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Oct 12

Ozarktober Fest - Celebrating the Ozarks

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 9:09 AM by Melissa Reeves


Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Ozarktober Fest - Celebrating the Ozarks

The Downtown Springdale Alliance invites you to be part of a brand-new celebration—Ozarktober Fest—during one of the best times of year, nestled in one of the most special places in the country.

Staged in the core of Downtown Springdale, Ozarktober Fest is a four-day festival that will feature food, music, and lore as well as the booming microbrewing industry that is just one more growing asset Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks can claim—plus one night will be all about Halloween family fun. 

The Ozarks region we call home is rich with culture, and Ozarktober Fest is a series of events designed to highlight a sampling of wonderful traditions and emerging amenities that make this area unique. 

Much of the celebration will be free to the public. For more information about schedules and how to purchase tickets to the ticketed events, visit

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 26 – Ozarks Meets Deutschland – Farm to Table Dinner Train Excursion
Board one of three first-class A&M Railroad dining cars from Downtown Springdale to experience a very special Ozarks spin on a gourmet five-course German-style meal prepared by Brightwater Chefs Michael Kuefner and Vince Pianalto. Tickets are extremely limited due to space on the train and are expected to sell out quickly.

Friday, Oct. 27 – Ozark Music Barn Party and Halloween Hay Rides
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Shiloh Museum Cooper Barn to enjoy an evening of free, live, and traditional Ozark music. Departing from Shiloh Museum will be two ticketed hayrides that will travel a short distance to join a guided tour of Bluff Cemetery with regional expert Susan Young, where you’ll hear stories of this beautiful place that dates back to before the Civil War.

Saturday, Oct. 28 – Ozarktober Springdale Halloween Fest
Springdale Parks & Recreation and Springdale Police Department are teaming up to provide a huge free downtown Halloween celebration for the whole family. The fun begins early and keeps it up even after dark with an outdoor movie appropriate for all ages.

4 p.m. - Carnival games at Shiloh Square, Touch-a-Truck and pumpkin carving 
5:30 p.m. - Costume Parade line-up starts at Shiloh Square for all kids, adults, and pets who want to participate 
5:45 p.m. - Costume Parade on Emma Avenue with treats from Downtown Springdale businesses
6:45 p.m. - Pumpkin Drop Finale on Emma Avenue 
7 p.m.- The movie “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown at Walter Turnbow Park

Sunday, Oct. 29 – Ozarktober Fest Brews and Tunes
Magnolia Gardens will be the beautiful setting of a full afternoon of free performances of traditional regional music and celebration of the wonderful culture that has evolved over centuries in the Ozarks. Alongside music and dancing will be a beer festival featuring delicious microbrews that found their delicious beginnings in Northwest Arkansas. More information and beer tasting tickets will be found on the Downtown Springdale Alliance website.

Click here to view the Facebook event page for Ozarktober Fest.