We are over halfway through summer vacation but there’s still a ton of fun events to add to your summer schedule this weekend. Plays, museum exhibits, and art shows are available and will keep you cool inside. Or you can get outside and enjoy the peach festival, state park stargazing or a comedy show by the river. Don’t waste the Arkansas summer fun!
76th Annual Johnson County Peach Festival – Clarksville
Scavenger hunt, craft booths, concessions, entertainment, street dance, diaper derby, bicycle obstacle, pocket car race, water balloon toss, peach cobbler, peach jam, peach jelly contests, peach pie eating, skateboard competition, 4-mile run/walk, fishing derby, cardboard boat, greased pig, frog jump, terrapin derby, bed race, peach pit spitting, peach eating, lip sync, parade, and horseshoe pitch.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, July 20, 2017 – July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
215 W. Main St.
Clarksville, AR 72830
Special Presentation: Out of the Dark and Into the Limelight – Helena-West Helena
Many artifacts have not been seen by the public in recent years. Artifacts are arranged together in four broad categories, including trade and commerce, personal possessions, fashion, and artistic expression. Tags identify what they are, where they came from, and what time period they represent. Visitors are encouraged to surmise these objects’ particular stories using their own memory and imaginations. Some of the more remarkable objects on view will include Al Green’s performance outfit, an intricately crafted mosaic, a fur trade kettle, homeopathic patent medicine, and a giant cash register.
July 6, 2017 – September 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DCC Visitors Center
141 Cherry St.
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Steel Magnolias – Searcy
The 35th season of Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre is taking on Marital Messes. You’re gonna laugh, you’re gonna cry, you’re gonna wince, you’re gonna sigh – don’t miss it! Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m.
July 20, 2017 – July 23, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Harding University Ulrey Performing Arts Center
409 Dr. Jimmy Carr Dr.
Searcy, AR 72143
Admission: $29 dinner and show, $15 show only
Americana Open Show – Mena
A touch of Americana will be seen in this show. It displays work in any media: painting, drawing, sculpture, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, and more.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, July 5, 2017 – July 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery
607 Mena Street
Mena, AR 71953
Summer Star Party – Greenbrier
Arkansas State Parks can be great places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have telescopes available for you to view the different celestial bodies and will be there to answer your questions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and make special Arkansas State Park memories with your family!
July 22, 2017, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Woolly Hollow State Park
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Apothecary 101 – Mountain View
In this one-day class, students will learn the basics of beginning a personal herbal apothecary, using herbs to produce tinctures and salves. We will begin with making single herb tinctures, followed by a simple salve. Making liniment will also be included in the class.
July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ozark Folk Center State Park
Mountain View, AR 72560
Admission: Pre – registration required
Cemetery Symbolism & Property Records for Genealogy Research – Texarkanna
Join the Texarkana Museums System as we learn how to use cemetery symbolism and property record research to expand genealogy records. Guest Speakers Nancy Tribbey and Chris Woodrow provide attendees with the knowledge necessary to interpret common headstone symbols and to delve into property records as they research their family histories. Lecture will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. Question and Answer at 4:00 p.m. will cover problem-solving in genealogical research. A light lunch and a workbook for each attendee is included.
July 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
P. J. Ahern House
Texarkana, AR 71854
Admission: $45 members; $50 non-members
Jim Gaffigan – Little Rock
Actor, writer, producer, Grammy nominated comedian, two-time New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five Jim Gaffigan brings his “Noble Ape,” comedy world tour to Little Rock.
July 23, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
First Security Amphitheater
400 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Admission: $45 and up
This Is Hunger – Fayetteville
Come on a compelling journey, one that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans – and deepens your awareness about who struggles with hunger and why. This 45-minute exhibit tells intimate stories of dozens of Americans using portraits, state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and hands-on activities. Come face to face with hunger in America. It will change the way you look at your city and your neighborhood. Spaces are limited. Reserve your seat at the table now!
July 23, 2017 – July 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Farmer’s Market & Historic Square
Fayetteville, AR 72701