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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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June 1-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.


June 3, Washington
Ornamental Gardening
Historic Washington State Park

Join our park gardener for a discussion and hands-on workshop with plants that may be grown for their flowers, foliage, scent, fruit, bark, or anything else that beautifies your landscape and brings a smile to you and your neighbors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. Call 870-983-2684 or visit for more information.


June 3, McNeil
Annual Children’s Fishing Derby
Logoly State Park

The derby is open to children ages 5 to 15. Small children will be allowed to have an adult cast for them and/or bait their hooks. The fish must be landed by the child. Be sure to bring your own bait and equipment. Prizes will be awarded in three age divisions for the biggest, the smallest, and the most fish caught. Registration required and begins May 1. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Free admission. For more information, call 870-695-3561.


June 9-10, Newport
Jacksonport State Park

Start your summer with a bang at Portfest with the excitement of concerts and fireworks. Friday and Saturday nights will be musical concerts with a fireworks display Saturday night. During the day, Saturday's entertainment includes carnival rides, children's activities, craft and food booths, and many more activities.Noon-11 p.m. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate after 4 p.m. Kids 6 and under free. Call 870-523-2143 for more information.


June 10, Morrilton
Mountain Fishin’ Derby
Petit Jean State Park

This derby is open to children ages 15 and under. Parents may help, but the kids must do the fishing. Bring your own bait and tackle. Fish are stocked and door prizes provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 501-727-5441 or visit


June 14-16, Rogers
Nature Exploration Day Camp for 9-12 Year Olds
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Join park interpreter Rebekah for three fun-filled days of exploring and celebrating nature! We will be hiking, exploring creeks, swimming in Beaver Lake, crafting, and playing games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $50, which includes activities, crafts, snacks, and t-shirt. Reservation required. For more information, call 479-789-5000.


June 17, Mammoth Spring
Fly Fishing Basics
Mammoth Spring State Park

Learn the basics of fly-fishing from a professional river guide! The class covers everything you need to get out and start your fishing adventures. Space is limited and reservations are required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, call 870-625-7364.


June 22, Mountain View
Farmstead Cheesemaking
Ozark Folk Center

Learn to make cheese like your grandmother did on the farm, but in a modern convenient kitchen of today. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $30. Pre-registration required. Call 870-269-3851 or visit




July 3, Mountain Home
32nd Annual Lake Norfork Independence Eve Fireworks Show
Lake Norfork

This is our 32nd year of friends and families celebrating 4th of July Holiday at Lake Norfork with our Independence Eve Fireworks Show. Shot from the twin bridges area of the lake, this spectacular display is easily enjoyed from your car, campsite, or boat. Accompanying show music is broadcasted on THE BOOT 99.7 FM. Begins at dark. Free admission. For more information, contact 101 Boat Dock at 870-467-5252.


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

Bring the whole family and make great memories. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities to help you enjoy your time at DeGray. Expect a number of crowd favorites back this year, from kayak races and water relays, to the watermelon-eating contest and the third 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! Free admission. For more information, call the park at 501-865-5810 or email


July 4, Morrilton
July 4th Fun and Games Day
Petit Jean State Park

Join the park staff for an “old-fashioned” celebration of our nation’s birthday! Fun, family-oriented games, contests, and other activities. Contact the park for a schedule. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 501-727-5441 or email


July 11, Hot Springs
Fairy & Wizards Tea for Children
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Children are the honored guests at this summertime tea. The food and beverage event is served in the traditional English tea style with patrons enjoying assorted scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts, all accompanied by a variety of flavorful hot teas. Children are encouraged to dress as fairies or wizards for this fantasy-filled afternoon while the garden’s own “Tea Fairy” entertains with a short lesson in tea etiquette, followed by stories to delight the young fairies in attendance. Begins at 3 p.m. Admission: $28 members, $33 non-members; children 12 & under $12. Reservations required. Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664.


July 15, Fayetteville
Firefly Fling
Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, face painting, photo booth, obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, crafts, maze, and more! Throughout the evening, the gardens will be filled with musicians and storytellers. After dark, families may participate in glowing games and then gather on the lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing. Guests may bring blankets and picnics but food trucks will be selling food as well. The Firefly Shoppe will have more fairy wings, wands, glow sticks, and other festival items for sale than ever before! Bring a little cash so that you build a fairy costume and even decorate your own fairy wings! 6-10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at


July 15, Greenbrier
Summer Star Party
Woolly Hollow State Park

Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have telescopes available for you to view the different celestial bodies and will be there to answer your questions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and make special Arkansas State Park memories with your family. 8-11 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 501-679-2098.


July 15, Jonesboro
Beginner’s Guide to Home Food Preservation
The Truck Patch, Stem & Spoon Cafe dining area

Join Tender Hearts Homestead owner and garden writer Kristi Cook as she discusses the joys and simplicity of home food preservation. You’ll learn about canning, dehydration, freezing, and even fermentation. Tools of the trade for each method, along with general information, will be discussed to aide participants in determining which of the many methods will work for their present needs. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Contact The Truck Patch at 870-333-2977 or Kristi at for more information.


July 19-21, Rogers
Nature Exploration Day Camp for 6-8 Year Olds
Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

Join park interpreter Rebekah for three fun-filled days of exploring and celebrating nature! We will be hiking, exploring creeks, swimming in Beaver Lake, crafting, and playing games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $50, which includes activities, crafts, snacks, and t-shirt. Reservation required by calling 479-789-5000.



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.


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.