Destination Spotlight | Hot Springs, Arkansas

Greetings, Festiva travelers. Are you going to Hot Springs soon? Let’s take a look at all the wonderful festivals in store for this month and beyond at this Arkansas destination.

October 5-14: Pocket Community Theatre presents: “The Secret Garden.” A story of transformation, The Secret Garden, is a charming adaptation by Sylvia Ashley of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel that takes you to Mary’s secret refuge. A classic for the whole family!

October 6 – 28 (Weekends Only) Magic Screams at Magic Springs!  Tis the season for spooks and thrills, and Magic Springs officially kicks off the spirit of Halloween with Magic Screams! Featuring: Wasteland, Somethings Can’t Be Buried, CarnEvil #9: Here Come The Clowns, Paradox – The Bridge To NoWhere, Campfire Tales, Greatest Show on Earth, Trick or Treat Trail & Pumpkin Patch.

Theater of Horror 2: Weekends in October. Meet with Mr. Savage’s Nightmare Live Shows plus see Scary Films, but beware weak heart, you may unwillingly become a part of the last act.

Arkansas State Fair: October 11 – 21. This family-oriented event offers a variety of entertainment and educational opportunities for all ages in a safe and clean environment. The event showcases Arkansas with a focus on agriculture, livestock, the arts, and technology and promotes youth and youth development.

Oktoberfest 2018: October 12 – 13. Enjoy authentic Bavarian beer and cuisine as well as other family friendly fun and entertainment.

27th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival: October 19 – 27. A 9-day all-walk festival makes its home in one of the most unique destinations of the American South, with all screenings and parties held within easy walking distance. Film-lovers and filmmakers gather to immerse themselves in more than 100 of the best international features and shorts the documentary world has to offer, and to attend unforgettable events and parties.

Spa City Rocktober: October 20.
Music Lineup: Us On Fire, Full Circle, Hooker Red, Tripswitch Band, Soulstus, VAIL, Eight Eyes. 

Celebrate Fall! October 27. Put your costumes on and explore a spooky train, trick-or-treat, and get a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Kid’s activities include face painting, spooky science experiments and potions, wand making, and silly pumpkin decorating.

Glow on the Row: October 31. Make your way up to the free parking garage, and all of Exchange Street. Featuring Trick or Treating, 18,000 glow sticks, 2,000 lbs of candy, a costume contest, balloon animals, inflatables, face painting, toys for allergy sensitive children, live music, and food trucks.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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