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Top 20 Arkansas USA Events and Festivals

Explore this selection of the Top 20 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) taking place in the state of Arkansas.

Favorites of the main Arkansas US events include the Arkansas State Fair attracting more than 400,000 visitors every year and the unique Arkansas Jonquil Festival in mid March

See below for more about the Top 20 Arkansas events and festivals.

Arkansas Jonquil Festival
mid March
Washington, Arkansas

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAOne of the top 20 Arkansas USA Events and Festivals, this unique celebration of spring in a 19th-century restoration village that has been a popular event for over 42 years, the Jonquil Festival features thousands of blooming jonquils, many planted by early settlers, over 100 craft vendors, musicians performing varied types of music, surrey rides, food vendors, special interpretive programs and historic tours, and other added attractions.

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Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of the most recently established (2004) St Patrick’s Day events, and one of the main Arkansas US events, the Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade is already earning a reputation as one of the best St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the USA. It is also noted as the shortest procession, with a route taking in historic Bridge Street, designated "The Shortest Street in the World" (only 98 feet long) in the 1940s by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. As well as the famous people who have acted as grand marshals, such as the actors Bo Derek, John Corbett, and Tim Matheson, the Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade features leprechauns, bagpipers, quirky floats, the Parade King and Queen, marching bands, and even Irish Elvis impersonators.

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Arkansas Scottish Festival
mid April
Lyon College – Batesville, Arkansas

A popular event for 34 years, the Arkansas Scottish Festival celebrates Lyon College's Scottish and Presbyterian roots with a Celtic Concert the evening before the opening ceremony that features the popular and respected Parade of Clans and Band. Lyon College in Batesville, “The Natural State” celebrates all things Scottish during the Arkansas Scottish Festival. The three-day event includes piping and drumming competitions, Highland dancing and Scottish athletic events as well as food and music. For more

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Arkansas Folk Festival
mid April
Mountain View, Arkansas

Top Folk Music Festivals in the USATownspeople and visitors alike have saluted the folk culture of the Ozarks since 1963 with musical performances and dancing on the Courthouse Square. A highlight of this festival is an old fashioned "hometown" parade which brings out school bands, patriotic veterans groups, dudded-up horses, and decorated floats of all sorts. Other activities available in the area include tours of Blanchard Springs Caverns, mountain biking, camping and hiking in the Ozark National Forest, and fishing on White River.

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Magnolia Blossom Festival, Sidewalk Art Show & World Championship Steak Cook-Off
mid May
Magnolia, Arkansas

A tradition since 1988, the Magnolia Blossom Festival, Sidewalk Art Show and World Championship Steak Cook-Off is a three-in-one event bringing over 40,000 visitors to Magnolia. The festivities include music, art, crafts, sidewalk art show and sale, 5K run, fun run, fishing tournament, food booths, gospel singing, live entertainment, championship steak cook-off.

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Memorial Day Weekend
Little Rock, Arkansas

Attracting more than 250,000 visitors, Riverfest is Arkansas’s premier music and arts festival boasting five stages and a whole weekend packed with music, food and fun, a KidZone area with crafts and entertainment just for children, and fireworks over the Arkansas river on Sunday night. Artists in previous years have included Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dog, and ZZ Top.

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Rodeo of the Ozarks
early July
Springdale, Arkansas

Top Rodeos  in the USAThe fun of the Rodeo of the Ozarks begins with authentic stagecoach rides, good food and entertainment at the Stagecoach Inn one week prior to the rodeo, and continues to feature two rodeo parades, over 500 contestants and professional athletes competing in six PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events including calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronco riding and the popular bull riding. Other activities include the Old West Film Fest, John Shaddox Wagon Train and Monster Trucks.

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Fat Tire Festival
mid July
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The annual Fat Tire Festival stages a variety of competitive and non-competitive Mountain Bike (MTB) races and events in the “The Natural State” town of Eureka Springs. The supporting program includes one race dedicated to children. Spanning everything from cross-country racing to downhill and trials, the races vary in length and outlook, but one of the most popular is the Race to the Lake, with a downtown start and 18 miles of point-to-point varied trail. Other supporting events include free children's events and fun rides.

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World Championship Cardboard Boat Races
late July
Heber Springs, Arkansas

Top Boat Shows in the USAContestants put their creative talents – and boat-building skills – to the test in three divisions of the competition in both adult and children’s races including one- or two-person, team and mechanical. All participants race a 200-yard-course. Past entries over 26 years of this successful and popular, fun event have been USS battleships, planes, trains and even the Starship Enterprise, and trophies awarded include the Pride of the Fleet, the Titanic Award, and speed awards. Other activities include a tug of war, a watermelon-eating contest, a treasure dig for kids, sand sculpting and the Cardboard Boat Demolition Derby.

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Hope Watermelon Festival
mid August
Hope, Arkansas

top fruit festivals in the USAFeatures of this festival, one of the main Arkansas US events, drawing over 50,000 watermelon-aficionados in each of the 34 years celebrating the watermelon include watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, Watermelon Olympics, variety of live music all four days, fishing, archery, arm-wrestling and horseshoe tournaments, 5K run, more than 300 craft booths, food booths, antique engine and car shows, and motorcycle show.

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Bikes, Blues and BBQ Festival
late September – early October
Fayetteville, Arkansas

A popular event in Fayetteville, featuring a unique mix of free blues music concerts, bikes, and barbecues, the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Festival presents musical performances that range in style from jazz to blues to rock, as well as motorcycle giveaways, a motorcycle parade, a motorcycle thrill show and more stunt riders, and of course an eclectic mix of food vendors, and the ever popular Miss BBB pageant.

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Arkansas State Fair
mid October
Little Rock, Arkansas

top state fairs in the USAAttracting more than 400,000 visitors every year, the Arkansas State Fair, one of the Top 20 Arkansas USA Events and Festivals, offers a host of fun, entertaining and even educational events and programs, from the ever popular livestock show, PRCA rodeo, bull riding, a 10-acre midway, contests of all types, creative art exhibits, contests of all kinds, live concerts and many other kinds of live musical acts and a host of activities and fun for the children.

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
mid October
Hot Springs, Arkansas

top film festivals in the USAThis ten-day festival features screenings of over 90 domestic and international documentary films including Academy Award-winning and nominated films is presented by the oldest documentary film institute in the nation and second only to Amsterdam internationally. Events include forums and lectures, question and answer sessions with filmmakers following many screenings, a gala banquet and visiting scholars and celebrities.

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Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival
mid October
Fayetteville, Arkansas

top marathon events in the USACreated so as to combine three cross-country races under a single event, the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival is now one of the premier running events in the USA. Celebrated for over 24 years, this festival attracts more than 5,000 spectators who come to watch over 4,800 runners competing for the unique and much coveted Chile Pepper themed awards.

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King Biscuit Blues Festival
mid October
Helena, Arkansas

A renowned success for over 28 years, the 3-day King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the most respected showcases of Blues Music in the USA, attracting over 80,000 blues enthusiasts as well as historians from all over the world. The festival is dedicated to sustaining and promoting the culture, the heritage, and the authenticity of the Delta Blues.

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Lights of the Ozarks Festival
Thanksgiving – New Year
Fayetteville, Arkansas

During the winter holiday season, Lights of the Ozarks turns downtown Fayetteville into a sparkling wonderland. The community gathers to celebrate the holiday with appearances by Santa. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available and holiday music fills the air. Each year Fayetteville Parks and Recreation workers spend over 2,000 hours decorating the downtown square with 450,000 lights. Old Main, a landmark on the University of Arkansas main campus, is also outlined in lights.

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