July 26, 2018

The Watermelon Wait Is Over – This Weekend in Arkansas

Summer weekends in Arkansas are the best and the best way to cool off is with a sweet watermelon. Folks have been long awaiting the annual arrival of the Cave City Watermelons. The wait is over, my friends, so grab your family and head to the Cave City Watermelon Festival. If you can’t make it to Cave City there are plenty of other fun activities this weekend –  cardboard boat races, live music, shopping, bike festivals, and car shows. Enjoy!

Cardboard Boat Races

32nd Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races (Heber Springs)

The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races is a must-see event! Racers design boats made entirely of cardboard and then race them. Along with boat races, there is plenty of additional fun planned for the day, with a treasure dig, watermelon-eating contest, and a volleyball tournament all on the agenda. 

Venue: Sandy Beach Park
Date: July 28
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 870-834-1437

39th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival

The Cave City Watermelon Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. The festival includes a variety of musicians, entertainment, events and activities such as a car show/burn out, a Melon Dash 5K, a pancake breakfast, a tractor show, a WetZone for kids, watermelon games, great craft and food vendors and a free watermelon feast on Saturday afternoon featuring the world’s sweetest watermelons. This makes for a perfect Arkansas summer weekend activity! (If you missed it, check out the fun Waitin’ on a Melon video at the top of the page!)

Venue: Cave City Park
Date: July 26- July 28
Time: Varies
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

4th Annual Rogers Cycling Festival

The bike festival consists of several road cycling and mountain bike events. Each year this festival brings hundreds of cycling enthusiasts from across the United States and has something for everyone, from highly skilled and competitive races to family-friendly rides. Proceeds from the festival benefit several nonprofit cycling causes in Northwest Arkansas.

Venue: The Railyard Bike Park
Date: July 27- July 29
Time: Varies
Admission: Varies
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Thinkwell Group

U.S. Marshals Museum Happy Hour: Meet The Experience (Fort Smith)

Meet the team from The Thinkwell Group who is currently creating the guest experience for the United States Marshals Museum at 21 West End in historic downtown Fort Smith. Appetizers, a signature drink and drink specials will be available from 5:30-7:00 p.m. While there, ask the team questions and speak with the Museum staff about next steps.

Venue: 21 West End
Date: July 26
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Turnbow Tunes – ROUTE 358 (Springdale)

Head to Springdale for a free, family-friendly live music event at the newly completed Turnbow Park along the Razorback Greenway and Spring Creek downtown. Route 358 will be performing for this week.

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Venue: Walter Turnbow Park
Date: July 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
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Two Sisters Market

This event is a celebration of the best antiques & vintage items Arkansas has to offer. There are nearly 100 vendors with vintage furniture, antiques, re-purposed, shabby chic, and handmade vintage inspired items. There will also be food trucks, live music & giveaways.

Venue: Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Date: July 27- July 29
Time: Early buying on July 27 from 4-8 p.m. is $8; regular admission July 28-29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. is $5.
Admission: Early Buying $8, Regular Admission $5
Contact: Click Here

6th Annual Vintage Military Vehicle Show (Little Rock)

Head to MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History for the annual vintage military vehicle show on the museum’s front lawn, featuring jeeps and other vehicles from members of the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the West Tennessee Military Vehicle Collectors Club.

Venue: MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Date: July 28
Time: 9 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 501-376-4602

1st Annual Vintage Legends Motorcycle Show (Eureka Springs)

Eureka Springs Harley Davidson has joined with the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce to sponsor Eureka’s first ever Vintage Legends Motorcycle Show! This one-of-a-kind juried event will fill Pine Mountain Village with all sorts of vintage motorcycles and excited spectators, everyone anxious to see which antique bike is voted the best. Aside from the abundance of cool vintage bikes, plenty of vendors will be there, bringing with them unique and interesting motorcycle-related items, delicious food and even a beer garden! This event will benefit Samaritans Feet, a great organization which provides shoes to underprivileged children. 

Venue: Pig Trail Harley Davidson
Date: July 28
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $30
Contact: Click Here

Rhea Lana’s Fall and Back-to-School Events

Rhea Lana’s sales aim to add value to families lives by providing upscale, well-run and friendly consignment sales for children’s clothing, toys and furniture. Fall and back-to-school sales are popping up around the state this week. Plan to head out and shop these events. You can stop by the Rhea Lana’s website for information about consigning at future events.

Conway
Venue: Conway Expo Center, 2501 E Oak St, Conway, Arkansas 72032
Dates: July 29-August 4
For times and other important information visit the Conway Rhea Lana’s Facebook page.

Searcy
Venue: White County Fairgrounds, 802 Davis Dr., Searcy, Arkansas 72143
Dates: July 30-August 4
For times and other important information visit the Searcy Rhea Lana’s Facebook page.

Mountain Home
Venue: Baxter County Fairgrounds, 1507 Fairgrounds Dr., Mountain Home, AR 72653-5433
Dates: July 29-August 4
For times and other important information visit the Mountain Home Rhea Lana’s Facebook page.

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.