2019 Arkansas Anniversaries
Rodeo of the Ozarks
June 26-29: 75th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, Springdale (Parsons Stadium)
Authentic stagecoach rides, good food and entertainment at the Stagecoach Inn one week prior to the rodeo; two rodeo parades; over 500 contestants and professional athletes will compete in six PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events -- Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco Riding and the popular Bull Riding.
TBA: 30th annual Bat-O-Rama, Devil’s Den State Park, near Winslow
Park staff and special guests will be on hand for some great family fun as we celebrate one of the most beneficial but misunderstood creatures in the world … BATS! Nighttime mist netting will be conducted so you can get an up-close view of these amazing creatures. Bring your cameras!
August: 20th annual Bargains Galore on 64
160 miles of yard sales, antiques, collectibles and flea markets from Fort Smith to Conway and on to Beebe.
Late August: 35th annual Frisco Festival, Downtown Rogers
This festival offers a great way to end the summer. Art and craft vendors, live music, expanded kid zone that will include magicians, street performers and games.
Carving in the Ozarks
TBA: 15th annual Carving in the Ozarks
Carving in the Ozarks is a FREE event, open to the public, focused on the art of chainsaw carving. Professional wood carvers from several states compete with chainsaws to create sculptures from their imagination.
Last weekend in April: 45th annual Dogwood Festival, Siloam Springs
The Dogwood Festival draws an estimated 30,000 people to Downtown Siloam Springs.
The more than 200 booths featuring exhibitors from all over the U.S. provide a wide variety of finds including arts and crafts, handmade items, gifts and vintage. Also enjoy live music and entertainment. The KidZone provides rides and activities for the young and young at heart including a bungee jumper, inflatable obstacle course, rock-climbing wall, mechanical bull, train ride, and helicopter rides.
Food vendors provide a variety of foodie favorites including fried green tomatoes, gumbo, bread pudding, smoked chicken dinners, tacos, turkey legs, catfish, alligator-on-a-stick, corn dogs, caramel apples, funnel cakes, kettle corn, homemade root beer and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
TBA: 30th annual Yell Fest, Dardanelle
The Annual Free State of Yell Fest celebrates the heritage of our community, highlighting the immigrants that migrated to Dardanelle. With a long history of being one of the State’s leading immigration centers, which continues to this day, Dardanelle is proud of the Czechoslovakian, German and Hispanic populations that influence our Community.
Working with the Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, booster clubs, and civic organizations sponsor the carnival, entertainment and events including a 5K Run, Pancake Breakfast and Yelling Contest.
Lyric and OAC
90th birthday of the Lyric Theater, Harrison
20th anniversary of Ozark Arts Council’s stewardship
Built in 1929 for the "talkies," the Lyric, located on the historic downtown square, has been restored by the Ozark Arts Council and now hosts live theatrical productions, concerts, education programs, and movies.
Since its founding in 1996, this non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has touched the lives of many through plays, concerts, exhibitions, and educational outreach. The OAC is the proud owner and operator of the historic Lyric Theater and the operator of the Oak Leaf Gallery (located in the OAC office).
The OAC supports six member organizations: The, Northark Drama, The , The Twentieth Century Club, The Lyric Theater Concert Association, and Woman’s Book Club. Educational Programs include and workshops for children and adults by The Theatre Company of the Ozarks.