May 31, 2018

Have Your Steak and Eat it Too – Arkansas Weekend

Head out to War Memorial Stadium to hear from Austin, TX’s own Hardcore Carnivore, Jess Pryles while you taste some of the best steaks around at the PK Grills Steak Cookoff. If steak’s not your game, you can check out the BBQ Cookoff in Huntsville. Other weekend activities include a selection of great festivals, a fishing derby and even lawn mower racing. The kids are out of school and summer is in full swing. Get out and enjoy it. 

41st Annual Lum & Abner Festival (Mena)

The festival celebrates hometown favorites, “Lum and Abner,” and includes fun and activities for all ages. Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, great food, fishing derbies, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, 5K walk/run, classic cars, a kids corner with inflatables, trackless train rides, helicopter rides, gunfighter reenactments, and much more!

Venue: Janssen Park
Date: June 1st- June 2nd
Time: 10:00 am- 10:0 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Mudtown Days (Lowell)

Head to Lowell for family fun including a parade, fishing derby, youth talent contest, pageants, first tee golf fun, bingo, petting zoo, horseshoe tournament, tractor pull, off-road side-by-side and ATV mud run, car show, magic show, fireworks, carnival, a free concert and much more!

Venu: Ward Nail Park
Date: June 1st- June 2nd
Time: 7:30 am- 10:00 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Kids’ Fishing Derby (Little Rock)

The pond has been stocked, and the fish are ready to be caught! Bring your parents down to the pond for a free fishing derby. There will be a casting contest, free snacks, and lots of prizes given away throughout the event and a special prize for the biggest fish caught. Bring your own bait and tackle. The contest is for kids 15 and under, although everyone is welcome to fish after 10 a.m. with a valid fishing license. 

Venue: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Date: June 2nd
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Admission: Free
Contact: 501-868-5806

War Eagle Appreciation Day (Hunstville)

Join park staff and community organizations as we celebrate the beauty and importance of the War Eagle Creek during the Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day. To celebrate the creek, we will have many opportunities to learn and experience what makes it such a valuable resource to the Ozarks. Activities will include a free float, educational booths, live music, and a free lunch.

Venue: Withrow Springs State Park
Date: June 2nd
Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: 479-559-2593

Sta-Bil Series Racing  (Jonesboro)

The Arkansas Lawn Mower Racing Association is pleased to announce that after approximately a 10-year hiatus, the USLMRA is returning to The Natural State. The Arkansas Lawn Mower Racing Association is proud to be partnering with the Jonesboro Karting Complex to offer the USLMRA.

Venue: Jonesboro Karting Complex
Date: June 2-3, 2018
Time: Varies
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

2018 PK Grills Cookout (Little Rock)

All are welcome to the 2018 PK Grills Cookout and Steak Cookoff to be held on June 1 and 2 this year. Spend a couple hours on Friday with Austin, TX’s own Hardcore Carnivore, Jess Pryles. She’ll be talking steak and sharing recipes from her new cookbook, “Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Like You Mean It”. Book signing and Welcome Party afterward, free. But, you won’t want to miss the Steak Cookoff on Saturday.  YUM!

Venue: War Memorial Stadium (on Saturday)
Date: June 1st and 2nd
Time: Friday 5:30-9:30, Saturday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

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Over 20 NWA Festivals and Events This Fall

1st Friday Crafts (Scott)

Join us on the 1st Fridays of June, July, and August to explore American Indian crafts. In June, we will make a spear to play a Native American game called “chunkey.” This game was played by many tribes throughout the Southeastern United States. The game uses spears to see who can throw them as close to a rolling stone as possible before it stops. All materials are provided. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Venue: Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
Date: June 1st
Time: 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Admission: $5/ person
Contact: 501-961-9442

Hank Williams Jr. (El Dorado)

In the music industry, there are very few artists who surpass superstar status to become true American icons. Hank Williams Jr. is a founding member of that elite club. Throughout his career, he’s helped shape our country’s cultural landscape with his creativity. He will be playing in El Dorado this weekend!

Venue: MAD Amphitheater
Date: June 1st
Time: 7:00 pm
Admission: Varies- Ticket Required
Contact: Click Here

2nd Annual Bluegrass N’ Bar B Q (Huntsville)

There will be bluegrass bands at the Hunstville amphitheater and a Bar B Q Cook-off at the pavilion.  There will also be food and craft vendors around the park, a playground,  a disc golf course, and a walking trail.

Venue: Mitchusson Park
Date: June 2nd
Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Downtown TinkerTown (Texarkana)

An event filled with good old-fashioned fun and learning. We have a day packed with science activities and arts and crafts for kids and parents to learn, make and take.

Venue: Discovery Place Interactive Museum
Date: June 2nd
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: 3 and under free; $10 others
Contact: Click Here

Old Fort Days Dandies And Rodeo Queens Reunion (Fort Smith)

The Fort Smith Museum of History will host a reunion for current and former Dandies and rodeo queens. Meet the lovely ladies who have contributed their talent to the success of the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith and enjoy a light lunch. For many years, the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce sponsored the contest for Rodeo Queen. The winners were chosen for their ability to sell Chuckwagon tickets with the first queen, Margaret Carolan, crowned in 1937. Many local ladies have fond memories of Rodeo Queen and Sweetheart contests. Since 1977, each evening during the Old Fort Days Rodeo, crowds cheer with pride at the appearance of the Dandies, young ladies skilled in horsemanship leading the legendary Grand Entry. As ambassadors for the Old Fort Days Rodeo, the horsewomen are chosen for their riding skill, character and personality. A Quadrille performed each evening during the rodeo demonstrates the remarkable skill of the Dandies, acquired through rigorous training. Organized as a promotional group, the talented young ladies lead the Grand Entry, post the colors, perform the Quadrille, a square dance on horseback, and travel throughout the year to appear at rodeos nationwide. Enjoy lunch and meet the Queens and Dandies. (Photograph: Melissa Moore Kelley, Fort Smith Rodeo Queen 1954)

Venue: Fort Smith Museum of History
Date: June 1st
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for veterans/military; $2 for children; under age 6 are free.
Contact: Click Here

16th Annual Gassville In The Park Festival (Gassville)

Fun for all! All day long! A pancake breakfast, 5K run, parade, music, raffles, local authors, vendors, a car show and automotive swap meet, kids activities, a food drive, and co-ed softball game.

Venue: Gassville City Park
Date: June 2nd
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Only in Arkansas

There's a lot to celebrate in Arkansas. It's unique. Southern. Delightfully eccentric. Which is why we love every nook, cranny, cave and corner. In fact, some of our favorite things can't be found anywhere else. They're only in Arkansas. So we love them even more. The attractions we visit, the food we crave, the festivals we attend, the mountains we hike, the rivers we float, the stories we tell and the company we keep – it all adds up to one incredible state. And that familiar, meandering silhouette? Looks like home to us.