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

The 10th annual World Cheese Dip Championship is upon us! The organizers have created a virtual Zoom event to everyone safe, healthy, and eating cheese dip. As they say, the cheese must go on! To participate in the event, you will need to sign up online and buy a ticket. With you $10 purchase, you also get the Zoom link to the event on Saturday, October 24 at 5pm.   

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.” The live broadcast begins at noon on the event's Facebook page. 


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 and Saturday October 24. 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. This year's festival will consist of online ordering and drive-thru pick-up only. Pre-ordering will be available 2 weeks before the festival and the hours for pick-up are: Friday, October 23, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, 11  a.m. - 7 p.m. 


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. This year's event is being held virtually, but there is still a chance to win the event's signature prizes. More details on how to participate are listed here.  


Arkansas Cornbread Championship

This annual Little Rock tradition is taking 2020 off, but will be back in 2021.


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.