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Happy Summer Weekend – July 12-14

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The summer heat has finally risen over Arkansas, and it will be HOT this weekend! But don’t worry, Arkansas state parks and museums have you covered. Many of them will be hosting an indoor demonstration or activity, so you can keep cool and still get out. There will also be a chance to shop for some vintage treasures in Conway or eat a delicious meal by an experienced chef in Bentonville. Happy Weekend! 

Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Marker (Conway)

The Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market will fill the Conway Expo Center in Conway this weekend with 210+ booths filled with vintage, upcycled/repurposed antiques and vintage-inspired décor, as well as handmade items!

Venue: Conway Expo Center
Date: July 13
Time: Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Admission: $5/adult (12 and under free)
Contact: Click Here 

The Kitchen Table (Fayetteville)

Gather in the Apple Seeds kitchen with an experienced chef  Brooks Cameron as he prepares a dinner fresh from the garden. Plan to enjoy time around the kitchen table to enjoy a multicourse meal with friends. Brooks’ passion for unique ingredients, butchery, and farm-focused cuisine has led him back to his roots in the Ozarks. After completing a degree at CIA in New York, Brooks spent a decade working in preservation, pickling, fermentation, and charcuterie in unique upscale restaurants across the country. His work allows for the simplicity of the ingredients as well as the local farms to shine through. There will be a cocktail hour, multicourse dinner & wine pairings. There seating is limited so grab your tickets! If the tickets are sold out, feel free to contact Apple Seeds because seats open up at the last minute.  

Venue: Apple Seeds, Inc. (2648 North Old Wire Rd. Fayetteville)
Date: July 12
Time: 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required- Click Here
Contact: Click Here 

Photo Credit: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Forest Concert Series —  Flor De Toloache (Bentonville)

Head to Crystal Bridges Museum this Saturday night to hear 2017 Latin Grammy winner, Flor de Toloache. They have been making musical love potions since 2008. New York City’s first all-women mariachi band, Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of music fans both mainstream and traditional mariachi fans alike through the enlightened interpretation of mariachi instruments. The band’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds are transcending culture and gender by forging new paths for mariachi music. Like the legendary Toloache flower used in Mexico today as a love potion, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance.

Venue: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Date: July 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $12
Contact: Click Here 

21st Annual Butterfly Count (Mena)

Right about peak butterfly season, Queen Wilhelmina State Park holds a butterfly count. If you would like to participate in the annual butterfly count, here is your chance. Each summer, people of all ages and walks of life join the count to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of butterflies. The results of the count are published in “Butterfly World,” which is a journal enjoyed by butterfly lovers around the globe. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome. We will spend 6 hours of hiking and counting butterflies. Your participation can make a difference. Butterfly enthusiast Bruce Ewing will also set up his display of caterpillars at the Wonder House. Feel free to bring a sack lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes and long pants.

Venue: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Date: July 13
Time: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks & Tourism

5th Annual Homegoods Day (Scott)

Join the festivities at the Plantation Agriculture Museum while enjoying a day with free watermelon and local craftsmen demonstrating their skills. Vendors will be on hand with their own handmade arts and crafts, and there will be family-friendly activities for the kids. Vendors will be set up inside the air-conditioned museum.

Venue: Plantation Agriculture Museum
Date: July 13
Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

Tinkerfest  (Smackover)

Join the museum staff at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources and volunteers for the 8th annual TinkerFest. This fun, family activity introduces tinkering to people who might have never experienced it before or can expand on the knowledge that we already have. Whatever the case, all can experiment and learn together! Participants will build extraordinary things from a diverse range of ordinary materials. TinkerFest celebrates the spirit of tinkering and enables us all to express our creative thinking.

Venue: Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Date: July 13
Time: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Admission: $5
Contact: Click Here 

Teslafest  (Hot Springs) 

Join Mid-America Science Museum for its fourth annual Tesla Fest celebrating the birth and inventions of Nikola Tesla! Come to watch electrifying caged-lightning demonstrations in the museum’s Tesla Theater, enjoy Tesla themed science activities, and dress up like Nikola Tesla!

Venue: Mid-America Science Museum
Date: July 13
Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: Regular Museum Admission
Contact: Click Here 

Header photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism.

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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.

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