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15 Central Arkansas festivals to anticipate in 2015 

Clear your calendar. These are the biggies ahead.

BEER AND MORE BEER: Essentially every craft beer in the market can be had at the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival in October.

Brian Chilson

BEER AND MORE BEER: Essentially every craft beer in the market can be had at the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival in October.

Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast

We're mixing it up for the third go-round of the most delicious event the Times puts on. In 2015, in addition to a professional category filled by local and regional restaurateurs, there'll be a separate division open to amateurs and, for each division, people's choice awards. Look for a registration announcement early this year and for the festival, at the Argenta Farmers Market grounds again, to be held sometime in April.

5th annual Indie Arts & Music Festival

April 25

Also known as Etsy Fest, this event is a handmade marketplace made more festive with live music, in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Arkansas Literary Festival

April 23-26

Authors you know and authors you don't but should gather in venues throughout downtown to read and talk and make us all more literate. Bonus appeal: Most all of the appearances are free.

Jewish Food and Cultural Festival

10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26

The celebration of latkes, knishes and matzo ball soup will take place on the concourse of War Memorial Stadium. There is also jewelry and other fun stuff to buy, kids' activities, an "Ask the Rabbi" booth and klezmer music — challah along with the band!

Little Rock Film Festival

May 11-17

Your chance to see some of the best independent narrative and documentary films and hear from and interact with the filmmakers behind them. Plus, the parties are always great.

Riverfest

May 22-24

The granddaddy of all Arkansas festivals returns on Memorial Day with big-name musical acts; dogs jumping, acrobatically, into water; men not wearing shirts who should be wearing shirts, and so many funnel cakes.

31st annual Greek Food Festival

May

This is the papous of all food festivals hereabouts, three days of food (both to eat at the festival at the Greek Orthodox Church and to go), dancing, music and arts and crafts.

Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape

June

Sample hundreds of wines, nosh on tasty tapas, listen to live music and hang with your friends at the Times at this annual outdoor fest at the Argenta Farmers Market grounds.

2nd annual ACANSA

September

The longest festival in Central Arkansas, Acansa is a six-day celebration of dance, music, theater, visual arts and literary events from artists local and national.

Rocktoberfest

September

More beer! This one, 12 years running, comes courtesy of the Central Arkansas Fermenters and features hundreds of commercially brewed beers alongside more than 50 homebrews.

Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival

Oct. 23

If you like craft beer, our annual festival in Argenta is something you can't miss. For one low, low price, you get the opportunity to sample essentially every craft beer available in the market, eat loads of pub-style grub and hear quality live, local music.

Hillcrest HarvestFest

Fall

For those who live in Hillcrest or nearby, it's an annual rite of passage: walking through the hordes on Kavanaugh (blocked off for the day) with an open container, a dog on a leash and a baby stroller. Plus, there's always great music and a fun fashion show.

Main Street Food Truck Festival

Fall

With the word that a truck soon to open in Little Rock will sell Alaskan dumplings, we're just a Korean taco truck away from reaching food truck nirvana. We've got purveyors of just about every sort of deliciousness serving food from trucks, and nearly all of them will be at this annual festival.

World Cheese Dip Championship

Fall

Some claim cheese dip was invented here. Regardless, Arkansans eat it by the bucketful and love to debate the finer points of the stuff. Here's a chance to do both.

5th annual Cornbread Festival

Fall

Cornbread may not have been invented here, but it's certainly been perfected here. Competing cornbread cooks join arts and crafts vendors to bring out the masses to several blocks of Main Street, in the SOMA neighborhood.

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