Hello fellow Arkansans! Or if you’re a tourist who just happened to find their way into our great state, welcome!
Let’s give you what you came for, the Arkansas Weekly Events rundown!
Zombie Crawl – Eureka Springs – Spring Street – FREE
Saturday, October 26th @ 6pm (Festivities start at noon at Basin Park)
This is ABSOLUTELY the top of the list. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Think Mardi Gras meets Halloween. This is a family friendly parade BUT SO MUCH MORE. Costumes, ghoulish cars and decor, and all centered in one of the most haunted cities in America. BOOM! The whole town and then some shows up. Last year was around 7000 people. I’d look for more than that this year. They’ll have a few ways to participate, so get there early and look into the Eureka Springs guides for all the fun. Try this link: https://eurekaspringszombiecrawl.com/
PRO TIP: Dress up and get there early! Learn the “Thriller” dance at the square and go get in the parade! The entire street fills up. This year the rumor is that you can drink on the street and walk all those amazing little shops. Eureka Springs is really magical. ALSO – New Orleans Hotel will have a medium and conduct séances. Also the ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel a great addition to the day, or the day before – make a weekend out of it!
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Little Rock @ Robinson Theater
Friday, October 25th $5! (cheap!) @ 9:30pm Beer and wine are served.
We all know the Robinson is a great venue (and if you don’t know, now you do). They will not disappoint with this crowd pleaser! I think it’s very appropriate for this time of the year and will make a great “date night.” And at $5 for the cover, it makes an unbeatable deal.
“I’m just a sweet transvestite. From Transsexual, Transylvania!”
Haunted Houses – All Over the State!
How could we not include haunted houses? Here are the best of the best:
Creepy Works – Conway
Torture Chamber – Benton
Fear Factory 501 – Jacksonville
Haunted Hotel – Little Rock
The Reeper – Little Rock
Village of Screams – Little Rock
Magic Screams – Hot Springs
River Haunt – Batesville
Banshee Haunted House – Fayetteville
Scared City – Jonesboro
Side note: Phil is a complete chump and will carry a flashlight into haunted houses.
Boo at The Zoo – Little Rock Zoo
October 25th-November 1st – Each Night is Different – 6pm-9pm, $8-$15
Boo at the Zoo has been a Little Rock staple for the Halloween season for decades. This year they’re doing themes for each night. Star Wars, 80’s, Wizards and Witches (think Harry Potter without being able to say it), Jungle Wild, Frogs and Fairy Tales, Hero Night, etc. These are all family friendly! Great security is inside the park, so know that this is a safe place. There is a decent haunted house as well. Most nights have live music! This year they’re featuring a magician. Don’t forget about the haunted train ride!
Lost Forty “Festival of Darkness” – Little Rock @ Lost Forty Brewery (Booery – sorry, I had to.)
Saturday, October 26th – 5pm-9pm, $20 – Ticket sales end the day BEFORE the event.
Ever heard of a beer so damn good it has its own festival? Well that’s exactly what’s going on at Lost Forty, one of Arkansas’ best breweries. It releases the “Nighty Night.” This is a barrel aged imperial stout. (Jess is literally screaming this to me as this is her favorite beer. 10.5ABV!!!). They also have a beer garden (The Garden of Darkness) with over 25 local and regional breweries pouring samples of their own dark beers. FOOD TRUCKS, YES!
BTW this beer is
so good they sell limited cases of this beer at the festival. You
can get it in local stores around mid November.
There is a Zombie Lumberjack costume contest – CASH prizes.
Live Music with Dazz and Brie and Big Piph (they’re pretty awesome, not going to lie).
OH – BTW, our SEO manager makes us type the phrase “Arkansas Weekly Events” at least three times.
Carter’s 2019 Harvest Fest – Benton/Alexander
October 24th-27th – Carter Off Road Park – Prices Vary
Let’s say you and your buddies want to load up for the weekend for mudding of all kinds, camping, drinking, and live music? WELL, Carter’s Off Road Park is hosting their 7th annual Harvest Fest – and it will not disappoint! So get your four wheelers, coolers, and camping gear together and get down on the git down. People watching at it’s finest! DO NOT FORGET THE LAWN CHAIRS!
David Lee Murphy, Mr. Dust on the Bottle himself, will be headlining this year and Arkansas Country Music Award winner Bree Ogden is also on the bill.
Smoke on the Square – El Dorado
Saturday, October 26th. 10am-10pm – FREE
El Dorado has been on this “Main Street El Dorado” kick for awhile. They’ve been pulling some great events off, and this one should be no different. It’s centered around a state championship BBQ cook off. Prizes up to $20,000! Winners move on to compete in the world championship. You pay to be a taster! Numerous food vendors will be there – think carnival food.
Bring the family! They’ll have a Kids Fun Zone with inflatables, petting zoo, Ferris Wheel, hay rides, etc. Costume contests for kids and pets called Strut on the Square. Live DJ along with live music (JOURNEY TRIBUTE and LYNYRD SKYNYRD TRIBUTE BANDS!). Oh, and beer is served, my friends. Am I the only person that wants to drink beer, pet a goat, jump around in bounce house all while “Ooh that smell! Cancha smell that smell!”? Just me? OK, cool.
Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival
Friday, October 25th. 6pm-9pm @ Diamond Bear Brewery. (Booery! HA! I kill me!)
advance, $40 at the door.
The Arkansas Times is putting on a great beer fest that includes 152 different beers! SO, this is the day before the Lost Forty shindig. You can get your beer fest on, two days in a row, and then sleep it off Sunday.
event benefits the Argenta Arts district. Besides the beer, they’ll
have live DJ’s and numerous food trucks.
CHALLENGE: Sample every beer. Just do it.
PRO TIP: Buy in advance. This event has been known to sale out.
Gurdon Lights and Dover Lights – FREE
Anytime the weather is good. But even better for this time of year…
This one is rather special. In fact, it deserves its own write up. Click here: POSTING SOON for our take on something truly magical. This one is for the adventuresome.
Y’all have at it!
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