Arkansas Ouachitas

Illusionist Maxwell Blade is a well-known personality of Hot Springs and many have caught one of his shows over the years at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic. December 8 marks the grand opening of a new venue to catch these shows at: the historic Malco Theatre at 817 Central Avenue. Blade is familiar with …
Your holidays just got way more awesome. Melanie Norris and her husband Paul have put together a statewide (and southern Missouri) mountain biking event to help celebrate the season. The free event is called Umpteen Rides and features volunteer guided, self supported mountain bike and gravel grinder rides on various trails including the Ozark and …
Good news for outdoor enthusiasts. Word has come this way that construction is set to begin next month on a large scale trail project in Hot Springs. The overall route is a planned 44.6-mile system of mountain biking trails on the city-owned Northwoods/Cedar Glades properties in the northern section of town. The first phase of …
Taking in the beauty of Holiday Lights is a tradition for many in the state. During this annual event, around 4.5 million bulbs transform Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs into a whimsical holiday display.  The event takes place November 18- December 31 this year. “Holiday Lights is an outdoor light experience like no other,” said Becca Ohman, Garden …
Riley Art Glass Studio is the only glassblowing studio in Hot Springs. At the helm of the endeavor is the brother duo Charles and Michael Riley. The Riley’s have been working in the area since the early 2000s but just recently moved to their current location at 710 West Grand Avenue, a property that was …
The popular four-mile Caddo Bend Trail is a trail located on a peninsula in Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. I enjoy hiking this route throughout the year as each season highlights the trail in a different distinct beauty. The route stands out as it is a loop trail and circles an entire peninsula back to …
We just received a news release from Hot Springs National Park contact Shelley Todd that the national park will have a “Historic Specters Haunt Bathhouse Row” program this weekend. During the event, Hot Springs National Park rangers and volunteers will wear vintage costumes to bring various periods of local history alive at the park October …
Mena will be the scene of a Ouachita Arts Celebration November 4. “The celebration is a street festival that includes creative activities inside businesses, on stage and in the street all within Mena’s downtown arts district,” said event chairman Rick Chrisman. The festival celebrates the arts and will have local artists and artisans on site …
The Diamonds in the Fall Festival is Murfreesboro is set for October 27-28. This family friendly event is held in the town’s Courthouse Square and has craft and food vendors, games for the kids, a pumpkin pie baking contest, a chili cooking event, a costume contest and more. New this year is a bucking bull ride …
A race in Hot Springs that has received national recognition in the running community and coverage in publications like Runner’s World magazine is fast approaching. “The Spa Running Festival is one of the premier races in Arkansas offering an event for everyone from beginners to elite runners and those that like a challenge,” said race …