Most towns in Arkansas have some kind of festival. From watermelon festivals to rotary tiller races to mule jumps, Arkansas’s various festivals are unique and fun for the whole family. One festival, however, rises above the rest. I mean that literally because the most impressive part of Arkansas’s very own hot air balloon festival mostly takes place in the sky. The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Races are held in downtown Harrison and will take place September 13-15, 2024. You can find directions to Harrison by using this Google map.

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For more information, check out the Harrison County Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship website, as well as the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Facebook page.

Have you ever been to the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Races? If so, what was your favorite part? Would you agree that it is among the best Arkansas hot air balloon festivals? We’d love to read about your experience in the comments section below!

For another Arkansas festival that’s one-of-a-kind, be sure to read all about the Toad Suck Daze. To see more festivals that you should think about attending, be sure to read 9 Festivals In Arkansas That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss.

If you’d like to explore hikes around the festival area, you can find some great trails by going to the overall AllTrails website.

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Out and About in Arkansas

Where can we find fun things to do in Arkansas?

  • The Arkansas State Capitol, which was completed in 1915, is an architectural marvel where you can watch the workings of the state government.
  • The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock features hundreds of works of art from sculptures, to paintings, to other exciting works.
  • The historic Pillow Thompson House in Helena is a historic Queen Anne-style home built in 1896.

Read on and learn more about the many other fun things to do in Arkansas.

Where can we find the best breweries in Arkansas?

  • The Fort Smith Brewing Company in Fort Smith is a beloved spot for its beers and because it is dog-friendly.
  • In Little Rock, Vino's Brewpub & Pizza is known for its tasty brews as well as its excellent cuisine.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other fantastic breweries in Arkansas.

Where can we find some of the biggest attractions in Arkansas?

  • The White River Inn in Cotter is an all-inclusive lodge perched on top of a 300-foot bluff high above the White River.
  • The Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs is nestled on the banks of Lake Hamilton and was named one of America’s Top 10 Lakeside Hotels.
  • The Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville is set inside of a historic 1940s White Hangar.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other popular attractions in Arkansas.

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