Festivals Abound in April in Eastern Arkansas


Spring has “sprung” in The Natural State and it’s a great time to get out and have some fun! Check out these great festivals taking place in April.

The sound of bagpipes echoes through the Ozarks again this spring, as Lyon College in Batesville hosts the 36th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival on April 10-12. The festival, honoring Scottish heritage and traditions, features a vast array of events and exhibits, pipe bands competition, food vendors offering traditional Scottish dishes, Celtic music, sheepdog demonstrations, and, of course, bagpipes. A traditional Feast and Ceilidh is celebrated on Saturday evening and an Iona Worship Service takes place on Sunday morning. 

Stuttgart celebrates the town’s early settlers during the 8th annual German Heritage Festival at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie on April 11. You’ll find a bratwurst cook-off, children’s old fashion games, a 5K fun run/walk, Germanic beer and wine tastings, brats and beer, live polka music, and a variety of arts and crafts and food and beverage vendors. 

Each April, downtown Helena hosts motorcycles, music and massive merriment during the Wild Hog Musicfest and Motorcycle Rally. The event takes place April 23-26 and offers a packed schedule of events, activities and live performances. You’ll find food and merchandise vendors, a motorcycle parade, a poker run, field events, Ms. Wild Hog contest, and music, music, music! The Marshall Tucker Band, Landslide (Fleetwood Mac tribute band), Mustang Sally, Kit Thorn, Deep South and the Memphis Yahoos are all scheduled to perform.