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Little Rock Event Calendar - October, 2011

October Festivals & Events in Little Rock and Arkansas


Updated October 17, 2011
Follow link for exhibits, theater and other recurring events.

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Halloween events are on separate page with info about haunted houses, trick-or-treat alternatives, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more fun events.

October 1

  • Family Fun Fest at Dickey-Stephens Park starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. This event is awesome! It's must do if you have kids: games, activities, a rock climbing wall, crafts, entertainment including Trout Fishing in America, food and prizes. Admission is $5.
  • The Alliance Football League World Bowl I Championship takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at War Memorial.
  • Eucuentro Hispano Hispanic cultural celebration is at the Arkansas State Fair Grounds. It starts at 9 a.m. Call 501-664-0340 for more information.
  • The first ever Main Street Food Truck Festival is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Main Street from 3rd to 7th in downtown Little Rock. Lots of great vendors.
  • The Rep's Costume Shop Sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the theater.
  • Bill Clinton is downtown to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his announcement to run for the presidency. He'll be on the Old State House lawn at 4 p.m.

October 2, 2011

  • Zoo Jam is a concert to benefit the zoo featuring Toby Keith, Sara Evans, Eric Church and Diamond Rio. The concerts take place all day, starting at 1 p.m. on the War Memorial Golf Course. Tickets are $65 in advance ($60 when purchased at the Zoo, while supplies last). This is the first Zoo Jam. Looks like a lot of fun.

October 5, 2011

  • Legacies & Lunch at the Main Library from 12-1 p.m.. Bring your lunch and meet Lie Schiffer, who will be discussing Camp Nine.
  • "Scaling Social Good," Erin Ganju, co-founder and CEO of Room to Read is at 6 p.m. at the Clinton School for Public Service.
  • Tales From the South: Tin Roof Project Wednesday starts at 5 p.m. at Starving Artist Cafe in Argenta. Featuring Jill Conner Browne who writes humorous essays.
  • Girls Night Out at The Rep starts at 5:30 p.m. Wine, appetizers and shopping. $40 admission includes a drink ticket and admission to "Ring of Fire." 501-378-0405.

October 6, 2011

  • The King Biscuit Blues Fest is back with its original name in Helena. It's the 6-8.
  • Festival of Wines is from 6-9 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. This is always a nice event.
  • It's First Thursday in Hillcrest at 5:30 p.m. (special sales and perks at Hillcrest shops).

October 8, 2011

  • The RunWILD 5K was fun last year. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and you can bring your dog (and kids). It's at Wildwood Park for the Arts.
  • International Observe The Moon Night is being observed at the Arkansas Studies Institute. They'll have lectures and movies leading up to the 7-10 p.m. telescope viewing.
  • Harvest is October 8-9 at Wildwood Park for the Arts. They have Hayrides and pumpkins. It's family oriented.
  • Bark in the Park is in Burns Park, North Little Rock. Lots of fun activities for you canine friends. Starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free, but some activities are not.
  • Solar System Walk starts at 5 p.m. Take a one mile walk and learn about the solar system in Riverfront Park.
  • The "Garden Gourmet" Chef Series wraps up in the River Market this week. 501-375-2552
  • Littlerocktoberfest is at Dickey-Stephens Park starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 and gets you a Bratwurst dinner, beer and a raffle ticket.
  • The Urban Farming Festival in Conway sounds interesting. They say, "Sample wares from local farms, learn gardening techniques and enjoy arts and crafts." It's at the Faulkner County Library. 501-327-7482.
  • Eldorado Music Fest is this weekend too.
  • The Annual Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair is one of the state's oldest craft fairs and it's starts on Oct. 7-8 at 9 a.m. and Sun. Oct. 9 at 12 p.m. at the Garland County Fairgrounds.
  • The Garvan Woodland Gardens Annual Plant Sale offers hundreds of hard-to-find plants for the purchase at Garvan Woodland Gardens. It's the 7-8 starting at 9 a.m.

October 11, 2011

  • The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fall Job Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. Brings resumes and dress for an interview.
  • Tales of the Crypt (LR) is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Mt. Holly Cemetery. Tour this historic cemetery while students act out scenes from historic residents lives. This always has great costumes and information. 501-447-2362 More Halloween

October 12, 2011

  • The Rep's BrewHaHa is 6 p.m.. Appetizers, beer and a performer by The Second City. Call 501-378-0405 for tickets.
  • Night of the Speakeasy from 6-9 p.m. at Dreamland Ballroom is a themed party. Admission is the donation of a bottle of wine valued at $25+. Call 501-255-5700 for more info.

October 14

  • At the Barre at the Arkansas Academy of Dance is October 13-14. Tickets are $15.
  • 2nd Friday Art Night from 5-8 p.m. in the River Market District. After-hours gallery walk.
  • Sculpture at the River Market is from the 14-16th. The 14th is a preview (tickets are $100). It's free to browse the pavillions on the other days.
  • The Arkansas State Fair is from October 14-23 this year.
  • Arkansas Puzzle Day is at the Clinton School for Public Service at 9 a.m. Crossword and Sudoku puzzle enthusiasts contest and gathering. 501-683-5239
  • National Fossil Day is being celebrated from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at UALR's Science Lab Building on the first floor. See some fossils. 501-569-8977
  • 2011 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Inductee Gala starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. Tickets are $150.
  • A Psychic Fair is at the North Little Rock Community Center on 2700 Willow St Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5. 501-791-8538.
  • The War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show is the craft show you don't want to miss. It's the biggest in the state. It's October 13-16 starting at 6:30 a.m. in Rogers, AR. 479-789-5343
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is this weekend and through the 23 at the Malco Theater in Hot Springs.

October 15

October 17 -

  • Weatherization Tips for Your Old House is from 5-6 p.m. at historic Curran Hall. 501-371-0075.

October 20 -

  • Around the World Thursday at Forty Two. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This month is Brussels.
  • Uncorked: Mad Scientist Mash is the annual Museum of Discovery event. This year it's at the Clinton Library. A silent auction, wine tastings and more. Cost is $100. 501-537-3077.

October 21 -

  • Crusin' in the Rock is the regular car show in the River Market. Free to look.

October 22-

October 29-

A lot of the events in the final weekend of October are Halloween events. They are listed separately.
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