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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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March 10, Mammoth Spring
Bluebird Day
Mammoth Spring State Park Pavilion

Learn about bluebirds and become a “bluebird landlord” by building a bluebird box. Spring River Sportsman’s Club sponsors the event and assists in putting the bluebird house kits together. Reservations required. Contact park at 870-625-7364 by March 4th to reserve your bluebird box kit. Bring a hammer and meet at the pavilion. 10 a.m.-noon. Free admission.


March 10, Parkin
Artifact and Fossil ID Day
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Celebrate Arkansas Archeology Month by learning about artifacts that are in your own collection! Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Parkin State archeologist and other experts will be present to visit with. Bring your artifact collection, fossils, and minerals for identification. We will tell you about your items and answer questions such as what is it, how old is it, and is it rare or common. Identification is free (no appraisals). 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 870-755-2500.


March 12, Mountain Vie
Beginning Spinning
Ozark Folk Center State Park

Take home your own skein of handspun yarn as you spend a couple of days acquiring the peaceful and rewarding art of crafting your own yarn. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration required. Registration fee: $40. Class cost: $170, includes materials. For more information, call 870-269-3851 or email


March 16-18, Washington
50th Annual Jonquil Festival
Washington State Park

Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to the town of Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. For more information, call 870-983-2684.




April 1, Hot Springs
Easter Egg Hunt
Lake Catherine State Park

Continuing a tradition for more than 30 years, Lake Catherine State Park will host an Easter egg hunt. Join the fun as youngsters and the young-at-heart participate in this event. We will meet at the Picnic Hill area of the park and action begins promptly at 2 p.m. Free admission. Call 501-844-4176 for more information.


April 1-30, Salem
Tulip Month
Courthouse Square and Main Street

The Fulton County Master Gardeners have planted over 1500 tulip bulbs on the courthouse lawn alone. They will also be displayed in planters and beds at businesses in the Salem area. Visit the city to see the amazing display of tulips throughout the month of April.


April 6-8, Morrilton
Wildflower Weekend 2018
Petit Jean State Park

Discover a host of colorful wildflowers that make Petit Jean State Park their home! Family-friendly wildflower talks, guided walks, and other programs will be offered. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit or call 501-727-5441.


April 14, Little Rock
Edible and Medicinal Plants
Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Learn traditional uses for common Arkansas plants during this workshop conducted by Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Mike Thennes, which will include both indoor and outdoor sessions. Advance registration and payment required. Please register early for this popular workshop! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. For more information or to register call 501-868-5806.


April 14, Prescott
Spring… A Time to Till, 10th Annual Garden Show Seminar and Plant Sale
Central Baptist Church, Stokes Center

Registration: 7:30am - 1st session: 8:45am. Central Baptist Church, Stokes Center, 605 East 2nd Street, Prescott, AR 71857. $15.00 (includes brunch). Featuring speaker: Chris H. Olsen. For more information, contact Betty Jones at 870-887-5312 or email


April 27-28, Bentonville
13th Annual Plant Sale 
Compton Gardens

Sale will be open to Foundation donors and Master Gardeners only 12:30pm -2 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Becky Roark from the Beaver Watershed Alliance will give a talk at 11:30am.The plant sale is open to the public 8 a.m.- 1pm on Saturday. Much of the plant material is harvested or grown on site and is native to the Ozark plateau. Native plants tend to thrive better and support our local environment and its inhabitants well. The focus this year is on rain gardens. There will be exhibitions from local craftsmen and guests will be able to purchase their products. We will have a children's activity-making rain chains. For more information, call 479-254-3870.


April 27-28, Fayetteville
Botanical Garden of the Ozark’s Annual Plant Sale    
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The sale will be open to BGO members only 5-8 p.m., Friday, April 27. The sale is open to the public 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Plant sale guests will have the opportunity to purchase merchandise from local vendors as well as BGO-grown plants and merchandise. For more information, call 479-750-2620.


April 28, Little Rock
Irirs Show
Grace Lutheran Church

The Central Arkansas Iris Society invites you to join us from 1-4pm on April 28 at Grace Lutheran Church in Little Rock for our Iris Show. For more informationn, contact Susan at 501-416-6390.




May 4-5, Mountain View
Herbal Field Trip and Medicinal Herb Workshop
Ozark Folk Center

On Friday, board the Ozark Folk Center State Park bus for a field trip into the wilds of Arkansas come rain or shine. On Saturday regional herbalists will present demonstrations and provide hands-on instruction to build your knowledge base of beneficial plants. An herbal luncheon will be provided. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 870-269-3851 or email for more information.


May 4-6, Conway
37th Annual Toad Suck Daze
Downtown Conway

In its 37th year, Toad Suck Daze is one of the largest and most awarded festivals in the state. It is a free admission family festival and activities include live music, the Toadal Kids Zone, arts and crafts, concessions, a carnival, a 5K/10K race, and of course the World Famous Toad Races. In addition, the festival supports education in Faulkner County, donating more than $1.7 million to this cause. Call 501-327-7788 for more information.


May-5-6, Mountain Pine
Kayak Campout
Lake Ouachita State Park Marina Boat Ramp

Join us for our popular overnight kayaking adventure. The trip includes meals and evening programs, as well as information on the history, geology, and wildlife of Lake Ouachita. Bring your own kayak and supplies or rent them from us. Space is limited, and deposits are required, so make your reservations early. Admission is $85 per person plus rentals. Call 501-767-9366 for more information.


May 12, Mammoth Spring
Herb & Plant Sale
Mammoth Spring State Park

Drop by to see the herb garden and pick up a few herbs and other plants for your garden or containers. Members of the 21st Century Club will be out early with plants that will make your garden a joy this summer. Plants are provided by St. Michael’s Nursery in Brandsville, Missouri. 8-11 a.m. Free admission. Call 870-625-7364 for more information.


May 19, Russellville
National Kids to Parks Day
Lake Darndenelle State Park

Bring the whole family to Lake Dardanelle State Park to celebrate Kids to Parks Day. Park staff will offer a full schedule of programs and activities throughout the day. For more information, contact the park at 479-967-5516 or


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.