Entertainment



Presenting a bonanza of entertainment options for you & your family

Select from our cast of characters, cruise three lakes or a river, raise the curtain, bring down the house, rock around the clock, dance the night away – family friendly daylight diversion and after hours delights await you in Arkansas. 

Sightseeing, Dinner Riverboat Cruises

Join the Mark Twain or one of his three sisters (Belles) for a leisurely excursion aboard a scenic cruise enhanced by entertaining oratory – perfect for those who appreciate area history, nature, birds, plus plenty of photo ops!
  • The Belle of the Ozarks offers an eco-tour of scenic shoreline on crystal clear Beaver Lake. Daily departures from Eureka Springs, May – October.
  • Belle of the Bay, a 30-passenger vessel, offers group cruises from the Fairfield Bay Marina on Greers Ferry Lake twice a week during the summer season. 
  • Relax aboard the Belle of Hot Springs, a 250-passenger riverboat, as it makes a 15-mile round trip across Lake Hamilton – with daily cruises, a Sunset Dinner-Dance & Ice Cream Social cruise.
  • The Mark Twain, an authentic paddle-wheeler, holds narrated sightseeing cruises on the Arkansas River departing the north shore, across from downtown Little Rock; dinner cruises are available April-October; holiday and private event cruises by reservation.

Celebrities, Locales & Landmarks

Meet our cast of characters, native-born, current or former residents, who can be seen (Billy Bob Thornton) or heard (Kris Allen) or may play a role behind the scenes. Check our listing of Famous Arkansans for their claim to fame and Arkansas roots, and enjoy the exhibits at the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in Pine Bluff. Free Admission. 

Looking for a special place to film a movie or wanting to visit the actual area “scene” in your favorite film or show, we’ve got a list of locations along with their resumes. Arkansans have been involved in the movie-making business since the early 1900s; find more cinematic facts at the Old Statehouse Museum’s enlightening exhibit entitled Lights! Camera! Arkansas! Movie buffs may want to plan their visit to coincide with one of a half dozen film festivals running on screens around the state. 

Artistic, Musical Activities & Theatrical Events

Creativity and cultural expression in the arts is found statewide – from annual music events and craft fairs to art museums and galleries, limited engagement special presentations and popular festivals and annual celebrations. Other fun family attractions range from classical music presentations and theatrical performances to rock concerts and guest artists.

After Hours Nightlife Abounds

Nightlife in Arkansas is more than nightclubs. Little Rock has the River Market, Fayetteville has Dickson Street, but Hot Springs, Fort Smith and other cities have their late night entertainment as well.  Seeking a dance floor or pool room, comedy club, open mike night, midnight movie or music of all genres, everything’s here in Arkansas. Toast a celebration with a glass of wine or bar hop with the guys for a local craft brew. Drink responsibly.

Now that’s entertainment, Arkansas style!