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7 festivals this October to check out in Central Arkansas

by Nyssa Kruse | September 30, 2021 at 10:24 a.m.
Kim Greening gives George Hanson his freshly cooked catfish from the Scottie's Grill food truck on Friday afternoon at the Texarkana Cajun Catfish Festival. The festival continues today from noon to 11 p.m.

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From fall staples like Hillcrest HarvestFest to new celebrations such as Little Rock Yoga Fest, October will offer a variety of events for Central Arkansans to explore.

Greek Food Festival

Oct. 1-2

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock.

https://www.greekfoodfest.com/

Enjoy Greek food and pastries at this festival, which benefits various local charities. This year's festival will consist of online ordering and drive-thru pickup only, due to the pandemic.

Main Street Food Truck Festival

Oct. 2

Main Street and Capitol Ave., Little Rock.

https://www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com/

Dozens of Arkansas food trucks will gather in downtown Little Rock for this festival, celebrating its 10th year, minus 2020 when it was canceled due to the pandemic.

Little Rock Yoga Fest

Oct. 10

Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock.

https://www.lryogafestival.com/

Yogis from across the city plan to come together for this festival to celebrate the survival of local yoga studios during the tumult of the pandemic.

Arkansas State Fair

Oct. 15-24

2600 Howard St., Little Rock.

https://www.arkansasstatefair.com/fair/

Rides, concerts, livestock and, of course, fried food — experience all the classics at the Arkansas State Fair.

Craft Beer Fest

Oct. 15

510 N Main St., North Little Rock.

https://www.argentaartsdistrict.org/event-details/craft-beer-fest

Hosted by the Argenta Arts District, enjoy beers from various local brewers at the Craft Beer Fest, as well as food trucks, live music and more.

Six Bridges Book Festival

Oct. 21–31

https://cals.org/six-bridges-book-festival/

The Central Arkansas Library System's annual festival will feature dozens of authors, including Little Rock's own Ayana Gray. All events will be virtual due to the pandemic.

Hillcrest HarvestFest

Oct. 30

Kavanaugh Boulevard between North Monroe and Walnut streets, Little Rock.

https://www.facebook.com/hillcrestharvestfest/

Hillcrest’s annual fall event returns at the end of October, bringing food trucks, vendors, music and more to the heart of the neighborhood. All attendees must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative covid-19 test within 72 hours of the festival to participate in HarvestFest.

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