Who’s ready for a three-day weekend? Take time to enjoy yourself with these great events around the state. From festivals and lectures to rodeos and fishing tournaments. Stop by and have a great Memorial Day Weekend.
Africa Day Fest – Little Rock
Let us celebrate together the diversity of African cultures. Africa Day is celebrated in Africa and around the world on May 25th. It commemorates the foundation of the Organization of African Unity. Africa Day Fest was created to celebrate African Arts and Cultures through music, food, dance performances, and fashion show.
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1401 S. Main St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
Old Fort Days Futurity & Rodeo – Fort Smith
Each year, cowboys from all over the world compete for one of largest prize purses in Arkansas. Events include bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, nightly performances by the Old Fort Days Dandies and more! Family-friendly, with live entertainment on the Choctaw Casino stage.
May 21, 2017 – June 3, 2017
Kay Rodgers Park
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Admission: Starts at $6 children, $12 adults
Garrison Keillor – Fayetteville
One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week. With a wonderfully dry sense of humor, the Grammy Award-winning, best-selling author and renowned radio host shares hilarious anecdotes from his own experiences growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” Exploring love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and more, Keillor captivates with his unique blend of wisdom, comedy, and charisma.
May 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Walton Arts Center
505 W. Spring St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Admission: $35 and up
Identifying Arkansas’s African-American Fraternal Headstones – Lake Village
Lakeport Legacies Monthly History Talk: Arkansas’s African-American cemeteries are dotted with monuments from fraternal organizations founded in late 19th and early 20th centuries. Membership was often social, but also came with desirable sickness and death benefits. Several Arkansas-based fraternal organizations, like the Mosaic Templars, Supreme Royal Circle of Friends, and Knights and Daughters of Tabor, provided standardized monuments as part of their benefits. In this presentation, you will learn about the rise and decline of these organizations and see examples African-American fraternal monuments throughout Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta.
May 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
601 Highway 142
Lake Village, AR 71653
28th Annual Big Bass Festival – De Queen
Boat checks begin at 5 a.m. More than $14,000 in prize money and door prizes will be paid out, with 5 prizes on each lake every hour. A grand prize of $1,500 for the largest fish, $1,000 for 2nd place, $750 for 3rd place, $500 for 4th place, and $300 for 5th overall.
May 27, 2017, 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
De Queen, Dierks, and Gillham Lakes
315 W. Stillwell Ave.
De Queen, AR 71832
Admission: $45, $50 late registration
Lake Charles 50th Anniversary Celebration – Powhatan
Celebrate Lake Charles State Park’s 50th anniversary with us! There will be food, entertainment, and special programs. Learn about the park over the years, how it has changed and some of the different people that have made the park what it is today.
May 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lake Charles State Park
Powhatan, AR 72458
6th Annual Indie Arts and Music Festival – Little Rock
This year is our 6th annual event! This is the rescheduled event from April 29th. We will have 75 Etsy vendors, many attraction booths, food trucks, local breweries, a kids’ area, live music from local artists and so much more!
May 27, 2017, 11am – 6pm
Hillcrest Historic District
2601 Kavanaugh Blvd
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
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