Autumn in Northwest Arkansas is utterly an overload of the senses. Cooler days and crisper nights. Pumpkin spice. Fire pits and hot tubs. Seasonal brew and live music. Vibrant natural colors. Wildlife. Art. Food. It's all here!
Start planning your Autumn getaway right now so that everything is booked for you at the height of fall colors!
Please note: historically, in Eureka Springs, the peak time for "leaf-peeping" occurs from late October to early November.
War Eagle Mill Fall Antique Craft Fair: 10/19 - 10/22 2023 Head on over to the Annual War Eagle Mill Fall Craft Fair. Here, visitors can choose from a wide variety of handcrafted products displayed in over 250 booths outside. This craft fair takes place along the banks of the War Eagle River.
Local tip: since this happens outside, biring boots that you could wear if it is muddy in the fields.
The Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Festivals: 10/19 - 10/21 2023 Now in their 33rd year - and 2 show locations an estimated 250,000 visitors will fly or make the drive beautiful to NW Arkansas. Here, craft shopping enthusiasts will find a diverse and unique display of holiday gifts, quality art, home spun crafts, home décor, fashion apparel, antiques, vintage and much, more, in 2 unique show locations.
NW Arkansas Convention Center - Holiday Inn/Springdale
10/20 Friday (9am - 9pm) & 10/21 Saturday (9am - 8pm)
Washington County Fairgrounds/Fayetteville
10/20 Friday (9am - 9pm) & 10/21 Saturday (9am - 8pm)
An exciting magical adventure awaits, as the popular Witches Escape fundraiser returns in 2023! This year's event has been extended into two days (Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7), with unique experiences planned for each day.
Friday, October 6, 2023 Witches and wizards will first gather at the Eureka Springs Community Center to attend Boo University, where they will master the art of smudging, brush up on haunted history, meet some not-so-frightening familiars, learn the infamous Witches Dance, and more.
Saturday, October 7, 2023 Escape for a full day of “Witches Shopping Bingo” in the curious streets of downtown Eureka Springs, with fun costume and cackling contests, and a group performance of the Witches Dance in Basin Park. The night concludes with the Witches + Wizards Ball in the haunted underground level of the City Auditorium!
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum will host its annual “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City” cemetery walking tours. This event has been wildly popular each year and is a great way to experience the “living history” of Eureka Springs. Actors in period costumes come alive in the cemetery and share stories of their unique and colorful pasts. This is a one-hour walking tour through the Eureka Springs' Cemetery and tours begin at 5:30pm lasting through 8:30pm. For more information call the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-8417 or click the link above for information and tickets.
The Mad Hatter Ball: Friday, 10/20/2023
The magic of the Mad Hatter Ball returns to the Crescent Hotel on October 20th, 2023! This year’s Mad Hatter Ball theme is a nod to ESSA’s 25th Anniversary, or silver anniversary: “Hollywood: The Silver Screen.”
Be a part of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with ESSA’s premiere event, The Mad Hatter Ball.
DJ TESTUBE will provide the beats as guests dance the night away in their finest flare. As always, a fabulous online and in-person auction will give attendees near and far the opportunity to take home magnificent works of art, craft, gift certificates, and more… all supporting the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA.) Stars and starlets attending the live event can wet their whistles at the Crescent Hotel’s full bar and enjoy a fabulous pasta buffet with delicious desserts.
Taking place at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, this event is an annual sell-out experience, so get your tickets here.
I Haunt You
Like all Melonlight Productions, I Haunt You is an original play like no other. This elegant ghost story is a two-hour seated entertainment experience, embellished with magnetic dancing, marvelous costumes, and of course, a bit of fright.
This daring stage performance features only two actors telling the suspenseful stories of three different couples. The show features fabulous lighting, an incredible soundscape and a story that captivates audiences inside the historic white walls of the Melonlight Ballroom in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
The Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl: Saturday, October 28, 2023. Get your tickets and invite your friends, and by golly be sure to book your hotel NOW because on the evening of Saturday, October 28, 2023 our mountain town turns downtown into a Zombie invasion. This parade draws of hundreds upon hundreds of visitors to Eureka Springs as hungry brain-eating zombies make their annual descent down Spring Street. It is really something to see and experience.
While events and festivals truly come alive during this thrilling time of year, Northwest Arkansas is also appealing in Autumn to nature enthusiasts, adventurers, and pumpkin spice mongers. As the leaves begin their breathtaking transformation into a vibrant tapestry of red, orange, and gold, there's no better time to immerse yourself in the heart of it all.
Picture yourself strolling through the charming streets of Eureka Springs lined with quaint boutiques, artisanal shops, and cozy cafes, all while being surrounded by the natural splendor that only the Ozark Mountains can offer.
From scenic hikes in Fayetteville, bike trails in Bentonville, and rugged trails in Eureka Springs to a leisurely cruise on the lake from Rogers, this season offers a spectrum of activities to cater to every traveler's desire. Indulge in local flavors at a farmer's market, sip on warm apple cider as you take in the stunning vistas of the colorful rolling hillsides, and relish in the comforting embrace of cozy accommodations nestled amidst the foliage.
Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, a family adventure, or simply a rejuvenating getaway, Eureka Springs and the surrounding areas beckon you to immerse yourself in the magic of fall in the Ozarks.
Book your unforgettable autumn experience now and let's make memories.❤️