Eureka Springs’ 32nd Annual Jazz Eureka Festival

August 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Jazz Eureka Festival 2017The sounds of great jazz will once again fill Basin Spring Park and venues around Eureka Springs, AR during the 32nd annual Jazz Eureka Festival weekend! September 14th through the 16th, 2017.

Jazz Eureka Festival 2017 is a weekend of free and ticketed, live jazz music played in Basin Spring Park and other venues across Eureka Springs. National and regional performers fill the weekend with great sounds, jam sessions, and seminars for the discerning musician and adoring fan alike.

This year’s festival is set to feature performances by the Block Street Hot Club, Fourscore, Charged Particles featuring Paul McCandless, the Richard Bruton Quartet, and Veronica Swift.

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Discover the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame!

July 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of FameWhat do Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Cash, John Grisham, and Mary Steenburgen all have in common? They have all called Arkansas home! Learn about these stars and over 80 other famous sons an daughters of Arkansas with a visit to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame, in Pine Bluff, AR.

You might be surprised to learn just how many famous actors, singers, writers, and others in the entertainment world have lived in Arkansas. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame has already inducted 88 famous Arkansans – and they wont be done any time soon!

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Get Set For the 26th Annual Hot Springs JazzFest!

July 15th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs JazzFest 2017If you love great jazz, then you do not want to miss the 26th annual Hot Springs JazzFest, August 31st through September 3rd, 2017! This beloved jazz festival brings out the best local, regional, and even national jazz musicians for 4 days of great music and fun.

Hot Springs JazzFest has been a summer staple for the region since 1992. Held each year on Labor Day Weekend, the festival features a variety of jazz performances, great food, and special events. Events take place at a variety locations around Hot Springs, many of them outdoors and free!

Only a few, tantalizing details for this year’s Hot Springs JazzFest have been released. These few hints, along with memories of previous festivals, have already heated up speculation that 2017 may produce the biggest JazzFest yet!

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The 2017 Heber Springs World Championship Cardboard Boat Races

June 23rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

World Championship Cardboard Boat Races 2017Get set for the 31st annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races! This beloved and wacky annual event is scheduled for July 29, 2017, 10am at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake in Heber Springs, AR.

Heber Springs’ Cardboard Boat Races began as a novelty in 1987 to help drum up a little more summer tourism for the area. If they had had any idea how successful and popular this event would be, they probably would’ve started up sooner! Every year contestants, spectators, and film crews from across the country come to witness the spectacle – and spectacle it truly is!

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Johnson County Peach Festival!

June 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Johnson County Peach FestivalCome take a bite out of history, and maybe a few peaches as well, at the longest running festival in Arkansas! The 2017 Johnson County Peach Festival celebrates its 76th anniversary July 20 – July 23!

Peaches! Is there any other fruit that so embodies summer? Their golden hue and shape reminiscent of the sun and sunsets. Their delicious sweet juiciness so perfect for snacking on during hot summer days and desserts for hot summer nights. The Johnson County Peach Festival has been celebrating both this humble, delicious fruit and the area’s successful peach industry since 1938!

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Come Explore Arkansas’ Mammoth Spring State Park!

May 26th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mammoth Spring State ParkMammoth Spring State Park, in Mammoth Spring, AR is home to the state’s largest natural spring, a 10-acre spring fed lake, opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and much more!

Mammoth Spring is the second largest spring in the Ozarks. It flows at an amazing average rate of almost 10 million gallons an hour! All this water is the direct result of rainfall over the high plains of southern Missouri. The rainfall percolates down through the soil to a vast system of interconnected cavities that eventually converge and reappear aboveground as a scenic 10-acre lake with an island in Mammoth Spring State Park.

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Come Out For the 40th Anniversary of Little Rock’s Riverfest!

May 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Little Rock's Riverfest 2017The 40th anniversary of Little Rock’s Riverfest is four days of food, arts, live music, and celebration on the banks of the Arkansas River. June 1st through the 4th, 2017.

Riverfest, held every summer in Little Rock, AR is the state’s largest single event with upwards of 200,000 festival-goers attending. The roster of national acts playing Riverfest helps explain the heavy attendance. This year’s lineup includes Wiz Khalifa, Justin Moore, Cage The Elephant, Billy Currington, Morris Day & The Time, and many many others!

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Learn Legends of Lost Conquistador Gold at Old Spanish Treasure Cave

April 28th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Spanish Treasure Cave in Sulphur Springs, AROld Spanish Treasure Cave, in Sulphur Springs, AR, is a living limestone cavern shrouded in the mystery and legend of lost Conquistador gold. If you’ve a taste for adventure and mystery, take a tour of Old Spanish Treasure Cave!

It’s a story that goes back more than 350 years.

Shortly after its discovery, Spanish Conquistadores searched the New World for riches. According to legend, a group of these intrepid explorers passed through the Northwest Ozarks. Lost, weak from illness and malnutrition, and assailed by natives, they secreted the treasure they were carrying in a cave.

Thereafter, Old Spanish Treasure Cave remained sealed with its secrets. In 1885 an old Spaniard from Madrid re-discovered the cave with the help of a couple of old maps. Though he and many others have scoured the caverns, no one has ever found the lost treasure.

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Sample Savory Suds at the 2017 Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival!

April 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Craft Beer FestivalIt must be spring: it’s almost time for the annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, from 4pm to 8pm at the Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market Plaza.

The very first Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival was only three years ago but the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. Last year’s event was supposed to attract upwards of 650 people. More than 1,000 showed! And why not?

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival attracts not just a few craft breweries from around the region but a stupendous number of great craft breweries from all around the US! Last year saw more than 100 different breweries in attendance offering over 400 beers to sample.

The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival is like a who’s who of craft breweries, all under one roof.
A beer lover’s paradise.

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Explore Quigley’s Castle – “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

March 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quigley's Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

Quigley’s Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”
– photo by Brandonrush

No visit to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas is complete without a stop by Quigley’s Castle. This uniquely designed family home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quigley’s Castle is less a castle than it is a unique family home. It would be nothing at all, were it not for the creative vision of one Elise Quigley.

The structure is located on an eighty-acre farm just four miles south of Eureka Springs. In 1930, W. D. Quigley deeded this property to his son, Albert Quigley and his son’s wife, Elise. Initially, they lived on the property in an old lumber shack.

According to legend, Albert promised Elise that she could design their new home and she got right to it. Unfortunately, five children into the marriage they were still living in the same, old lumber shack. To Elise, it seemed like they would never break ground. Eventually, something did break: it was Elise.

Elise Quigley had long since completed her design for the new house and was done waiting. One day, after Albert headed off to work, she and the children pulled the lumber shack down. Now Albert would HAVE to start the new house – and so he did.

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