October means festivals and fall fun in the Arkansas Delta


Fall is in full swing…and in the Arkansas Delta that means great festivals and fun for the entire family.

One of the world’s most iconic blues events, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, takes place in historic Helena on Oct. 5-8. The festival routinely draws visitors from around the globe and spans 5 city blocks. Visitors can choose from six stages featuring more than 80 acts. In addition, there’s vendors, activities for the kids, great food and fun for the entire family. This year’s headliners include Sonny Landreth with special guest Roy Rogers, John Mayall and Charlie Musselwhite.

In Trumann, it’s the 34th annual Wild Duck Festival on Oct. 7-8. The community festival features a carnival, midway vendors, a sanctioned barbecue contest, live music and more. For the youngsters, there’s a petting zoo, hayrides, and a scavenger hunt. The festival promises fun for the entire family. 

The 40th Annual Arkansas Rice Festival takes place on Oct. 8 in Weiner. The festival celebrates the harvest and the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas. This year’s activities include a mini-tractor pull, lawnmower races, carnival rides, games, car and tractor shows, a rice cook-off, and the rice tasting lunch. 

In McGehee, it’s the 10th annual Owlfest on Oct. 14-15. The weekend is filled with fun and includes live music, crafts and food vendors, children’s carnival and fireworks. Don’t miss the Razorback tailgate party! Saturday night wraps up with a concert by Arkansas’s own Barret Baber.

Take some time this October to explore the Arkansas Delta!