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November 2023 Events Usher in the Holiday Season

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Enjoy the magic of Arkansas as the holiday season sets in. As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to paint the landscape with shades of orange and gold, Arkansas comes alive with a vibrant array of events and festivals that celebrate the essence of autumn and launches us into the holiday season. Many of these annual events have made some of our fondest traditions and most exciting winter delights. Where will you make new memories this November in the Natural State? Here are some great event ideas.

Arkansas Cornbread Festival

Since its inception in 2011, the Arkansas Cornbread Festival has exploded in popularity. After a hiatus starting in 2020, this year the festival is a return to the fun atmosphere of previous years. The goal in its origins was to bring people together for good food, music and conversation over cornbread. Expectations were exceeded when thousands of people from all over the city and state came to check out the southern staple in festival style. You can enjoy the Arkansas Cornbread Festival for free, but to taste and vote, you need to grab tickets! Don’t miss out!

Venue:  Little Rock, on South Main Street (the SoMa community) between 14th and 16th Streets.
Date: Nov. 4
More Information: Click Here

Robinson Center (Little Rock)

The Robinson Center is a world-class concert and performing arts venue that has been renovated and is a state-of the art meeting facility and an anchor of Little Rock’s downtown vibe. Any event at the  Robinson Center makes for a great night out. For November, there are several performances to choose from. The Cirque Dreams Holidaze is gaining a lot of popularity. Check it out!
Nov. 3: Joe Bonamassa
Nov. 4: Johnny Cash- The official concert experience
Nov. 11-12: The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Nov. 20: Nurse Black- Shock Advised Tour
Nov. 24: Candlelight The Best of Hans Zimmer
Nov. 25: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Nov. 29: Dirty Dancing in Concert

Venue: Robinson Center
Tickets: Click Here

Christmas at the Warehouse (Des Arc)

Get ready for the annual Christmas at the Warehouse Sale, which is the largest Christmas Warehouse Sale in the South! It spans over 60,000 square feet and is decorated to feel as if you are in a winter wonderland. The Christmas displays are sure to inspire any decorator. Renowned designer Paul Guess and his team always create a stunning collection of unique seasonal decor that will add an extra touch of elegance to your holiday festivities. Grab a friend, and don’t miss out on this event that promises to make your Christmas shopping experience truly unforgettable.

Venue: Des Arc (2411 W Main Street)
Date: Oct. 21-Dec. 10 (Open Wednesday Thru Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.)
More Information: Click Here

Murphy Arts District (El Dorado)

Murphy Arts District is dedicated to bringing arts and entertainment to downtown El Dorado. Their lineup never disappoints. The fan favorite for November seems to be the Mad Hatters Dueling Pianos.
Nov. 1: Consumed by Fire
Nov. 3: Chase McDaniel
Nov. 9: Mad Hatters Dueling Pianos

Venue: Murphy Arts District
More Information: Click Here

Mountain View Fall Bluegrass Festival

The 20th Annual Mountain View Fall Bluegrass Festival is packed with first-rate acts that are sure to keep you entertained. There will be several performers and Thursday night is gospel night.

Venue: Ozark Folk Center
Date: Nov. 9-11
More Information: Click Here

Original Ozark Folk Festival (Eureka Springs)

Get ready for the 76th year of the Original Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs, the longest-running Folk Festival in America. This year rising stars of the folk world will be featured. The festival includes The Barefoot Ball, Hedgehoppers and The Ozark Folk Fair, with two days of FREE live music and an Arts and Crafts show.

Venue: Basin Park Hotel
Date: Nov. 9-11
More Information: Click Here

Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market (Conway)

Bella Rustina is locally owned out of Maumelle and is the largest vintage market in central Arkansas. Exhibitors will fill hundreds of booths inside the Conway Expo & Event with everything from vintage to handmade creations to vintage-inspired décor. On top of being a great shopping experience, Bella Rustina will also have food trucks and many indoor food choices like handmade fried pies, roasted candy and nuts, kettle corn, coffee and more!

Venue: Conway Expo Center
Date: Nov. 10-12
More Information: Click Here

Little House on the Prairie Christmas – Prairie Style (Mountain Home)

The cast from Little House on the Prairie is hitching up the wagons and headed to the Lodge Between the Lakes in Arkansas for an amazing & unique Christmastime experience.

Venue: The Lodge Between the Lakes located at 607 County Road 11
Date: Nov. 18-19
More Information: Click Here

WWE Sunday Stunner (Jonesboro)

WWE Fans will be able to see all their favorite superstars from Friday Night Smackdown for one night only! Charlotte Flair, Rey Mysterio, La Knight, Bobby Lashley, Iyo Sky, AJ Styles and many more!

Venue: First National Bank Arena (Jonesboro)
Date: Nov. 19
More Information: Click Here

Wings Over the Prairie Festival (Stuttgart)

Stuttgart hosts the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival each year. The festival is the largest outdoor expo in the Mid-South and celebrates the kickoff of duck season. The festival has something for everyone so make plans to check it out on Thanksgiving weekend. There will be a carnival, midway, duck-calling championships, arts and crafts, sporting and outdoor exhibits, and much more.

Venue: Stuttgart
Date: Nov. 24-25
More Information: Click Here

Larger Than Life GloWild Lantern Festival (Little Rock Zoo)

As one of the nation’s largest interactive light festivals featuring dozens of handcrafted silk-covered lanterns – this holiday event at the zoo will not disappoint! It is considered Little Rock’s premier light festival.

Venue: Little Rock Zoo
Date: Nov. 16-22 and 24-26, and 30
More Information: Click Here

21st Annual Taste of the Holidays at Mid-America Science Museum

On Thursday, Nov. 16, Taste of the Holidays returns to the Mid-America Science Museum.

Venue: Mid-American Science Museum
Date: Nov. 16
More Information: Click Here

Other Arkansas Events to Keep in Mind
This month calls for several big running events in Arkansas and Turkey Trots all over the state. Check out this website to see what will be near you.

November also calls for lighting ceremonies for many towns all over the state as Arkansas gears up for the Christmas season, such as the Lights of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas and the Searcy Courthouse lighting ceremony. ​Where is your favorite? We would love to feature it.

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Amanda Farris is homeschooling mom to four. She is a teacher/coach who hung up her coaching whistle after she got promoted to motherhood. She loves running and homeschool and is a certified running coach and has a YouTube channel all about homeschooling. She loves long chats over coffee with her husband and fresh flowers on her table. Her friends would call her a "gatherer of people” and a “doer of projects” ! You can find her on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@Home.School.andLife

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