Fall Festivals & Events

Festival season in Northwest Arkansas spans the gamut to celebrate a smorgasbord of experiences and tastes, all against a backdrop of vibrant fall color!

Bring your friends, bring your family and indulge in everything from a folk music festival, beer and brats and shopping for antiques, to a tinkering festival, a zombie crawl and zipping around the Ozarks in custom roadsters!

48th Annual Antique Auto Festival | Eureka Springs | Sept. 6-7 Hot rods, street machines and muscle cars take over the city during this festival held on the expansive grounds of The Great Passion Play.

Fall Music & Art Festival | Terra Studios, Fayetteville | Sept. 8 Stroll through Terra’s six acre Art Park and enjoy music and art in many genres.

International Festival | Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville | Sept. 15 Come to the garden for this free family event celebrating with fun and entertainment from all four corners!

— The Back 40 Fall For All | Bella Vista | Sept. 14 Celebrate fall on the Back 40 with cycling, hiking, trail running, bird watching, bug hunting — anything trail related in Bella Vista!

World Championship Squirrel Cook-Off | Bentonville | Sept. 21 Gumbo, pizza, tamales and sushi – top squirrel chefs gather for this quirky cooking festival!

— 4th Annual Bentonville Oktoberfest | Sept. 21 The best of beer, brats and schnitzel in downtown Bentonville.

Slingshots in the Ozarks | Eureka Springs | Sept. 20-22 Slingshot drivers and passengers hug the Ozarks Mountain curves in their three-wheeled roadsters.

Fayetteville Film Fest | Oct. 3-5 Fans gather to celebrate the art of film for the 11th year during festivities downtown.

31st Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival | Fayetteville | Oct. 5  Thousands of runners and as many spectators turn out for this, one of the premier running events in America.

— NWA Fashion Week Fall | Fayetteville | Oct. 3-6 Catch the best of the runway at this bi-annual fashion fete that’s earned serious industry cred.

—  First Friday Bentonville Chalktoberfest | Oct. 4 Chalk it up to an artsy good time during this monthly themed community celebration on the historic downtown square!

3rd Annual Native American Cultural Festival | Bentonville | Oct. 4-6 The Museum of Native American History’s annual celebration exploring culture through the lens of tradition and contemporary pop culture.

— Arkansas Apple Festival | Lincoln | Oct. 4-6 Held in the town of Lincoln, the family friendly Apple Fest has arts and crafts, fair food, kids activities and apples galore!

— Amazeum Tinkerfest | Bentonville | Oct. 5  Celebrating the maker movement, the Scott Family Amazeum’s signature event highlights fun, learning and hands-on creativity for all ages.

Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Music Festival | Eureka Springs | Oct. 10-13 Railroad Earth and the Del McCoury Band headline this outdoor music fest held at The Farm campground venue with 360-degree panoramic mountain views.

31st Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump | Oct. 12 There’s nothing quite like this family friendly festival where handlers work to coax their mules over burlap barriers.

— Brews & Tunes Festival | Oct. 19 Come enjoy a full day of live music, food, and local beer/cider at beautiful Magnolia Gardens. Part of Downtown Springdale’s 2019 Ozarktober Festival.

— Eureka Springs Oktoberfest | Oct. 19 Sample micro-brews, craft and seasonal beers at this fall party in the middle of downtown Center Street!

— MINIs in the Ozarks | Eureka Springs | Oct. 24-27 The largest gathering of MINI autos in middle America, in historic Eureka Springs.

Fall Diversity Weekend | Eureka Springs | Nov. 1-3 Gather for this colorful celebration in historic Eureka Springs where people live “diverse everyday.”

72nd Annual Ozark Folk Festival | Eureka Springs | Nov. 6-10 Marty Stuart headlines this year’s festival – four days packed with music, a folk parade and traditional arts and crafts.

Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival | Nov. 8-10 Unique dining experiences as restaurants across downtown showcase special fall menus and pairings.

Antique Festival of the Ozarks | Eureka Springs | Nov. 22-24 The Inn of the Ozarks brings together quality antiques from fine dealers across the Midwest.

 

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