By Tam McClure
Arkansas has so many events over the next several months that we could only choose a handful to share with our readers. What a great place to live and visit, with so many free and affordable family friendly events!
April 13-15 – Downtown Mountain View The 55th Annual Arkansas Folk Festival features handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, parade, mountain and bluegrass music, dancing on the Courthouse Square, and window decorating contest. Price: free. Find details at yourplaceinthemountains.com
April 22 – Pinnacle Mountain State Park West Summit Picnic Area – Celebrate Earth Day with programs dedicated to eco-friendly ideas, a tree planting ceremony, and recycling, reusing, and repurposing programs. Price: Free. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 4- The Friends of Dreamland will present the Edwin Brewer Jazz Painting Series in the historic Dreamland Ballroom. Attire is business casual or cocktail party. The event will be on the top floor of the Arkansas Flag and Banner building on 800 West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. Time: 5:30-7:30. Price: Free. Find more details at dreamlandballroom.org.
May 5 – The 50th Season Opening Performance of the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Named as “America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama” by the Institute of Outdoor Theatre and Drama of East Carolina University at Greenville. Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. Price: $27 adults, $17 youth, $13 children. For tickets and more information visit
May 20 – Armed Forces Honor Day at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Arkansas celebrates those who serve and have served in America’s military. Members of the military, past and present, receive discounts on tours and surrey rides. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Call for details 870-983-2684.
June 4 – 17 – The Hot Springs Music Festival brings together more than 100 musicians each June in historic Hot Springs. The Festival, now in its twenty second season, pairs world-class mentor musicians with talented pre-professional apprentices. For two weeks, these musicians present more than 20 concerts and 250 open rehearsals for music lovers to enjoy. Concerts are held at various venues throughout the Hot Springs area. Price: $10-$20 adults, $5 ages 17 and under. Find venue information and more at hotmusic.org
July 4- River Market District and First Security Amphitheater 34th Pops on the River is the largest Fourth of July event in Arkansas with more than 30,000 attendees. Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Price: Free.
Aug. 10-13 – Amity, Arkansas hosts Summer Trade Days – A family friendly country market with antiques, pottery, arts and crafts, farm implements, outdoor decor, jewelry, wood working and more. Bring your wallet and good walking shoes. Hours vary each day. Find details at amitytradedays.com.
Sept. 20-23 – Fayetteville Arkansas hosts the 18th annual Bikes Blues and BBQ Festival. The event is a motorcycle rally with bikes, blues and barbeque, dedicated to fundraising for local charities. Last year about a quarter million dollars was raised for local charities. Find more details at bikesbluesandbbq.org. b