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Wouldn’t it be great if we could make the weekend a little bit longer so you can fit all of these great events around the state into your schedule? Check out the Magnolia world championship steak-off. It is kind of a big deal! There are also bike rides, food festivals, craft fairs and live music in store for the weekend. Here’s hoping you can savor time this weekend. 

Photo Credit: Square 2 Square Bike Ride

Square 2 Square Bike Ride (Fayetteville)

Head to Fayetteville for a cycling celebration of the downtown squares and the unique amenity in Northwest Arkansas! You can enjoy 30 miles of Razorback Regional Greenway cycling followed by post-ride festivities that include live music, community farmer’s markets, refreshments, discounts to square area businesses, bicycle valet, and more!  It is for anyone who likes to bike, support the local cycling scene, and burn calories! This event is fun for all ages! Total distance one-way is 30 miles. Riders are welcome to start at any point along the trail if not able to ride entire 30 miles. Along the course, participants can enjoy three festive pit stops featuring entertainment, bike maintenance services, and basic ride refreshments.

Venue: Razorback Greenway
Date: May 18
Time:  Ride Starts at 8 a.m.; Post Ride Celebration is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission:  $25 for adults, $15 for kids (9-13), Free (Under 9) – includes a t-shirt, pint glass, and finisher medal
Contact: Click Here

Springfest (Heber Springs)

This free festival is packed top to bottom with great family fun, starting at noon on Friday and continuing all day Saturday. The festival home base is Spring Park in Heber Springs, with expanded attractions and activities on the Courthouse Square downtown and additional events throughout Heber Springs.

Venue: Downtown Heber Springs
Date: May 17-18
Time: Starting at noon on Friday and all day Saturday
Admission: Free
Contact: 870-834-1437

Annual Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off (Magnolia)

Whether you live in Magnolia or not, the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off are worth the trip if you find a steak served with sides of festival fun, irresistible. The World Championship steak Cook-Off has made USA Today and Food Network’s list of the “10 Best Food Festivals.” The festival runs smoothly and in a purposeful way, meaning they have perfected the art of getting the steaks into the hands of those who attend the festival each year as quickly as possible. People start lining up around the downtown square as early as 4:30 p.m. to ensure they get their steak as soon as they can when the 6 p.m. lines begin handing out the flavorful hunks of meat.  For $20 a ticket, festival-goers get the steak, a salad, a baked potato and a roll. Some of the serving lines even provide a dessert. On average, 3,000 steaks are cooked each year for the World Championship Steak Cook-Off. To ensure everyone gets the most satisfying and tender steak, all steaks are cooked medium. The festival is made up of so much more than one meal. People can hear a classic rock band Friday night, participate in the qualifying 5K Saturday morning, listen to music all day Saturday, attend the 69th annual Art Show, spend time in the children’s area are or attend the boat and car show.

Venue: Downtown Magnolia
Date: May 17-18
Time: Click Here for Event Schedule
Admission: Tickets required for the steak meal
Contact: Click Here

35th Annual International Greek Food Festival (Little Rock)

Make plans to attend the 35th Annual International Greek Food Festival for a family-friendly weekend filled with food, fun, and fundraising. You will be able to enjoy a vast array of food, cultural performances, shopping, and children’s activities. This year’s entertainment lineup will be better than ever! Admission is $3 or three canned food items for the Arkansas Foodbank. Parking and trolley service are free.

Venue: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Date: May 17-18
Time: Friday/Saturday 11 a.m.-9p.m. , Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: $3 or three canned food items
Contact: Click Here

White Street Walk  (Eureka Springs)

White Street Walk is a  favorite evening for locals and visitors in Eureka Springs. You can stroll down White Street and visit the artists in their studios. Artists set up along the street, in the driveways and front yards of all the houses along White Street. Jewelry, pottery, paintings, & anything else you might want are showcased on this beautiful evening. Don’t miss this event – it only comes once a year, and it’s spectacular!

Venue: White Street in Eureka Springs
Date: May 17
Time: 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Magnificent Me! Opening Day! (Hot Springs)

Our bodies are marvelous machines! Magnificent…Me! uses interactive exhibits to explore the blood, guts, bones, brains, senses, and mechanics that make us – us! The exhibit explores muscles and bones, heart and lungs, digestive system, brain and nerves, and body basics. Magnificent…Me! is presented by National Park Medical Center and is a traveling exhibit courtesy of Mid-America Science Museum and its partnership with The Discovery Network. Designed by the Carnegie Science Center, this temporary traveling exhibit will be on display at Mid-America Science Museum until December 2019 and the opening day is this weekend!

Venue: Mid- America Science Museum
Date: May 18
Time: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: General Admission Prices- Click Here
Contact: Click Here

Beaux Atkins – Live Saturday Night! (El Dorado)

Beaux Atkins picked up a guitar and began playing for friends a few short years ago. With a big soulful southern voice and an equally big charismatic personality, he has worked hard at winning fans until he now can earn his living playing music and singing across the Deep South. He has shared the stage with the likes of Blackberry Smoke, The Benjy Davis Project, Frank Foster, Cody Canada and the Departed, The Eli Young Band, Corey Smith, and more. He will be delighting fans and performing in El Dorado this weekend!

Venue: Griffint Restaurant
Date: May 18
Time:: 8 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Spring Into Summer Craft Fair (Bentonville)

Starting Friday, May 17th, at 9 am, head to the Benton County Fairgrounds for a weekend of fun shopping with local artisans and specialty vendors, food and family-friendly activity! There will be something for everyone!

Venue: Benton County Fairgrounds
Date: May 17-19
Time: Friday/Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

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