Category Archives: Arkansas Events

Attend Ozark Folk Festival 2019

October 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Ozark Folk Festival 2019The upcoming, Original Ozark Folk Festival is America’s longest, continuously running folk festival. Ozark Folk Festival 2019 marks the beloved tradition’s 72nd anniversary. Come see what all the fuss is about November 6th through the 10th in Eureka Springs, AR!

Eureka Springs’ Ozark Folk Festival has been an autumn tradition since 1948. The festival is a showcase of folk music mountain music in the Ozark tradition, often performed on handcrafted instruments. You’ll also be treated to big name, national acts, like headliners, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Marty Stuart.

This year’s event includes nearly 30 performances, many of which are free!

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See You at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019!

September 23, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019Get ready for 9 days of nonstop films, filmmakers, and film lovers at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019! October 18th through the 26th, 2019 in Hot Springs, AR.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019 (HSDFF) marks the 28th annual return of North America’s longest running, non-fiction film festival. Movie Maker Magazine has named it one of “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” and we agree.

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Musicfest El Dorado 2019 – 2 Days of Music and Much More

September 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Musicfest El Dorado 2019Musicfest El Dorado 2019 is just weeks away. This year’s 2-day event sees headliners Walk the Moon and Brett Young with 7 others, plus food, drink, crafts, a kid’s world, and fun attractions like a zip line and obstacle course. September 27-28, 2019 in El Dorado, AR.

Downtown El Dorado, AR explodes with live music, food, and fun every year when the annual Musicfest returns. The event always brings a good selection of both big name and emerging artists. This year’s lineup is no exception. Friday the 27th sees Twin XL, The New Respects, lovelytheband, and Walk the Moon. On Saturday it’s Trey Johnson, Teddy Robb, Gabby Barrett, Tyler Rich, Gone West, and headliner Brett Young.

And that’s just the lineup for the main stage at the MAD Amphitheater!

The weekend also includes Crutchfield, Blackstrap, Jimmy Lewis & 8 and Second Ride, and The Karla Case Band on Saturday at the Union Square stage. Saturday will also see a variety of acts on the acoustic stage and the Griffin Restaurant stage.

In fact, the big acts on the main stage are just the beginning of Musicfest El Dorado 2019!

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ACANSA Arts Festival 2019 – Arts Festival of the South

August 26, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

ACANSA Arts Festival 2019ACANSA Arts Festival is just around the corner, September 13th through the 28th, 2019. The 6th annual Arts Festival of the South will once again host a series of special weekend performances and events in various venues around Little Rock and North Little Rock, AR.

The annual ACANSA Arts Festival of the South has been bringing a diverse array of talent to Little Rock every September since 2014. The festival celebrates with live music, theater, workshops, symposiums, and art in all its myriad forms.

This year’s event continues the tradition with a roster that includes Latin pop sensation Gina Chavez, award-winning food historian Jessica B. Harris, contemporary dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC, and renowned jazz guitarist Bill Frisell!

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Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019 – Celebration In The Sky

August 16, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, wait. It’s much better than that. It’s Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019, Sept 6-8, 2019 in Harrison, AR!

The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championships are a popular annual event, held in Harrison, AR since 1995. While the event is primarily a chance for balloon pilots to show off their skills, that’s not all. The three-day event also features helicopter rides, skydiving, tethered balloon rides, food, drink, and goods vendors, and live music.

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Don’t Miss the 2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races!

July 12, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races

“Chuck Wagon Racing” (detail) by xlibber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you’re looking for some good, old fashioned fun and excitement, look no further than the 33rd annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races, in Clinton AR!

Chuckwagon racing got its official start as a spectator sport at the 1923 Calgary Stampede. The U.S. National Championship Chuckwagon Races, on the other hand, have been a Labor Day weekend tradition in Clinton, AR since 1986.

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Johnson County Peach Festival 2019

June 17, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Johnson County Peach Festival 2019Come experience the fun of Arkansas’ longest running festival at the 78th annual Johnson County Peach Festival! July 18th through July 20th, 2019 in Clarksville, AR.

The Johnson County Peach Festival has been an Arkansas tradition since 1938. The best part of such a successful and long running event is the trust it engenders. I mean, after 78 years, you know they’ve got this thing down.

That’s certainly true of Johnson County Peach Festival 2019. The weekend is a veritable cornucopia of activities, entertainments, and attractions.

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Rodeo of the Ozarks 2019 – Saddle Up for the 75th Anniversary

May 31, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Rodeo of the Ozarks 2019The 75th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks – June 26th through the 29th, 2019 – is coming right up! Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the top five outdoor rodeos in the country!

Rodeo of the Ozarks has been a staple of summer entertainment here in NW Arkansas since 1944. The event draws hundreds of folks from around the country to come compete and spectate.

More than 500 of the nation’s best cowboys, cowgirls, and rough stock are expected at this year’s event. Rodeo events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Youth events include a calf scramble, a “wild horse” race, and – of course! – mutton busting.

The whole shebang winds up with a parade and an exciting fireworks display!

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Old Fort Days Rodeo 2019 – 86 Years of Boots, Bulls, and Barrels

April 26, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Fort Days Rodeo 2019If you’re looking for some good, old fashioned excitement and entertainment, then don’t miss Old Fort Days Rodeo 2019, May 27th through June 1st in Fort Smith, AR.

The annual Old Fort Days Rodeo has been a tradition in Fort Smith for 86 years, now. The rodeo attracts talented cowboys and excited audiences with a winning combination of high prize money and fast paced, quality rodeo action.

Events include calf and team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and mutton busting. The event also includes an annual rodeo parade, nightly live entertainment, special theme nights, and much more.

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Toad Suck Daze Festival 2019

April 20, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Toad Suck Daze 2019Toad Suck Daze 2019 is coming right up, May 3rd through the 5th, in Conway, AR. This annual event attracts up to 150,000 visitors each year with live music, carnival rides, and of course, Toad Races!

Toad Suck Daze has been entertaining folks the first weekend of every May since 1982. What began as one man’s idea on how to forget the recession has become a beloved annual festival that attracts visitors from all over.

The event is named after a historic crossing on the Arkansas River, just outside of Conway. “Daze” was added as a play on the word “days” and to call out “the euphoria of spring.” The festival was originally held in Toad Suck Park but was moved to downtown Conway after spring flooding made the park unavailable one year.

The name “Toad Suck” itself, remains somewhat of a mystery. Theories abound as to the source. The most accepted theory is that, while steamboat crews waited for their loads to be transferred, they’d frequent a tavern on the spot and commence to “… suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.”

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