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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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Through October 31, Piggott

Friendly Forest at Pumpkin Hollow
Pumpkin Hollow

The Friendly Forest is designed by the folks at Pumpkin Hollow just for children, wimpy adults, and the faint-of-heart! Open now every day with new scenes and interactive displays. Spend some time playing in the “Pirate Ship” play set and in the covered wagon. You will want to explore a little further to see what new fun has been added in 2017. New in 2017 will be markers identifying trees and plants along the Friendly Forest trail. For hours and admissions call 870-598-3568 or visit




October 7, Washington
Gardening Basics for the Fall
Historic Washington State Park – 1874 Courthouse

Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join our historic gardener in a hands-on workshop geared toward fall and winter gardens and learn how to properly care for your plant beds over the winter. Admission: $25. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 870-983-2684 or visit


October 13-14, North Little Rock
Central Arkansas African Violet Society Show and Sale
North Little Rock Community Center

The Central Arkansas African Violet Society will be presenting “Violets Vacation in the Natural State.” We will have a wide variety of African violets (and their cousins) available for viewing, photographing, and for sale. There will also be potting supplies and just about everything you need to grow your own beautiful African violets. Club members will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge. Free admission. Saturday noon-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Danny Tidwell at


October 21, Hot Springs
Celebrate Fall in the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

The Gardens will open at 9 a.m. with candy for trick or treaters ages 12 and under (costumes encouraged), a pumpkin patch with free pie-sized pumpkins for the first 200 children who visit the gardens, a spooking “James the Train” for climbing fun, and a special treasure map for kids to hunt for “Garvan Rocks” to keep (one rock per child). The Chipmunk Cafe will be serving up fall treats 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Members free/non-member adults $15 and $5 ages 4-12. For more information, visit

October 21, Mammoth Spring
Beekeeping 101
Mammoth Spring State Park

Learn the basics of bees and beekeeping and decide if this is the hobby or business for you. Time and location TBS. For more information, contact Mammoth Spring State Park at 870-625-7364.

October 19-21, Bella Vista
Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival
1991 Forest Hills Boulevard

The festival features 300 juried exhibitor booths with hand-made original arts and crafts, five circus-sized tents plus hundreds of individual tents on our beautiful spacious grounds. Shuttle service from the parking area, free admission, and a wide variety of great foods. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit




November 3, Russellville
Eagle Tour
Lake Dardanelle State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American bald eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing, including American white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will take reservations this year. Call 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat.


November 4, Little Rock
Fall Foliage Lake Cruise
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Experience the beauty of a tree rainbow along the shores of nearby Lake Maumelle. Join a park interpreter for a guided tour of these amazing colors. Don’t forget your camera – you won’t want to miss the amazing foliage of the Ouachita Mountains. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Admission: $15 adults, $8 ages 6-12. Advance payment and registration required. Call 501-868-5806 for more information.

November 4, Wickes
Cast Iron Round Mini-Servers Workshop
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Visitor Center Amphitheater

Join park interpreters for a fun day of cooking with cast iron. Learn the history and techniques and receive a cast iron round mini-server. We will make entrees and desserts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $25 per person/$10 per person for meal. Call 870-385-2201 to make your reservation.

November 11, Washington
Cast Iron Cooking: Holiday Sweets & Treats
Historic Washington State Park

Sugar cookies, gingerbread, and other holiday favorites can all be made with ease in a cast-iron Dutch oven. This half-day workshop will be devoted to advanced recipes, so beginners are encouraged to take the basic skills class first. Call 870-983-2684 for more information. Reservations required.


November 18, Parkin
Casqui Foods
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Bring your family and friends to experience the tastes of the past. Most of the dishes will be created from food grown in our on-site garden and other ingredients gathered from the surrounding area.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Free. Call
870-755-2500 for more information.


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