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Squirrel Cook-Off & More This Weekend – Sept. 20-22


This weekend there is a unique lineup of entertainment to fit different tastes for your entertainment. There will be a music festival in northwest Arkansas, a comic convention in Hot Springs, a free symphony concert in Conway and a Squirrel Cook-Off! Enjoy your Arkansas weekend.

World Champion Squirrel Cook-Off (Bentonville)

This weekend will be the World Championship Squirrel Cook-Off! This is an event that believes in good food, good people and good fun will be at the Benton County Quail Barn in Bentonville, Arkansas. Over the years they have seen squirrel ice cream, squirrel sausage, pizza, hamburgers, meatloaf, squirrel-stuffed pickles, French squirrel quarters, gumbos, pies, and hundreds of amazing dishes. The hosts cherish and love the ability to provide an opportunity for all who want to try and all who want to be culinarily stimulated.

Venue: Benton County Quails Unlimited
Date: September 21
Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Spa-Con (Hot Springs)

The Hot Springs Convention Center, in conjunction with the Visit Hot Springs, will be hosting a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention this weekend. It’s not just comic books and sci-fi/fantasy-related film and television. This convention includes pop culture and entertainment elements spanning virtually all genres, including Horror, Animation, Anime, Manga, Toys, Action Figures, Collectible Card Games, Video Games, Webcomics, Fantasy Novels and more!

Venue: Hot Springs Convention Center
Date: September 20-22
Time: Click Here for event schedule
Admission: Tickets Required, Prices Vary, Click Here
Contact: Click Here

Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival (Walnut Ridge)

Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival is one of the fastest-growing festivals in the South, covering Historic Downtown Walnut Ridge. There will be FREE admission, FREE entertainment,  and FREE parking. There will be 100+ vendors with arts & crafts, memorabilia and great food!

Venue: Walnut Ridge
Date: September 20-21
Time: Click Here for event schedule
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Little Rocktoberfest

The 17th annual Little Rocktoberfest will be held September 21st at Dickey Stephens Park. This event is an annual festival in celebration of the Oktoberfest season. The local homebrew club, The Central Arkansas Fermenters (CAF), hosts this yearly fundraiser every fall and has since its inception. Little Rocktoberfest is one of the largest beer festivals in the state, and one of the two oldest annual beer festivals held in Arkansas, second only to Food & Foamfest, the spring beer festival. This year, the club chose S.T.O.P. Inc (Students That Officially Patrol) as their charity beneficiary. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to this great organization which supports children who are at risk from becoming school dropouts. The festival will treat guests to craft beers, homebrews, and Little Rocktoberfest’s signature bratwurst plate with potato salad, a tradition that dates back to the very first event.  Attendees will be able to sample hundreds of different beers brewed by breweries large and small, as well as our equivalent to home cooking, beers and other fermented delights brewed at home by local amateur craftsmen and women. Festivalgoers will be given a chance to vote on their favorite homebrew for the People’s Choice award.

Venue: Dickey-Stephens Park
Date: September 21
Time: 6 p.m.- 9p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required – Click Here
Contact: Click Here

A Concert in the Park (Conway)

Bring your folding chairs, a blanket, and your ears to the heart of downtown as the Conway Symphony Orchestra embraces 35 years of success with a FREE public concert highlighting their upcoming season. Enjoy the local cuisine and fresh Autumn air as Maestro Israel Getzov takes you on a musical journey that you will surely not forget!

Venue: Simon Park
Date: September 20
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Butterfield Days (Pottsville)

Travel to Pottsville and celebrate history at the Potts Inn Museum! Butterfield Days will kick off in the morning with a fun run and 5K.  Starting at 10 a.m. you can enjoy bluegrass by the Reed Family singers, history told by locals, Civil War re-enactors, basket weaving demonstrations, food trucks and bump n jump for the kids.  This is a free, family-friendly event. 

Venue:  Potts Inn Museum
Date: September 21
Time: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

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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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