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NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF Kate Andrews (left) of The Fruits hands a flower to her aunt Lisa Wolven of Lindale, Texas as The Fruits perform on Sunday June 21, 2015 during the Artosphere Trail Mix and Family Sunday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The Fruits combine circus, dance and a little comedy in their original routine 'Swoon!' performed atop 14 foot flexible poles. The flower was for Wolven's young granddaughter.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF
Kate Andrews (left) of The Fruits hands a flower to her aunt Lisa Wolven of Lindale, Texas as The Fruits perform on Sunday June 21, 2015 during the Artosphere Trail Mix and Family Sunday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The Fruits combine circus, dance and a little comedy in their original routine ‘Swoon!’ performed atop 14 foot flexible poles. The flower was for Wolven’s young granddaughter.

February

Eureka Gras

Feb. 19-Feb. 28

Historic downtown Eureka Springs

This 10-day event put on by the Krewe of Krazo includes the Hookers and Jokers Ball, costume contests, a jazz brunch, a night parade and a Mardi Gras parade.

Fayetteville Mardi Gras

Mid-February

Dickson Street, Fayetteville

The Fat Saturday Parade of Fools on the Fayetteville Square and the Fat Tuesday celebration on Dickson Street both feature floats, costumes, a Zydeco band and, of course, lots of beads.

March

Battle of Pea Ridge Commemoration

Early March

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Civil War buffs will love the artillery demonstrations at this well-preserved battlefield, commemorating the March 1862 battle that helped Union forces gain control of Missouri.

April

Pickin’ on the Square

April through October

Bentonville: Town Square

Local pickers and singers assembled for this weekly bluegrass jam in downtown Bentonville.

Fort Smith Heritage Festival

Early April

Fort Smith: Historic Downtown

This celebration of Fort Smith history and culture benefits the Meals for Kids program.

Karaoke in the Park

Every Saturday end of April through October.

Rogers: Frisco Park

Enjoy singing along to old favorites every Saturday evening in the park.

Dogwood Festival

Last weekend of April

Siloam Springs City Park

This arts & crafts fair boasts entertainment, a 5K run and a petting zoo.

May

Artosphere

May and June

Various locations in Fayetteville

The Walton Arts Center hosts this celebration of art, nature and artists inspired by nature.

Bentonville Film Festival

Early May

Various locations in Bentonville

Begun by Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, the festival showcases independent films and filmmakers and his highlighted by forums with actors, directors and those in the movie industry.

Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Show

Early May

Springdale: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

The largest indoor arts & crafts fair in Arkansas, this festival was named one of the top 100 craft fairs in the country.

Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Festival

Early May

Rogers: Frisco Station Mall

More than 250 craft exhibitors greet visitors to the craft fair.

Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair

Early May

Bentonville: Spanker Creek Farm

This twice-a-year arts & crafts fair takes place along idyllic Spanker Creek.

Springfest

Early May

Fayetteville: Dickson Street

Vendors, live music, parades, a pub crawl and the famous (or infamous) bed races mark the start of spring in downtown Fayetteville.

Crawdad Days

Third weekend in May

Harrison: Town Square Country music, Cajun food, hot rods and carnival rides are all part of this yearly festival.

Gulley Park annual concert series

Late May through mid-August

Fayetteville: Gulley Park

Local bands play free concerts on selected Thursday nights at 7 p.m. throughout the summer.

Old Fort Days Rodeo

Week of Memorial Day

Fort Smith: Kay Rodgers Park

An old-fashioned, Old West rodeo that features calf roping, barrel racing, wild-horse racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle-bronc riding and bull riding.

June

Wakarusa

Early June

Ozark: Mulberry Mountain

Bands and fans from around the country flock to this weekend celebration of music, carnival rides and camping.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Mid-June

Eureka Springs: The Auditorium and downtown

This celebration of local and regional blues is wildly popular with both area residents and guests.

Bentonville ArtsFest

Throughout June

Bentonville: Downtown Square

The indoor/outdoor ArtsFest features art from around the region, live theater and music, children’s activities, culinary explorations and workshops.

Opera in the Ozarks

Mid-June to mid-July

Eureka Springs: Inspiration Point Theatre, 16311 U.S. 62 West

This series features traditional operas performed by a nationally renowned local group.

Riverfront Blues Festival

Late June

Fort Smith: Harry E. Kelley Park

This two-day festival features national blues acts such as Johnny Winter.

Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival

Late June

Mt. Magazine State Park

Visitors can see 91 of Arkansas’ 127 known butterfly species on Mount Magazine.

Rodeo of the Ozarks

Late June/early July

Springdale: Parsons Stadium

A yearly rodeo festival that features traditional rodeo events, mutton busting’ and stagecoach rides for the kids, an old-fashioned street dance and a barbecue contest.

July

KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series

July and August

Walton Arts Center, Starr Theater

A series of finger-popping jazz concerts.

Fleur Delicious Weekend

Early July

Eureka Springs

This gala celebrates all things French with wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, artist workshops and the Spring Street Waiter’s Race.

Johnson County Peach Festival

Last weekend in July

Clarksville: Court Square

The 74th annual celebration of all things peach will include the diaper derby, skateboard contests, the greased-pig chase and a cardboard boat regatta, along with peach and peach pie eating contests.

Altus Grape Fest/Wine Fest

Last weekend in July

Altus: City Park

Games, music, a Baccus look-alike contest, a grape stomp and amateur wine-making contests are a few of the events celebrated in the wine capital of Arkansas.

August

Decatur BBQ Festival

First weekend in August

Decatur: City Park

Enjoy fresh-cooked barbecue while listening to live country music, strolling through the car show or watching a pageant or parade.

Tontitown Grape Festival

August 9-13

Tontitown: St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds

Savor homemade spaghetti, fried chicken and grape ice cream, or tour craft booths and a carnival.

Frisco Festival

Last weekend in August

Rogers: Historic Downtown District

This event includes the Race the Train Bicycle Race, the Chilisalsapeno Competition, carnival rides, live music, arts & crafts vendors and more.

Eureka Springs Family Bluegrass Weekend

Mid-August

Eureka Springs: The Auditorium and Basin Spring Park

This free festival has featured such bluegrass luminaries as Jessee McReynolds alongside local talents like the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Band.

Benton County Fair

August 9-13

Vaughn: New Benton County Fairgrounds

This old-fashioned country fair has beauty pageants, a talent show, horse shows, a junior livestock sale and amusement rides.

Madison County Fair

August 14-20

Huntsville: Sky High Rodeo Arena

Carnival rides, lawnmower races, a parade, arts & crafts, and livestock all are part of this county fair.

Washington County Fair

August 30-Sept. 3

Fayetteville: Washington County Fairgrounds

The fair includes a carnival, food, livestock and poultry shows, rides and an exhibit hall.

September

Clothesline Fair

Sept. 3-5, 2016

Prairie Grove: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

This popular gala includes an Ozarks craft show, antique farm equipment, walks through historic buildings and Civil War artifacts.

Arkansas Hot-Air Balloon Championships

Sept. 9-11, 2016

Harrison: Soccer Complex

Residents can come out to watch hot-air balloonists compete or just take in the balloon glow.

Cane Hill Harvest Festival

Third weekend of September

Cane Hill: Historic Cane Hill College Building

Features of this fun event include sorghum and apple butter making, dulcimer players, entertainment and a tractor parade.

Jazz Eureka

Mid-September

Eureka Springs: Inn of the Ozarks

This weekend of live jazz music includes The Jazz Collective and Spyro Gyra.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Sept. 21-24, 2016

Fayetteville: Dickson Street, Baum Stadium, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Washington County Fairgrounds

One of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country features a barbecue contest and live blues music.

Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair

Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 2016

Fort Smith: Kay Rodgers Park

One of Arkansas’ largest fairs, this gala includes beauty pageants, livestock shows, food and a carnival midway.

October

Ozark Folk Festival

Early October

Eureka Springs: The Auditorium and Basin Spring Park

The oldest annual folk festival in the country features the Queen’s Contest and the Barefoot Ball.

Eagle Watch Weekend

Mid-October

Eureka Springs: Belle of the Ozarks at Starkey Marina, Beaver Lake

Passengers learn about bald eagles during a 75-minute cruise.

Arkansas Apple Festival

First weekend in October

Lincoln: Lincoln Town Square

This arts & crafts fair, beauty pageant and music festival celebrates the legend of Johnny Appleseed.

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival

Mid-October

Ozark: Mulberry Mountain

This music festival has featured Americana acts such as the Wheeler Brothers, Rosco Bandana and the Deep-Fried Pickle Project.

Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Festival

Mid-October

Rogers and Springdale: John Q. Hammons Center and the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

The state’s largest indoor arts & crafts fair has also been recognized as one of the top 100 craft fairs in the country.

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival

Third weekend in October

Bella Vista: South of Arkansas 340 and Arkansas 279

More than 350 exhibitors, live entertainments, food, singers and dancers will be on hand.

War Eagle Fall Arts & Crafts Fair

Third weekend in October

Rogers: War Eagle Mill

Craft exhibits, cooking and corn meal-grinding demonstrations are just a sampling of what this major festival offers.

November

Lights of the Ozarks

Saturday before Thanksgiving through Dec. 31

Fayetteville Square

The annual lighting of the Square, a parade, Christmas songs and pony rides are featured.

Springdale Rodeo of the Ozarks Christmas Parade

Saturday after Thanksgiving

Springdale: Begins at rodeo grounds and travels down Emma Avenue

The annual Springdale Christmas parade is a hit with people of all ages.

December

Rogers Christmas Parade

First Monday in December

Rogers: Downtown Rogers

This popular procession includes floats, marching bands and Santa Claus.

Eureka Springs Christmas Parade

Early December

This evening parade features floats, Santa and thousands of lights.

Light Up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade

First Saturday in December

Siloam Springs: Downtown

This traditional family Christmas parade is sponsored by the Heritage League of Siloam Springs.

Prairie Grove Battle Re-enactment

First weekend in December each even-numbered year

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

More than 1,000 Civil War re-enactors participate in the anniversary.

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Dec. 10, 2016

Bentonville: Town Square

This Christmas parade winds through downtown Bentonville.

Last Night

Fayetteville New Year’s Eve

Fayetteville: Various locations in town

This New Year’s celebration features local artists and fun for all ages.

 
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