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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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Through July 30, Roland

U-Pick Berries
Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries

Pick your own healthy and delicious blueberries and blackberries. When you have picked your gallon of berries, reward yourself with a beautiful bunch of fresh cut flowers. Before you leave be sure to visit our barn animals and reward your kids with a ride on the barrel train! Buckets with bag liners are provided and berries are sold by the container. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon during the picking season. For more information, visit or call 501-330-1906.



August 7-12, Mammoth Spring
124th Old Soldier’s Reunion
Mammoth Spring State Park

A week of fun with family and friends including carnival rides, games, prizes, food, bingo, and more. Activities begin each evening at 6 p.m. Free access and parking. Sponsored by VFW Post 7831.


August 10-12, Hope
41st Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park

Festival features arts & crafts, watermelon-eating contest, seed spitting, 5K, giant melon auction, kids’ activities, and ice-cold Hope watermelon by the slice. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. Parking, $5. For more information, call 877-777-3640 or visit


August 12, Parkin
American Indian Paints And Dyes Workshop
Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center

Colors have always been of human interest and even though the Prehistoric Arkansans didn’t have as many textiles as we do today, color was still important. Most colors came from plants and minerals, and at this workshop you will learn how to find dyes from nature. Come learn about this skill and make some colors of your own. 1-4 p.m. $15 admission covers materials. Preregistration is required. Call 870-755-2500.


August 12, Pocahontas
Black River Ramble
Davidsonville Historic State Park – Black River Boat Launch

Join park staff and explore the importance of rivers with a float on the Black River from Davidsonville to Powhatan. We will stop along the way for lunch and a tour of an old button factory site. Once at Powhatan there will be refreshments and a program given by Powhatan Historic State Park staff. Lunch and canoes will be provided. Must be 13 years or older. Space is limited and early registration is required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $25. Contact the park to register at 870-892-4708.


August 29, Fayetteville
International Celebration
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Join us for an International Celebration! Circle around our garden’s paved trail and visit booths to learn about Earth’s diverse countries and cultures. Interactive booths will have samples, activities, and displays. Traditional dance performances from all over the world will entertain guests throughout the evening on the Great Lawn. 5 p.m.-dark. Admission: Free.




September 2, Washington
7th Annual Watermelon Weigh-off
Historic Washington State Park, Old Washington Farmers’ Market

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. Free admission. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 870-983-2684 or visit


September 2, Helena-West Helena
6th Annual Legendary Blues Festival
Downtown Helena-West Helena, Main Street

The Legendary Blues Festival promotes tourism right here in the delta region by inviting people from all walks of life to come and embellish in the history and enjoy soul stirring legendary blues sounds from people that have rooted right here on the Arkansas-Mississippi River. The Legendary Blues Festival is one of the most dynamic, exciting, entertaining musical events of the year. Admission: $20-$30. 1-11:45 p.m. For more information, call 870-572-9506 or email


September 8-9, Harrison
22nd Arkansas State Hot Air Balloon Championship Races and CASA Kids Fest
Harrison City Park Soccer Complex

This unique outdoor event that began in 1995 is held in beautiful downtown Harrison and kicks off on Friday evening with The Hare and the Hound Balloon Race. Evening events continue with balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting balloon glow. Tethered rides offered to the public for $5. In conjunction with the tethered rides, CASA Kids Fest has inflatables, pony rides, music, face painting, food, and fun for the family. Free admission. 7-10 a.m. For more information, call 870-741-2659 or visit


September 12, Fayetteville
Chefs in the Garden
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Everyone’s favorite foodie event returns to the garden! Chefs in the Garden captures the excitement of the harvest season by bringing together Northwest Arkansas’ finest chefs for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Guests can stroll through the garden while watching cooking demonstrations, sampling dishes, and enjoying premium beverages. Participating restaurants and details to purchase tickets to be announced soon! 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 479-750-2620.


September 14, Paris
Hawk Watch
Mount Magazine State Park, Third parking area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive

Watch from high cliffs of Cameron Bluff as hawks, falcons, and even eagles fly by, sometimes at eye level. Help identify and tally them as they pass over the only official hawk watching site in Arkansas. Free admission. 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 479-963-8502 or email


September 16-October 31, Piggott
Friendly Forest at Pumpkin Hollow
Pumpkin Hollow

The Friendly Forest is designed by the folks at Pumpkin Hollow just for children, wimpy adults, and the faint-of-heart! Open now every day with new scenes and interactive displays. Spend some time playing in the “Pirate Ship” play set and in the covered wagon. You will want to explore a little further to see what new fun has been added in 2017. New in 2017 will be markers identifying trees and plants along the Friendly Forest trail. For hours and admissions call 870-598-3568 or visit


September 18-19, Mountain View
Stained-Glass Square Leaf Workshop
Ozark Folk Center Administration Building

Learn the basics of making stained glass the way Louis Comfort Tiffany did! Students will make an 8-inch-square stained-glass fall leaf. You will learn how to make a pattern, cut and grind glass, apply copper foil, and solder. Pre-registration required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 870-269-3851 or email




October 7, Washington
Gardening Basics for the Fall
Historic Washington State Park – 1874 Courthouse

Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join our historic gardener in a hands-on workshop geared toward fall and winter gardens and learn how to properly care for your plant beds over the winter. Admission: $25. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 870-983-2684 or visit


October 13-14, North Little Rock
Central Arkansas African Violet Society Show and Sale
North Little Rock Community Center

The Central Arkansas African Violet Society will be presenting “Violets Vacation in the Natural State.” We will have a wide variety of African violets (and their cousins) available for viewing, photographing, and for sale. There will also be potting supplies and just about everything you need to grow your own beautiful African violets. Club members will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge. Free admission. Saturday noon-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Danny Tidwell at


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