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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.




Daffodil Days

Hot Springs (Garland County)

Mid-Southern Watercolorists’ Juried Exhibition

Little Rock (Pulaski County)





Annual Quilt Show

Texarkana (Miller County)

Camden Daffodil Festival

Camden (Ouachita County)

Celebrate Art Shows

Springdale (Washington County)

Earth Day Celebration

Little Rock

Eureka Springs Gallery Association Showcase

Eureka Springs (Carroll County)

Eureka Springs Kite Festival

Eureka Springs

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

Wild Cave Tour and Dripstone Trail Tour

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

Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival

Perry County





Arkansas Folk Festival

Mountain View

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

Twin Rivers Festival

McNab (Hempstead County)

Wild Hog Music Festival and Motorcycle Rally

Helena-West Helena (Phillips County)





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

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

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

Ozark Arts and Crafts Fair

Rogers (Benton County)

Peach Blossom Festival


Petit Jean Show



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


Steamboat Days Family Festival

Witts Springs

Toad Suck Daze

Conway (Faulkner County)

Whistle Stop Festival

Ashdown (Little River County)

Yell Fest

Dardanelle (Yell County)





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


John Huddleston Day


Johnson County Peach Festival

Clarksville (Johnson County)


(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


Oil Town Festival

Smackover (Union County)

Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival

Jacksonport (Jackson County)

Red, White, and Blue Festival

Mountain Home

Riverfront Blues Festival

Fort Smith (Sebastian County)

Turpentine Creek Native American Pow Wow

Eureka Springs


Russellville (Pope County)





4thof July Celebration

Fairfield Bay (Van Buren County)

Altus Grape Festival


City of Caraway 4thof July Picnic

Caraway (Craighead County)

Ding Dong Days

Dumas (Desha County)

Fantastic 4thCelebration

El Dorado (Union County)

Homecoming Picnic

Corning (Clay County)

July 4thCelebration

Horseshoe Bend (Izard County)

Pops on the River

Little Rock

Summer Gospel Festival


Watson Homecoming Days Festival

Watson (Desha County)





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

Frisco Festival


Gravette Day

Gravette (Benton County)

Hope Watermelon Festival


Hot Springs Blues Festival

Hot Springs

Hot Springs Jazz Fest

Hot Springs

Maynard Pioneer Days

Maynard (Randolph County)

Mount Nebo Chicken Fry


Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival

Ozark (Franklin County)

Pigtrail Motorcycle Rally


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)





Antique Automobile Festival

Eureka Springs

Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly
   Chili Cook-off

Bull Shoals

Bluegrass Festival


Cotton Picking Contest

Caldwell (St. Francis County)

Crawford County Festival, Arts and Crafts Fair

Van Buren

Depot Days


Four States Fair and Rodeo


Lick Skillet Day

Brinkley (Monroe County)



National Championship Chuckwagon Races

Clinton (Van Buren County)

Petit Jean Fall Swap Meet and Car Corral


Pinnacle Hills Arts Festival


Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair

Prairie Grove (Washington County)

Rector Day Picnic

Rector (Clay County)

Rock and Blues Festival

Fayetteville (Washington County)

Smoke on the Water Festival

Pine Bluff

Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show
   and Rodeo


Times-N-Traditions Festival

Newark (Independence County)

Tribute to Grandpa Weekend

Mountain View

Trumann Wild Duck Festival

Trumann (Poinsett County)

World Fest

Little Rock





Apple Fest

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


Cabot (Lonoke County)

Fall Festival

Van Buren

Harvest Fest


Mount Magazine Frontier Day


October Fest

Hot Springs

Old Applegate Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival


Old Time Rock and Roll October Fest

Cherokee Village (Sharp County)

Pea Ridge Mule Jump and Show

Pea Ridge (Benton County)


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





Annual Buck Fever Festival

Banks (Bradley County)

Festival de Otoño

Little Rock

Lit’l Bit of Christmas

Jonesboro (Craighead County)

Original Ozark Folk Festival

Eureka Springs





Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase

Little Rock

Festival of Trees

Horseshoe Bend

Holiday Extravaganza

Mountain Home

Winter Blast of Blues

Mountain Home (Baxter County)


For additional information:
Arkansas South. (accessed July 21, 2017).

Arkansas Tourism Official Site. (accessed July 21, 2017).

Department of Arkansas Heritage. (accessed July 21, 2017).

Doris Russell Foshee
Murfreesboro, Arkansas

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

Last Updated 7/21/2017

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