From a tasty fall festival to a holiday parade, central Arkansas is celebrating fall and already looking towards the upcoming holidays. Make the most of this crisp November weekend with fun at the children's theatre, a fall foliage cruise, a kids cooking class and more!


Family Ultimate Safety Event at Jacksonville Community Center: Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children in Arkansas, and this event will help you learn how to prevent those with interactive exhibits and resources. There will be information about car seat safety, poison control, safe sleep, emergency preparedness, fire safety and more. Guests can win door prizes and visit vendors for other giveaways. Free to attend from 11 a.m-2 p.m. FREE!

Campin' Out at the River Market Pavilions: Pass the s'mores. Families can enjoy a cozy and casual evening with food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and a campfire complete with s'mores, of course. All proceeds will go to the Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp and its work helping children in central Arkansas. Tickets are $35 per person and the fun goes from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.


"Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium": Relax and enjoy a classic Halloween production at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre. Adapted from R. L. Stine’s "Phantom of the Auditorium," this weird and wacky musical is sure to bring a tickle and a chill. Follow Zeke and Brooke and all the other young thespians of Woods Mill Middle School as they put on a musical. Shows hit the stage Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 & 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members. Click here for more details about the show.


Bernice Garden Market: At the Bernice Garden Market, artists, craftspeople, jewelers, vintage vendors, and more will be selling their collectibles & handicrafts to the public. This event was originally scheduled for Oct. 7 and was rescheduled to Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the website for more details. FREE!

St. James UMC Shopping Spree and Bazaar: This event will feature local and out-of-state vendors as well as nonprofit organizations selling hand crafted items, home decor, seasonal items, beauty products, jewelry and much more. All proceeds go to the St. James UMC Mission Fund. Free parking and admission. For information call 501-217-6722 or send an email. The event takes place at the Christian Life Center in Little Rock from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE!

Puppy Up Canine Cancer Walk: The seventh annual walk and silent auction for promoting canine cancer awareness, fellowship, and fundraising for comparative oncology studies. All proceeds go to the Puppy Up Foundation, a 501c3 organization that provides grants to organizations that conduct canine cancer studies. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 in person. The event starts at 11 a.m. at MacArthur Park Pavillion in Little Rock. Visit the website for information.

Chili Fights in the Heights: Welcome cool fall weather with this cozy and tasty event. Chili Fights in the Heights is a neighborhood festival with two purposes: to have fun and to raise money for the Arkansas Foodbank. For just $5, attendees get to taste tons of delicious chili and vote on their favorite. Participants cook from 1-4 p.m., chili goes to the judges at 4 p.m. and winners are announced at 6:30 p.m. Look for more details at

Kids Cook! at the Innovation Hub: Do your kids like to help out in the kitchen while you prepare food? Kids Cook! is a kid-friendly cooking class is designed to teach children how to safely and properly navigate kitchen equipment. And, it gives kids the skills to make simple, nutritious snacks and dishes they can prepare at home. Registration is $40 per child and the class, which goes from 2-4 p.m., is open for ages 9-12. Visit the website for more information.

Landlubbers Boat Float on Main: This holiday-themed boat parade along 3rd and Main Streets will include a flotilla of boats pulled through downtown Little Rock. The parade will start at 6 p.m. from the Clinton Presidential Center traveling west on 3rd Street, turn south onto Main Street and end at 6th Street. A “Yacht Rock Block Party” will begin once the parade has ended.  The block party will be held in the 500 block of Main Street, where attendees can grab a hot cup of cocoa from Loblolly Creamery and a picture with Santa. Head to the website for more info. FREE!


Fall Foliage Cruises at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Experience the beauty of the changing leaves along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget your camera! Meet at the Jolly Rogers Marina. Cruises are an hour and a half long and advance payment and registration are required. Fisit the website for times and call (501) 868-5806 to register. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12.


Book Launch & Signing for "The Real Big Tank": Join author Norris Lyman for a book reading and a chance to meet Tank the dog! There will be food, drinks and games for attendees to enjoy. Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance. The event goes from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at The Loft 1023 in Little Rock. Visit the website for details or to purchase tickets.