11 Events for Weekend Family Fun
We're ready for festivals, food and fall fun galore!
HarvestFest in Hillcrest: The day starts with a farmers market and then you'll find live music, tons of food, free kids activities, a dog show and tons of vendors taking over the streets of Hillcrest starting at 11 a.m. at this family favorite festival. Make sure to hit up the pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Visit the website for more info. FREE!
Celebrate Fall! at Garvan Gardens: At the fourth annual Celebrate Fall! Climb on the Spooky Train, visit the haunted depot and pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children’s craft booths and various festival games will be located throughout the gardens and Chipmunk Café will serve fall treats. Regular admission applies: $15 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under. Visit the website for more info.
Fall Celebration at River Valley Horticultural Products: Enjoy interactive, educational and creative activities with representatives from the North Little Rock High School Art Department, Toltec Mounds, the children's library and other local organizations. Take photos at the pumpkin and gourd area and grab food from Southern Cravings food truck and pastries from culinary students at University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College. The fun goes from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here for details. FREE!
Fishing Derby at Burns Park: Try your luck at the Burns Park Red Covered Bridge from 10 a.m.-noon. Fishing poles are provided free. Children can polish their fishing skills at the Laman Library Main Branch with programs and events the week leading up to the tournament. Registration is required. Call 501-772-9600 for more info or to sign up. FREE!
Pumpkin Festival at the Bernice Garden: The SoMa farmers market is feeling a little orange this week with a specially themed pumpkin event. There will be pumpkin food and drinks, pumpkin-themed items, music and pumpkins for sale (of course). The fall fun goes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more info, click here. FREE!
AR Sensory Festival at Pleasant Ridge Town Center: Enjoy a bouncy house, food trucks, activities for kids and a raffle for a sensory gift basket. All proceeds benefit Civitan Foundation and Civitan Services Preschool. The fun goes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Facebook page for more details. FREE!
Lion's Pride Birthday Bash at the Little Rock Zoo: Bahari is turning 13 and Inara and Saphira are turning 5! Cclebrate their brthdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with activities and crafts, a lion animal parade and a birthday celebration with cake and refreshments. Click here for more details. Regular zoo admission applies.
Hispanic Heritage Month Family Program at the Clinton Center: Head to the Clinton Center to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be a showing of "Coco" beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed by art activities and live music for the entire family to enjoy. Families are also invited to view the current temporary exhibit at the Clinton Center, "José Sacal: A Universal Mexican." The programing goes from noon-5 p.m. Visit the website for more details. FREE!
Cupcakes for Goodness Sake in Argenta: Head to Argenta as the historic streets are transformed into a Halloween town! Try all the sweets you can handle from lots of local vendors and chefs from 4-8 p.m. The event raises funds for CareLink. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. Visit the website for more info.
Fish Fry at Camp Aldersgate: Entering its 36th year, Camp Aldersgate’s Fish Fry raises money to create life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs. At the event from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., munch on delicious food, shop local merchants, take a tour of the campgrounds and enjoy a plethora of children’s activities like face painting, a cupcake walk and a petting zoo. Admission is $15 per person and kids 6 and under eat free. Visit the website for more info.
Arkansas State Fair: Are you ready for rides, slides, livestock competitions, swine races, funnel cakes and cotton candy? The State Fair is back in town with opening day on Friday. Hours, admission and events vary from day to day. Get all the details on their website and check out our top 10 picks fro things to do at the fair.