“Fall” in Love with Eureka Springs

It’s easy to see why autumn is the busiest time of the year in Eureka Springs. The rolling Ozark hills are ablaze in stunning golden colors. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway you can stop the clock and just be. For those wanting a more activity-filled way to spend a few days, the events calendar is full of interesting events.

A newer, but hugely popular event in Eureka Springs is the Voices of the Silent City Cemetery Tours presented by the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.    On the approximately one-hour tour, visitors are guided through the grounds of the cemetery with stops along the way to hear about the history of Eureka Springs from former residents of the city who now reside in the silent city.    Tours are on  Thursday evening, October 16th, Friday and Saturday evenings, October 17, 18th, 24th and 25th, and will feature accounts from some “Heroes, Healers and Humdingers” from Eureka’s past.  For more information visit the ESHM web site.

The country’s longest continuously running folk festival returns for the 67th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival on October 8th through 11th.   Events include a Queen’s Contest with local young ladies exhibiting both beauty and talent to become Folk Festival Queen.   3rd grade Hedgehoppers from Eureka Springs Elementary School will also perform a folk dance.    There’s a Barefoot Ball with music by The Cindy Woolf Band Featuring Mark Bilyeu of Big Smith, free music in Basin Spring Park all weekend  with Clancey Ferguson, The Clark Family Trio featuring Bill Nesbitt, Lyal Strickland & The Moonlight Farmers and Jeremiah Jones.   At 2pm on Saturday is the annual Folk Festival parade.    The highlight of the festival will be the Saturday night show at The Auditorium featuring The Ozark Mountain Daredevils with special guests Brewer & Shipley and Danny Cox.    More information is on the Ozark Folk Festival Web site, Facebook page, or to purchase tickets for the Barefoot Ball or Daredevils show, visit The Auditorium web site.

Experience the culinary excellence of Eureka Springs during the annual Food and Wine Weekend on November 6th through 8th.   Many local restaurants will be featuring their chef’s signature courses expertly paired with perfect wines.  All categories of restaurants are involved, offering everyone something to taste.   Other food related events include cooking classes, gallery strolls, and book signings.   For more information visit the Eureka Springs Food & Wine web site or Facebook page.

Eureka Springs has been mentioned on two lists from national publications as a must-see place during the fall.   The first is Travel & Leisure Magazine who listed the Ozarks and specifically mentioned Eureka Springs as number 6 on a list of America’s Best Fall Color Drives.    Eureka Springs also came in as number 7 on a list of “10 Best Places to See Fall Colors” compiled by USA Today.