Artoberfest 2018 is Saturday in downtown Batesville; listen to fest directors discuss this year’s event


The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) is hosting the third annual Artoberfest, an arts and music festival on Main Street (between 3rd St. and N Central Ave.), this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The festival will feature local and regional artist booths, a sidewalk chalk art competition, and art demonstrations, including a live mural painting by Lyon College Art Students. There will also be live music by Ed Casper, Love Holler, Sleeping Fit, and Walters & Rounds, along with other family-friendly activities.

The Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile is returning to Batesville for this year’s festival, according to the council. This “one-of-a-kind” space features curated exhibitions of works from the Arkansas Arts Center’s permanent collection. The current exhibition, Who What Wear, presents a tailored collection of original artworks from the Arkansas Arts Center’s permanent collection. While engaging with these diverse representations of clothing, viewers are invited to try on the idea that who they are is reflected in what they wear, the council noted.

Artoberfest is free for the community to enjoy thanks to sponsors:  Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, Future Fuel Chemical Company, and Lyon College.

For more information call (870) 793-3382 or email

Listen below from comments from Carly Dahl, the executive director of BAAC, and Dustin Bork, talk about Artoberfest 2018, and check out some images from last year’s Artoberfest in downtown Batesville.


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