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.
ACANSA Arts Festival | Sept. 13-28
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 Rail Yard, Ron Robinson Theater, The Joint and more, all spanning the course of three weekends.
Little Rocktoberfest | Sept. 21
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 16th year produced by the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Proceeds from this year's event go to Stop Inc. Also on Rocktober's to-do list: Great food, more great beer, games and music. On ours: Be there.
Main Street Food Truck Festival | Sept. 22
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.
Festival of Wines | Oct. 3
Sorry not sorry, youths. Central Arkansas' largest wine festival is for the 21-and-older crowd only, meaning you won't get to hit up eats from more than 17 local restaurants and samplings of hundreds of wines from around the world to benefit the American Heart Association. Your loss.
World Cheese Dip Championship | Oct. 5
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." All proceeds benefit Harmony Health Clinic.
HarvestFest in Hillcrest | Oct. 12
This event is all things to all people. You'll find concerts, tons of food, activities, a gumbo cookoff, a dog show and lots 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 benefits The Allen School.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival | Oct. 26
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: The fest recently announced a new five-year plan to become the standard for a low-waste, plastic-free event. The turtles thank you.
Chili Fights in The Heights | Oct. 26
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 the Hat Club site for 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.)