The weather is hot, but you should check out these cool events in Arkansas running from now until the end of August! Take the kids or just take a nice trip for yourself & your sweetheart out to these midsummer festivals!
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19. White River Water Carnival
The WRWC, located at Riverside Park in Batesville, is one of the oldest festivals in the state of Arkansas. Visitors from all over the state enjoy this fun-filled carnival, which takes place this year on August 29th.
18. White River Days
The events at this festival focus on the ecology, history, and prehistory of the White River and surrounding area. Explore the river on guided canoe, kayak, and johnboat floats. White River Days takes place from August 28th to August 31st in Bull Shoals, Arkansas.
17. Sebastian County Fair
Sponsored for the purpose of exhibiting creative arts and agriculture, the fair also features a carnival and much more. This event takes place from August 25th to August 29th at the fairgrounds in Greenwood, Arkansas.
16. Rogers Cycling Festival
This event will be held from July 31st to August 2nd in downtown Rogers, Arkansas at 214 South Arkansas Street.
15. Inspect an Insect Weekend
Spend the weekend of July 25th and 26th at Pinnacle Mountain State Park learning about the different types of insects in the park and have a chance to eat one!
14. 74th Annual Johnson County Peach Festival
This annual festival will take place at 209 W. Main Street in Clarksville, Arkansas from July 30th to August 1st.
13. Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival
This festival, held from July 31st to August 2nd, will feature a variety of great live entertainment. The festivities will take place at Riverfront Park in Fort Smith.
12. Newton County Fair & Rodeo
This event will take place from August 23rd to August 29th at the Newton County Fairgrounds in Jasper, Arkansas. The fair will feature a carnival, a parade, a junior rodeo, a horse show, and more.
11. Mountains, Music, and Motorcycles
This event is based at the Historic Town Square in Mountain View and celebrates motorcycling in the Ozarks with free concerts, biker night at the drive in, biker games, bike show, car show, biker church service, vendors food, and great riding. The festivities will take place August 13th through August 16th at Court Square in Mountain View, Arkansas.
10. 122nd Old Soldier's Reunion
This week-long event will take place at Mammoth Spring State Park from August 3rd to August 8th and features carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more each evening.
9. 73rd Annual Little River County Fair & Rodeo
This event takes place in Foreman, Arkansas from August 25th to August 29th and will feature exhibits, livestock shows, an exciting rodeo, a carnival, and more.
8. 7th Annual Dog Day of Summer
Dog Day features a dog parade down Broadway Street, a variety of dog contests, and dog-related vendors. The event takes place on August 1st in downtown Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
7. Lake Dardanelle Cultural Celebration
This Lake Dardanelle event takes place on August 22nd at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center and celebrates the many aspects of Arkansas history that shaped today's great River Valley culture.
6. Daisy State Park 60th Anniversary Celebration
Since 1955 Daisy State Park (located in Kirby, Arkansas) has been home to many memories throughout the years. Celebrate the park's 60th anniversary from August 28th to August 30th with a weekend full of programs and activities that honor the past, present, and future of Daisy State Park!
5. 3rd Annual Crystal Music Festival
Come enjoy a summer day with the family listening to great local live music digging for crystals in the cool of the forest at the Board Camp Crystal Mine. The festival will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 110 Hickory Ridge Road in Mena.
4. 36th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival
This popular annual festival features something for the whole family - live music, games, races, and more! The festival will take place on August 6th at 100 Park Street in Cave City, Arkansas.
3. 30th Annual Arkansas Book and Paper Show
This festival features rare and collectible books, first editions, author autographed editions, documents, postcards, maps, and historical Arkansas items. The event will be held August 8th and 9th at the Jacksonville Community Center, located at 5 Municipal Drive in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
2. Berry Picking at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries is a U-Pick farm where people can enjoy a morning picking their own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. The farm is located in Wye, Arkansas at 20309 Highway 113 and picking is available until the end of July.
1. 6th Annual Fayetteville Roots Festival
This urban festival focuses on roots music and local food with more than 40 musical acts. The festival will be held from August 27th to August 30th in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Before you know it school’s back in session and the fun’s over (at least until the holiday season) – so get out while you can while summer lasts and enjoy these cool Arkansas festivals!