May 4, 2017

Let the Festivals of May Begin

It’s May and the festivals are in full swing. Race some toads, enjoy the arts or a film. Fill up on crawfish, explore the indie arts and crafts scene, or join in the 50th year of the Great Passion Play.

May Festival of the Arts – Eureka Springs

To say that Eureka Springs is a colorful community is an understatement. There’s an overall creative vibe running through our historic arts village driven by more than 350 working artists in all mediums. During the month of May, we show it all off. Our 30th annual May Festival of the Arts is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.
May 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Around Town
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

3rd Annual Bentonville Film Festival

BFF is an annual film festival that champions women and diverse voices across all forms of media with film screenings, industry-focused panel discussions, celebrity spotlight events, and many community events.
May 2, 2017 – May 7, 2017
Downtown Square
Bentonville, AR 72712

Toad Suck Daze – Conway

Festival-goers gather for food-on-a-stick, local and national entertainment, arts & crafts, activities for kids, and of course, the World-Famous Championship Toad Races. Several festival-sanctioned events sponsored by local nonprofit organizations take place throughout the weekend as well, including a 5K/10K race and the Tour de Toad bicycle race.
May 5, 2017 – May 7, 2017
900 Oak Street
Conway, AR 72032
Admission: Free

50th Season Opening Performance of the Great Passion Play – Eureka Springs

See the play, the Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Holy Land Tour, and three museums.
May 5, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
The Great Passion Play
935 Passion Play Rd.
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Admission: $27 adults, $17 youth, $13 children

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Downtown Crawfest – Arkadelphia

The event includes a crawfish boil on Friday night and a 5K/10K race on Saturday morning. Vendor booths and kids activities are a ton of fun for the whole family.
Fridays, Saturdays, May 5, 2017 – May 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Arkadelphia
Clinton St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Admission: Free

Catty Carnival at Brewgrass – Fayetteville

Come join your favorite Cool Kids at the inaugural Catty Carnival within the Brewgrass Festival at the Washington Co. Fairgrounds! There will be tons of music, craft beer, and your favorite artists and artisans!
May 6, 2017, 12pm – 7pm
Washington County Fair
2536 N McConnell Ave
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704

Header image courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism


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