One of the world’s most iconic blues events, the Kind Biscuit Blues Festival, takes place in historic Helena-West Helena on October 5-8. The festival routinely draws visitors from around the globe and spans five 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 Musselwrhite. For more information, log on to or call 870-572-5223.

In Truman, it’s the 34th Annual Wild Duck Festival on October 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. Visit or call 870-483-5242 for details. 

The 40th Annual Arkansas Rice Festival takes place on October 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. To learn more, log on to

In McGehee, it’s the 10th Annal Owlfest on October 14-15. The weekend is filled withfun 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 Barrett Baber. Visit or call 870-222-4451 to learn more. 


Take some times this October to explore the Arkansas Delta!

This story provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. For more information, visit