With any luck, Spring Break will be a blast with the fun events around the state this weekend. Cheer on the St. Patrick’s Day Parades. There are celebrations for the flowers and the trees. Enjoy a string quartet or the chamber singers. And don’t miss your chance to be a judge of the chocolate roll contest.
The St. Lawrence String Quartet – Fayetteville
The two-time Grammy-nominated group showcases the work of Haydn with “Haydn Discovery,” Beethoven and Mendelssohn, accompanied by selected members from the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Faulkner Performing Arts Center
453 N. Garland
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Admission: $ 20 GA, $15 ages 62 and up, $10 Students and faculty with valid ID
First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hot Springs
Alfonso Ribeiro, star of TV’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” winner of “Dancing With the Stars” and host of the popular “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” will be the 2017 Celebrity Grand Marshal. Official Parade Starter is famed wrestler Ric Flair. There will be a free concert from Uncle Kracker following the parade. The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to be an annual magnet for about 30,000 fun-lovers from across America drawn to its international reputation as the place to have fun on this most Irish of days.
March 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
49th Annual Jonquil Festival – Washington
Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to the town of Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then again from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. Call the park at (870) 983-2684 for details.
March 17, 2017 – March 19, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Washington, AR 71862
Admission: Festival is Free, $5 Parking, Tours at Regular Price
Celebrating Trees at Petit Jean – Morrilton
March 20 is Arbor Day in Arkansas. You are invited to enjoy park programs that celebrate our bounty and a variety of trees and the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park. Contact the park for a schedule.
March 17, 2017 – March 20, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park
Morrilton, AR 72110
Arkansas Chamber Singers Spring Concert – Little Rock
Taking inspiration from a recent book by John Eliot Gardiner, this one night only concert features the spectacular “Ascension Oratorio” by J. S. Bach.
March 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
St. James United Methodist Church
321 Pleasant Valley Drive
Little Rock, AR 72212
Admission: Advance: $22 adults, $15 students. At door: $25 adults, $18 students
6th Annual MHS Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival – Marshall
Enjoy music, vendors, and the focus of the festival – the Chocolate Roll Contest. Purchase a card for $5 and you can be a judge to see who bakes the best chocolate roll of 2017. Chocolate roll 5K begins at 8 a.m., car show at 9 a.m., and the Chocolate roll “make and take” workshop begins at 10 a.m.
March 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Marshall High School Campus
950 Highway 65 North
Marshall, AR 72650
Eureka Springs St. Paddy’s Day Parade
The 22nd Annual Eureka Springs St. Patty’s Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. down Spring and Main Streets in downtown Eureka Springs. Wear your green and join the fun.
March 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Eureka Springs
Eureka Springs, AR 72632