The annual Harvestfest is back in Hillcrest for its 16th year and we're going to go ahead and predict the low-key, family-friendly festival is going to be as great as they come, if only by coincidence. It's a bye week for the Razorbacks. The weather will be perfect with a low of 51 and a high of 72 and no chance of rain. And my God, the leaves are turning to their autumnal splendor, to boot. As with every year, music — lined up by Burt Taggart, the head of Hillcrest-based Max Recordings — is a highlight. This year features The Moving Front, the post-punk crew fresh off of releasing a new album, "Everyday Dissonance"; Velvet Kente, the brilliant fusion act that's fated for — and flat out deserves — enormous successes; The Reds, maybe playing one of its final shows after releasing its last album, "Welcome to Stifft Station", and Isaac Alexander, the multi-talented musician whose solo album, "See Thru Me," underdogged its way onto last week's "Greatest Arkansas Albums."
Again, food is a huge part, with restaurants galore setting up kiosks and offering samples. The crown jewel of this year's culinary offerings is the first annual Harvestfest Burger Cookoff, which offers $300, $200 and $100 awards for best overall burger, best grill station decoration and best burger presentation, respectfully.
While you're burying your sunburnt face in burgers and beers, kids — when not flexing their "Yo Gabba Gabba" moves in front of the music stage — have plenty of opportunities for distraction with face painting, bean bag tossing, sidewalk art, ring tosses and a bounce house.
In the evening, the yearly, ever-popular Box Turtle Fashion Show returns, showcasing Little Rock's young designers. This year, locals Missy Lipps, Summer Daniel, Linda Thomas, Trisha Timmerman, Ashley Murphy and Lauren Roark unveil their new designs with dozens upon dozens of models working the catwalk.
And if all of this isn't reason enough to get excited, Harvestfest organizers just announced that they've tracked down the elusive-to-the-point-of-mythical (and Times-celebrated) Mexicana Alicia taco truck. Ole!