Your Guide to Can't Miss Fall Festivals and Events in Little Rock

Posted on September 4, 2020

Little Rock in the fall is a great time to visit, as it is almost always marked by one of many festivals that take place throughout the city from September through November. Though COVID-19 has changed the way many of our 2020 festivals will be organized, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy these iconic Little Rock events in a virtual and socially distant setting.


This information is correct as of September 4. We’ll continue to update this blog as more information becomes available.


Big Dam Bridge 100

The state’s largest bike race, the Bid Dam Bridge 100 attracts thousands of riders each year, but the 2020 race will look quite different. Instead of a large, mass start with a planned route, cyclists may now take part in an in-person Solo Challenge for those who still plan to travel to Little Rock to enjoy the beautiful, natural scenery of central Arkansas. The course will not be marked, and aid stations will not be in place, but Little Rock welcomes riders who want to travel and ride in person.  A second option is the Driveway Challenge - a virtual event where cyclists may ride anytime and from any place. Cyclists who prefer to roll their current registration to the 2021 tour may do so at no charge. You can find more information at their website.


Main Street Food Festival

This annual event draws tens of thousands to Main Street each September. 2020 would have been the event’s 10th anniversary, but instead, it has been postponed until 2021.

The Arkansas Cinema Society's 2020 festival has transitioned to a drive-in event, combining the best in modern moviemaking with Americana nostalgia. Tickets for the festival, which runs from October 1-4 can be found on the society's website


World Cheese Dip Championship

Billing itself as Arkansas’s “official pandemic comfort food,” the World Cheese Dip Championship will take place virtually on Saturday, October 3. We'll update this listing when more information becomes available.  


Hillcrest Harvest Fest

For many locals, this October street festival in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood is the unofficial start of fall, but this year’s event has been cancelled.


Six Bridges Book Festival

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock), and the teen poetry competition. Tim O’Brien and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson are among the renowned roster of presenters. You can view the entire festival lineup at their website.


Central Arkansas Pride Fest

In 2020, Central Arkansas Pride Fest is going virtual. The event will be celebrated on Saturday, October 17 via Facebook Live with the “Thrive with Pride.” This year, organizers are inviting community members to submit their own informative or entertaining videos for inclusion in the broadcast. You can find participation details on their website


Arkansas State Fair

The 2020 Arkansas State Fair has been cancelled. The annual event draws more than 400,000 Arkansans each year and it will do so again 2021. While the fair might be cancelled, the Arkansas Livestock Show Association will proceed with a junior livestock at the state fairgrounds on October 16-25. More information is available on their website.


Boo at the Zoo, Laser Safari at the Little Rock Zoo

In leu of Boo at the Zoo, the Little Rock Zoo is presenting a brand-new family attraction: Laser Safari. Families are invited to avoid the crowds and be entertained from the safety of their own vehicles during this drive-in laser light show. There will be three exciting thirty-minute shows each night from September 17-20, 24-27, and October 1-4. This family-friendly show will include the latest music, out-of-this-world laser lights and incredible graphic effects. Tickets are currently available via the zoo’s website.

Shadows at Sixth
New this year from the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, the Little Rock Zoo and the Arkansas Rep, Shadows at Sixth is a drive-though haunted house experience in the public parking garage at the corner of 6th and Scott street in downtown. This first-of-its-kind event promises to be filled with fun frights. It runs from October 9-31 and tickets are currently available on the Little Rock Zoo's website. 

Greek Food Festival

Typically a highlight of May, this year’s Greek Food Festival will take place Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25. Over the 35 years, the festival has donated nearly $1.5 million to more than 30 local charities and is known for their handmade Greek foods and outstanding entertainment lineup. Entrance is $3 or 3 canned goods and parking, trolley service and children under 12 are free. You can see more information on their website.


Big Boo!seum Bash

An iconic Halloween event, the Big Boo!suem Bash sees Little Rock’s museums and attractions play host to trick-or-treaters for a spooktacular night of fun. Preparations are currently underway for a safe and socially distanced event this October. We’ll update this blog as new information becomes available.


Arkansas Cornbread Championship

The 10th annual Arkansas Cornbread Championship is scheduled to take place in the South Main neighborhood on Sunday, November 7. Organizers are still working out the details of this year’s event and we’ll update this blog when we have more information.



Want to see even more local events? Check out our event calendar to find the latest details on upcoming events.


This information is correct as of September 4. We’ll continue to update this blog as more information becomes available.