Festivals in Arkansas are “not to miss”. The festivals are held in such places as the Ozarks, State Parks, Forts and many other towns and places. They include folk festivals, rodeos, and blossom festivals. Won’t you join the many people who travel just to Arkansas to enjoy the festivals there?
Arkansas Folk Festival, Mountain View (Court Square, Ozark Folk Center State Park): Annual Spring celebration featuring handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, parade, folk and bluegrass music, dancing on the courthouse Square, and window decorating contest. A great fun family festival. Ozark Folk Center opens for the season. Free admission to the Crafts Village during this weekend. Free shuttle from downtown to the Folk Center. April 19-20, North Central
Old Fort Days Rodeo, Fort Smith: The annual Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith has been entertaining rodeo enthusiasts with talented cowboys, high prize money and quality rodeo livestock for more than 80 years. The fast-paced action includes calf roping, barrel racing, wild horse racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, the Old Fort Days Dandies, and bull riding. It is held at Kay Rodgers Park. May, Northwest
Toad Suck Daze, Conway: Festival goers gather for food-on-a-stick, local and national entertainment, arts & crafts, activities for kids, and of course, the World-Famous Championship Toad Races. Several festival-sanctioned events sponsored by local nonprofit organizations take place throughout the weekend as well, including a 5K/10K race and the Tour de Toad bicycle race. May 3-5, Central
Bentonville Film Festival, Bentonville: The festival is the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. Films that receive the Audience, Jury Selection and Best Family Film awards at the Bentonville Film Festival will receive a distribution agreement with a guaranteed traditional theatrical release on a minimum of 25 screens from AMC Theatres. AMC Theatres will also participate in the film submission and jury selection process. Harnessing plenty of star power, the festival is a one-of-a-kind event. Hosted by ARC Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola and AMC Theatres and chaired by Academy Award-winning Actor Geena Davis, the festival screens approximately 75 films in competition, ranging from studio premieres to independent features and documentaries. May 7-11, Northwest
Territorial Fair, Little Rock: With a new theme each year, the Historic Arkansas Museum’s Territorial Fair is always one of Little Rock’s favorite family events. Enjoy living history performances, hands-on activities for children, 19th century dancing, frontier demonstrations, pioneer games and more. May 11, Central
31st annual Magnolia Blossom Festival & 30th annual World Championship Steak Cook-Off, Magnolia: This event has arts and crafts, a sidewalk art show and sale, a 5K run, a fishing tournament, food booths, live entertainment, a championship steak cook-off and more. May 17-18: Southwest
Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, Heber Springs (Greers Ferry Lake): Put your creative talents – and boat building skills – to the test at this event. There are three divisions of competition in both adult and children’s races including one or two-person, team and mechanical. All participants race a 200-yard-course. Past entries have been USS battleships, planes, trains and even the Starship Enterprise. Trophies awarded include the Pride of the Fleet, the Titanic Award, plus first, second and third places in each division for speed. Other activities include a tug of war, a watermelon eating contest, a treasure dig for kids, sand sculpting and the Cardboard Boat Demolition Derby. July 27, North Central.
Give Travelkatz a call – NOW – at 352-277-7300 and we will get you to your festival of choice and plan a special vacation around it.
The town: Victorian homes, historic hotels, spas, springs, outdoor fun, world-class restaurants, stunning architecture, unforgettable Bed n’ Breakfast’s, unique wedding locales, over 100 locally owned shops. Top 10 Small Market Arts Destination (American Style.) One of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations (National Trust for Historic Preservation.); On National Register of Historic Places.
Eureka Springs Historic District Tram Tours: See and learn about Eureka Springs, up close and personal on the open-air, trolley style trams. Each tour is fully narrated by a fun, knowledgeable local guide. The tour makes 2 stops. First stop is the 1886 Crescent Hotel, where there will be ample time to look around inside and outside the hotel, as well as enjoying the view of the beautiful Ozark mountains and the Christ of the Ozarks Statue. The second stop is at one of the historic cold-water springs. The tram is “covered” but open on the sides. This makes it great for being able to see the beautiful homes, buildings, limestone walls and sidewalks and the tree covered hillsides throughout this amazing historic district. Find out, too, why Robert Ripley, of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, called Eureka Springs one of the 10 Most Unusual Towns he ever visited in the United States. Find out the history of the town. Visit the most haunted hotel in America, see the first neon sign west of the Mississippi, find out about the 60+ springs, see what shops you want to visit… This is a great way to start your Eureka Springs trip! Friendly knowledgeable tour guide.
Eureka Springs was officially founded in 1879, but the area was very active due to its locations and well known for its dozens of “healing” springs. Native Americans used them, as well as Civil War soldiers recovering from injuries. Built on rocky limestone ledges, the city became known as “Little Switzerland” and is well known for its many Victorian era homes. Tim guided us past some of the springs, told about rare winter sledding as a kid, pointed out key homes and businesses of the area such as the Flat Iron Building and the beautiful Crescent Hotel (with its ghosts). It was fun and fact-filled tour with plenty of personality.
We found that the city has over 100 restaurants, many cute little shops and B&B’s, and many nearby attractions, making Eureka Springs a destination location for visitors to the Ozarks. Well worth the time! Highly recommended!
Thorncrown Chapel: Beautiful chapel with lots of windows to let the beauty of the surroundings inside. We also had the opportunity to hear a little history while we were there. Very interesting. Very peaceful and serene. A beautiful place for a wedding.
Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour: The tour starts in the Teacher’s Lounge on the 4th floor. One of the most interesting and creepy aspects of the building is that it was used as a scan cancer “cure” center in the early 1920’s. The tour ends in the basement in the room that used to be the receiving room for bodies that where being moved to a funeral home. The autopsy room and body cooler are also included in the tour. It is definitely a unique and intriguing place.
Zarks-A Fine Design Gallery: a fine design gallery. Represents over 120 local, regional and national artists. Featured work includes ceramics from the Spring Street Pottery Studio, fine jewelry, painting and the region’s largest collection of contemporary American art glass.
Harmon Park: Harmon Park is located at 532 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Harmon Park is home for the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission main office which is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park has 6.45 acres and contains a playground, skate-park, restrooms, Dog Park and recently constructed Opera of the Ozarks platform for performances. This is just one of the many parks in and around Eureka Springs.
Great Passion Play: And just outside the city limits is the Great Passion Play venue where you can watch the life of Christ from birth to death. The actors are residents of Eureka Springs and surrounding areas. Then tour the grounds where you will find other areas of interest, a gift shop and the Ozarks statue of Christ looking over the valley. Awesome!
There are flights from Tampa to Fayetteville Regional Airport which services Eureka Springs which is a short drive away. Just give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will see that you have a special time in Eureka Springs.