Events

2019 Fort Smith Fall Festival
Dates: 9/28/2019 - 9/28/2019
Times: 7 AM-5 PM
Venue: Downtown Fort Smith
Garrison Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901

Come join us for downtown Fort Smith's BIGGEST event of the year! Historic lectures, trolley rides, Old West shootouts, kids area, prizes, a car show, living history encampments, Civil War weapons firings (Cannon, cavalry, and infantry!) dozens of vendors selling arts and crafts, a trial reenactment in Judge Parker's courtroom, an antique tractor show, and a Civil War dance are just a FEW of the things happening!


7 AM-Noon | Fort Smith Farmers Market

Located at the corner of 2nd Street and Garrison Avenue, every market day is a festival of the senses thanks to more than 90 growers, artisans and other types of merchants that supply a bountiful cornucopia of fresh produce, flowers, homemade candies, baked goods, canned jams and preserves, high-quality woodturning pieces, gourmet coffees, organic eggs, grass-fed beef and SO MUCH MORE!

8 AM-5 PM | Fall Fling @ Belle Starr Antiques

Free, family-friendly event with 130+ artisans and vendors (inside and outside) offering vintage, antique and salvaged treasures! The event will also feature LIVE music, food trucks and a beer garden (must be 21+) featuring local brews.

9 AM-4 PM | Miss Laura's Visitor Center

Stop in for a FREE guided tour and to find local maps, brochures and tourism guides. Miss Laura's is the first former bordello to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as the city's official visitor center. Friendly volunteers are here from 9 AM-4 PM Monday-Saturday and from 1 PM-4:30 PM on Sundays. The Victorian mansion has been restored to its original grandeur and offers a glimpse of life in the early 1900's at the original gateway to the American West. Miss Laura's is located at 2 North B Street in downtown Fort Smith.

9 AM-4 PM | Antique Machinery Show

Head to Fort Smith Trolley Museum for a fun-filled day of Antique Machinery and Trolley Rides. There will be trains, trolleys, tractors, engine displays, automobiles, a mobile blacksmith shop and more! Lunch will be served from 11 AM 'til 1 PM for just $5 per plate.

PLUS...don't miss your chance to support the museum's annual Rib Sale fundraiser! Just be sure to pre-order your delicious baby back ribs prepared by the Fort Smith BBQ Society ($24 per rack).

9 AM-5 PM | Rivervalley Artisan Market

The Arkansas River Valley's most unique urban, open-air market can be experienced at Ross Pendergraft Park from 9 AM-5 PM during the 2019 Fort Smith Fall Festival in Downtown Fort Smith! The Rivervalley Artisan Market is dedicated to offering a wide variety of handmade decor, jewelry, clothing, artwork, baked and non-baked goods, and much more by all-local artists and crafters.

10 AM-4 PM | Fall Festival @ Fort Smith National Historic Site

Ongoing Programs

  • Living History Encampments: earlier Fort Smith, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Mexican War, Civil War. 
  • Garden Tours: Officers' Wives Heritage Garden
  • Kids Area: games, scavenger hunt and prizes! 

Book Reading: My City is a Fort

  • 10:30 AM - Join author Kathy Jo Watson in the Kids Area for a special reading of her latest children's book.

Weapon Demonstrations

  • Civil War Artillery Demonstrations: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM.
  • Civil War Musket Demonstrations: 10:30 AM, Noon and 3 PM.
  • Civil War Cavalry Demonstrations: 11 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM
  • Rifle Regiment Rifle Demonstration: 2 PM

Speaker Series

  • 10 AM - The Life of William Henry Harrison Clayton (Mila Masur)
  • 11 AM - Explorer, Naturalist: Thomas Nuttall (Professor Steve Patterson)
  • Noon - Why the 1865 Council? (Professor Bill Corbett)
  • 2 PM - Garrison Life with Mary Cravens (Susan Allison)
  • 3 PM - Battle of Devil's Backbone (Professor Tom Waller)
  • 4 PM - Civil War Mourning (Melissa Grice Heck)

Courtroom Programs

  • 11 AM - Northwest Arkansas Heritage Brass Band
  • 3 PM - Court Trial Reenactment of Belle Starr

1st Jail Programs

  • 1 PM - Civil War Dance

11 AM | Fort Smith Museum of History

Join local historians and reenactors Floyd and Sue Robinson—the couple portrays Judge and Mrs. Parker—for a special program about the family of Judge Isaac C. Parker. Artifacts belonging to the Parker family will be on display.

Self-guided tours will be available on the 28th at the Fort Smith Museum of History from 10 AM-5 PM for regular admission prices. Adults (16 and up) $7.00; Children (6-15) $2.00; children under 6 FREE. Free to UAFS Students and members of the Fort Smith Museum of History.

Noon-4 PM | The Clayton House

Bring the whole family and let's celebrate the birthday of Judge Parker's prosecuting attorney, William H.H. Clayton, with birthday cake and Victorian-era lawn games!

At The Clayton House, you can also tour the antebellum home that William H.H. Clayton transformed into an Italianate-style mansion rich with austerity, as well as an immaculately preserved collection of 19th-century furnishings and original features like coal-burning fireplaces.

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