After such a hot summer, this cooler weather feels revitalizing, which is a good thing since autumn is such a busy time of the year. This weekend is no exception. Here are some ideas of things to do after that 5 o-clock whistle blows.
In the Arkansas River Valley
Festival on the Border, Fort Smith’s new multi-genre music festival, is Sept. 9-10. Performers include Dierks Bently with Randy Rogers Band, Andy Grammer, Girl Talk, The Fray, and the Fort Smith Symphony with guest violinist Mark O’Conner. Shows take place at the Fort Smith River Park, UA Fort Smith Campus, and the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center. Admission varies. For a detailed schedule, visit www.festivalontheborder.com or call 479-785-7726.
Take part in the 31st Cowie Wine Fest Arkansas and Arkansas Championship Grape Stomp on Sept. 10 near Paris. The Cowie Winery offers a blessing of the wine, grape stomping, live music, games, food and tours of the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum. There will also be a ringing of the 26 large church bells. Admission is free and events take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The winery is located three miles west of Paris on Ark. 22 at Carbon City. Visit www.cowiewinecellars.com or call 479-963-3990 for more information.
Hundreds of vintage classics compete for prizes and trophies on Sept. 9-10 during the 41st annual Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival. The event is comprised of a car show and a parade. A re-enactment of the 1922 bank robbery in Eureka Springs follows the parade. An automobile was used in the robbery getaway. The festival takes place at the Pine Mountain Village on U.S. 62. Visit www.eurekaspringschamber.com or call 479-253-8737 for more information.
Watch the wood chips fly at the Woodcarvers Jamboree on Sept. 9-10 in Eureka Springs. Woodcarvers, wood turners and wood burners exhibit their best works and demonstrate their crafts. The event is held at Pine Mountain Village on U.S. 62. Call 918-251-8734 for details.
The 20th annual Tired Iron of the Ozarks Antique Tractor and Engine Show is set for Sept. 9-11 in Gentry. Tired Iron of the Ozarks exhibits antique tractors and engines, old-time sawmilling and blacksmithing, plowing, home-related antiques, and more. RV parking with water hookups is available by calling 479-524-0450. The club is hosting the Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America regional show this weekend as well. The event takes place at 13344 Taylor Orchard Road. Visit www.tiredironoftheozarks.org or call 479-736-2841 for details.
Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View features Folk Dance Days on Sept. 9-11. The workshop is for people of all ages and covers traditional dance styles such as clogging, jig dancing, and contra dances. Dance troupes, instructors, and bands converge on the Ozark Folk Center for an intense weekend of fun. Visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com or call 870-269-3851 for details.
Look to the skies on Sept. 9-11 when Harrison hosts the 16th annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship at the North Arkansas College South Campus. The festival kicks off the first evening with more than 20 balloons tethered to the ground for the balloon glow. The event continues through Sunday with several balloon race competitions. Tethered balloon rides are available for $5. Visit www.arkansasballoonfest.com or call 870-741-2659 for more information.
This is the third year for the Heavenly Highway Yard Sale, which is set for Sept. 9-12. The event is comprised of 125 miles of yard sales along Ark. 5 form Calico Rock through Viola, Ash Flat, Salesville, Norfork and Ark. 177 in Pineville. Visit www.calicorock.us or call 870-297-4129 for more information. You can also search for treasures on Sept. 10 at the Horseshoe Bend Fall Citywide Yard Sale event. Visit www.horseshoebendarcc.com or call 870-670-5433 for details.
It’s time for Polo In The Ozarks on Sept. 10 in Fayetteville. Hosted by Dr. Brian and Donna Buell and family, Polo in the Ozarks features tailgate parties, dinner and dancing under the stars, children’s activities and both live and silent auctions. Visit www.lifestylesinc.org or call 479-521-3581 for more information.
The Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off heats up Sept. 10 in Bull Shoals. Cooks from all over Arkansas and surrounding states compete for the title. Vendors are also on-site selling their wares. Admission is $3. Call 870-445-3629 for more information.
Head to Springdale on Sept. 10 for the 34th Ozark Quilt Fair. New and antique quilts will be for show and sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. The cost is free for spectators and $10 for exhibitors. Visit www.shilohmuseum.org or call 479-750-8165 for more information.
The 34th annual Stamp & Postcard Show takes place Sept. 10-11 at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Mountain Home. Fifteen dealers from five states buy and sell old and new U.S. and foreign postage stamps, first day covers and historic postal artifacts. Collector supplies are also available. Admission is free. Call 870-425-7799 for details.
The public is invited to collect, display, swap and sell at the 24th annual Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society Fall Tailgate Sale and Auction on Sept. 10-11 in Siloam Springs. There will be a gem wash, mineral specimens, rough, slabs, geodes, fossils, flint knapping, and bead and wire wrap jewelry. The event also includes grab bags and an auction of specimens and equipment. Members, non-members, and dealers are welcome. Visit www.nwarockhounds.com or call 479-524-3084 for details.
Enjoy a short street theatre piece relating the colorful history of Eureka Springs on Sept. 11 in Eureka Springs. Twilight Tales, an open air performance in historic downtown Basin Spring Park, is produced by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society. Admission is free. Visit www.eurekasprings.org or call 479-253-9703 for more information.