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It’s a Fair Weekend Sept. 13-15

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Back-to-school always signals the start of football season. The Hogs play at home this weekend, so grab some tickets and head to the hill. If football isn’t your jam, you can also head to south Arkansas to check out the Boomtown Opry, check out Vintage Days in Central Arkansas, or head to eastern Arkansas for Paragould’s 4th annual downtown festival. Chocolate lovers need to check out the festival going on in Dardanelle this weekend and don’t forget about the state’s largest county fair! The White County Fair in Searcy wraps up this weekend with some great entertainment. It is always a great weekend to be in Arkansas!

Meet The Machines & Safety Day (Conway)

Meet The Machines Day & Safety Day with BOB THE BUILDER is an event that you definitely want to take your kids to this weekend. The first 50 kids will get a contraction hat! This amazing event will feature an up-close experience heavy equipment like a Garbage Truck, Tow Truck, a construction crane & much more. Kids will enjoy the activity booth set up with coloring books and lots of Safety info.  There will also be the Farmers & Crafts Market for you to shop and browse through.

Venue: 717 Parkway Avenue, Conway
Date: September 14
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Museum GRAND OPENING (Roland)

The Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society will host a grand opening of its new museum in northwestern Pulaski County on Sunday, September 15. The event will include guided tours, live music, authentic Italian foods and refreshments from Little Italy’s only operating winery, An Enchanting Evening, and Repicci’s Italian Ice. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted. The museum is the culmination of a more than a two-decade effort by descendants and residents to highlight the rich history of Central Arkansas’s only Italian community. Nearly a century ago, during federal Prohibition, Little Italy’s immigrant wine-producers supplied the region’s consumers with clean, reliable alcohol. The community quickly gained notoriety, becoming a favorite destination of the state’s political figures. The museum’s exhibits weave a historical narrative, which follows the fifteen founding families who established four wineries and transplanted their faith, traditions and culture to what was then the Arkansas wilderness. 

Venue: 33615 Highway 300, Roland
Date: September 15
Time: 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Contact: (501) 539-7227

Photo Credit: Vintage Market Days

Vintage Market Days® of Little Rock – “Fall Event” (Little Rock)

There will be three days of the very best vintage vendors from the Arkansas area and across the nation and Vintage Market Days this weekend! VMD™ is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, home decor, clothing, handmade treasures, jewelry, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. It is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience! It is indoors & climate-controlled at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

Venue: 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock
Date: September 13-15
Time: 10. a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Fiesta Friday Food Truck Festival at Outlets of Little Rock  (Little Rock)

For Fiesta Friday there will be Food Trucks, Craft Beer & Live Music from Raising Grey at Outlets of Little Rock. The fun-filled day benefits the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance & Arkansas Food Bank. You can treat your taste buds while giving back to the local community, which is a win-win!

Venue: Outlets of Little Rock
Date: September 13
Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: Tickets $5, cash only (Food and drink will be available for purchase separately)
Contact: Click Here

4th Annual Get Downtown Festival (Paragould)

If you love food, family, and fun then you need to check out the festival in Paragould this weekend Ricochet, an Award-Winning Country Music Band will be heading the days’ events on Saturday. There will be a 5k as well as a fun dog/walk/run.  There will also be a CornHole Tournament and many activities for all ages.  

Venue: Downtown Paragould
Date: September 14
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour (Mountain View)

The 16th Annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour is a free self-guided driving tour of the private working studios of artists located within 30 miles of Mountain View in the beautiful Ozark mountains. This year’s tour includes 32 artists in 22 studios. On this special weekend, artists open their private studios to the public for an up-close and personal look at how and where they create their distinctive pottery, jewelry, painting, ironwork, stained glass, quilts, weaving, wood, furniture, baskets, and much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit with the artists, see their work in progress and purchase locally produced art and crafts directly from the creators.

A free printed Guide to Artists’ Studios, containing information about the artists along with directions to each studio is available now at the Arkansas Craft Gallery and the Chamber of Commerce office in Mountain View. The Guide will also be available at the visitor center in Calico Rock and the Baxter County Library in Mountain Home and online. Studios will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Venue: Artists studios in a 30-mile radius of Mountain View
Date: September 13-15
Time: Studios will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

41st Ozark Quilt Fair (Springdale)

Quilters and quilt lovers are invited to display new and antique quilts for show and sale on the museum grounds. The entry fee is $10 per exhibitor. Cash prize Viewer’s Choice awards will be given for first ($50), second ($35), and third ($15) place winners in both new and antique quilt categories. The fair is free to the viewing public.

Venue: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Date: September 15
Time:10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Admission: Free for public viewing
Contact: Click Here

Chocolate Festival (Dardanelle)

“Life is like a box of Chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forest Gump

At the chocolate festival, this weekend, vendors will offer unique chocolate creations along with traditional chocolate delights.  A few examples:  Chocolate chipotle popcorn, chocolate-dipped strawberries, Grandma’s Fudge and chocolate gravy with biscuits.  This is a fun family atmosphere held at the Dardanelle Community Center, promoting local businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations.

Venue: Dardanelle Community Center
Date: September 14
Time: 5 p.m.-8p.m.
Admission: $5 donation
Contact: 479-229-3328

White County Arkansas Fair
Photo courtesy of Al Fowler

White County Fair (Searcy)

The White County Fair wraps up this weekend with a rodeo and demolition derby scheduled for Saturday night. Don’t miss out on the fun! The White County Fair is currently the largest county fair in Arkansas and in the top 10 in the U.S.  The Fair has rides, food and fun activities for all ages. So make plans to head to Searcy this weekend and enjoy the exhibits, funnel cakes, animals, rides, entertainment, and more!

Venue: White County Fairgrounds
Date: September 9-14
Time: Click Here for Event Schedule
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

The Boomtown Opry September Show (El Dorado)

The Boomtown Opry is a country music variety show that features a house band led by BJ Kyle, who has toured professionally with Colt Ford, Craig Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, Kellie Pickler and others.  Local country duo Southern Koast (Keith Owens and Susan Tolin) provide background vocals. Featured performers for this show are Gina and Todd Mitchell, Jess Wade, Abbey Layne, Lynn Landry, Kim Drum, Mavis Crepe Myrtle and Executive Dance.

Venue: El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
Date: September 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 general admission while children 12 and under are admitted for $5 each (5 and under are free
Contact: 870-665-9315 or Click Here

Photo Credit: University of Arkansas Athletics

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Colorado State Rams

Get ready to call the hogs this weekend! Wooo!  Pig Sooie! Razorbacks! 

Venue: Razorback Stadium
Date: September 14
Time: 3:00
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Arkansas Road Races

If you are close to one of these areas this weekend, consider trying out an Arkansas road race. All of the races listed below are on September 14th. Click Here for the road race calendar.

Worst Race Ever 5k (Bentonville)
Contact: 479-271-3395

Tower to Tunnel 5k (Hot Springs)
Contact: 501-762-7879

Leg it for the Library 2M (Clinton)
501-745-2100

Dragon Fire Trail 5k (Texarkana)
903-826-2412

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