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(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2011 - 2009)

Sept 23-October 1, 2016  Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, Arkansas
Sept 26-Oct 1, 2016  North Central Arkansas District Fair - Melbourne, Arkansas
September 30-October 2, 2016  Arkansas Apple Festival - Lincoln, Arkansas

October 1, 2016  Homesteaders Day - Hardy, Arkansas
Wagon rides, live music and dancing, period dress contest, children’s games, terrapin races, etc.  Jelly Making; Spinning and Weaving; Corn Grinding; Mule Jumping; Cooking on a Wood Stove; Open Fire Cooking; Butter Churning; Soap Making; Working Forge; Shingle Splitting; Candle Dipping; Dutch Oven Cooking; Working Horses and Oxen; Traditional Music; Robbery and Shootout Reenactment; “Yarn” spinning.


October 7-8, 2016
27th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival
Mountain View, Arkansas
Ozark Folk Center's Heritage Herb Garden, Herb Harvest Fall Festival.  Nationally known and regional herbalists, local herbal merchants, and plantsmen will share their knowledge in this annual seminar.  This year’s festival will focus on the herb traditions of the people of the British Isles and the Ozark Mountains.

October 7-8, 2016  71st Annual Turkey Trot & National Wild Turkey Calling Contest - Yellville, Arkansas
Arkansas' oldest annual festival. Every year since 1946 the city of Yellville has celebrated what is known as Turkey Trot. Held on the second Friday and Saturday of October, the event was conceived as a way to call attention to the region's abundant wild turkeys. Turkey Trot is one of the most exciting times of the year around here. It has become a time for homecomings, reunions, and traditions for many tourists, classmates, friends and family members.

October 8, 2016  40th Annual Arkansas Rice Festival - Weiner, Arkansas
Observing the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas and celebrating harvest. The festival is held annually the second weekend in October in conjunction with National Rice Promotion Month. Rice Cook-Off, Old Time Rice Threshing Demonstration, Parade, Rice Festival Pageant, Kids Activities, Art Show, Tractor Pull, much more.

October 10-14, 2016  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide

October 14-23, 2016  Arkansas State Fair - Little Rock, Arkansas
Ridin', Rockin' & Livestockin', the Arkansas State Fair will include concerts, great food, midway, livestock displays & competitions, rodeo, interesting exhibits, and much more. The event typically draws over 400,000 each year.  Attendance: 400,000.

October 15, 2016  21st Annual Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off - Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title of “Arkansas’s Best Chili.” Taste the chili and visit vendors as cooks turn up the heat. Prize money given for International Chili Society champion and a People's Choice winner. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, boat show, car show, chili tastings, raffle, food vendors and games for kids.

October 18, 2016  25th Annual Taste of Texarkana
Texarkana, Arkansas
Enjoy a 'World Showcase of Flavor'. Two stages with cooking demonstrations, ice carving, wine and food pairing lessons, wineries and tasting, over 40 restaurants and much more! Proceeds benefit the programs of Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank.

October 24, 2016  Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Dinner
Little Rock, Arkansas
No child in should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger.


Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.

October 28-29, 2016
34th Annual Arkansas Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races
Mountain View, Arkansas
Through the years, the festival has proved itself one of the most exciting and outrageous around, drawing thousands to the small Ozarks town for music, pinto beans and cornbread, and the spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams.

October 29, 2016  6th Annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkansas Cornbread Festival is one of the state's yummiest festivals of the year celebrating Southern culture and heritage through food, artisan crafts and music, while simultaneously benefiting local non-profit organizations: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN.  Everyone attending the Arkansas Cornbread Festival, as well as a panel of celebrity judges, will have the opportunity to sample cornbread recipes as well as side dishes, and then vote for their favorite entries. The contest is from noon-3:00 p.m., with two levels of competition: professionals and amateurs.



events still waiting for new dates

October 17, 2015 - 39th Annual Grand Prairie Rice Festival
Hazen, Arkansas
Antique farm machinery parade and show; mini-tractor pull, southern gospel music show, youth and children's attractions, food booths and other vendors.

October 30-31, 2015  33rd Annual Arkansas Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races - Mountain View, Arkansas
Through the years, the festival has proved itself one of the most exciting and outrageous around, drawing thousands to the small Ozarks town for music, pinto beans and cornbread, and the spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams.

October 31, 2015  World Cheese Dip Championship - Little Rock, Ark.
We are Back!  Prepare yourself for the biggest and best cheese dip competition in the World!  There will be amazing cheese dips for you to try, and your vote will help us crown the World Cheese Dip Champions.  Amateurs and professionals from around the country will compete to impress your taste buds, so everybody wins!  All competitors will be eligible for the People’s Choice Awards, chosen by our attendees, and for the Judges’ Choice Awards, chosen by our judging panel.  Amateur and Professional Category awards include trophies, cash prizes, and gifts to be presented at the close of the event.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 1, 2014  21st Annual Taste of the Town
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Taste of the Town has become one of the area’s leading business networking events with more than 30 local restaurants, caterers and drink distributors participating and over 1,200 attendees. (also: )


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 1, 2011  Wing Ding Festival - Jacksonville, Arkansas
Festival has been discontinued by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

October 1, 2011  Keo Fall Days - Keo, Arkansas
This annual event on the first Saturday in October features a Pecan Baking Contest for adults and youth, antique cars carriage rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, and activities for children.

October 22, 2011  5th Spice Up Your Southern Accent Chili Cook-Off
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Proceeds from this event will help fund programs that benefit Children's Hunger/Nutrition in the Jefferson County Community. 



waiting for new dates

October 3, 2009  What's Cooking? Dutch Oven Workshop
Scott, Arkansas
Enjoy an introduction to the history of Dutch oven cooking, instruction in seasoning the cast-iron ovens, and the explanation of a variety of recipes. Then get your hands in the mix by cooking dinner and dessert, followed by the best part: eating your creations!

October 17, 2009  12 Annual Oktoberfest at Lutheran High
Little Rock, Arkansas
A family friendly German food festival featuring authentic Oktoberfest style foods. Live music and dance groups. Kiids activities.




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