Praise the weather gods. We're staring down the barrel of September and that means we're looking forward to all the fabulous fall fests that are coming our way. The cooler nights, the perfect afternoons and the drive to be outside make for a whole slew of can't-miss events.
Siri, please add all of these dates to our calendar. Thanks.
Legends of Arkansas | Sept. 16
"Local. Naturally." You had us at your tagline, Legends. At this annual fest, you can expect tons of live music, arts and craft vendors, breweries and food trucks — all from The Natural State. Head across the water to the North Shore Riverwalk and get your local on, rain or shine. The best part? All proceeds go to The Van in their mission to help our homeless neighbors. If people still said "booyah," now would be the time.
ACANSA Arts Festival | Sept. 20-24
One of the most refreshing events to hit central Arkansas in recent years, this collaboration of the visual and performing arts scene includes concerts, gallery viewings and dramas, to name a few. Look for performances at The Rep, South on Main, Ron Robinson Theater, Argenta Gallery, the Innovation Hub and way more.
Little Rocktoberfest | Sept. 23
How does an entire ballpark's worth of craft beer sound to you? The state’s premier brew and craft beer festival is offering exactly that as it enters its 14th year produced by the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Proceeds from this year's event go to Women & Children First. Also on Rocktober's to-do list: Great food, more great beer, karaoke and live music. On ours: Be there.
Main Street Food Truck Festival | Oct. 7
We know it was hard to bid farewell to Food Truck Fridays when the spring season ended, but think of it more like a "see you soon." It's all coming back to you Celine-style with entertainment, local vendors and more than 50 food trucks in the streets of downtown Little Rock. This is a statewide favorite for a reason. Bring stretchy pants.
HarvestFest in Hillcrest | Oct. 14
This event is all things to all people. You'll find concerts, tons of food, activities, a gumbo cookoff, fashion shows and tons of vendors taking over the streets of Hillcrest at this family favorite festival. Pro tip: Make sure you hit up the pancake breakfast. Along with being delicious, a portion of the proceeds from this event goes to charity.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival | Oct. 21
We don't even care if it's a stereotype to be Southern and obsessed with cornbread because we are both and proud of it, babe. Tons of vendors and live music, not to mention the traditionally incredible weather, make this cook-off in SoMa even sweeter. Bonus: It also benefits the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
World Cheese Dip Championship | Oct. 28
When I dip, you dip, we dip ... right into a competition made of pure, liquid gold. Come enjoy live music as you make the rounds at the Clinton Presidential Center taste testing some of the world's best cheese dips from amateurs and professionals alike. That's right, we said "world."
Chili Fights in The Heights | Nov. 4
This annual street festival pits teams against each other to find the best chili The Heights has to offer — including a visit from a team made up entirely of National Lampoon Uncle Eddies. Check their site for registration info and to learn about the event's beneficiary, the Arkansas Foodbank. Endless chili? Yes, please. (And let us reiterate: You're going to want to invest in stretchy pants this season.)