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Festivals and Parades

Arkansas hosts a variety of annual festivals, fairs, and parades throughout the year. Some of the more well-known affairs, such as the Hope Watermelon Festival or the Arkansas Apple Festival, celebrate the centrality of agriculture to both local life and the wider state economy. Others celebrate some aspect of industry that is central to town life, such as the Malvern Brickfest or the Fordyce on the Cotton Belt Festival. A number of festivals focus upon arts and crafts, music, and movies, as well as an array of holiday-related celebrations centering upon Christmas or Independence Day. In addition, such events as Toad Suck Daze or the Lepanto Terrapin Derby simply provide opportunities for amusement. 

February

 

 Daffodil Days

 Hot Springs (Garland County)

 Mid-Southern Watercolorists’ Juried Exhibition

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 

 

March

 

 Annual Quilt Show

 Texarkana (Miller County)

 Camden Daffodil Festival

 Camden (Ouachita County)

 Celebrate Art Shows

 Springdale (Washington County)

 Earth Day Celebration

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 Eureka Springs Gallery Association Showcase

 Eureka Springs (Carroll County)

 Eureka Springs Kite Festival

 Eureka Springs (Carroll County)

 Governor Conway Days

 Bradley (Lafayette County)

 Jonquil Festival

 Historic Washington State Park, Hempstead 
 County

 Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

 Mountain View (Stone County)

 Ozark Foothills Film Festival

 Batesville (Independence County)

 Pioneer Craft Festival

 Rison (Cleveland County)

 Quilt Show

 Tyronza (Poinsett County)

 Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming

 Searcy (White County)

 Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival

 Hot Springs (Garland County)

 Wild Cave Tour and Dripstone Trail Tour

 Fifty-Six (Stone County); also occurs in April

 Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival

 Perry County

 

 

April

 

 Arkansas Folk Festival

 Mountain View (Stone County)

 Blooms Blues Festival

 Altus (Franklin County)

 Calico Rock Homecoming

 Calico Rock (Izard County)

 Dogwood Festival

 Siloam Springs (Benton County)

 Fordyce on the Cotton Belt Festival

 Fordyce (Dallas County)

 Great Cotter Trout Festival

 Cotter (Baxter County)

 Harbor City Festival and Gumbo Cook-off

 Pine Bluff (Jefferson County)

 Hogskin Holidays Festival

 Hampton (Calhoun County)

 Old Hardy Town Spring Arts and Crafts Show

 Hardy (Sharp County)

 Promise Land Spring Fest

 Wing (Yell County)

 Spring Fest

 Heber Springs (Cleburne County)

 Spring Jammers Jamboree

 Otto (Faulkner County)

 Star Daze Festival

 Star City (Lincoln County)

 Thunder in the Mountains

 Eureka Springs (Carroll County)

 Twin Rivers Festival

 McNab (Hempstead County)

 Wild Cave Tour and Dripstone Trail Tour

 Fifty-Six (Stone County); also occurs in March

 Wild Hog Music Festival and Motorcycle Rally

 Helena-West Helena (Phillips County)

 

 

May

 

 Augusta Days

 Augusta (Woodruff County)

 Bald Knob Home Fest

 Bald Knob (White County)

 Big Bass Festival

 De Queen (Sevier County)

 Big Woods Birding Festival

 Clarendon (Monroe County)

 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival

 Warren (Bradley County)

 Camp Adams Civil War Reenactment

 Yellville (Marion County)

 Crawdad Days Music Festival

 Harrison (Boone County)

 Crawford County Festival Arts and Crafts Fair

 Van Buren (Crawford County)

 Dermott Crawfish Festival

 Dermott (Chicot County)

 Diamond Festival

 Murfreesboro (Pike County)

 Dinosaur Festival

 Nashville (Howard County)

 Esperanza Bonanza Festival

 Marion (Crittenden County)

 Eureka Springs May Festival of Arts

 Eureka Springs (Carroll County)

 Fulton County Homecoming Festival

 Fulton County

 Hamburg Armadillo Festival

 Hamburg (Ashley County)

 Hillbilly Days

 Witts Springs (Searcy County)

 Hope Bluegrass Festival

 Hope (Hempstead County)

 Hot Springs Music Festival

 Hot Springs (Garland County)

 Kingston’s Fair on the Square

 Kingston (Madison County)

 Loose Caboose Festival

 Paragould (Greene County)

 Magnolia Blossom Festival and World
   Championship Steak Cook-off

 Magnolia (Columbia County)

 Mount Ida Good Ol’ Days Festival and Car Show

 Mount Ida (Montgomery County)

 Mustang on the Mountain

 Morrilton (Conway County)

 Old Time Days

 Van Buren (Crawford County)

 Ozark Arts and Crafts Fair

 Rogers (Benton County)

 Peach Blossom Festival

 Nashville (Howard County)

 Petit Jean Show

 Morrilton (Conway County)

 Picklefest

 Atkins (Pope County)

 Rough and Ready, Rhythm and Roots Festival

 Monticello (Drew County)

 Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair

 Bentonville (Benton County)

 Stars and Stripes Festival

 Tyronza (Poinsett County)

 Steamboat Days Family Festival

 Witts Springs (Searcy County)

 Toad Suck Daze

 Conway (Faulkner County)

 Whistle Stop Festival

 Ashdown (Little River County)

 Yell Fest

 Dardanelle (Yell County)

 

 

June

 

 Buffalo River Elk Festival

 Jasper (Newton County)

 Catholic Point Picnic

 Catholic Point (Conway County)

 Chicken and Egg Festival

 Prescott (Nevada County)

 City of Shirley Homecoming

 Shirley (Van Buren County)

 Emerson Purplehull Pea Festival and World
   Championship Rotary Tiller Race

 Emerson (Columbia County)

 Freedom Fest

 West Memphis (Crittenden County)

 Great Arkansas Pig Out

 Morrilton (Conway County)

 John Huddleston Day

 Murfreesboro (Pike County)

 Johnson County Peach Festival

 Clarksville (Johnson County)

 Juneteenth

 (state wide)

 Leslie Homecoming, Arts and Crafts Festival

 Leslie (Searcy County)

 Lum and Abner Festival

 Mena (Polk County)

 Malvern Brickfest

 Malvern (Hot Spring County)

 Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival

 Paris (Logan County)

 North Arkansas Rusty Wheels Old Engine Club

 Harrison (Boone County)

 Oil Town Festival

 Smackover (Union County)

 Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival

 Jacksonport (Jackson County)

 Red, White, and Blue Festival

 Mountain Home (Baxter County)

 Riverfront Blues Festival

 Fort Smith (Sebastian County)

 Turpentine Creek Native American Pow Wow

 Eureka Springs (Carroll County)

 Valleyfest

 Russellville (Pope County)

 

 

July

 

 4th of July Celebration

 Fairfield Bay (Van Buren County)

 Altus Grape Festival

 Altus (Franklin County)

 City of Caraway 4th of July Picnic

 Caraway (Craighead County)

 Ding Dong Days

 Dumas (Desha County)

 Fantastic 4th Celebration

 El Dorado (Union County)

 Homecoming Picnic

 Corning (Clay County)

 July 4th Celebration

 Horseshoe Bend (Izard County)

 Pops on the River

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 Summer Gospel Festival

 Otto (Faulkner County)

 Watson Homecoming Days Festival

 Watson (Desha County)

 

 

August

 

 Arkansas Old Time Fiddle Championship Contest

 Mountain View

 Bryant Fall Fest

 Bryant (Saline County)

 Cane Hill Harvest Festival

 Cane Hill (Washington County)

 Cave City Watermelon Festival

 Cave City (Sharp County)

 Festival Latino

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 Frisco Festival

 Rogers

 Gravette Day

 Gravette (Benton County)

 Hope Watermelon Festival

 Hope (Hempstead County)

 Hot Springs Blues Festival

 Hot Springs

 Hot Springs Jazz Fest

 Hot Springs

 Maynard Pioneer Days

 Maynard (Randolph County)

 Mount Nebo Chicken Fry

 Dardanelle

 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival

 Ozark (Franklin County)

 Pigtrail Motorcycle Rally

 Ozark (Franklin County)

 Tontitown Grape Festival

 Tontitown (Washington County)

 Tudor Rose Renaissance Faire

 Wrightsville (Pulaski County)

 White River Days

 Bull Shoals (Marion County)

 Wiederkehr Weinkeller Weinfest

 Wiederkehr Village (Franklin County)

 

 

September

 

 Antique Automobile Festival

 Eureka Springs

 Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly
   Chili Cook-off

 Bull Shoals

 Bluegrass Festival

 Texarkana

 Cotton Picking Contest

 Caldwell (St. Francis County)

 Crawford County Festival, Arts and Crafts Fair

 Van Buren

 Depot Days

 Newport

 Four States Fair and Rodeo

 Texarkana

 Lick Skillet Day

 Brinkley (Monroe County)

 Mountainfest

 Mena

 National Championship Chuckwagon Races

 Clinton (Van Buren County)

 Petit Jean Fall Swap Meet and Car Corral

 Morrilton

 Pinnacle Hills Arts Festival

 Rogers

 Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair

 Prairie Grove (Washington County)

 Rector Day Picnic

 Rector (Clay County)

 Rock and Blues Festival

 Fayetteville (Washington County)

 Saline County Fair and Rodeo

 Benton (Saline County)

 Smoke on the Water Festival

 Pine Bluff

 Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show
   and Rodeo

 Hope (Hempstead County)

 Times-N-Traditions Festival

 Newark (Independence County)

 Tribute to Grandpa Weekend

 Mountain View

 Trumann Wild Duck Festival

 Trumann (Poinsett County)

 World Fest

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 

 

October

 

 Arkansas Apple Festival

 Lincoln (Washington County)

 Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival

 Helena-West Helena

 Arkansas Rice Festival

 Weiner (Poinsett County)

 Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 Cabotfest

 Cabot (Lonoke County)

 Fall Festival

 Van Buren

 Harvest Fest

 Harrison

 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

 Dyess (Mississippi County)

 Lepanto Terrapin Derby

 Lepanto (Poinsett County)

 Mount Magazine Frontier Day

 Paris

 October Fest

 Hot Springs

 Old Applegate Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival

 Ozark

 Old Time Rock and Roll October Fest

 Cherokee Village (Sharp County)

 Pea Ridge Mule Jump and Show

 Pea Ridge (Benton County)

 Timberfest

 Sheridan (Grant County)

 Turkey Trot Festival

 Yellville (Marion County)

 War Eagle Fair

 Hindsville (Madison County)

 Wing Ding Festival

 Jacksonville (Pulaski County)

 World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig
      Quartz, Quiltz, and Craftz Festival

 Mount Ida

 

 

November

 

 Annual Buck Fever Festival

 Banks (Bradley County)

 Festival de Otoño

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 Lit’l Bit of Christmas

 Jonesboro (Craighead County)

 Original Ozark Folk Festival

 Eureka Springs

 

 

December

 

 Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase

 Little Rock (Pulaski County)

 Festival of Trees

 Horseshoe Bend

 Holiday Extravaganza

 Mountain Home

 Winter Blast of Blues

 Mountain Home (Baxter County)

 

For additional information:
Arkansas South. http://www.arkansassouth.com/ (accessed January 30, 2019).

Arkansas Tourism Official Site. http://www.arkansas.com/ (accessed January 30, 2019).

Department of Arkansas Heritage. http://www.arkansasheritage.com/ (accessed January 30, 2019).

Doris Russell Foshee
Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Related Butler Center Lesson Plans:
Arkansas Festivals of the Land (Grades 7-8)

Last Updated 1/30/2019

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