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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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Aug 7-9, Hot Springs National Park
Natural State Ecology Day Camp Session 3
Garvan Woodland Gardens

A conservation-themed day camp for children ages 8-12. Each day will feature hiking, interactive science lessons, art and design projects, and more! Students will enjoy activities that explore the amazing ecology of the Natural State, while emphasizing the importance of respectful behavior and stewardship of natural resources. Participants should pack bug spray, sunscreen, a lunch, and a water bottle. Please call about early drop off and extended care for your child. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $55 per day, reservations required. Online registrants must purchase a separate ticket for each day desired. For more information or to register, visit or call 800-366-4664.

August 9-11, Hope
42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park

The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. You can participate in a 5k race, take in a dog show, or enter the “Watermelon Idol” talent contest. The last day of the festival will be a night to remember closing with a concert. Headliner to be announced soon! For more information, visit

August 10, Mountainburg
National S’Mores Day
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Visitor Center Fireplace

What better way to celebrate National S’mores Day than to make s’mores? Join us as we make our own delicious s’mores and learn a bit about the tasty treat while we’re at it. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join. S’mores are available on a first come, first served basis as supplies are limited. 6-6:30 p.m. To give us an idea of how many people to expect, please contact the park at 479-369-1010.

August 11, Prairie Grove
Salve Workshop
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Latta Barn

Ozarkers have long believed in the wisdom of herbal remedies. Join master gardener Jane-Ellen Ross for hands-on tips, tricks, and techniques for making a “cure-all” yarrow and comfrey salve. You’ll get to take a jar of salve home, and leave with some herbal recipes, as well! 9:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop is limited to 15 participants; registration fee $15. This class fills quickly, so be sure to sign up early. For more information or to register, call 479-846-2990.

August 17, Bentonville
Moon Gardens and Nighttime Pollinators with Cody George
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Discover the enchanting creatures who pollinate after dark, and the flora and fauna that sustain them in this program with Crystal Bridges’ horticulturist Cody George. Beginning just before dusk, George will feature a variety of plants perfect for a moon garden, discussing the nighttime pollinators that might visit them, then lead a tour on our trails and grounds where we might just spot a few. 7-9 p.m. Free. For more information or to register, visit or call Guest Services at 479-657-2335.




September 1, Washington
Annual Watermelon Weigh-Off
Historic Washington State Park

Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park and other county residents to see who has the largest watermelon in the region. The event is a sanctioned event of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth and is sponsored by the park, the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the Old Washington Farmers’ Market. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission.

September 8, Little Rock
Great Arkansas Cleanup
Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center

During the 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup, volunteers collected 210,582 pounds of litter from our state’s roadways, waterways, and parks. We invite you to join our staff to continue this community effort. Stop by, sign in, and help keep Arkansas clean and green. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


September 11, Fayetteville
Chefs in the Garden
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Everyone’s favorite foodie event returns to the garden for its 11th year! Chefs in the Garden captures the excitement of the harvest season by bringing the area’s finest chefs to one location. Guests can stroll through the garden watching cooking demonstrations and indulging in sweet and savory culinary creations. 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

September 11, Mountain View
Chandling 101 – Soaps
Ozark Folk Center State Park Administration Building

Taught by Traci Glover, this informative one day “behind the scenes” class focuses on the use of waxes, fats, and oils used in soap making. You will learn Traci’s recipes with variations on how to modify the recipes to suit your own needs. Also, you will receive sample bars of Traci’s beautifully handcrafted soaps and the knowledge to pursue this useful craft for your home or business. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration $20, class materials, $130. To register, call the Ozark Folk Center at 870-269-3851 or visit

September 12, Mountain View
Chandling 101 – Candles
Ozark Folk Center State Park

Taught by Traci Glover, this informative one-day “hands on” class focuses on the use of waxes, fats and oils used in candle making. Under the direction of master chandler Traci Glover, students will produce their own candles using traditional materials. Also, you will learn Traci’s recipes with variations on how to modify them to suit your own needs. You will come away with your own beautifully handcrafted candles, as well as the knowledge to pursue this fun and useful craft at home. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration, $20, materials, $130. To register, call the Ozark Folk Center at 870-269-3851 or visit


September 16, Fayetteville
International Festival
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Join us at the garden on a beautiful fall evening for our third annual International Festival! Visit interactive booths with displays and activities from all corners of this diverse planet. Traditional dance performances from different countries will take place on the Great Lawn throughout the evening. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are welcome. We ask that you please leave pets at home. 2 p.m.-dark. Free admission and open to the public. For more information, visit




October 6, Gillett
Old-Fashioned Fall Fair
Arkansas Post Museum

Activities include face painting, games with prizes, bingo, treat walk, paint your own pumpkin, caramel apple making, kettle corn, and lots of candy. Most activities will require tickets that can be purchased at the entrance for 25¢ each. 1-5 p.m. Free admission.

October 6, Little Rock
Trail of Tears
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Join a park interpreter to hear about this infamous trail as it wound through the Pinnacle Mountain area nearly 200 years ago. Tour the exhibits and learn some of the history behind the events leading up to this mass emigration. Free admission. For more information, call 501-868-5806.

October 11, Parkin
Homeschool Sawmill Day
Parkin Archeological State Park

Homeschoolers will learn about the daily lives of children and adults who worked at the mill and lived in the community. Participants are encouraged to reserve a spot early as slots fill quickly. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Admission: $2 students, $3.25 adults. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 870-755-2500.

October 13, Wickes
Nature Journal Workshop
Cossatot River State Park Natural Area

Experience your world in a whole new way during this fun, hands-on workshop. Learn to capture what you see in sketches and words that inspire you today and preserve precious memories for years to come! Park interpreters will be your guide as you create and take home your very own nature journal. All materials are included. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, call 870-385-2201.

October 20-22, Hot Springs
Pysanky Retreat at the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Pysanky, or the Ukrainian Easter egg, is a folk art that decorates the ancient symbol of spring and rebirth through a batik process using beeswax and dyes. Watch artisans work and view displays of hundreds of finished eggs in a variety of styles. Many are for sale so you can take one home! The workshop cost is $175 per person, which includes workshop fee, dinner party on October 21, pizza party on October 22, three breakfasts and three lunches. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Please note: online ticket sales are no longer available. Limited spots left. Call Susan Harper at 501-262-9603 to book tickets for the workshop or for spouses.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.