Memorial Day Weekend Means It’s Time for Riverfest

Darius Rucker<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
credit: Russ Harrington

Little Rock and North Little Rock’s Riverfest wraps up the month of May over Memorial Day Weekend: May 24-May 26. Riverfest is known for its wide variety of entertainment and this year is no different.  Local and regional performers are showcased along with headliners such as Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Stone Cherry, Drive-By Truckers, and Peter Frampton.


If there are two things Riverfest is famous for, it’s the nationally known entertainment (mentioned above) and food.  More than 20 vendors will be on hand serving a huge array of items.  These include funnel cakes, chicken, nachos, popcorn, lemonade, pizza, turkey legs, Chinese, corn and hot dogs, roasted corn, gyros, baklava, crawfish, shrimp, kettle korn, nuts, iced tea, barbecue, and Yarnell’s Ice Cream.


Flowing on the River brings a variety of Arkansas craft beers and wines, along with hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants. Music will be provided by FreeVerse Duo and all this takes place in the River Market Pavilions on Thursday evening, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Riverfest_potatoesThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Family Zone area has free activities including music, Super Retriever Crown Championship Series and other dog oriented contests, an International Village, a fun run, and more.  The Deltic Timber KidZone area features arts and crafts for children, face painting, finger casts, bean bag toss, bubble blowing, a rock climbing wall, and Chalk it Up Art. Merchant Row has approximately 35 vendors scheduled, with more to be added.  A fireworks display over the Arkansas River on Sunday evening ends the celebration.


Events take place at the following locations:  Julius Breckling Riverfront Park, River Market District, and the Clinton Presidential Park in Little Rock, the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock. Advance admission is $17.50 available only at Walgreens, $35 at the gate.  More information is available by visiting or calling 501-255-3378.

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