There’s really no bad time to visit Eureka Springs but October has to be at the top of the list of good times. From the glorious fall colors to the wealth of activities in and around Eureka Springs, there’s no better time to plan your getaway. We’ve got something for every taste nearly every day of the month.
The first big event of the month will be our annual Corvette Weekend, which draws more than a thousand of these classic American sports cars every year. Car shows, exhibits, and parades will be springing up all over town October 3rd through 6th.
Also that weekend, the Eureka Springs Rotary Club will be holding their fund-raising Oktoberfest from 11am-5pm on Saturday, the 5th, in the parking lot adjacent to the historic Eureka Springs Courthouse. Come join in the fun with micro-brews, seasonal beers, food & music.
Moving from the fermented to the cerebral, October 10th through 12th will find the literati at the Carnegie Public Library’s Fall book sale. Dedicated readers can stock up on sacks-full of books for pennies on the dollar while helping support one of the only Carnegie-endowed public libraries in the state.
Continuing the theme, the same weekend also brings us the 46th Annual Ozark Creative Writers Conference on the 10th through 13th. Editors, writers, and publishers will speak and facilitate discussion panels. And, as if the weekend weren’t quite busy enough, October 12th will also be the season’s final edition of our Second Saturday Music in the Park series with a free performance in Basin Spring Park by The Cleverlys from 3pm-5pm as well as another perennial favorite, the Gallery Stroll, from 6pm to 9pm. Stroll through downtown, visit galleries and artists, and enjoy the array of styles and genres of a town known world-wide for its arts and artists.
On the weekends of the 17th & 18th and the 25th & 26th, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum will be presenting Voices from the Silent City, a guided tour of our historic cemetery with costumed characters portraying many of Eureka’s more notable (and sometimes scandalous) early citizens. Always entertaining, educational, and family-friendly (and not the least bit scary), this is another popular favorite with many of our visitors.
Dedicated – or even casual – craft fair denizens hardly need to be told about the War Eagle Craft Fair. From humble beginnings, War Eagle has grown into an enormous regional event which now draws visitors and exhibitors from all over the country and has spawned several more equally large fairs around the area on the same weekend. Put on your walking shoes and plan to see it all – October 17th through 20th.
The 23rd through the 26th bring us to the 66th Original Ozark Folk Festival – America’s longest continually-running celebration of Ozarks music and culture. From the Barefoot Ball (begun as a stunt on the old Truth or Consequences radio show), to the Queen Contest, to two full days of free music and folkways demonstrations in Basin Spring Park to Saturday night’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour shows in the Auditorium, all the art forms of the hills will be on full display.
If Folk isn’t your bag, there are still a couple of options for you that weekend. On Friday the 25th, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts will be hosting their 11th Annual Mad Hatter’s Ball at the Crescent Hotel from 7pm-11pm. Great fun for a great cause. Don’t forget your outrageously decorated hat; it’s required. Finally, on the 26th, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will hold their 18th Annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular from 7pm to 9pm with games, food, and a children’s costume contest providing fun for all ages.
Of course, all of this presupposes that you’re looking for something more to do over and above the activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment options Eureka Springs has to offer every day. Perhaps it would be just as pleasurable to curl up on the porch of your B&B with a cup of tea and a good book. Not to worry – Eureka Springs offers it all.