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 (Stone County)

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 (Benton County)

Gravette Day

Gravette (Benton County)

Hope Watermelon Festival

Hope (Hempstead County)

Hot Springs Blues Festival

Hot Springs (Garland County)

Hot Springs Jazz Fest

Hot Springs (Garland County)

Maynard Pioneer Days

Maynard (Randolph County)

Mount Nebo Chicken Fry

Dardanelle (Yell County)

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 (Carroll County)

Antique Tractor & Engine Show

Scott (Pulaski and Lonoke counties)

Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-off

Bull Shoals (Marion County)

Bluegrass Festival

Texarkana (Miller County)

Cotton Picking Contest

Caldwell (St. Francis County)

Crawford County Festival, Arts and Crafts Fair

Van Buren (Crawford County)

Depot Days

Newport (Jackson County)

Four States Fair and Rodeo

Texarkana (Miller County)

Lick Skillet Day

Brinkley (Monroe County)

Mountainfest

Mena (Polk County)

National Championship Chuckwagon Races

Clinton (Van Buren County)

Petit Jean Fall Swap Meet and Car Corral

Morrilton (Conway County)

Pinnacle Hills Arts Festival

Rogers (Benton County)

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 (Jefferson County)

Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show and Rodeo

Hope (Hempstead County)

Times-N-Traditions Festival

Newark (Independence County)

Tribute to Grandpa Weekend

Mountain View (Stone County)

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 (Phillips County)

Arkansas Goat Festival

Perryville (Perry County)

Arkansas Rice Festival

Weiner (Poinsett County)

Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show

Little Rock (Pulaski County)

Cabotfest

Cabot (Lonoke County)

Fall Festival

Van Buren (Crawford County)

Harvest Fest

Harrison (Boone County)

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

Dyess (Mississippi County)

Lepanto Terrapin Derby

Lepanto (Poinsett County)

Mount Magazine Frontier Day

Paris (Logan County)

October Fest

Hot Springs (Garland County)

Old Applegate Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival

Ozark (Franklin County)

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 (Montgomery County)

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 (Carroll County)

December

Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase

Little Rock (Pulaski County)

Festival of Trees

Horseshoe Bend (Izard County)

Holiday Extravaganza

Mountain Home (Baxter County) 

Winter Blast of Blues

Mountain Home (Baxter County)

For additional information:
Arkansas South. http://www.arkansassouth.com/ (accessed September 8, 2022).

Arkansas Tourism Official Site. http://www.arkansas.com/ (accessed September 8, 2022).

Department of Arkansas Heritage. http://www.arkansasheritage.com/ (accessed September 8, 2022).

Doris Russell Foshee
Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Last Updated: 09/08/2022