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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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May 18, Fayetteville
23rd Annual Greening of the Garden Gala
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

It’s the longest running garden party in Northwest Arkansas! Guests can enjoy strolling through the garden while enjoying wine, craft beer, and hors d’oeuvres along with live music. Then watch the sun set while indulging in an elegant dinner on the Great Lawn and participate in the excitement of silent and live auctions throughout the evening. 6-10 p.m. Presenting sponsor: Filippo Berio Olive Oil. For more information, visit


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

May 25-28 Lake Village
Memorial Day Weekend
Lake Chicot State Park Visitor Center

Join a park interpreter for an exciting weekend packed with activities for all ages. Programs and tours will be held daily throughout the park. Step into the past, take a closer look at nature, hunt for a geocache, or enjoy a guided lake tour during this tradition summer starter weekend. Admission: Most are free, but there is a fee for lake and levee tours. Contact the park for a detailed schedule of programs, 870-265-5480.


May 26-August 4, Wye
Berry Picking
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

Berry picking is fun and rewarding and blueberries and blackberries are ripening mid May through July. Pick a gallon and you will be ready to make a cobbler, muffins, or delicious healthy smoothies. When you finish picking, reward yourself with some fresh cut flowers and your children with a fun time in the funland with a barnyard petting area and a ride on the “Berry” choo-choo. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit or call 501-330-1906.



June 1, Scott
First Friday Crafts
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August to explore American Indian crafts. In June, we will make a spear in order to play a Native American game called “chunkey.” The game uses spears to see who can throw them as close to a rolling stone as possible before it stops. All materials are provided. Reservations are required as space is limited. Admission: $5 per person, 1-2 p.m. Call 501-961-9442 for more information.


June 2, Russellville
Hiking Stick Workshop
Lake Dardenelle State Park Visitor Center

What better way to embark on your next hiking adventure than after creating your own hiking stick at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Hiking sticks make hiking more fun. They let your arms get into the act, so you cover ground more easily and help you keep your balance. The workshop begins at the visitor center with the selection of the “perfect” stick. Throughout the morning you will shave, carve, and decorate with a wide variety of embellishments: beads, wood burners, paint, and feathers. We will then hike Lake Dardanelle State Park’s Meadowbrook Trail where you will earn your first hiking stick medallion. We will also celebrate National Trails Day as we venture on the Meadowbrook Trail. Admission: $20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Space is limited, so please register by calling 479-967-5516.

June 4-6, Bull Shoals
Explorers’ Nature Camp
Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Pavilion 1

This three-day, one-night experience is designed to introduce kids ages 7-9 to the wonders of our natural world. Children are carefully supervised by the park interpreters and trained volunteers. All gear, materials, and some meals are included in the fee. Spaces fill up quickly, so register early. For more information, call 870-445-3629 or email

June 8, Bella Vista
2018 Garden Party
Simple Pleasures, 13718 Rothbury Drive

Held in cooperation with the City of Bella Vista and the Bella Vista POA, the event will feature local artists, music, delicious appetizers, wine, raffles, a silent auction, and much more. Tickets may be purchased for $15 at POA Member Services, Bella Vista Arvest Bank locations, Audrey’s Resale Boutique, and from garden club members. 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 479-855-0203.


June 25-29, Hot Springs
Design Camp in the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation, and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while exploring the design process. Open to students going into grades 9-12. Supplies and lunches will be provided. Admission: $200 for early registration by April 13; $250 for regular registration by May 25. (Please inquire about need-based full and partial scholarships.) To register or for more information, contact Judy Stone at or 479-575-2399. Visit 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

June 26, Fayetteville
BGO Patriotic Summer Concert
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band will entertain guests with the “Red, White & Blooms” patriotic performance. A great way to kick off our free summer concert series! 7-9 p.m. All concerts are family-friendly and free to the public. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome or enjoy food and drink from local food trucks! For more information, visit

June 30, Rogers
Wildflower Shoot
Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

A professional from the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas will lecture on how to photograph wildflowers followed by participants photographing the thousands of wildflowers. This program is for beginners. For more information, call 479-789-5000 or email



July 4, Bismarck
4th of July Island Festival
DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge Island

Bring the family out to the park and make some great memories. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities lined up to help you enjoy your time at DeGray. Expect a number of crowd favorites, from the watermelon-eating contest and water relays, to the underwater treasure hunt and the fourth annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Lodge Island will be the place to be with fun activities, good food, and great viewing locations for the evening fireworks display! Admission: Free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 501-865-5810.

July 4, Ward
Annual City Of Ward 4th Of July Picnic & Fireworks Show
Ward Sports Complex

There will be free hotdogs, hamburgers, and water for all that attend. There will be live music throughout the day as well as vendors, a car and bike show, and of course, the fireworks display. 4-10 p.m. Free admission; vendor entry $10, car entry $15, motorcycle entry $10. For more information, visit

July 4, West Fork
43rd Annual Devil’s Den Games
Devil’s Den State Park

Enjoy a fun-filled day of horseshoes, egg toss, sack races, bike parade, and of course softball tournaments, all topped off with homemade ice cream! Free admission. For more information, call 479-761-3325.

July 21, Fayetteville
BGO’s Firefly Fling
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into a magical world with dozens of fun activities for children and adults; including fairy house building, photo booths, an obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, and more! The garden will come alive with live music and tales from storytellers, and after dark there will be glowing games, glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing. The Firefly Shoppe will have fairy wings, wands, glow sticks and other festival items for sale. 6-10 p.m. Advance tickets – $12/adults and $4/kids ages 3-13. At the gate, tickets will cost $15/adults and $5/kids 3-13. Children under 3 admitted free. For more information, visit


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