Festival & Event Promotion

Are you marketing an event in Arkansas? Let us know! The Tourism Development Section produces the state’s semi-annual printed Calendar of Events and maintains the Arkansas.com Calendar of Events. Further festival assistance is offered through the Small Festival Advertising Grant program.  Another resource for festival and event planners is the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association (AFEA). Learn more about AFEA and how joining can help improve your area event by visiting www.arfea.org.

Calendar of Events Submissions

Before submitting an event, please search the online calendar to see if it has already been submitted by someone else.  This helps prevent duplicate entries for events. 

Events must be tourism related and of interest to the general public. The website calendar will be updated on a regular basis. Please make time to proof the details of your event and notify us of any necessary changes. For assistance, contact [email protected] or call 501-682-5240.  

Two printed event calendars are produced annually - Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.  These publications are distributed in every Arkansas Vacation Planning Kit and in each of our 14 Arkansas Welcome Centers.  To be included in these publications, your event must be submitted by the following deadlines:

March 1, 2018 - September 4, 2018 August 31, 2017
September 5, 2018 - February 28, 2019 April 30, 2018
March 1, 2019 - September 2, 2019 August 21, 2018
September 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020 April 30, 2019
March 1, 2020 - September 7, 2020 August 31, 2019
September 8, 2020 - February 28, 2021 April 30, 2020


Festival Advertising Grants

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism assists small communities in advertising their festivals through a Festival Advertising Grant Program. Applicants must be an incorporated Arkansas city or county. The community must have a population of less than 10,500. Grants will be a 2/3 cash match and will be awarded in increments of $50 with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,000.  For more information, download the overview and application below.

Overview and Application
Rules and Project Checklist