Our calendar of events is the best place to look for all of the amazing things to do that happen around Little Rock, and while there are exciting events happening year-round, perhaps no month is as jam-packed full of events as October. Don’t believe us? Here’s a roundup of just some of the events that make fall, and October most of all, one of best times to visit Little Rock.
Little Rock Night Market, Oct. 4
Local makers and artisan vendors come together along with food trucks, musicians and more in the River Market Pavilions. This free event takes place in the new River Market Entertainment District (RMED), so don’t forget to grab your to-go cup at one of the participating RMED establishments, and explore the greater River Market area.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 4
Get ready to do the time warp again as Central Arkansas Library shows “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Ron Robinson Theater every Friday night in October. Five bucks ($5) gets you a bag of props for an interactive showing.
9th Annual Arkansas Paranormal Expo, Oct. 5-6
The perfect event for those who know the truth is out there. Vendors and speakers on all things paranormal gather at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.
9th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship, Oct. 5
More than 30 teams compete for the coveted title of World Cheese Dip Champion and attendees will get in on the judging by casting their vote for a People’s Choice Winner.
Tales of the Crypt, Oct. 8
Things get ghoulish at Mount Holly Cemetery as local drama students take on the personas of the cemetery’s residents for a night of local history from the spirits of those who live it.
Alison Krauss, Oct. 9
This country crooner takes the Robinson Performance Hall stage to belt out her hits like “When You Say Nothing at All” and “Down to the River to Pray.” Grab your tickets fast as this is a show that’s bound to sell out.
Arkansas State Fair, Oct. 11 – 20
Rides, fried food, and more cows than anyone knows what to do with! It’s the Arkansas State Fair, and it’s back for nine days of fun and excitement. With dozens of rides and games, exciting concerts and fun exhibitions, there’s something for every member of the family.
Blackberry Smoke, Oct. 11
Blending the genres of classic rock, blues, country and folks is easy for the Blackberry Smoke quintet. Their concert at Robinson Center is sure to be a rockin’ good time.
Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert, Oct. 11
The Arkansas Chamber Singers are celebrating their 40th season in 2019 and 2020, and they’re kicking the party off with a stunning concert of classical works from composer Felix Mendelssohn.
HarvestFest in Hillcrest, Oct. 12
One of Little Rock’s quintessential fall events, HarvestFest unites the Hillcrest neighborhood for a day of food, music and fun in one of Little Rock’s most unique neighborhoods.
Vintage Military Vehicle Show, Oct. 12
The annual vintage military vehicle show happens on the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History’s front lawn, and features Jeeps and other vehicles from members of the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the West Tennessee Military Vehicle Collectors Club.
River Concerts – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Oct. 12
Classic rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd headline at the First Security Bank Amphitheater for a stop on their farewell tour, “The Last of the Street Survivors.” Black Stone Cherry will open.
Ballet Arkansas presents Sleepy Hollow, Oct. 17-19
Ballet Arkansas kicks off its season with a mixed multimedia world-premiere production of “Sleepy Hollow.”
Specters, Spirits & Stories: A Haunted History Tour, Oct. 18
The Quapaw Quarter Association’s first ever haunted history tour! Visitors will see some of Little Rock’s spookiest spots and hear creepy folktales about the resident hauntings. The tour includes snacks, wine and beer, so it’s a night for adult apparitions only.
Central Arkansas Pride Fest, Oct. 19
Central Arkansas’s largest LGBTQ pride event features a parade through downtown Little Rock as well as vendors and entertainers at the First Security Amphitheater stage. Singer Betty Who will close out the celebration with a concert.
Big BOO!seum Bash, Oct. 24
Big Boo!seum Bash is a free, family-friendly event that provides people the opportunity to visit many of Little Rock’s museums and cultural attractions for a night of safe trick-or-treating and family fun and games. Visitors are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.
Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 24 – Nov. 1
The spook-tacular event will feature colorful lights, themed decorations and fun galore, including a haunted house; hay maze; dance parties; costume contests; enchanted garden and bone yard; live music; Kid’s Corner games; and carnival, carousel and train rides.
Hocus Pocus, Oct 25
The spooky fun continues at the Ron Robinson Theater with a showing of Disney’s cult classic “Hocus Pocus.” The story follows three witches on their crusade to gain eternal youth.
Creep ‘N Crawl 10k/5k, Oct. 26
The Creep ‘N Crawl 10K, 5K and ‘Lil Monsters Dash celebrates the best of Halloween with a healthy dose of physical fitness. Grab your costume and slither, shuffle or stalk your way to Two Rivers Park.
Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk, Oct. 26
Susan G. Komen launches a new approach to the event that started the grassroots breast cancer movement three decades ago: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series. There is a new name: The Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk, and a new experience that involves, engages and drives a more personal connection to the breast cancer movement for the thousands of people who walk in the Komen event each year.
Arkansas Cornbread Festival, Oct 26
The Arkansas Cornbread Festival promotes the businesses and neighborhood in the South Main (SoMa) Community by celebrating community and southern culture through music, activities, local brews and of course food.
Chili Fights in the Heights, Oct. 26
Chili Fights in the Heights is a family friendly event hosted in conjunction with the Heights Neighborhood Association and Heights Business Association (along with the help of a few fun oriented citizens) with the hope of bringing the community together, showing off the unique area of town and generating a charitable donation for the Arkansas Foodbank.
Downtown on the Farm, Oct. 27
This free and fun festival will feature live music from country singer Adam Hambrick, Bonnie Montgomery, The Going Jessies and Rodney Block as well as food trucks, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, beer garden, rice dig, plenty of up-close tractors and much more!
Switchfoot & The Fantastic Traveling Music Show, Oct. 29
Switchfoot comes to Little Rock! With this tour, the band promises a brand-new experience for their fans, with a deep dive into their catalog as well as playing hits old and new. Each night will consist of two sets back-to-back, the first a stripped-down acoustic set with never before heard stories woven throughout followed by a full-blown rock show to end the night.
Peppa Pig Live!, Oct. 30
Peppa Pig Live! is here with the ALL NEW action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe.
Whew! See what we mean? October in Little Rock is nothing short of amazing. And while you're planning your fall fun, be sure to check out some of our amazing restaurants, shops and attractions.