It’s an exciting time in The Natural State. A time of crunching leaves, breathtaking Arkansas scenery, all things pumpkin spice, and carving jack-o-lanterns. That’s right… it’s finally fall, y’all! Arkansas is a great place to be in the fall, because there are so many fun things to do for people of all ages. And of course, everything is beautiful! Big Steve wants to encourage everyone to really get out there and experience autumn in Arkansas this year, and we’re going to help you out. Read on to learn about some of Big Steve’s favorite Arkansas events coming up this fall.
Every year the Little Rock zoo transforms into a spooky hub for howl-o-ween fun, and it’s something everyone should experience at least once in their lives (but probably a lot more). The event is open to the public from October 21 through October 31 this year, so mark your calendars! BOO is a fantastic event for families with children of all ages, and those under two years old get free admission. Your kids can go safely trick-or-treating, take a ride on the haunted train, get their face painted, brave the haunted house, ride carnival rides, and a whole lot more. If you don’t have kids or you’d rather enjoy an adults-only night, you can attend BOO on October 20 for Adult Night, open only to kids 21 and older.
You may have been to the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock before, but you’ve never been to it like this. This year for 2017 the fair is using a new carnival company to manage the rides, which are expected to be both bigger and safer than ever. From October 12 through October 22, you can enjoy everything the state fair has to offer including live music, talent competitions, carnival games, petting zoos, rides, and lots of fried food. Don’t miss out on the biggest and best fair in Arkansas!
Peebles Farm is located on highway 64, about halfway between Augusta, Arkansas and McCrory, Arkansas. If you’re in search of fun fall activities to take your kids to, look no further. Peebles Farm is the ultimate fall day retreat for you and your family. There are so many fun things to do, there’s no possible way to get bored. For starters, you need to check out the Peebles Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. They go all out for these, creating intricate designs in the corn mazes and even being named one of the south’s best pumpkin patches. That’s not all you can do, though! They also have u-pick cotton patches, a barnyard with animals you can pet and feed, a corn cannon, a tractor train, hay rides, a playground, a concession stand…the list goes on.
This one is more of a grown-up function, but it’s certainly worth the trip if you have the time! Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this film festival has been an annual attraction for the last 25 years. Thousands of people from all over America flock to Hot Springs each year to watch and learn about the best documentary films and their creators. It’s a really neat thing to be a part of, because you get to be immersed in the rich history of the town while participating in the oldest non-fiction festival in North America. You can attend parties, film screenings, Q&A sessions and discussions. You can get tickets for anything from individual screenings, to day passes, to all-access passes.
Whatever you decide to do, just get out there and enjoy Arkansas in the fall! Don’t forget to make safety a top priority during your trips, and be aware of how other people are driving—especially around halloween. Enjoy!