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Saddle Up for a Great Weekend


It’s time again for live racing at Oaklawn! Head out to see the beautiful horses, check out what’s new at Oaklawn and fill up on 50 cent corned beef sandwiches. Parents of 5th-9th graders should check out the Tween Night opportunity being offered by Crystal Bridges Museum in Northwest Arkansas. Central Arkansans will enjoy The Big Buck Classic, a much-anticipated event for many outdoorsmen in the state. Yogis in Northeast Arkansas will want to head out to St. Bernards for a yoga or cycling session complete with mimosas! It’s a great weekend to be in Arkansas.

Oaklawn Racing Opening Day (Hot Springs)

Opening Day at Oaklawn is this weekend! The thoroughbreds of Oaklawn Park offer some of the most heart-stopping excitement you’ll find in The Natural State. See the nation’s top names battle it out at one of the nation’s finest tracks located in the middle of historic and beautiful Hot Springs National Park. Saturday, the park will host its annual Corned Beef Day. Enjoy Oaklawn’s signature corned beef sandwich for only 50 cents and soft drinks for only 10 cents. 

Venue: Oaklawn
Date: January 24
Time: 12:30 p.m.
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Arkansas Big Buck Classic (Little Rock)

The Big Buck Classic is a tradition that has been going for 30 years, bringing generations together from all across Arkansas for a weekend of celebrating a common theme, the love of the great outdoors. There will be activities and interactive live animal shows sure to please any age as well as outdoor sports products to see and buy.  You can view live gators, whitetail deer, and snakes right along with treestands, bow hunting equipment, hunting blinds and custom jewelry. Head to the Big Buck Classic this weekend!

Venue: Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Date: January 24-26
Admission: Adults $15, Children $5
Contact: Click Here

Paint the Town Red — 20th Anniversary (Fayetteville)

Join the American Heart Association and Party with a Purpose to raise money and awareness for heart disease and stroke. Paint the Town Red promises to be an evening of fun and passion, bringing the Northwest Arkansas community together to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The 2020 event, tagged Music Through the Decades, includes a silent auction, entertainment by DJ Derrick, custom cocktails from eight sponsored lounges and samplings from more than a dozen area restaurants.

Venue: Fayetteville Town Center
Date: January 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required — Click Here
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Home-school Fridays (Pinnacle Mountain State Park)

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is hosting a program for kids that will be every Friday.  Through a variety of experiences, including hiking, crafting, nature programming, audiovisual presentations and more, kids will discover the basic principles of biology, ecology, and conservation. These programs are recommended for students 7-10 years old and will provide an assortment of educational classes as well as outdoor activities. Be sure to send your student with a refillable water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure. Contact the park each week for course descriptions.

Venue: Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Date: January 24
Time: 1 p.m. — 2: 30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here or call the park 501-868-5806

Poetry Workshop: Featuring Chris James (Pine Bluff)

Author Chris James will lead a free workshop at The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. This workshop is open to all. James, affiliated with numerous state organizations and a TEDx speaker, is a member of the Foreign Tongues poetry slam team who won second place in 2014’s Southern Fried Poetry Slam, the world’s second-largest poetry competition. An avid educator, James has taught hundreds of students in the State of Arkansas.

Venue: Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Date: January 25
Time: 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Winter Jam 2020  (Little Rock)

Winter  Jam is coming to Little Rock this weekend! Crowder, Hillsong Young & Free, Andy Mineo, and many more awesome artists will be performing as well as special guest speaker Zane Black will be performing!

Venue: Simmons Bank Arena
Date: January 25
Time: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Admission: $15 donation at the door
Contact: Click Here

Bound for Beale: A Celebration of Blues Challenge Winners 2020 (Bentonville)

“Bound for Beale: A Celebration of Blues Challenge Winners 2020” is this weekend! Performers will include the Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band, Brick Fields Blues Therapy, and Downtown Livewires. This annual event is one of the most memorable local music experiences of the year. Make plans to check it out!

Venue: 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville
Date: January 25
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $20
Contact: Click Here or call 479-531-3659

Tween Night (Bentonville)

Crystal Bridges’ fantastic Teen Council has planned a great evening for young students featuring a DJ, dancing, artmaking, and unique gallery experiences. Tween Night is completely free and open to all area students in 5th to 9th grade. Parents can drop off and pick up their tweens or hang out in the parent lounge during the event.

Venue: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Date: January 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Spinathon & Yoga (Jonesboro)

There is a cycling fundraiser for women’s and children’s services at St. Bernards in Jonesboro this weekend. Spin classes will be held every 45 minutes. Participants may sign up for one class or multiple classes. Each spin class will be 30 minutes and will be taught by a separate certified spin instructor, and the registration fee for each is $45. The entry includes a 30-minute spin class, two free drinks and a special participant prize. Sign up to help support the services and have some fun while you are at it!

Venue: Brickhouse Grill
Date: January 24-25
Time: Varies
Admission: Registration Fee Required
Contact: Click Here

Northeast Arkansas Bridal Expo 2020 (Jonesboro)

Plan the wedding of your dreams at the Northeast Arkansas Bridal Expo! Top wedding experts from across the region will be gathered to showcase their products, services and beautiful fashions. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and take home free gifts from vendors. If you have a wedding coming up, don’t miss out on the Northeast Arkansas Bridal Expo!

Venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton — Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center
Date: January 25
Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 at the door
Contact: Click Here

Northeast Arkansas Marketplace (West Memphis)

The Northeast Arkansas Marketplace rolls into West Memphis this weekend so you can do some shopping. There will be over 50 vendors with homemade goodies like soaps, bath bombs, lotions, candles, jewelry and more!

Venue: 519 Shoppingway Blvd, West Memphis
Date: January 25-26
Time: 9 a.m.- 5 p.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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