October is the Best Month in Hot Springs

Let's go ahead and address the big old elephant in the room.

Most folks love coming to Hot Springs during their summer vacation, which makes total sense. We've got three gorgeous lakes, trails to hike, Magic Springs, historic landmarks and spas galore. After all, Hot Springs was literally built to be a relaxation destination and summer is prime play time.

As someone who is here quite a bit, I'm going to let you in on a little secret.

October is the best month of the year in Hot Springs. Hands down.

Fall is already the best time of the year: the air is crisp (but not cold), there's no humidity or mosquitos, you're able to enjoy the outdoors without being uncomfortable, and you get great comfort foods. Plus you've spent just enough time back at school and work that a quick weekend away is the perfect time to unwind before the stress of the holidays approaches.

Hot Springs takes all of this awesomeness that is fall and doubles it with nationally recognized festivals and events. Here's just a sampling of what's lined up for this October:

Fall Foliage in Hot Springs Arkansas
Peak Fall Foliage
End of September through October
Sure, the Northeast gets a lot of attention for its autumnal colors. That doesn't mean a gorgeous fall drive is beyond your grasp. Head down to Hot Springs during the month of October when the National Park and surrounding areas are expected to turn brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red this season.


Magic Screams at Magic Springs Amusement Park
Month of October
Grab the kids for giggles and screams as ghouls and ghosts roam around the roller coasters.


Historic Hot Springs Farmer's Market

Tuesdays and Saturdays
Some delicious end of the season goods are available to browse in addition to coffee and kombucha.

Hot Springs National Park Kennel Club Dog Show
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
You know what's better than a few adorable puppies on the internet? Hundreds of adorable animals filling the Hot Springs Convention Center! Admission is free, but avoid bringing small children who may distract the contestants.


26th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 6-15
Don't be fooled - this local film festival is a BIG DEAL among U.S. and International filmmakers. Winners of the HSDFF Short Documentary competition become eligible for an Academy Award - so some of the most talked about films make their debut here each fall.


7th Annual Hot Water Hills Festival
October 6-7
This town has been lovingly called "The Portland of the South" and you can see why during Hot Water Hills. This funky festival combines arts, crafts, live music and food for a weekend full of family-friendly fun.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Pocket Community Theatre 
October 6-15
The famous Frank Oz film starring Rick Moranis was an adaptation of this off-broadway play. It's the perfect show to get you in the mood for Halloween and it's right in the heart of Hot Springs.


Oktoberfest benefitting the Faces Foundation
October 13 - 14
Hot Springs is quickly becoming home to many of the best craft breweries in the state. Mix in some German cuisine and an organization dedicated to providing medical services to people in need - and you'll have a great time while doing some good.

High School Fishing Academy
October 28
As a frequent destination for the World Championship of Bass Fishing and home of the $86,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge -- Lakes Ouachita, Catherine and Hamilton have earned a reputation for being perfect fishing spots. If you've got a young angler in your home, this is an excellent opportunity for him or her to refine their skills.

Don't believe me? Book a room in October, come down and play, and see for yourself.