Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019

November 24th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2019The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would be without them? You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate the warmth, joy, and good will they express during one of the colder times of the year.

Arkansans are no different than anyone else – we love our holiday decorations, too. In fact, we might even like them a little more than most. That’s the sense one gets, looking at a listing of Arkansas’ public holiday light displays!

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Hot Springs’ Gangster Museum of America

November 15th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Gangster Museum of AmericaStep back in time to the wilder Hot Springs of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s with a visit to The Gangster Museum of America!

Hot Springs, AR is known for its heated springs, historic architecture, diverse art community, hiking, biking, festivals, and more – but gangsters? The concept seems pretty unlikely until you discover that, before there was Las Vegas, there was Hot Springs.

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Stay On Track at the Arkansas Railroad Museum

October 28th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Railroad MuseumThe Arkansas Railroad Museum, in Pine Bluff, AR, is a hands-on museum containing one of the largest collections of historic railroad equipment in the state.

The museum is housed in the shops of the former St. Louis Southwestern (SSW) Railway Cotton Belt Route yard. The museum collection includes an impressive array of rolling stock, railroad memorabilia, and two steam-powered engines, including the last ever built in Arkansas.

In fact, the museum wouldn’t even exist were it not for SSW 819.

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Attend Ozark Folk Festival 2019

October 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Ozark Folk Festival 2019The upcoming, Original Ozark Folk Festival is America’s longest, continuously running folk festival. Ozark Folk Festival 2019 marks the beloved tradition’s 72nd anniversary. Come see what all the fuss is about November 6th through the 10th in Eureka Springs, AR!

Eureka Springs’ Ozark Folk Festival has been an autumn tradition since 1948. The festival is a showcase of folk music mountain music in the Ozark tradition, often performed on handcrafted instruments. You’ll also be treated to big name, national acts, like headliners, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Marty Stuart.

This year’s event includes nearly 30 performances, many of which are free!

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See You at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019!

September 23rd, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019Get ready for 9 days of nonstop films, filmmakers, and film lovers at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019! October 18th through the 26th, 2019 in Hot Springs, AR.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019 (HSDFF) marks the 28th annual return of North America’s longest running, non-fiction film festival. Movie Maker Magazine has named it one of “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” and we agree.

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Musicfest El Dorado 2019 – 2 Days of Music and Much More

September 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Musicfest El Dorado 2019Musicfest El Dorado 2019 is just weeks away. This year’s 2-day event sees headliners Walk the Moon and Brett Young with 7 others, plus food, drink, crafts, a kid’s world, and fun attractions like a zip line and obstacle course. September 27-28, 2019 in El Dorado, AR.

Downtown El Dorado, AR explodes with live music, food, and fun every year when the annual Musicfest returns. The event always brings a good selection of both big name and emerging artists. This year’s lineup is no exception. Friday the 27th sees Twin XL, The New Respects, lovelytheband, and Walk the Moon. On Saturday it’s Trey Johnson, Teddy Robb, Gabby Barrett, Tyler Rich, Gone West, and headliner Brett Young.

And that’s just the lineup for the main stage at the MAD Amphitheater!

The weekend also includes Crutchfield, Blackstrap, Jimmy Lewis & 8 and Second Ride, and The Karla Case Band on Saturday at the Union Square stage. Saturday will also see a variety of acts on the acoustic stage and the Griffin Restaurant stage.

In fact, the big acts on the main stage are just the beginning of Musicfest El Dorado 2019!

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ACANSA Arts Festival 2019 – Arts Festival of the South

August 26th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

ACANSA Arts Festival 2019ACANSA Arts Festival is just around the corner, September 13th through the 28th, 2019. The 6th annual Arts Festival of the South will once again host a series of special weekend performances and events in various venues around Little Rock and North Little Rock, AR.

The annual ACANSA Arts Festival of the South has been bringing a diverse array of talent to Little Rock every September since 2014. The festival celebrates with live music, theater, workshops, symposiums, and art in all its myriad forms.

This year’s event continues the tradition with a roster that includes Latin pop sensation Gina Chavez, award-winning food historian Jessica B. Harris, contemporary dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC, and renowned jazz guitarist Bill Frisell!

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Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019 – Celebration In The Sky

August 16th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, wait. It’s much better than that. It’s Arkansas Balloon Festival 2019, Sept 6-8, 2019 in Harrison, AR!

The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championships are a popular annual event, held in Harrison, AR since 1995. While the event is primarily a chance for balloon pilots to show off their skills, that’s not all. The three-day event also features helicopter rides, skydiving, tethered balloon rides, food, drink, and goods vendors, and live music.

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Discover Arkansas’ Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari!

July 29th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through SafariLions, tigers, and bears, oh, wow! See these beautiful animals and a whole lot more at the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry, AR!

If you enjoy animals, you’ll love the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari! The 400-acre farm in Gentry Arkansas is home to more than 50 different species, ranging from sheep and pygmy goats to hippos and ligers.

The facility includes a 4-mile drive through section, a walk-through area, animal petting parks, and seasonal pony and camel rides.

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Don’t Miss the 2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races!

July 12th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

2019 National Championship Chuckwagon Races

“Chuck Wagon Racing” (detail) by xlibber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you’re looking for some good, old fashioned fun and excitement, look no further than the 33rd annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races, in Clinton AR!

Chuckwagon racing got its official start as a spectator sport at the 1923 Calgary Stampede. The U.S. National Championship Chuckwagon Races, on the other hand, have been a Labor Day weekend tradition in Clinton, AR since 1986.

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