and fun for the whole family at affordable prices in one of the South’s prettiest downtowns. This year’s lineup in the outdoor MAD Amphitheater includes Country, Rock and Alternative artists who have won national awards, generated millions of downloads, and crafted chart-topping singles.

Venue: Murphy Arts District  and Main Street
Date: September 27-28
Admission: Tickets Required for the MAD performances — Click Here, performances on Main Street are free
Contact: Click Here

National Park Kennel Club and Dog Show (Hot Springs)

The Hot Springs National Park Kennel Club will be hosting a  first-class all breeds dog show at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Dog fanciers from all over the country come to find out who will have bragging rights. It’s a lot of fun. In addition to Confirmation, the show includes an Obedience Trial and a Rally Trial.

Venue: Hot Springs Convention Center
Date: September 27-29
Time: Friday 5 p.m. — 10 p.m. — Toy Dog Specialty, Saturday 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. All-breed, obedience and rally trials, Sunday 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. All-breed, obedience and rally trials
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Header Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of Bikes, Blues and BBQ photographer Aponi Studios

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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.

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