Ozarktober Fest | Celebrating the Ozarks

The Downtown Springdale Alliance invites you to be part of a brand-new celebration during one of the best times of year, nestled in one of the most special places in the country. The Ozarks region we call home is rich with culture, and Ozarktober Fest is a four-day series of events designed to highlight a sampling of wonderful traditions and emerging amenities that make this area unique. Staged in the core of Downtown Springdale, Ozarktober Fest features 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. We invite you to see what we have in store for each day of our inaugural festival and hope to see you there!



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 | 4:30 – 9 P.M.


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. In celebration and appreciation of the local growers who comprise our regional network of vibrant farmers markets, the evening’s entire menu features seasonal foods and beverages grown, prepared or brewed in Northwest Arkansas. The adventure begins early with a few savory treats and cocktails before boarding the train for a beautiful autumn night to remember. Four courses with delicious beverage pairings will be served during the excursion while guests are entertained by wonderfully talented traditional Ozark musicians.

Dinner and train ride tickets: $135

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017 | Multiple options starting at 5 P.M.


The welcoming rustic setting of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History’s Cooper Barn in Downtown Springdale offers the perfect backdrop for traditional bluegrass and regional music. The evening starts with informal pickin’ and then moves to the featured band. In addition to providing guests delicious food truck dinner options while they take in the free performance on the lawn, ticketed hayrides will depart from Shiloh Museum and travel a short distance to historic Bluff Cemetery, which dates back prior to the Civil War. Fifth generation Ozarker, regional culture expert and celebrated story-teller Susan Young will lead tours of the cemetery and share its fascinating history.

Hayride and tour tickets: $10


Extend your Ozarktober Fest fun by coming to the Arts Center of the Ozarks to experience Mary Shelly’s 1818 classic “Frankenstein” like you’ve never seen it before. Presented by the Northwest Arkansas Audio Theatre, the creature comes to life in the context of a 1940’s old-time-radio studio. The performance allows the audience to explore the “theatre of the mind” as they listen to voice actors, musicians, singers, sound effects artists and plenty of other hauntingly unexpected guests. Come early at 7 p.m. to take spook-tacular photos with your favorite Halloween characters–and then the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  http://www.acozarks.org/frankenstein/.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 | 4 – 7 P.M.


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 a slightly spooky outdoor movie appropriate for all ages.
• Carnival games at Shiloh Square, Touch-a-Truck and pumpkin carving
• Costume Parade for kids, adults and pets
• Treats from Downtown Springdale businesses
• Pumpkin Drop Finale on Emma Avenue
• Movie Hotel Transylvania at Walter Turnbow Park


Keep the Halloween fun going with a performance of Mary Shelly’s 1818 classic “Frankenstein” presented by the Northwest Arkansas Audio Theatre at the Arts Center of the Ozarks.  You’ll enjoy this classic in the style of a 1940’s old-time-radio studio. Come early at 7 p.m. to hear University of Arkansas Assistant Professor Lissette Lopez Szwydky enlighten the audience with a presentation and talk-back based upon her research on adaptations of the Frankenstein character in the 19th century–then enjoy the performance at 7:30 p.m.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  http://www.acozarks.org/frankenstein/.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 | 1 – 6 P.M.


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 Ozark Mountains. Alongside hours of entertaining live music and dancing will be a beer festival featuring delicious microbrews that found their beginnings in Northwest Arkansas. More information about the music lineup, featured brewers and beer tasting tickets will be found on the Downtown Springdale Alliance website. Visitors will be encouraged to enter the event from the Razorback Greenway, relax and stay awhile.

Beer tasting tickets and commemorative stainless steel beer pint cup: $30 AT THE DOOR

Join Brandon Weston of Mountain Man Traditional Healing for a discussion of traditional healing and magic methods in the Ozarks on Sunday, October 29 from 2-3pm at Magnolia Gardens!

Traditional Ozark Healing & Folk Magic: $10