October brings Beautiful Color, Great Drives and Cooler Weather to the Ozarks. Eureka Springs is a perfect fall destination for any individual. There are many Fun Fall Events to add to your trip planning…
Ozark Folk Festival: 10/7-10/11 Don’t miss the longest running folk music festival in the US! This year celebrates 67 years of great folk music with Free Afternoon Concerts in Downtown Basin Spring Park, Saturday Folk Parade and great Evening Concerts at the Historic Basin Park Hotel and a Headliner Show at the City Auditorium. More info: visit www.ozarkfolkfestival.com.
War Eagle Mill Fall Antique Craft Fair: 10/16-10/19 Another great way to view the changing colors of the fall leaves is to drive through the Ozarks to the Annual War Eagle Mill Fall Craft Fair. Choose from a wide variety of handcrafted products displayed in over 250 booths outside. The craft fair takes place along the banks of the War Eagle River. Click here for info.
After you enjoy a day at War Eagle continue your drive over to Springdale & Rogers for their huge indoor craft fair. Click here for info.
Voices from Eureka’s Silent City: 10/17 & 10/18, 10/24 & 10/26 This event has been widely popular and is a great way to see and hear the “living history” of Eureka Springs. “Heroes, Healers, and Humdingers” will feature actors in period costumes sharing stories of their unique and colorful pasts. This is a one hour walking tour through the cemetery, tours begin at 5:30pm through 8:30pm. For more information call the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-8417 or www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org.
Oktoberfest: Saturday, 10/18-If you enjoy micro brews, craft or seasonal beers then join the Eureka Springs Rotary club during the annual Oktoberfest in downtown Eureka Springs. The party will be right in the middle of downtown on Main Street in between the parking lot of the City Courthouse and the City Auditorium. Event is from 11am-5pm. www.eurekarotary.org
Mini’s in the Ozarks: 10/23-10/26 Eureka Springs is a popular destination for car lovers, so don’t miss the Arkansas MINI Owners Klub (AMOK!) who will host the region’s largest MINI event in Beautiful Ozarks. Now in its sixth year, MINIs in the Ozarks (MITO) draws MINIs from all over the U.S. to experience the awesome fall scenery and wonderful curvy roads of the region. For more information: www.ozarkmini.com
Mad Hatter’s Ball: Friday, 10/24- If you like to be creative and dress up then the annual Mad Hatter’s Ball is a fun event for you! The year will be the 12th annual fundraiser for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) at the Crescent Hotel. This event is a sold out event, so get your tickets asap! Includes good food, auctions and dancing. For tickets and info click here.
Howl-O-Ween Party: Saturday, 10/25 – View the Cats in the Dark! Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge stays open at night for this yearly special event. The main compound is open for the whole family to experience the night habits of lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and more. Games, food, and a children’s costume contest. 7pm-9pm at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Call 479-253-5841 & visit www.turpentinecreek.org
Annual Fall Craft Show at the Pine Mtn.Village: Saturday, 10/25– Great chance to catch regional artists and vendors participate in this weekend event. Located in Eureka Springs along highway 62 in the parking lot of Pine Mountain Village. 9am-5pm. For more information call the Chamber: 479-244-6907.
Haunted Hay Rides: 10/1-10/31– A fun hayride suitable for all ages that happens everynight in Eureka Springs. Starting at dark you will venture on an antique chuck wagon full of hay bales and travel down the trail to some surprisingly haunted thrills! Click here for Haunted Hay Rides at Bear Mountain Log Cabins.
Eagle Watch & Fall Foliage Tours at Belle of the Ozarks: 10/1-10/31 Enjoy the cool fall air in October on Beaver Lake with Belle of the Ozarks Eagle Watch tours. Expert guides will lead a fantastic tour giving you the best glimpses of the bald eagles habitats. The tour is 1hour & 15 minute cruises. For more information contact Belle of the Ozarks at 479-253-6200 visit www.estc.net/belle.
Intrigue Halloween Night Seance at the Crescent Hotel-Friday 10/31 Spend Halloween Night in America’s Most Haunted Hotel with one of the Best Illusionists and Mediums conjuring up Dr. Baker’s Experiments at the Crescent Hotel on Halloween Night. This event sells out, purchase your tickets in advance, learn more here.
Don’t forget, any day of the week in Eureka Springs offers a world of exploration, from unique Shopping, exquisite local Dining, fun Walking Trails with great photography stops, and entertaining Attractions.