Because of temperate year-round weather, outdoor music festivals and craft fairs are popular events in Arkansas. From the summer music festivals to the craft and harvest fairs of the fall, this state has something to offer everyone. Here are a few of our favorite events that take place as autumn rolls into “The Natural State.”
The Frisco Festival: Rogers
This beautiful outdoor festival takes place at the end of August and features live music, delicious food from local vendors, arts and crafts, carnival rides for the whole family, a children’s fun-filled activity center and a 5k walk and run. Readers of Celebrate Arkansas magazine voted the festival as the best festival in the area in 2013. This year marks the 32nd year of this annual event and includes a number of local and region band and arts performances.
The International Celebration at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Fayetteville
This annual celebration is a cherished event by locals who come to the gardens to “walk around the world.” The garden’s paved trail is adorned with booths that represent diverse countries and cultures from around the world. The interactive displays showcase samples and activities that relate to the region of the world that they represent. There are performances by local DJ’s, dance performances, art displays, activities that include Fayetteville International Folk Dancers, Latin Art Organizations, the regional Irish Council and even a Brazilian dance class for children.
5th Annual Legendary Blues Festival: Helena-West Helena
Visitors from all over the country come to Helena’s annual Blues Festival to enjoy the history and live performance. This area of the country gave birth to this legendary music and there is no greater place to hear and experience it than on the Mississippi River. In addition to the music, guests can enjoy the annual Motorcycle Rally, Ms. Bluz Swimsuit Competition, and the annual BBQ Cook-Off and take part in a Community Heath Fair. This year’s event takes place over Labor Day weekend and includes Vic Allen, Billy Soul Bonds, Luther Lackey, Ms. Jody, and many more local and national acts. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the gate.