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MLK Weekend – Jan. 17-20


No matter your personality type or individual interest, there is always fun to be had each weekend in Arkansas. This MLK weekend you can cheer on the Razorbacks in an indoor track meet. You can catch the dueling pianos in El Dorado. You might take a little one to a fancy princess tea party at a castle or head to a museum to learn about dinosaurs. If you love the past, you can check out the event that Historic Washington State is hosting. Then on Monday, celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the many events around the state. Cheers to a weekend in Arkansas!

Arkansas Invitational (Fayetteville)

Track is back at the Randall Tyson Indoor Track! Head to Fayetteville for the first meet of the 2020 season as the Razorbacks race toward Championship number 47!

The first 200 fans will receive a FREE Arkansas Track and Field Water Bottle!

Venue: Randal Tyson Track Center
Date: January 17
Time: 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Admission:Adult — $5, Youth (17 & younger) Free, UA Students (with ID) Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks and Tourism

Dances of the Past  (Washington)

Dance experience is not required for this fun evening of dance and fellowship! Join the staff of Historic Washington for an exciting class that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Throughout history, dance has been not only an art form but also a way to socialize and make new friends. Come alone or with a partner and you will leave with new friends and new knowledge of dances such as the Virginia reel, and many more. Refreshments will be served and all will have fun. Casual dress or period dress as you like.

Venue: Historic Washington State Park
Date: January 18
Time: 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Admission: Couples $18, Single $10
Contact: Click Here

Dino Day: Celebrating “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed” Exhibit (Little Rock)

Dinosaurs will be taking over the Museum of Discovery this weekend! What better way to celebrate the opening of “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed,” the feature exhibit opening Saturday, January 18, than with a dino party complete with prehistoric activities and demos! “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed” explores the bones and fossils belonging to the giant creatures that once roamed the Earth. Visitors can view and even touch six full dinosaur skeletal molds including a Triceratops, Tyrannosaurs Rex and Velociraptor. There are additional molds of skulls, arms, legs, eggs, footprints and a 6-foot-1 Apatosaurus femur. Visitors will also enjoy a dig box where they can use paleontology tools to unearth dinosaur bones. The exhibit will remain at the museum until July 18 (date subject to change.)

Venue: Museum of Discovery
Date: January 18
Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Admission: Regular Museum Admission
Contact: Click Here

Winter Tea Party (Little Rock)

The Snow Queen, The Ice Princess, and The Ice Cutting Man will be at the Castle on Stagecoach this weekend. Call and get your tickets for a tea party that features a  singalong and dance-along, with tea and treats, wands and tiaras, and photos with the characters.  Everything is included in the ticket price!

Venue: Castle on Stagecoach
Date: January 19
Time: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Tickets: $60/adult, $50/child
Contact: Click Here or Call 501-960-0658 to reserve tickets

Winter Blast 2020 (Jonesboro)

The Winter Blast is this weekend in Jonesboro. There will be bbq dinner, live and silent auctions, kid’s corner, and live entertainment brought to you by the Cleverly’s.

Venue: First National Bank Arena
Date: January 18
Time: 3 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Contact: Click Here

Ernie Biggs Dueling Pianos — Live Saturday Night (El Dorado)

Your favorite dueling piano duo will be in El Dorado this weekend! If you’ve ever been to a show, you know you’re in for a good time with plenty of sing-a-longs to last all night!

Venue: Griffin Restaurant
Date: January 18
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Free — BUT — Click Here to reserve a table
Contact: Click Here or call 870-444-3008

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Around the State

Monday we will commemorate the life, work and dreams of Dr. King. This day is more than a holiday, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our communities to celebrate the courageous sacrifice made by Dr. King in the name of equality and plan for a future that will far exceed his hopes and dreams.

2020 MLK Commemorative Celebration (Fort Smith)

Venue: UAFS
Date: Various activities from January 17-24, 2020
Time: Varies
More Information: Click Here

MLK Challenge (Little Rock)

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center  (MTCC) is challenging YOU to honor Dr. Martin Luther King on Jan. 20, 2019, through participation in a day of service. Kids and teens ages 12-18 are encouraged to sign up and participate in this half-day of service. Volunteers will be divided into service groups, each with a group leader, and transported from MTCC to service sites. Volunteer duties will vary by site. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. at MTCC, and volunteers will return for lunch and discussion, to be completed by 3 p.m.

Venue: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Date: Jan. 20
Time: 8:30 a.m.
More Information: Click Here or Call 501-683-3592

2020 AMLKC 2020 Day of Impact (Little Rock)

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is excited for the 2020 King Holiday Day of Impact. The doors will open at noon and the program begins at 1:00 p.m. There will be a car show, bands, vendors, health and wellness screenings, free food, prizes and giveaways! Don’t miss out!

Venue: Philander Smith College
Date: January 20
Time: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Little Rock Zoo)

Celebrate MLK Day at the zoo and honor a man who dedicated his life to making a better world. The Little Rock Zoo strives each day to work within its community, protect endangered wildlife and improve the future for all species – human and animal. You can search the Zoo for Dr. King’s quotes with a fun scavenger hunt, reflecting on his messages and the work you can do today! If you donate canned food items for the Arkansas Food Bank you can receive a discount on your family’s admission. (One discount per family)

Venue: Little Rock Zoo
Date: January 20
Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: Donate canned food items for the Arkansas Food Bank and receive a discount on your family’s admission. (One discount per family)
Contact: Click Here

24th Annual Recommitment Banquet (Fayetteville)

The Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council will be commemorating his life, legacy and commitment to the dream with the annual Recommitment Banquet. Tickets are required for this event.

Venue: 15 W Mountain Street
Date: Jan. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
More Information: Click Here

MLK Parade (Springdale)

There will be a parade in Springdale on January 20th to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Venue: Springdale, Arkansas
Date: January 20
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here


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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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